Woz: Apple Watch and other smartwatches are "not a compelling purchase"

Woz: Apple Watch and other smartwatches are
If you look up the word integrity in the dictionary, you are bound to see a picture of Steve Wozniak. The Apple co-founder says what he feels, even if it means saying some rotten things about the company that he and Steve Jobs founded a bit more than 40-years ago. Along the way, the Woz has become something of a folk hero.

Wozniak loves gadgets, but he isn't ready to fully embrace the current crop of wearables, including the Apple Watch. Speaking today at the Future Transport Summit in Sydney, the Apple co-founder complains about the stunted computing power found on today's smartwatches. He also doesn't like the idea that the intelligent timepieces are dependent on a smartphone for connectivity.

The latter is very frustrating to Wozniak, who mentioned that there have been times when he left his iPhone at home and didn't realize it until he tried to pay for something using his Apple Watch. Unfortunately, without the phone to pair his watch with, he was unable to get online to complete the transaction. Those experiences have led Wozniak to state, "People say that if you put the name Apple on it, people will line up to buy it. I think it needs a little more than these watches have." Apple is reportedly working on a stand-alone version of the Apple Watch, which will feature a SIM card and stand alone internet capabilities. Will this be seen on the Apple Watch 2? That remains to be seen.

For now, Wozniak calls the Apple Watch "an expense that bought me a few extra niceties in my life," and compares it to a Bluetooth connection to his phone. And that is about as honest an appraisal of the Apple Watch as you will get, even if it is from someone whose name remains synonymous with Apple. He adds that just as the original Bluetooth earpieces made wearers look "dorky," the current field of smartwatches will do the same. And yes, he includes the Apple Watch in that list of smartwatches that are "not a compelling purchase."

source: TheRegister



1. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

The truth has been spoken! Used samsung gear 2 and apple watch, didn't find them useful. Back to my gshock

7. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Fitness bands that double as smart watches, however, are useful. Of the people I know who have Fitbits and Microsoft Bands, they pretty much all love it and use it daily. I have a Microsoft Band 2 and it's kind of cool to have the smartwatch functionality in addition to all the counting of steps, heart rate, etc. One of the coolest ways in which it has helped me is in being able to keep my phone on silent at work and elsewhere, and still receive texts, emails, phone calls, with a silent vibration on your wrist. Even if I don't take action immediately, I don't miss a beat and call back hours later when I check my phone.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The part where you think the coolest ways in which it helps you. Well that holds true for almost all the smart watches. If your into fitness, then there are some watches better than others. The other area is actually the ecosystem and type of apps behind the smart watches. Apple started out with the actual 3rd party apps running on the iPhone itself. So Apples watch apps were reliant on the speed of your iPhone. Where as other smart watches had native app support from the start. Even though the Apple watch has native app support now. It is still severely limited and slow. A good metric for how fast the Apple watch actually is looking at the port of some games. Doom for one is incredibly slow and not playable on the Apple watch. Where as Doom on Android Wear is actually pretty fast and fluid. For that matter 3rd party apps in general are much faster on other smart watches compared to Apples watch.

12. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I like my Gear s2. Just wish it wasn't so silent. I wear the watch on the treadmill, and leave my phone in the locker a floor below. The bluetooth is strong enough to notify me of messages and calls while I am on the working out, but if I could communicate to someone calling me, I could let them know when I will be done and call them back.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There is a 3/4G version. Then you can forward your calls and get your texts too.

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

woz go get a gear s2 or urbane.

3. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Steve Wozniak - Keep contributing to traffic on tech website by blabbering every now and then. Whenever there is a gap between gadget releases and no much stuff is there to write about, comes the messiah with opinions which no one care.

15. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

You cared enough to post a comment, I cared enough to read and many other readers too cared enough to do the same.

20. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except we do care, and for some reason that really crawls up your backside. Is it because he's known as the real genius behind Apple, and not as a dishonest asshole like Jobs?

8. Feanor

Posts: 1432; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I'm not sure that smartwatches were ever supposed to be the next big thing. I always thought about them as, well, just a bit smarter watches, since I ever tried (in 2012) my first smartwatch (the Sony Smartwatch 1). I think expectations went a bit too high just because Apple and Samsung have joined the field and these companies just enjoy a nearly insane degree of popularity. However I do agree with Woz that a lot of snartwatches can look rather dorky (Apple Watch is actually one of the worst). On the contrary I'm very happy with my TAG Heuer Connected. Most people don't even realise that it is a smartwatch and when they do, they think it's really interesting (but just because the design is so much nicer than other smartwatches). For me my TAG Heuer doesn't look much like a smartwatch, rather it looks like an 'evolved' but still traditional wristwatch.

38. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That's interesting, didn't even know TAG made a smartwatch... Looks pretty good -- a little more sporty than I might normally go with -- but among the top for smartwatches. Thanks for the info!

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

10. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

depends which way the wind is blowing today

32. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Haha, good find.

11. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Problem is, phones replaced watches for many, many people. It's a backwards step in a lot of ways. Watches could eventually take back many of the phone features but the necessarily small screens and fact that calls would be rather "public" without an earpiece means "Smart Watches" remain a rather niche accessory.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Smartwatches have bluetooth and you can use it with many fo them. But I'm sure you know this? SMH!!!! I use my BT with my Gear S and Gear S2 with no issue. You calls never have to be public. Only people who don't know anything about tech, would ever think so.

30. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Only dickheads wear Bluetooth phone earpieces. I mean literally, no-one likes those people. So no, I did not include them/you in my observation.

33. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Only dickheads wear Bluetooth phone earpieces." Never go full retard...

37. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

You two should get a room, you seem quite into each other - maybe you don't even need a room, you can both walk down the street whispering to each other into your Bluetooth earpieces looking like those cool "business types".

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31765; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have a Gear S, and Apple Watch...love em both. I won't be upgrading them for about 2 years though.

14. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I will never buy a smart watch anyway.

16. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

You can use Samsung pay with the Gear S2. The Frickin OG Gear S is a standalone smartwatch along with the Gear S2. As far as smartwatches go they fulfil the basics, the main frustration is the apps selection.

17. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

No, you can't use Samsung Pay on your Gear S2, because Samsung Pay is currently not supported on the Gear S2. And to the Genius Woz, yes you can use Apple Pay without being connected to your iPhone, the card info and NFC is totally independent of your iPhone. I pay all the time with my Apple Watch, whilst my phone is home or in the car and NOT connected.

18. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

19. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Not sure if it requires the phone to be connected to it or not. Correct me if im wrong there.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The GS2 has an NFC chip inside, so it wont require the phone. But it won't work with Magstrip like the phone does. So that's really sad.

36. techbuttcheex

Posts: 205; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

It uses the heart rate sensor to verify Apple Pay, so I don't think you need your phone

22. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

That article is wrong, it's not the first one to claim Samsung Pay is available on the S2. However, in addition to the Apple Watch I also have a Gear S2, and Samung Pay is not available.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung Pay on the Gear S2 hasn't been activated in all countries yet. I believe Korea is using it first as the test area, the same as when Samsung Pay was originally released in Korea first.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree 100% with him. They are overpriced useless piece of junk. But some do offer some benefits. Like the Gear S/S2 have 3G/4G capabilities which means you can leave the phone at home, and still get calls and texts. But even with that, its not worth $350. None of them should cost more than $150. But the Apple Watch is the expense king at $10,000 with $100 worth of gold and no diamonds or anything...the biggest joke of them all.

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