I am obviously not going to compare the AirPods with the Apple Watch because they are 2 completely different products, but they do represent the difference between a product that fits into your life and helps you, and a product that feels like hard work every day.
I have owned the AirPods for 5 days now and am completely used to the way they work. I no longer marvel at them when listening to music or podcasts, I just take them out of the case and enjoy the experience.
The thought of using earphones with wires already feels alien to me and I am completely sold on the experience in all of the important ways including battery life, sound quality and ease of use (invisibility).
When I compare that experience to the Apple Watch, it is night and day. I get that the watch has many, many different uses and is in effect not comparable, but the iPhone is much more complex and feels natural and invisible in use much of the time.
Without the benefit of years of use, which the iPhone has, it could be argued that the Apple Watch has not driven into our daily lives yet, but I have worn one for long periods of time and never felt that it was invisible or useful enough to merit the work taken to run it.
To me, the AirPods and the iPhone succeed at what they are designed to do which is to take functions that were previously clunky and make them much easier and natural to how we as humans want to behave. I’m just not seeing that with the Apple Watch. Are you?