Smart Wearable Anyone?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by pdqgp, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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    Okay, so I'm still trying to decide if it's a smart move or just a gimic. Couple friends at work have them and I'm torn. Swore I wouldn't but then I'm a tech nut at heart.

    What do you all think of them? Best uses?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. ozaz macrumors 65816

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    Wearables will be gimmicky for a long time. They will take a lot of refinement (years) before they become useful in general consumer space.
     
  3. McCool71 macrumors 6502a

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    The big challenge for devices like these are the combination of battery capacity and size/weight.

    I think the Samsung Gear 2 gets a lot of things right when it comes to features though:

    Camera
    Microphone/Speaker so you can place/answer calls
    IR-transmitter for controlling things like your TV
    Fitness-things like heart rate monitor/step counter
    Internal memory for photos/music and so on
    Notifications (e-mail, texts, Facebook ++)

    It is however in a device that I personally find too big for using as a 'watch'.

    I have the smaller Gear Fit which omits a lot of the major functions from the Gear 2, but is much more 'watch'-like in size.

    After only a week I am getting quite used to getting notifications from the phone on the Gear Fit, and I think it is a great idea since I rarely walk around with the phone itself on me at work or home - it stays on the living room table or at my desk, very often with the sound turned off.

    It is one of those things (much like using a cell phone with a large screen) that you don't really miss or see the need for until you have tried it :)
     
  4. Oohara macrumors 68020

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    I like the concept of the smartwatch, as I'm hooked on large phones which can be a nuisance to pull out of the pocket repeatedly only to find that I've received another spam mail or unimportant notification. I'm waiting for them to get thinner and better looking though. Maybe next year.

    Ultimately, I'd love it if I could use a smartwatch to activate and control any app on my phone that doesn't necessarily rely on using the full screen. Like, with the phone in my pocket and headphones in, being able to start Spotify and choosing a track, then switching to Google Music to play a track I have stored on my phone, then making a call, etc. - all without having to pull the phone out.
     
  5. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    I love my gear 1 but I'm tempted by the gear fit as somebody into my fitness
     
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. As long as they need to be paired with a smartphone, it is a no go for me.
     
  7. McCool71 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, if you want a fully functioning smartphone the size of a wristwatch you might have to wait a few years,

    The whole point of wearable devices these days is that it can pull all sorts of data from your smartphone, and communicate with it. Devices that don't do that are just advanced watches.

    That being said, basic functionality does of course work with most of these devices without being connected to a smartphone, but it is far less useful.
     
  8. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Depends on what you use it for. I'd like to get a Fit like device for notifications mainly. I'm in my car a lot and it's a pain to pull out my phone, so being able to glance quickly at my wrist would save a lot of trouble. I used to want a smartwatch but I'm not so sure anymore and kind of am liking the form factor of the Fit, but unfortunately Samsung stupidly only allows it to work with their own devices.

    For fitness I think it's kind of a waste, but fitness fads are what make money and people gobble that up like candy. Any reviews on the HR monitor? I was under the impression you had to stop and hold still to get a HR reading, making it useless. Can you keep sprinting full force and still get a HR reading?
     
  9. pdqgp thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I can't speak to the HR Monitor on the smart devices, but I will highly recommend the Polar Beat products and their corresponding app on both the iPhone and Android.

    It works flawlessly and not only tracks your HR at all times including while exercising, it logs and tracks things in many different ways including various exercises not just running or biking.

    Look into them and PM Me if you have any questions. I use mine at every workout.
     
  10. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Kairos Watches

    Figured I'd bump this thread rather than start an entirely new thread.

    Stumbled across this the other day. Kairos' implementation is genius--best of both mechanical and smart watch display, all in one. Obviously the price point is much different than what I think we can expect from Samsung/Moto/LG/Apple but as someone who does like to wear a watch, these would interest me much more than what's being currently put out. And they are planning on implement Android Wear as their OS, eventually. ;)
     
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