10 Reasons Dumb Watch Will Survive Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by L2E2, Apr 21, 2015.

  1. L2E2 macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2015
    Like so many people, I have eagerly awaited the release of Apple Watch. As soon as my local Apple Store have them on display, I went to check them out. It is a gorgeous piece of electronic marvel. Not only does it look beautiful, it also feels expensive on the wrist. The Apple Watch has certainly redefined electronic watch and even transcended all other smart watches, and in the process completely obsolete the traditional watch (aka “dumb watch”). But as wonderful as the Apple Watch is, the dumb watch is likely to continue to thrive.

    Here’s why:

    1. There are infinitely more designs, colors, shapes, styles, and price range for dumb watch.
    2. Apple Watch is expensive. Apple markets it as a luxury item and it is, ranging from $349 for “Sports” to $12,000 “Edition”.
    3. For many lines of work and activities – think farming, construction, service and repair, diving, skiing, etc. – dumb watch is actually easier to use with gloves or dirt covered fingers.
    4. You can see the time without having to touch the watch.
    5. You don't have to charge it everyday.
    6. You don't have to remember to bring a charger when you travel – and yes, yet another charger to carry on your luggage already filled with other gadgets.
    7. You don't have to find yet another outlet for the watch at home or in hotel.
    8. It will not become obsolete in a few months.
    9. There is some nostalgic and sentimental value to a traditional watch.
    10. When in a jam, you can wrap some of the more muscular dumb watches around your fingers and use them as brass knuckles.
  2. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Why are there so many new April members
    The Apple watch is not as popular as the iPhone . Where are these people coming from
  3. Munky macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2011
    All these things can be said about a free flip phone.
  4. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Trolls gonna troll. They'll disappear after a while and the true apple fans will remain.
  5. Robert M., Apr 21, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2015

    Robert M. macrumors 6502a

    Robert M.

    Jan 4, 2010
    I can't wait to get mine on Friday, but I don't expect smart watches to go mainstream. I just can't see someone's grandparents buying a pair. It isn't like an iPad, people love to kick that around (but they said---), but this is totally different. For a lot of people the iPad replaced the need for a laptop.

    It'll do fine, but I can see it being a niche product. Which is fine by me. I'm not sure why some fans think everything has to be a massive success.

    Some people think I'm an Apple fanboy because I buy everything they make. But I'm just a fan, fanboys feel the need to defend them, and rarely call them out.

    Anyway, it'll do fine and dumb watches won't go anywhere.
  6. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    lulz don't feed the trolls?
  7. Yakibomb macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2014
    Cape Town
    There will always be a market for 'dumb watches', but as the technological disadvantages of smart watches start to be over come (battery life for example) they will gain more and more traction and may become the standard. Just like wrist watches overtook pocket watches, which have now become collectors items
  8. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I can still buy plain ol' corded telephones at a bunch of stores. That doesn't make smartphones less awesome. I just bought my nephews watches for Christmas because I am not spending $350 on a watch for them to probably break pretty quickly (they're younger than 10), so obviously dumb watches will have use for a loooooooong time.
  9. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    If it was a dumb watch many of us wouldn't be buying one to begin with. So I couldn't care less if it survives or not. I don't use the watch to tell time. :p
  10. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    How far up your ass did you have to reach to pull that one out? That really is quite the stretch. Sure as **** won't be a reason for why dumb watches will "survive" the Apple watch.
  11. joshcls macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2013
    Panama City, FL
    1) More design isn't synonymous with better design
    2) Nope.
    3) huh? You're saying dumb watches function better in more rugged conditions? That requires them to function the same way, which they don't.
    4) wrong, watch works without touching as well
    5) I seriously don't get this complaint.
    6) fair point
    7) not a fair point.
    8) I bet dumb watches will be more obsolete.
    9) nostalgia is a terrible way to value a product intended for mass consumption
    10) you're grasping at straws because you can't come up with an end to your list.
  12. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2014
    1 reason why dumb thread won't survive 1 day

    (then again, i've seen stranger things here :) )
  13. kycophpd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2009
    Louisville, Kentucky
    I actually agree with the OP because with a dumb watch there is a lot better chance no one will build an app for it that will allow me to waste my time reading posts like his.
  14. kovey macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2011
    They're paid Fandroid shills.. and if they're not getting paid to do this, it's beyond pathetic.
  15. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    stupid thread.

    no one ever at all made even a thimble of an assumption that the apple watch would replace basic watches altogether.
  16. L2E2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2015
    Goodness gracious. Some of you guys are really taking this too seriously. The list is meant as an amusement, especially #10.
  17. oennich macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    On #5, I'd rather charge my watch painlessly everyday than have to go to a watch repair place every year or two to get a battery swap.
  18. profmatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    Do you people have to be so bloody nasty?

    No wonder they call you iSheep.
  19. dilap macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2014
    London, UK
    While I agree that people may be a bit rude, they do make some points.
  20. scwinsett macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    i really don't think "rudeness" has much to do with the "sheep" thing
  21. c0valent macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2015
    Hired by Samsung
    (No evidence, just general guess)
  22. L2E2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2015
    Maybe the title should be "10 Reasons You May Still Keep A Dumb Watch Around After Getting An Apple Watch"
  23. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    Batteries lose their storage capacity over time, so if you don't want to buy a whole new watch and want to keep your all day battery life you'll be taking a trip into the apple store every year or two so you can get a new battery from apple that will last all day.
  24. adammull macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2009
    I don't think anyone thought dumb watches would die. But I think it would be foolish to think there won't be a dent in the market.

    It's entirely possible to think that the sub $1,000 watch market, and certainly the sub $500 watch market will be on life support in the next 5-10 years.

    I still think once we get used to a phone on our wrist, why would we go backwards to wearing a dumb watch?
  25. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    So you're calling someone rude while also calling them childish names....#checkyourself


    I think it could replace the phone. I think if the watch could make calls on its own I wouldn't even bother with an iPhone. I can text from my watch.

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