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(Mashable)   CEO of company that makes smartwatches: "Smartwatches are useless"   ( mashable.com) divider line
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2017-04-15 02:31:37 PM  
I like my Apple watch. I like being able to change the dial, see the weather, text, decline spam calls, and it has a helpful Breathe app that helps me calm down on stressful days. And there are a ton of aftermarket straps for it that cost a lot less than Apple branded ones.
 
2017-04-15 02:52:08 PM  
Soon to be former CEO...
 
2017-04-15 03:43:39 PM  
I am always confused as to what smartwatches are for

You aren't the only one, pal.
 
2017-04-15 03:54:32 PM  
Too bad I'll never see a new Pebble.
 
2017-04-15 04:07:00 PM  
Smart watches? Are those things that look for smart people?
 
2017-04-15 04:16:13 PM  
I use Apple Pay on mine. And the exercise tracker. The rest...eh.
 
2017-04-15 04:49:39 PM  
I can't say that I don't agree with the guy, smartwatches are just a passing fad for now.

If Apple really gets the (now not so) secret development of the Blood Sugar checking software into the phone, then, and only then, will a smart watch have any real use. Biometrics will be that next phase of software/hardware that will make a difference in the market. First one there will likely own it.
 
2017-04-15 04:51:29 PM  
#include "hesnotwrongyouknow.png"
 
2017-04-15 05:01:12 PM  
I'mma hold out until we get an Omni Tool...

laurademers.files.wordpress.com
 
2017-04-15 05:05:20 PM  

hubiestubert: I'mma hold out until we get an Omni Tool...

[laurademers.files.wordpress.com image 688x387]


Eh, I don't need something that fancy, a simple Pip Boy will do for me...

Of course...If I want to show off, then I go with the Pimp Boy 3 Billion!
img.fark.net
 
2017-04-15 05:05:47 PM  
A lot of people / companies make a lot of useless things. People buy them, so they make them.
 
2017-04-15 05:14:24 PM  
Sometimes you just don't feel like taking your phone along.  Like when biking, running, walking, hiking, for instance.  There's a lot you can use wearables for when you want t travel light.

• Receive/place calls
• Track activities
• Get notifications
• Send/receive email
• Set appointments
• Listen to music
• Monitor heart rate
• GPS
• Apple/Samsung/Android Pay
•  SMS

They're not phone replacements but they're certainly not pointless. Unless, of course, you're one of those people who still uses a flip phone because you "don't need" a smartphone to call your friend up and ask them to give you directions that your glove box full of maps can't help you with.

They perform pretty much all of the crucial basic functions a smartphone does without the bulk.
 
2017-04-15 05:15:52 PM  

Burr: hubiestubert: I'mma hold out until we get an Omni Tool...

[laurademers.files.wordpress.com image 688x387]

Eh, I don't need something that fancy, a simple Pip Boy will do for me...

Of course...If I want to show off, then I go with the Pimp Boy 3 Billion!
[img.fark.net image 200x118]


I just got the Samsung S2, and immediately changed the watch face to look like a pipboy, though more like the Fallout 4 version. It's a pretty cool little app, the health indicator is the battery life, it has a water/coffee section where the stimpack/radaway section would be, and has tabs on top that take me to gallery and music and such. It makes me happy.

I basically use it as a media player for the audiobook/music I stream on my phone, looking to see whether it's worth getting up to answer the phone when it's halfway across the room, and the fitbit-esque options. I've tried the Samsung pay a few times for novelty reasons, but it's just as easy to pull out my purse. I find it makes several things more convenient for me, and that's all I ask.
 
2017-04-15 05:44:46 PM  
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2017-04-15 05:52:49 PM  
I still think it's preatty neat idea
 
2017-04-15 05:53:27 PM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 354x449]


Take that hipster!!!
 
2017-04-15 06:02:08 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: I am always confused as to what smartwatches are for

You aren't the only one, pal.


One reason my wife likes hers is the "where is my phone" app. It will make the phone ring, even if you set it on silent. We have a tri-level, so this is useful.
 
2017-04-15 06:05:23 PM  
In the operating room, I don't have my phone out much, but sometimes I get time critical texts, and having a smartwatch is great for that.  I mainly got mine for seeing messages faster and it does that well.  It's an android, so I didn't spend a foolish amount of money on it.  Waiting for Android Wear 2.0 to see if I find more uses for it.
 
2017-04-15 06:13:25 PM  
If it's just an accessory for a phone, sure. But a standalone smart watch is farking awesome.
 
2017-04-15 06:30:22 PM  
Eh, I use my Fitbit to help time my rides. I wouldn't mind it looking fancier and more smart watch-y, but it does everything I tell it to and has a nifty little breathing session thing.
 
2017-04-15 06:49:07 PM  

I Like Bread: If it's just an accessory for a phone, sure. But a standalone smart watch is farking awesome.


Agreed, but the only ones that function as standalone devices cost as much as a mid-range smartphone. As much as I'd like to be able to leave the phone at home when I run or bike, I'm not spending four hundred farking bucks on LG Sport Watch or whatever.
 
Ant
2017-04-15 06:52:34 PM  

stonelotus: Sometimes you just don't feel like taking your phone along.  Like when biking, running, walking, hiking, for instance.  There's a lot you can use wearables for when you want t travel light.

• Receive/place calls
• Track activities
• Get notifications
• Send/receive email
• Set appointments
• Listen to music
• Monitor heart rate
• GPS
• Apple/Samsung/Android Pay
•  SMS

They're not phone replacements but they're certainly not pointless. Unless, of course, you're one of those people who still uses a flip phone because you "don't need" a smartphone to call your friend up and ask them to give you directions that your glove box full of maps can't help you with.

They perform pretty much all of the crucial basic functions a smartphone does without the bulk.


I don't know of a smart watch that can do any of that stuff without a phone to connect to. I know mine can't.
 
2017-04-15 06:55:44 PM  
img.fark.net

my watch was smart enough to wear on the Moon, so it's smart enough for me.

/yes, I'm hairy.
 
2017-04-15 07:02:36 PM  

farker99: I can't say that I don't agree with the guy, smartwatches are just a passing fad for now.

If Apple really gets the (now not so) secret development of the Blood Sugar checking software into the phone, then, and only then, will a smart watch have any real use. Biometrics will be that next phase of software/hardware that will make a difference in the market. First one there will likely own it.


I'd rather trust a dog to diagnose diabetes by sniffing my ass.

Fitness trackers are notoriously inaccurate; why would blood sugar monitors be better?  "Blood sugar without blood" is something I'd expect from Theranos.
 
2017-04-15 07:14:47 PM  

FlashHarry: [img.fark.net image 850x850]

my watch was smart enough to wear on the Moon, so it's smart enough for me.

/yes, I'm hairy.


I have a nice 2 tone Submariner, but stopped wearing it due to getting too many 'nice watch' comments from people that I would rather not notice my watch. I have been happy with my Series 1 Apple watch for the month I have had it, and the Sub just sits in my safe.
 
2017-04-15 07:22:37 PM  

FlashHarry: [img.fark.net image 850x850]

my watch was smart enough to wear on the Moon, so it's smart enough for me.

/yes, I'm hairy.


where exactly are you wearing that watch? Oo

/nttawwt
 
2017-04-15 07:35:59 PM  

JonZoidberg: In the operating room, I don't have my phone out much, but sometimes I get time critical texts, and having a smartwatch is great for that.  I mainly got mine for seeing messages faster and it does that well.  It's an android, so I didn't spend a foolish amount of money on it.  Waiting for Android Wear 2.0 to see if I find more uses for it.


I awoke from surgery with a smart phone implanted in my abdomen.  Call yourself and I'll tell you if it's yours.
 
2017-04-15 07:54:55 PM  

BadReligion: I like my Apple watch. I like being able to change the dial, see the weather, text, decline spam calls, and it has a helpful Breathe app that helps me calm down on stressful days. And there are a ton of aftermarket straps for it that cost a lot less than Apple branded ones.


I swear, if your smartwatch weren't attached to your wrist, you'd forget to breathe!
 
2017-04-15 07:57:05 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Fitness trackers are notoriously inaccurate; why would blood sugar monitors be better?


A blood sugar monitor doesn't need to be that precise if it is reasonably accurate.
 
2017-04-15 08:06:21 PM  

FlashHarry: [img.fark.net image 850x850]

my watch was smart enough to wear on the Moon, so it's smart enough for me.

/yes, I'm hairy.


Eeek, a mammal!
 
2017-04-15 08:10:14 PM  

stonelotus: Unless, of course, you're one of those people who still uses a flip phone because you "don't need" a smartphone to call your friend up and ask them to give you directions that your glove box full of maps can't help you with.


Hey, hey, hey... Those of us with flip phones still have GPS and mp3 players in our vehicles.   I have a 4 year old tablet that works just fine on wi-fi.   I see no reason to pay my cell phone carrier an extra $50 to $60 each month for the privilege of using a smart phone on their network... and that's before choosing a data plan!

/grumbles about wifi being good enough
//plans trips before he leaves the house
///mutters something about getting off his lawn
 
2017-04-15 08:19:58 PM  

BadReligion: I like my Apple watch. I like being able to change the dial, see the weather, text, decline spam calls, and it has a helpful Breathe app that helps me calm down on stressful days. And there are a ton of aftermarket straps for it that cost a lot less than Apple branded ones.


Thanks, Madison Avenue.

But all of that you can do with the smartphone you already with the same or less physical effort.

There are things I'm sure a smart watch COULD be useful for that noting else really could, but I've yet to see such an idea. And no, I don't have such an idea or I'd be sending a resume to apple.
 
2017-04-15 09:11:05 PM  
I keep considering the gear s3, but can't bring myself to pull the trigger.  I think it looks cool, and I guess I have the right body type for HR monitors to be fairly good.  The new S-Health is an improvement over the older versions.  The app environment for the watch is still a little too barren for me.  If it had a land navigation app where you could enter your coordinates and displayed a distance and direction, that might be cool enough for me to go for it.
 
2017-04-15 09:27:46 PM  
If it just told time and calls, that's pretty cool, but not $400 cool. Throw in a laser torch for cutting out fences or utility boxes, I'm in for $1000.

www.watchsupermarket.co.uk
 
2017-04-15 11:11:43 PM  
After spending a week at Disney World with a Magic Band, a smart watch would be really cool. It would do more than a Magic Band, if only there were places to actually use it.
 
2017-04-15 11:28:00 PM  
I got some Chinese copy for $36 that has the same Pixart pulse sensor as the more expensive stuff.
 
2017-04-16 12:32:18 AM  

Ant: stonelotus: Sometimes you just don't feel like taking your phone along.  Like when biking, running, walking, hiking, for instance.  There's a lot you can use wearables for when you want t travel light.

• Receive/place calls
• Track activities
• Get notifications
• Send/receive email
• Set appointments
• Listen to music
• Monitor heart rate
• GPS
• Apple/Samsung/Android Pay
•  SMS

They're not phone replacements but they're certainly not pointless. Unless, of course, you're one of those people who still uses a flip phone because you "don't need" a smartphone to call your friend up and ask them to give you directions that your glove box full of maps can't help you with.

They perform pretty much all of the crucial basic functions a smartphone does without the bulk.

I don't know of a smart watch that can do any of that stuff without a phone to connect to. I know mine can't.


What are you using?  You may need to use a cell carrier version like the Samsung Gear (S/S2/S3) from AT&T.  Even as early as the Gear S I didn't need to be connected to my phone to make and receive calls.
 
2017-04-16 12:55:23 AM  
I find the laser really helpful for cutting through thick steel doors and zapping enemy agents.
 
2017-04-16 01:23:06 AM  

stonelotus: Ant: stonelotus: Sometimes you just don't feel like taking your phone along.  Like when biking, running, walking, hiking, for instance.  There's a lot you can use wearables for when you want t travel light.

• Receive/place calls
• Track activities
• Get notifications
• Send/receive email
• Set appointments
• Listen to music
• Monitor heart rate
• GPS
• Apple/Samsung/Android Pay
•  SMS

They're not phone replacements but they're certainly not pointless. Unless, of course, you're one of those people who still uses a flip phone because you "don't need" a smartphone to call your friend up and ask them to give you directions that your glove box full of maps can't help you with.

They perform pretty much all of the crucial basic functions a smartphone does without the bulk.

I don't know of a smart watch that can do any of that stuff without a phone to connect to. I know mine can't.

What are you using?  You may need to use a cell carrier version like the Samsung Gear (S/S2/S3) from AT&T.  Even as early as the Gear S I didn't need to be connected to my phone to make and receive calls.


Still completely pointless.

It doesn't have the "bulk" of a smartphone? That's the singular justification?

The "bulk" of a smartphone.

Completely pointless.
 
2017-04-16 01:33:03 AM  

emtwo: stonelotus: Ant: stonelotus: Sometimes you just don't feel like taking your phone along.  Like when biking, running, walking, hiking, for instance.  There's a lot you can use wearables for when you want t travel light.

• Receive/place calls
• Track activities
• Get notifications
• Send/receive email
• Set appointments
• Listen to music
• Monitor heart rate
• GPS
• Apple/Samsung/Android Pay
•  SMS

They're not phone replacements but they're certainly not pointless. Unless, of course, you're one of those people who still uses a flip phone because you "don't need" a smartphone to call your friend up and ask them to give you directions that your glove box full of maps can't help you with.

They perform pretty much all of the crucial basic functions a smartphone does without the bulk.

I don't know of a smart watch that can do any of that stuff without a phone to connect to. I know mine can't.

What are you using?  You may need to use a cell carrier version like the Samsung Gear (S/S2/S3) from AT&T.  Even as early as the Gear S I didn't need to be connected to my phone to make and receive calls.

Still completely pointless.

It doesn't have the "bulk" of a smartphone? That's the singular justification?

The "bulk" of a smartphone.

Completely pointless.


Well have you tried tying a smartphone to your wrist?
 
2017-04-16 02:08:39 AM  
I bought one. Have worn it for a few months, am still waiting the reason I want it or need it appear. Got an Asus Zenwatch 2.

Got it as a toy, single desired use was an OTP watch app, have yet to find one because I don't want to use Google Authenticator.

As another post upthread mentioned, going Wear 2.0 will yield more apps or functionality. Would be a ton more useful if I liked choice controlling stuff.
 
2017-04-16 04:19:27 AM  

emtwo: stonelotus: Ant: stonelotus: Sometimes you just don't feel like taking your phone along.  Like when biking, running, walking, hiking, for instance.  There's a lot you can use wearables for when you want t travel light.

• Receive/place calls
• Track activities
• Get notifications
• Send/receive email
• Set appointments
• Listen to music
• Monitor heart rate
• GPS
• Apple/Samsung/Android Pay
•  SMS

They're not phone replacements but they're certainly not pointless. Unless, of course, you're one of those people who still uses a flip phone because you "don't need" a smartphone to call your friend up and ask them to give you directions that your glove box full of maps can't help you with.

They perform pretty much all of the crucial basic functions a smartphone does without the bulk.

I don't know of a smart watch that can do any of that stuff without a phone to connect to. I know mine can't.

What are you using?  You may need to use a cell carrier version like the Samsung Gear (S/S2/S3) from AT&T.  Even as early as the Gear S I didn't need to be connected to my phone to make and receive calls.

Still completely pointless.

It doesn't have the "bulk" of a smartphone? That's the singular justification?

The "bulk" of a smartphone.

Completely pointless.


Yeah, if you don't exercise, they're probably not for you.
 
2017-04-16 05:41:53 AM  

LewDux: SloppyFrenchKisser: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 354x449]

Take that hipster!!!


I expected at least 10 likes. Is fark being overrun by cryprohipsters?
 
2017-04-16 06:42:57 AM  

farker99: I can't say that I don't agree with the guy, smartwatches are just a passing fad for now.

If Apple really gets the (now not so) secret development of the Blood Sugar checking software into the phone, then, and only then, will a smart watch have any real use. Biometrics will be that next phase of software/hardware that will make a difference in the market. First one there will likely own it.


It just sounds like searching after the fact for a justification to wear a device. "That thing has to be useful for something! maybe we can make it measure your pusle or blood or something?"
 
2017-04-16 07:47:34 AM  
Even if Huawei sold 2x as many smart watches as Apple, it would be less than 1% of their revenue.
 
2017-04-16 07:48:29 AM  

edmo: Soon to be former CEO...


Yeah because they use rotating CEOs.
 
2017-04-16 09:50:43 AM  

stonelotus: They perform pretty much all of the crucial basic functions a smartphone does without the bulk.


I'd be interested in a smartwatch that I keep in my pocket, and only take out when I specifically want to interact with the device. A smart-pocketwatch. Since it lives in my pocket, I'd be fine with it being a little bit bulkier, maybe give it a decent sized screen...
 
2017-04-16 11:01:05 AM  

BadReligion: I have a nice 2 tone Submariner, but stopped wearing it due to getting too many 'nice watch' comments from people that I would rather not notice my watch.


is it the blue-dial version? the two-tone Sub is one of the few gold/steel watches I like. I have a regular Sub that I wear a lot too, but I've never gotten a snide comment about it.
 
2017-04-16 12:44:58 PM  
Had a Samsung S3 fr a few months now. It gives me faster access to texts, allows me to respond t lo texts with voice recognition without having to hold my phone and has more discrete notifications than my phone. Not sure it was worth the money, but it's a nice slight bump in convenience.

Also love to feel like Michael Knight when taking voice calls.
 
2017-04-16 03:25:50 PM  

FlashHarry: BadReligion: I have a nice 2 tone Submariner, but stopped wearing it due to getting too many 'nice watch' comments from people that I would rather not notice my watch.

is it the blue-dial version? the two-tone Sub is one of the few gold/steel watches I like. I have a regular Sub that I wear a lot too, but I've never gotten a snide comment about it.


I have the diamond and blue sapphire serti dial with the blue bezel. It is older, so not ceramic.
 
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