Above Avalon’s Neil Cybart, who read every review he could find to the end, begs to differ.
“Out of 21 reviews, 14 were pretty much glowing recommendations while 3 were on the fence… and 4 had more concerns than positives.”
The reviewers, he concluded, obliged to balance pros and cons, were grading on a curve.
The Macalope, Macworld’s resident media critic, agrees.
“Witness The Verge, which said the Apple Watch was ‘easily the nicest smartwatch available’, except they gave it a 7 after having given the Motorola 360 an 8.1. Is there a better example of grading on a curve than that?”
For me, the second wave of reviews — the ones that got past the learning curve to the heart of the thing — began Tuesday, with Horace Dediu’s The Watch.
“It feels like a watch in the physical sense,” he writes, having used one for a few days, “However it does not feel like a watch conceptually.”
No one is going to accuse Horace Dediu of grading on a curve.