Earlier this week I had the opportunity to try on an Apple Watch at Apple’s King of Prussia location. When I walked into the busy store I did not expect to actually try the watch on. I knew Apple required an appointment, so I figured I would only be able to gaze at their latest product.
The display table had numerous customers huddled around it peering down into the display. All that stood between the watch and the customer was 10mm of translucent plastic. One side of the table displayed the 38mm line of watches while the other side displayed the 42mm size. The watches were ordered by price. As I was on the 42mm side the most expensive model ($17,000!) was on the far left with the least expensive on the far right ($349)– the 38mm side was the mirror opposite.
Most of the customers were visibly excited– even giddy. The gentleman next to me was FaceTiming his brother, “there it is! there it is! Ha! I saw it before you did!”
After a few minutes an Apple employee engaged me in conversation. She asked if I had an appointment, I said no– but to my surprise she said that shouldn’t be a problem as they had a few openings due to no-shows. (Insert smiley face here).
Less than a minute later I was wearing the 42mm version with a stainless steel case and a milanese loop on my wrist.
Frankly, I was impressed. It had a solid and durable feel without being too heavy. The milanese band was beautiful and fit perfectly. Because the loop is clasped together with a magnet adjusting it to the proper size was a breeze. However, I wonder how secure the band will prove in the real world. Will the magnet keep the watch securely in place during strenuous or even mildly strenuous activity?
Unfortunately I was unable to experiment with the watch’s features or the user interface. The watch was in a demo mode that simply cycled though a presentation of the various features. Impressive, but I wanted to actually use it. (insert smiley face with a snarky grin here).
So, is it worth buying? Apple is infamous for expensive products– The Edition model of the watch is no exception. With a price range of $10,000 to $17,000 it is almost impossible to justify purchasing one. However, the lower end Sport model $349-$399 seems reasonably priced.
A Christian Perspective
How should a Christian evaluate the potential purchase of new technology? Does the Bible provide us with any guidance?
It would be difficult to make the argument I need an Apple Watch. First, we must admit no one needs an Apple Watch– sure, I would like one– but to think I need one would be sheer folly.
Second, we must question our motivation. Am I purchasing this to impress others? A little wrist candy to stir up feelings of jealously in those around me? Would this lead others to covet what I have and they don’t? Paul was willing to surrender his Christian liberty so as not to become a stumbling block to others. 1 Corinthians 8:9 ESV.
Third, can I truly afford the purchase? Scripture provides us with a significant amount of guidance regarding our personal finances. Can I purchase the item in question without going into debt? Proverbs warns against indebtedness “…the borrower is the slave of the lender” Proverbs 22:7 ESV. The Psalmist reminds us that it is wicked to borrow and not repay. Psalm 37:21.
Fourth, even if the purchase will not cause me to go into debt I should still question wether or not the purchase will bring glory to the Lord. We are to “honor the Lord with our wealth” Proverbs 3:9 ESV, not accumulate earthly goods for our own enjoyment.
Fifth, Am I guilty of covetousness? Jesus Christ cautioned us to be on “guard against all covetousness…” why? “…for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” Luke 12:15 ESV.
Sixth, will something less expensive meet the needs I have? While it is tempting to purchase the newest and most powerful gadgets, there is probably older and less expensive technology that will meet my needs.
So, is buying an Apple Watch right or wrong? I can not answer that question for you… if you are thinking about buying one I would encourage you to prayerfully consider the above questions.
What do you think? What do you think about the Apple Watch? Is it something that you are interested in buying? Have you found any guidance in the scriptures? Please leave your thoughts in the comments. I would love to hear what you think.