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    Is a Smartwatch Really a Watch?

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    Well, it serves as a watch, just as a smartphone does.
    Carrying on with that smartphone/smartwatch comparison, it's like the wrist version of the pocket watch from the early 20th.C brought up to date. Smartphone=pocket watch, smartwatch=first "true" wrist watch.
    Some can be very beautiful, but I don't like the Apple version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by accutronitis View Post
    well, it serves as a watch, just as a smartphone does.
    Carrying on with that smartphone/smartwatch comparison, it's like the wrist version of the pocket watch from the early 20th.c brought up to date. Smartphone=pocket watch, smartwatch=first "true" wrist watch.
    Some can be very beautiful, but i don't like the apple version.
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    Is a smart watch really a watch? Hmmm... I'd say so, after all, it does tell us the time. BUT, they lack what makes a watch so special to you and I, Adam, and that's a heart beat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by colemanitis View Post
    BUT, they lack what makes a watch so special to you and I, Adam, and that's a heart beat!
    EXACTLY - Amen to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colemanitis View Post
    Is a smart watch really a watch? Hmmm... I'd say so, after all, it does tell us the time. BUT, they lack what makes a watch so special to you and I, Adam, and that's a heart beat!
    Well, after maybe a year and a half with the Apple watch, ceramic** no less, having bought a dozen different watch bands, I finally gave up. The watch was lightweight enough to sit on a second wrist unnoticed until I needed it, and having a weather check now and then was cool - when it worked!! - but what finally killed it was the constant nagging by Apple to "update the o/s version", which means hours of failure until it finally updates, and then you struggle with the new changes, some of which are bound to be irritating.

    **Naturally, Apple released a ceramic case version in their Watch Hardware Version 2, then eliminated ceramic with the new hardware updates. So no matter the new firmware updates, with the ceramic version you'd be stuck with the old hardware. That's nothing new for Apple of course - obsolescence, but the constant nagging just rubbed salt into the wound.

    And BTW, I get the same nagging on my iPhone and iPad, with no way to turn it off. Seriously! And if the nagging isn't bad enough, any Apple device on WiFi gets 1-gb updates forced onto the device as often as you remove them. I could go on, but rather not.

    Louis Vuitton offered me one of these smart watches recently, and I discussed the various watch "faces" with their designer, but couldn't get them to design something that had appropriate bling, yet looked like a real watch. And I didn't even get to the firmware aspects, which I presume (at my peril no doubt) would not be as onerous as Apple's ham-fisted control.
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    To me, yes and no. One feature of my Apple watch I like is I can set the stopwatch dial to 3 seconds (totals are on the subdials), so the main dial can be read to 1/100ths of a second. Things I do NOT like are 1) It can't be always visible, 2) There are many face options, most terrible, none really good, 3) No mechanics whatsoever, 4) Limited charge time.
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    I got the Series 3 when it was released. I was quite happy with it until I got my Tag. It hasn't been worn since!

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