Jump to content



Sign up for a free account to remove the pop-up ads

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests and remove the pop-up ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

Photo

Kickass new SmartWatch


  • You cannot start a new topic
  • Please log in to reply
126 replies to this topic

#101 of 127 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,870 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted July 09 2014 - 06:52 PM

And in this corner, another vote for Android Wear notifications being a disaster, the display being impossible to see in daylight, and the designs being so ugly that they were banned from a wedding. "Certainly not stylish or slim"
 

There are those who "love to have exactly the same content on their phone and watch because it gives them the comfort that they don't need to pull out their phones," he said. Then there are those, including me, who want a watch to report just what's important.

For that second user, there's simply not enough customization yet. Either I get buzzed every time someone emails me, or I don't get any email alerts at all. Sure, the watch helps me look at my phone less, but I'd prefer a middle ground, where my wrist vibrates only when my editor or fiancée emails me. Mr. Singleton says Google is working on contact-specific notifications and the next version of Android, due out this fall, will have deeper notification controls.


http://online.wsj.co...rist-1404238915


I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#102 of 127 OFFLINE   DaveF

DaveF

    Moderator



  • 14,113 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 04 2001
  • Real Name:David Fischer
  • LocationOne Loudoun, Ashburn, VA

Posted July 09 2014 - 07:19 PM

I didn't take the review as damning. There were a lot of positives with the negatives. And supposedly the notifications will get some real tweaking in a few months.

The wedding bit was funny and honest. But it's a wedding. And she was clearly in the wedding party. Even a conventional watch, if the wrong style, could get booted.

It's an early adopter device. It's not for me. Doesn't solve my problems yet. But the enthusiasts like Ron can't spend their money fast enough :) and they'll take the lumps for the rest of us for a couple years until these are useful.
  • Sam Posten likes this

#103 of 127 OFFLINE   DaveF

DaveF

    Moderator



  • 14,113 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 04 2001
  • Real Name:David Fischer
  • LocationOne Loudoun, Ashburn, VA

Posted July 09 2014 - 07:27 PM

As for me, it's wait and see. Google Now is impressive, but in a tech demo way.

Google telling me every morning my commute will be like it is every day? That's a nuisance, not a benefit. But, if it can only chime in with an alternative route when there's serious traffic jam? That would be great.

Boarding pass from email? I currently check in with the United app, boarding pass goes into Passbook, and is available from my lock screen automatically. Instead, telling the United app to email the boarding pass, so google can rummage through my emails and find it, and bring it up? It's not apparent that's a real winner.

Still, it's intriguing. Smart, automatic and useful info has a lot of potential. I'm excited about what else could be done with it.

#104 of 127 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,870 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted July 10 2014 - 05:44 AM

I didn't take the review as damning. There were a lot of positives with the negatives. And supposedly the notifications will get some real tweaking in a few months.


The wrap up seemed pretty damning to me, she says buying one now would be stupid and she is going to turn off the signature feature of the device:

The first smartwatches from Google's platform are the smartest yet but buying one right now would be stupid. Not only are there more stylish Android Wear watches and improved software coming soon, but Apple is expected to release its own watch before the year's end.

For the time being, I'll still be digging in my bag for my phone—and wishing for that third arm.


Actually it's not clear if that means she will continue to wear her (presumably free) copy and turn off notifications, she has to send back the review unit, or she just won't use the review unit again.
  • DaveF likes this

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#105 of 127 OFFLINE   DaveF

DaveF

    Moderator



  • 14,113 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 04 2001
  • Real Name:David Fischer
  • LocationOne Loudoun, Ashburn, VA

Posted July 10 2014 - 05:52 PM

Good point. I was filtering it: these phones will certainly get whatever the software update is this Fall and will presumably get more finesse on notifications. They're big and ugly, but I don't think the early adopters care (they're not trying to be bridesmaids).

 

Put simply: Average Joe should avoid. But we already knew that. But Early-Adopter Earl sees a functioning smart watch with all day battery and Google Now and says "Shut Up and Take My Money!"


  • Sam Posten likes this

#106 of 127 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,870 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted July 10 2014 - 05:58 PM

LMAO Earl!


  • DaveF likes this

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#107 of 127 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,870 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted July 14 2014 - 05:09 AM

This question sounds familiar:
http://nymag.com/dai...tm_medium=email

Here's the thing tho. We all asked similar Qs before the iPhone shipped. iPad is 'just a big iPod touch'. And while others haven't cracked this nut yet apparently Apple thinks they have the key. So either Apple is going in an entirely different direction or.... Well they aren't the Apple of old. The press wants you to believe door #2, I don't.

I personally keep coming back to the thing that makes, for me, these existing solutions duds: The ties to a smartphone. If I had one wild pie in the sky idea of how Apple could differentiate themselves in a way that made a difference that would be it. Kill the reliance on a Smartphone, maybe even make it a fully functional phone with text and internet all on its own. But would even that be enough?

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#108 of 127 OFFLINE   DaveF

DaveF

    Moderator



  • 14,113 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 04 2001
  • Real Name:David Fischer
  • LocationOne Loudoun, Ashburn, VA

Posted July 14 2014 - 04:02 PM

I was thinking similar thoughts today. We've spent seven years watching smartphones wean themselves off of being computer peripherals. We're still not there yet. Smartwatches are the next smaller stacking doll, and are tethered to a smartphone.

 

I don't know that anyone wants a smart watch. I don't know what they'll do or how they'll do it better. But I'm convinced -- and have been for 20 years -- that this is detour. As are smartphones. 

 

The next major step in personal computing is ubiquitous computing, augmented reality...e.g. Google Glass done right. Glass is an early tech demo. But I have no doubt that's the next major step. Seamless computing, adding information on top of reality. But, the real use is simply scifi: embedded into contact lenses (or, really out there, intra-ocular implants.)



#109 of 127 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,870 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted July 16 2014 - 08:55 AM

Well, gotta admit this is original, if a bit much:
http://9to5google.co...oid-wear-video/

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#110 of 127 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,870 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted July 28 2014 - 06:55 AM

Pretty good list:
http://www.theverge....le-wants-to-win

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#111 of 127 OFFLINE   DaveF

DaveF

    Moderator



  • 14,113 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 04 2001
  • Real Name:David Fischer
  • LocationOne Loudoun, Ashburn, VA

Posted July 28 2014 - 02:34 PM

Pretty good list:http://www.theverge....le-wants-to-win

Alas, that list was a waste of words. It told me an awesome smartwatch should:
* Be a watch
* Have nice watchbands
* Do something awesome
* Do useful things
* When it's not doing useful things, be a watch


The author could have saved me some time had he just written:
* Develop smartwatch
* ???
* Profit

#112 of 127 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,870 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted July 28 2014 - 07:05 PM

Seeing as how none of the ones on the market come close to making the cut I'd say it sets a minimum acceptable level that nothing even aspired to yet.

 

I've said it before but these companies need a CE-No.  Someone who stops them before they put crap on the market.

http://techcrunch.co...evils-advocacy/


I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#113 of 127 OFFLINE   DaveF

DaveF

    Moderator



  • 14,113 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 04 2001
  • Real Name:David Fischer
  • LocationOne Loudoun, Ashburn, VA

Posted July 28 2014 - 07:32 PM

My problem with the article is "do something awesome" is meaningless at best and tautological at worst. The middle section of Mr. Pierce's essay could be removed with no loss of content.

Moreover, I'm not sure he's right on the explicit part vis a vis being a watch. The "phone" part of the iPhone is my least used "app". I keep wondering if everyone's too focused on the "watch" thing and there's really a more useful "data band" solution in the works?

#114 of 127 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,870 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted July 29 2014 - 04:45 AM

Fair enough.

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#115 of 127 OFFLINE   DaveF

DaveF

    Moderator



  • 14,113 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 04 2001
  • Real Name:David Fischer
  • LocationOne Loudoun, Ashburn, VA

Posted August 02 2014 - 05:33 PM

The smartwatch is already passé.
Smartring's the thing.
http://theblueprint....ght/ringly/#who

#116 of 127 OFFLINE   RobertR

RobertR

    Lead Actor



  • 9,519 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 19 1998

Posted August 03 2014 - 07:28 PM

Beh.  Pointless.



#117 of 127 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,870 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted August 05 2014 - 07:14 PM

"Don't we all take our phone with us anyway?????"

http://www.usatoday....eeded/13597331/


I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#118 of 127 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,870 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted August 06 2014 - 12:05 PM

360 getting early thumbs up, with 2.5 days of battery. Biggest neg? The cutout screen looks dumb.
http://www.androidpo...d-battery-life/

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt


#119 of 127 OFFLINE   Hanson

Hanson

    Producer



  • 4,457 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 01 1998
  • Real Name:Hanson

Posted August 06 2014 - 12:37 PM

That looks very nice. Compared to Samsung and LG's offering, it's downright elegant.

 

Now tell me again -- what does it do?



#120 of 127 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

Sam Posten

    Moderator



  • 16,870 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 30 1997
  • Real Name:Sam Posten
  • LocationAberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ

Posted August 10 2014 - 08:46 PM

Saw my first gear in the wild, I mistook it for a pebble. Wasn't nearly as bulky as I expected and was worn by someone I wouldn't describe as geeky. She was pretty happy with it in the short time I asked her about it.

I lost my signature and all I got was this Nutter t-shirt





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users