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Tuesday Poll: Are You Interested in a Smartband?

It seems that wearable technology is going to be riding shotgun this year, with just about every consumer electronics manufacturer under the sun taking up some type of project concerning a device that either tracks your health, shows your notifications, or something along those lines. At CES 2014, we were practically bombarded with a ton of smartbands and new Android-powered smartwatches, and while a few certainly look more intriguing than others, it’s clear that a lot of money is being invested in the wearable field.

We already know that many of our readers are rocking Pebble smartwatches or even Galaxy Gear devices, but for those who don’t want to spend crazy amounts of cash on those things, the smartband is a new trend that seems to be catching on pretty quickly. We saw one in particular at CES that caught our eye, the Razer Nabu, which features notifications for your smartphone, as well as all of the health tracking software you would expect. Smartbands are essentially the same concept as smartwatches, but are less about the flashy looks with higher price tags, and more about the overall value.

After writing up the Nabu, we saw a lot of interest from our community in smartbands, so it’s time we did a poll to see just how interested you all are. Let’s hear your thoughts down below.

Are you interested in smartbands?

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  • Chris Allen

    I’d like a Nabu too if it’s accurate. There isn’t a device on the market now that is. Usually adding thousands of extra steps you didn’t take during the day. Inaccurate count for stairs. Inability to monitor sleep properly. Aside from that the Nabu looks like it has great notification capabilities and I love the screen.

  • Rob

    We got some lazy motherf*ckers here at DL, huh? lol

  • itsgonnalast

    I can’t say that I’m interested in any “wearables” yet. Google Glass seems perfect for car navigation, but people are being ticketed for that.

  • Higher_Ground

    I am intrigued about a wearable item that would track my runs, but I could do that now with an app if I truely felt like it (for free). I already carry my phone with me so I can listen to music. The main reason I don’t use a trackng app is to conserve battery life on my aging phone.
    So it would have to be able to stream music in addition to tracking location. I’m not too interested in notifications – most of mine are junk gmail to begin with.

  • ki11ak3nn

    The only thing I don’t like about the Nabu is that in the promo I saw everyone with it on their right hand. Which I guess is for the social gestures. I’m just used to wearing my watch on the left. I’m sure I could adapt.

  • KidFlash1904

    REALLY love my pebble, but also like this. Anything wrong with wearing both?

  • BiggKidd65

    Didn’t have the option already have something.

  • Rodeojones000

    I voted yes, not because I’m particularly interested in a smart band, but wearable tech in general. I’m interested in what comes of this over the next year, be it smart bands, smart watches, or Google Glass.

  • PhilD41

    I would love a smart band. I wear a watch and would love to replace it with something smaller and smarter. I don’t have my phone on me 100% of the time but would still like to receive notifications. More important though is the fitness tracking. My wife and I use it as health competition. I can’t afford to buy both and smart watches are still over priced, that and I don’t really need the fancy display. The Razer Nabu looks just about perfect.

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  • jimt

    I need heart beat and none of these offer that. I am thinking Runkeeper and polar heart monitor.

  • SplashMTN

    If Razer can really get the Nabu out with the stated functionality for $99 then I’m definitely interested. I’ve grown to hate the lack of functionality my fuel band currently offers. It’s also only a little over 1 year old, but the battery can barely make it through 2.5 – 3 days. What a waste of $150.

  • Cesar

    I’m on the fence. The Razer Nabu caught my eye more than any smartwatch has thus far, but I will hold on to my judgement until I see the retail price.

  • Trevor

    I’d be all over one that was small, light, had a small clock so I don’t have to wear a watch as well, and is accurate/good at what it’s supposed to do. It needs to be not outrageously priced as well.

    • ki11ak3nn

      You described the Fitbit Force and Razer Nabu. The Nabu looks way better in my opinion. But the Force has the classic fitness band look that I’m sure people like.

      • Trevor

        Only reason I’m not considering the Force is because I’ve read a lot of bad reviews. That Nabu grabbed my attention as soon as I saw it on DL though. Just gotta wait and see what people say about it.

        • ki11ak3nn

          Yeah I’m riding the Nabu hype-train. If I get a developer edition I’m gonna be super stoked.

          • Trevor

            Yeah seriously, $50 is a great price for that thing. Assuming it doesn’t suck.

  • JMonkeYJ

    A couple have sounded interesting to me, particularly the Jaybird Reign. I love their sport headphones, so I’m intrigued by their take on the band…

  • Big_EZ

    If one of these bands had a decent amount of storage, that would make me want one. Only Samsung offers microSD slots, but I’m tired of their sh!t.

  • Winterblade

    As a Z Ultra user is more a necesity than a choice 😛


    My prediction will be that near 100% of everybody on and off the planet will be wearing a smart-band or ring or device in the near future. 10 years tops. Those that say no, are kidding themselves or are radical technophobes living on a desert Island with no electricity and have a volleyball as a best friend.

  • Blue Sun

    I’m really enjoying the use of my Motoactiv. I’m torn on loosing some of the Motoactiv functionality & replacing it with a different type of device like the Razer Nabu. I use the Motoactiv to record time & distance on my lunchtime walks & my 5k runs. I was really excited when I got the Razer email on the Nabu. I’m feeling more confident that it will be my replacement device based on the interest level on this site based on the fact that apps will largely be driven by the community.

  • still waiting fro my Amiigo…..

  • chris_johns

    I’m getting a Nabu the second that bad boy comes out n ima push everyone i know to also…gestures are a smart idea

  • Raven

    I am interested in a “smart” band like the Nabu where I might actually look at the display, but not merely a step counter like the FitBit, Fuel, Up, or other such trivial devices, and I do currently carry a FitBit Zip in my pants pocket. I love the 6-month battery life. If I had to charge it regularly I probably would have already tossed it in a drawer somewhere.

  • calculatorwatch

    I’m kind of waiting to see if the Nabu takes off as well as I hope it does. Since a lot of its features are social, its usefulness depends on how many other people are using it. At $49 though I might just try my hand at developing for it and hope it sells.

    • ki11ak3nn

      Same here. I signed up the developer edition. If Razer markets the Nabu well I can see it taking off. Especially since it works for both iOS and Android.

  • Ben Myton

    The Nabu looks pretty good to me… small, cheap, and still able to show me basic phone notifications. The Pebble was close, but I felt like it was trying to do too much.

  • Matthew Rebmann

    So far the Nabu has been the nicest looking wearableI’ve seen to date. the functionality looks handy and it’s pretty. Even if it’s meant to be used like you said with a group of friends, it looks like it may be able to stand on it’s own just fine. I just want the price to be sub $100

    • Matthew Rebmann

      I also do NOT want a camera in my watch. Utterly useless and aesthetically hideous.

  • Brandon Golway

    I voted “haven’t decided yet” because the Nabu does look pretty nice. I currently use Sleep as Android for sleep tracking but I feel that this would be better.

  • Daniel

    Yes, BUT I want it to tell the time so it can replace my watch entirely. That means it should display the time always and also have decent battery life to be a useful watch. Also having sleep-tracking with a smart-alarm like the Jawbone Up is a requirement for me. I think the Razer Nabu maybe will fit the bill, but I’m also curious how well it will adjust and fit on my relatively-small wrist.

    • ki11ak3nn

      I thought I read somewhere there was going to be 3 sizes. Like small, medium, and large or something like that. I wonder what the average wrist size is??

  • MichaelFranz

    I currently have a Jawbone UP. However i am looking for a replacement, the Razer Nabu might be it.

  • Rafy286

    Was given a FitBit Force for Xmas and it helped me loose 12 pounds so far. Don’t see using any of the notifications features that are bound to be released soon. All I would like is a better App that has a larger food base, completely waterproof on the tracker.

    • Robert Willis

      I agree about the complete waterproofing on the Force. I just got one too. I read that Caller ID is coming in an update to their apps shortly.

  • EdubE24

    I know I’m lazy. I don’t need something else to remind me daily!!

  • I’m interested in one b/c Nabu is selling for $49 to developers (when available). Decent price for a smart device.

  • acgr4me

    Razer Nabu looks very promising.

  • DJyoSNOW

    Wait I said no because I own two…never bought one though.

  • Dlongb13

    Ever since I read about the Nabu I just really want one. I want a fitness tracker that is also a watch but the Fitbit just didn’t do it for me. Really looking forward to the Nabu getting priced and released!

  • WalkerNA

    Love my Fitbit Force

  • Philip J. Fry

    Not a bit interested.

    • michael arazan

      I’m interested in it, but will not buy one.

      • Antoine Colson

        the design is garbage

  • JBartcaps

    I’m very happy with my Misfit Shine

    • Rafy286

      How’s that Misfit shine working for you? It was a close second behind the Fitbit Force for me but I was worried that the app for android would be mediocre since it seemed it was a afterthought for them.

      • JBartcaps

        Syncing was a pain at first but after a couple updates it is spot on and relatively fast. I love the fact that I can wear it as a watch with the leather band, use the sport band, use the magnet around my shoelace or wear it as a necklace. I don’t have to wear it on my wrist.

      • drathos

        The Shine has a lot going for it (battery life, variety of activities you can track, waterproof), but the Android app is severely lacking compared to the iOS app. If we ever get feature parity, it will be great.

  • Eric G Canoy

    I want a Razer Nabu

    • Same. Smartband + smartwatch + open platform = win.

    • Intellectua1

      Same here I can’t wait to get the Razor Nabu on my wrist..