Would you want an Apple Watch Plus?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Mad Mac Maniac, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I really do love my Apple Watch, but sometimes I wish Apple had made something closer to the Samsung Gear S (For Reference: http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/01/samsung-gear-s-review/ ).

    Before all of the psuedo fashionistas come out of the woodwork talking about how ugly and bulky it is, just think about it for a second. It has a huge display (and huge battery to go with it) and therefore is able to include cellular, 3G and GPS. It much more efficiently utilizes space by wrapping slightly around your wrist.

    Apple very clearly went for the more understated design, but if there's anything the phablet craze teaches us it's that people are willing to change/look goofy to have a large screen with better battery and more capabilities. Sure, I've never been super stylish, but I saw someone (a female) with a Gear S the other day and my thought wasn't "Wow gee look at how ugly and bulky that looks on her wrist" but was more along the lines of "wow that looks very cool and technological, making the best use of the space on her wrist." The utilitarian engineering/nerd brain inside me just think that it's much more practical and makes more sense.

    So how many of your would want a larger, wrap around design if it included large display, 3G, GPS, and (at least) the same full day battery life?
  2. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
    The ratio of complaints about the Apple Watch being too big versus too small is probably 50:1 so I highly doubt it would be a big seller. Considering the Gear S sales are so bad that they lowered the price to $99 tells you something. I'm not sure how many people really want to be Dick Tracey and look weird talking to their wrist but the Gear S also needs a phone for Apps. However, that thing is ugly and I don't consider a larger iPhone the same as a larger hunk of metal on your wrist. Not the same.

    Keep the Apple Watch this size and maybe thinner a little and add GPS as all it needs. Considering you only need GPS for an hour or two (fitness) the battery should be able to last all day still. Battery technology will continue to improve using less space and having longer life.
  3. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2015
  4. bangers macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    I think it would be a losing proposition for Apple. That is my opinion of course. I didn't think the 6+ would be a good idea either, but it seems to be working ok for them. Competing in the $100 market and ditching the elegant design doesnt seem to be their thing.

    I already have a full day battery life. I will wait while they improve the technology and add a GPS which will improve a wide range of features, while still keeping at least the same (or better) battery life and form factor. If they make it bigger I will probably go back to my phone for notifications/apps and get a fitbit for health. I am hoping they dont add a camera, but grudgingly admit that it is a feature that many are asking for.
  5. fania123 macrumors regular


    Jul 29, 2015
  6. Mad Mac Maniac thread starter macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Have ANY of samsung's wearable's sold well? I think the Gear S's failure to gain traction can't be wholly attributed to the large size. Plus, I'm sure Apple would make it slightly smaller and much better looking.

    Regarding "Dick Tracey", the Apple Watch allows you to talk on it (and I've found it to be useful in a few occasions). Plus I'd still have my phone 90% of the time, I'd just feel more confident leaving my phone behind on runs, bikerides etc knowing that I had 1) GPS, 2) ability to call for help 3) ability to still receive important notifications

    I wouldn't exactly call this competing in the $100 market... the wearable started at $350 and was one of (if not THE) most expensive wearables at the time. The andoid culture couldn't handle that price very well, but Apple would be better at making that fly (obviously, because that's the starting price of the Apple Watch).

    It's no secret that the larger a device the more capability/battery you can pack into it. So sure maybe we'd be able to get 3G and GPS in the current size without sacrificing battery life in a year or two, but if it's slightly larger it (possibly) could be accomplished now and then there would be ever FURTHER enhancements in a year or two.

    Also, I wouldn't suggest this as being the only option, but rather a potential PLUS version perhaps focused additional key features. I understand that might create some compatibility issues with apps because of such a large screen size difference
  7. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    I would definitely think seriously about an Apple Watch Plus. I use my 42mm a _ton_... and having everything be larger would be a bonus. I'm a pretty large dude (6'4") but my wrists aren't all that big so the 42mm looks about right... but I think a 46mm or something wouldn't look out of place either...
  8. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Oh - for the record I have an iPhone 6+ as well. When I first got it I almost returned it because it's just a little bit too large. Over time I grew to like the size... but it is definitely right on the edge for me.
  9. bangers macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    This is why I think it would be a non-starter. Samsung already has a bigger watch in that space at that price. Apple has to either lower its price to the market rate for the fat-watch, or try to sell something similar at the usual apple markup. Either would be a much harder task than selling a sleeker watch with obvious thinner/better looks at the usual apple prices. With so many skeptical that they can pull off the current incarnation of the apple watch long-term, I dont think they would consider adding anything that would make selling them more difficult, even as an addition to the fleet.

    Apple collect all sorts of statistics. Im sure they have a way of measuring how many people have larger wrists and said they would like a bigger watch, along with people who have said they would prefer longer battery life in exchange for a bigger size. They likely already know if it is worth while. Hopefully they will surprise us with something new that we never thought of and turns out to be amazing. :)
  10. greytmom macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    No, No, No, No. I'm a woman and I would not wear that.
  11. caligurl macrumors 68030


    Jun 8, 2009
    good lord NO!!

    I couldn't even get the 42 Apple Watch because it was to big for my tiny wrist....
  12. sean000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2015
    Bellingham, WA
    I wouldn't want one (the 38mm is perfect for me), but hey... if there is a demand for a supersize Apple Watch (not sure if there is or not) I don't have a problem with it being just another available model. Personally I don't see Apple going too much larger in the display size, but who knows what they are planning to bake into the rumored smart band? I saw a Gear-S (or maybe it was its predecessor?) in the AT&T store earlier this year. It looked huge on me... more like a smart "cuff" than a smart watch. I don't have large wrists though (170mm) and I'm sure you aren't the only one who would like the look of the larger display and the additional built-in features.

  13. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    You don't have to wear the phablet, which is the big difference. I'm a 6'1" male, and I still highly prefer the 38mm Apple Watch, let along something even larger. Plus, I still want a larger screen in my pocket for dealing with various applications.

    At least until we have some kind of new display technology, like holograms or projections, I think it makes the most sense for the Watch to be a window into your pocket computer, rather than being the computer itself.
  14. npolly0212 macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2015
    When I purchased my note before switching years ago I really wanted one when they came out. But with being in college and being on my parents plan they wouldn't allow me to add it to there plan. Played with them a few times and I was in love with it. Not having to have your phone with you everytime you go somewhere make texts and whatnot from it
  15. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    If this question were asked prior to ownership it would have been easier to say yes. As it is today, having had my 42 since launch, I am fine with the size. It's bigger than many of the analog watches I wore in the past or at least similar in size.
  16. fanta88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2015
    No, one of the reasons why I like the watch is because it can pass as a watch. But then, I use a 38 and think the oversized watch trend is unappealing, so...
  17. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2011
  18. btrach144 macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2015
    Isn't the 38mm similar to the 6s and the 42mm similar to the 6s Plus? Don't we already kinda have this?
  19. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010

    the watch is the perfect size for me. Everything that I look at bigger is on my S plus
  20. Zune55 macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2015
    Gear S looks Garbage, AW is both perfect in functionality and fashion wise. No phone features needed in watch.
  21. Bigdog9586 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2015
    I thought the 42 was the plus and the 38 is the regular.
  22. convergent macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    I just sat next to a pretty big guy at the airport that was wearing a Gear S. I had never seem one in the wild and thought about it before buying the Apple Watch. When I noticed it on his wrist it was shocking how ridiculously huge it was. I think I was staring at it for a while and just thinking OMG is that thing huge. I am sure he saw my 42 SS AW and probably thought I was stupid for buying it. These things are very personal but I can't see something that big having much of a market.

    I think the AW looks stylish enough to "fit in" with most people's taste and that is why millions are buying it at a premium price.
  23. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Apple is all about style and looks and there is no way they would have done a Gear S type watch.
  24. naasrd macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2008
    Dublin, Ireland
    I think the 42 is just right however I'd like to see the border around the screen widened slightly.

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