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"Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby koimaster » December 20th 2016, 11:07am

Mention smartwatches to a mechanical watch lover and you’re sure to be met with an eye roll and a sigh. But whatever feelings you may harbor for these small wrist-bound computers, smartwatches have been a mostly rising trend in recent years, and undoubtedly a source of consternation to an ailing watch industry. Now, there are indicators—among them Pebble’s acquisition (some would say demise) by Fitbit and overall dwindling sales numbers—that the smartwatch market may not be as strong as it once was believed to be. Gizmodo’s Alex Cranz reasons this decline, arguing, “The convenience of the smartwatch is outdone by its inconveniences—the pairing with a phone, the need to charge, and the stigma of that glowing display that’s always on your wrist.”

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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby TemerityB » December 20th 2016, 12:32pm

Cranz' editorial is spot on. I know four people that bought smart watches. All four have put them away. Two of the guys I'd hang out with would have either a problem with theirs, or the thing would be goin' off like a Doc Johnson, and both said, and I quote, "fucking thing."

The downturn in overall watch sales has nothing to do with smart watches; it's too easy of an excuse. And I don't wanna hear how popular the gizmos are; they're being offered at about 60 percent less than they were last holiday season, and I'm going into Best Buys and Targets and seeing them sitting there collecting dust. Hey, there's a place for such things, but I point to my wife: She loves her Fitbit, but wouldn't dream of going without a watch.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby Racer-X » December 20th 2016, 12:40pm

Finally an accurate clickbait headline.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby robatsu » December 21st 2016, 5:43pm

Always nice to start off my day reading some good news.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby attila350 » April 7th 2017, 9:10pm

Yup.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby bedlam » April 7th 2017, 11:10pm

I tried a Pebble. Didn't hold my interest.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby Kahuna74 » April 8th 2017, 5:27am

Sorry guys but this is not all that true. I know a number of people who have bought the Apple watch and love it. The number of people I see wearing them has grown. I think they serve a need for many, maybe not for everyone. Much like other types of watches. I should point out that a few watch companies have added smart watches to their line up as well, like Tag and a few others. Some companies have even started making custome straps and bracelets for them. They are here to stay and no I don't own one, but my wife does, and has stopped wearing her other five watches that I have bought her.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby Hawk » April 8th 2017, 2:15pm

One of the commentators pretty much nailed it for me:

A smartwatch is pointless - when its main job is to be some kind of conduit between you and the phone in your pocket. It's like having a remote control for a hand-held TV.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby conjurer » April 8th 2017, 2:21pm

At least they're not as retarded as those stupid Bluetooth earpieces the shitheels used to wear.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby jason_recliner » April 8th 2017, 2:31pm

I think the article is nonsense, personally. Smart watches are in their infancy, and will only get better and better - e.g. the new Protrek.

Cars and mobile phones, to pick just two examples, weren't that great in the first few years.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby Hawk » April 8th 2017, 2:33pm

...and right when you thought they were dead there goes Apple driving a stake through the earphone jack on iPhone7.

Fortunately most new cars will take over the bluetooth duties.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby Pete26 » April 8th 2017, 10:49pm

jason_recliner wrote:I think the article is nonsense, personally. Smart watches are in their infancy, and will only get better and better - e.g. the new Protrek.

Cars and mobile phones, to pick just two examples, weren't that great in the first few years.

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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby Jane Simmons » June 28th 2017, 11:47am

I think the young generation is really into smart watches. They are all about tracking numbers (steps, heart rate etc with Fitbits Blaze and more) when exercising. This write up may change you mind.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby koimaster » June 28th 2017, 11:53am

Jane Simmons wrote:I think the young generation is really into smart watches. They are all about tracking numbers (steps, heart rate etc with Fitbits Blaze and more) when exercising. This write up may change you mind.


My kids and grandkids wear watches, not cell phones on their wrists.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby bedlam » June 28th 2017, 11:01pm

I do see a smattering of smartwatches around...its not really going gangbusters though. You see far more of those boring oversized bauhaus design cheap quartz things.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby AJC » June 29th 2017, 4:05am

My company tries to give these fitbit things away. I took a year of free pet insurance instead.
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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby foghorn » June 29th 2017, 3:13pm

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Re: "Smartwatches are Dying Because They are Worthless"

Postby artman » June 29th 2017, 3:27pm

AJC wrote:My company tries to give these fitbit things away. I took a year of free pet insurance instead.

You chose wisely.
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