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Thursday Poll: Interested in a SmartWatch?

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Smartwatches seem to be all the rage these days. From indie Kickstarter funded projects like Pebble to big dogs like Sony and Motorola, everyone is taking their stab at second displays that attach to your wrist. As if the giant 5.5″ screened-smartphones weren’t convenient enough, we need another screen that can be viewed with the lift of an arm to give us up-to-the-minute information. And it certainly makes sense, especially as technology has improved (read: shrunken in size) so that wearing a smartwatch doesn’t mean you’re the calculator watch guy from the 90s.

But are the majority of people, especially those in this community, all that interested? Over the last year, as we’ve featured almost all of them, including this random concept of a Google-powered watch, we’re definitely seeing mixed opinions. And what do we do with mixed opinions? Get them in a poll.

Interested in a SmartWatch?

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  • yes, if they actually make one that isn’t gigantic!
    There are people like me that would want one that aren’t into the large watch fad, and/or are women

  • Stephen Hale

    I like the motoactv but it needs an e-ink or low power display to increase battery life. Basically if the motoactv and the pebble watch had a love child it would be perfect.

  • A guy here at work should hopefully be receiving his Pebble, since he got in on the kickstarter, but he is going to use it on his bike mostly…not a daily driver.

  • Me

    I think the Google time concept would be perfect for me as I have all nexus devices. Otherwise no.

  • john huie

    YES. Definitely interested. If any of you are a runner, like me, and have ever used a Garmin gps sport watch, you’ll know how awesome they are. As you’re running, you can glance down and check your pace, speed, etc. If your pace slows down by 5 seconds, you know it instantly. It’s important when trying to do speed workouts and trying to maintain your pace during a 4 hour marathon.

    I’ve used my phone for my running, since I have no watch. I like using the sport apps, Runtastic, Endomondo, uh.. ahem, Zombies, Run! ;). But, those apps only let me know my pace periodically, each half mile. It’s difficult to take my phone out of my pocket, or spibelt running belt.

    So, I love the idea of a watch that interfaces w/ phone, that can tell me what my running app is saying, that would definitely be a plus! I can just glance at my watch, respond/check to a text, change the music, all w/o taking my phone out of my pocket. Trust me, guys, those things are tough while running ;). Otherwise, I wouldn’t really care for a watch.

    I NEED it to be decently priced, though. like, around $100. THe Garmin GPS watches are like $200+, so if a smartwatch were more, I might as well get a real GPS watch. They’re more accurate, I believe.

    Anyone agree me on this?

  • I’m getting a smart watch for one reason. I cannot feel my phone vibrating in my pants. I miss 90% of calls and texts. How do you people do it? Having an alert on my wrist is gonna be great – I’ll finally feel connected.

  • nightscout13

    A watch is restricted to your wrist. That can be uncomfortable to use.

  • I think my calculator watch will hold me over for a few more decades…

  • Aaa

    I said no, I am more interested in a fit watch, as I have the MotoActv, but I don’t think I would buy a watch like it ever again.

  • xXAaronSXx

    I couldn’t be less interested. Although there was a time, although they were no where near the quality of today’s smartphones, when I said “Who need a camera on their phone”. This was in the pre-Motorola Razr days, but it I can admit that I was a little short sighted on that one.

  • Nothing beats the Double Dragon watch form the 90s

  • flosserelli

    I haven’t worn a watch in 10 years. I need a watch like I need a third nipple.

    Hmmmm…actually, that might be fun.

  • NicholasMicallef

    no, can’t think of any use I could have for it…

  • Otto Dieffenbach

    i want an analog diver/steel construction on a bracelet. it’ll have to be quartz but maybe ticking at a high bpm so it has a flowing second hand. give it an epaper face a screw down crown that is also a function/clear button and two buttons on the left of the watch at 830 and 930 to work as date adjustment and scroll functions. now as for power since it will be “sealed diver” the screw down inside face could have rubber insulation and the conductive charging spiral worked in. make it a solid charging base and accept bluetooth transfers (for updating and watch face design) and it might actually have the big three. Design/style, function, reliability. glass would have to be a saphire or hardened crystal depending on price. hmm maybe kickstarter gold is to be had. i might have to take a move from applemaps and hire people who have already made the best map software to make it happen.

  • VoiceofSky

    I have as much interest in a Smartwatch as i do Another Resident Evil movie .. just sayin :)-

    • Does that mean you want one? Cause I love the RE movie saga. Can’t wait for the 6th installment

    • Droidzilla

      So, you really really want one even though you know it’ll be kind of shallow and vapid? That’s how I read this.

      • VoiceofSky

        haha funny guys .. na,basically i have no interest lol..admittedly i’ve seen all of them and would probably watch another but yea if another one never came out i would be totally fine with that ..so you’re both actually right but my point was i have no interest ha sorry for the confusion ;)-

        • Droidzilla

          There’s no confusion; we’re just being punks.

  • skinja99

    I think that within 2 years, these watch-phones will be great devices. Eventually they will have holographic displays and projection interfaces for inputs and outputs.

    But right now, they are a little pricey and too big and blocky. Like the smart pebble watch really doesn’t do anything special or add functionality. Good for them for trying though,and advancing technology options.

  • I would be, except I don’t wear watches.

  • Michael Lewis

    Why would I want a watch that tells me the stuff on my phone, which I can pull out at any time>

    • Droidzilla

      Because . . . wait for it . . . you don’t have to pull it out.

  • S2556

    I will never buy one. Noooo way

  • Rob Reason


  • The Pebble is the coolest smartwatch yet. I definitely want one.

  • only when they come out with the ROllex edition. I wanna bling bling while I try to impress girls at a bar by checking my watch for the weather. Then I can be all like, “Nice weather we’re having, huh? What, you don’t believe me? BAM!! In Yo FACE!! [rollex with a 7″ touchscreen on my left wrist]” Who would be cooler than me?

  • geocab

    I wish i still had my Pac-man watch from when i was a kid.

  • bobbymay1

    Hey Kellen, if your pebble isn’t connected to your phone via BT, does it still display the watch face? I ordered one and was just curious about it.

  • …let’s just say I sold my Pebble on eBay for $380. I backed it for $115…made a good profit 🙂

  • Robhimself79

    I’m watch, motoactiv, cookoo.

  • Prime7

    My regular watch’s battery lasts for years without needing to be charged. When smartwatches can match that, then maybe I’ll be interested.

    • zwade

      You’re as bad as people who get their first smartphone coming from a flip phone complaining that having to charge up everyday equals horrible battery life. These things do much more than just tell time and maybe the date, much like smartphones do much more than voice and text.

      • Prime7

        …except it’s a *watch*. Telling time is what watches do. Plus, it’s not like I don’t already have a smartphone to do all those other things.

  • Captain_Doug

    I’m thinking The next generation of Pebble will sell me on the matter.

  • Dave

    “All the rage today…” might be a serious exaggeration.

  • Anon

    I don’t think I’ll ever see a smartwatch that looks classy. They look plasticky, the displays look like a tiny color Gameboy at best, and a tiny original Gameboy at worst. Every good watch I’ve ever worn had function, but it also had form, and I have yet to see a smartwatch that has that.

  • Already got one, I’m watch…and from what I have seen I like it better than the pebble version.

    • I’m Watch looks cool, but it costs 3x the Pebble and doesn’t play nice with Android 4.2.

  • Matthew Merrick

    I actually am quite interested in a smartwatch, but finding one that has good battery life and a good touch interface, while not being clunky? well, once i find one i’m buying it.

    Its kinda sad to say, the best smartwatch per my criteria is actually the iPod Nano. if the iPod nano could properly interface with my phone… that would be damm tempting, even though its from the evil empire. though a hacked motoactv might be good too…

    my dream smartwatch would be a small multitouch e-ink display (or pixel qi, perhaps?), that sync’d to my phone. it would present me with my notifications as they came in, allow me to send new gmails/google talk messages/texts via voice typing, and allow me to access any quick controls that might appear in my status bar, including music controls, allow me to view the weather, and of course full google now experience.

    • john huie

      I LOVE the ipod nano watch concept. So cool looking.

    • Fattie McDoogles

      I couldn’t agree more with this. I like the Pebble even without a touchscreen the software just needs some serious tweaking. The notifications especially and the interface needs to be simplified.

  • Daballa

    Love my Nike GPS Sportswatch! Stylish and very functional for running.

  • If Casio made a G-Shock smart watch, I’d probably be all over it. For my line of work these watches now would be destroyed in a day.

    • gshock

      There is a bluetooth G-Shock watch that syncs with a phone but currently, as stated on the website, its only supporting i*hones…

    • john huie


  • r0lct

    I would actually just want real watch with the only smarts being a multicolor led to indicate different notifications. A subdued led that required looking dead on to see.

  • Well, I just got my Pebble today and I’m loving it so far.

  • Its called my cell phone…

    • even in a professional environment… simply taking out your cell phone and checking a message is already culturally acceptable. aside from running or doing anything fitness related, i can’t see a smart watch being used frequently beyond that.

      • I’m not too sure about that. There’s just something tacky about taking out a cellphone in certain environments. I’m a bit sad to see that. I use a cheap little Sony Smart watch (1st gen) its by no means perfet or even that great. However, it emits a discreet vibration for phone calls and texts even if the phone is on silent. I really like it.

        • Nicholassss

          In a recording studio its never acceptable to check your phone. But a quick glance at a watch to make sure my fiance isnt texting me something important would be awesome. I just cant see spending $100+ on a smartwatch. Maybe when they come down around 50 or 60 bucks

          • john huie

            I agree, the price needs to be comparable to a good Gshock.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            G-shocks average about $100.

          • john huie

            true. okay, it’s got to be able to be built like a g-shock! 😉

          • Neither can I. The one I have is the Sony Liveview. I picked it up for $25 on an eBay closeout sale.

          • Chris Marrow

            Rooted MotoActv is all you need!!!!!

        • john huie

          Do you have the Sony LiveView? What phone? I want to try that out w/ my Verizon Galaxy s3, especially for the running aspect. How’s it work for you?

          • I have one. Last phone I used it with was the Razr Maxx and the Note. Its a nifty little thing. My biggest complaint is that it tends to timeout. But there’s apps on Play that help it stay connected. I can read texts, receive calls and (my favorite) use it as a bare-bones remote for the music player when its hooked to the car. Then again, I got mine for $25 at a close out sale. I don’t see myself paying much above that in the future either.

          • john huie

            that makes me consider buying one. Too bad i’d need to use SportyPal. Unless I am mistaken. I used to love SportyPal, but I don’t like their model of charging an annual price for their app.

  • Robhimself79

    Have one coming but I’m selling it. I just lost interest.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Nope, no desire to ever get one.

  • Trevor

    I’m not ready just yet to pounce on this fad. I’m sure (assuming they sell well) we’ll see rapid advances in this tech just like we’ve seen with mobile devices lately. I’ll wait it out a bit and see what comes to market. Cool idea though.

    • michael arazan

      Until this watch plays music and is able to read and reply to messages using voice to text, I wouldn’t get it yet either