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Thursday Poll: Interested in a Smartwatch?

About 365 days ago, we asked our lovely community if they were interested in getting a smartwatch. Out of roughly 6,500 answers, 37% of folks were flat out against having a wearable device, 36% were still on the fence, and 27% were definitely interested in getting one. Since 12 months has passed, it’s time we test the waters and see if anything has changed.

Since that time, the Galaxy Gear has hit the market, there has been an explosion in popularity for the Pebble, and a few other competitors also hit the shelves. Companies like Apple, Samsung, and even HTC are reported to be releasing new wearables this year, so whether you want them or not, they are coming.

Let us know your take on smartwatches down below.

Interested in a smartwatch?

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  • Nikos Koufos

    No but if its from Google yes.

  • Hoffman

    One of the best purchases last year was getting my Pebble. It has become indispensible. The apps created by devs are the best and are what keep Pebble on top of others in the marketplace. The best.

  • antwonw

    You really should have the option, “Yes, I already have one.”

  • Ryan5609

    Only if it has features that smart phones do not have, so your list is going to be very small. I could see a smart watch being handy for something like heart rate monitoring and fitness. It could also be useful for walking navigation. But these are all things you can do with a smartphone and/or a peripheral device. Switching music tracks with out getting your phone out I guess? Other than the sheer convenience factor, which is nullified by having another device to charge everyday or two, I don’t see the point just yet.

  • NexusMan

    I absolutely am interested. I suspect many who are not interested don’t usually wear watches. I do. So as someone who wears watches and loves tech, there is no reason for me NOT to be interested in a stylish watch that combines tech for an added feature set and functionality. I was planning on waiting until Google produced its 1st smartwatch, however, the Pebble Steel is the 1st smartwatch that I actually want to buy, and most likely will. If Google produces one, that is physically appealing, I probably will get that too.

    • Nikuliai

      question is… what is the added feature set and functionality? that is where the watches are “not selling well” to me

  • Ricky Ortiz

    I’m more impressed with what I’ve seen from Pebble than anything Samsung has put out

  • kevinh52

    Only interested in a Google “Produced” smartwatch.

  • Jeffrey Brey

    PEBBLE STEEL! That is all! That’s of couse if I could afford one right now! lol.

  • Jordan

    We’ve been talking a lot about smartwatches in class today. We just don’t find them useful in their current state, but I believe they’ll eventually catch on. The PC wasn’t a hit its first try.

    • NexusMan

      It’s a very personal thing. Sure there are people to whom a smartwatch would not be useful, but there are others to whom it is. Someone in meetings all day, or in a work situation where they can’t constantly interact with their phone, for example, would find it more useful, than a teenager hanging out at home.

      • Jordan

        Agreed. Personally, I don’t wear watches. I prefer to view my cell phone for the time. However, I could see a big change to this in the future.

  • I already own a Pebble. It’s a great device. I can see notifications on my phone without taking out my phone. While I wish it had a speaker and microphone so you could respond to texts, it’s great for the price I got it at.

  • Nikuliai

    This may sound stupid, but I really want to like a smartwatch (I’m a tech guy… sue me), but right now they aren’t making anything coherent (short battery life, no REAL extra use, destroys your cellphone’s battery… right now I look on a better way the bands), this may change in 2014, but I really doubt it unless they make a really useful feature that makes up for the battery drain (even a month is crap compared to a normal watch)

    • NexusMan

      The Pebble Steel has great battery life, and does not destroy your phone’s battery, provided you have a phone that utilizes the bluetooth 4.0 profile, like the Moto X.

      • Nikuliai

        The Pebble Steel (and only Steel) have the better approach on the smartwatch ‘war’, but ti’s still lacking a good enough feature for me to buy it… I didn’t actually see (yet) a feature that makes me buy it, right now I’m not really that clear on what that feature may be… the “watch” part works kind of ok (better than the competition but still, you gotta charge it every 5-7 days), the alarms are nice but still lack being more modifiable, the waterproof feature is a MUST where the pebble crushes the smartwatch competition, but you can get all of that in a $40 watch, the only point you don’t get is the integration with your phone wichi -as of right now- seems still lacking a real purpose (to me), I may be wrong, but I feel like 2015 will be the year of the smartwatches, since to me 2014 will be the “oh crap we failed again this year with the smartphonewatch approach” and then they most likely will try to add a particular set of WATCH features, I mean the camera on the Gear is a nice add but it’s still just a piece of garbage if you don’t have a Note 3 (which I won’t buy since I’m as happy as someone can be with my Moto X)

        PS: u sure the Pebble uses BT 4.0?

        • NexusMan

          Yes, Pebble Steel uses Bluetooth 4.0. I think what it all boils down to is “would I pay $150 -$250 (or more) for a watch?” If you can answer yes to that question, and there is a smartwatch that does what it says it’s going to do, is aesthetically pleasing to you and offers some functionality, then that smartwatch should be a no brainer for you. If you’re not a (expensive) watch guy, and especially if you’re also not a tech guy, then I could see you giving a pass to a smartwatch. The aesthetically pleasing part plays a big role for me. I sounded exactly like you, with the original Pebble. While there were things about it that interested me, I wasn’t completely sold. Then came the Pebble Steel. While offering almost the exact same functionality as the original Pebble, it looks like a watch that I would wear, anyway (even if it was a digital dumbwatch), therefore, I’m now interested in actually getting one. The charging doesn’t bother me, as charging electronics have long been my DAILY routine…phones, tablets, headphones, etc…so, 5-7 whole days between charges is a Godsend.

          • Nikuliai

            I agree, 5-7 is pretty awesome for what we’re used right now (I’m actually still shocked I can make my Moto X last 2¼ days when I’m not working), and aesthetically the watch looks awesome to me to (they are in the right spot visually to compete with analog watches now imo), so yeah, this watch is THE smartwatch that makes me want it a little, but there are some features of added value that should make it better than a regular analog watch, like for example a heart rate monitor (the smartwatch that also have the properties of a fitness band is the golden seller to me), I don’t know if I would actually want a GPS monitor since you can use the one on your phone, but if I do it should activate only when you want it to activate (battery drain wise)

            I would also like to have a better screen (nothing ridiculous, just enough to feel like I’m not watching at 150*150 pixels) but this would drain the battery which is the more appealing thing about this watch, so I would -ideally- like it but I wouldn’t trade much battery life for it so it’s an optional feature (dunno if colors are actually needed on a watch, but it could also be good -again- if doesn’t kill the battery or performance too much)

            I would pay $400-$450 for a good smartwatch (since that’s the price I can get the pebble here on my country -> normal pebble at $300), and I would think about getting this steel pebble when it gets better app and phone integration (right now is good, but it’s like buying a PS3 on the release date, you may be exclusive, but you have too little to play with), but the no brainer to me would come with a heart rate monitor or something fit-band ish, since now it’s just a really cool watch I would love to buy but the pragmatic part of my brain keeps preventing me to do :B

  • mikewilson1021

    I’ve had my Pebble for a little over a month now. It’s been great. My wife likes it because I’m not always whipping my…phone out. It’s nice in the car too as I can just glance at my wrist. I do wish the Pebble had a microphone and small speaker for making/taking calls, but for the price that I got it for I’ll take everything that it came with.

  • markgbe

    yes, i want a google watch… butt..if one doesn’t show up i’ll look at a pebble or something

  • buckley101

    I think this picture does a pretty good job showing off the best display for a smart watch:

    First off, the only two displays that are always on and suited best for a smart watch are Qualcomm’s Mirasol display and Pebble’s E-Ink display. But breaking them down…

    1. Samsung’s OLED is not a good display for a smart watch because you have to turn it on every time you want to look at it, defeats the purpose of the convenience and purpose of a smart watch.
    2. Sony’s uses OLED as well…terrible in the sunlight, large power consumption.
    3. Pebble’s E-Ink is always on and convenient, low power consumption, good in sun light. No color, can’t display video.
    4. Qualcomm’s Mirasol display is everything that the E-Ink is except it’s arguably better in the sunlight by its very nature (reflective MEMS IMOD display). It displays color and has a high enough refresh rate to display video which will also allow you to navigate through the watch more smoothly. Power consumption is slightly more than the E-Ink, but they give you a wireless charger for convenience of charging and it lasts 4-6 days. Sure the color reproduction isn’t as good as an OLED, but I believe that Qualcomm’s Mirasol display is hands down the best display for a smart watch. Looking forward to see the next gen version in the making!

    • NexusMan

      I wear an iPad nano as a watch and turn it on when I want to see the time. That is not an inconvenience and in no way defeats the purpose. You’re just pressing a button, it’s not that serious. As for the Pebble, displaying video on that size of a screen is in no way a downside, in my mind. Some may say the same about color, but to each his own.

      • buckley101

        The whole point of a smart watch is to display notifications more conveniently and faster than your phone does. If you have to turn on your watch to view a notification, then you might as well take your phone out. I don’t think it’s really a debate whether a display that is always on is more convenient than a display that you have to turn on in order to see. Besides the reviews that say this is definitely an advantage to the display and smart watches in general, look at Moto X active notifications. You don’t have to turn on your display to see the notifications. It’s super convenient and that’s why it receives so much praise.

        I agree about not watching videos on your smart watch but if you read what I said after, I was proving the point that any UI interaction is significantly more fluid. Changing screens, scrolling through a twitter feed etc. will always be snappier on a Mirasol display. The refresh rate is so poor on an E-Ink display that it actually will limit what an application can do on the watch. For example on a Kindle with an E-Ink display, it takes about 2 seconds just to change the page.

        But hey, you never know how nice something is until you try it hence why you walk around with an “iPad nano” on your wrist.

        • NexusMan

          I hear everything you’re saying, but I’m sorry, pressing a button to turn on your display is in NO WAY the same as taking “your phone out.” Sorry. I’m pointing out that while there are different methods, people are drawn to different watches for different reasons. You can ABSOLUTELY know how nice something is before you try. I know how nice the Pebble Steel is, though I’ve never actually tried it, from my experience with the original Pebble and my research on this new iteration. As for your try at a snarky remark at the end, my “iPad nano,” on my wrist, is not a smartwatch, but is an exquisite, beautiful accessory. It looks damn good, and I get compliments on it multiple times a day, each and every day. So it serves THAT purpose in my life (an attractive accessory), and it will continue to serve that purpose, even after I purchase smartwatches.

  • roberthenderson

    I have a professional job and I get a lot of texts and some phone calls and I would love to be able to know who was calling and silence it without having to dig in my pocket to pull out my Galaxy Note 3.

    • NexusMan

      I have the same use case, and find the matte black pebble steel very appealing.

      • roberthenderson

        I’m going to have to check that out. The main thing will be how it handles calls, calendar and texts.

  • Me

    I would like Google Glasses model Without the Camera. I would like it to hide within the frame of my prescription glasses. I just want it to be an auxiliary screen powered by my smartphone so it can be smaller. Removing the Camera would would remove 90% of the creepiness factor that Google Glass carries. And really I don’t need the camera on my face. It’s cool, but not really worth it because people act differently in front of cameras.

  • Jordi Agricola

    I own an OG Sony SmartWatch (MN2) and I still love it to this day. The battery lasts 3-4 days and it’s not too big. The app selection isn’t amazing, but it does allow me to have all of my notifications readable on my wrist. I couldn’t go back to a non-smart watch, I think.

  • RGiskard

    I wasn’t until the Pebble Steel. If it can look enough like my “real” watch so as not to be an embarrassment at work, I am interested in having it as a discreet notification adjunct to my phone and way to keep calendar/weather handy (no pun intended).

  • Brandon Godbolt

    I wear the fitbit force everyday. If they come out with a smart watch, I’ll be sure to buy it.

    • NexusMan

      I like the Fitbit Force too. Don’t own it, yet, though.

  • Higher_Ground

    It’d be hard to get me to give up my normal watch. Like a lot of people, once I started carrying a cell phone around all the time I had little need for a watch. When I got one for a gift, I found that it’s actually something I look at a lot and it’s much more convenient than having to dig for my phone.
    I think a smartwatch might catch on the same way. It’s not something that I feel a need for, certainly not at the prices they’re at now. But if I had one I’d probably find it pretty useful and end up enjoying it nonetheless. I do worry about scratching the screen up and battery life. The watch I have now isn’t fancy – a citizen ecodrive – but at least I’ll never have to replace/charge the battery.
    Also, I’d like to see more functionality. I know they’re limited in what they can cram into a small space, but technology almost always makes stuff smaller as time moves forward and it won’t be too long before you can fit everything into a watch and band (I think they could try to include some of the internal workings in the band itself).

    • NexusMan

      For me, the primary reason I wear watches is as a fashion accessory. The time is most of the time secondary, and other times more than that in cases where my phone has died or I am in a place where I need to discreetly check the time. A good smartwatch will give me all of those things PLUS additionally functionality. What’s not to like?

  • Deeco

    If the design of the watches improve, then maybe.

  • Brian Himes

    I love watches. Give me a Tissot over a smartwatch anyday

    • NexusMan

      What about a Smarttissot?

  • Walker Citterman

    I’m look forward to the Razer smart band more, I like what they showed off at CES and can’t wait to see what they come out with for the final product. Also the LG band but I’d prefer the full band instead of the clasp

  • Devin Miller

    Am I the only one that’s really excited about the Razer Nabu?

  • turdbogls

    only reason I AM interested is because its a gadget. I really dont feel like i would gain much benefit from using one other than not having to pull out my phone to get the time. I’m still going to pull out my phone to read texts and e-mails and such.

  • Benjamin Mackie

    Yes, but they are all so damn expensive

  • goodm

    I go Sony SW2 and I’m really happy. It makes what I bought it for. It show notifications from my mobile, I know that notion “SmartWatch” is way to much for it, but us a extension of my mobile is working great. Also Sony provide easy SDK with example if someone would like to develop some apps on it.

  • Craig P

    I think you should change the word “interested” to “do you want to buy” or something, because you can’t be “on the fence” if you aren’t interested.

    • NexusMan

      You can. I was interested in the Galaxy Gear, but don’t want to buy one. By interested, I mean, I thought it had some interesting design and concepts and was drawn to do research on it, read reviews, watch videos, etc. Ultimately, for a number of reasons, it’s not for me, but I am curious to see what becomes of future versions. The “Martian,” line however, I am NOT interested in, and therefore after seeing a brief piece on what it was, I had zero “interest” in investigating it any further or giving it any more thought.

  • Deegan1212

    In my opinion the Razer Nabu is the closest to hitting the nail on the head so far. Even though it’s more of a smartband than a smartwatch, I think it’s quite clear that the industry standard for wearable smart devices will see a coalescence of the two eventually. However, I don’t see Razer maintaining a stronghold in this space (partially due to the company’s lack of “cool factor” in the mainstream). Here’s to hoping Google will incorporate similar features in a more stylish, integrated, Googley way because it has a far greater potential to appeal to the mass market and ultimately gain traction.

    • chjapa

      Funny how what I think is cool, the mainstream doesn’t. Am I un-cool? Or super-cool?

      • Steveo

        uncool

      • NexusMan

        Super-cool, because you have an individual sense of style. That’s what accessories are for. What I may wear may be different than what you might wear. And what I may wear to work may be different than what I wear to a party. That’s what makes us and our accessories unique!

    • King Lo

      Anything that looks more like a bangle than a bracelet isn’t going to make it very far.

  • Chuggowitz

    Yes, but not like the galaxy gear. It has the right screen size but is horrendously thick. Putting a camera on it was a poor choice.

  • mike dunham

    Really digging the new Pebble Steel

    • NexusMan

      Me too.

  • nabooska

    The only smartwatch that has caught my eye has been the Razer ‘Smartband’. That’s something I would consider.

  • JMonkeYJ

    The wrist devices that look most interesting to me are the new crop that sit somewhere between the very basic health monitoring bracelet and the Gear-like smartwatches. I wasn’t interested in smartwatches until this hybrid breed started being announced. I’m still not totally sold, tho.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Yeah. I want it to track my workouts. Not just running, but count my reps, read my pulse. I want it to be security. Replace my car keys, house keys, all types of keys. Let it be my password. Let it be connected to my home for lights and sh!t. Let me make gestures to my tv, the watch/band being the wii remote. Have a good alarm system for reminder and waking me up. We don’t really want to talk on a watch or squint my eyes to see instagram pictures. That’s not cool. Google, let’s go. I’m ready. I’m f#!$%*g ready. (yes, i preordered nymi. i hope it doesnt kill me)

  • pd240

    I have faith that Samsung will get it right this time.

  • KidFlash1904

    Love my pebble. Definitely a good purchase for me. I love a smart watch that can constantly display information, even if it’s just the time. And I recharge it once a week.

  • RoboCop

    I’m testing the Mota Watch in a few days. Then I’m hopefully getting the Martian Passport, but I’d like a smart watch that does Google Now and phone calls. Don’t need to do fb statuses or send emails on it.

  • Alex2190

    i preordered a pebble steel as soon as i saw it…i dont know much about the eco system, but i like the way it looks, and look forward to tinkering

  • paul_cus

    Yeah, still no. I like having girls talk to me.

    • Ben Landwehr

      If you’re good looking and/or confident and talkative, a watch shouldn’t deter girls from talking to you. I flaunt my geekiness and they simply find it silly, but overall don’t care in the end. Plus they won’t know 99% of the time unless you actually tell them.

    • calculatorwatch

      Apparently you missed this Samsung commercial which clearly shows that a smartwatch will turn even the sleaziest chairlift creeper into a babe magnet:

      http://www.droid-life.com/2013/12/23/greatest-samsung-commercial-ever/

    • JoshGroff

      I’m not a big fan of accessories in general, but at the right price with a metal band, I might consider a smartwatch.

  • Travis Walls

    I always have my smartphone on me when I’m out and about, but I almost never look at it unless there is something specific I need to do, like answer a call. An example is me at lunch with my co-workers, and I’m the only one who doesn’t have my phone out until the food arrives. I get so many random text messages from things like Facebook and Twitter throughout the day, that I can’t check each time because it would drive me crazy. Same for the hundreds of e-mails from work. Unfortunately, once in a blue moon, I’ll get a message I would have rather not ignored from a friend or family member.

    I like the Motorola Connect function that came with the Moto X, because I get desktop messages for new texts. Between that and Hangouts, I can basically go the whole day without looking at my phone while I’m at work. That doesn’t cover the other times though. Having a smartwatch has fixed this whole situation for me. It has given me peace of mind without having to change anything. New messages on my wrist, and I can check them with a simple glance.

    There are other benefits like getting instant and relevant weather information, controlling music in the car, screening calls in meetings, quickly checking into places on Foursquare without firing up an app and getting tons of other distractions before/after, etc. These things may not matter to other people, but they’re what make it great for me. It is one of those things you could easily do without, but you often wonder how you did once you have it.

    As for a specific smartwatch, I am currently fond of the Pebble. I was one of those iSheep who tried rocking an iPod nano as an “iWatch” for a bit. That didn’t last long. Having to re-charge each day, not being even kinda water resistant, having to push a button to see the screen, etc. were all annoyances that got old fast. Obviously, it wasn’t being marketed as a watch, but the fact that they included a slew of pretty watch faces seemed to suggest they weren’t against the idea of it being used that way either. This leads me to the fact that there was no way to customize this experience beyond what Apple provided, and the only way to get data on the watch was by syncing with iTunes using a USB cable.

    Fast forward to the Pebble, with the ability to go several days up to a week without recharging thanks to the display and wireless technologies employed and the ability to wash my hands or get caught in a Summer monsoon rainstorm (LOL Florida!) without instantly voiding my warranty. I’d be happy with that, and so the ability to customize things on my watch and get rich data from my phone and the Internet leaves me very happy with this smartwatch. I’m sure there are others that do such-n-such better, but I’m happy with the balance that was struck by Pebble so far.

  • the ONLY way I would get one is if it were under $50…nay probably $30

  • AlexMWilliams

    I’m interested in what it could be. I’m not interested in what it presently is.

  • whoa

    Waiting on Motorola or Google to drop one

  • Waste of money, when still need to use your phone anyway.

  • mcdonsco

    Liking the pebble steel, much higher quality device than I expected, except for the metal band, it’s kind of cheap.

    Just can’t believe while other devs have put appas together that work for pebble and default android email apps, pebble themselves have not…makes no sense to me.

    Also, the bluetooth connection drops frequently but pebble told me they are aware of the issue and expect to release an update that fixes it soon.

    Anyway, I much prefer simplicity for a smart watch than a crap load of functionality requiring charging it daily. I just want it to help me keep my phone screen off and phone in my pocket more (and thus getting more battery life out of the phone, as well as quicker response times to emails/texts in case I miss it in my pocket.

  • Tanson

    Said no, but would have to see what happens… Maybe Google or Apple will make one that works.

  • crazed_z06

    Got a Refurbished Gear for Christmas for 200 bucks on Ebay.. Gf had bought me the Pebble, but it was appalling cheap, so we returned it and got the gear for 50 bucks more. Truth be told, it’s actually pretty nice. There are a few tweaks that could be made to it, but otherwise it works great. Very convenient at the gym, or at work.. Dont end up pulling your phone out during lectures or work meetings all the time.

  • Jordan

    I love the potential a smart watch has. Having notifications on your wrist is incredibly convenient. I’d like to see them move more into tracking your health too. My ideal(realistic) smart watch would be quite similar to the Pebble Steel, but would also do more for tracking health(integrating with a sleep tracker/smart alarm clock for example).. & would have Moto X style voice commands. The microphone is always within shouting distance, especially when driving. it just makes sense.

  • yummy

    Dont let the wife leave home without one!

  • jak_341

    Looking at the Galaxy Gear 2 or a Pebble. I just want something that can show notifications, change music tracks, and have many different faces. Don’t need a GPS, camera, or anything intensive.

  • AUSTEEEZZZ

    Have a Fitbit force and I love it. Could be a bit better but I definitely enjoy

  • Brandon Golway

    No since I don’t wear watches.

  • Justin Fosco

    Waiting on my Hot Watch that i kickstarted. Using a pebble right now and love it

  • Rodeojones000

    I am very much interested. I’ve nearly bought the Sony Smartwatch 2 a couple different times, as well as a Martin Passport. I’m waiting to see what this coming year brings us, but now it’s a matter of when not if.

    One thing is certain, it won’t be the Galaxy Gear. No watch that requires you to also own a crappy TouchWiz device is worth buying.

  • Waiting on the Razer Nabu

  • Matthew Elvey

    Why does the UI of the 80’s Casio Data Bank watches still surpass those of all the contemporary smartwatches?

    The keyboard on the Data Bank (which had two letters per key) was great, largley because the first letters the keys were far more common in English than the second letters on the keys. It was fast and never crashed or needed recharging; the battery lasted for over a year. Can’t say any of that for any smartwatch since. WTF? I’d love to see something like the Casio Data Bank with bluetooth-enhanced capabilities.

  • kurichan

    waiting for my pebble steel pre-order to ship 🙂

  • enigmaco

    I like metal band watches and I have only seen one smartwatch with that, I know I can switch the band by myself but that is added expense. I can’t justify the price of these watches, can’t justify the phone prices either but this is less of a necessary.

  • tu3218

    I want that wrist band item you guys posted a month or so ago that displayed notifications like the Pebble watch. Plus it also calculated the exercise statistics like fit bit. That’s what I want! Haven’t heard anything about it recently. Anyone know what I’m talking about? It was still in beta stages I believe.

    • miri

      Sounds like the Razer Nabu.

      • tu3218

        yup that’s it! thanks.

  • XvierX

    I voted no but I’d be interested in a smart band. What happened to the Razer band?

  • Al-Burrit0

    Smart watch no but on the fence about Google glass

  • Tyler

    Voted no because i don’t like wearing a watch. But if I was interested in one, it would have to integrate with google now, last over a week on battery and have a premium look like the new pebble steel.

  • Vetal

    where is the motoactv?

  • sralj

    Waiting to see what Google comes out, if and when.

  • Rolfi Polanco

    Waiting for something as good as the moto actv

    • Dylan

      I don’t know why it wasn’t more popular. The only thing I find it lacking is wireless audio syncing.

  • Jason Sean Pucilowski

    Just got home with a Pebble. Bought a metal wrist strap on Amazon. I was hesitant, but I’m very content with my purchases. $150 is a little steep for me to justify the cost, but luckily I had some gift cards lying around which ended up only totaling me around $50 for it.

  • I own them all. Keep going back to the GEAR. Rose GOLD Baby

    • KleenDroid

      Please explain your experiences.

  • Jason Peters

    No, but only because I don’t wear watches, really.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Same here. I’ve had some nice watches in the past, but after a few days I don’t wear them mainly due to since I was old enough to own a cell phone I’ve had no need for another time piece. That said, smart watches don’t interest me at all. If I want to see who’s calling I’ll just get my phone out of my pocket.

  • John Legere

    Im interested in everything except Galaxy Gear.

    • Hey the Gear is awesome John. The SM2 is good as well. I really like that one. Lets see what the GEAR 2 brings.

      • John Legere

        Something that’s locked down will never be good.

        • yodatom10

          i also found it way to heavy

          • The weight is not to bad. The Sony Smart watch 2 isnt to heavy. I wonder how heavy the Pebble Steel is?

          • yodatom10

            the total spacial size is less than the original pebble. Probably depends on what band you use

        • Still Samsung is doing some nice stuff. Just need to not rush it.

          • John Legere

            They aren’t doing anything nice. Overpriced, overbloated, no use. No thanks. Bring on other OEMs.

          • Well yes bloat is crap but now with the google agreement I dont think we will see all the crap. Lets see if Samsung changes. Next is Verizon. No contracts and cheaper plans.

          • John Legere

            This year wont see a change. Unless Google has been speaking to them for the past few years,

          • Lets see what the S5 brings and then we can judge. Still I will buy samsung over every other phone. HTC sucks. Motorola isn’t any better. LG is nice.

  • Ryan

    I do because I go some places where I cant pull out my phone. So this way I can see what it happening and decide if I need to step away or not. Basically a notification tool not full on phone. I also dont want to charge it every night with my phones.

    • yodatom10

      my pebble easily made it through 7 days and I would say i get more notifications than the average user

      • Ryan

        I have a Sony smart watch 2 and get a week if I turn it off overnight. That works great for me. No special frills and I feel the UI is cleaner than the Galaxy Gear.

      • CoreRooted

        Same here. I actually can’t remember the last time I charged my Pebble. I think it was about 9 days ago. Battery life on it is awesome.

    • robbinwhitford10k

      One of the absolute best new Smart Watches is from SmartQ Devices – with its Z-Watch (priced at $155) – that compares to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 but nearly have the price – SmartQ Z-watch launched in December and now already offers an update, with Android 4.4 Kit Kat along with the ability to work with both Android phones and Apple iPhones to handle phone calls and views texts and schedules; the SmartQ Z-Watch features an advanced 1Ghz processor, full color high resolution touchscreen display. a walking/running pedometer, sleep analyzer, and more. Smart Devices is also planning to launch an official App store in March.

      TabletMaxx – is one of the first sources to offer the new Kit Kat edition and also adds in premium headsets and an extra watch strap as part of the package.

      • Nexoduss

        Thanks sales rep. Gtfo

        • jacobrileyf

          I bought the SmartQ Z-watch last month — check XDA developer forum and you’ll see that this watch tech features blow the Pebble watch out of the water for the same price point

    • Same here. When I coach soccer as well I use the timer to keep track of how much time is left in the half, it’s a lot easier to take a quick glance at my watch than pull out my phone, unlock it, go to the timer app, all while hoping I don’t hit the wrong button. Watches still have their use.

  • garrett

    i’m really looking forward to the razer nabu, really seems to fit all of the wants i have when it comes to a wearable

  • Kelly

    I’m on the fence because I’m waiting for sensors to mature. I won’t buy into the current “augment your smartphone” smartwatch–I just don’t see the convenience of not having to pull out my phone as worth the cost of a smartwatch. However, as they continue to build watches that can do things my smartphone can’t–e.g. heart rate monitoring–and do them well, then I’ll start paying attention.

    • Shawn John

      Agreed. All the wearable tech should get incorporated into a Smartwatch, all your Fitbits, Fuel bands, Heart rate, etc. All those features need to be included when you start talking about “Smart Watch”. Just mirroring what’s on my phone is not that intuitive to me. I like the Qualcomm Toq’s technology also, but prefer a Nexus smart watch.

  • Thomas

    The Pebble Steel has for sure peeked my interest, but still on the fence regarding the whole smart watch topic.

  • miri

    Considering what’s available, not in the slightest. If something ever has the right mix of design and functionality I may reconsider. I don’t want something that replaces my phone or has me endlessly fiddling with it so that I don’t have to pull my phone out of my pocket but rather something that has value on it’s own as a watch/wearable device that just happens to relay glance-able info from my phone (if at all). The closest thing so far is the Razer Nabu but it’s kind of ugly, imo and given the price I have my doubts about the material quality.

  • yodatom10

    bought a pebble a few weeks back I LOVE it its increased my battery easily by 50% as i’m not constantly turning on and off my screen

  • Shawn John

    I’m definitely waiting on the Nexus Smartwatch, hopefully when the Nexus 6 get’s released well get the Smartwatch combo package. PLEASE dont have an on/off button. Watches don’t have on/off buttons. And Pebble can keep it’s crap to iOS.

    • John Legere

      Cool concepts, but that won’t happen. Unfortunately.

      • Shawn John

        Really? Well see. I don’t see Google standing on the sidelines any longer without one of these in the Eco System.

        • John Legere

          They may make a smart watch, i just meant it won’t look anything like your pictures.

          • Shawn John

            Those are not my pictures, these were concepts released by Google….Duh

          • John Legere

            Show me where Google officially released them. I believe they were fakes.

          • Shawn John

            I believe your a fake.

          • John Legere

            So now you’re just going to troll?

            Btw, it’s you’re*

          • Shawn John

            Not trolling, Your impersonation is corney. Dont mean to name call, just calling it like I see it. No hard feelings.

          • John Legere

            How does talking about smart watches turn into usernames? Move along and take your trolling elsewhere.

          • Shawn John

            You offer no insight into the post, you just reply with useless rhetoric and call me the troll. Where’s your evidence? People like you waste bandwidth on forums.

          • John Legere

            I asked YOU for evidence. Then your went with your insults. Don’t worry, i flagged your comments. Stop cluttering the comment section.

          • Shawn John

            Stop wasting bandwidth log off and go read a book and comeback with some insightful reply’s.

          • Adrynalyne

            Now that we have settled on petty personal insults, allow me to offer something equally petty:

            It is “you’re”.

          • Shawn John

            Thanks Professor.

          • Adrynalyne

            That is Dr. Adrynalyne to you, sir.

          • Shawn John

            Yessir.

          • Steveo

            This is actually funny. Because he is a fake.

        • Adrynalyne

          I can’t really see something that large and unwieldy being very popular.

          • Shawn John

            That’s a close up, it’s not going to be the exact dimensions, that’s a mock up.

          • Adrynalyne

            I know its a mock up, thats why I don’t think it will look like that, even if it wasn’t close up.

    • ceejw

      Pebble was never iOS only it’s alway been on both platforms and it’s always been way more functional when connected to an Android phone. Is that Nexus watch concept something you actually want? Whats the point of having a phone if the watch runs full Android. Neptune is already making that watch and it looks terrible http://www.neptunepine.com/

      • CoreRooted

        I have to agree with the Neptune Pine. While I LOVE the features, the device is huge. Basically, it’s a phone on your wrist. While that’s awesome and all, I just cannot see having 2 lines on my account for my watch and my phone. I think that if the Pine was able to do all the features it has, but still utilize the phone for calls, sms, and data tethering AND have a much smaller footprint, I would be interested in it. Otherwise, I cannot see me wearing it.

    • Brandon Golway

      I’d buy one if it looked like that. If it doesn’t have a power button how would you propose turning the screen on and off?

      • CoreRooted

        Smartwatches should never have power buttons. The Pebble (which I have right now) has no power button. The screen is always on and I still get at least a week between charges.

        • Brandon Golway

          Yea, but the Pebble is E-Ink so it uses very little power. These are LCD screens which would last maybe an hour or two if they were left on constantly. You never answered my question though, if it wasn’t e-ink and didn’t have power buttons how would you turn the screen on and off?

          • CoreRooted

            Apologies. LCD smartwatches *could* implement the same technology as the LG G2 does with its “Knock On/Off” feature. Or perhaps implement the use of the accelerometer for power on/off. However, I have found that accelerometer based on/off is flakey at best. One of the things I knock the Pebble for is the backlighting feature based upon that sensor. On mine, it seems hit or miss.

    • Kevin

      It’s going to be Nexus 5 2014 edition not 6.

    • j

      lol.. nexus smartwatch.. rofl. seriously. lol

  • Mark

    Not interested. I have a beautiful Swiss watch, and I have a nice smartphone. Each has its own place. However, my dad, the math professor, used to always have a scientific calculator watch at the ready. Depends on your needs – He’d probably love this!

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  • Ryan Gullett

    Interested? Yes. Everyone is. Right time? Not at this moment. No one has put out a watch for the masses yet.

  • Ben Murphy

    On the fence here, really waiting for something to make my mind explode.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Pretty open ended question. It really depends on what happens over the next year when the Googles and the Apples decide to do something, because we know that’s really when the competition will heat up.

  • cjohn4043

    I’m waiting to see what Apple and Google bring to the table.

    • maysider

      Apple will hardly have the “time” feature with an universe price
      Google will come late again also without features

      useless to wait

      But Samsung could improve Gears significantly soon and
      Pebble are very capable (but ugly) but waiting for bluetooth 4

      • tyguy829

        pebble definitely has bluetooth 4.0

        • maysider

          really? I will check that, thx
          I didn’t mention microUSB, it should be a must

          • And if you think it’s ugly, which I don’t agree with, check out the new Pebble Steel.