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Michael Endler
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9/22/2014 | 3:56:15 PM
Re: Good numbers
You bring up a good point, Kristin. Apple alluded to switching off tasks between the iPhone and Apple Watch, but will users find that experience satisfying when they have to do so?
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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9/22/2014 | 3:23:19 PM
Re: Good numbers
@mel,


I agree. I had the same reaction-- these numbers represent encouraging news for Apple. The smartwatch category won't be as big as the smartphone category or even tablets-- no one expects that. But if Apple claims 70% market share in this new category, it would be silly to conclude that the Apple Watch has failed to increase popular interest in wearables, or to raise the bar over competitors. To me, the numbers indicate that Apple took a niche category, and expanded it into something that one-quarter of people are interested in, all without actually letting anyone see the product for more than a few minutes.
Shane M. O'Neill
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9/22/2014 | 3:03:24 PM
Re: Good numbers
I assume Apple Watch and others will use voice recognition for texting. Also the Apple Watch has generic texting responses you can tap like "Thanks", "Be there in 5 minutes" "Sounds good." But obviously that limits you. It's going to take awhile for smartwatches to makes sense to people. Smartphone habits die hard. 
Kristin Burnham
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9/22/2014 | 2:40:40 PM
Re: Smartwatch - Not mature enough
Also, I love the spy reference to your son's use of the watch. I can imagine many other kids would think the same thing -- it's more of a toy than a necessity that solves a problem.
Kristin Burnham
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9/22/2014 | 2:39:02 PM
Re: Smartwatch - Not mature enough
6. The best use i foud was that when my phone was out of reach and i got notifications on my watch , i knew if i should go to reach my phone or not.

As you've found, this probably isn't enough of a use case for most people, no matter how excited some may be about a cool new gadget. The idea of it might be fun and exciting, but if there's no significant use case, I can't imagine this fad catching on.
Kristin Burnham
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9/22/2014 | 2:30:36 PM
Re: Good numbers
@zaious while reading texts on the Watch might be a pro for some people, what happens when you need to respond? I can't imagine texting on a small watch. Do you then take out your phone to respond (which contradicts the point of the Watch, imo).
ANON1242835803181
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ANON1242835803181,
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9/22/2014 | 9:49:09 AM
Smart? watch
Interesting to observe a non watch wearer try to tell you the time. I can tell you what time it is in 1 second. A phone based time device takes far longer depending on where the phone is stored and it's current state. WOuld a smart watch aleviate this? Probably if it is always on displaying the time. I just do not see the need for the smart watch in it's current configuration. Perhaps the day it can replace my phone, but until then I will continue to wear my collection of traditional (dare I say analog) wrist watches.
msims20701
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9/22/2014 | 8:28:37 AM
Apple iWatch? No thank you iDon't!
IMHO why would I want an overpriced iWatch when my old watch does the only thing its supposed to do and that is SHOW ME THE TIME! Sure it tells me the current date, use it as a stopwatch, alarm. In fact why duplicate something like the iPhone that does everything with gps, calendar, lists, notes, ect and put in in a smaller and yet bearly readable form!!?.

Apple is rushing too fast to bring a small part of the Jetsons to reality. Apple, I like to say that both my iPhone and my wristwatch work hand in hand together and my wristwatch serves as a backup for time in case the battery dies on my iPhone.

I call my own device the iDont. Its simply my old wristwatch that I have worn for over two years and if i need an upgrade simple I just buy a new one. Apple, I don't need an overpriced multifuntion computerized timepeice my iDont does just fine since iDont need an iWatch thank you very much!

    
PedroGonzales
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9/21/2014 | 9:42:48 PM
Re: Good numbers
@ hammy.  As far as I know many close friends are more excited in getting an iphone 6 than a smartwatch. Even people whom have never used a smartphone(which there are) prefer to get one. I think many companies like to build a lot of hype for their products they would like to create a huge momentum for all of us to buy their products
Joe Stanganelli
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9/21/2014 | 6:37:05 PM
Bah.
I don't see any traditional watches anymore except those worn by those old enough to have no interest in smartphones (or even cell phones) and those monied enough to wear an expensive watch for the fashion statement.

So, no, I don't think there is much of a competition issue here between smartwatches and traditional watches (except perhaps in Silicon Valley).

As for me personally -- no, thank you.  XKCD sums up nicely my thoughts on the subject in comic #1420.
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