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batye
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9/10/2014 | 1:28:07 PM
Re: and they said the ipad was useless too
it like this days everyone get in the game but no one have the right answer or solution to fit for all... 
cheese25
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9/10/2014 | 12:21:39 PM
Re: and they said the ipad was useless too
Sorry, it is useless, it contributes nothing that can't be found elsewhere for far cheaper. Fashion is useless. Ergo, so is Apple.
Reilly Kerr
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9/10/2014 | 11:42:40 AM
Re: and they said the ipad was useless too
Useless? No. Necessary? Hardly. As a health monitoring device, the Apple phone is questionable, given the kind of analysis required, not to mention the amount and kinds of data it would have to collect. That sort of functionality will have to come from diagnostics device -- not consumer appliance -- manufacturers. 
Whoopty
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9/10/2014 | 11:41:45 AM
It might be redundant but...
Apple might be late to the game and offering little that other manufacturers aren't already, but that was the case with the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Smartphones and Mp3 players existed and tablets had been around for a decade or more, but Apple made products that combined style with substance and used its hipster-like following to push them through. 

I imagine the same will happen here. As the article points out, rich people buy Apple, which makes them a 'desireable' product line and fashion statement. I doubt Apple will be as successful here as it has been before, but it will do fine. 
Shane M. O'Neill
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9/10/2014 | 11:37:53 AM
Re: and they said the ipad was useless too
If anything, Apple did a good job of finally explaining what a smartwatch is, how it should look, what it can do, how it can make your life easier/better. They clarified something that Samsung, Motorola, LG have not been able to (at all). I'm not in the Apple ecosystem and can't use the Apple Watch, but I'm more excited about smartwatches now than I was before the announcement. I'm not $349 excited, but I'm excited. At the very least, it was great marketing. We'll have to wait until January to see if the Apple Watch really delivers in the hands of customers.
Reilly Kerr
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9/10/2014 | 11:35:55 AM
Re: Apple Sport Watch Killer...
Your last line says it all. I've never been much of an Apple-anything fan because of the company's focus on "coolness" ahead of actual utility. It seems the watch is just another high-end, impulse-purchase gadget -- unless this is another "eat your own dogfood" (a la G. Kawasaki) product. If so, it's a just another Trojan horse device variant anticipating real functionality, making it exceptionally high risk dogfood at that. 
Mr. Gigabob
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9/10/2014 | 11:14:29 AM
All Smartwatches are redundant
They are a useful extension and will remain so until we perfect implants.  While I agree the cost is high - things are relative.  Look what people are paying for a fitbit.  Rather have all those functions and more real health data (Heart rate, Pulse, step count etc) plus time and communications services in a single device, readily accessible.  With the bigger iPhones you have the same problem the Samsungs and HTC's have - operations are two handed for basic functions.  While I long for implants, I may not be willing to wait and the iWatch is an interesting alternative.
Doug Henschen
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9/10/2014 | 11:09:21 AM
Apple Sport Watch Killer...
I've posted comments on earlier stories pointing out that a Garmin GPS watch with heart rate and all sorts of sports functionality is just $150. Just got an email from Timex (yes Timex) pointing out that it's popular Ironman line of sports watches has a new Ironman One GPS+ model coming with the following features:
  • Stand-alone wireless connectivity without a phone
  • Email-based messaging capabilities
  • Tracking capabilities that communicate the user's location to friends and family
  • "Find Me Mode" safety feature lets users send an alert with exact location in case of an emergency
  • Tracks speed, distance and pace in real-time and shares performance metrics through your favorite social media and online fitness platforms
  • Water resistance up to 50 meters for training in the rain or swimming
  • MP3 component  with 4 GB of memory to play music via a Bluetooth headset
  • Always-on, sunlight-readable, high-resolution touch display
  • One year of data connectivity by AT&T included for U.S. and Canadian subscribers

This watch is listed at $399. It can't run apps, but a smartphone is a far better platform for doing anything this watch (or other GPS sportwatches) can't do. In my book, any watch that's dependent upon proximity to a smartphone is a loser.
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9/10/2014 | 10:41:00 AM
Re: and they said the ipad was useless too
I agree, the price is very high.  I didn't buy an iphone for 3 years for the same reason.  Nor did I buy an ipad until it was proven.

However, if a person just wants a watch, the iwatch would be a pretty poor purchase.  Like any Apple product, you buy the environment.  The real value is the total package, not just the one piece.  

Still, it might not work out.  That is a lot of money.  On the other hand, people are paying $200 for a FitBit which is just a strap on your wrist to collect data about walking and running.  It requires a computer to make use of the data.  Seems pretty steep to me, but people will pay a lot of money for a gadget that does what they want.
David F. Carr
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9/10/2014 | 10:31:53 AM
Re: and they said the ipad was useless too
Right, @jstrange462, Apple didn't invent the tablet either but showed what a really usable tablet could be. On launch day, it may not have been obvious why it was better. It was missing features other tabs had like a stylus for more precise touch control or a fold out keyboard to convert it into a laptop.

Maybe users will get their hands on this one and discover untapped potential that's not obvious yet. I won't be first in line to buy, but I wouldn't bet I won't be lusting after one by Christmas.
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