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Just anounced: the Apple watch

Discussion in 'Watches' started by microbe, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. microbe

    microbe EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I had a look the apple store, and the large black PVD(?) stainless smart watch goes for $1,099 :eek:
    And here I was thinking the black PVD Tread (Leatherman) was overpriced.
    Let's see when the first of these i-watches turn up in EDC pics. :rolleyes:
     
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  2. Gustavo Melro

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    im curious about the battery and how quickly it will discharge
     
  3. microbe

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    Battery would last 18 hours. So make that 14.
     
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    glad i decided against this item....already got an overpriced phone! Fitbit is doing what I need!
     
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    I like tech. I find it very interesting to watch the development of all of these wearable technologies, but who in their right mind would spend that kind of money on a gadget that will need to be replaced every 2-4 years?
     
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  6. Gustavo Melro

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    would much rather buy the tread...
    personally wouldnt like a watch that needs to be recharged 2 times a day
     
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    No no you don't undersaaaand. It will replace your fitbit, and it will have apple pay on it. It will know where you are and what you buy and what you are doing. Er um.
    okay anyway. The gold one costs 10k and people on Gizmodo were comparing that to a Rolex but a Rolex with a few visits to the shop will appreciate, whereas we kind of know Apple's views on obsolescence. (anybody want a 1970 first edition digital watch with red numbers)
    And finally my grouchy opinion is that it will spawn further anti social behavior as you try to dictate replies to emails and whatever with no keyboard.
    I just put a battery back in a vintage Seiko sports 100 and I have been smiling all week.
     
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  8. microbe

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    I would like to see these smartwatches built into real watch hardware. Like a classic chronometer case design, where besides the screen, the 3 buttons and the rotating bezel would also drive the software. More like a drop in to existing watch models.
    Say a Rolex as is now, with the movement replaced by a smartwatch module. It could be updated to a certain time, but when the smartwatch module is to old to maintain, only the module can be replaced for a new model.
    The all watch makers can offer their brand watch models, but with smartwatch innards..
     
  9. mole

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    let me put it this way: NOoooooooooo (t4me). i love gadgets, i love watches, i love tech, but this is (at least for my taste) just a rippoff.
     
  10. Gustavo Melro

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    i wouldnt say its a ripoff... its basically the first of its kind.
    it has a lot to develop with time
    i really like the concept, but 14 housr of batery is a no no
     
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    It's a cool item and as stated above the price is decently reasonable for what it is or rather what it claims and shows it can do.
    For me however design isn't enough (I recently switched from digital to analog for this reason).
    Smart watches are a good idea but the battery and tech to some extent isn't quite there for me at least.
    Did anyone see Mont Blancs "smart watch" attachment, it goes on an existing watch and gives all the fitness, text and weather updates?
     
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    And who doesn't want to be this guy ;)
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  13. microbe

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    The HOFF! Talking to his car! ME ME ME!!!
    nah, just kidding
     
  14. microbe

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    Wait, what? Are you saying Apple stole the idea of a smart watch from the Night Rider? :eek:
     
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    YES!!!
     
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    I used to work for Apple back in the day. One thing I have observed: never buy the first edition of a new Apple product. In fact, you should wait for at least version 2 for any electronic for that matter.
     
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    :rolleyes:

    I'm not going to be the one to say it
     
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    totally agree
     
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    It's a neat idea but 1. I personally can't justify the price and 2. I likely wouldn't use it to its potential.
     
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    I'm seriously considering it. My bike GPS is caput, I'd like to have easier activity tracking than my phone provides, and alerts on a watch would be handy when on the go or in meetings. Also, I do computer-human research, and it's about time I got into modern wearables. The Garmin Vivoactive may be the way to go, at $250 with a supposedly much better run time, built in GPS and alerts from my phone, but no units have been reviewed yet. It appears to cover most of the bases I'm most interested in. The thing is, the Apple watch is jut $100 more, looks better and has a lot more functionality, though less battery life or standalone capabilities (but the Vivoactive requires a phone to give turn by turn directions, even though it has a built in GPS). Both of these watches make sense to me because they can replace multiple pieces of hardware that I need to replace anyway, and at about the same cost or lower cost. So for me, even though it's limited and a first generation device, it actually makes budgetary sense to consider the Apple Watch. If I had a better bike GPS and didn't have a professional interest, I'd wait for version two. Also, while I'd like to see a lot more battery life (it will definitely improve with the next version), Apple released what appears to be a pretty candid overview of how the battery drains during different activities, and it looks like 18 hours is a pretty realistic estimation for most users. The Vivoactive should be available a week before you the Apple Watch, so there should be plenty of reviews of both before either becomes an option to buy.
     
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