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2014/12/12 10:05:23 (permalink)

Smart watches, do you own one? My thoughts

I've just got my LG g watch r, well had it three days now and still in two minds about it.

First off the battery lasted five hours I called LG they said give it a few charging cycles till it wakes up, now it lasts two full days which isn't an issue since it takes one hour to charge fully.

I have a breitling watch face on it which looks pretty cool, I'm forever missing important emails and messages which all get notified to my watch and I can reply to texts via voice only the same goes for WhatsApp messages.

I felt a little self conscious like people were looking at my watch wondering what it was, I was in maplin and I noticed them looking at it.

I work with paints so it isn't ideal to have to take my phone out my pocket while working it's what made the smart watch so appealing.

I think it's held back by the software at the moment, it does have a heart rate monitor and a step counter it's not as good at tracking health than a jawbone up I'll be getting the jawbone up3 once it's released to keep track of my lifestyle.

I know some will think smart watches are a bit of a gimmick and naff, the LG g watch r is the only one I liked the look of its the one that actually looks like normal watch.

I think one day everyone will have one, from what I've read eventually you can control all appliances in your house with your watch or phone including the lights. It'll just make people lazy or in my case lazier

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    Re: 2014/12/12 10:10:58 (permalink)
    That was typed out in separate paragraphs, sorry
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    Re: 2014/12/12 10:26:18 (permalink)
    I've talked about these before, I had a Galaxy Gear for a while. For me the plus side was that it saved me a hell of a lot of time.  On a typical day my phone would beep, I'd pick it up to see if it was an important message,  if not I'd invariable do a quick manual check to see if any messages had arrived without noticing - then I might check facebook, twitter etc.  therefore potentially every spam mail could cost me 2-3 minutes. 
        With the Smartwatch,  I get a notification,  look and my wrist ... if its not important I look away again having not broken my train of thought from what I was doing.  a real time saver.  
     
      The biggest problem I think these devices face, is that the smartphone has pretty much killed off the non-dressy watch.   Convincing people they need to carry an extra device for no obvious benefits is a tricky one. 
     
    My personal view is that the smartwatch will eventually replace the smartphone..   I love this concept, although I find it VERY hard to believe it will work anything like this based on the tech they are using.  But once the right tech evolves who knows?
     

     
     
     

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    Re: 2014/12/12 10:32:00 (permalink)
    I have the gear fit and I love it.

    It saves me having my phone on me all the time which is a Note 3 and rather large.

    Notification for emails, call reject, HR monitor, pedometer, etc.

    Couldn't be without it now. Battery lasts 3 days but can't wait until they reach the week mark or further between charges.

    For many it's a gimmick, for some (like me) its essential.
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    Re: 2014/12/12 10:37:17 (permalink)
    I'm waiting for the Apple Watch.  Fanboy, yes but I'm fully bought into and committed to iOS and I see no reason to change.  I like the look of Apple's offering and as a constant iPhone user it will fit into my life perfectly.
     
    I've recently upgraded to the iPhone 6 plus, which is huge..... I love it so don't care, but not having to drag it out of my pocket for every beep and vibration will be a life saver.
     
    I'm also a keen runner and whilst I won't be replacing my Garmin GPS watch and heart rate monitor with it, it'll be great to log other health data along side this.  I also log calories, weight, body measurements so adding in things like steps and heart rate will complete my geek data cycle.
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    Re: 2014/12/12 10:38:17 (permalink)
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    It saves me having my phone on me all the time which is a Note 3 and rather large.




     
    I typed my reply before I saw your post but exactly the reason I want one to go alongside my iPhone 6 plus.
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    Re: 2014/12/12 11:29:40 (permalink)
    There is an LG g watch r 2 due to be released withing six months which will have 4g support meaning I wouldn't even need to carry my phone. With 4G support the battery drain will likely be horrendous but who knows.

    I've yet to set up my watch so I make the most of it, it has saved me time checking emails mainly. It's annoying I've paid £211 for this and only a few months away the g watch r 2 will be announced and the value of mine will drop. I'm thinking the new version will have to compromise battery life so I'll see.

    The i watch will be pretty cool, I'm not sure on its price tag but id imagine it's be stupidly expensive for what it is.

    Smart watches are the future, it's not as smart looking as my fossil watch which I'll still wear on nights out etc
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    Re: 2014/12/12 12:11:36 (permalink)
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    The i watch will be pretty cool, I'm not sure on its price tag but id imagine it's be stupidly expensive for what it is.

    Smart watches are the future, it's not as smart looking as my fossil watch which I'll still wear on nights out etc



     
    I'm sure the Apple Watch will cost a bomb but I'm sold on it already.  As long as it's not ridiculous or falls at a bad time when I'm skint, I'll get one. 
     
    I actually fancy a really nice, dressy watch to wear and would no doubt do the same.  Wear a smart watch most of the time but put a nice one on for nights out.
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    Re: 2014/12/12 12:46:51 (permalink)
     
    I've had remote control lights in my house for years.  I'd feel a proper geekoid talking or fidding around with my watch to ajust my lights
     
     
     

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    Re: 2014/12/12 13:11:09 (permalink)
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    The i watch will be pretty cool, I'm not sure on its price tag but id imagine it's be stupidly expensive for what it is.

    Smart watches are the future, it's not as smart looking as my fossil watch which I'll still wear on nights out etc



     
    I'm sure the Apple Watch will cost a bomb but I'm sold on it already.  As long as it's not ridiculous or falls at a bad time when I'm skint, I'll get one. 
     
    I actually fancy a really nice, dressy watch to wear and would no doubt do the same.  Wear a smart watch most of the time but put a nice one on for nights out.


    Even before anyone has used it yet?...your jsut going to go ahead and buy it any way?
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    Re: 2014/12/12 13:26:22 (permalink)
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    The i watch will be pretty cool, I'm not sure on its price tag but id imagine it's be stupidly expensive for what it is.

    Smart watches are the future, it's not as smart looking as my fossil watch which I'll still wear on nights out etc



     
    I'm sure the Apple Watch will cost a bomb but I'm sold on it already.  As long as it's not ridiculous or falls at a bad time when I'm skint, I'll get one. 
     
    I actually fancy a really nice, dressy watch to wear and would no doubt do the same.  Wear a smart watch most of the time but put a nice one on for nights out.


    Even before anyone has used it yet?...your jsut going to go ahead and buy it any way?




    No, I read lots of gadget websites, blogs and listen to a couple of podcasts.  So I'll get the reviews once it comes out.  But if it does what they showed in the demo..... which lets face it, why wouldn't it, I want one.
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    Re: 2014/12/12 13:40:38 (permalink)
    I just couldn't get past how it looked physically, rounded UI on a square set device.
     
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    Re: 2014/12/12 14:49:58 (permalink)
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    I just couldn't get past how it looked physically, rounded UI on a square set device.
     
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    If I'm honest, it's less about looks and more about functionality for me.  Like I say, I'm fully bought into the Apple ecosystem, have been for years and I'm quite happy with that (eg, don't feel like I'm trapped!), so for me, if I want a Smart Watch it's a no brainer.
     
    I also heavily use the Apple TV so the fact that it can control that will be cool.
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    Re: 2014/12/12 15:14:59 (permalink)
    I do feel like a bit of a tool talking to my watch I doubt I'd do it in public or at least where people could hear me, I'd need to whisper into my wrist.
    I made use it it today replying to an important WhatsApp message while driving, not sure if that's legal since its not a mobile phone I'm using its a watch
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    Re: 2014/12/12 15:15:52 (permalink)
    Oh there's an app called look behind u that can be handy, and tiny cam pro so I can check my cctv anywhere I am with my watch
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    Re: 2014/12/12 16:26:37 (permalink)
    Would buy an apple watch, but I need it to be outdoor proof.  Would be great to not have to carry my phone for Strava, music and SMS.  Keyboard isn't an issue with the constant improvements to Siri. Just needs to be bloody waterproof.

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    Re: Smart watches, do you own one? My thoughts 2014/12/12 19:23:49 (permalink)

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    Would buy an apple watch, but I need it to be outdoor proof.  Would be great to not have to carry my phone for Strava, music and SMS.  Keyboard isn't an issue with the constant improvements to Siri. Just needs to be bloody waterproof.




    Am I wrong in thinking all smart watches need a phone close by (eg Bluetooth connection) to work from?

    I have a Garmin watch because I didn't trust my phone when out running if it rained.
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    Re: 2014/12/12 21:09:50 (permalink)
    Some need your phone close by within ten meters for Bluetooth, I'm sure the Sony smart watch 3 has built in gps and the Samsung gear has a sim card slot so no need for your phone. The next generation of smart watches will see then end of needing your phone with you. I tried my watch in the gym today luckily my phone was fairly close in the changing room so still worked
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    Re: 2014/12/13 12:19:47 (permalink)
    I bought my hubbie the Pebble Steel. He likes it, it works well with his iPhone. He charges it once a week. His only negative comment is he would rather the watch face not be shown all the time as that drains the battery more. I asked if the was an option for a blank screen until needed or alerted by texted etc....he doesn't know.....he's a man......men do not read instructions
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    Re: 2014/12/13 18:40:56 (permalink)
    My LG watch has an always on or always off option, I think the pebble battery is much better so no need for it to be turned off. I have to charge mine most nights but I don't wear my watch while I sleep so it gets put on the charging dock when I I go to bed
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