Apple Watch: ITP.net gets up close and personal

We twiddle the knobs and push the buttons to find out if the hype is justified

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Apple Watch: ITP.net gets up close and personal The Watch has a surprising number of standalone features, even though it is billed as a companion device to the iPhone.
By  Stephen McBride Published  July 5, 2015

ITP.net has been reporting on the good and bad points of Apple's first wearable for months now, but we finally got our hands on a model of our own ahead of the official UAE launch later this year.

IN PICS: ITP.net gets hands-on with Apple Watch

The Watch has a surprising number of standalone features, even though it is billed as a companion device to the iPhone. It feels very much like an Apple product and yet it adopts a Spartan approach to many familiar iOS features for the sake of screen space.

There are highs and lows in the apps department, with some popular third-party offerings being woefully underserved. Health and fitness apps are, not surprisingly, natural tools for the Watch, but some other obvious playmates, such as WhatsApp, are a let-down.

IN PICS: ITP.net gets hands-on with Apple Watch

Keep an eye out for our full review in the coming days, but for now you can get a taste in our summary gallery.

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