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What do you think of smartwatches? Would you wear one?

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Lame.

No.

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I haven't even worn a plain old tick tock for 45 years! I changed my life style so I didn't need one.

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As I said before, it's just another new "gimmick" to bump into other people, crash the car/get crushed by a car, or fall off a platform onto the tracks just as the train is arriving...

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Lived 47yrs without a smart watch, most likely will continue to do so. Might come in handy to monitor health and similar data if I ever need that function.

My Nexus 7 can already take my pulse and blood pressure though.

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Just another step along the way before we get full function implantable devices: personal locator, communication tool, train/ bus pass, payment maker and health monitor. Just wave your hand over the machine at the supermarket and all is paid for.

Big Data will know all about you!

But just a glitch in the system and you're off the grid. Can't buy food, can't travel, lose your credit rating, lose your medical notes, your identity...

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I don't know what these do let alone know if i would use one.

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I'll pick up an iWatch in the new year. The question for me is if I'll continue using it, and eventually get another one, or if my first one will also be my last.

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This is all starting to get stupid! Be able to use computers was SUPPOSED to allow us more free time because we could work more efficiently BUT the exact opposite is happening, now we can escape work or anything, people expect you to respond/reply

I am really getting sick & have come to dread my ketai ringing or buzzing because another damned email has arrived.

Its all just getting stupid, time may come where many I think will want to get off the digital roller coaster!

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"Its all just getting stupid, time may come where many I think will want to get off the digital roller coaster!"

Too late, GW, everyone's hooked on the digital jet coaster...

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I am on the jet-coaster but I control the ride.

People learned fast that I don't respond instantly to e-mails or voice-mails, that is for the few that got my personal contact details.

Company said they want my personal keitai number, told if you want me to be in standby supply your own phone and pay me a standby allowance. Subject was dropped.

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It doesn't really do anything that an iPhone can't do and an iPhone has a easier to read screen. Also from what I understand you still have to have an iPhone AND have the iPhone with you for the iWatch to function.

So spend hundreds of dollars to duplicate functions and have to have TWO things with me instead of just one? No thank you.

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Another stupid discovery for the now generation

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not really interested until my smart watch is my smartphone.

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For all the negativity in this thread, I'd be amazed if Apple doesn't make a killing off smartwatches. Which show that the general public doesn't feel the same as the netizens. I remember people criticizing the iPad before it came out, and it was a huge hit.

This is all starting to get stupid! Be able to use computers was SUPPOSED to allow us more free time because we could work more efficiently BUT the exact opposite is happening, now we can escape work or anything, people expect you to respond/reply

You just need to control people's expectations. I don't give my cell number for the most part, and when I do, I tell people it's only for emergencies, and that when I'm done work for the day, I don't work until the next day except in emergencies. As a result, I pretty much never get contacted outside work hours.

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I'm quite sure a lot of the negative comments above would have been made had the same question been asked before the release of the first smart phone (iPhone). True, a number of the functions I imagine the iWatch will be able to perform will be the same as a smart phone can, and tablet device for that matter (and yet many still double up on those two because they help in different ways), but there will be advantages and the product will sell.

As for me, personally, if and when I do buy one it'll be once the hype and the line-ups wear down, and only if it offers functions that my iPhone doesn't already cover. For example, I see great sales potential if the iWatch offers biometric functions like measuring pulse, temperature, movement, etc. I have no doubt that on top of probably having these things it'll have GPS tracking and regular digital watch/timer functions, so on top of all of the other functions it will have this will appeal to those who engage in running or other activities who want to keep track of such things. True, in some cases the iPhone or other smart phones have apps that can measure some, like GPS with Runkeeper, and some pedometer apps or some that can measure stress patterns, etc., but they are not as convenient as a watch that could do them all accurately would be. If it serves functions that others tools do not and can be conveniently worn, people will buy and wear it.

Smart watches would never replace classic time pieces of high quality, and those will go up in price, but regular battery powered watches are already dropping in value and will be replaced.

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I really like my Fitbit, so maybe, although I'm not generally a gadget person. The smart watch seems like it has too many features for me to be comfortable with, though...kind of overwhelming. Plus expensive.

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Mike O'Brien

It doesn't really do anything that an iPhone can't do and an iPhone has a easier to read screen. Also from what I understand you still have to have an iPhone AND have the iPhone with you for the iWatch to function.

Actually it does since it acts as a physical monitor in situation where you can't carry you iPhone like in the pool. I use one to monitor how much I swam per session and the amount I did in total a day.

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Meh - battery life is too short.

Come back when it is a

wireless portable storage device that doesn't require any outside services to work connects to local mouse, keybaord, and video; securely, automatically, and becomes "my desktop" wherever I am with a week or more battery life. 2TB of storage should be enough

I'd pay $200 if there aren't any outside services required. Or $30 if they are mandatory, since I'd have to be extremely selective and constantly worry about privacy concerns.

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Come back when it is a wireless portable storage device that doesn't require any outside services to work connects to local mouse, keybaord, and video; securely, automatically, and becomes "my desktop" wherever I am with a week or more battery life. * 2TB of storage should be enough

I'd pay $200 if there aren't any outside services required. Or $30 if they are mandatory, since I'd have to be extremely selective and constantly worry about privacy concerns.

And yet they'll still probably sell millions, without your patronage.

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Nope. Wouldn't even consider it.

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reminds me of a pager. If I wanted a pager... maybe I have one in the basement.. no, I'm good.

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I suppose the success of wearable tech will come from the bonuses it provides. With smartphones and tablets there was obvious added value. I'm not sure that's been demonstrated with watches yet.

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Yes I'd wear one... but only when it does everything I need it to. I want to check emails, send and be able to listen to voice mails and take pictures with it. And tell the time.

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No. And I do not want to listen to someone tell me about the one they have. Enjoy it on your own watch.

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Many younger people stopped buying watches years ago because of having smart phones. I wonder what age group Apple is targeting with these smartwatches ? Young people will probably ignore them and older people will find them too hard to read (like me). Apple could take a real bath with these.

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No, I'd prefer to wear Glass...

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