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impactnow
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9/26/2014 | 11:52:30 AM
Romance and functionality
Susan I have to admit I am not signing up for the Apple watch. I admit I love my tech gadgets but I like the old fashioned romance of a watch. My timepiece still has roman numerals! That said today most of the younger people I meet feel watches as a category are obsolete and couldn't imagine spending money on the watch itself. While the smart watch sounds cool I could only imagine the battery life issues and the small display for an aging population. I also think it could be a huge distraction to those driving much more so than a smartphone.
Joe Stanganelli
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9/26/2014 | 12:03:52 AM
Re: Bah.
@Susan: Would these younger folks be hipsters?

Because if so, I think that would rather damage your point instead of proving it.

As Esquire put it recently in a piece dubbed "The New Rules of 21st-Century Style":

"Hipsters are the locusts of personal style. They appropriate looks and sensibilities, eradicate all credibility, and then move on, leaving everything behind them a little worse for their having worn them. See: elbow patches, chunky eyewear, monk-straps, fedoras: The list is long and tragic."

Shane M. O'Neill
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9/25/2014 | 3:05:38 PM
Re: Good numbers
Susan, I don't have a wearable yet but I'm going to buy the FitBit Flex wristband and put that to the test. I've been using my smartphone as an activity-tracker for exercise (I use the Nike+ mobile app). I'm bullish on smartwatches but they need to pass the mainstream smell test before I put money down. Very curious to see how the Apple Watch is received. 
Susan_Nunziata
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9/24/2014 | 6:52:49 PM
Re: Good numbers
@Shane: A lot of fuctionality will need to improve before a smartwatch can replace a smartphone. And there will need to be pretty signficiant technology advances as well. We'd need significant advances in antenna design, for starters. Right now the average phone has, what, 5 antennas? It will be some time before a smartwatch can be designed to access WiFi and cellular and satellite the way our phones can.

Do you use a smartwatch now? or any kind of wearable device? If so, curious what youre experiences have been so far.
Susan_Nunziata
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9/24/2014 | 6:41:53 PM
Re: Smartwatch - Not mature enough
@Kristin: Thta's a key difference in my mind as well. With a smartphone, the more you used it the more you realized new featueres and discovered new apps, integrating it into your daily life. In their present form, I don't see smartwatches having that same appeal, at least not in the near time.

What do you think will be the feature or app that makes smartwatches achieve mass appeal?
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/24/2014 | 6:37:21 PM
Re: Smart? watch
@ANON1242835803181: this is exactly the reason I returned to wearing a traditional, analog wristwatch. I was tired of having to fish around in a purse or reach into a pocket for my phone when I wanted to know the time.

It's also turned out to be quite handy in meetings, as I wear a watch with a rather large face that can be easily seen across a conference table. All I have to do is turn my wrist, lift my sleeve and the person across from me can see the time, which is a subtle way of reminding them that our meeing might be running over without me having to be rude about it.

:)

for me, the appeal of watches is a matter of convenience as well as a matter of appreciating their design and engineering. The idea of big old blinking plastic thing on my wrist just doesn't do it for me.
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/24/2014 | 6:08:50 PM
Re: Apple iWatch? No thank you iDon't!
@msims20701: The iDon't. Ha! love it! There are plenty of other Jetson's things I'd much prefer to see before the Apple watch. Like Rosie, the robot maid. Now that would be truly life-altering. I'd even camp in a queue overnight for that one.
Susan_Nunziata
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9/24/2014 | 6:04:46 PM
Re: Bah.
@Joe: While the smartwatch in its current form leaves me unimpressed, I disagree with your assessment of who wears traditional watches. I've been seeing quite a few of the mid-priced kind cropping up on younger people and as a fashion statement. Of course, you'll always have the status luxury watch folks flaunting their timepieces, some people do just want to be able to tell the time without taking a device out of their pocket.

The pocketwatch was replaced by the wristwatch many moons ago for one simple reason: it's simple and effective.

 
Susan_Nunziata
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9/24/2014 | 5:57:48 PM
Re: Good numbers
@[email protected]: You are seeing enthusiasm in your circle for the new phones? It certainly seems that Apple hasn't lost its edge there yet, despite what many critics have said about them.

What is it, do you think, about the Apple watch that is leaving many people feeling "meh."
Susan_Nunziata
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9/24/2014 | 5:53:15 PM
Re: Good numbers
@Ariella: Good line of thought there, a traditional watch falls into a gray area where it's a jewelry/fashion statement if you choose to wear one, while it also has a functional purpose. What's missing for me in the smart watch arena is anything that has a really advanced, appealing form factor or design appeal. Frankly, they're ugly in my view and not something I would want to sport on my wrist.

So, for me they fall short in terms of looks as well as functionality at this stage.
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