I'm also sitting this one out, and would still sit out the 1.0 version even if I had any interest. What I am curious to see is whether Apple's user base is now large enough that even a very modest adoption rate will make it successful enough to forge ahead with second, third, fourth iterations.
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Another Pippin, or another MacBook Air?
I can't help wondering if the Apple Watch will actually last longer than their FireWire implementation, and seemingly the Thunderbolt will soon follow with the arrival of USB-C.
At least they had real useful purposes, and almost compulsory for many and were close to being a reasonable price.
This product is all about people who want many of the iPhone features, out of their pocket, closer than the coffee table, who want alerts when it's not "polite" to have phone out at a restaurant or meeting and such. It's about having tech that is wearable. It will never happen to have tech on people's glasses. No one is going to wear that. People will put tech on their wrist. It's where we are used to looking and wearing something. The Watch WILL be one of the greatest selling Apple products of all time. Pundits and analyst and people here and over the web poo-poo'd the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad... and those all sold hundreds of millions. I remember the arguments here about the iPad and it's name and whether it would sell. Just like I was right last time, I'll be right this time. This thing will sell like crazy. :-)
I bought a Pebble Smartwatch used when i first got sick for a few reasons.
1) During treatments when i was really sick and not feeling up to moving much the thought of walking across the room to where my phone was charging wasn't much fun. So having that alert for Messages and Phone calls was great. I wished i could have replied a simple yes, no, etc. (you can on Android, but Apple won't ever open that bad boy up).
2) To take a stab at the world of "SmartWatches". The day i started wearing a pager was really one of the last days i wore a watch to work other then if wearing a suit and a dress watch.
3) Who doesn't love the thought of playing with new Tech?
Overall the Pebble is a great piece of tech. A once a week charge is no big deal. The screen being eInk is perfect in all lighting conditions. The watch face started dying, messages being unreadable until you changed watch faces. The customer support replaced the entire watch after the 1 year warrantee, no questions asked. And all of this for $100 brand new (i bought mine for $50)....... you really can't go wrong.
So yes, now i am reformed. I don't go anywhere without my Pebble Smart Watch. It's great for that quick glance at any time to your wrist for a message, alert, phone call, weather etc. Even when driving (i don't want to get into a debate on taking eyes off the road). Some of the apps are useful (ESPN Sports Scores, Remote controls for XBMC, iTunes, iPhone etc).
Now all of that leads up to the Apple Watch.... When they announced it i had my Pebble and thought for $250-$300 maybe i will treat myself to a toy. Been a rough year and all dog gone it you deserve it. Those extra nice features (Health, Replying to messages) the apple watch will bring to the table will be a nice replacement/upgrade to the Pebble. Unfortunately the price point it has been set i think is a little much for what it brings over the Pebble (for my needs and intrests). Just my opinion.
Now if anyone buys one and isn't happy with it and wants to sell it right away for $250-$300 let me know
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IAgreed these will fly off the shelf, especially the high end models. To bad Apple is becoming more of a fashion accessory than an innovator.
Over 1 product?? A slight exaggeration maybe. I would say this space is confusing at best. Tech trying to sell fashion. Fashion trying to buy tech. As someone who's employed in one of these worlds, and spent almost decade in the other, I find this area interesting - and full of challenges.
I attended the wearables event and I'm listening to little tech startups completely missing the mark - as tech ppl trying to sell fashion before understanding fashion needs. This will be an interesting next few years as this space starts to get more and more populated - and the way things are going w/ the Internet Of Things area...
Man, the more i think about it, the more I feel this is another leap w/o a safety net. Watch is going into all new territory with his one. They must be. This pricing is absolutely out of this world. I almost feel they're embolden with their record breaking $1000 iPhone 6 sales, and are pushing boundaries w/ the watch. Here are the price points:
Then you get into the stupid 5 figure pricing which i'll just skip entirely.
This is a risk as we know it defined. They have all the $ in the world to absorb any loss (maybe not much of a risk - that factoring), but this will be one to keep an eye on. Again, the watch conceptually makes all the sense - I just think these price points are jaw dropping. They rise in multiples over simple accessory additions/options. Very bizarre in my books. Almost automobile option pricing... Never seen this with a consumer electronics - such a sliding scale.