Poll results: Can the smartwatch be a success by just being an extension of your smartphone or does it need to be a stand-alone device?

Poll results: Can the smartwatch be a success by just being an extension of your smartphone or does it need to be a stand-alone device?
At the beginning of the week we asked you whether you feel like the smartawtch needs to be more like what Samsung is doing with the Wi-Fi/3G-enabled Gear S, or a tethered, companion device (like pretty much every other smartwatch on the market) in order to be a success.

First off, our impression that wearables are not that hot of a topic proved to be right on the money -- just under 1,100 of you cared enough about them to cast a vote. Of those ~1,100, 45.68% feel that smartwatches can be a success in their current incarnation -- as slave devices to your smartphones -- while 41.28% think they need to be independent like the aforementioned Gear S. The remaining 13.04% are undecided, and that can at least partially be attributed to the fact that smartwatch vendors haven't done a very good job of explaining what a smartwatch is, and what they're hoping for it to be.

See the result for yourself. Were you surprised?

Can the smartwatch be a success by just being an extension of your smartphone or does it need to be a stand-alone device?

Yes, smartwatches can be successful in their current form, but it'll take time
44.97%
No, smartwatches need to be stand-alone devices to succeed
41.64%
I can't tell at this point.
13.39%

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28 Comments

1. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes, but they need better battery life and more competition (designs)... A watch is one of the few accessories Men and Women use alike and it is usually also a "unique" object... Unlike the vast amounts of iPhones and Galaxies I come across everyday, it is really hard to see the same watch in the wrist of two different persons... I would like to see a wider range of designs and features for these devices

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I don't know. But what I know is that they need to change drastically to become any useful.

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

They shouldn't exist as a whole IMO, they are useless and unnecessary gimmicks.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

They would be useful if the price is cheap, but paying about $200 for a smartwatch is not worth it. Price it below $100 then we'll talk.

13. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

So, what is paying $2,000 for a Movado? CHOICE. Quick naggin' price conflict and get over it. Lol. Really. I see this every time on here. A bunch of people trying to sound right when they mention price. If you can afford to budget for a pair of $130 shoes, $50 VS bras, a $2015 C7 Stingray, or whatever you (generally speaking) are itching to buy, then go ahead and do so to buy it. You shouldn't be on a tech site preaching low prices all the time. What an oxymoron that is. Yea, there are companies who make low cost products. There are companies who also don't. It'll be your wildest dream before you see a top tier company like Samsung, Apple, or Motorola sell a time piece of quality and features, while containing this eras tech, for LESS than $100. /public rant over

15. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

If you can guarantee that the smartwatch is still working and is technically relevant in 5 years, let alone 50, then you have a point; until then you're comparing apples to oranges...

20. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

what? Smart phones may not be relevant in 50 years...

22. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Ummm....no one is expecting a $250 smartwatch to be around in 50 years. In 5 years maybe. Most Jordan's don't last more than 6 months and people drop crazy money for them. Honestly, if you can't afford a $250 watch, just don't buy it. They should not adjust the price just of you. There are millions of people out there that would buy it. That's who they are catering to.

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I know what you what point you're trying to make here, pay $1000 for an Apple Watch is the best decision ever made. Keep paying those hard-earned cash, and keep being stupid. Gosh, I'm gonna get myself a Vertu phone. Not.

19. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Who said anything about me purchasing an Apple watch. Fanboy / hater spotted. Typical.

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Stand alone devices are for geeks... you will spend the first week installing some apps, then you realize it's just yet another android device. Smartwatches should be just interfaces to our smartphones: that's where interesting data is, that's where the notification we need come from. Having another smartphone at your wrist that doubles your main smartphone's functions is pointless!

7. dc123

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

thank you!! i'm getting tired of people complaining about smart watches not being a stand alone device! why would you want a small 1 inch screen as your main device!?

14. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Post of the day. +1

18. tkk76

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Say you have a Note 4 or something similarly sized and you are heading for the gym, on a bike ride or jogging... or wearing jeans... You are saying there is no benefit to having a standalone watch that can give you some functionality that allows you to leave your phone at home? How is this pointless? You might as well say a tablet is pointless if you have a 4 pound laptop. Or for that matter, why have a laptop when you can always just carry around you desktop and a huge UPS? Some of us want to have a large smartphone, but don't want to be permanently tethered to such a large device.

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Then you shouldn't have bought such a large device. What you need, gasp, was an iPhone and ipad combo, because of 'size'. And bring along the tiny ipod. What you have brought to attention is the hybrid, that already exists, ala surface pro series or yoga series. If you want a watch to have battery, 3g or 2g, screen that you can actually use, and voice recognition and and and and....be waiting for basically a 3.5in iPhone and not a watch.

26. tkk76

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Actually, you have it reversed. I wanted a phablet, but did not get one because I would be forced to carry it 24/7. If there was a legit watch option that I could use for phone calls and voice search/nav and music then I would have the option of leaving my phone at home while I go jogging/swimming/biking or an other time I can't easily tote a large phone. So I bought a smaller phone, and then a tablet... and still end up wishing I could occasionally make calls having a watch that allowed me to leave my phone at home. Why is jogging with a phone strapped to my arm the only current option to make and receive calls while joggin

5. steelew

Posts: 219; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

It needs to AT LEAST function as a watch when untethered and preferably only be lacking in phone functionality when untethered. It should be able to do more than a standard watch on its own if we are going to call them smart watches. I don't need another phone, but it would be nice to go for a run without me phone and still be able to do fitness stuff or take notes or set reminders. IMHO

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

kinda like the Microsoft fit band

6. tkk76

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Yeah, the need at least some useful standalone functionality, otherwise it is just a fashion statement. Give it Google now voice functions, Bluetooth calling, music and radio. It does not need to do everything a phone does, but it needs to be able to let you leave your phone when your are out being active.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I gather they're one of those devices that, if you already own one, you'll enjoy it. But I don't see the advantages over a regular watch or a smartphone being that huge. You can show a flip phone owner a dozen uses for a smartphone that they don't currently get, or that they would need 3 different devices for. The benefits of smart watch are much less clear.

10. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

I want smartwatches to be able to link with phones but also capable of being a stand alone device.

11. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I would never consider buying a smart watch as a companion to a companion. Needs to be able to stand on its own for me to be interested.

12. tkk76

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

The main benefit is that many top tier phones are too big to comfortably carry in your pocket, especially if you are being active. A watch is less bulky than a Note 4 or Iphone 6+, but you lose that advantage if the watch is useless without the phone.

17. Elfmonster unregistered

I'm excited for what smart watches will be like ... six years from now.

21. Furbal unregistered

I just want a watch, gps/steps/health items, and quick notes (voice or otherwise). The rest of the functions can come when paired.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

other than quick notes....Microsoft band...and works on all up to date current devices.

27. DaveElliott

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

When paired with your device it would be an extension and when apart it should be independent and yet in sync with your apps and voice. Why be limited ? These will be 50.00 in a few years so why cry over these first few bulky generations? No one will care or want to hear stories about your early and weak items. Anyone give a crap about a 1974ish 300 dollar Omega led watch that only had time and date?

28. Tolooei

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

watch only Moto 360

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