Poll results: Do you own a smart wearable (smartwatch, smartband, etc.)?

Poll results: Do you own a smart wearable (smartwatch, smartband, etc.)?
First, there was the hype. Everybody and their dog was getting real excited about the idea of tiny wrist computers that could, praised be the gods, end up as lucrative new revenue stream for both superstar and stalling manufacturers. Then reality kicked hype's behind real nasty, and we quickly had to come to grips with the facts of the day: wearables are simply an extension of our smartphones. Even a few years later, us and manufacturers both are having a hard time justifying them. Which is not to say we don't partake, of course. And as it turns out, our readers do, too, and in seemingly growing numbers. Case in point: our yesterday poll asking you to note whether you use smart wearables.

Over 50% of participants say they own one or another type of smart wearable. More specifically, a little over 30% of our readers claim they own a smartwatch, while ~13% have a smartband—like a fitness tracker or similar. About 8% own at least two smart wearables, leaving us with ~48% of the sample that don't partake. But how do we identify whether wearables are a seemingly growing trend? By putting the numbers side by side with an identical poll from May 2015

In that time window, ownership of smart wearables shot up by some 15% within our readership, though do keep in mind that the size of the samples is different, and these numbers are affected by other factors. For example, it's typically the really engaged segment of our audience that takes parts in polls, so power users—who are more likely to own wearables— are over-represented. In the real world, wearables have definitely not yet reached 50% market penetration, though our belief is that they're trending up, if slowly. 

Wearables may not end up as the huge product category we were all hoping for, but by all means, they seem to be here to stay.

Do you own a smart wearable (smartwatch, smartband, etc.)?

Yes, a smartwatch
30.5%
Yes, a smartband
13%
Yes, but something else (a smart ring, for example?)
0.5%
I own at least two wearables
7.5%
No, I don't own any wearables
48.5%

Do you own a smart wearable (smartwatch, smartband, etc.)?

Yes, a smartwatch
23.99%
Yes, a smartband
6.95%
Yes, but something else (a smart ring, for example?)
0.38%
I own at least two wearables
4.13%
No, I don't own any wearables
64.55%

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10 Comments

1. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Own nothing...but like the apple watch

2. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Own nothing... But I would like to get a gift of something.

3. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

1 more vote for my Sony SW3 (just visit PA today). Transflective display, GPS (and NFC) FTW

5. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

BTW... There aren't enough data from the polls and you shouldn't compare them directly! - what if all of the device's owners (new poll) are the same people who voted last time, then no new ownership? No 15% shot up! I rather say - less participants, (1309-600 votes) - less participation from "no device-voter", (845-291 votes) etc.

8. jas0n unregistered

"what if all of the device's owners (new poll) are the same people who voted last time, then no new ownership?" what?? if you dont take into account the people who still have wearables then you arent really measuring how many people own wearables now are you? "less participants, (1309-600 votes)" the percentages are scale-able. "less participation from "no device-voter", (845-291 votes)" again"...what?? its not less participation. its percentage of the total.

10. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Well.. I'd poll it like this What kind of smart wearable device do you have now? (you can choose more than one) 1)Watch 2)Band 3)Others -ring etc. Then I'll know the total number of people who currently own any kind of smart wearable device. The total number of people who don't own any wearable could be - Total number of people who click/read this article - Total number of registered members of PA - Total number of smartphone!! - Total population on this Earth!!! minus the total number of voters.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'it's typically the really engaged segment of our audience that takes parts in polls, so power users—who are more likely to own wearables— are over-represented.' Translation: Geeks are over-represented.

6. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Own a smartwatch :) Moto 360

7. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Where is the option for "I bought one but the technology isn't advanced enough so I returned it and got my money back"? I got the first gen Moto 360 last year and the battery couldn't even last through one day of light usage. This was AFTER the update to extend battery life. (I'd hate to see it before). It would die around noon with heavy usage and around 5 just sitting on my wrist doing nothing. The only way to respond to a text was via voice (Super annoying in public or at work). So basically the only thing it did was tell me I had a message, but I still had to take my phone out of my pocket if I wanted to respond... SMH

9. Plutonium239

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

You should try a Microsoft Band or Band 2. My original band lasted about 4 days, if I didn't charge it while showering. My new band 2 only goes for about 2 days.

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