Poll results: Would you use a smartwatch to browse the web?
posted by Florin T. / Oct 14, 2014, 11:58 PM
Last week, Opera announced that it would be the first to offer a full browser that’s tailored for Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch. The browser, of course, is Opera Mini, known for being available on almost any mobile device that has a screen.
Although the Gear S features the largest display among current smartwatches - a 2-inch, curved AMOLED panel with 320 x 480 pixels - surfing the web on it would still be a challenging experience, even compared to what entry-level smartphones are offering. With that in mind, we made a poll asking you if you’d consider browsing the web on a smartwatch.
Only 15.28% of voters opted for a firm "Yes", apparently having no problems with using a web browser on a small screen that sits on their wrist, while 39.54% of voters would never consider surfing the web on such a display. At the same time, 45.18% of voters may use a web browser on their smartwatch if there’s no larger device around.
As a reminder, the Samsung Gear S isn’t available to buy yet, but it should be launched in the near future. In the US, all major carriers will offer the smartwatch - which, by the way, is the first in the world that supports SIM cards (thus being capable of making phone calls without the help of another device).
Would you use a smartwatch to browse the web?
Only if I'm forced to (by not having a larger device around)
Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 31, 2011
No unless it was sumpthing simple. i.e. "ok Google." "What is the phone number to Dominos pizza?" Pulls up phone number in mobile search browser on watch. I wouldnt be browsing the internet with it in other words.
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 12:10 AM 5
Posts: 6658; Member since: Dec 02, 2011
That is the same with a smartphone screen: one can browse a few stuff but when one needs to spend a large amount of time online, one uses/should use a laptop. That's why phablets and tablets are bad devices.
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 2:01 AM 0
Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012
I think the best way to take advantage of that type of functionality on smartwatches is to look at it as a small secondary display... Basically any Floating app that works on phones is a good candidate for a smartwatch, so you can really multitask without covering your main app/function on your phone... Floating Calculator, Floating Notes, Unit Converter, Translator, AND a small browser window... are all good examples of SmartWatch apps that can work side by side with your phone...
posted on Oct 15, 2014, 7:00 AM 0
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