Apple Watch marketing and reality

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Armen, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. Armen, Mar 13, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2015

    Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    As much as all of us in this sub are excited about the Apple watch let's be clear about something. I know we're all picturing Mickey Mouse dancing on the watch but this is going to be the reality of what people see when our arms are down at our sides. Be sure you are ok with your watch looking like this with the band you are choosing.

  2. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    I think most people understand what the watch looks like and how the screen functions.
  3. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    I think it's a good point, and it's partly why I'm going 38mm. The less turned-off TV on my wrist, the better.
  4. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
  5. DC Wallaby macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2014
    Basically: it's another one of those "You're going to look like an idiot with your blank-screened Apple Watch most of the time" threads. :roll eyes:

    At least, that's my read on this. Otherwise, not sure what the OP is trying to say.
  6. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    LOL.. not sure if OP was serious.
  7. x-evil-x macrumors 601


    Jul 13, 2008
    i think it looks good. i really don't understand the "reality check" but thanks for opening my eyes to a pointless thread.
  8. Time Less macrumors 6502

    Time Less

    Jul 29, 2010
    Planet Earth
    I'm ok with that sexy svelte piece on my wrist.
  9. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    He is serious. In order for the watch to last the day, it will be in battery conserve mode, so a blank screen is what people are going to see a majority of the time on people's wrists.

    Not sure if Android Wear watches can stay always on and last the day yet?
  10. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    if that's the case... ZOMG i was just enlightened. :rolleyes:
  11. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Actually I'm not much of a fan of the Mickey Mouse one. But I have no idea which watch face I'm gonna use. I will decide that when I put the watch on my wrist.
  12. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    OP said obviously it will be black.. :rolleyes:
  13. 2macORnot2mac macrumors regular


    May 14, 2010
    The good news is, when my arm is hanging down, I can't see the blank screen anyway.
  14. Sharkey311 Suspended

    Jan 11, 2013
    That's actually the best "real world" picture I have seen of the watch. Thanks!
  15. JFazYankees macrumors 6502


    Feb 12, 2012
    I completely agree, but that may be my inner-geek talking :p
  16. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    The apple Watch is a tool first, fashion piece second.

    I could care less about the watch face being off when Im not looking at it. Thats why IM buying the sport and will probably always keep a black band. I don't need it to be an attention grabber.
  17. Armen thread starter macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Understanding what it looks like and actually seeing an image are two different things. Most images of the Apple watch show the watch face (for obvious reasons) but you don't see the reality of it often which is it's a black square most of the time.


    Actually, that is not my point at all. I'll be up with the rest of you on April 9 waiting to pre order. I'm just pointing out that this is what most people will see when your arm is down at your sides. We see too many ads and pics of the watch with the face on and it leaves an impression in our minds that it looks like that all the time.


    In none of the ads does Apple display the watch with the screen off. They sell us the idea that the watchface and its glory is always on even though we know it's not. Seeing a picture of the watch with the screen off is the reality check.


  18. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2007
    Kauai, HI
    However, all the ads DO show me what my watch will look like while I am looking at it. I am getting this for ME. I am sure there will be a setting telling it how long to stay on once on. I expect to tweak it until it is what I am happy with. Of course, 10 seconds is fine as long as it is timed from my last touch of the screen or a button.

    Don't get me wrong. I will LOVE showing it off like I did the first iPhone but that is not why I am buying it. I am still very curious whether there will be a HUGE first day or if it will take a little time to gather steam. I do not know anyone else who is getting one. BUT, they all waited for the iPhone too and all have one. I have a lot of people waiting to see what mine does.

    It was a long time before I saw my second iPhone in the wild. I have only seen about 3 pebbles in total.
  19. Knowimagination macrumors 68000


    Apr 6, 2010
    Every time I look at the watch on my wrist I will see it exactly as advertised. I don't make it a point to look at my watch while it is hanging by my side on my wrist.
  20. Armen thread starter macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I get that. I'm saying others will see a black square. Be it a black square with a $450 link bracelet or a $49 plastic band.
  21. Cashmonee macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2006
    Might want to check with Apple on that. I think they may have a different viewpoint.
  22. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    If you buy something to appeal to others, you are just a poser. I'm buying a watch for myself. If I'm not looking at it, it doesn't need to be on.
  23. Mansu944 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2012
    I'm amazed by the number of people here who care how they look to others.
  24. CharlieCat666 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2015
    Minneapolis, MN
    I have a Pebble right now, where the display is always on, but you can't really see it at all from a distance unless the backlight is on.

    So basically, if the display were on all the time, onlookers would either barely be able to see your display (if that's important to you for some reason) unless the light and angle were just right, OR you'd have a glowing screen on your wrist at all times, so that probably wouldn't be awesome.
  25. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Except for once in a while when the display gets accidentally triggered by a wrist movement :)

    I just posted the other day that on a used Moto 360 with the latest software, I got 24 hours (to ~13% battery) with an (almost) always on display.

    Without always-on, it went almost 36 hours to ~13% battery.

    Note that in ambient mode the backlight is dimmed, so it depends on the watchface code as to how visible it actually is.

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