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After reviewing the Galaxy Gear, my feelings about smartwatches are the same as ever: meh. But a lot of people really, really like the idea of smartwatches. And it seems more and people either own one, or have one on order. So that's this weekend's question, nice and easy: do you own a smartwatch?

Do you own a smartwatch?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

    No, I own an iPod nano. But looking for the right smartwatch for me to upgrade too.

    • Suhas Raja

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      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        Way expensive. Also, I don't get these smart watches that are like "a TRUE smartwatch, that's independent your phone!" It's not a bad thing that it can function without my phone, but my true focus is my phone. Seems like overkill and probably the cause of lots of these smart watches being over $150.
        Like, I DONT want a 720p camera in my watch. Im not fucking james bond. That's silly. I rather save the money and invest in a phone with a better camera.

        • parityerror

          well for one I want to have Siri in my smartwatch, kinda cool to talk to your "smart" watch all the time, lol, (⌐■_■)

          I'm sure apple will try to do that anyway, and call it 'revolutionary', :D

          • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

            Why would you want siri? Google Now is better.

          • Guest

            There is google now which functions better than siri

  • Vetal

    motoactiv, works great, get txt on it, calls with Bluetooth or wired. Its perfect for cycling, it tracks my route, heart beat, music, and customization. Other than style galaxy gear has nothing on the motoactiv.

    • Thomas Thomas

      I've had my MotoActvMotoActv for almost 2 years. With all the great features in the device, I'm really surprised how long it is taking for someone else to develop a similarly functioning device. Too bad Motorola didn't build out the MotoActv brand.

  • CA719

    I pledged the Pebble Kickstarter and was incredibly disappointed in how they handled nearly everything. The day I got my Pebble, I threw it up on Ebay. I don't want anything to do with that company anymore.

    Google needs to release a smartwatch now.

    • Nabeel Farooqui

      With Android. Super Cheap. Super Fast. and for Gods sake, independent !

    • Herman

      And the Sony Smartwatch isn't what you're looking for either?
      It's good enough for me, I think I'll get one soon.

      • CA719

        Nope, neither the Galaxy Gear or the Sony watch are for me.

      • Kevin

        What's weird is that I haven't seen a decent review of the Sony SW2. The best I can tell is that it's better than the previous attempt, but still fails to impress.

        • Herman

          As far as I know, it's a good looking luxury watch with decent battery life, water resistant and as it's able to connect to my phone, I'm interested in it to replace my current 'normal' watch.

  • Trent Callahan

    I'm still waiting for the one I want(: I want to be able to walk around at school and have people ask me what it is :D

    • anees

      I currently have the Sony smartwatch 1 and everyone in school is so amazed I get so much popularity lol

  • JonJJon

    It's not really a smart watch, more a semi-smart notifier, but I won a Cookoo Watch recently and I'm just waiting for them to release the Android 4.3+ app for it. I like the classic analogue design over any digital so I really like the look of it, but I would like to actually use the connected display to see if I get any use of the semi-smart feature of it.

  • bobdevine

    No watch, I don't even own a smart phone. No need for it.

    • Bjajjull

      Lol.

    • Herman

      You're reading Android Police and still think there's no need for a smartphone?
      You don't see that very often.

      • Justin W

        Something went wrong with his Android mp3 player, and he had to call the Android police.

      • bobdevine

        I have a Nexus and an Acer tablet.

    • FunkyMonkey

      Oh Gosh! Why would I want a smartphone? Everyone will know what I do, and then next thing you know they'll attach a GPS sensor in me and drain my bank accounts? HELL NO, dont need none of that... /sarcasm

      But seriously, not to get a smartphone in this day and age is kinda silly.

  • Bmt626

    Should be a no I'm waiting for glass option :)

    • Justin W

      I can see why a "No, I'm waiting for Glass" isn't included. Now, why a "No, I'm waiting for the right one/Nexus Watch" or something similar isn't included, I'm not sure.

  • Simon Belmont

    Hmm. How about a "No, but I waiting for one from the right company (like Google's smartwatch)?"

    I really do want a jack of all trades smartwatch that will work with any phone. So, I'm waiting for the fabled Nexus smartwatch that I keep hearing about.

    • Steven Pratt

      I was about to say the same thing, I want one but none have shown me enough "wow" to pledge/pre-order yet. Not really sure what I'm all looking for in a smartwatch but I hope someone comes out with one that surprises me with features/style/usability.

      • Steph Chi

        I can't say better ... I am not sure of what I want ;-) On the other hand, some watches show nice screen, some (others !) great battery life, some are nice and wearable ... hum, in fact not ! Some give us great features but some are over featured ! I think the market in not mature, even for early adopters. Only my advice.

        • Pee

          I agree. It's quite early in the smart watch game, but like phones, it will be a battle for the features that people want. My minimum requirements are battery life, NFC, and full remote control for standard android handsets.

  • Spaniard85

    Pebble smartwatch here!

  • ivan

    Waiting iWatch! :-)

  • Miah

    A Nexus watch might tempt me.

  • daveloft

    Where's the option for Yes, but I never use it and have no interest in the category.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    I'll be getting a pebble over the holidays hopefully. No option for that though.

  • real guest

    Not just no butt H3LL NO, I don't even own a regular watch. If I want to know the time I look at my phone or a clock on the microcoffetoasteroven.

  • Angelo Davis

    Never really cared for smartwatchs but a Nexus Smartwatch sounds tempting and the iwatch could be interesting.

  • Nicktrance

    I have yet to see one which interests me, so far none of them looks compelling.

  • https://plus.google.com/117965295509267254340/posts Dean Wisener

    Pebble.

  • DennisHeffernan

    I have a MotoActiv, but only because I won it in a giveaway Motorola held on Facebook. It's OK. Since I no longer have a Motorola smartphone some of its features don't do me any good any more.

  • ArKain

    Pebble represent. Amazing product.

  • ChainsawCharlie

    None, and actually been thinking about getting an old fashioned clock instead. Not had a watch for 20 years! Must be the age.

    • Mike Reid

      :)

      I now use my old 2012 Nexus 7 on a dock as a clock.

  • hyperbolic

    In my opinion a Smartwatch can't be standalone unless you have a smartphone in your pocket (bluetooth pairing) or a bluetooth headphones.
    Which makes the smartwatch clumsy tech.

  • Andy McDearmon

    I've had a motoactv with custom version of android on it for almost 2 years now. I think all the current hype over smart watches is kinda funny, cause I've had mine since back when no one cared. And mine can do a lot more than this new Galaxy Watch thing..

  • alexguitar

    I'm strongly considering a pebble but now that is been out this long would it be dumb to buy it now when I revised pebble or a better smart watch might just be around the corner?

  • LowIQ_Human

    if only Google Glass would work together with a SmartWatch in a virtual type environment, so if you have GooGlass and look at you're watch it displays in different modes depending on what GooGlass is doing....I don't know if I'm explaining myself correctly so hopefully you get the concept of it??

  • Jörgen Pettersson

    Still waiting for the watch that let me use endomondo to track my runs and listen to music over bluetooth, and leave my smartphone at home.

  • aNYthing6

    Yeah, I have a Pebble.

  • Jarl

    Sony Smartwatch 2, pretty happy with it, too. Needs a couple of things to make it really nice, like a selectable timeout and more watch faces. Looking forward to see whatever Google will come up with

  • Rami

    I consider my watch smart enough, it is a Casio ProTrek PRW-1300, which has thermometer, compass, baro/altimeter, radio control time sync, and the most important: Solar power !! I have it since 5 years now and I never needed to plug it or change the battery :)

  • z0phi3l

    Needs a hell no option

  • Tony

    I was part of the Pebble kickstarter, but because my credit card expired before they billed (and kickstarter didn't let me know there was a problem billing the card), I never got it.

    Emailed pebble and told them about it, they said I'd have to buy it for the normal price, but they'd send it out in the pre-order wave. I declined.

    What should I answer?

  • Laborin_HK

    I have the Sony smartwatch (almost a year now). It does what I wanted it to and met all my expectations. Sure, I would like it to have a bit more features, but as it stands, the price and everything are great.

    • Nigel Aldridge

      I own a Sony SmartWatch as well. Bought it so I could see who was calling or read texts at work to discreetly see if I needed to answer or reply without very obviously pulling a phone from my pocket. Strap design was awful as was charger design, but functionality of the device provided exactly what I needed/expected and saved me from multiple rollockings from the Mrs. It's also great for controlling music to the bluetooth sound system through the phone when wandering round the house doing interesting stuff such as: hoovering (whack volume up), washing up, gardening (whack volume up), taking care of the kids (whack volume way way up) and so on. It was also really cheap considering the benefits it provided. Also found out recently that it tells the time too which is useful for a watch.

      • Laborin_HK

        Yup exactly, it has it's short comings, but overall I'm happy with it. My next smartwatch should have these improvements though:
        * Higher res screen, it's a bit fuzzy with text
        * brighter screen, or maybe just a e-paper display like the pebble
        * better design for charging, and overall look, feel and thickness.
        * Sony just locked out others willing to make good watchfaces. We were limited to what they gave us.

        Kinda sounds like I should have gone with the pebble.

  • steelew

    Kreyos! Can't wait to get it!

  • Andrew Tan

    I win the contest of Samsung Galaxy GEAR. Loving it so far, it still had some little issue on notification, but I believe soon it get solved. ;)

  • Fellwalker

    Why would I need one? I've stopped wearing an ordinary watch as I can get the time from my phone. I can see more use in Google glass

  • firethorn

    Yes, early bird Pebble backer and very happy with it.
    You'll never see me not wearing a watch in any case and making the wrist-worn gadget be connected to my smartphone makes it that much more useful.

  • MrWicket

    not yet, waiting to see what Google brings to the table.

  • fwq

    Never.

  • Matthew Fry

    Wow. 22%? That's waaaay higher than I was expecting.