What would it take to get you to pull the trigger on a Smartwatch?

Posted Jul 01, 2013 at 6:46 pm in Threads > Opinions

I’ve been thinking pretty serious about smartwatches lately. I think they sound fun, look cool, and have the potential to be pretty functional. I’ve preordered a pebble, but when you do that they don’t charge you any money. So I’ve made zero commitment so far. I’ve been watching what smartwatches may be coming out and thinking about what features mean the most to me. Here’s my list:

  • alerts for general notifications (email, sms, incoming calls)
  • the ability control music
  • I’d like to be able to use it for exercise, mainly running and keeping track of pace
  • I want it to look nice and have cool watch faces

Then, these things I’d like to have, but aren’t a feature of the pebble watch yet, basically making the phone more hands-free:

  • the ability to place a call, like picking a number from your favorites list
  • maybe do voice searches, making it almost like a dick tracy watch (this one isn’t completely necessary)

So what do you think? I like how hackable the pebble watch seems if ifftt, but maybe Google will pull something out pretty special? Do any of you have the pebble watch? Would you recommend? What features are you hoping to see in future watches? What features would make you want to pull the trigger on a smartwatch?

  • tommydaniel

    GPS, and storage for music so I can use just the watch for runs etc.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

      So it would be important to you to be able to use as a standalone device? I think Pebble uses the phone as the brains. Not completely sure though…

      • tommydaniel

        I currently have a MotoActv. I don’t have to take my phone with me when I go on a run or go to workout. It carries all my music, and has GPS to track my runs. So yeah, something that doesn’t require a phone to work.

        • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

          The MotoActv became a really solid device after the first few revisions, but unfortunately everyone had already done their reviews. I certainly hope Google is utilizing the Motorola staffers that worked on it in putting together their own offering.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    I’m pretty sold on Sony’s SW2. Don’t remember if it has GPS but I would like a GPS unit on it. It might make me actually want to run/walk/jog with the dog. I’m so lazy and would love to have an excuse to be more interested in exercising that’s tech related.

    The notifications and all that is nice, but if it were guaranteed to serve you well for 5+ years I would totally be own for a $500+ device that would do it all on the wrist (well, maybe not data). Like GPS, bluetooth, storage/microSD, wi-fi, heart rate monitor, barometer, altitude, etc. Would be a ton of sensors packed into a small device.

  • Todd Martineau

    I am intrigued by the smart watch concept but not at $150. That is just too much for a device that has no brains and could cost as much (if not more) than people are paying for their phones. Something seems wrong about that.

    I would say $75. would be a price I would actually consider buying a smart watch at. I know….I’m asking too much and it costs too much to produce them to sell them at $75. I’m just telling you at what price money would start moving out of my wallet. Even $100. is too much to get me interested.

    Unless the watch can handle more standalone functions it is just an expensive phone accesory.

  • Guest

    What would it take?

    A company to pay me to use their device. Granted I’m a pretty geeky guy myself, but the “SmartWatch” tech doesn’t interest me one iota.

  • kazahani

    I think it would be great if they started putting in a camera and microphone so you could do calls and video chats from the watch. You would need a little bit bigger of a screen for that, so they could bump up the screen and maybe make it a little higher resolution too. It should run full Android so it can support all these extra features, and it’s also going to need a big battery to make all this stuff run. I’d also like to see 3g/4g so that I can use it even if I don’t have my phone with me. Also, the wristband would probably get in the way too much, so they should probably remove that and just make it flat on the back.

    Oh, wait a minute…

  • NamelessTed

    Personally, for me, I can’t think of anything that would convince me to get a smart watch. I have tried to wear a watch a couple of different times and I just cant do it. Having anything on my wrists is just really weird to me. I realize this might just be me, but I don’t think there are any features that a watch could do, that a phone itself can’t do.

  • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

    Update on myself if anyone cares: When Pebble went up for sale on Best Buy I pulled the trigger. It should be arriving on UPS today. I’m way excited about it but I hope I’m not over hyping it. It is just an extension to the phone. It’s a watch that does some extra stuff…

    I decided to pull the trigger because I think it’ll still be a few months before anyone else releases anything comparable to Pebble. I may be the exception, but I think a watch that gives me notifications will be really handy and fun. I get that $150 seems pretty steep, but it seems like about the same price point everyone else is shooting at. I’m still really interested in seeing what Google can come up with if they choose to get into it.

    If you wear a watch already, the pebble isn’t going to give you too much more functionality. I personally haven’t really worn a watch since I started wearing a smartphone, so I’m kind of excited to have a reason to wear a watch again.

    Thanks for everyone’s comments!

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Install Glance right away, I just installed it over the weekend and it’s scope is really impressive compared to where most of the Pebble apps are at present.


      • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

        Thanks Sean! I’m patiently waiting for UPS to knock on my door. I appreciate the tip… I really want to have an awesome experience with Pebble.