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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.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Durability?

  • 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.

    • Jรฉrรดme 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.

  • Keg Man

    durability. my casio g-shock can take a beating

    • Patrick Crumpler

      I would like to hope Casio would make a GShock Android Wear watch.

      • Higher_Ground

        it’s possible, they did make a few android phones

  • valapsp

    There should have been a “battery life and price” choice.

  • needa

    display all the way. i have to be able to see it with no issues. that is that whole ‘glance at it’ thing talked about during the hangout. from there it is price. because i already know if its got the right display, it will have good battery life.

  • renGek

    As a geek who has made it to my 40s one thing that is increasingly more important than all else is the fact that I now have a very hard time reading small fonts. Suddenly, Google maps is difficult to read because zooming in doesn’t increase font size. So I imagine squeezing lots of info into a watch and keep it legible will be tough for people like me.

  • robert alexander

    Usefulness and necessity

  • Milton

    Simple, crapdroid

    • Chris M

      IF crapple comes out with a smartwacth it will be a fail. crapple is nothing without Jobs.

      • Milton

        I totally agree

  • ChristianPasquariello

    My biggest concern is I already have nice watches, as well as most of these smart watches are butt ugly. Something like the Razer Nabu that tracks fitness and alerts me to calls/messages while working makes infinite more sense.

    • NexusMan

      Truly a matter of taste, because I think the Moto 360 looks infinitely better than the Razer Nabu.

      • ChristianPasquariello

        Ones a watch and the other a band.

        • NexusMan

          Well aware. And my taste leads me to say, the Moto 360 watch is infinitely more attractive than the Razer Nabu band. If I found the Moto 360 “butt ugly” I surely wouldn’t be sweating the Nabu.

          • ChristianPasquariello

            Of the “smart” watches the Moto is the nicest looking no doubt. I was judging the watches pictured, which are all aesthetically unpleasing. However you are comparing a watch to an armband/bracelet, which are two different products. You could wear both if so inclined, but I couldn’t see myself wearing my Raymond Weil and the Moto on the other arm. Lol.

          • NexusMan

            LOL. Of course not. Yea, you’re right, the one’s pictured are ugly. (Though I think bout the matte black Pebble Steel and the Galaxy Gear look better than they do in those pics). I originally misunderstood you, thinking YOU were comparing the 2, saying the Moto 360 was butt ugly, but the band was attractive. I might wear both the raymond Weil and the Moto 360, but not at the same time! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • ChristianPasquariello

            and your right, of those pictured that metal banded Pebble isn’t bad at all, especially given it’s price point but it’s downside is the black and white screen and limited functionality. If it had color and did more and stayed relatively inexpensive I would probably be interested. The Moto looks like a watch, a nice watch and that’s important, and I have a feeling it won’t break the bank, another major selling point. I also think the I-watch or whatever they end up calling it, will look good, but alas its not an Android product.

  • donkeykong85

    I have the sony smartwatch 2 and its surprisingly good. I would like to see better battery, better interface, use of all apps I can use on my phone. Its nice that I can read emails/txts but the facebook app is weak.

  • Craig P

    Do professors allow students to wear smart watches during exams? That’s a concern of mine since I always wear a watch while I take exams.

  • dsass600

    I already have an expensive watch, so it would be difficult to replace. That and the fact that the glass would scratch too easily.

  • shecalledmejay

    What would be a reasonable price for the moto 360?

    • jamaall

      $199

    • Patrick Crumpler

      $360

      • NexusMan

        That’s what I said…and I predict will be the price.

  • FAL_Fan

    Battery life is not a major concern for me, I plug my phone and bluetooth headset in every night so who cares about one more thing to plug in, and though overall design and price are major points for me, waterproofing is my biggest concern. It rains, I wash my hands, I use the garden hose and sprinklers…I want something more than “sweat resistant”. I emailed Qualcomm about the Toq and it’s waterproofing and they told me it was sweat resistant and to try not to get it wet and to treat it like any other quality timepiece…my everyday wear $400 Invicta is 100 meters water resistant…I would say that there is no comparison between “don’t get it wet” and 100 meters water resistant.

    • Scott Capodice

      You paid 400 bucks for an Invicta? Ouch…

  • Tyler

    Personally I’m not a watch guy but it needs to in my opinion be able to do what watches of the past do and thats tell the time and be able to do it anywhere. It needs at least a week battery life and also be useful. I think from a UI/function perspective Android Wear accomplishes everything i thought it needed to. The key thing to take away is that you don’t want to be in the situation where you need to know the time and your watch is dead. Hopefully there is some sort of reserve mode that limits functionality in order to conserve battery life when the watch isn’t on a wrist or when battery is low.

  • Rich Nahra

    Lifespan. If it costs $300 and EOL after 2 years, its probably not worth it. I’m sure i’ll buy one anyway.

  • Let me tell you something. I know the whole mentality in the tech world is the cheaper the better, but in the fashion world the more expensive the better. Price should not be a factor when designing this watch. Design is everything.

    • This is just as much a piece of jewelry as it is a piece of technology.

      • ChristianPasquariello

        Thats why, watch, Apple will sell a fvck ton of them.

  • NGagen

    Longevity… I already buy a new phone and tablet every year, now I’m going to start getting a watch too.

    • ChristianPasquariello

      None of that makes any sense, including your avatar. Lol.

  • Dave

    Finding a legitimate use for one is my concern.

    • Lunkman

      Exactly. I stopped wearing a watch when I started carrying a phone with a clock many years ago. I’ve yet to see a reason for wearing any type of watch again…

  • K3N

    Size!

  • jbdan

    I like tech and am an early adopter (in my own mind at least). The only way I will not buy the Moto 360 is if it doesn’t fit me comfortably (will return it). That is all that matters, presently (to me)

  • Justin W

    * usefulness is my main concern. While I love the look of the Moto360, I’m not convinced it’s going to be useful in my day-to-day life (yet – we’ll find out once I get it though)

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      i can see it not fitting into someones life. But for times when its rude to pull out a phone it can be cool. Church for example. Phone in the pocket while driving? throw a couple commands at it. In a way it’s hands free. i can imagine a find my phone app. give whatever is playing on the chromecast a quick pause while im cleaning. Maybe a gesture where you drag your finger around the display to turn up the volume for music? (360 only) i like their activity tracker, it picked up dancing, maybe extends to workouts. cant tell you how many times ive lost rep count. it doesnt takeover but its a good companion.

      • Daistaar

        I’d think constantly looking at your watch in church would be considered pretty rude to folks lol.

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          you got me. Made me ask myself “if the point of a smartwatch is to always be connected, do i really need to be that connected?” Intro moto 360 thats being advertised as a watch first, and thats how they got me.

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Smartwatches should ALWAYS be looked at as watches first. From there you have to determine whether the added features (after the basic watch functions) are worth it or not. Being connected isn’t bad, it actually helps cut down on the amount of time you spend on your phone. When you open your phone to look at a notification it’s really easy to get lost on all the other stuff you can do on your phone. With a smartwatch, you have less of that because you’re not as compelled to play around on it after the first couple of days.

          • Daistaar

            Ohh I was sold by theb watch-first approach as well. Something about a Pebble and suit just doesn’t look right together. Now the Moto 360 and a nice suit; a lasting marriage (as long as 360 doesn’t find out about my iPhone at work) ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • calum wilper

        and even in church, from my understanding it just lets you know that something requires your attention. in order to actually take care of something you still have to pull your phone out, which to me sounds like a smart watch is no better than putting your phone on vibrate. Although dat moto…. smexy smexy

        • Fattie McDoogles

          It is far more socially unacceptable to be looking at and playing on your phone while doing anything that you should be devoting your attention too. However, if you get a notification or 2 and glance at your watch to see if it’s something urgent that’s not bad. You have to remember, most of us don’t get that many notifications that matter. So most of the time it will just be a matter of glancing to see what it is and then swiping it away. There will also be ways to regulate the content that comes to your watch just like LightFlow does for the Pebble and Gear Manager does for the Gear.

          • calum wilper

            but i still don’t see just that being worth $200+

          • Fattie McDoogles

            Well then it comes down to is a watch worth $200+ to you? Because if you would pay that much for a watch that ONLY tells the time there’s absolutely no reason not to pay that much for a smartwatch.

          • calum wilper

            still only seems marginally more useful than a watch that does just tell time, but to each their own i suppose

          • Jon

            For you it probably isn’t. But I work at a hospital where we can’t have our phones out anywhere on the floor. My Sony Smartwatch 2 has been amazing in keeping me informed to important notifications discreetly.

    • Ran

      I agree. I’m still waiting for a “killer app” that is useful only in this form factor and will save me real time.

    • michael arazan

      Usefulness, exactly, when Google glass comes out I think it’s going to nullify having a smart-watch, unless it cost twice as much and or stands out like the current version.

      • Fattie McDoogles

        Glass is going to take a LONG time to become socially acceptable. Watches are already socially acceptable, smartwatches will take off long before glass does if more companies like Fossil make them.

      • Jon

        No I think the opposite is true. You can have the power of Google glass on your wrist. Discreet, easier to interact with, socially accepted already. Google glass is to out there. Its weird, its invasive, its dorky. A cool watch is none of these.

    • Geoff

      That’s my main concern. Then my next one is battery life. Needing to charge more than just my phone everyday would be annoying enough for me so that I’d stick with my solar powered shock resistant watch that syncs it’s time to atomic clock stations daily.

    • ThomasMoneyhon

      Exactly. I had to put other because I don’t care about battery, or waterproof if the watch is easy to use and does more.

  • Bobby Phoenix

    I was against them until I saw that nice round one that actually looks like a watch. I can’t remember which one it was, but I saw somewhere a price of $400? Pass….. Maybe I’d consider one for around $100.

  • Guest.

    My Fossil watch has an batterie that lasts for about 2 years. If there will ever be an smartwatch to go as long as an analog watch i will consider buying one. Now, smartwatches are rudimentary and useless since they die like an mobile phone.

    • NexusMan

      Your Fossil watch only does one out of the hundreds of things the Moto 360 does. I’d expect its battery to last 2 years.

  • jak_341

    Durability.

  • brkshr

    Functionality/usefulness

  • AbbyZFresh

    How about the fact that smartwatches do nothing more than what smartphones can already do well. Simple jewelry for people with more money than brains.

    • mustbepbs
    • chucklehead322

      OMG!! Thank you!!
      Why would I buy a watch to do what my phone does when I have to have my phone present to allow the watch to work??

      • NexusMan

        Because you’re phone’s battery died, and you’ve got it plugged in, charging in the next room, while you’re in the kitchen, making dinner for your kids, and you still need access to your information and notifications. That’s just one reason. Because your phone can not wrap around your wrist and look pretty. That’s just another.

    • Thom

      Even the most basic smartwatch tells the time and perhaps reduces the number of times you need to pull out your phone. It’s been said that average smartphone user will check, not use, check, their phone’s on average 75 times a day (NOT COUNTING checking the time). Now if it conservatively takes 1 second to check a smartwatch, and 6 to pull a smartphone from you pocket, likely unlock it, collect the information, and return it to you pocket then it would be a 5 second difference. Now, let’s say, I don’t know, a smartwatch is used for only 3/4 of those checks or an average over 56 times a day. That difference translates into over 28 hours in a single year. Now, I’m not average, I guess I check my phone more often than this and therefore will benefit even more so. If efficiency, speed, fashion, and design didn’t matter to most of us and it was just about doing things well (enough), then Nokia’s Symbian would still be the preferred smartphone OS; pocket watches would never have been replaced by wrist watches. I believe the smartwatch is much more than “simple jewelry for people with more money than brains.” I think it has an obvious place, purpose, and function. I feel anyone who doesn’t see this is either deluded (by the likes of you), irrational, or dimwitted beyond the average. This is not to say smartwatches are necessary, perfect, or without room for improvement. I think it is clear that some smartwatches can do, in fact, something more than a smartphone and do it well. Apparently it’s not obvious to you that they can deliver glanceable information quickly and in an extremely accessible way saving time while providing it in a way that no smartphone does.

    • NexusMan

      Actually, you’re wrong. The biggest draw for a smart watch is accessibility. It’s the unique relationship and interaction with the technology. The enormous power of Google Now will be harnessed infinitely better on the wrist, than it is in your pocket. Not to mention, you still have this information in some situations where the phone is not immediately accessible. And as for jewelry, yes, many people wear jewelry, and that has nothing to do with intelligence levels.

  • mustbepbs

    Where is the “Finding a use” poll option?

    • paul_cus

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • NexusMan

      Google already handled that with their use case promotional video.

  • Jess B

    Design, durability, display type, price, water resistance

  • Bye Bye Pebble. LG and Motorola will crush them. Now only if Qualcomm and Samsung can make a smaller device based on Android Wear that would be awesome. I have every smart watch pictured above and I love the Qualcomm but its too big. The gear is awesome but I left Samsung for LG. Cant wait to buy the Moto 360 and LG G watch.

    • AbbyZFresh

      LG’s watch looks geeky and Motorola will be lucky to manufacture and release enough 360 watches outside of domestic territory. Sorry, Pebble and Gear are here to stay.

      • Yeah your right. The pebble is just way to out dated. Gear will be here always because Samsung is huge. Now if Qualcomm can get on board and make something even better would be sweet.

        • NexusMan

          Samsung is an Android Wear partner, so SAMSUNG will be here to stay (possibly a return to the Galaxy Gear branding), but that Tizen Gear is a wrap.

  • Gary Graf

    I’m pretty sure people will always complain about price about any product, but I believe the prices for smart watches have been pretty good considering all the technology inside of them.

  • JMonkeYJ

    Mine is “Usefulness.” That encompasses a whole lot of things, including battery life, but mostly I just want to know if one of these will realistically help me out significantly.

  • Orion Pax

    I need my smartwatch to:
    1. Tell time easily at all times regardless of battery
    2. NOT be a smartphone on my wrist
    3. Be visible outdoors as well as indoors
    4. Work with nearly any smartphone
    5. NOT be priced like a smartphone on contact
    6. Handle notifications discreetly when necessary
    7. Charge quickly but not need to be charged every 1-3 days
    8. Be waterproof

    • goodm

      Get a Sony, I have one and for me it meet your criteria.

  • Kevin

    In this order:
    Battery
    Design
    Functionality
    Price

  • Jason Bittner

    Hackability! need custom roms

  • Marcellus1

    I think my concerns, in order, would be: utility (functionality or usefulness); battery life; and design (Moto 360 is really the only one to strike me so far in this category). Not too concerned about price or type of display–I think market competition will ensure these are reasonable.

  • ewaaa12321

    All above. They cost way too much. Price dont maych quality, features. For me watch should need to be charged like 1 time in week or2 tines in month or less.

    No removable battery. After 1-2 years or less i would need to have charger with me all the time. I alredy carring charger for phone and laptop.

    Design. They are ugly, except moto 360. Watches should be roubd circle. Other shapes are uncorfortable.

    Lack of accessibility. I am almost blind. I havent heard about any kind of text-to-speech options

    I dont like be disturbed by my phone notifications. Look new apo. Somewone want to talk to you right now. Cute kittens over 199 new wallpapers. Crazy. Those smartwatches are for now just notification panels for phone. Another distraction

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Putting it face down.

  • Ray

    Notification implementation

  • Kyle Parker

    All of my normal watches, no matter how careful I am with them, are scratched – the glass and the band – so I would want a material that is going to be resilient and able to withstand normal activities. I don’t want to have to put a case on my watch. And I agree with the other posts – waterproof (it rains – my hands get wet at times), battery life (I don’t want a dead device strapped to my wrist for the majority of the day), and cost.

    • M3D1T8R

      Sapphire “glass”, basically unscratchable. New Iphone probably going to have it thanks to their deal with GTAT. Some high end watches already use it.

      • FAL_Fan

        I scratched my sapphire crystal…and I don’t even know how! Rather irritated about it though.

      • Keg Man

        hype It will scratch.

      • Cowboydroid

        The only thing unscratchable is ionsdaleite. Sand and grit can have trace amounts of corundum that can certainly scratch any other corundum surface, such as sapphire.

        But it’s certainly a fine material. Around 4 times the cost of Gorilla glass.

    • Cesar

      Waterproofing is a valid idea. I currently have an Invicta Diver watch and it’s wonderful not to have to worry about it getting wet. I work in a restaurant, so my wrist ends up submerged in dish water, mop water, sanitizer, etc all the time.

  • Aceplanet

    Scratching the display by accidentally bumping it into a wall or something

  • JSo

    If it makes me look cool or not. Duh

  • Sam Sussman

    Talking to it in public/work

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      This. It’s one thing to turn to a friend and ask, “Do we go left or right here?” It’s another to be by yourself and ask you wrist the same thing.
      No matter how awesome it is to have something on your wrist that knows the answer.

      • Daistaar

        Sentence fragment…

        • Just_Some_Nobody

          No its not. Read it again.

          • 1966CAH

            “No matter how awesome it is to have something on your wrist that knows the answer.” <– That is definitely a sentence fragment.

          • Just_Some_Nobody

            If you read it in the context of the other sentences, it is allowed and it makes perfect sense.

            If it hurts you that much, don’t look. Just move your awesome self on down the comment list.

            Go on, get down there.

          • 1966CAH

            Oh, I know it makes sense, and I wouldn’t have commented on the original use at all. Disqus forums aren’t exaclty the most formal of places and I am not going through them in Grammar Nazi mode, especially since *I* am certainly not immune to error! I wasn’t trying to ruffle any feathers. It just struck me that you had re-read it without seeing the nit being picked there.

          • Just_Some_Nobody

            Ah OK. I should have counted to 10 before replying.

          • Daistaar

            Ohhhhh I just got what you meant lol. I had to re-read that a few times before I got it lol.

            “No matter, how awesome is it have something on your wrist that knows the answer?”

            Lol wow I’m dense lol. Thank goodness it’s Friday guys lol.

  • villian1998

    I would say Functionality also, but I want it to be more than just a smart phone accessory but a watch primarily.

  • Hunter

    I want to be able to tell what time is even if the battery dies. analog behind the led screen possibly

    • Christian Brigham

      The problems with this are space and accessibility. Even using a quartz/digital setup, and a very thin LCD layer, you’re still adding substantial thickness. Then there’s the issue of how to power it. Use a watch battery? Then you have to be able to replace it. Space comes into play again here as well, as does overall weight. Considering that people already have to have a smartphone to even use a smartwatch…there’s no sense in adding in this functionality, no matter how nice it would be. People will just have to pull the phone out of their pocket. Besides, if the battery can last even one full day, it’s simply a matter of learning to charge the watch every day. Not necessarily a perfect situation…but you do it for your phone, so it’s an acceptable compromise. Something has to give.

  • LiterofCola

    Waterproof

  • anonymous

    I’m surprisedddd you guys didnt include “OEM” as one of the options… that seems to be the prevailing D-L theme of the moment

  • Damian

    I wouldn’t want to wear a watch everyday if it didn’t look good, get through a day on a single charge and have no jank.

  • Arnold

    Functionality, no doubt. It all depends on how it compliments my phone. The Pebble does a great job currently, but the Moto 360 is about to blow that out of the water.

  • Ken Adams

    Usefulness

  • Daniel

    Size, how well the screen looks in direct sunlight, and battery life are the holy trinity of a good smartwatch imo…so far the Pebble Steel seems to be the best option, though very curious how big the Moto360 will really be…

    • abqnm

      Looks to be 45-50mm diameter from seeing it worn on the Hangout earlier, which is about the same as a midsize men’s watch.

      • Thom

        He said 46mm

        • abqnm

          Thanks. I was having trouble with the Hangout live so I missed a few pieces here and there and hadn’t watched the YouTube version, so I guess I missed that.

      • j

        Thickness is a bigger problem than diameter.. all these watches are much too thick to be aesthetically pleasing or comfortable.

        • abqnm

          It is about balance. I would not wear a watch that had a 55mm case diameter but was only 5mm thin. Just too big on the wrist. I have worn watches all my life and the case thickness of the 360 seems no thicker than most of my chronograph watches. Sure, the 360 isn’t paper thin, but it certainly fits right in line with most chronograph watches of its size.

          Obviously we won’t be seeing smart watches that are as thin as a Movado or Skagen any time soon (if at all), so I would gladly take a watch that is the same size as a typical chronograph watch over something that looks like I taped the front half of an old flip phone to my wrist. Now, when I was a kid or a teen, I would have opted for the geekiest looking thing around, but then again I thought the Casio that had the IR remote built in was the coolest thing ever when it came out. So much fun to mess with classroom TVs in middle school.

          • Raven

            I love my ultrathin Skagen titanium dress watch but that thing was a b!tch to replace the battery on. I actually had to take it into a jeweler who used a special press to put the back cover back on. This is one of the main reasons that my next watch was a Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium.

          • abqnm

            Yeah I had a Skagen. I got it used and only paid like $80 for it when new it was about $350. Not top end, but not their entry level either. Don’t remember the model it has been a decade. The battery died and just about every jeweler wanted $75 to replace the battery. I just sold the thing on eBay for $100 and bought a Seiko Arctura kinetic watch. It goes beyond the normal kinetic watches though. Those are like automatic watches. If you don’t wear them for a while, they stop keeping time. The Arctura actually stops moving the hands after 2-3 days of no movement (charging) but keeps the time internally. Then when I pick it up and put it on, the hands spin around as it sets itself to the proper time. Really cool. It isn’t a super thin watch like the Skagen was, but I have a basic Movado that I can wear it I need something more formal and subdued.

  • Thomas

    Is “nothing” an option ๐Ÿ˜‰