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Wednesday Poll: What is Your Biggest Concern With Smartwatches?

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The Moto 360 from Motorola has clearly taken the tech community by storm, as it is arguably one of the more beautiful devices ever previewed in the field. In a world filled with with rectangles and squares, the Moto 360 is a huge breath of fresh design-centric air, but a smartwatch’s style isn’t the only thing that has people wondering. Motorola is tight-lipped with regard to pricing and battery life on the device, and the same goes for LG’s G Watch.

As stated very well by one of Motorola’s designers this morning in a Google Hangout, the first barrier you must break down with consumers is the look and design of the device. Once you have done that, it comes down to price and specifications.

With that being said, we want to know which aspect of a smartwatch is most important to you, our readers. Does it need to be cheap? Does it need to last a full week without a charge? Must it feature a new Mirasol display?

Let us know about your thought process behind purchasing a smartwatch below in the comments section.

What is your biggest concern with smartwatches?

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  • Terrance Steiner

    I have a few concerns. The biggest is battery life. If wireless charging is implemented that would be alleviated a lot. My second concern is a combination of price and obsolescence. If pay $300 for a traditional watch it will likely last me a decade or more. A smartwatch will likely be obsolete in 2-years or less. While the hardware may still work I do not see continued software updates for longer than that. While it will tether to my current phone will be able to tether to my phone in 2 or 4 years. I just do not know. My final concern is simply usability. If it has to be tethered to a phone to function then you could do everything by simply pulling your phone out of our pocket. That said if the Moto 360 looks awesome. If it is under $300 I might have to break down and buy it. What can I say, sometime by gadget lust over powers my common sense.

  • Jon

    Is everyone being disengeniuos?

    When the Galaxy Gear landed people first and foremost didn’t like what it couldn’t do. It couldn’t see full messages for some things and told you to load the app on your phone instead. It had no home button and thus required gestures to navigate. The camera added a wart to the side that was kinda ugly.

    This is all “overall design.” I have a SmartWatch 2 and it last about 2.5 days. That’s really quite fine with me. If it lasted an extra day or two…great, but battery life once you get past 48hrs, shouldn’t be the #1 thing to worry about. Trust me.

    That basically would mean you guys prefer a Pebble with really good battery life over the Moto 360 watch…because battery is #1 concern. Really who would settle for such just to get a day or two more battery. I want the overall better device, not just the one with best battery life.

  • Cesar

    My biggest concern is probably battery life. I don’t mind plugging my phone in every couple of days or so, but I don’t want to have to plug my watch into a charger every night.

  • Noeltorious

    Before recently, I would have said design…but the Moto360 completely changed that for me. I voted other just because like glass (which I do love) it’s useful but not “OMG I NEED IT”

  • Roger W Turner

    Worn a Pebble for a year now. Three things I think are important.
    — Nine-day battery life (because I set it so backlight doesn’t come on whenever I flick my wrist).
    — All ‘phone notifications appear on my wrist with a strong vibration.
    — I replaced the strap with my choice.

  • sdny8

    My main concern is convincing my wife I need one.

  • Blue Sun

    My 1st Motoactiv has a cracked screen. Going forward that would be my biggest concern on replacement smart watches.

  • Br_d

    Size. These things are all too big.

  • SamXp

    Shocked that display is dead last with only 3% at the time of this post. Has anyone owned a smartwatch? If the screen isn’t viewable in daylight, then it isn’t a watch. It’s a tiny smartphone that you strap to your wrist. And if the screen times out after a few minutes to save battery, it isn’t a watch. If I have to tap my watch to get the time, then I might as well wear an old antique like you see in the movies where they tap the mechanism to get it working.
    Bottom line is that this thing must replace the watch on my wrist. Not augment it.
    E-Ink wins out in:
    1) Always on
    2) Battery life
    3) Viewable in Sunlight

  • John Huie

    I think for me it’s the overall experience. Does it function well, with good features, and come at a decent price? Basically, all of the above.

  • Stephen

    Durability. I won’t like if I have to be overly cautious having a watch on my wrist. Currently, my watch goes with me almost everywhere except to sleep and in the shower.

  • Chris Hughes

    My biggest concern is that there is still a way I could go even one single millisecond without seeing a notification from Google! I mean I’ve got my phone, my smart watch, and Google glass. But what about when I’m in the shower or if I’m mid coitus with my significant other?

    I think the only concern is that I need one more device to alert me to my notifications. The only solution seems to be some sort of brain implant that will immediately notify me when there are singles in my area or if someone has replied to my comment on Droid-Life

  • JWells

    The cell phone freed me from the need to wear a watch. No desire to digress. Too small of a screen to be of much use also.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    No option for durability? Watches need to be able to take a few bumps.

  • Higher_Ground

    I chose “other” because my biggest concern for a smart watch is probably longevity. I think that gadgets are getting more disposable all the time. I mean you can sell your old smartphone but obsolescence creeps in after as little as 1-2 years. Who wants a watch that either won’t work in 2 years or one that will be so inferior to the offerings at that time that you’re no longer happy with it.

    With a normal watch, you know it’s more than likely going to work until you physically break it. It’s not going to be obsolete at any point.
    But other than that I would be most worried about how durable the screen is. I tend to scratch up a watch crystal pretty quickly.

  • NexusMan

    Overall design is tops for me. If it doesn’t look good, feel good, and function well, I won’t wear it. Period. Additionally, display type will fall under design. Battery life is important to me, but not paramount, I’ve charge my phone and tablet everyday for years, so the world won’t end if I have to charge an awesome Android Wear device daily too, though, 4+days would be fantastic. Price is at the bottom for me, because of course I would like the best. most economical deal on anything, but I absolutely will pay for a premium, luxury device, like the Moto 360. No, I’m not looking to pay in the $1000’s, but I’d pay sub $500, no problem. But I do think it’s important for there to be a variety of pricing options and design.

  • Ryan5609

    I just haven’t liked smartwatches at all, thus far. I said from the get go that smartwatches need to pass their maturing stage, technically and stylistically before I will become an adopter. I was never big fan of the rectangular shape of every single smartwatch on the market. Most design’s seemed unnatural, bulky, or just cheap looking. I wanted something that would not immediately stand out. I wanted it to look like, a watch. Hopefully the 360 is the answer, I still have a lot questions though.

  • Rob S

    I chose other, because what I want both depends on battery life and the display. I want a smartwatch work as a replacement for a classic watch. That means it needs an always-on display (mirasol or color e-ink both come to my mind) with a battery life of several days, so that it can last a weekend away for example

  • steelew

    If its not visible all of the time, its not a watch. Mirasol or e-ink is the only way to go. Otherwise, just wear a normal watch or pull out your phone. I tried the ipod nano as a watch and it sucked because it wasn’t glancable…plus it was terrible at smart watch stuff.

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  • yummy

    I want a watch that works with anything Android, not just several devices by the same manufacturer.

  • miri

    That there is no point to them. Everything currently on the market misses the point of both a watch and a wearable device. That, and they’re all kind of big/thick. Android Wear is a big step in the right direction, but I’m still not entirely sure if I can see myself wearing one due to the aforementioned size issue. Maybe a smartband?

  • Jason Melling

    The biggest issue is that they’re absolutely unnecessary.

    • EP_2012

      Wait until Apple comes out with one … then it will be “ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.”

    • NexusMan

      Because everything else we tote around like tablets, smartphones, iPods, traditional watches, jewelry, designer handbags, designer shoes, etc…are SO necessary.

  • chucklehead322

    Is there anyone, besides me, who doesn’t give a damn about smart watches??
    I have a phone to do all I want.
    When the watch can do everything my phone can do, without my phone being present, then I’ll be impressed and maybe consider it. Right now it’s just a glorified bluetooth device which needs my phone to operate.

    • ChristianPasquariello

      I really don’t see the point in wearing a goofy “smart” watch either. Ever notice when they label something smart it ends up being anything but, “Smart” cars anyone? My Raymond Weil watch is great and a band that would alert me to calls/messages while working would make sense. But a big goofy watch. Not. Now if I found one super cheap on slickdeals I might consider it.

      • NexusMan

        So, you’re OK looking goofy if you’re not paying much to do so?

        • ChristianPasquariello

          Well, yeah. I can try it out, if I don’t like it, sell it at a profit. Who knows I may find it’s something I can’t live without, goofy or not.

      • Chris M

        uhm….what’s your argument about smart cars? they are coming…strong!

        • ChristianPasquariello

          I meant the car called the “Smart” that Mercedes builds and can’t sell. In the automotive industry it’s known as the “Stupid” car.

      • Raven

        Wow, I think you just came up with a brilliant idea. If I had the resources I would make a watch band that can be used with any standard watch that just adds a simple OLED display and vibrate for short notifications and caller ID.

    • Jérôme Besnard

      I was with you until I saw the moto 360. The last time I feel like that for a piece of technology was when Steve Jobs revealed the original iPhone. Before the iPhone, they were smartphones, with touch display, music player, etc, etc, but Apple was able to put all this together in a beautiful package that worked.

    • NexusMan

      There are many people like you, and that is absolutely fine. The product is not for you. But there are many people who are excited for this. This product is for them. Just as there are people who don’t give a damn about a smartphone, because they don’t need them. And there are people who love them. And there are people who don’t give a damn about traditional watches. And there are people who love them. The fact that an individual does not have a use case for a device, does not invalidate it’s benefits for another individual. I, personally don’t want a phone on my wrist, because I have one in my pocket. I think the Moto 360 and Android Wear’s interface looks fantastic.

      • chucklehead322

        Touche… I must agree with you.
        What may not be good for the goose can certainly be good for the gander.
        Of course I was speaking of my personal preference.
        I’m all for the continuing technological advancements being made and once a watch itself can do all my phone can do without the need for a phone at all… I’d probably be all over that.

        • NexusMan

          I agree. I am for a watch that can stand alone when the phone isn’t present, but for me, it can’t totally replace it, because the screen of a watch is too damn small.

      • chucklehead322

        The battery life will always be an issue too. You’d have to charge the thing every chance you got.

        • NexusMan

          I think you will be really surprised with what Moto has up it’s sleeves in the battery dept.

  • Wyveryx

    My main concern is toughness, and I don’t classify that as build design. I’m horrible with my watches as they get banged and scraped over things all the time. I’d also be concerned about their water resistance, as there are many times where I just dive into the sink to get things done.