It’s one thing when a 72-year-old man reviews the latest in wearable technology. It’s another thing altogether when that man is former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich reviewing the Apple Watch.
Gingrich’s in-depth, amusing, and disarming review of Apple’s smartwatch is his debut as Mashable’s new tech reviewer. In his written review, he recounts his personal time with the Apple Watch, starting with boarding a United Airlines flight across the country. Gingrich says he was able to load his boarding pass with no issues but needed a moment to figure out that an upward swipe was necessary to display the scannable bar code.
“My time at the airport pretty much sums up how I feel about the Apple Watch overall: It’s not as seamless as you’d think, but it’s a big step toward the future.”
Gingrich goes on to describe the pros (light on the wrist, clear screen, nice-looking metal band, the calendar, Taptic Engine notifications) and cons (poor battery life, “hunting through a beehive of tiny app icons for the information you need”) of the Apple Watch.
“For form factor, I think it’s actually a very good first step, but I think of it as the beta product that will keep improving,” Gingrich says in his video review.
His conclusion: Until Apple makes all of its features as useful as the calendar, “the Apple Watch isn’t a necessity for anyone, but it will certainly be a lot of fun for a lot of people.”