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Moto 360 Smartwatch: 7 Challenges

Can Motorola's smartwatch, based Google's Android operating system for wearable devices, succeed where others have failed?

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(Image: Motorola)

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anon2184861395
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anon2184861395,
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4/14/2014 | 2:25:17 AM
<200
hope its less than 200. Else it will lose its hype. 
rjslack65
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rjslack65,
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3/26/2014 | 10:24:30 AM
Re: Cost Isn't the Determining Factor
I prefer the round face but would not pay more than $199 for it
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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3/20/2014 | 12:47:30 PM
Re: Cost Isn't the Determining Factor
$299 and $99 have always been "magic" prices in consumer electronics. I am not sure people will pay for a luxury smartwatch any more than they will a luxury tablet. A luxury case, perhaps.
anon1920032546
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3/20/2014 | 10:07:22 AM
How Smart of a Watch?
This is what I would want in a smart watch.    If it had a special graphics output to connect to an LCD and link to a wireless keyboard, and mouse, I could see real value.  A basic internet browser, open office, would allow it to be a micro computer productivity tool. The ability to connect to my home wireless so I had access to a printer, netflix.  I could then stream from my home wireless to the watch, and watch movies in my bedroom.  Nice.

With these features, I can see the $300.00 price tag.  Without being a portable computer, phone, I would consider it to be a gadjet luxury item.  If I could have a small functional phone, computer on my wrist, that would be totally cool!  I would pay the $300.00  I know I am asking for allot in a small device, but if I do not ask, I will never recieve.
Thomas Claburn
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3/19/2014 | 6:01:40 PM
Re: Cost Isn't the Determining Factor
I'm sure Motorola would like to offer its timepiece at Rolex-like prestige prices, but you can't do that with tech gadgets that become obsolete in six months. When you buy a $4,000 or $40,000 watch, you expect it to last for a while.
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3/19/2014 | 5:59:25 PM
Cost Isn't the Determining Factor
I'm not sure cost is a much of a factor when buying a watch.  All quartz watches keep good time.  So the expensive Seiko, Citizen, or Rado doesn't offer any greater functionality than a reasonably priced Timex.  Rolex makes many fantastic mechanical watches, but they don't tell time any better than the Timex.  Perhaps, not even as well.  A $16,000 Breitling watch might be able to save my life -- actually, it's more like it would help others save my life -- but doesn't tell time any better than any other watch.

Watches have quite a conspicuous consumption factor.  Casio's Databank watches?  When is the last time you saw one of those.  Shoot, even James Bond has ditched the online watch of "The Spy Who Loved Me" for a basic watch.  I suspect that smartwatch sales will be driven by conspicuous consumption more than actual tangible benefit.

A watch that has to be recharged every few days -- what a pain! -- had better be able to stand on its own.  If I've still got to carry a phone, I've only gained more clutter and aggravation in my life.  Remember how uncomfortable you were the last time your watch quit or you left home without it.  The smartwatch doesn't sound smart to me.

Bob
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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3/19/2014 | 5:49:20 PM
Re: Moto 360 Smartwatch design and price
$99 and no subscription fee.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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3/19/2014 | 11:26:25 AM
Moto 360 Smartwatch design and price
Will the round design make this smartwatch more appealing to you, readers? What is an acceptable price that would make you try a smartwatch?
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