Android Central 318: Smartwatches are dead
In this episode, Daniel, Jerry, Andrew and Alex debate whether wearables, and smartwatches in particular, are done for — or whether there's still a pulse ... nope, not going to finish that one.
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Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central.
Oh yeah, I really like the quality and the style as well. I've also had to contact customer service a few times (new user questions) and response time has been nothing less than excellent.
So I don't think they are 'dead'. I think the companies will find that they just need to stick with simple features.
(positive thoughts go out for my wife still in the hospital)
It wasn't long ago that most phones were being subsidized by most carriers. Many people still aren't beyond seeing smartphones as worth only about $100 - $300.
Just a year ago I was trying to explain to coworkers why I chose to leave AT&T Next and instead save a small amount monthly to put towards future phone. It makes all the sense in the world as I find AT&T's selection of phones limited and, although I don't tend to hold on to phones long, don't mind doing so if it means I have more options. We all work in finance, however no one could get over what I would be spending on my smartphone. Some were even talking about the being on T-mobile's jump plan and didn't have the tendency to purchase a phone yearly.
The cheap watches aren't at the forefront of the market, the premium ones are and most people will not buy something that needs their smartphone and does exactly what their smartphone does for the price of their smartphone. And it really is that simple. In my opinion most smartphone manufacturers need to get out of the smart watch business and leave it to fitness tracker companies. In the hands of a company like Fitbit you get a product with far less noise in terms of its functionality. To the consumer, it isn't just an extension of their smartphone, it's a device that specializes in areas that their smartphone can't. Sure their smart phone has similar functions, but that's for the casuals. For the people that are serious about fitness and want the best of the best device they'll opt to buy a smart watch if it's marketed correctly.
Point is no matter what the current technology people are going to try to shortcut usage scenarios. It's always going to be a moving target. That said, I really want to like smartwatches but balanced against a stainless steel solar-powered diver's style watch that never needs batteries, is way more waterproof and shockproof than I am and something that I never have to think about...Nah, I'm not going to strap a fragile hi-maintenance device onto my wrist instead. Here in Wisconsin we just got a big dose of winter which means heavy jacket and gloves so even a basic watch is unusable because it's so friggin' cold one doesn't even want to open that gap between jacket and glove.
IMO I still think smart eye-wear is the way to go - if done right. Something with the style of high-end Oakley's with built-in audio, a visual overlay that toggles between one eye display, both or none that you could easily see through or dismiss with a verbal command when desired - leaving ordinary looking eye-wear. This could offer multi-media, augmented reality, communications and data storage all in one hands-free device that is not affected by clothing choices. I think this is the holy grail of device convergence that will take us up to the next step which is implanted wetware devices and Bio-nano-tech
Considering most youth to young adults don't even bother wearing a watch,
these things never had a chance. Had they come along in the mid to late 90's,
it might of had a chance.
When you carry "a watch" with you all the time, considering the price of these things,
along with a few days at most battery life, it's no wonder they aren't selling.
If I spend 250 bucks on a smartwatch it lasts two years before it is obsolete. If I spend that much on a real watch it still be working 50 years from now. And the battery lasts a year and costs $1 to replace.
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