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Smartwatches are awesome. So why aren't they more popular?

Officially, Google isn't finished with Android Wear, and neither are the companies that build watches powered by it. But I'm pretty sure that Android Wear's time has come and gone.

Barring some major breakthrough that will fundamentally change the way we use the platform, there's not much more to be done with it. On the technical side, there is a lot of cool stuff that can happen; things like integration with other IoT gear, point-to-point networking, and things that people smarter than me will think up. But to a consumer who has a fistful of money and an itch to buy something really cool, there is not a lot more that can be put on a wrist that's not already there.

This makes me wonder — why isn't Android Wear — heck, wearables in general from all companies — more popular than it is?

Don't get me wrong, I know a lot of people love their smartwatch. Android fans, Samsung fans, Apple fans, that last Pebble fan. There are millions of people who are very happy that they bought a smartwatch, and may even buy another one. Maybe. Millions of anything is not a failure, and I'm not calling Android Wear a failure. But billions of people have a phone. Billions have a traditional computer or laptop. Billions have a TV. When we first heard companies talking about putting a tiny computer on our wrists, the group mind said that billions would buy one. Billions > millions.

New smartwatches do all the things we wanted them to do and don't suck.

It's not because they don't work, either. If you haven't checked out the latest Android Wear watch, or Samsung Gear or Apple Watch, you should. They do exactly what we all wanted them to do and do it fairly well. At least with no more bugs and technical limitation nonsense than any other tiny computing product.

I have an LG Watch Sport and it can almost replace my phone and makes a great companion product to my phone. Other brands from other companies do the same and while we always want more it's tough to say that a smartwatch doesn't do the stuff we expect a smartwatch to do. They even tell time.

The only reason I can come up with is (drum roll) ... money. Few people want to spend more than they need to, and I get the feeling that smartwatches are just too darned expensive for a whole lot of people to justify the purchase. Cheaper smartwatches exist, but they will never get much of a following because they just don't do a lot outside of notifications, and for a thing that only tells you when you have a message they are probably too expensive for a lot of people, too.

Are smartwatches too expensive, or do they just not do enough to make us want them?

This is a big nasty Catch-22 situation because if you make a product that can be a tiny phone, a fitness tracker, an authentication device, a music player, and everything else a good smartwatch can do you spend a lot of money doing it and need to charge a lot of money for it. Then when people see it on a shelf or online store they balk at the price. I don't how you go about fixing that or even if you can. Hey, I'm good at tearing gadgets apart, programming stuff and playing Skyrim. I leave economics to the professionals.

Maybe I'm wrong and it's not the price, or maybe I'm completely wrong and a gazillion people got a smartwatch as a gift last month. So I'm going to ask you — why do you think wearables didn't take off and become the new thing nobody can live without? Take a minute and let me know what you think because this is one of those things I think about when I can't sleep and would love to have a reasonable explanation for.

Until next time.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

251 Comments
  • Easy, too expensive ! 4-500 for a watch ! Your can get a full phone for that price..
  • I got my LG Sport for 199. I feel like this is a damn good price as a decent dumb-watch cost around the same. I love not having to pull my phone out to check messages, emails, etc.
  • 200$ is not bad, i got the first LG G Watch for similar price.
  • That is a good price, and thankfully smartwatch prices have been dropping. There are many to chose from around the $225 mark. But even then I think they are over priced for what they physically are.
    >Tiny batteries
    >Dinky touch screens
    >Puny storage
    >Slow microprocessors (compared to phones)
    >Stripped down OS and apps
    >Spotty, Buggy, unreliable software updates and support Compare specs of a smart phone to a comparably priced smart watch. A smart watch should not cost as much as a smart phone.
  • ....agree with all and on top of that, i would add that they do not offer best support to wireless headphones(one thing that they could be easy used for), and most of them (only Samsung's Gear supports it) there is no support for Spotify premium - off line....so basically 25$ sport "smart-band" do same as some over 200$ smartwatch.
    I think that there is not that many folk that would prefer to read messages or even something more on smartwatch instead on a bigger screen smartphone. So it is easy to loose interest for one more thing that you need to charge every night and doesn't use that much....
    So,people who bought it once....would rarely buy another one...and there is not that much folk out of "nerd herd" that is interested to invest that much money on something that they don't really need
  • My Fossil smart watch cost $137, which is a terrific price considering all the stuff it does. Compared to a Bulova or Tag Heiur watch, this is a no-brainer choice. C'mon, who would call a $137 watch expensive? I think they bombed because people probably think most smart watches cost as much as the Apple Watch, which gets the most attention in the press for doing about the same as the rest.
  • Smart functions aside, the nicer Bulovas and any Tags are in another league of watch from anything Fossil makes.
  • Not if it is a smartwatch. You can only differentiate so much with materials and precision manufacturing when your entire guts are the same Made in PRC components.
  • They only have 3yr life span with updates, puts me off buying one.
  • Exactly, which is why you can't compare to a dumb watch...a dumb watch can last for ten years. Smart watch has to short if a life span for the price
  • Three years is generous. The one smart watch I owned was dead within about 18 months, because the battery degraded. Also, despite a fair amount of care it had taken much more of a beating in that time than any of my smartphones ever did.
  • Ya, hwatch. Sept 2015 release, Dec 2017 officially not getting anymore updates to AW. HW is fine though.
  • I got my Gear S3 with LTE for $350...
  • My Gear s3 was 279. No LTE
  • I can see them being really great for people that are always on the move and traveling, it's lost its wow too me though. I owned the of pebble which I loved. Moto 360 1st gen(meh), gear s2(pretty solid) and the gear S3(amazing watch). They just don't do enough to justify a new one at this point. It has got me back to wearing a traditional watch daily if not my S3 though. I've bought 4 traditional watches since my gear s3 that I wear more often than it.
  • Don't want to have to charge them all the time/ too bulky
  • That's exactly why they haven't caught on. That's why I went with a Pebble Time. 5 days of real-world battery and waterproof. I have played with Android Wear. Everytime I have the slight urge to make an impulse buy I don't because I remember none of them last more than a day and none of them are waterproof.
  • I thought they were all waterproof. My original Apple Watch is waterproof. Been swimming, showering, and anything else with it with no problems for years.
  • I'll second that. After wearing a watch for years - and now not wearing one for years - I don't think I want to go back. It's one more thing to keep charged, and I just can't think of a killer app that I need on a watch. I've thought about buying one many times, but I haven't pulled the trigger. Not yet, anyway.
  • Agreed. I have 2 "dumb" watches with solar charging. One of them have been going for more than 10 years without any maintenance (i. e. battery replacement etc.).
  • They'll need some kind of radical advancement to overcome hardware limitations. There's only so much you can do on a tiny, wrist-mounted screen. Your smartphone will always be much more capable and it's always with you, anyway. Why struggle on a tiny screen with limited functionality when you can just pull out your phone and do it all...
  • I agree, price is the biggest issue. Also a lot fewer people wear watches than use phones. I hear a lot of "I don't like wearing a watch".
  • We have a winner. The smart watch was and is a success. It has sold millions but not billions as Jerry said but those who expected billions didn't realize that a vast amount of people didn't already wear a traditional watch. Those people don't feel like they need something on their wrist but those who already wore an analog watch saw it as a no brainer to get a smart watch (if they like tech) because even the dumbest of smart watches does more than a dumb watch. So the target audience was a fraction of a fraction of the population. Every house has a TV and every house has a PC but not every home has a person who 1. Wears a watch AND 2. Is a tech enthusiast. They may have one or the other but the odds they have one who is both is much slimmer. To sum it up, the reason they don't sell billions is because watches themselves were never a product that everyone wore. Additionally those of us who buy smart watches (I love my S3), don't see any need to be on the same upgrade cycle as we are on our phones. I don't anticipate swapping out my S3 for at least another 2-3 years (and I've already had it longer than a year) even if I upgrade my phone multiple times in that same time frame.
  • "Every house has a TV and every house has a PC" This is not true for the places that contributed to the *billions* of smartphones sold -- out there your phone is your TV and your PC and your watch.
  • You're spot on Jerry - boils down to the cost. I happily use £200 mobile phone (Moto G4 Plus). There is no chance I can justify £300 spend on the smartwatch that would do what I would like it to do. You are right - there are cheaper options but these are not good enough, so if I have a choice I rather have no smartwatch at all than cheap option that does not do what I want it to do...
  • The Moto 360 is a reasonably priced smart watch that will work great with your g4
  • Easy answer... They don't have a respectable shelf life. I've tried 3 different smartwatches. Each of them had to be retired from various problems... Dead pixels that killed half the screen (Moto devices in particular). Severely degraded batteries after only 6 months of use. And 2 generation lifecycle. Watches are typically like toothbrushes. You buy one and it should last eons. The shelf life of a smartwatch is abysmally small. And the price for a low end smartwatch is much higher than a midgrade normal watch. I've come to the conclusion that smart watches are as valuable as smart toothbrushes would be. A waste of time. Sounds cool from a tech perspective. But realistically just a redundant piece of equipment you really don't need. Leave traditional watches be.
  • This why pebble makes me sad. My 1st gen pebble,released in 2013, works fine with every modern phone (for now...) It started out with a 5-ish day better life. It still gets 4+ when I wear it (usually to protect my pebble 2). A long lasting battery means fewer charge cycles, meaning longer total life. The OG plastic body watches were under $100, steel was $150. The color ones were more expensive... Too expensive really, for the limited color quality. I kept mine in b&w modes all the time to up the contrast. Not a selling point. The pebble2 was a solid device but came too late. I have hopes that my watches will last another couple of years, before the apps are finally deprecated to uselessness.
  • I tried a Pebble but stop using it to poor design. The buttons where on the right side of it, which meant I tried to avoid using them as much as possible. I asked Pebble support why they didn't have s simple software configuration to put the control buttons on the left (upside down display, basically) and was told to "go to hell". Center mounted bottom buttons on the generous bezels would have been great too. On top of that, the first Pebble had a non-standard watch band that new jeweler I went to supported. Once the band it came with broke, I tossed it in a drawer and it hasn't moved.
  • A toothbrush should be replaced every three months.....
  • 1 - They're a bit too overpriced for what they actually can do
    2 - They're almost all horrible looking (badly designed, or with flat tires, or with huge casings etc)
    3 - Google has so fair failed to tell us WHY we would want a smartwatch instead of just a simple fitness band.
    Smartwatches aren't capable of replacing fitness bands. As such, Google (and Samsung) needs to give us good reasons why we should want to wear a smartwatch. I have one. I haven't used it in well over a year. Why? Because it was useless. Even when it came to notifications, I ended up having to pull out the phone anyway. So I don't see why I should waste nearly 400€ on something that does so little and still needs my phone constantly around.
  • I bought a Huawei Watch 2 a few weeks ago, because I needed a new watch and the prices have come down enough to bring it in range of gadget curiosity. I thought some of the fitness features might be useful when cycling, and NFC payments from my wrist sounded cool. it wasn't till I had it that I realised quite how useful it was going to be. Of course what it does is in the realm of "nice to have" rather than necessary, but there's something good going on with relative attention spans: when your phone buzzes with a notification it's hard to resist the temptation to pull it out and check, which becomes intrusive; with the watch you can tell at a glance whether it's important. But this doesn't come over if you're just reading that the watch mirrors the notifications on your phone, so I think the limited demand really is a matter of relatively high price and a perceived limited utility - in a world where many people have been using their phones instead of watches anyway. And I do think there's room for further refinement, as well as a lot of scope around improved voice input, and really we're still in the early adopter phase.
  • I can't think of a single reason why I would need one (that's "need", not "want").
  • Do you really "need" anything besides food, shelter, and clothing???
  • Probably not, but on the hierarchy of "wants" even, the smart watch is pretty low.
  • Ever since I've been able to listen to podcasts on my watch, it has become indespensible for me. I hardly use my phone anymore and only carry it for emergencies.
  • For me, as long as SmartWatches are tied to the phone via Bluetooth, I do not see any real point to them because the phone always has to be nearby so why not just use the phone? If they could piggyback off your cell signal or something - now you're talking! Could leave the phone at home or desk but still have the watch for urgent messages or calls.
  • Well many have cellular connectivity too nowadays so leaving your phone at home and still getting calls, messages and emails etc is no issue
  • You can buy watches that tie to your cell phone number. You can leave your phone at home and take calls and text people, or even use it for navigation using your data.
  • Sure, you can do all that.... for a few hours and then the abysmally tiny battery dies 😂.... For reals tho, I have owned the original LG G Watch, Moto 360 (1st Gen), and the Huawei Watch (1st Gen), and have loved them all. I really find it useful to be able to "screen" my notifications and decide if something is important or is something that can be looked at later, having media controls, weather and date in addition to just the time right on my wrist is convenient, and the most useful feature of all, (for me anyways) is the timer. I use the timer multiple times per day for my job as well in my personal time for cooking or keeping track of my kids screen time. Over the past few years of owning smartwatches, I have found they are invaluable to my lifestyle. I've also been eyeing the LG Watch Sport simply for the ability to make payments with Android Pay, though I'm kinda put off by the inability to swap wristbands. And the Huawei Watch 2 is just plain u-g-l-y. How they went from the simplistic beauty of the first gen to that aborted fetus on a wrist that they call a watch is beyond me. But to answer Jerry's question, smartwatches haven't taken off like phones have because everyone basically needs a phone in today's world, and far fewer people "need" a smartwatch. A smartphone is a "need-to-have" device, and a smartwatch is a "want-to-have" device.
  • Talk about moving the goal post!! First you said "as long as SmartWatches are tied to the phone via Bluetooth, I do not see any real point to them because the phone always has to be nearby so why not just use the phone?" then when someone tells you why you come up with something else. "Sure, you can do all that.... for a few hours and then the abysmally tiny battery dies 😂" You can easily get two days out of even the most complex watch.
  • Ha - very cool. Shows you how much I have been paying attention to these things :D
  • I use mine for fitness tracking, with the "smart" features being a bonus to me. Without the fitness stuff i don't think I'd bother
  • Same here. Just got a Garmin Vivoactive 3 for fitness purposes. Smartwatch features are a nice extra, but not the sole reason for getting one.
  • Well after paying multiple hundreds for a cell phone, most people don't want to then spend another few hundred for what's essentially an extra screen for their phone..
  • Yes, I agree with you and this is why I don't have one.
  • You've hit the nail on the head there
  • You can spend a whole lot less.
  • Smartwatches are very useful if you know what to expect going in. I think a lot of people have unrealistic expectations. I use mine to quickly look at notifications, deny phone calls coming in, send text by voice if I am driving or use it to change music I am listening to in the car, quickly check the weather, meeting request notifications. All easier than pulling out my phone.
  • ^This. Once people get past the novelty factor and thinking SmartWatches are phone replacements the more they'll enjoy them and benefit most from them. They're a phone companion and for checking notifications and maybe quick replies to those if getting your phone out is a hassle. They're really not for running apps, watching videos or playing games on.
  • I don't think a lot of people get it
  • I totally agree with you guys. I use my Gear S3 Frontier exactly like this. I hardly install any apps because I don't need them. I got my Note 8 for that. I just want to have quick interactions and then move on with what I'm doing. Also I think price is a factor with most people.
  • I expected it to be useful. Indeed, with hindsight, that was unrealistic. A smartwatch is worse at all the use cases you describe. In 90% of the cases I ended up getting my phone anyway. Besides, it's not that much easier to reach. Especially when you put your phone in a dock on your desk. But even if it's in the pocket, I didn't feel it mattered that much if I raised my arm and turned my wrist rather than raising my phone. Only thing that I actually like the watch for was "navigation notifications buzzing". So I wouldn't miss them while listening to (loud) music in the car.
  • I guess we will have to agree to disagree. I find it much easier with my watch
  • Exactly! Example: Right now my phone is charging in my bedroom while I am watching the game in the living room. I can check any notifications/emails/texts I get and respond if I want without having to get up and go to my phone. I can even answer phone calls if I wish.
  • Same here, half the time I forget where my phone actually is.
  • Great comment and I agree 100%. I don't view my S3 as a phone replacement, but as a very good companion.
  • And make or take calls while driving as well
  • Can't imagine life without one these days. I work much if the time with gloves on so being able to check incoming messages, emails and calls without having to take my gloves off and pull my Note 8 out my pocket while I'm working is a huge convenience. Especially if I'm having a conversation on WhatsApp etc. Really got my eye on the Huawei Watch 2 to replace my aging ZenWatch 2 and Sony Smartwatch 3. It looks as good as the Gears S3 but with all the benefits and functionality of AndroidWear
  • In my opinion it's because the negatives outweigh the positives for most people. They're expensive, bulky and have low capacity batteries that are relatively inconvenient to change. All that just to have a worse experience than if you just took your phone out of your pocket. They need a killer app, something that makes them worth using. I don't know what though, or I'd be rich.
  • - Too expensive
    - Battery life and needing to charge another device besides phone
    - I can do everything on my phone with a bigger screen
    - Size of the watches
    - Proprietary chargers
    - Did I mention the price!!!
  • Mostly the obsolescence factor.
  • 1- They need to be replaced every few years. That's annoying even to think about.
    2- Android 2.0 was stuck for like a year, I think this killed a lot of interest as manufacturers that helped launch Wear got disinterested. Motorola is out. Asus is out.
  • I think that retailers are a key reason. They didn't have demo units available to try, You wouldn't buy a normal $300 watch without trying it on. Why on earth would you buy a smart watch without trying it on? The retailers were not educating sales staff and not serving customers in a way to generate sales.
  • I am one of the potential customers for this market. I love tech and have no issue spending money on it. Here's why I haven't. Smartwatch makers have done a terrible job telling us why we need one. And an even worse job of telling us why it's worth $500CAD. I have a Google Pixel XL 2. It has an always on ambient display. So I always know what time it is and always know if I have messages. I have read that there is an convenience associated with not having to glance at your phone but again, is that worth $500? My next issue is I haven't been taken-a-back by any designs to date. They have huge bezels and massive metal bodies. I don't want to wear a dumbbell on my wrist. The design restrictions (fitting all that tech into such a small space) have me worried the questionable benefits of the device will be outweighed by the inconvenience of wearing this device all day every day. If watches became bezelless like new phones, and thin like new phones, I would be much more receptive to them. And perhaps this points to a bigger issue with design - why does it have to look exactly like a traditional watch? This is sort of an iterative change is unlikely to be disruptive. They took a watch and said lets make give it a screen. I guess we're all supposed to be impressed by this. Think of it this way, before cell phones we had phones. These were large, banana shaped devices. They lacked a screen and had huge buttons for dialling numbers. They had large ear and mouth pieces. When cell phones came along they first (in the beginning likely in part due to technological restrictions) exactly mimicked home phones in their design. There were bag phones and the Zack Morris phone. Neither of these sold 1B units like this article suggests new technology should. Not until big R&D was dedicated to changing what a phone that you take with you should be. Take a look at telephone and a flagship cell phone. You'll notice one thing right away -- if you didn't know what either device did you would have no idea they do the same thing. And this is how watch design should be viewed and approached. Watches have been around forever. Don't just add a screen. It's uninspired. It's insulting. And we are currently in the Zack Morris phase of what must have wearable will (eventually) look like. You'll know when wearable tech has won mainstream adoption and it will be the day you put a Timex beside a "smart watch" and have no idea they do the same the thing.
  • Maybe I'm old fashioned from wearing a regular watch for most of my life, but I prefer smart watches that look like a traditional watch.
  • A difference hasn't even really hit the market past the slim barely visable screens that we see today. Nothing is around to say you don't like compared to the original.
  • I think we can wrap it up here. Not much more need be said. 👏
  • Android and Apple watches have too little functionality for too high a price and awful battery life. That's why Garmin sports watches are popular (at least with sports-minded people). They have great functionality (including Android notifications) and great battery life (a week or more) for a reasonable price (under $200).
  • Don't forget the Tizen watches
  • My regular watch was $25 and does what a watch needs to do -- tell time. And I don't have to charge it every night.
  • I have never seen a $25 watch I would want to put on my wrist.
  • lol, you don't like those k-Mart watches?
  • Casio calculator watches, along with game watches (I had a Pac-Man watch).
  • Pricing is way too much when they are first released. Main reason
  • I have yet to be told why I should get one. In every commercial the person using one still has their phone in their hand.
  • I kinda feel like its more about redundancy. I know a few people that think smartphone pretty much do anything that they want that owning a smartwatch or even just a watch is useless. Yes, I know that smartwatch can be practical with notification, answering calls and all that but a smartphone also does that so people don't feel the need of wearing a watch to also do that even though its a tad bit more convenient. Me personally, the reason that I don't own a smartwatch and will continue to rock a traditional wristwatch is pretty damn simple, all smartwatch look very ugly.
  • There are many layers to this. Price is just one of them.
    I feel one of the real issues is there perception of a watch. A watch used to be used to tell time, decades ago. Now, watches are accessories or jewellery. Especially since you already have a cell phone that can give you the time, a watch becomes redundant. Also, a cell phone already does what a smartwatch does, so it really isn't solving a problem for society.
    So when we think of jewellery, we expect it to look good, stay is style for years and last many years.
    A smartwatch isn't jewellery, until the manufacturers can dump money changing the perception of what a watch should be, they will continue to have weak sales.
  • Gear S3 using Samsung pay's MST/NFC is the best tech ever! I don't ever have to take my phone or wallet out to pay for anything now cause it works everywhere. Can even leave my phone at home and not worry.
  • Totally agreed. It’s hard to imagine why I would switch away from mine other than the inevitable battery degradation. Even then I’ve already had it over a year and battery life is still awesome. Why do people think charging a battery on these is a pain? I always take off my watch when I jump in the shower and get ready for the day. I just drop the watch in it’s cradle that I have set up in my bathroom right before I jump in the shower and put it back on as I’m heading out for the day. That’s the only time I charge it and it’s the exact same routine I had with my analog watches.
  • I have a Pebble Time Round. I can't seem to find a worthy replacement. The choices out there all seem like huge blocky dinosaurs by comparison. Yeah, even the vaunted Apple watch is a big black hunk of ugly. I'm a lady with a small wrist. The 14mm band PTR was so perfectly sized with just the right amount of smarts - notifications, fitness stuff, tons of watch faces, and the ability to send and receive texts. I really wanted Fitbit to keep up the Pebble goodness when they bought them out. Instead, they came out with a watch that has a lot of great capabilities but has Extra Ugly. So I wait.... Maybe next year someone will replace my PTR with something worthy of my money.
  • Wife loves the PTR I got for her, great battery life, looks great and not like a computer strapped to her wrist.
  • This! I ended up buying a couple extra PTRs when the buyout happened. I am going to keep those puppies going as long as I can. It's the only acceptable smartwatch for Android. (Though the LG Style is almost there - the battery life is truly abysmal, though, for how big it is.)
  • I have a normal pebble time that I've had for about 3 weeks So I was one of those people. When smartwatches became a thing, I found them to be unnecessary and a water. One the past few months I finally decided I want to try one. So my girl told me if I could find one under $150 she'd get me one for Xmas (she was 9 months pregnant at the time so we're being smart with money, just had our baby boy on January 4th😁) and I chose the pebble time which seemed to be the best under $150. And I gotta say, I LOVE IT. wearing it right now. And everything still works after New year's lol. No pebble shutdown, no work arounds needed. The convenience of replying to texts alone is almost worth it. Checking and dismissing notifications, fitness tracking, remote phone control, music control, navigation. I love this thing
  • Price?
    How can that be? The are many many people wearing watches (not smart) that are way was more expensive then any of those smartwatches. So the question is more why are people buying tag heur, rolex and you name them but not a Samsung or any other..
    Is it just the unknown or are they just have a to little time span? What if the real watch brands would jump in? Not only the real expensive ones but also the more cheaper? So they are not sold as a smartwatch, but as a cool accessory.. By the way, bulky? Have any of you seen real watches that people like to show off with? Those can be huge..
  • I think you're underestimating the number of people who simply don't want to wear a watch or anything else on their wrist.
  • This right here. I love my S3 Frontuer and couldn’t live without it but the truth is the vast majority of people are not wrist watch users period. Analog or digital or smart.
  • A Rolex should last you 10 or 20 years, or even a lifetime - at which point you or your heirs will be able to sell it for what you paid for it. If it gets damaged you can have it repaired. Throughout its long life it can be serviced. A smart watch will be replaced with a better version within a year. It might last a couple of years after which the manufacturer won't be able to repair it. If you have treated it very carefully, it might be worth a tenth of what you paid for it. The first generations of smart watch should never have been sold as consumer items, because they were technologically obsolete after a year.
  • I have a Tag and an Omega but your argument doesn’t hold water because if I was of the means to only be able to buy a smart watch I could buy a new one at $300 every 3 years for the next 50 years ($5000) and still spend less than I would on one Rolex, Omega, etc. Fortunately I can have my nice analog watches AND a new smart watch every 2-3 years but if I could only choose one or the other I’m not so certain I’d go the analog route as I get much more use from my smart watches, both in the amount of time they are on my wrist and the amount of utility they give me while on my wrist.
  • For me, a smartwatch is redundant. It can't replace my phone to the point where I can leave the phone at home for a day, so I have to take the phone with me anyway. And for someone on-call, I've been in situations where I've not charged for two days, and on the third day I've had a five HOUR conference call while in OR. The phone pulled it off, but I'm not sure a smartwatch exists that could have done the same.
  • What smart phone is this that gives you 2+ days of use with a 4 hour call at the end on one charge?
  • They were never meant to replace your phone and it's just stupid to even say such a thing. A watch is simply an accessory, nothing more and nothing less. I like being able to know when my phone is ringing or when I get a message when out and about and can't hear it in my pocket or feel it vibrating when I'm walking or on the subway. Not worried about missed calls and messages from my family makes it a must have for me. For you, some kid looking for a new toy--a smartwatch doesn't impress you.
  • Price vs looks is a factor for me as well. Take the Apple watch... That is the ugliest thing ever made. For 350 dollars I can purchase a decent watch that will look good almost forever if I take care of it. Smartwaches on the other hand can last a year maybe? Technology isn't there yet performance wise. Huawei and LG have made some watches that look good, and that's only because they look like nice regular watches. None of this Apple nonsense where they try to tell you what looks good. Did I mention how ugly the Apple watch is?
  • I have one - admittedly it's over a year old and it sits on my dresser.
    -
    Poor battery life - really bad
    Apps have limited functionality
    Price
    Small screen for older people to look at additional information
    +
    Custom watch faces are cool
    Fitness tracker is a plus Screening texts and calls would be nice - mine didn't have a good visual way to show or to do that... Sound - alerts or notifications - that's about it...
  • Stop buying Android ones and buy a Tizen one
  • My view of smartwatches: GNDN. Goes nowhere, does nothing. There is nothing that a smartwatch can do for me that my phone cant't do, and my phone is always nearby. A dedicated fitness tracker is farm cheaper, smaller, more comfortable (I don't even wear a dumb watch) and many can even give you notifications if you must have them.
  • There is nothing a smart watch can do for you because you weren’t an analog watch wearer to begin with. Smart watches will go on the wrists of people who were previously analog watch wearers, the hurdle to get someone who didn’t wear an analog watch to now strap something on their wrists is nearly insurmountable.
  • 1) I have ZERO interest in wearing a watch (or anything else) on my wrist because I hate how it feels.
    2) They do nothing that my phone can't do.
    3) The expense to utility ratio is far too high.
  • 4) I don't want to have to worry about keeping yet another device charged, particularly one that gives me no significant benefit.
  • Then you are clearly not the target demography for this tech. Quite simple really
  • Yes, obviously. That was kinda my point. And so are the vast majority of people, judging by sales figures.
  • Yes it is obvious and something I fail to see why most don’t see. The smart watch is for people used to wearing watches. It is not for every man woman and child like a phone is. Yet they will be highly successful as more and more analog watch companies are making smart watch options. That is their business and their future. Watches in general are niche products so there is no reason to believe adding smarts to them will make them a mass market product. I love my Gear S3 but don’t believe most will.
  • So this isn't even geared toward you from the start
  • For me, It's the size. I am a short person, which means I have short arms and limited real estate for watches. I also have carpal tunnel, so if I wear anything too heavy or too wide on my wrist parts of my hand go numb. I have returned two smartwatches for that reason. Now I wear a Gear Fit 2. It doesn't do nearly everything I want, but husband got it free with a phone upgrade, and it's narrow enough it seldom aggravates my carpal tunnel by weighing on my wrist and bumping my hand when I type. I feel like women are a huge potential market for smartwatches, but they are so consistently made in a size too big for many women's wrists that a lot of us have given up. It's not enough to make it shiny and pink. It has to fit comfortably, and do all the stuff. I mean, right now what would fit me best is a Fitbit, and I don't want that. I don't care about fitness tracking. I want a smartwatch that makes NFC payments and holds store cards and runs the key fob app for my car. And fits.
  • I don't need to be able to answer my watch. My Gearfit Pro 2 does everything I need it to do.
    It shows me my email, my FB posts, my texts, tells me if I have phone calls.
  • My Gear S3 does all that and I can makes calls from it. It's BT.
  • Simple....PRICE & battery life
    Since you would think the majority of people that would buy one, would be the "eighteen to thirty four" crowd, you know, the ones that the demographic people are always saying the ones that buy stuff all the time, are the same ones that grew up with a smartphone. They've pretty much carried a "watch" with them, since they were small kids playing with mom & dads phone. I don't see a lot of youth wearing watches these days, because they carry a watch with them.
    I'm an "old fart"...almost 60. I've worn a watch since the 70's and it feels odd to NOT wear one. But, I won't throw away THAT much money for a watch that has to be charged daily. My cheap casio illuminator watch battery will last for YEARS. Time, day date and time in 3 other places on the dial. For everything else, I carry my phone with me.
  • I'm an old fart and I love my Gear S3. It will last for at least 3 years. I would be embarrassed as a professional to wear a Casio myself
  • I love my Samsung Gear S2. I have been using them for a couple years. Had a Gear S previously. I stay one generation behind and buy them used off eBay. 5 bucks a month on the Verizon bill to have a backup phone, mobile payment, way to check notifications while driving and while in meetings. Usually lasts all day, not always but most the time. When the time is right I will upgrade to a Verizon Gear S3.
  • Spotty software updates, support and reliability (thats been my experience with android wear). Overall too expensive for what they do. What they can do, cant be done for the duration of the day, without sacrificing battery run time. In order to make it through the day, you have to turn off most of the features. Im happy with my moto360, but AW updates have been an awful experience. So i openly discourage android wear to anyone willing to inquire. People are already spending 300-1100 on a phone. $150-1000 more for a watch device you need to throw away when the battery life terminates after 1.5-2 years. Smart watches shouldnt cost more than $100, since technically theyre nothing more than entry level smart phones... With puny batteries, tiny screens, puny memory, and slow (relatively speaking) microprocessors.
  • Then stay away from Android Wear
  • Great question! In my opinion there are four primary reasons that smartwatches havent taken off: 1) battery life. People don't mind charging their phones each day but they dont want to do that for a watch.
    2) screen size. While watches like the LG Sport, Gear S3 LTE, and i series 3 LTE can do many key tasks remotely - trying to read and communicate in the small screen is cumbersome.
    3) not enough advantages over OR differentiating features from a smartphone. Most of us have pokets, so we'd just assume take our phones and why wear a watch that's redundant.
    4) lack of standalone applications. Too few apps and many of the existing ones still rely on the phone connection. The marketing for these products has been all over the board, creating an identity crisis for smart watches. Dont get me wrong, I love my LG Urbane 2nd Edition using Tmobile for service. I do leave the phone behind at times when I want to get away from the tec for a bit or go for a run. I hope Android Wear continues to develop and improve!
  • I love my Gear Fit2 however there's barely any apps available. The battery is just okay, very mediocre. The sleep tracking is probably the most advanced and useful feature, heart rate doesn't work well. Nobody is pushing to improve smart watches, it's pretty much the same as it was.
  • 3) They're too expensive for their stated purpose.
    2) Battery life compared to a regular watch (unfair but true)
    1) People don't even wear real watches anymore, much less an expensive, high maintenance, unsupported SmartWatch. I say this as an owner of 36 "regular" watches and 4 SmartWatches. I love them, but my friends and co-workers under 25 don't even wear a watch!
  • #1 x 1,000,000 My watch box houses about as many as yours does BTW.
  • This is simple:
    Pro:
    - at gym: workout, interval, rest timer, music on your wrist - awesome
    - shopping: grocery list on your wrist
    - variety: watchmaker allows a new, beautiful watch face every day if you want
    Con:
    - pricey: above $300 CAN for the above? That's a stretch...
    - wear 2.0 : why are you crappier in every way other than a keyboard for everything? Slower? Yep. Buggier? Yep. Wtf
    - most models don't play well in water Things people should stop crying about:
    - charging every day - you charge your phone don't you? Figure it out...
    - bulky - have you seen men's watches lately? They are bigger and heavier, hit the gym wussy How to fix it:
    - nothing above $300
    - can wear in ocean swimming
    - replace battery
    - fix your software, seriously.......
  • Most people probably wouldn't mind charging every day, IF they were able to use the GPS, wifi, and LTE radios throughout that day.
    The only way to make it the day is by turning off most of the smart features the manufacturers boast about.
  • Or by using a Gear S3 Frontier
  • Not true... the Samsung Gear watches will not make it a day if you are out of cell tower range. The LTE radio uses a lot of battery pinging for towers. if you are within cell tower coverage, and take measures to limit some of the other battery consuming functions you should be able to make it 1.2 - 2 days.
  • My smartphone won’t make it a day either if I’m out of cell tower range. If I was ever in that circumstance, which I never am, I’d turn off the cell radio on both my watch and my phone.
  • Neither will your phone. Your point?
  • Point being that it would be unreasonable to have that expectation of a smart watch if it isn’t even possible on a smart phone.
  • I think Smart-Watches need to be more voice-focused (think Echo Spot or Echo Show on wrist) and less UI focused. More Alexa and Google Assistant dependent and less scrolling through menus. That would help a lot. Smart-watch apps themselves need to be more like Alexa Skills. Sure the time should be on the watch display home screen, but most features should be voice accessible with Echo Show-like minimized/streamlined results with very few settings to navigate through.
  • I think it's bad timing you can only squeeze so much juice outta a lemon....smart phones them self's jumped up 200$ this year alone it's hard to find the money to buy a 300$ watch when you already spent 200$ that you didn't plan on spending give it a year or two and more ppl will get one I don't think wearables were ever gonna be devices that everyone owns it's not something EVERYONE needs or wants ...I still wear a watch so in time I will get one I just don't have the funds to justify spending it on something that doesn't fill a NEED it's 100% a well thatd be cool to have kinda thing
  • ---The only reason I can come up with is (drum roll) ... money. That's one reason. Others, coming from someone who works in tech and has a phone, an 8" tablet, a desktop, server, dedicated HTPC and touch screen laptop in the house:
    * They're ugly. The black screen is unattractive. They're often very industrial. Smartwatches have *zero* style. The Apple watch and its horrible square face is one of the worst of the bunch.
    * Battery life is terrible. Having to constantly charge yet another device is an unnecessary nuisance.
    * Having notifications on your watch is absolutely rage inducing. it's like trying to work when someone JUST WON'T STOP TALKING. It's a constant, unnecessary stream of interruptions of stuff that's already on your freaking phone, which is in your freaking pocket, which you need to pick up anyway to respond in a meaningful way. It's not only unnecessary, it's actively harmful to productivity at work, to focusing on a task like driving and to conversing with anyone you happen to be in contact with. Honestly, no offense, but the whole premise of a smartwatch to me is "You don't have to take your phone out of your pocket." I mean, really? That level of microscopic "convenience" is just not worth spending any money on at all.
  • You apparently haven't seen the Gear S3 series. And you oversimplified the premise and stretched it to reach YOUR conclusion.
  • Too expensive for me
  • Easy answer for me. Price, hardware, and integration... The hardware is just too slow. I have a gear s3 and the time it takes to load up the KEYBOARD just so you can type out a message, is long enough for me to pull out the phone, unlock it, type my message, AND get a response back... They're just too darn slow! Too darn expensive! And not enough support from app developers!
  • Also A 'regular' watch has a more than likely 2 to 3 year battery life - making a transition - to a 'smart watch' with only 1 day of battery life is just obnoxious... A 'smart watch' should make your life easier - and not be so time consuming in it's maintenance etc. That's why my smart watch is sitting on the dresser.
  • Yes, it's too hard to put it on a charger right next to your phone.
  • From being a sailor, soldier and firefighter I have owned several G-Shocks. If I could get a smartwatch just as tough I would buy it.
  • Maybe the garmin Fenix sapphire.
  • I’ve been eyeing that one. NICE
  • I use an Apple Watch series 3 and I really enjoy it. I don’t use any apps other than a sleep tracker and Starbucks. Getting notifications is something I have become so accustomed too I don’t want to loose it. Then there is the activity tracking. I work out 4-5 times a week and all my workouts are logged. My sleep is also logged. Heart rate info is great as well. I never looked at it like it needed to be as functional as my phone, just a great compliment. Yeah it’s expensive, but I find it too be worth the price. I wish google would get serious with wear.
  • See my post a few down.
  • Maybe Apple has an app that could teach you the difference between lose and loose. They're different words BTW.
  • It’s a typo. Get a life rather than being the grammar police.
  • Love my Gear S3 watch (pre-tizen 3.0 update that is) and I've had a smartwatch for 3 years straight. Love it. But they're a bit too expensive for what they are and they'll need video chat or video anything to really stand out. Eg. You have a Ring Doorbell...it rings and the video is pushed to your watch because you've set it to do so. But as far as we are, technology just isn't there yet. They're convenient but not "got to have" yet for the masses. And remember, not everyone wants to wear a watch.
  • By the way, as a new smartwatch user as of this week, where are some forums where I can post questions and actually get a reply? I know it's been the case for sometime that in these forums people almost NEVER reply to any questions I have, and I will have some questions about smartwatches as time goes on. Anyway, I just got one of the Chinese GT08 smartwatches. My reason--my job, and I hate that many jobs do this, but my job is anal about one having your phone out doing anything on it, I pretty much have to keep my phone in my pocket. However, I need to know if my children's school is calling because school is letting out early due to a utility failure or my child's pickup didn't show and I need to summon someone else so they're not stuck there. I have things set up to where much of this can be handled in my absence, but maybe 3 times a school year it falls apart and I have to make a call or two to fix it. There's also the possibility of someone in the family texting me about something critical involving the kids. With a smartwatch, I can keep my phone in my pocket yet see those things if they show up, and also see non-crucial calls as they come in and I will KNOW that they're such call (whereas if my phone is vibrating in my pocket I don't know if they're casual calls or something important) and I can quickly dismiss them, all while continuing in the flow of work.
  • There's a lot out there, and no dis to Android Central :), but the best communities I've found are on Reddit.
  • Because Google and Android doesn't market properly. FWIW the Apple watch with cell connectivity works well. My daughter loves hers. It is stylish and functional for her. The battery life is good and complements her iPhone well. I think there is too much fragmentation with Android which then spills over into the smartwatch category. Too many manufacturers of Android Wear devices; it gets too confusing for most people. How do I know if the fossil watch is better than a gear 3 and will have full functionality with a Moto, Samsung, LG etc... Apple controls its ecosystem. You know their products will work together. Google does not. Big difference.
  • Stylish? AWatch looks like a Casio from 1986.
  • The truth is they ARENT awesome... At all. Or at most they are only awesome for only the 4-5 hours per day where you can turn on cellular data, gps, wifi, and bluetooth. The remaining 7-8 hours you have to turn off everything to get the battery to last.
  • Wrong. Gear S3 Frontier.
  • Nope... the gear S3 only gets all day battery life if you are within cellular coverage... and even then it may be close depending on all the other usage variables. If it has to search and ping for towers, it will not make it through a typical day. No different from any of the sim-card connected watches.
  • If ever I'd be in an area with no cell coverage the same would hold true for my phone. That's when you turn off the cellular radio.
  • I like mine very much. I got a Moto-360 (1st gen) for about $150 about the time the 2nd gen came out. I think my watch is worth every bit of the $150 I paid for it. but I have difficulty justifying the purchase of a newer one. $240 - $300 on Amazon currently (I think they were about $350 when they 1st came out). It would also help if they could get more battery life. Mine will barely last the day at my office. If I don't recharge it at some point during the day, it will likely be dead before I get home, assuming I only stay at the office for 8 hours. Traveling? Forget it. It'll be dead by the time I get to Los Angeles.
  • I had one. The coolest things I did with it were pay for Starbucks and make my phone fart from a distance. I've been wearing a Fitbit and refuse to also wear a watch. If I get another, I'll likely be an Ionic or other FB device.
  • I have had my Ticwatch S for over a week now. I wanted something with HR and GPS and this is perfect, the price was also right against fitness watches with the bonus of Android Wear
  • I think it's because it's not really needed by a lot of people. I assume most smartphone owners always have their phone with them at all times, so a secondary device isn't necessary. The main reason I bought a smartwatch is because I primarily wanted a watch as an accessory, but since I love tech I decided I might as well get a smartwatch. Love it, but having one more device to charge every day is a bit of a hassle.
  • Battery life. Once they last all day under standard use (cellular, wifi, bt , etc...) I'm all over it regardless of price
  • I Think the long charging time might be a factor. I have a fossil watch and it takes forever to charge. Since I use it only as an accessory, I disable the bluetooth. When it needs charging I just go back to one of my other cute watches.
  • Water proof and longer battery life like the Garmin Fenix and priced under $500 you would have a winner, problem is most go a day or so on battery and are at best water resistant, both deal breakers for watch wearing.
  • Another device that needs charging, updates, and may not work properly with your phone within a few years because technology goes so fast. Others may like it, maybe even need it, but not for me.
  • The reason is that smartwatches are a want, not a need. I could go out and buy a Fossil Android Wear watch or a Gear S3 Frontier if I wanted to, but the thing is, I don't need to. For me, a Fitbit Blaze works just fine for what I need it to do. Would I love to have a Gear S3 or AW watch? Absolutely! But I just don't see why I would need one.
  • Started wearing smart watches years ago...my 1st was moto 360 gen 1...then moved to Huawei watch and loved I could attend calls and all...and had good battery life...My latest watch is Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3 love the big screen and and loud speaker is loud and clear....better than Huawei....I love smart watches and wear them daily...and fossil rose gold colors looks premium
  • It's a lot of money and fear that they will be useless after the new version comes out or incompatible with your phone in 2 years .
    Watches last forever if cared for, smart watches are on a limited life span so as good as they are people will be reluctant. I got my Huawei Sports Watch 2 for a good price but refused to pay full price even as a tech head.
  • I had a Microsoft band and band 2 for a couple of years. It tied in seamlessly to windows 10 and windows phone. The Microsoft health platform was fantastic. What turned me away from my wearable was strange...a couple of years ago I was clearing out my cupboard and took my 20 year old steel wristwatch out of its box just to see if it was still running. It was. I slipped it on and thought "I really miss this watch." The Microsoft band went into the box and I've been wearing my trusty old timepiece ever since. I thought I'd miss the notifications, messaging, cortana assistance and overall coolness of wearing something different. As a big gym user I especially thought I'd miss the health tracking element. As it turned out I didn't miss any of it. And I think the reason is that, fundamentally, my wearable wasn't actually giving me anything that I needed. Notifications, email, cortana, weather alerts, news.....it was all on my band, but it was also on my phone. Essentially it was just duplicating what was already right there in front of me. As for the health side, that was actually a bit disappointing. After two years of religiously giving up my sweat soaked gym routines, heart rate and calorie intake every single day without fail, I was literally no better off. Microsoft were sitting on years of my most personal data and it hadn't made my fitness regime and better or worse. It just seemed a little pointless. I love tech. I'm generally first in line whenever something (as long as it's not Apple) comes out. I've earned my early adopter stripes. But in the 2 years since I slipped my wearable off my wrist I haven't seen or heard a compelling reason to return to the smart watch world.
  • Battery life.
    Function.
    I bought a Microsoft band 2 for golf, after not wearing a watch for 5 years. I thought the step counter would be fun too.
    The battery wasn't powerful enough so Microsoft made the GPS sleep when not actually in use. So it became useless for golf as it had to find the satellites every time I wanted to know a distance.
    Taylor Made, the golf company, made the software but it was poor. It promised a lot and in ideal conditions achieved about 70%.in normal conditions under 50% - wrong data, not registering shots, and so on.
    The social side was actually more distracting. Twitter, text and emails arrive regularly and get buzzes or beeps. It is possible to read and reply, but all watch screens are too small for realistic use.
    I couldn't sell it for even £50 a year later. Before MS announced they were not producing more.
    Generic Android watches don't do golf. They are huge on my wrist so I'd never wear them day to day.
    I have friends with garmin watches for golf. They still have to be charged daily, and if not can give up part way round a course.
    My wife has a running watch and synchronising it is a hit and miss affair. Charging via its cradle is not always easy.
    Activity monitoring for a full day drains the battery before the activity ends. Meanwhile my phone has a 4000 mAh battery which lasts a day and a half or more, has golf, running and more apps that actually work. The only thing I'd like would be an e-ink always-on second screen that showed clock, distances to the green, and perhaps notifications.
  • These are very old reasons.
  • I agree Jerry that cost has been
  • I agree that cost has been a hindrance on smart watches being more popular. But I believe there are few other reasons, as well. Allot of people just stopped wearing watches all together. That is effect of having a phone to check the time on, schedule alarms, even track activity on. The other is many different variations of Smart watches. Meaning it is sort of a fractured market place. Some do everything, others just do notifications. And manufactures, such as Samsung have their own software Tizen, and Apple Watch only available for IPhone. If the Apple Watch worked on Android, in my own you see some growth in the Smart market. Lastly, the size of most Smart watches. They are large watches, still to big fit some people. Especially you aren’t use to wearing a watch anymore, and weren't into large Watch trend. Yes there are smaller Fitbits, but general a full featured Smart is on big side. But this my opinion why.
  • My smartwatch (LG Watch Style, cost £100) is a perfect companion for my phone (Pixel 2) for when i'm commuting, shopping and in work - in these situations I don't want to get my phone out so i'll happily use my watch for notifications and a quick reply should it be needed. The other plus side, phones are fragile - most get damaged when being picked up/pulled out of a pocket and the smartwatch lessens this possibility by being secure on your wrist. Wear 2.0 was a major step forward for Android Smartwatches, before this they were pretty glitchy and had very limited functionality. I'm not into fitness but I do like the fact my watch will record my steps/pulse etc, not crucial but a nice thing to observe without an complications.
  • They are solution looking for a problem and always have been. I mean let's face it, there's only one reason Apple is even remotely successful with theirs and it has nothing to do with it being useful.
  • Absolutely bang on. They're trying to fix something that really for most people is a non issue. Plus, you can't beat a good quality timepiece.
  • Believe it or not, there is a use case for smart watches.
  • Jerry, What phone are you using with your smartwatch. Your go to. Thanks
  • Cost and having to charge all the time seem to be popular answers, but I'd have to agree that the reason under both of those is that there just aren't that many people who wear watches anymore (relative to previous generations). If you are already wearing a watch and like techy stuff, then the cost is worth it and charging every night or so isn't that big of a deal. But if you gave up on wearing a watch then the cost is probably not justifiable and the charging is a hassle. At least that's how it panned out for me anyway.
  • So many good points here.
    My G2 (that I got for free with my Galaxy S7e) does a good job as a fitness tracker...but I didn't really use it as such until I started a spin-class (so, good for cardiovascular tracking). It is more discreet and less disruptive when I am in a meeting and get a message...helps me figure out if I need to excuse myself for an important message. It helps me not miss a phone call when I am on-call. For these things, it is invaluable. I've tried using it for other things but it is less convenient / useful than picking up the phone in those cases. Would I have spent $250-300 for the things I use it for? Probably not, but I am very glad I've got it.
  • I have to agree that price, battery life, and lack of promoting are causes. I have an LG G Watch Urbane (1st Gen). It does what I need it to do (notifications, fitness tracking, sleep tracking), but very few apps interact with the phone, and I have to plan charging cycles to make sure it stays alive. When I had an LG V20, I was surprised that the LG apps (like their health app) didn't communicate with the watch but could connect to a FitBit. There may seemed to be a disconnect in that regard. Samsung might have better connectivity between their watches and phones, but I haven't seen enough features to want to upgrade. Even though my smartwatch is aging, it still does what I expect it to do and the battery is still holding up. Smartwatch manufacturers have shown anything that says "got to buy" over what I already have. One thing I have seen is that fitness trackers are getting better. Their getting smarter, the battery lasts a lot longer, and are starting to offer more features. Plus, many more apps integrate with a FitBit compared to Android Wear, making it a better option for many. And there is actual marketing going on for fitness trackers. I can't remember the last time I saw a commercial for an z Android Wear watch.
  • It is because most of them are so ugly! Watches are fashion accessories. If you want to sell a smart watch to someone who wears watches then it has to look good.
  • There are big manufacturers that sell smart watches
  • It's got nothing to do with fashion, features or cost - it's simply that wristwatches as a mainstream consumer item are dying. They'll never completely go away - they'll always survive as jewelery - but everyone assumes that because they grew up with the ubiquitous wrist watch, it's a given. Originally the notion of time measurement was limited to place - you had to be near a town square to hear the bells that reached out to you. Then the tech became sophisticated enough to be carried around in your pocket - profound impact well timed for the industrial revolution. Then in the booming 50s you could strap one to your arm! Time has gone full circle and changed back from a pull to a push commodity. The town square is in your pocket, but instead of constantly checking it, it pokes you when you need reminding. Younger kids that didn't strap metal to their arms since puberty know this, the rest of us just need to accept it. The smartwatch was effectively DOA, or at least dying. People need it like they need a 3d TV.
  • This is true. I love my smartwatch but I have use for it beyond jewelry.
  • I'm older and used to wearing traditional watches. I'm into tech and went for about 6 months as an experiment using just my smartphone without a watch to see how that would work. Frankly, it sucked. Dragging my phone in and out of my pocket just to check the time for 6 months...mercy! What an exercise in futility, but I gave it 6 months then promptly went back to wearing a watch - day, date & time at a glance beats fumbling for a phone in any environment. It truly is a convenience to have a watch that you don't have to charge or mess with. It will go years providing what it does without issue. All of that did get me thinking about smartwatches though. What I've found so far is pretty much reflected in the comments above: abysmal battery life for the majority of them, way too large to fit comfortably under the buttoned cuff of many long-sleeved dress shirts, some requiring yet another cell connection, many very cheap looking with some just butt-ugly, spotty performance for many, many with the shelf life of a donut, and yet another "device" that requires fiddling with yet more settings and updates to keep in tune. This last, frankly, is where I've gotten to in life - just getting weary trying to keep all my devices working, syncing or replacing them due to tech obsolescence that seems to be increasing rather than decreasing. I may one day find a smartwatch that won't complicate things but rather will simplify things - but I highly doubt it. So far, it's a dumb watch for me.
  • I always wanted a smart watch. I just havnt had the urge to pick one up
  • I'd get a new watch replacing my Huawei Watch. There just isn't any looking half as good.
    A watch is also jewelry.
  • because they cost too much compared to Casio G shock and all which gives great durability and best for swimming
  • That's what I've got too. I just need a watch to tell time and take abuse and that's it. I don't need another electronic connection.
  • I don't know if I would be seen with a Casio watch myself
  • They're not as popular as they should be because they were almost entirely ignored because they didn't have an Apple logo on it. Unfortunately, most tech bloggers are Apple Fanboys (I'm talking to you Android Authority) so when new and exciting devices and services are released they are either criticized for the slightest things or hardly talked about. Suddenly Apple releases the same and the media acts like it's an entirely new and never before see device. It took Apple 3 watches to get to where the Gear S3 Frontier is and whenever you read anything about either--the Apple watch is claimed to be the best watch available when it's totally not.
  • It's the best smartwatch for an iPhone. I don't think it works properly with an Android phone
  • I stopped after I could not get a good square face watch anymore. Round is just stupid to me for a smart watch
  • What manufacturer are you comparing? Who has a square face except Apple? Have you seen the most recent round watches?
  • I really never was any type of a watch fan. In all my years they just weren't needed. It took my wife over 15 years to realize I have never worn any of the watches she had purchased for me. ( I would wear each new one for about a week to show my appreciation) So for me, I still have no desire to wear any type of watch. The rare occasion would be getting a notification when i forgot my phone when leaving the house. But even now if I do forget my phone. I do not panic and turn around and get it. I live without my phone until I return home/
  • And you scored high! Yes why didn't I buy one? Why didnt I peruse my wife to buy one?
    Since they came out I wanted one. Last watch I bought was a Citizen. I liked it. Alot of features. It took it 2 months for scratches to be showing all over the glass. In 1 year it was un readable. I bought it for nearly 300, after savings. Originally 650. I told myself: thats it. Move to smart watch. I waited from one gen to the other. I wanted more advanced tech: bigger screen, higher density, better battery, WiFi ad...etc. although the 3rd gen samsung is very good, I wanted it to be Android. Of course any unround watch is not a Watch!
    Last September I browsed several Lex brands watches. I went to Omega website, and I fell in Love. Smart watches can't beat real aewsom watches. I wear a swiss made Romanson brand that everyone sees on my wrist loves. You won't get that with Smart watch. My next is an Omega even if I have to wait 10 years to get one. Smart watches...No unless a huge breakthrough happens!
  • Android users are too smart to fall for flawed products. Apple users, they are not.
  • oh stfu. apple watches blow away android watches in every way possible. when you say stuff like that, you sound like a 12 year old fanboy
  • That's not true. Apple has no imagination and therefore no variety in their watches. I can use Samsung Pay with my watch and it actually looks like a watch! Anecdotal evidence, my wife likes my Gear S3 so much she sold her iPhone to buy and S8 so she could fully use the functionality
  • Oh? His grammar made me think Yoda, not fanboy.
  • Android Wear got more complicated than it needed to be. The voice controls aren't as powerful as they should be. Not everything is easy access in the OS from a design perspective. As a long time Wear user, I liked version 1 because while it looked ugly, the voice controls were solid and the focus wasn't so much on apps. It was about handling notifications really well. While visually Wear 2 is better, there are certain design choices that were made that makes them UI more cumbersome to navigate visually that make it worse or are lateral moves. They need better battery life, apps need to be more efficient and everyone should use adopt Qi as the charging standard and focus on fast charging. If you're swping too much on the OS, you're better off pulling your phone out. That's the challenge - focusing on doing short common tasks quickly on the watch more effectively so you don't have to always pull the phone out.
  • no they are not. expensive, terrible battery life, and people have already a smartphone which can do everything the watch could do and even better. the only thing the watch can do better than the smartphone is to actually tell you the time without needing to take it out of your pocket, and guess what, a non smart watch will do that for you. so, unless you get a decent sub $150 smartwatch with a 7 day battery life, few people have the motivation to get one. and now that fitbit killed pebble, less reasons.
  • on the android side:
    ugly: the moto watch looked like a hockey puck strapped to your wrist, and only a few have gotten any better.
    inconsistent update / abandonment (like everything android) this should be reason #1. I can spend $200 + for a watch and not know if it will get a Single update or work with my next phone.
    You don't buy a Samsung watch if you plan to "maybe" get a Pixel 3. so that makes all android watches so limited that they end up being a waste of money. Apple on the other hand is raking in Piles of money on their watch since it works with 5 different phones, Same user experience no matter which iPhone you have. Designed to carry over bands you may have paid for. Easy band swaps. Good looking watch. 2 sizes. GETS UPDATES!
    Apple watches are selling faster than hotcakes. Android is too inconsistent to bother.
  • This makes no sense?
    If you buy an AndroidWear watch it'll 100% work with your next phone. In fact it doesn't just work with Android but also iPhones so no issues there.
    Same for Samsung watches on Tizen OS. They also work with all Android phones not just Samsungs. And again they even work on iPhones so once again no issues there. Buy an Apple Watch however and unless you have an iPhone and you next phone will also be an iPhone then you really are limited to your phone choice
  • was talking about update abandonment mostly. Get a watch today and it may not work with Android 9 or 10 and down the drain goes $200+
    and the iPhone part was talking about people ARE buying on the apple side because they never have to worry about updates or abandonment.
  • 1. Insufficient utility. The heart rate info might appeal to obsessive compulsive minded athletes, or maybe someone in poor health. Nobody else cares. Step counting is an amusing curiosity, that's it. It's strictly a discretionary want, not a need. Almost every vehicle sold since 2015 has mobile connectivity. I would absolutely not recommend anybody driving look at a smart watch for notifications, as one commentator wrote earlier... That will get you in an vehicle accident, or killed, trying to focus on tiny smart watch digital print. It is laughable that a smartwatch provides $200-$400 of convenience, given your phone is sending the notifications within the limits of a typical room. Is the open Bluetooth connection worth the phone battery drain, or even secure? Cost. Seriously, I'd be shocked if there was over $40 of material costs to manufacture a typical watch. Consumers find it difficult to justify premium smartphone upgrades given todays pricing, let alone purchsse a smart watch. Durability and battery. A second device to charge daily is too much. Millions of hourly paid employees (ie. Those who actually might need a watch) work in jobs/industry where a smart watch is too fragile or not allowed because they aren't intrinsically safe (petrochemical plants). ......
    Yes, I already wear a watch (hint: oil industry) Buying a quality, durable, uh, 'dumb' watch is the cheapest option for me.
    I need a watch for work in a harsh environment, and mobile phones are strictly forbidden. My solution is one of the better Casio G-shock watches. Zero problem in extreme cold, waterproof, and extremely durable. The carbon fiber band on my model... If my job can't kill it, then no job can. It doesn't require batteries, as it is charged through a circular solar panel around the face. Keeps perfect time, as it receives, if needed, any correction daily via atomic update....even the digital compass function is practical, too.... Final thought... The only smart watch that tempted me was the Casio Pro Trek... But it doesn't have a heart rate sensor (due to battery drain) and would be too big for average height/size adult men or women. The large face does offer a practical sized Google maps functionality. Oh, it's about $700 last I checked.... Lol
  • "a second device to charge daily is too much" C'mon, how many people plug in an iPad/Surface/Laptop etc before bed along with their phone for the next day? A hell of a lot that's how many. I've been wearing Smart Watches for around 5 years now and not once felt it was too much hassle plugging it into charge before bed. I'm charging my phone anyway it's hardly going out of my way to do it. And even if I do forget or can't be bothered doing it I just charge it in the van on the way to work and it's at 100% when I park up
  • Exactly
  • combination of price and battery life. I have a Gear Fit 2 that I have to charge every 2 days and that's almost too much for me. I don't want a watch I have to charge every damned day.
  • I hear ya. plugging in a watch every 48 hours can be exhausting.... /s
    seriously... you must not use it for fitness... laying a watch on a charger at bedtime can cause one to break a sweat.
  • Well the price is a factor but I find redundancy another huge factor: Why do I need it when I have a smartphone that does everything and more?
  • Full retail markup is close to a budget phone, then 6-8 mos it can be marked down 30%...or more if over a year. The watches themselves look the same over the past couple years, though internals have advanced. The stock bands are crap, especially if you have a large or small wrist. A $12-20 aftermarket is a good solution. When (presenting/teaching or driving distances) and not able to have my phone out, I love the watch for notifications/quick replies... especially if I'm on call at or off work. When I need an accent piece (watch/carry folder), it isn't a smartwatch (Citizen Eco-dive/pilot). Fact: my 26 yo son has had 5 smartwatches/bought-in (classical musician/teacher), my 22 yo son is on the fence (initial Pebble sat in drawer, got new LG for Xmas), as he is in college/athlete/outdoorsman. There are times he doesn't want to be connected, and rather talk on the phone than text a conversation...never without his phone though. Figure him out, and you will have solved the puzzle.
  • Poor design (easily corrected) resulting in 8 hour battery life for just about every Android wear watch I looked into made the "inconvenience" overwhelm any "convenience". On top of that is the design flaw of having the buttons on the wrong side (on the right) instead of in the middle somehow where anyone can reach them. The Samsung Neo 2 is one of the few that "got it". If you must have a "flat tyre", why not put the buttons there?
  • Personally, I'm still waiting for a smaller size. I make do with the Samsung Gear Fit, but would love something more full featured without taking over my wrist.
  • Maybe the reason is that, the watch I making you online all the time.
    Some of my friends have smart watches, and they ar looking at the watch all the time.
    😮 I got an message
    😮 is got an mail!
    😮 someone have called me!
    For crying out loud, get of the freaking smart watch an be with me. You came for visit me!
    To be fair, I have a garmin “almost” smart watch. And it almost drove me insane.
    Somehow I managed to setup the device so I got a buzz al the time something happened on the phone.
    As curious as i am, I had to look at it al the time.
    I had to get rid of it. I actually love my “self” time, and don’t need to be up to date instantly.
    I like to use my “own” time with my friends, an actually be with them, and not being disturbed al the time by the World. I’m quite sure it still wil be there when I’m finished with my friends!
    I watch my phone when I need to, and not instantly the same second I got a sound from the device.
    It’s my device, I own it.
    The device doesn’t own ME!
    I think ther is an very important difference in the two statements, and not to be forgotten.
    My point of view. And I think more will have the same thoughts in the future.
    People are getting stressed by having to be online 24/7/365
  • I've been looking at smartwatches for about a year or so, and just can't get myself to pull the trigger - too bulky, and I can't justify the price for something my phone can do just as well if not better. If I'm gonna lift my wrist to check the time, I may as well have my phone in my hand...
  • Money and actual use is the two biggest factors I would say, On a personal note I came to love having a wearable after buying a Mi Band and that was lost and replaced with a Sony Smartband (SRW10 the cheap and simple one). The great thing about these things is that they tell me when to check my phone. I can sort the unimportant buzzes from the important ones. If my arm don't vibrate there is no need to go and grab my phone. Both these wearables cost around 20-25 US dollars. I can get a device like the Mi Band 2 with a display for at least double that and all that does is give me a pretty icon with the buzz. I can't read any actual messages. You start getting that functionality with more expensive Fitbits in the area around 200 US dollars. So 10x the money to read the message with really no option in between. I could see myself using a proper smartwatch but they are priced and speced almost like a phone. I need something that works as a complement to my existing phone, not a replacement.
  • Much Ado About Nothing. Basically, you're paying to have another electronic to keep charged, another screen to distract you, and after less than 2 years, another obsolete device collecting dust on your shelf, and you paying for the "next generation" and repeating the cycle over and over. In the meantime, my 10 years old $20 Casio watch is practically future proof.
  • They are trying to model a device on something that is pretty much a dead device. Only about 1 in 50 (maybe less) of the people I know have a watch. The older ones stopped wearing them and the younger ones have never owned one (they all just use their phone to tell them the time). The only guys I know who have them are the sort that wave their over-priced Rolexes so demonstrate their wealth/power. So they are not trying to persuade people to transfer from a dumb watch to a smart watch - they are trying to persuade people who don't to strap something that doesn't do as much as their mobile phone to their wrist. Its not something that makes sense to people. Wearables need to be unique and innovative and do something in a way that is not just an extension of their phone.
  • It's a bit too hard to put down my old, beat up G-Shock. I am worried about damaging an expensive watch, and if I need something with a screen, I have my Kyocera for that.
  • It's (probably) complicated. Multiple things. I suspect one aspect is generational. I grew up well before smartphones (heck, before cell phones at all). I have always worn a watch, as an accessory to my attire, and as a timepiece. Other than glancing at some clock, that was how I told time. I've always felt naked without a watch on my wrist. For me, a smartwatch is a major upgrade from the basic timepiece I have always worn. My kids, on the other hand, have grown up with (mostly) smartphones. They have never been in the habit of wearing a watch. Pulling their smartphone out of their pocket (they can't be bothered to holster it on their hip like a civilized person...lol) and glancing at the screen is how they tell the time. For them, a smartwatch is an extra gadget, one generally not needed. For people like my kids, I suspect that a smartwatch doesn't add enough functionality for the cost, is an extra thing to wear (when they're accustomed to not wearing anything on either arm), so unless contactless paying with a smartwatch or some really have-to-have-it function on a smartwatch takes off, they may not be interested. For people like my kids, I'm guessing the main attraction (currently) is fitness tracking. And, perhaps that, too, is a more limited market than phones in general. Just spitballing here.
  • That is easy. First thing is the pice - definitly too high for a gadget that is only some extension of your phone. Second is language problem. I am from Poland and I really don't like android wear in 2+ versions? Reason is one: no polish language support. In previous versions I used Google Now a lot. Now it is gone and the usabililty of my smartwatch dropped down a lot. That is why I don't need a new smartwatch right now. Maybe I will change my mind after Google Assistant learn how to "talk" in my language.
  • I have a moto360 v2 and while I do really like it the fact is that everything I can do on my watch I can do twice as fast and efficiently on my phone so there's really no reason to buy one other than that I'm a bit of a tech nerd. For the money it's really not worth it.
  • I love my S3 Frontier with 4G cellular however they are not for everyone. Why? Because at two days battery life is just barely long enough to make it a practical watch even if you only use it as a fancy watch with notifications. Second, onboard storage and battery life are too limited to make it a practical media player. Third, the watch face is too small to make it practical for messaging. Finally a good fitness tracker like a Gear Fit2 is a better fitness tracker with much better battery life and a decent watch with notifications built in for a bit over half the money. Where smartwatches shine is as a good looking watch with an effective and attractive notification delivery system, and as a fitness tracker. Since anyone that considers a smartwatch probably already owns a smartphone this probably is not enough added value for many people to see it as a practical investment. Anyway, for me the killer features are notifications without taking out my phone, Samsung Pay on my wrist, and as a backup phone incase I leave my phone at home.
  • I don't think there is any one reason people won't get one. Until I got a Gear S2 classic, I hadn't worn a watch in more than 25 years. I actually bought it because I had a credit for the Samsung store and there wasn't anything interesting. I ended up loving the notifications. Especially during meetings at work where I could easily screen calls and notifications shutout having to bring my phone out. Same when I was performing tests and my hands were too dirty to handle my phone. The side benefit was that it's also a great looking watch and I started starting it when going out too. I get a lot of compliments. I upgraded to the Gear S3 Classic to take advantage of Samsung pay. Gave the S2 to my dad. Replacing the band's to metal ones also gives off a much more sophisticated feel. This latter point does speak to those who wear watches as jewelry. In that sense it's not for everyone. My old co-worker actually got one because his wife made him. He had a bad having of not noticing his phone ringing when she called. The watch does tend to do a really good job letting you know when someone calls, especially if you keep your phone on silent.
  • I've had an S2 for a year and agree with everything you said. Of course, I waited until it dropped in price before buying it. The main benefit of the watch for me is at work and driving. In both cases and I can scratch the itch that notifications cause without being rude to coworkers or causing a crash.
  • I do not need a smartwatch if I have a smartphone. Makes no sense to me at all to have both, when a smartphone does even more than the watch. I can understand if no one has a smartphone. Syncing to phone makes no sense to me either. Especially, when phone does the same thing a smartwatch does.
  • Wearables right now seem to be doggedly tethered to phones, and if you are required to carry your phone for the doodad to work, why bother with it? I got my Gear S3 with LTE because I could use it without a phone, but until the latest update, it still required a phone to install apps. I have a Misfit Ray and it works for days without needing a connection, but I am forced to use a smartphone to get anything useful from it. I can't connect it to a home PC or Mac. Wearables will not really take off until makers stop treating them as smartphone accessories.
  • The only reason I have not considered a smart watch is the bulky size. They are built like Titanic's. They are way too thick.
  • This is also true
  • Personally 3 reasons 1. Too expensive
    2. Don't want another thing to charge all the time.
    3. Can't see it making me more productive or adding anything to my life. Maybe someday... just don't care that much.
  • Fragmentation. You have Samsung, with their Tizen, and then Android Wear. I see a lot of Apple Watches, in public, sporting events on TV, TV shows, etc... Apple hit it right with design and implementation for the most part. The LG Watch Sport is on the large side, and the two I had, had terrible battery life, sub 8 hour per charge. I currently have a Huawei Watch 2, and it is great in size and battery life. If they could focus one one OS, and at least narrow down designs to a couple, and refine it with each release, I think they would take off more. Very similar as to what Apple has done with their watch series.
  • I think it's the nerd factor. Most people look at you weirdly when you talk into the watch. Also one of the main attractions of smartest he's is the fitness tracking factor. And with most people too lazy to keep fit the smartwatch become obsolete for them
  • I love my smart watch and ever since the first Samsung Gear came out, I have owned one. I had only one issue with the first watch, I sent it to Samsung and they fixed it for free. Never another problem after that. I have an S3 now and I will use it until the S4 comes out. I have about 6 or 7 regular watches too, all range in the $500-$700 price range, so for $300-$350, I will buy a smart watch that, if I get bored with the face, I can change it at any moment. I only wear my traditional watches when I'm going somewhere nice (and my wife makes me wear a regular watch) hahaha.
  • ****Battery life.**** My watches are generally much more expensive that the average smart watch on the market. Even my Casio GW is about twice as pricey as a smart watch. I'm a watch hound and love em', so I keep up with the smart watch tech. I check in about every 6-12 months to see what's changed. As handy as it maybe to have a smartwatch, I refuse to buy another device I have to keep charged almost every night. No need to make my life more complicated with another gadget that mimics the features I already have on a phone. Reviews that include caveats for battery life are useless. I won't buy it if I have to disable the features to make it through less than 1/2 a week. I have richly featured watches that run perpetually off sunlight.: Compass, barometer, temperature, calendar, chronographs and; oh yeah, time.
  • I absolutely do not believe that cost is the prohibitive factor in the relatively unpopularity of smartwatches. I know quite a few people living check to check, struggling to make bill payments, but they have the latest Samsung phone or iPhone X. There is no need for anyone to own a $1,000 phone (I'm in Canada so yes, these are $1,000 phones here). You may NEED a cell phone, but noone NEEDS the latest and greatest. They WANT the latest and greatest. And that's ok. But there are plenty of midrange phones that perform good enough, but may not look good enough doing it. And if the marketers for smartwatch can eventually convince consumers that they NEED a smartwatch, consumers will have it. A coworker recently asked to borrow a somewhat significant amount of money from me. She struggles financially, but has the latest iPhone every 2 years. Does she need that? No way!! But it's cool to have isn't it? She could easily cancel her phone contract after 2 years, and buy a cheaper prepaid plan, and continue to use her old phone. But that isn't cool. If her friends end up with smartwatches, she will have one too. Until then, she's not uncool if she doesn't have a smartwatch. Marketers have yet to convince people that they are uncool without a smartwatch. Just my 2 cents Canadian. GC
  • I'm not sold on smartwatches and I own one. I forget to even charge or wear it. When I do it does help save battery on my phone as I'm not picking it up every time it dings. That's about it though......... Oh and it tells time.
  • This is first world problems. Yes, they can do cool stuff. But they are an add-on, a bonus, an extra. Extra price, extra fuss, extra charging. It's a niche product that billions looked at and decided that the "cool" wasn't worth the extra bother, especially given the severe physical and software limitations of the devices themselves, and their intrinsically limited lifespans. The cool isn't cool enough to make it a value proposition in the long term. We learned that it can be done, but makers didn't ask if it should be done. The market didn't demand these devices, the manufacturers took a gamble and it didn't pay off.
  • This is a first world problem site.
  • 1. Too bulky. You get a lot of the features you want in a more svelte fitness band
    2. Short battery life. I guess you could get used to this if you get in the routine
    3. People still think wearing a Rolex or Tag Heuer make them important because they are stuck in the 80s.
  • You are so wrong, people who appreciate excellent watchmaking and like to feel up class, there's nothing wrong with that, it's like comparing a Corolla to a Lexus, there are different class and that's a fact, I received a Rolex from my dad, and I'm planing on giving it to my son in some years, that's something you could never do with a Smart watch
  • Very well said Wifreb. Right on point.
  • Money will not be a factor for a certain segment of the population, Apple fans in particular. For me it's very simple, the battery. For something I'm wearing all the time (even at night. Sleep monitoring?) When exactly do I take it off to charge it? Barring a breakthrough in battery capacity, only real contactless wireless charging would help.
  • I agree with many of the points presented here but I think those that are comparing a smartwatch and a Rolex or TH or any of those classes of devices are missing a key point. They are not meant to replace a smartwatch. They are for a different function that a smartwatch will never replace. I own a Rolex and a TH and even though their reliability and durability are legendary, I don't wear them everyday. I wear them on special occasions for specific reasons. They are not interchangable for me.
    TBH, I think the biggest limiting factors are the battery life and form factor. Most smartwatches need to charged every few days. Most consumers are not going to want to hook up their device to a charger. That is cumbersome. Until there is wireless charging that us ubiquitous in every piece of furniture and place you could lay one down, people are going to have an annoyance factor that you need to recharge it every few days.
    The next is the form factor. Most are bulky and not light. My Garmin catches constantly on my jackets and sleeves. I've gotten used to it, but for many, it's like an itch they can't scratch. It's annoying as crap!
  • I bought a Bulova Marine Star Titanium in 1997. Cost me C$500. Showed me the time and date, and had a stopwatch. A couple of years ago, my Marine Star took a $h¡t, and I replaced it with a Titanium Citizen EcoDrive (~C$400). If - and when - my Citizen takes a $h¡t, if there is a Titanium, 100m waterproof smartwatch for C$400-C$500, I may consider it. But until then, no dice.
  • Translation: I blow a lot of money on watches and want everyone to know it.
  • I enjoyed the hell out of my Moto 360 (1st Gen). I kept my phone on my desk while i walked around the office. I was able to get my steps, see who messaged/call me. If i didn't want to answer I didn't have to rush back to my desk.
  • I've looked at smartwatches since Samsung came out with them, sometimes fairly seriously and I'll agree, price was a major factor in not purchasing. This Christmas I finally did and got one for both my wife and me. The major reason for changing my mind was my wife's needs. She's often in a noisy work environment and can't hear the alarm when it goes off on her phone. In addition, since the phone is often in her purse or pocket, She often can't feel it vibrate. Even when she can, she doesn't always have a hand free to see the cause of the alert. The smartwatch solves all of that and adds a lot of appreciated features beyond that.
  • I certainly love my Huawei Sport. I get notifications and alerts so I barely have to pull out the phone constantly. Secondly, as an active person it is great at the gym. I can check in with barcode at gym without needing to pull out the phone. Tracks runs and during workouts (without having to strap the phone to my arm), heart rate (accurate enough for my purpose) for calorie and music. It has NFC so mobile payment is great. I sometimes wish it would do more. I watched this girl on the train this morning stare constantly at her phone for like 15 mins. She proceeds to put it away and 15 sec later pulls it out. Stares at it. Put it away and repeat. She was on some repeat loop for 25min of my commute.
  • Limited utility combined with a high price is likely the main factor. What doesn't help either is that watches are generally seen as something that you can buy and keep for decades or more, however smartwatches are truly limited to the life of their battery (with some exceptions) and therefore a tough pill to swallow, especially when you factor in the high cost. Lack of cross-platform compatibility is another. The watches cannot be used interchangeably and that is a turnoff for many people, even if in the practical sense most of the same people will rarely if ever switch ecosystems. Full disclosure, I own both the Gear S3 Classic and an Apple Watch Series 3, and I find them tremendously useful, but I am not the norm.
  • And this keeps me grounded. https://youtu.be/RBWywYirukE I'm a Zenwatch 2 owner.
  • I have a Gear S2 that I tried to like. And I did like it. But what made me stop wearing it was the fact that I just plain hate wearing a watch.
  • I recently got a Fossil Q Explorist 3409 as a birthday gift. It's a really neat gadget, but if I have one major complaint is that I cannot view more content within the watch itself. For example, I would love to be able to view pictures, even if they are very compact sized on the watch screen, if I get a Facebook, Instagram or Whatsapp notification with a picture. I'm surprised I havent seen anyone mention that in this thread. Is there a setting that exists which I just need to enable?
  • I think Android Wear watches aren't Dick Tracy ehough, You simply have to be able to make a video call for these things to sell. Samsung was on the right track but then they decided to go all wildcat with TIZEN and lost a lot of sales that way.
  • You're wrong, the best thing Samsung did, was dump Android Wear and wear Tiene, the sales went up and the watches are much better now.
  • Simply put, the manufactures haven't given me a reason to buy one. I like my old school watch and frankly it costs more than any smart watch not made by Rolex or another similiar company...of course it will last as long as I want it to and won't be obsolete in 5 years. How many ways do people need to see that they have an unimportant text or that it's snowing outside? And if I do get a message that I have to respond to (work or kid related), I'll need to whip out the phone anyway.
  • I think you hit the nail on the head. Companies haven't convinced people to buy a smartwatch. Cell phones filled a void. Maybe it was a void we didn't know existed, but they provided functions that people could use in every day life. Cell phones filled open space. Smartwatches are trying to replace something. For those that already wear a classic watch, why get a smartwatch? To see notifications from your phone? That seems silly for the added cost. And you touched upon the other negative for SMs. Buy a regular watch and it lasts years, if not decades. Buy a more expensive smartwatch, and be forced to upgrade in 2-3 years when it finally dies. There's still room to grow, but the fitness crowd is really the industry's bread and butter. Once they start adopting full blown smartwatches as opposed to simple fitness trackers, the market will get a boost. However, for your average Joe or Jane, especially those that don't typically wear watches, I think going after that market is a losing battle. In this day and age, Jane and Joe need a smartphone. They don't need a smartwatch.
  • I love my Gear s3 because I can use Samsung Pay without having to use a Samsung phone. I just don't get the points
  • I notice that most people commenting on watches have probably never used one. That's the impression I get
  • Despite its shortcomings, I am a defender of Android Wear. It does work and work well with most apps that you want to not only receive notifications from but also respond to. A lot of this is done at the OS level and an "app" is not needed. My Huawei Watch 2 Classic (with Always On, Wi-Fi and Huawei Health turned off) gets a solid 2 days of charge, it has GPS and Heart Rate monitor and I can get a lot of use out of the watch by responding to messages and notifications. And Google Assistant works rather well. And it is becoming more widely available in these designer watches. What I want to see is more fully functioning watches as most of these drop GPS and Heart Rate Monitor.
  • I was pretty late to the party, having just gotten a Ticwatch E. My friends and family think it looks pretty cool and they didn't know about any of the capabilities of a smartwatch before. Having it now, I wonder why I didn't dive in sooner. Actually, the exact same thing is true of my Google Home(s).