This Apple Watch band offers 30 hours of extra usage, but costs almost as much as.. an Apple Watch

This Apple Watch band offers 30 hours of extra usage, but costs almost as much as.. an Apple Watch
Despite the concerted efforts of Google, Apple, and numerous big-named vendors of recent smartwatches, the comparatively small-time Pebble seems unfazed by the presence of the high-fliers. Sure, Apple Watch is more in-demand than anything rolling out on Android Wear, but even the might of the world's most valuable company hasn't really broken Pebble's stride. The Pebble Time, which is shipping as we speak, smashed yet more records with its most recent Kickstarter campaign, and one of its strongest assets is the 7-day battery life. The inaugural Apple Watch, by comparison, currently hovers around the one-day mark, which isn't a particularly impressive show. A new third-party band offers a welcome boost, adding 30 extra hours of usage to Apple Watch, but at the cost of $250, it's another expense atop a device that already costs more than the majority of wrist computers. 

The tech community is, for the most part, still searching for a legitimate reason to purchase and own a smartwatch. Seemingly ahead of their time, these devices have yet to convince the majority that they're a necessity as opposed to a luxury, and the sketchy battery retention rates don't exactly help matters. Those who don't wear traditional watches are, at times, struggling to warm to the smartwatch boom, while those partial to a timepiece aren't always thrilled by the idea of charging on a daily basis. The new Reserve Strap for Apple Watch seeks to buck this undesirable trend by packing an extra 30 hours of battery life into a stylish band. But with a price tag of $249, the convenience of extra juice doesn't come cheap. 

Comprised of silicone rubber, it's materially similar to the Apple Watch Sport strap, with the exception that it packs three lithium polymer cells around the clasp area. From there, it'll readily charge up your Watch, and the Reserve Strap itself can be charged via microUSB. 

Available in both the 38 and 42 mm sizing configurations, it's clear that a decent amount of thought has gone into the Reserve Strap. Color-wise, there are black, white and gray options on offer, and if you are an early adopter of the Apple Watch, the Reserve Strap will no doubt come in useful since it charges while you wear the device. 

Despite its strengths and eye-catching LED power indicators, the price is a definite off-put. Given that we, as consumers, remain largely indifferent about the smartwatch in general, a $250 outlay for a smartwatch peripheral seem a little bit rich, particularly when one could own an Asus ZenWatch or Moto 360 for just over half of that cost.

Still, if you are a Watch owner and would like to pre-order the Reserve Strap, do check the source link below. Bear in mind, however, that it won't ship until November. 

source: Reserve Strap via Neowin

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38 Comments

1. Athene

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

If you have the money, why not? Otherwise, big deal. I hear almost all users are ending their day (7am - 10pm) with 20% battery left, charging over night on their night stand. Seems pretty good if you ask me.

3. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Why not? Because for that price, you could get a Moto 360. You could have TWO smartwatches PLUS an extra 50$ in your pocket. When one dies, use the other. Simple

6. Athene

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Oh course you can. You can get many things for that price. Theres a nice option we have as human beings called choice.

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

There are two kinds of choice, the good one and the bad one, only the idiots and blind fanboys choose the bad choice.

9. Athene

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Tell me sir, what makes someone a "blind fan boy"?

10. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Something overpriced, gimmickly, etc. A blind fanboy would never care about those, and will buy and praise it as long as it is from his/her beloved company.

11. Athene

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

What if said blind fanboy makes around $70,000 a year (middle class average in NY-CT area) and a $450 watch doesn't really effect their budget? What if said blind fanboy makes $40,000 a year, and doesn't really spend much on luxuries. Does spending $400? 500? on an item make him/her a blind fanboy still? What is it called if someone sits online and generalizes a person or group of people buying a specific product that is not in favor of said commenter, what does that make the commenter? Definitely NOT a blind fanboy right? Oh...wait. So now where does this bring us? Is the "blind fanboy" the one who buys a product he/she likes? That $2000 Tempurpedic bed. That $600 nightstand from IKEA. That $240 Mizuno baseball bat. Those $185 Nike Air's? The $400 Apple Watch? etc. or Is the "blind fanboy" the one following a cult who insists on mocking others online due to opposite tastes in product. The one who has baseless reason other than repeated phrase and a non structural argument based on his own beliefs and negative others with common hatred surrounding him. Etc. Just trying to get educated on this "blind fanboy" term. Very curious.

19. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Oh boy the irony coming from well known Sauce5 http://i.imgur.com/jaXYOT6h.jpg

20. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Even if a person can easily afford a smart watch, be it iWatch or whatever, while people should of course be able to buy what they want, I think they become blind fanboys when they begin arguing against objective facts, this goes for both apple, android phones and consoles. But yeah it is subjective if something is 'better' for you, but even so the apple watch in this case does absolutely nothing different then the other smart watches around, it is objectively worse then others. Yet it seems because it is 'apple' people flip out and buy anything and that really makes no sense at least to me. And the reasoning is usually "It will fit with my other apple products" Yet people seem to completely miss, or are ok with the fact that they are actually saying "apple won't allow me to use whatever product I want with theirs" And they defend it to an extreme degree, and I just can't understand when it became ok to force people to use something specific, and simply use marketing to cover that fact?

24. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Firstly, the Apple watch has forced touch, wifi out the box, innovative removable straps, haptic a engine, sapphire(certain models), etc. Secondly, it's one of the only watches that work with iPhone. Please don't mention that Fisher Price Pebble. Most of these tech sites are just rooting for the little guy. Nothing more, nothing less. So, how can you say someone in a blind fanboy when the have an iPhone that they love and go buy an Apple Watch? You do know Android Wear doesn't work with iPhone right? If the brand of phone and watch that you buy were so great, you and people like you wouldn't be so insecure and constantly getting upset because Apple products sell. Apple can sell a billion iPhones and Watches, but as long as you're enjoying you Android, why does that affect you?

27. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"innovative removable straps" After that claim your post is all sense.

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7153; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

WiFi out of the box. You should have stated very limited WiFi out of the box. None of the 3rd party apps work with WiFi. I guess that is why Apple is coming out with an updated version of their watch hardware so it can support more things that people can do with WiFi, since there are imitations right now. The Pebble can get notifications and now so can Android Wear also get iPhone notifications. Nctx77, look it up on YouTube 'Android Wear iOS' or iPhone. With more solutions coming all the time. Who is the blind fanboy again. That's right you are.

35. sgodsell

Posts: 7153; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can use an Android Wear watch with iOS and there is no need to jailbreak your iPhone or root Android Wear.

32. Athene

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

You can run Android Wear on your iPhone. Just jailbreak your phone, and boom. Compatible fluid Android Wear and a nice LG or Moto smartwatch.

43. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well, complacent at the very least, because people simply accept that apple's stuff only mostly works within its own ecosystem. You are correct in the example that the iWatch is the only that really works, though pebble works with it too. I don't undertand how wifi is anything that shouldn't be there already? other smart watches have this too? Removable straps? watches of all kinds have had this for ages upon ages, not really innovative in my book? is it innovative because others don't have such? I believe quite a lot of the other smart watches actually can use more or less any strap? though not sure. I am not insecure, it is very odd that you say this, I am sick and tired of apple's commercials and marketing, it is gag inducing, and at best lies in my tech minded eyes. It is as simple as that, I'm sick and tired of hearing all the things apple 'is' how innovative it is and whatnot, when it is not, the only thing apple is good at is gathering up stuff that already exists, mixing it up to create their own recipe and then marketing it effectively. But effective marketing does not equal a better product, or that it even is 'innovative'. They have used that word so much that it is practically pointless, what does it even mean?

36. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

if u make 70k a year and live in the ny CT area then u should shove that 500 in ur pocket bc ur gonna need it. I live in Westchester and 70k a year is a start. that is unless your 25 years old living at your parents still.

40. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

lol rekt hard

13. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Thats the beauty of Apple. Accessories cost as much as some good smartphones. They charge their products 15 - 20 times more than the actual cost of the products so if any fault is found they give the replacement for free..

14. Athene

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Price matters to those who can and can not afford something, therefore alters your decision on which items you should buy, which items you are interested in, and which items appeal most to you. Price is price. Speaking of overpriced things, how about a Samsung TV for $40,000? Those who can afford it, will buy it. Those who can't, will laugh at it (like me right now) and won't buy it (like me or you right now).

25. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

BOOM!

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7153; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So we need accessories for the accessories now.

26. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You do know that this is not made by Apple right?

41. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Where did he say it was made by Apple? If anything I would've thought Apple would've done this in the band that comes with the watch to increase the battery life.

17. Iodine

Posts: 1477; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Or translated to normal language, there is only single choice: Choose whatever you want, but if it's Apple you are a blind sheep idiot and ~^{*

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7153; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

When all you are getting is a few small embedded batteries in a plastic rubberized band. Then this band in my opinion is a rip off. Especially when you can buy an entire Smart Watch for less then the price of this band. This band will fail for a number of reasons. -) the price alone will kill this. -) this band is the same material as Apples sports band -) those who bought the Aluminum sport watch are definitely not going to buy this band. If they didn't have enough money to buy the steel version, then they are not going to buy this band -) esthetics, if people took the time to purchase a nicer band, then they wanted that band for its looks. So now its come down to people now need accessories for their accessories.

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Big deal for Apple.

2. waddup121 unregistered

Nope FOH...ima just get the 2nd iteration of the Apple Watch.

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

No wonder people love making accessories/peripherals for Apple Products. Just find a tiny stupid problem that Apple overlooked, fix it, and slap any amount you want for the fix and these idiots will buy them anyway.

7. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

If you buy apple watch with cheapest strap its 549 and the most expensive is 1049, with belt being only difference. So instead getting that belt get two of these, simple.

15. Elfmonster unregistered

Apple is the worst.

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