Poll results: Would you use a smartwatch to browse the web?

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)



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Unlikely. I use it for notifications and reply sms thru voice dictation.

2. bfuller2006

Posts: 85; 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.

3. sniperdroid

Posts: 146; Member since: May 23, 2013

Not heavy browsing but just for headlines when I don't feel like pulling my monster phone out of my pocket.

4. nvrhde

Posts: 77; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

Yes only for complex/secure websites Eg. For online banking

5. MEeee

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

People don't use it because their smartwatches are either too small, round or can't surf the web. Soon others will follow and we all get along again just like with phablets.

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

No I'm pretty sure smartwatches with SIM cards have been around for a while

7. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; 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.

8. bouaroudj

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

The first smartwatch with a simcard is the omate truesmart

9. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

and people complaint iphone 5 has a small screen

10. buccob

Posts: 2968; 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...

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

On a 1" screen no thanks.

12. Ziggy

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Voice search, notifications, maps and health. Browsing on it sounds really lame, inefficient and just plain awkward.

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