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6/26/2014
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Google Wear Smartwatches Compared

LG and Samsung announce first devices with Android Wear, Google's platform for wearables. Understand the differences.

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David Wagner
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6/26/2014 | 5:29:06 PM
I don't get it
I need someone to explain to me why I need a smartwatch when my smart phone is six inches away from where my watch is. Maybe I'm just not the right kind of user, but for me, my phone is always within sight. The watches are very pretty, but until they replace my phone, i don't get it.
Charlie Babcock
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6/26/2014 | 7:56:44 PM
Will wrist computers be the next big thing?
The little Samsung Live and LG G wearable computers are only incidentally watches. Their real purpose is to serve as an outlying display for a smartphone, tablet and other Android devices. It's also a microphone to pick up spoken commands, via Google Now. An interesting extension of how smart phones can be used. There was incredible developer interest in their potential at Google I/O.
mak63
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mak63,
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6/27/2014 | 1:02:46 AM
Re: I don't get it
The watches are very pretty, but until they replace my watch, i don't get it.

You meant replace your phone, right? Well, I guess that's the idea. To replace smartphones?
They'll get there. They specs are amazing already. And yes, they're pretty.
Susan Fourtané
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6/27/2014 | 2:37:42 AM
Re: I don't get it
Dave,

I am not sure if I can explain to you why you need a smartwatch when your phone is almost sitting on your wrist. But if you want, I can explain to you why I might need a smartwatch. :P

As you notice, some watches are very pretty and most likely they will become prittier as designers get more of what people want. For several reasons I have come to the point when I never know where my phone is; when I finally find it it's run out of battery because I forgot about it for days and days. When I want to just carry a small purse to let my back rest from constantly carry my laptop, and all other necessary things the silly smartphone never fits in the small purse if I want to carry other stuff. :/ You see, it's become a problem.

Now, if I have a smartwatch sitting on my wrist it would be a practical thing instead of an increasingly annoying object around me. :D

Finally, the fact that manufacturers are creating more devices doesn't mean you need to have them all. :)   

-Susan 
Shane M. O'Neill
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6/27/2014 | 9:02:37 AM
Re: I don't get it
The appeal is that a smartwatch is always on and accessible in a second for voice commands for directions, texting, a check off list, etc. A smartphone is glacially slow in comparison. You have to pull it out of your pocket or bag, passcode in, find the app you need, tap, tap, tap. Are we an impatient society? Yes. But quick tasks on a smartwatch take one-tenth the time they take using a smartphone, and that is appealing. I think smartwatches will be huge, but as an extension of the smartphone not a replacement.  
David Wagner
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6/27/2014 | 2:21:29 PM
Re: I don't get it
@mak63- Yes, sorry. Will go back and change it. I meant phone. 

We'll see. I think the problem with the watch replacing the phone is screen size. Phone sizes keep getting bigger, not smaller. I'd be happy to find some sort of displlay that fit on a watch but looked ot my eyes like a phone, but that's quite an opticla illusion.
David Wagner
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6/27/2014 | 2:24:26 PM
Re: I don't get it
@Susan- Well, I do feel a need to have them all. :)

But seriously, as Charles points out, I believe the watches are made as an extension of the phone as opposed to a stand alone device. Maybe I am not the type of user it is aimed for, but i just feel like my phone is portable enough. 

That said, I cannot get my wife to answer her phone to save my life because she keeps her phone in her bag. Maybe if she had a watch on that told her phone was ringing I'd be happy. So I guess I get it, but not at the price.
David Wagner
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6/27/2014 | 2:25:46 PM
Re: I don't get it
@Shane- Wow, OK. I guess i never thought of it as slow because compared to programming a Garmin or walking over to my desktop it seemed really fast. Maybe I'm finally getting old and set in my ways. :)
Shane M. O'Neill
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6/27/2014 | 2:32:25 PM
Re: I don't get it
Instant gratification takes too long. :) 
tekedge
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6/27/2014 | 4:55:37 PM
Google Wear smart watches
I think watch wearing will come bac soon but will feel weird when people will be talking to it
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