Poll results: do you think smartwatches should be upgraded every year?

Poll results: do you think smartwatches should be upgraded every year?
After breaking out of the geeky gadget stereotype, smartwatches are now in their own niche of luxury-accessories-meet-latest-tech. Due to that, some are accordinly priced more as fashion items than just fancy step counters. Multiple wristbands made with luxury materials have started popping up, and it seems that upgrading a smartwatch annually just doesn't seem to bring many tech benefits, considering the devices' daily applications.

Considering this, we asked you – do you believe that manufacturers should take some pressure off of upgrading their respective smartwatches every year, and thus letting the shoppers enjoy owning their rather expensive "latest gadget accessory" for longer, or should they just stick to the annual upgrade schedule? And yes, nobody is forcing users to upgrade to the newest model smartwatch, but let's be real — we are talking about the fashion accessory niche. When you spend between $600 and $10,000 on a watch and extra wristbands, you definitely don't want it to be "yesterday's news" in 12 months.

Here's how you, our readers, voted on this conundrum:

Which would you prefer: upgrade smartwatch models every year or move update cycle to 2+ years?

Annual refresh cycle, please, I need my tech as bleeding edge as possible
21.26%
Once every couple of years is fine — it's more of an accessory that we should enjoy for longer
54.92%
I still don't care about smartwatches
23.82%

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7 Comments

1. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Omfg I was saying this to my friends just the other day, we don't need a new smart watch every year, once every 2 years is good enough, and that should give the oem's and software developers time to give us a great experience...

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I totally disagree. Look at Apples smart watch. It is missing lots of things. Plus it has bad battery life. For crying out loud it's watch face is off most of its life. Another iteration is desperately needed to fix a bunch of issues with Apples watch. Apples watch is even half ass for fitness, and has no GPS. WiFi! What WiFi? It's a joke. You are also forgetting that most of these smart watch accessories rely on your smartphone to begin with. So making something that looks and smells like a watch is one thing. Actually acting like one is another. Plus a smart watch in my books is something that can be used as a standalone device, even if you don't have your phone with you. Granted many offer great notifications, play music, email, send text messages, and display maps now. Plus some now offer and even do more these days. As far as developers are concerned. Then what matters is if they are on board with the platform, and not any specific watch itself. So a year r two won't matter.

6. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Nah. please do not create new one. later, smartwatch become heavier....

3. bubblechaos

Posts: 114; Member since: May 04, 2015

Once smart watches cover all our basic necessities then a 2 year upgrade is what we need. but as of now, it still needs a lot of improvement. Especially in the battery life department.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What difference does it make? You aren't forced to buy every year.

5. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Honestly still don't find any compelling reason to get a smartwatch.

7. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

They can upgrade it once a month for all I care, it doesn't mean I need to buy each one. I bought the original Moto 360 and still use it (though not as much as before). Once I find a worthy upgrade, I'll upgrade.

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