Are smartwatches useful?

Discussion in 'polls' started by ams963, Dec 30, 2013.

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Are smartwatches useful?

Poll closed Jun 28, 2014.
  1. Yes [please mention how]

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    8.1%
  2. No - maybe in the future [please mention what you expect]

    21 vote(s)
    56.8%
  3. No - never will [please mention why]

    13 vote(s)
    35.1%
  1. ams963

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    Are smartwatches useful?
     
  2. J_L

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    Once something standalone like Omate TrueSmart becomes more usable, they'll be nothing more than fancy smartphone accessories.
     
  3. Dave0291

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    Right now, no. 5-10 years from now, maybe. They are going to have to do things a smartphone can't..whatever that will be..and figure out how to get them down to normal watch size, before anyone but braggers and those willing to put up with early adoption blues will bite.
     
  4. roger_m

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    At the moment I really don't see the point when I have a smartphone in my pocket, and they don't seem to offer any particularly unique or useful features. However, I can't rule out the possibility that perhaps in the future as they improve I may have use for one.
     
  5. ZeroDay

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    I seem them as just 'cool' gadgets to have. ure my phone can do all I need, but I wouldn't mind betting many people will buy them just to be cool. I won't be one of them unless something truly special is released, like the ability to teleport me anywhere I wish. :)
     
  6. mattdocs12345

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    Nope. I only wear mechanical ones.
     
  7. SweX

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    People that will buy a Smartwatch in the future will probably ditch their smartphone (if they own one) if they work more or less the same.
     
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  8. roger_m

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    I don't think so as smartphones are increasingly getting bigger with some phone having a 6.5" screen size, so I don't think people will ditch their phones for a tiny smartwatch.
     
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    As for now, nope.
     
  10. chrisretusn

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    They might become a trend thing, like all trends they simply fade with time. Me I have no use for a smart watch. I don't wear a watch. My pocket watch has been replaced by my smarter-than-me cell phone.
     
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  12. Noob

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    Hey man, i love my mechanical watches but no smartwatch can beat my Casio Databank (Which isnt a mechanical device LOL). :D
    A kids dream come true!
     
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  13. SweX

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    That was "if they work more or less the same" wich they currently don't do of course. But I guess it also depends what you do on your smartphone, power user or not, and if you will be able to do the same on the watch or not. If you can do the same then why carry around a phone too when you can have the same functions on your wrist, even though on a smaller display obviously :doubt: I am sure some will ditch it but most probably won't it will differ from person to person a lot I believe.

    But we'll see how it goes with this in the future anyhow :D

    But then again I would never get a 6,5" phone, 3,5 up to 5" is my limit :p
     
  14. roger_m

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    It is not practical to have full smartphone functionality on a phone due to tiny screen size. For example the screen is small to display a keyboard - so how are you going to be able to text?
     
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    Dick Tracy loves his. ;)
     
  16. Mrkvonic

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    Define useful.
    Mrk
     
  17. SweX

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    Well I was thinking one would use some kind of voice control tech for that. Smartphones already have that ability, so they will probably implement something like that in the Smartwatch too in one way or the other. :D
     
  18. roger_m

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    But, it's a lot more than just text input. A smartphone is so much more than just a phone. How are you going to use the millions of apps available for smartphones on a watch size screen? What about surfing the internet or taking photos - many people use their phone instead of cameras.

    For the most part, a watch is not suited for any of these, so it won't replace a smartphone. Plus the trend of smartphonse is to have ever increasing screen sizes - it's a case of bigger is better up to a point. I say up to a point as some people don't want a screen anywhere near as big as on a Galaxy Note series phone for example. But still, most smartphones these days have a 4" or larger screen.

    Certainly I can see smartwatches being used to supplement smartphones, but that's about it.
     
  19. blacknight

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    Never. A smartphone can do all a smartwatch can, with a more useful display.
     
  20. Noob

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    Exactly.
     
  21. SweX

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    Unfortunately I can't look into the future so I don't know the exact shape or functionality of the smartwatch so it's impossible for me to answer, how you're going to surf the net, use apps etc etc... time will tell. But as I said it all depends on how a person uses their smartphone today, and what you will be able to do with the watch. And people that doesn't own a smartphone today may go for a Smartwatch directly if it's interesting.

    You'd probably get better answers sending questions like these to the companies directly. All I/we do in here is speculating afaik. :D
     
  22. roger_m

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    I wasn't speculating how this could be on a watch, I was pointing out that the screen size of a watch is much too small to run apps or browse the internet, meaning that smartwatches won't replace smartphones.
     
  23. SweX

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    Course it will be impossible to surf the web on a display that small, unless the display will be retractable like the keyboard on some phones, now i'm speculating again :)
     
  24. Carver

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    Yes, you will be able to surf the web on the sleeve of your smart shirt (which is plugged into your smart phone) which has a keyboard displayed on it. Your not the only one who can speculate.
     
  25. SweX

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    No why would I be, anyone can think out loud :blink:

    But what you're talking about is a totally different product.
     
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