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How to try the Apple Watch before you buy it

April 9, 2015, 12:25 AM UTC
Apple Presents Apple Watch At Colette Paris
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 30: Apple Presents Apple Watch At Colette Paris on September 30, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kay-Paris Fernandes/Getty Images)
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The Internet is abuzz with Apple Watch news this week as the very first product reviews appear in pixels and print. If you’re one of the many people who are still undecided about whether or not the smart watch is right for you—it’s a hotly debated issue—don’t worry. There are now options available for people who want to try out the wearable device without committing to a purchase measured in hundreds (or thousands) of dollars.

In-store appointments

Apple (AAPL) is hoping to convince customers to buy the wearable by offering 15-minute appointments with employee experts.

According to 9to5Mac, customers won’t need to book an appointment to take part in the brief demos. Starting April 10 they will have the opportunity to try out either the aluminum Apple Watch Sport or stainless steel Apple Watch. Customers can also pre-order the watch after the demo, for its public launch on April 24.

Rent it before you buy it

Lumoid wants consumers to find out if the Apple Watch is right for them on their own time, in their own home by renting an Apple Watch from them along with four competing devices.

Yep, you read that right. Lumoid will let you rent an Apple Watch along with four additional wearables, providing customers with enough ample time to make an educated decision about the device.

The company’s rental fees depend on which Apple Watch consumers choose: The Sport Edition is $45, while the stainless steel Apple Watch, including a $10 premium, costs $55 per week.

Customers must return the device once the week long trial is over, but have the option of purchasing the Apple Watch for the standard retail cost. A portion of the rental fee ($25 for a Sport Edition rental and $30 for stainless steel Apple Watch) is then applied towards a new purchase.

Lumoid CEO Aarthi Ramamurthy says the company currently doesn’t have an arrangement with Apple to receive stock ahead of time and will be forced to wait in line to place orders to stock its digital shelves.

However, if you are someone who’s thinking about renting an Apple Watch in an attempt to figure out if it’s right for you, you’re not likely in a hurry, which means waiting for Lumoid to stock the device probably won’t be an issue.