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(Some Guy)   11 facts you need to know about Samsung's new smartwatch. Fact #1: You're going to accidentally shower with it on and be out $240   (searchenginejournal.com) divider line 56
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2013-10-21 07:39:35 AM
#1: you have to have one particular $800 smartphone for it to do anything other than be a very bad watch.

This isn't the breakthrough Samsung is calling it. It's an over-priced Bluetooth gadget that you strap to your wrist. The Note III still does all the work.

Call me when it's truly stand-alone.

/ also, talking to your wrist seems annoying. Poor ergonomic design
// remind me again why technology from a 30s comic is desirable?
 
2013-10-21 07:45:18 AM
They had phone watches showcased at EPCOT like 20 years ago and nobody went for it. Obviously it didn't have all this but the watch thing just isn't practical. Give me a watch with a Goddamned laser and I'll buy it.
 
2013-10-21 07:47:30 AM
#0: It's not a Pebble
 
2013-10-21 07:57:17 AM

whistleridge: #1: you have to have one particular $800 smartphone for it to do anything other than be a very bad watch.

This isn't the breakthrough Samsung is calling it. It's an over-priced Bluetooth gadget that you strap to your wrist. The Note III still does all the work.

Call me when it's truly stand-alone.

/ also, talking to your wrist seems annoying. Poor ergonomic design
// remind me again why technology from a 30s comic is desirable?


While I think you're right, it's nothing yet, and unless it really changes by the next version it won't ever be, I don't think that Samsung saying "this is a basically a test run version, the next one will be good" is them hailing it as a breakthrough.
 
2013-10-21 08:00:39 AM
It's expected that the battery life will last one whole day.


Whaa-?
 
2013-10-21 08:02:45 AM
12: When you're on the bus yelling into your watch you will be considered a raging douchecanoe by your fellow passengers.
 
2013-10-21 08:06:49 AM
I have always wondered why I can by a water resistent watch for $15, but my $500 cell phone will get farked up from a run in a light rain. Back in the day, I used to run with a $10 walkman and that thing lasted forever. Its a conspiracy.
 
2013-10-21 08:07:45 AM

whistleridge: / also, talking to your wrist seems annoying. Poor ergonomic design


I can't imagine how it's any worse than cocking your arm at a weird angle to hold a phone to your chin and ear.

Functionally speaking I'm sure it would be a fine little thing for what it's meant to do if not for that other niggling little problem you mentioned... the whole "you need the other really expensive thing for it to actually do that".

This stinks of DOA tech, though. There might be some way to make this interesting and useful to more than just gadget nerds and old people who think they're being cool, but I'm not seeing it.
 
2013-10-21 08:12:26 AM

pho75: I have always wondered why I can by a water resistent watch for $15, but my $500 cell phone will get farked up from a run in a light rain.


A watch has no openings. You can seal it up as tight as you need. A phone will have a speaker, mic, power jack/dock connector, headphone jack, maybe an SD-card slot, etc. Those are apparently not trivial to waterproof and still work.
 
db2
2013-10-21 08:13:24 AM
Meh. They still haven't topped this beauty.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-21 08:18:37 AM
I dunno, it looks completely impractical. Sell the tech to Apple, they'll fly off the shelves.
 
2013-10-21 08:22:44 AM

Mugato: I dunno, it looks completely impractical. Sell the tech to Apple, they'll fly off the shelves.


Apple kinda came out with that years ago:
dnok91peocsw3.cloudfront.net
Throw a wrist band on a 6 gen nano - boom, watch. I think they are trying to figure out how to do it right.
 
2013-10-21 08:31:02 AM

dukeblue219: pho75: I have always wondered why I can by a water resistent watch for $15, but my $500 cell phone will get farked up from a run in a light rain.

A watch has no openings. You can seal it up as tight as you need. A phone will have a speaker, mic, power jack/dock connector, headphone jack, maybe an SD-card slot, etc. Those are apparently not trivial to waterproof and still work.


Galaxy S4 Active is water resistant out of the box. Supposedly it can survive a meter of water for up to a half hour. Mine has a normal head phone opening, though it has a cover over the micro usb port and you really have to work to seal the battery cover if you ever open it. For a normal cell phone, you can get cases that are water resistant.

I would still prefer that hydrophobic spray if it ever his the market, but honestly nothing is going to beat a zip loc bag in the near future.
 
2013-10-21 08:33:07 AM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: #0: It's not a Pebble


Thought about getting one, but concerned about phone battery.
 
2013-10-21 08:34:36 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: 12: When you're on the bus yelling into your watch you will be considered a raging douchecanoe by your fellow passengers.


As opposed to just yelling at thin air, because you're a low-rent Lieutenant Uhura with a Bluetooth thingy in your ear?

Hey, Lobot, your hands are free.  Use the phone so we know you aren't hearing voices in your head.
 
2013-10-21 08:38:32 AM

dittybopper: Mr. Coffee Nerves: 12: When you're on the bus yelling into your watch you will be considered a raging douchecanoe by your fellow passengers.

As opposed to just yelling at thin air, because you're a low-rent Lieutenant Uhura with a Bluetooth thingy in your ear?

Hey, Lobot, your hands are free.  Use the phone so we know you aren't hearing voices in your head.


I just assume they're a crazy homeless person and give them a dollar.
 
2013-10-21 08:39:45 AM
I once saw an Asian woman running full speed and talking to herself in some kinda Chinese with a large black duffle bag on her back heading toward the main administration building. I alerted a campus security guard who was walking by and when he chased her down he found her at the bus stop talking into her bluetooth. What I'm saying is that if this device had been around then at least I would have just thought she was doing a Data impression on Goonie Day.
 
2013-10-21 08:47:20 AM

Bareefer Obonghit: I once saw an Asian woman running full speed and talking to herself in some kinda Chinese with a large black duffle bag on her back heading toward the main administration building. I alerted a campus security guard who was walking by and when he chased her down he found her at the bus stop talking into her bluetooth. What I'm saying is that if this device had been around then at least I would have just thought she was doing a Data impression on Goonie Day.


Wait, why would you consider a fast running Asian as a threat? Do they have to be Ethiopian to do that and get away with it?
 
kab
2013-10-21 08:50:08 AM
#1.  It's a giant farking waste of money.
 
2013-10-21 08:52:09 AM

pkellmey: Bareefer Obonghit: I once saw an Asian woman running full speed and talking to herself in some kinda Chinese with a large black duffle bag on her back heading toward the main administration building. I alerted a campus security guard who was walking by and when he chased her down he found her at the bus stop talking into her bluetooth. What I'm saying is that if this device had been around then at least I would have just thought she was doing a Data impression on Goonie Day.

Wait, why would you consider a fast running Asian as a threat? Do they have to be Ethiopian to do that and get away with it?


I think you mean Jamaican. Ethiopians are the ones that never stop running.
 
2013-10-21 08:52:20 AM

Bareefer Obonghit: I once saw an Asian woman running full speed and talking to herself in some kinda Chinese with a large black duffle bag on her back heading toward the main administration building. I alerted a campus security guard who was walking by and when he chased her down he found her at the bus stop talking into her bluetooth. What I'm saying is that if this device had been around then at least I would have just thought she was doing a Data impression on Goonie Day.


America 2k13, ladies and gentlemen.
 
2013-10-21 08:53:44 AM

AntonChigger: pkellmey: Bareefer Obonghit: I once saw an Asian woman running full speed and talking to herself in some kinda Chinese with a large black duffle bag on her back heading toward the main administration building. I alerted a campus security guard who was walking by and when he chased her down he found her at the bus stop talking into her bluetooth. What I'm saying is that if this device had been around then at least I would have just thought she was doing a Data impression on Goonie Day.

Wait, why would you consider a fast running Asian as a threat? Do they have to be Ethiopian to do that and get away with it?

I think you mean Jamaican. Ethiopians are the ones that never stop running.


Oops, you're right. My bad.
 
2013-10-21 09:06:43 AM

blackminded: Bareefer Obonghit: I once saw an Asian woman running full speed and talking to herself in some kinda Chinese with a large black duffle bag on her back heading toward the main administration building. I alerted a campus security guard who was walking by and when he chased her down he found her at the bus stop talking into her bluetooth. What I'm saying is that if this device had been around then at least I would have just thought she was doing a Data impression on Goonie Day.

America 2k13, ladies and gentlemen.


Well, when the catch phrase is "See something, say something", what the fark do you expect?  The place where I work went into a farkin' lockdown because someone reported seeing a person carrying a rifle, which actually turned out to be an *UMBRELLA*.

How the fark do you mistake an umbrella for a rifle?
 
2013-10-21 09:16:26 AM
www.valetmag.com

meh. shower with it all you want. never needs a battery.
 
Skr
2013-10-21 09:18:30 AM
Screw the watch, I still want a shoe phone.
 
2013-10-21 09:20:59 AM

gopher321: It's expected that the battery life will last one whole day.


Whaa-?


translated for reality that means 3hrs.
 
2013-10-21 09:23:31 AM

FlashHarry: [www.valetmag.com image 560x625]

meh. shower with it all you want. never needs a battery.


www.coolwristwatches.net
 
2013-10-21 09:25:19 AM
Rabid Badger Beaver Weasel:
I would still prefer that hydrophobic spray if it ever his the market, but honestly nothing is going to beat a zip loc bag in the near future.

THE FUTURE IS NOW
 
2013-10-21 09:26:31 AM

dittybopper: blackminded: Bareefer Obonghit: I once saw an Asian woman running full speed and talking to herself in some kinda Chinese with a large black duffle bag on her back heading toward the main administration building. I alerted a campus security guard who was walking by and when he chased her down he found her at the bus stop talking into her bluetooth. What I'm saying is that if this device had been around then at least I would have just thought she was doing a Data impression on Goonie Day.

America 2k13, ladies and gentlemen.

Well, when the catch phrase is "See something, say something", what the fark do you expect?  The place where I work went into a farkin' lockdown because someone reported seeing a person carrying a rifle, which actually turned out to be an *UMBRELLA*.

How the fark do you mistake an umbrella for a rifle?


Pretty easy?
i18.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-21 09:39:06 AM

dukeblue219: pho75: I have always wondered why I can by a water resistent watch for $15, but my $500 cell phone will get farked up from a run in a light rain.

A watch has no openings. You can seal it up as tight as you need. A phone will have a speaker, mic, power jack/dock connector, headphone jack, maybe an SD-card slot, etc. Those are apparently not trivial to waterproof and still work.


Funny enough, Samsung makes a waterproof phone, but their watch isn't:

i-cdn.phonearena.com
 
2013-10-21 09:42:24 AM

RectalFury: FlashHarry: [www.valetmag.com image 560x625]

meh. shower with it all you want. never needs a battery.

[www.coolwristwatches.net image 850x563]


man, that thing is a monstrosity! at least the old seadweller fit under a cuff!
 
2013-10-21 09:51:38 AM

tricycleracer: dukeblue219: pho75: I have always wondered why I can by a water resistent watch for $15, but my $500 cell phone will get farked up from a run in a light rain.

A watch has no openings. You can seal it up as tight as you need. A phone will have a speaker, mic, power jack/dock connector, headphone jack, maybe an SD-card slot, etc. Those are apparently not trivial to waterproof and still work.

Funny enough, Samsung makes a waterproof phone, but their watch isn't:

[i-cdn.phonearena.com image 466x275]


Yet the S4 Active still has the same warning as every other phone that says they won't do shiat for you if it gets water damage.
 
2013-10-21 09:54:06 AM

Carth: dittybopper: blackminded: Bareefer Obonghit: I once saw an Asian woman running full speed and talking to herself in some kinda Chinese with a large black duffle bag on her back heading toward the main administration building. I alerted a campus security guard who was walking by and when he chased her down he found her at the bus stop talking into her bluetooth. What I'm saying is that if this device had been around then at least I would have just thought she was doing a Data impression on Goonie Day.

America 2k13, ladies and gentlemen.

Well, when the catch phrase is "See something, say something", what the fark do you expect?  The place where I work went into a farkin' lockdown because someone reported seeing a person carrying a rifle, which actually turned out to be an *UMBRELLA*.

How the fark do you mistake an umbrella for a rifle?

Pretty easy?
[i18.photobucket.com image 530x478]


Neat, but no, it wasn't something like that, it was a regular umbrella, and apparently the person holding had it over their shoulder like they had "shouldered arms", and someone who doesn't know their ass from a hole in the ground reported it to security.

Of course, then it got interesting.  I was locked in my office with two of my female co-workers.  Our boss knocked on the door but didn't identify himself, so one of my co-workers brilliantly said "I don't know you, I'm not opening the door for you".   In a low voice I said "Maybe that wasn't the smartest idea, you just let the person on the other side of the door know this room is occupied".   Her face went *WHITE* when she considered the implications of that.

And I had to give the spiel (in a whisper) about "If an active shooter gets in the room, grab the heaviest thing that you can comfortably throw and fling it with all your might at them, then bum rush them, because at that point, once they are in the room, you need to fight like your life depends on it because it does".

Same person was "I don't think I could hurt someone like that".

WTF?!?!
 
2013-10-21 09:54:13 AM

unyon: Rabid Badger Beaver Weasel:
I would still prefer that hydrophobic spray if it ever his the market, but honestly nothing is going to beat a zip loc bag in the near future.

THE FUTURE IS NOW


Not sure I like the whole milky white haze thing.
 
2013-10-21 09:56:10 AM
I prefer oldschool, thanks.
img.fark.net
 
2013-10-21 09:57:55 AM
What good is a proprietary accessory for just your phone?

You're trying to sell the "next gen" watch, you would imagine you'd like it to be compatible with every day smart phone you can to increase sales and take a huge market share before everyone else starts releasing one...
 
2013-10-21 10:06:05 AM

Mugato: They had phone watches showcased at EPCOT like 20 years ago and nobody went for it. Obviously it didn't have all this but the watch thing just isn't practical. Give me a watch with a Goddamned laser and I'll buy it.



Enjoy:  https:// www.google.com/search?q=laser+pointer+watch&oq=laser+pointer+w atch&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l3.4100j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=122 &ie=UTF-8#es_sm=122&espv=210&q=laser+pointer+watch&tbm=shop
 
2013-10-21 10:17:30 AM

pho75: I have always wondered why I can by a water resistent watch for $15, but my $500 cell phone will get farked up from a run in a light rain. Back in the day, I used to run with a $10 walkman and that thing lasted forever. Its a conspiracy.


i.walmartimages.com

works great and is inexpensive....back part is clear so you can take pictures and video....even under water. Not meant for diving....
 
2013-10-21 10:49:04 AM

ferretman: pho75: I have always wondered why I can by a water resistent watch for $15, but my $500 cell phone will get farked up from a run in a light rain. Back in the day, I used to run with a $10 walkman and that thing lasted forever. Its a conspiracy.

[i.walmartimages.com image 500x500]

works great and is inexpensive....back part is clear so you can take pictures and video....even under water. Not meant for diving....


I got a cheaper alternative for you...

www.thecouponbible.com
 
2013-10-21 11:24:53 AM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: #0: It's not a Pebble


I would get a Pebble if it wasn't so big and ugly.

That said, I have never accidentally showered while wearing my watch.
 
2013-10-21 11:49:07 AM

Beeblebrox: That said, I have never accidentally showered while wearing my watch.


i never take mine off. i just feel weird without it.
 
2013-10-21 11:55:06 AM
#1 No I won't because I'll never buy one.

I debate this is a worthwhile replacement/enhancement to the portable supercomputer/telephone I am already carrying around in my pocket.
 
2013-10-21 12:53:45 PM

Phil Moskowitz: I prefer oldschool, thanks.
[img.fark.net image 533x458]


Me too:

www.watchestobuy.com

images.europeanwatch.com


I never understood people who wear diver watches when wearing a suit and tie.
 
2013-10-21 01:00:08 PM
Ill stick to my basic g-shock, thank you very much.
 
2013-10-21 01:54:32 PM
1) Combine everything people want into ONE convenient, high-tech device, replacing individual devices like PDAs, cameras, watches, phones, GPS, etc

2) Start separating that device back into multiple accessories again...

3) Profit??


this is one of those things I seriously can't see the appeal of from a tech point of view. man. a watch is one of the few things I haven't replaced with my smartphone, but they're hoping to sell these ugly, redundant, battery-limited wrist bands at a significant price? good luck! I wouldn't use it if it came FREE with my phone
 
2013-10-21 02:16:11 PM

Mugato: I dunno, it looks completely impractical. Sell the tech to Apple, they'll fly off the shelves.


Apple would upgrade it to do some practical, useful things that normal people need, make it work with any iOS 7 device, and then they'd fly off the shelves while Fandroids whined endlessly about how Apple didn't invent the smartwatch.

Then an Android smartwatch would come out that's a blatant copy, with an additional pile of mostly useless features that barely work. Paid shills will crow about how the Apple watch doesn't do this or that, even though less than 5% of users need that feature. Brainwashed iHaters will buy the piece of crap anyway.
 
2013-10-21 02:47:44 PM
Carth:

I never understood people who wear diver watches when wearing a suit and tie.

because James Bond.
 
2013-10-21 03:14:40 PM

Carth: I never understood people who wear diver watches when wearing a suit and tie.


From your lips to god's ears. I loathe almost every diver I see. Oddly, another Gerlach was an exception.

img.fark.net
 
2013-10-21 03:45:07 PM

bingethinker: Mugato: I dunno, it looks completely impractical. Sell the tech to Apple, they'll fly off the shelves.

Apple would upgrade it to do some practical, useful things that normal people need, make it work with any iOS 7 device, and then they'd fly off the shelves while Fandroids whined endlessly about how Apple didn't invent the smartwatch.

Then an Android smartwatch would come out that's a blatant copy, with an additional pile of mostly useless features that barely work. Paid shills will crow about how the Apple watch doesn't do this or that, even though less than 5% of users need that feature. Brainwashed iHaters will buy the piece of crap anyway.



bingethinker: 2013-10-18 02:59:55 PM

Ah, crowing about butthurt because somebody has a different opinion than you. There's no better way to show us all that you have nothing intelligent to contribute.
 
2013-10-21 04:28:23 PM
I love my Note II. I'm probably going to hold out for the Note IV or whatever they make after the III, but there's no way I'm in the market for a smartwatch. This is coming from one of the few people who liked the Dick Tracy movie as a kid.
 
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