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[–] ContortedPixel 0 points 87 points (+87|-0) ago 

I honestly don't see myself buying a smart watch as I have my phone. It just seems so.. pointless to have a gadget that costs so much and does less than something else. I'm sure others feel the same way

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[–] CrabZee 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

Yup! I know I do. I really can't see what purpose a smart watch will serve when you have a smart phone. Even fitness functions that I could see the watch being used for are just as well served by wristbands that measure the same things for cheaper.

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[–] ZeroHex 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Also anyone that wants one is probably going to get it within the first week or two. You'd expect anything that capitalizes on brand or limited availability to drop off after that point. It's the same way movie ticket sales on opening weekend matter more than subsequent weeks.

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[–] TommyHawk 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

I currently have a moto 360. Once you have a smart watch its really convenient, but not worth like 600.

I get a ton of notifications, so when my phone is in my pocket I hate taking it out all the time to check and see. I can just glance at my wrist to know if it something important or not.

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[–] xekri 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I, too, have a Moto 360. It's hard to wrap your head around the idea of why you might want a smartwatch, but what you said is basically my reasoning. One day, I felt my phone vibrate, looked at my wrist, but realized I had forgotten my watch at home. It really does enhance your phone.

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[–] ninjai 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

That slight convenience, and the charging hassle, are not even worth $60 to me. That's why I don't own one.

Hell even if I could get a really nice real watch for $5 I don't think I would.

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[–] gunsmcbadass 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Exactly. Were I going to get a smart watch, why would I spend $500 plus when similarly functional options are available for less than half that? Perhaps Apple has overreached on the goodwill of their brand image.

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[–] gogogadgetawkwardhug 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I get this response, it is definitely an accessory to the phone, but it does have some nice perks. I would disagree that the watch is "pointless." A company the only makes a handful of products wouldn't waste their time making something without a clear insight. For me it was the activity tracking, I like being able to see if I am being at least somewhat active throughout my day. It is weird to say a benefit is being able to distance myself more from my phone, but it is nice. When I want to check something now I check my watch, which I have set up to show significantly less than my phone, it helps me not get lost in the distraction of my smartphone. I don't know I really didn't think this whole post through, all I can say is I agree it is not as obviously beneficial as a smart phone, but it is a nice device. It was somewhat pricey, but in my mind worth it.

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[–] ContortedPixel 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Pointless does seem like the wrong word. I do see the benefits to the device, especially what you mentioned. I think being able to check things like notifications is a big bonus as mentioned by /u/TommyHawk but the price can't justify that enough for me. I'm sure in the future when smart-watches are older tech then they will become more popular with the average consumer :)

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[–] fluffingtonthefifth 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

For me it was the activity tracking, I like being able to see if I am being at least somewhat active throughout my day.

There are other, better products for this, like the Fitbit.

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[–] hazaran 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I definitely understand the 'distance self from phone' idea, I'm at a computer all day though and use Pushbullet to do that. I would love a smartwatch but for what I do it wouldn't be as useful as if I were in a car a lot or otherwise away from desk.

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[–] exitpursuedbybear 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

If you spent as much on a Rolex as you did on an apple watch and you can. You'd have an heirloom that can be passed down for generations or an apple watch that will be made obsolete by an update in 18 months.

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[–] Ferus 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It should be interesting to see how much the "cheapest" $10,000 Watch Edition goes for in a year and a half. According to Forbes, the patented "Apple Gold" alloy used only includes about $640 worth of actual gold.

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[–] neilofneils 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

Even with the drop in sales, that's still a lot of watches being sold. Part of the problem is that most people don't need a smart watch yet - and the price point to get started with an apple watch is just too high for the average consumer.

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[–] EliCash 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

Not to mention that you already need an iphone to use one and the watch just isn't that smart. Right now it's basically a gimmick, one day it might be viable, but it is not this day.

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[–] fluffingtonthefifth 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Right now it's basically a gimmick

This is what stopped me buying a smartphone until last year. It's why I still haven't bought a tablet. I'm certainly not jumping to get a watch.

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[–] KryptoDave 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This is my issue with them, and you are right, they are just gimmicks right now

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[–] FreshieD 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Well, let's be honest, a watch shouldn't be "that" smart. It's something you glance at, maybe push a button or two. That's why I like my Pebble: it's not trying to do anything beyond something you glance at to see why your phone went bing. The fact I can use it to control my media player without having to unlock my phone is just bonus.

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[–] Myrv 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

They sold 1.5 million watches in the first week. Even at only 15,000 watches a day since then, that's another million or so to date. So over 2.5 million watches to date. That's probably 2 million more than I ever thought they would sell. You'd be hard pressed to say selling 2.5 million $350+ consumer luxury items in 3 months is a failure. You're looking at about a billion dollars in revenue there (once you include the more expensive versions).

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[–] GeorgeMichael 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

and they sold some of the watches for $20k each..

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[–] Anon_Econ 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think you nailed it. At this price point the apple watch doesn't offer enough for the average consumer to buy it. I think we are within 2 or 3 years of there being real demand for smart watches but the prices are going to be the constraining factor for many buyers.

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[–] Red_Hood 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Especially because not too long ago there was all that news about how the heart rate function may not work with wrist tattoos. Granted the average consumer may not have seen/heard that, but someone spending that much money has a higher chance. And that type of publicity says that the Apple tech isn't that great, because if it was it wouldn't have a problem with tattoos.

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[–] nethod 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

I'd rather have glasses that do everything my cellphone does

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[–] Zkv 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Iron man JARVIS overlay on my glasses, absolutely.

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[–] hbr 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Yeah, as far as wearables go, I think watches are only getting popular/ development because the old scifi visions of the future always involved people using their watch as the 'do-it-all' gadget. Now that we have the technology to make a lot of what scifi predicted, it turns out that watches aren't really that practical anyways.

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[–] Webonics 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Got to agree. Taking modern circumstances into account, compared to all those 50's Scifi shows, it seems like someone would have walked by the person using the communicator thingy mabob and been like:

"Ha, what the hell is that Jim? A communicator for ants?"

"Hey Scotty, come check out how tiny this communicator is! What a jackass!"

"That shit is ridiculous cap".

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[–] fancymug 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I agree, but Google Glass sure seemed to terrify a lot of people. It's not a reason to trash the idea, but definitely a problem that will take longer to overcome than I admitted at first.

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[–] Medwin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Eventually they'll make a google glass that looks like ordinary glasses.

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[–] technologyisnatural 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

Seriously, it's 2015, where's my augmented reality?

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[–] GeorgeMichael 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

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[–] TheDennisBlack 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I think a big part of this is the price point (as /u/neilofneils said). Everyone knows that Apple products demand a premium price. I wanted the Pebble from the day I saw the Kickstarter campaign blow up. However, I waited because there had been talks of an Apple Watch coming. Of course it took years for that to happen, but once the Apple watch was announced I bought a Pebble. The Apple watch starts at $349, and I was able to buy an original Pebble for $95. I think smartwatches are something that you just don't appreciate until you have one. Even my lackluster Pebble has turned into something more than I guessed it would have, and it doesn't have half of the features that the Apple Watch does.

My point is this - anyone who wants an Apple Watch, and knows what's good for them, will wait to buy one. We will wait for the second, or third, generation. We will wait to see how third parties adopt the Watch. We will wait to see how Apple handles the platform. We will wait until technology catches up to what wearables promise. I will, one day, own an Apple watch. But for now, I am happy with the simplicity (and especially the price point) of my original Pebble.

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[–] Webonics 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Meh, Apple products demand a premium price, but I work in an IT dept that issues hundreds of their devices, and their quality has fallen dramatically over the last 2-3 years. I currently have more working iPhone 4's in circulation than 5's. That should tell you something right there.

They demand a premium price, but they no longer make a premium product, at least in my experience.

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[–] zambeezy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Wow that's weird. I have a 5s and probably 98% of my friends have either a 5, 5s, or 6 and none of them have had a single problem with their phone, except for Aaron and he dropped it in a river. Dumb Aaron

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[–] neilofneils 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I decided months ago to get a moto360 - just because it was at a price I was comfortable with to experiment. I have an iphone and an Android device, but I don't think I will be getting an apple watch anytime soon (even with revisions as they come). The price is just too much for me to jump on board with. I love my 360, but it made me realize that smart watches just aren't there yet. They are not a product that most people really need. They will be there - but probably not for some time.

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[–] GeorgeMichael 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Just take a look at the iPad and the iPad 2, it's a huge difference. I guess the second generation is going to be a lot, lot, better

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[–] tibstibs 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Well, of course. Most people do not want to spend that kind of money to do next to nothing new.

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[–] Medwin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Only apple fanboys and those that need the latest and greatest fashion/tech.

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[–] chundernuts 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

For that kind of money you can get a nice 'unsmart' automatic watch you could hand down to your children, not another piece of suicide slave factory shite.

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[–] kaphein 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The smartwatch is a product before its mainstream time at the moment, with the current feature-set and limitations it can appeal to early-adopters. The early-adopters buy fast when the product is introduced.

When the watch-type devices evolves to actually replace your smartphone (and they will) then this market will see widespread adoption. Would you rather lug around a phablet-type device awkwardly in your front-pocket or have a small watch-type device elegantly wrapped around your wrist if they both fulfill the same purpose?

This is why Pebble is nailing the market, they are perceived as a up-and-coming company. The problem with the Apple Watch is that Apple is a mainstream trendy vendor and their products are expected to sell by the millions... but the product is not mainstream-ready in terms of capabilities.

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[–] dystopianist 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I've heard that if you run enough apps/programs/whatever on the Apple Watch it lasts about 11 hours without a charge (http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/apple/how-make-apple-watch-battery-last-longer-iphone-battery-3609928/)

What good is a watch that can't even make the hour hand go 360 degrees?

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