1. nhungthientai's Avatar
    Bonus points haha

    But seriously, I was thinking today how I haven't had a smart watch in a long time, and I really do like them. But it seems that people aren't really buying them, as prices are still super high, and companies aren't really making new ones, such as Motorola still on the 2nd Gen Moto 360.
    03-17-2019 11:49 PM
  2. tony bag o donuts's Avatar
    I think ones that are simple and in the $150- $200 price range will. I'm still using my pebble. I have a Garmin golf watch that provides sms notifications. I see Garmin and Fitbit succeeding in the long run and others remaining as an expensive want and not a need. With the cost and WearOS needing some long term direction, it seems that holding off is the best option.
    03-18-2019 08:20 AM
  3. Inders99's Avatar
    Most people I know think they're unnecessary tech. Personally I'd never buy one.
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    03-18-2019 07:29 PM
  4. dangerousfen's Avatar
    Complete waist of time. Don't bother.
    03-20-2019 12:00 PM
  5. Morty2264's Avatar
    Great thread, OP! And welcome to Android Central!

    I think smart watches do have a chance to survive. I know a lot of Apple enthusiasts wear Apple watches, and they're very intuitive. I myself wear a Fitbit, and I use it every day. However, I don't really use it for mobile notifications; but I like knowing that I can if I need to. I moreso use it for fitness.

    I guess it's a matter of whether or not the individual consumer feels that the merchandise is worth the money. There are a lot of introductory/mid-range smart watches that will get the job done just fine without breaking the bank.

    I definitely do see the merit in smart watches, but at the same time, I believe in waiting for sales or buying something that specifically suits my needs without going over my budget.
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    03-23-2019 10:25 AM
  6. davidnc's Avatar
    I think they will survive. I personally don't have one.
    But I haven't wore a watch since grammar school.
    I have look into them but just haven't purchased one yet
    aximtreo likes this.
    03-24-2019 07:28 AM
  7. cohoman's Avatar
    I love my Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch and wear it everyday. My main reasons are:

    - For Notifications
    - Alarm for medication reminders
    - Smart unlock of my Samsung S10
    - Quick read of incoming emails and texts
    - Quick timer/alarm set with voice
    - Steps/floors/mileage/heart rate tracker

    Those are just the main features I use daily. I find my smartwatch very useful, but others may have a different opinion.
    03-24-2019 08:10 AM
  8. treetopsranch's Avatar
    Like the posts above show, some like them, some do not. So it's probably a niche product where some can find a use for it and others not so much.

    I personally do not use one and do not see the need at this time to spend the money on a product that I would use for a day or two then put it in the drawer.
    03-24-2019 10:29 AM
  9. bembol's Avatar
    Most people I know think they're unnecessary tech. Personally I'd never buy one.
    Very unnecessary. Especially Apple's iWatch. At that price I'd rather get an amazing looking watch. IMO its ugly AF.

    Seems to be more of bragging rights.
    03-24-2019 11:41 AM
  10. tadpoles's Avatar
    I love smart watches. I have 2 Galaxy Watches and 2 Apple watches. I love being able to take or make (ir reject) a call while my phone is elsewhere. ...and keeping up with fitness stats.
    03-24-2019 01:00 PM
  11. tony bag o donuts's Avatar
    They are ugly, but serve a purpose. It's something that you don't need, but once you do, you appreciate what it does. Imagine a work environment where you cannot have your cell ringer on, but you get a call from your kids school, or a text or email. The notification on your wrist when you cannot use your phone is a great advantage.

    Everyone thought pebble was a gimmick. Then apple comes out with their own watch and now it's the hip thing.
    Schools are actually banning them to avoid communicating with fellow students and of course cheating.
    Morty2264 likes this.
    03-24-2019 01:33 PM
  12. tony bag o donuts's Avatar
    They are ugly, but serve a purpose. It's something that you don't need, but once you do, you appreciate what it does. Imagine a work environment where you cannot have your cell ringer on, but you get a call from your kids school, or a text or email. The notification on your wrist when you cannot use your phone is a great advantage.

    Everyone thought pebble was a gimmick. Then apple comes out with their own watch and now it's the hip thing.
    Schools are actually banning them to avoid communicating with fellow students and of course cheating.
    03-24-2019 01:34 PM
  13. tadpoles's Avatar
    I always enjoy being able to just look at my wrist and see what the weather is outside (don't ask me why).
    03-24-2019 04:20 PM
  14. TgeekB's Avatar
    I’m sure they’ll survive but I, personally, have no use for one.
    I wear a regular watch (mechanical marvels) so I always know what time it is. Plus I don’t have to charge them.
    I don’t need to know how many steps I take a day. I walk a lot at work, do stairs and am generally in good shape.
    I DO NOT want to be bothered by hundreds of notifications per day in my face. I carry my phone with me and check it time to time. This includes my work and personal phones.

    This is just me and it won’t change anytime soon.
    03-24-2019 04:33 PM
  15. cohoman's Avatar
    I hope Smartwatches do continue to survive. I love my Samsung Galaxy Gear Sport and wear it everyday for the following reasons:

    - Alarms for medication
    - Notifications
    - Setting timers using S-Voice
    - Tracking health data (e.g., steps, heart rate, etc)
    - Quick view of daily/weekly schedule
    - Great battery life
    03-25-2019 04:35 AM
  16. Morty2264's Avatar
    They are ugly, but serve a purpose. It's something that you don't need, but once you do, you appreciate what it does. Imagine a work environment where you cannot have your cell ringer on, but you get a call from your kids school, or a text or email. The notification on your wrist when you cannot use your phone is a great advantage.

    Everyone thought pebble was a gimmick. Then apple comes out with their own watch and now it's the hip thing.
    Schools are actually banning them to avoid communicating with fellow students and of course cheating.
    You have a good and valid point. It's something that you don't really think you need until you buy one and realize all of its benefits and how convenient it is.
    tadpoles likes this.
    03-25-2019 05:41 AM
  17. Almeuit's Avatar
    I love my Apple Watch. I tried a Ticwatch Pro once on Android an ehhh...
    03-25-2019 08:57 PM
  18. steven porter3's Avatar
    I have the original Huawei watch. it still looks a beaut. even better with the wear os updates
    Morty2264 likes this.
    03-27-2019 06:08 AM
  19. Morty2264's Avatar
    I have the original Huawei watch. it still looks a beaut. even better with the wear os updates
    Huawei does make beautiful products!
    steven porter3 likes this.
    03-27-2019 07:20 AM
  20. dov1978's Avatar
    Love smartwatches and fitness watches. I've always wore one for the past 4 or 5 years now. Samsung Tizen watches, Apple watches, WearOS etc etc but since I've got serious about running and fitness in the past year or so I've gone to Garmin. The GPS and fitness tracking is way better than normal smart watches with the bonus of smart features like notifications and contactless payments. For me it's the perfect blend
    03-30-2019 08:23 AM
  21. Morty2264's Avatar
    Yes huawei rocks..It has one of the most beautiful products among all.But sadly it is still quite underrated.I mean its so unfair to that company
    You're right. Huawei is amazing yet underrated, for sure.
    03-30-2019 11:17 AM
  22. datum9's Avatar
    No. They are not all that popular now, compared to phones. You have to keep them charged, just another device to worry about. If I want smart phone functions, I just use a smart phone with a much larger screen.
    GPS type watches are a flawed concept, I use a full size GPS.

    I have a Casio with a 5 year runtime off a 2032 battery..
    04-02-2019 12:28 PM
  23. dov1978's Avatar
    GPS type watches are a flawed concept, I use a full size GPS
    That's a ridiculous thing to say. Do you realise how many runners, cyclists, walkers, fitness enthusiasts there are out there that depend on GPS watches??? How do you suppose a runner carries a full size GPS to glance down at every few mins?
    04-02-2019 01:34 PM
  24. datum9's Avatar
    A gps watch does not have the reception of a full size unit, nor runtime, not screen capabilities. Why would a runner use a GPS anyway? It's a hiking off-the-trail type device. Most runners run on predetermined trails that don't really require gps.

    There are very compact Garmin models that run on 2AA for 24 hours, have about 3" screens and aren't all that hard to clip to belt or something.

    There is a market for watch type devices but I see runners/bikers all the time with compact smart phones in a arm type pouch.

    I hardly ever see smart watches. They are a niche thing and not all that popular. Not even mainstream.
    04-03-2019 09:52 AM
  25. dov1978's Avatar
    A gps watch does not have the reception of a full size unit, nor runtime, not screen capabilities. Why would a runner use a GPS anyway? It's a hiking off-the-trail type device. Most runners run on predetermined trails that don't really require gps.

    There are very compact Garmin models that run on 2AA for 24 hours, have about 3" screens and aren't all that hard to clip to belt or something.

    There is a market for watch type devices but I see runners/bikers all the time with compact smart phones in a arm type pouch.

    I hardly ever see smart watches. They are a niche thing and not all that popular. Not even mainstream.
    You're very very wrong unless we're just thinking of 2 different things? You're maybe thinking of GPS mapping devices for orienteering etc?

    GPS watches are massive in the running/fitness world. Not for mapping functionality (although they can) but for distance/route/speed tracking. Most of us only do a handful of organised races/events per year but still train 5,6 even 7 days a week using a GPS watch as our trusted tracker. Garmin have the market pretty much to themselves in all GPS devices. The Garmin Fenix 5X in GPS mode battery will last up to 24hrs and is extremely accurate.
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    04-03-2019 10:35 AM

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