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Apple Watch might have enjoyed a very Merry Christmas

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Apple Watch might have enjoyed a very Merry Christmas
Based on the strong showing of Fitbit's apps in the App Store after Christmas, it seems that the fitness wearable was found under plenty of trees this past holiday weekend. But data captured by Argus Insights reveals that the Apple Watch had more mentions on social media through December 26th than Fitbit and Jawbone had. The data shows that around late November, there was a peak in Fitbit mentions as the result of promotions. Still, it was not enough to top the number of mentions scored by Apple's intelligent timepiece.

During the same period of time, Argus checked out the Net Promoter Score for the Apple Watch and Fitbit. This is a metric that measures customer loyalty by tracking the answer to a single question, "How likely is it that you would recommend our company/product/service to a friend or colleague?" By December 19th, Apple's net promoter score surpassed Fitbit's and Apple ended up with an impressive .75 tally as the month and year was coming to an end. A score above .5 is considered to be outstanding.

A Trend Score computed by IBM's Watson runs through millions of conversations to determine how strong a trend is. We wouldn't put much faith in this indicator since it has scored the Apple Watch near 100 (the highest possible score) every day since the middle of August. Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone 6s scored no higher than a 10. In theory, that would suggest that the timepiece will outsell the phone, but we know that this is not going to happen.

The bottom line is that the metrics suggest that the Apple Watch performed better than many expected during the holidays. Right now, the Wall Street consensus is looking for Apple to have sold 5.5 million Apple Watches from October through December. The actual result could be higher. Considering that every million units sold adds $475 million in revenue and 2 cents a share in earnings, Apple might have a nice surprise waiting for investors when it reports its earnings for the fiscal first quarter of 2016.



source: Forbes

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posted on 29 Dec 2015, 21:16 7

1. Pdubb (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


This is a silly analysis to put it lightly. First are the mentions positive or negative? I'm sure the Apple watch did well but this tidbit of information is not helpful in anyway.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 21:28 2

2. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2342; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Click-bait, as usual...

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 21:31 6

3. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Tried it, didn't like it, sold it. Gear S owner now.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 22:02

4. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3917; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Just wanted to make sure, it wasn't a typo and you didn't mean Gear S2 did you? The reason I ask is I was kinda looking at a Gear S2 but wanted to hear an actual users thoughts. That rotating bezel seems interesting, but don't know if I'd like Tizen or not. Anyways, just curious.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 22:08 2

5. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1205; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Gear S, he mentions it in other articles, he likes the original Gear S more than the 2nd. Dat sexy curved display.
I love the S2's rotating bezel though

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:20

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Right on bro. It's like a double edged sword, but in a good way lol. On the one hand I love the larger curved display, and on the other, I love the rotating bezel. Both watches are wins.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:18

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Sorry for the late response, I posted that right before bed bro. The gear s is what I own, the gear s 2 is nice, but I like the larger more rectangle form factor. The rotating bezel however, is to die for. At least I can say, even though they made it smaller they made a huge UI navigational improvement.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 08:53

22. tedkord (Posts: 10657; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I hate my Gear S. It's slow, no apps, and things like the pedometer are apocryphally inaccurate. But then, mines the Verizon version and is several updates behind other ones (typical Verizon).

I love the Gear S2 Classic, but I want the each face a bit larger. It's just too small. Hopefully, the next gen is larger, because Samsung really knocked it out of the park with out.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 10:48

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Mine is the AT&T variant, the software is up to date and it works really really well.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 05:11

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If you want some actual user thoughts here, Maherk has one, and loves it.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 09:03

23. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8903; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I have the Gear S and the S2. Before you buy you have to decide which one is more practical based on what you plan to do. If you prefer to be able to have direct interaction with the device on a daily basis, like for example, typing out a text message, then the original Gear S is better because it has a full QWERTY keyboard which support swipe.

The screen being larger wont cut off messages and you also scroll much less to read a text or email.

IMO, the S2 is to small for daily interaction beyond using it to tell time or when you workout.

Its physically more pleasing vs the Gear S, but that is about it. I like them both but right now I am wearing the S2 more often.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 13:01 1

31. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3917; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Thanks for all the responses guys. I think I'll hold off for now. From other sites I don't think I'd like Tizen, and some were saying that it really wants you to use S Voice, which I can't stand. Maybe they'll come out with a AW model with the rotating bezel in the future.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 15:11

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I disabled S VOICE on my note, but on the gear s, it's not bad at all. Tizen runs smooth. Check one out, you have 14 days.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 00:41

7. nctx77 (Posts: 1767; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


That's cool, but the Apple Watch itself was never the problem. It was the platform period. The concerns were do you really need a smartwatch and are people even interested in them. The fact that you didn't like it and bought a gear S suggest that you wanted a smart watch, just not an Apple Watch.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:23 1

15. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


It's becoming something I can't go without bro. In a very short time, I went from questioning their use, to having to have one. To me Apple watch is too small, both in screen size and form factor, and to dependant on the phone.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 05:13

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Too...

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 11:20

29. nctx77 (Posts: 1767; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


I figured you thought it was too small. I do t agree on that front as I like it more as jewelry/watch more than using it as a phone on my wrist. That goes for other Android Wear watches as well. I do agree that it should be more independent from the phone. That will change in a couple of months with Apple Watch 2.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 11:44

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yep I agree, it'll get more standalone features.

posted on 17 Jan 2016, 19:38

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I've had to eat my words on the Apple Watch bro. I decided to give it one more chance, and I'm loving it this time around. I bough the gold aluminum with the navy blue band, and even though I wish it was more standalone and with its own number, it's great.

I watched several tutorials on YouTube, and have learned tons about it in a short time. This watch is absolutely great, and this color combo is nice. Once again, I'm eating my words.

posted on 29 Dec 2015, 22:08

6. ibend (Posts: 3837; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and yet, I never even once see any human wearing apple watch on the street.. (already see 2 or 3 people wearing Gear S2, maybe people around here just didnt care about wearable o.O )

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 00:44 1

8. nctx77 (Posts: 1767; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


My dude, I do t know where you live at, but I often see Apple watches these days. It wasn't so back when it first launched, but I've seen quite a bit since then. There are a few at my place of work alone.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:24

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Here in Vegas, I see quite a few.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 00:46 1

9. nctx77 (Posts: 1767; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Also, with a name like ibend, I'm sure you have had on your iblocker shades. You might want to take them off sometimes.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:25

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lmao good one.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 09:09

24. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8903; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Really? I have yet to see one as well. Chicago is the 3rd largest city. We gave one away for Christmas. That employee wore it for a couple days and hasn't since. I asked why and he said its too small, it doesn't really do much and so he past it on to his wife. He says he wished he had picked one of the other gifts.

I almost picked it up myself. The only reason I didnt is because after playing with it at the Apple Store, I got bored with it. Someone had download quite a few apps to it and i tried them. But unless you use it with the iPhone, it is about as useful as any other real watch. Which is the same issue I had with the original Gear from Samsung. Without being tied to the phone it is useless. It is an expensive piece of useless jewelry. All it has is looks with no substance.

The original Gear too was the same. The camera was cool it was just clunky. The Gear S' are better because if you get the 3G model, you basically have a standalone device with all the features of your phone. That is a huge plus when on the go when I don't want to take my Note. Also when mated to your phone, it doesn't give it any advantages over your phone. Its is a companion vs an accessory like the Apple Watch and those two words make a huge difference.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 02:28

11. AlikMalix (Posts: 5232; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I see them everywhere, but I also see quite a few other smartwatches (I can recognize an apple watch that it's apple watch, the others could either be sami-smart watch like fitbits or samsung. I've seen 3 moto360's for sure). It's about 50/50 for Apple/Others here in central California...

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 01:52 1

10. SIGPRO (Posts: 1385; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Still the watch sucks......like apple does!

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 04:03 1

12. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1043; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


My Microsoft band 2 is far better than the apple watch.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 05:16 1

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Obviously for you, but someone else may totally prefer the Apple watch. It all comes down to user preference.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 09:16

25. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8903; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Yep. But then there are facts that have nothing to do with personal preference.

Like most devices that support Android Wear like the Moto360 are far better than the Apple Watch, even though I personally don't like the Moto360, but I did consider it.

The FitBit is designed for a specific type of person. Apple Watch sales don't have much effect on it because it is for a niche of its own.

The Gear options offer something for ever person including the Fit for people who workout. The S gives you freedom wo have a phone without taking your smartphone. The other gears like the 2 and Neo are more of an accessory to your phone much like the Apple Watch.

The biggest advantages to those other options is, their price fits what they offer for the most part. Consider the S models are basically smaller mobile phones, their cost at 50% the costs of a full phone to be is sorta fair, though I think 299,99 is where the maximum should be for any of them.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 08:50 1

21. eyedoc81 (Posts: 46; Member since: 20 May 2011)


My partner and I both bought the Gear S2 and love it. Without any other features, having 4gb storage for MP3s and Milk Music (when near wifi) + a bluetooth headset at the gym is worth it for me.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 09:21

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8903; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Agree. The biggest benefits of the Gear S models which I have both is the fact you can use a Bluetooth headphones with it, it has S-Health, S-Voice is betetr on the gear S' because the database for S-Voice is on the watch itself and it doesn't have to wait for the server to give you answers like Siri and its so much faster on the watch vs the phone.

Then you have UV, 3G, GPS and more vs other options which dont and it still manages to be small.

The only con I have found with both models is battery-life.

The 3G versions have terrible battery-life vs the WiFi only options.

I think the answer would be is even though the watches have batteries, the glass itself should be a clear solar panel (and yes those do exist), so the device can be charged by artificial and natural lighting.

I got me an the wife one for XMAS and we both love them. The rotating bezel was a good idea. But touch the screen is just a bad habit that phones have given us. I'm trying to do less touching and more rotating.

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 10:51

28. alexrat1996 (Posts: 7; Member since: 20 Sep 2015)


I love my apple watch 42 mm sport blue

posted on 30 Dec 2015, 15:15

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 20053; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's how feel about my gear s. I love that I can leave my phone at home, and still have phone, email, text, full Web browser (opera mini), CNN, and news briefing, as well as a full qwerty keyboard.

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