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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

The Watch has a surprising number of standalone features, even though it is billed as a companion device to the iPhone.
The Watch has a surprising number of standalone features, even though it is billed as a companion device to the iPhone.

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.