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Apple iWatch: Readers Speak Out
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Cara Latham
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3/20/2013 | 12:55:00 PM
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Maybe I am missing the point. I have a smartphone that tells me the time whenever I need it and will probably have the same functionality as smartphone apps that might be included in the iWatch. If I wanted to have a fitness app, I would download one for my phone.

I find Jeff's experience to be an exception; I work in NYC and have never had someone try to steal my smartphone when I took it out to look at the time while walking down the street. Someone who is alert and aware of his or her surroundings should have no problem. Provided the user is carelessly flaunting his or her device, this could happen with either a smartphone or an iWatch, so I remain unconvinced that an iWatch would really make me run to the Apple store.
PJS880
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2/22/2013 | 5:06:59 PM
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I will say that when I first read about the iwatch I was highly skeptical. After reading this article there are some interesting points that I did not consider that would make this watch a desired item. First off I agree with Reader Bry, that it is not very professional to check your phone for the time. The people who are in your company do not know that you are just checking the time and might come off as unprofessional and disrespectful. Secondly I also agree with Jeff and that if you continue to pull your $200-600 phone out in public where people are preying on people who are unsuspecting, using your phone for a watch could be potentially dangerous and result in a loss of your phone. I also like TomG«÷s point, that I did not consider, I could see value in this device if used for medical and sports applications that monitor other functions pertaining to your health.
A student sitting next to me in class just got a smart watch, I do not recall the manufacturer, but it essentially was a watch that sent notifications to him about texts, comments, and updates for his social site. For this purpose I do not see a huge market, based upon the size of the watch. It is one thing to read messages, and emails on a small screen I t quite another to try and do word editing on the same screen. Great article, and some great points made as well. I guess we all all see the measured success of the watch when it is released.

Paul Sprague
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Tom LaSusa
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2/21/2013 | 4:20:55 PM
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LOL...fortunately for us, my Mom did graduate to a battery-powered watch.

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Tom LaSusa
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2/21/2013 | 4:19:43 PM
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Something about reader 'Jeff's' unfortunate experience (in the article) has now struck a chord: This iWatch will no doubt have a distinct design. So what's going to stop the crooks from now becoming cognizant of people looking down at their wrists and their new fancy smart watches?

Yes, its alot easier to quickly glance at a watch and then cover it with a sleeve than pulling out a device and then fumbling to return it into a jacket or pocket. Still, I unfortunately foresee a new crime statistic coming soon.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Tom LaSusa
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szupancic386
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2/21/2013 | 12:44:29 PM
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I would definitely buy it, and wear it! I am searching for some time some reliable watch which would have some phone specs, not all of course (must be able to make/receive calls). Until now I found only BurgCC, sWaP and some cheap variants from china. Do I wear "normal" watch now, No. I have a smartphone and I use it a lot (work & private), but when I go to some event I do not like to wear it in my pocket, nor when I do sports (running, cycling). For me it would be similar as is desktop computer to tablet. You need both on different occasions. Phones are getting bigger, so some producers are already developing additional phone to a phone, but for this you need to have both with you all the time. and from men perspective it is probably more healthy to wear it on a hand than in a trousers pocket ;).
Andrew Hornback
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2/21/2013 | 3:05:28 AM
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What if the iWatch is simply a second "monitor" for the iPhone? Displays time, calendar, latest e-mails/RSS feed info, but no other major functionality. I can see that working - not everyone wants to get their phone out all the time and show it off, especially on a crowded subway train, but being able to see when your next appointment is or that your friends are checking in at the usual party spot would be pretty cool. Or using it as a remote control for your music player app.

I can see something like this being done over Bluetooth or NFC depending on the distance away from the "base" unit. Should be feasible.

As to wearing a watch, I have to admit that I wear one while commuting but take it off once I get to the office because it's easier to type without it and makes for better ergonomics. Would I replace my Citizen Navihawk Blue Angels edition with an Apple iWatch? No, probably not... but I do have two wrists. :)

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John Foley
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2/20/2013 | 10:36:51 PM
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The reference to your 79-year-old mother reminds me of something I saw recently in a department store in Venice, Fla., where 79 is about the average age. There on the discount shelf was an "automatic watch winder," an AC-powered device in a black leatherette storage case whose sole function is to wind a wristwatch. I took a picture of this hard-to-find gadget which I just post to my Twitter account, jfoley09@twitter. I guess once you get a watch, you need watch accessories -- just like an iPhone come to think of it.
Leo Regulus
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2/20/2013 | 7:00:16 PM
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Many years ago I stated setting my Rolex very significantly wrong - like at least 3 and a half hours. After all, it's just a piece of status jewelry. From there I evolved to - 'a watch is really a sign of slavery'. Think about it. Besides, all those other slaves are wearing watches. If you need to know the time, just look at one of them. Of ask, 'Hey, what time is it?'. (And get the reply, ' It's time that you bought a watch.' (Bull) I haven't worn a watch in years now.
So, probably more people carry cell-phones than wear watches. Each one of those cells has a clock function on the main dial, hence, you always have access to the correct time.
Air Head alert: If your cell is permanently affixed to your ear, you can't see what time it is. You probably need a watch. Have a good day.
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2/20/2013 | 6:44:15 PM
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I wear a Sony Smartwatch and use it as an adjunct for my phone. It allows me to read a text, see who is calling me, reject a call and a few other things. Why is it helpful? When I am driving and it is almost impossible to dig my phone out from under my coat I just check the watch to see what is going on and if I need to address it at that time. In a meeting it allows me to discretely read texts, see who is calling me and see e-mails without disrupting the meeting by pulling my phone out. Oh and yeah it let's me check the time by looking at my wrist.
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2/20/2013 | 6:24:56 PM
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Interesting that Bill S is "unconvinced that the world needs an iWatch", when in fact he's describing the type of watch that he would wear....

"I am baffled as to the reason for the iWatch. My iPod Nano (previous version) is fantastic as a watch, pedometer, FM radio, etc. Plus, its design is always a conversation starter!

He's describing a watch that works like a strapped on older ipod nano...given that model doesn't exist...I think he just noted that he would in fact like an iwatch...as long as it did what he noted.

I would love to have a smartwatch that extends the capabilities of my phone, but it would have too look great too. I didn't buy the old nano model and use it as a watch, but it looked awful as a watch...as soon as you wear something, it has meet certain personal sensibilities and tastes...just like a lot of watches do today. Plus the target market for this is the same group that would likely care as well how it looked. I would definitely give Apple more credence in building something that will both function and look good too. I don't want to just wear a colored chunk of metal and screen on my wrist...


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