The Appeal of a Smart Watch: Where Is the Limit to Being Connected?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by MICHAELSD, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    As a collector and fanatic of both wristwatches and technology, I am not all that intrigued by the prospect of an iWatch nor have any smart watches piqued my interest beyond the aesthetic design. There's one very simple reason for this: I don't want to be more connected. Please don't alert me of every email, text, ridiculous push notification. Please. I've had to set my iPhone to an almost perpetual Do Not Disturb mode since I honestly feel texts are not urgent events. Coming from someone who lives and breathes these devices, I do not want to turn into an android. As it is reminiscent of what smart watches are offering: I despise Google Glass... I do not want to be connected every waking second.

    Devices such as smart watches make what should be unimportant far more pressing than they should be. Having just watched the film Disconnect, which gave a perfect score and recommended everyone watch, I genuinely fear for our future. If we need our watches alerting us to texts as if they were public service announcements, we are becoming far too addicted as a society.

    Do consumers really need to look and feel trendsetting by using the same apps on a smartwatch as you would an iPhone on a bigger screen? Perhaps Apple's is so innovative that it gives purpose to the smartwatch idea, although I think it's more likely that there will only possibly be a killer feature or two.

    While I certainly don't mean to discredit smart watches as they have been fairly well-designed to date and I am sure Apple's watch will most likely be a quality product, there needs to be a reason for them to exist beyond being fashion statements that replicate what our smartphones already do and exacerbate the importance of notifications.

    I could certainly write an entire piece on this, but I'll leave it to that for now.
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    If the "iWatch" or whatever these things are called actually could replace a phone, I would be interested. Otherwise, they're simply bluetooth devices you wear on your wrist.
  3. nightlong macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2012
    I feel the same about constant connectivity, constant multitasking. One of the things i love about writing (especially, sometimes, with pen and paper) is, the absolute focus on one thing. Reading a good book, also, as opposed to whizzing through zillions of things on the internet all the time.

    I can't imagine ever being tempted by a smart-watch, however fabulous the design is.
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I can use a Bluetooth speaker that's in the kitchen from my iPod Nano 7th generation in my room without any issue. I can't stand carrying my phone around everywhere, and either my iPad or MacBook Pro, so I could see getting an iWatch for my text messages and phone calls. If I don't sit there and mess with it all day (I don't think I will, I don't do that with my iPhone anymore now even), I think it will help to liberate me from the phone. Lots of people will see it as a connected issue of course, but I only have text messages, calling, e-mail, and private messages on Tapatalk on my iPhone.

    I eliminated all the social networking junk a few years ago for the very reason that it was unimportant.

    Do consumers need it? Most of them will do us a favor by not buying one.
  5. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    I'm holding out for the iThong. It's the future! :eek:
  6. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    República Cascadia
    Battery life. If a smart watch has all the predicted features how long will the battery last?

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