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September 30, 2013

Will I be buying a Smartwatch, Not yet

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I’ve just read a post on Pocketnow.com where Joe Levi writes about what he wants to see in the next Galaxy Gear 2.

A watch that simply tells the time just doesn’t do much for me. I’ve been using smart watches since the early Microsoft S.P.O.T. devices hit the market in 2004. If you include the Casio calculator watches from the 1980′s and 1990′s, my experience predates the time I’ve spent with smartphones and even PDAs.
Am I crazy?
Maybe I’m a little bit crazy, but I think the Pebble is the product to beat at this stage of the game. Every smartwatch from here on out needs to do what the Pebble does, only better. Once they get that down, then they can start working on “more”.
But enough about me, what about you? If you have a Galaxy Gear, what is your favourite feature? What would you like to change? If you don’t have a Galaxy Gear, why not? And last, what would Samsung need to do to get you to buy a Galaxy Gear 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Why I figure “I don’t need one”.
What does it do that my smartphone doesn’t? Well for starters not-a-lot. The Samsung Galaxy Gear doesn’t work will all or, should that be most Galaxy smartphones, never mind other smartphone brands.
Notifications
Why would I want a watch to tell me I’ve email, text and calendar notifications when my phone is buzzing/vibrating in my pocket?
Sorry I must be missing something here, but honestly I’m trying to find the logic but, missing it or, should that be the ‘Point’ of having a smartwatch.

Camera
Can you imagine waving your arm around trying to take a picture with a smartwatch, how would you see what your trying to take. The looks on peoples faces watching you failing your arm around!

At this point Levi makes a very good point that holds true on whatever manufacturers of any product must do first,

“There’s a lesson I learned while working with Unix: do one thing, and do it well.”

I must say here that I learned this lesson from my time installing networks in banks etc.

Will I buy one?
If and it’s a big IF I do decide in the future to secume and buy a smartwatch then I want it to function with whatever make my smartphones and tablets are right.
Looking at the smartwatch It won’t matter to me who makes it, Samsung, Apple, Google, Sony, Pebble, it must work with not only Android and iOS like the Pebble but BlackBerry and Windows Phone.
Say you had a Pebble smartwatch and you decide to buy a BlackBerry or Windows Phone then Oops your Pebble no longer talks to your new phone!
The pebble is overall ‘the’ best option at the moment. For me to buy one it will have to do what the Pebble does but better, once that is achieved then, start on getting the extras working like seeing all OS’s.
Anyway, what do you think, are you like me or, do you have a smartwatch? Are you happy with it?
Let us know in the comments below.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini