Smartwatches are coming, but here are 5 reasons NOT to buy just yet
1) Rushed hardware
2) Battery life death
3) Beta software
4) Limited software means proprietary ties
5) The cost/quality ratio (aka the Early Adopter Tax)
6. joey_sfb (Posts: 2744; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I wearing the Sony smart watch 1, and i don't think anyone or myself care what i wear on my waist. Besides, i forget to bring my phone along with me and the watch vibration reminded me that.
That's save me from losing my phone plus the other notifications i receive without the need to bring out my phone is worth the $100 dollar i pay for the Sony smart watch.
Plus i order this ->http://www.kickstarter.com/pro
and this ->http://www.kickstarter.com/pro
8. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 741; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
"i forget to bring my phone along with me and the watch vibration reminded me that."
well thats seems very cool...
61. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)
From your comment I felt it's like a noose. Which never lets you go away. No offence but today in this technological era we all are tied, tethered, and ignored.
62. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
BTW, Waist? i think u mean wrist, just sayin
7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 741; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Old classic looking watch is the best.
besides these smartwatches look kinda childish (according to concept)
Honestly can somebody explain the need of smartwatches??? i'm not joking and dont get me wrong. Is it just a trend?? I mean current watch do its purpose which is telling the time. what else we can achieve from wrist watch??? Music? Sms? Call? Well thats why smartphones are there for.
34. timukh (Posts: 157; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
+1 to u! i agree. but i said the same thing u said few articles back and sadly i was told to shut up...
20. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 423; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
This article is really saying...
1)Wait for the Apple version
2)iWatch is coming in 2014!!! you can wait can't ya?
3)Apple is making a watch, you should wait
4)Wait, did i mention iWatch is coming?
5)iDont need 5 reasons to wait for anything Apple
and if iWatch was first to market this article would NOT exist
23. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2659; Member since: 26 May 2011)
This comment is really saying: I didn't bother to read, and I just want to troll around a bit.
35. Commentator (Posts: 2332; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
In some twisted, non-trollish way, PAPINYC does actually have a point though, at least points 1 and 3.
1) "No one really knows how to build a smartwatch yet... no one is quite sure yet what features are absolutely necessary."
3) "Aside from that conundrum, the simple fact is that the mobile OS platforms are not ready for smartwatches yet."
Sure, nobody, including Samsung and Sony, might know what goes into a good smartwatch, but I can almost guarantee that whatever Apple puts into theirs will be the gold-standard. I'm not saying this as an Apple fanboy or Android detractor (I hope people will have realized this by now), I'm saying this because it's true: Apple has set the standard for so many devices thus far, whether they be laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
So what PAPINYC said is true... "from a certain point of view."
45. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 423; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Apple rushed the iPad 1 to beat everyone to the market and proceeded to have a industry ridiculous 1024x768 resolution display for 2 versions. Apple rushed the Mini with industry pathetic 1024x768 resolution display to stop the Android 7" bleeding.
Apple and gold standard may of applied more so under Steve Jobs. But plastic, cheaper iPhoneS, S lines, incremental upgrades and just soso meh products release after release is SO NOT THE GOLD STANDARD FOR ANYONE ANYMORE
46. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2659; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Not sure where Papa comes in. I was replying to appleDoesn't.
Also, I'm not saying that Apple or Google will magically know whow to build a smartwatch, but at the very least they should be able to optimize their mobile platforms and get developers on board. And, in the case of Google, I mean developers on board for the Google Play Store, not some off-shoot Samsung store that doesn't help any other Android device but Samsung's.
49. Commentator (Posts: 2332; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
My bad, I was reading the comments below and must've dyslexia'd Pap's name up there (I had literally woken up three minutes before, so you can take pride in the fact that the first thing I did this morning was visit and make half-asleep comments on your article.) My sincerest apologies.
Anyways, nobody's saying Apple or Google will know how to make a smartwatch, but whether or not you like it, Apple usually finds itself at the center of attention, given its brand history. appleDOESNT.com makes a valid point in 45) though, that Apple has been playing catch-up. Be that as it may, "iPad" is still a part of the average consumer's lexicon. I've never seen anyone (outside of tech circles) going around saying "oooh, nice tablet, how does it compare to the Nexus 7?" It's still "how does it compare to the iPad?" Even after a few years of not leading the way as far as specifications, people still use "iPad" as a byword for "tablet."
54. dorianb (Posts: 356; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
But if the 1st generation of new devices DOESN'T sell there are no future devices.
This article really should have started with the heading [Opinion].
53. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 423; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
I have read the article, you bring up good points and honestly, I personally see smartwatches similar to 3D hdtvs 3 years ago. Manufacturers made them assuming and TELLING us we wanted them and nobody actually did. I personally do not see smartwatches being the next BIGsmall thing. We all want bigger phones it seems so cramming it all in a 1.5" screen seems counter intuitive. Adding a play/pause button at the wrist is hardly worth replacing my Wenger watch that I love imo.
28. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
OMG, i Was thinking the same thing - i Will read the article and then finish my post (to avoid an MH i Tantrum). Be back soon.
30. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Sorry, had to withdraw my +1. As much as i Hate to admit it and it pains me to take his side especially since he bans me for weeks on end (months even) sometimes but, Mr M. i Heller doesn't mention that ghastly iMonstrosity at all really. You do see a few subliminal suggestions by way of photos but, that's it!!
37. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
To make a long story short, what Mr. Heller is saying is that every iteration of a new device, will be better than the one before. Besides after a few years with Apple, even the dumbest smartphone user will discover its simplicity.
39. McLTE (Posts: 643; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
You don't have to outright say it to see the writing on the wall. It's not hard to infer that Michael is saying to wait for the iWatch.. we like to do that sort of thing when reading.
I don't know if that was his motive or not, but it's easy to think that way. It may have been a better idea to qualify this whole article by saying "I'm NOT saying wait for Apple.." Some people need that smack across the forehead.
Having said all that.. if we the consumer don't start buying these watches, then there will be no demand and everyone will back off from making more versions.
My hope is that they are inexpensive enough that it doesn't hurt the wallet too badly to get in on the early versions, then repurchase as they get better.
For Apple, we all know what they are doing. They are going to watch how the market unfolds and what features users like and dislike. Then they will magically swoop down with a watch that takes the best of what the pioneers offer and call it innovation.
I think Apple is truly afraid to be a pioneer and be first out with a product like this.
51. Commentator (Posts: 2332; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Apple's not afraid, they've never been the first out with a product to begin with:
mp3 players existed before the iPod; small notebooks existed before the Air; smartphones existed before the iPhone; tablets existed before the iPad.
Apple's just doing what they always have done. They watch a new product, eliminate what people find frustrating, and market it as revolutionary. It's worked wonders in the past, and one can hardly blame them, or even be annoyed by it. If it weren't for the iPhone and iPad, it's hard to imagine our smartphones and tablets being as advanced as they are today. Apple has proven to be a powerful catalyst over the years.
47. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2659; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I don't mention the iWatch, because the iWatch is over a year away, and doesn't matter in the current conversation. It's the same reason Google, Motorola, LG, and Microsoft get only passing mentions. The article is about the devices that will be announced in the next couple weeks, not the ones that will come out late next year.
56. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
What's wrong with Mr H nowadays.... You are siding and giving so much credit to Apple lately! You was not like that? Why and how the sudden change? Unbelievable.....
60. PAPINYC (Posts: 2237; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Michael, no need to get testy, I was one of the 12 people who gave you a +1 with post numero 23. I even withdrew my earlier +1 to post numero 20; it absolutely tore me inside to have to do that, I was torn I tell you [TORN]!
But, alas, what is fair is fair and we seeketh only the truth on this cybersphere, t'is why your sincerity is noted and we applaud you. Bravo
2. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Well when phones were a brick size first it looked stupid, but the Swatch looks cool along with great specs.
Yet again Michael H superb article+1
3. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
If it looks like the image above and has a bracelet/leather band I'll be all over this!
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2107; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Here's a reason: I don't need a watch nor I like wearing one.
5. jromy (Posts: 113; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)
Well, with that type of mentality there is really no need for any company to try anything new. What's the point? If the tech sites like this are discouraging consumers to adopt new technology then what hope is there?
We'll see if phonearena changes it's point of view once the iWatch comes out. Surely the smartwatch market will be in its prime by then so it would be "revolutionary" for Apple to release it at the time that it does.
10. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
I agree with you there. because it's companies like Samsung and Sony that will push Android to release an OS for smartwatches, instead of waiting until Google decide to release one. Because when these devices are not functioning well, Android will start developing for these devices. Devices like these encourage Android to work on software that will make them run smoothly. This time I don't agree with Michael.
9. Commbubba19 (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Biggest problem I see is whether the smartwatch has it's own 3g/lte radio along with wifi and BT or just BT. I could see using BT or a wireless tether to my smartphone to access any info needed. That leaves the smartwatch only having one radio instead of 3.
I update a calendar item or reminder on my phone, i want it to appear on my smartwatch. I need to ask siri for directions or to send a message, I could do that from my smartwatch. Even providing simple voice navigation to an address using the GPS from the phone.
11. piyath (Posts: 150; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
People who are ready to spend their money on what they love will buy things what they love. That's so simple. That fact cannot be changed by a nonsense article like this. If we buy that only moire and more smartphones will come to the market and innovation prevails.
12. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Telling people not to buy these devices is a bad Idea. The only way these companies can know what we want, is if they sell them to us and we tell me what is missing or what is wrong. Isn't that how technology improves? Someone comes with something that looks or seems to be useless and we all find use for them?
13. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
To be straight in to the point....he says don't buy Samsung gear....wait for iWatch.....
14. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2659; Member since: 26 May 2011)
TL;DR = make up whatever conclusion you want.
22. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
"Apple is rumored to be aiming at a price point anywhere from $149 to $229 for its watch, the value will be much better"
this thing made me to say that....
24. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2659; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Ah, I see. You're misreading that, the Apple price is an aside in the middle of the full statement saying "The hardware and software will both be getting solid quality overhauls, so even if the price doesn't change the value will be much better."
The comment on value doesn't connect to Apple. I've edited that section to remove the confusion.
26. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
if you wrote this article about smartwatch as whole... i wouldn't have said that....but you where pinpointing samsung everywhere....
48. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2659; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I wrote the article about smartwatches that are being released soon, which is why I pinpoint Samsung and Sony everywhere. Other smartphones don't matter because Apple and Microsoft aren't going to be releasing anything until late next year at the earliest.
The title says reasons not to buy "JUST YET". Someone will get it right eventually. My personal hope is that Google gets it right, but we have to wait and see.
59. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
You're best in PA....but i have question for you...you're happy to spend your money in ubuntu edge...which is a first gen product...but you're advising not to buy this....personally i have no need for a smartwatch now...but if people din buy first gen product how will manufacturers will improve on them....i know this is your opinion.that's it....but stop it there....everyone has thier own opinions....
65. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
why also not write an article "10 reasons to buy a smartwatch" ? please.
29. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
well done micheal....you have edited it so fast...
57. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
What's wrong with Michael H...... The Google Android user, Nexus guy is giving so much credit to Apple lately.
Something's not right?
15. Nesco (Posts: 12; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
great article..but i have a feeling that he wanted to say DON'T BUY THE GALAXY GEAR :D
17. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
I think so too. Why now? Why didn't I see this article when Pebble, I'mWatch, Sony Smartwatch were all showcased? Why when Samsung is about to release Galaxy Gear?
40. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I have to agree. We're on the eve of Samsung's unveiling and we have a anti smartwatch article? That does smell fishy. Personally I don't want a watch and I see this entire watch movement crashing no matter how good the smartwatch is. It takes one movement to pull out my Note 2. And with Apple keeping the iphone small you can easily fit that phone in any pocket. It's too redundant to have 2 smart devices fighting for attention.
At the end of the day Google glass makes more sense because I already wear eyeglasses.
55. dorianb (Posts: 356; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
"I have to agree. We're on the eve of Samsung's unveiling and we have a anti smartwatch article? That does smell fishy"
I agree with this.
"Personally I don't want a watch and I see this entire watch movement crashing no matter how good the smartwatch is. It takes one movement to pull out my Note 2. And with Apple keeping the iphone small you can easily fit that phone in any pocket. It's too redundant to have 2 smart devices fighting for attention. "
I don't agree with this. When tablets (all touchscreen variants) came out I believe this same argument was made. Why buy a 10 inch ipod? Now look where we are.
58. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Even though the watch is equipped with a powerful E4412 CPU at 1.4 to push that 1.5 screen will be very fast. Doesn't have to push lots of pixels. Where Apples iWatch will be known as a fashion trendy iThing ™
21. DFranch (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
When they can make a smartwatch that looks like a watch, with a battery that lasts at least a week, and doesn't cost more than a good watch. Then I might consider a smartwatch.
27. ronjr123 (Posts: 60; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
The way I read it he doesn't want the Sammy product to succeed. Don't we think apple will only work with Apple? Lets wait and see the difference between the two and which is better. I'm betting on Sammy.
32. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
i'll bet on apple.
fanboy out the window... they have succeeded making a simple and elegant products... hell all of apple products are simple and elegant looking.
samsung will try to crowd as many cool/useless features in it as possible.
31. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
A designer watch (Movado) will run you from $500 to over $1000 just to tell time.
i'm interested in the smartwatch concept if it falls in the $200 range especially from samsung or apple since they've managed to associate quality with their products...
but like most people in here saying, i want my watch to at least last me a week or two on a single charge.
The battery in most watches lasts for months!
33. Blazers (Posts: 191; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
I'll reserve judgement until it is officially unveiled. If it reminds me of an 80's calculator watch, forget about it.
Personally I would never trade my Tag in for any smartwatch ever. Smartphones are mainstream, but I really think smartwatches will only be popular with the tech crowd and women (since they can make them look like bracelets).
36. Blazers (Posts: 191; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
I also believe that the iWatch will be a failure among the die-hard Apple fans. They tend to have disposable incomes, and won't trade in their expesnsive designer watches for what is essentially a downgrade. Just like the movie "Jobs", the iWatch will be an embarrassment for Apple, and another nail in the coffin for Tim Cook.
38. Mr.Singh (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)
Already bought 'Kreyos Meteor'. Just waiting for shipping :)
41. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Not going to waste money on a watch when a 7" tablet and a smartphone are far more valuable. Smart watches is just another gimmick too get more money out of consumers. Wow, with more people living off government than working in the U.S., what a great idea.
42. FadyNabil (Posts: 37; Member since: 10 May 2013)
what are this stupid watches are for? really what? i stopped wearing watches since the mobile is there, no need since the mobile can tell me the time. only girls wears watches now just as a kind of jewelery