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gonnabuildabuggy

Leaving the dark ages - 2

Looking to buy an Apple Watch 2 this weekend. Any reason not to buy the one with the basic strap? Any benefit to the Nike plus model?
Martin

I've bought Lindsay one for Christmas, we went to the Apple Shop in MK and they've got sample of all the straps.  That was good because she thought she wanted the rubber strap but ended up choosing one of the new fabric ones.

The NIKE+ one isn't that much different, but would make sense if you want one watch for everything, Lindsay has a TomTom Multi-Sport watch for running which she really likes.

They didn't have any in stock and it took about 5-6 weeks to arrive, the parcel was sent directly from the factory in china.
gonnabuildabuggy

Thanks. Plan to go there tomorrow, hence question.

i'm looking to replace my Garmin running watch with it as well as my fitbit watch.
Humphrey The Pug

This thread shows how popular Smart watches are; 3 posts before mine, 2 of which are from the OP.

The TV thread has 27 posts.
Giant

I just don't see the point, they seem to be the 21st century equivalent of a pen with a clock in it: merging two disparate items and claiming it 'innovative'.

I am a semi Luddite though, who's work issue tablet is an expensive paperweight for putting the post under on the shelf by the front door. I have a smart phone and laptop, the tablet fills a gap in between that to me doesn't exist.
Frank Bullitt

Giant wrote:
I just don't see the point, they seem to be the 21st century equivalent of a pen with a clock in it: merging two disparate items and claiming it 'innovative'.


Agreed, I just don't get the point especially when it does everything the phone you also have on you does.
simonp

Everyone I know who has one (not that many) no longer wears them. The novelty wore off.
Humphrey The Pug

I have very nearly ordered a Smart Watch in the past and I keep getting drawn to the new Samsung Galaxy watch, however my sensible head always kicks in and says "you will most likely break it by knocking your wrist on something and the novelty will also likely wear off after a month or so" so my sensible side always stops me from going for it.

I can see benefits but I don't think they are worth the outlay for me.

Smart Watch sales in general haven't taken off and I think that says a lot.
JohnC

When I tried one in the Apple shop and had to put my glasses on to see what the watch was saying I realised that even if I wanted one it's of no use to me. I loved the bigger screen when I upgraded from iphone 4 to 6 and I hate using reading glasses so a phone is more than good enough for me.
Twelfth Monkey

simonp wrote:
Everyone I know who has one (not that many) no longer wears them. The novelty wore off.


I still wear mine, but it only tends to be when we're off on a proper hike.  Like John, this is in no small part down to deteriorating vision within about 3ft and whilst glasses are fine for laptop/reading, they scupper my sight over any greater distance (where it's pretty much perfect).  I think there's mileage as they become more aesthetically pleasing, but there's no great underlying demand.
Martin

I'm still wearing mine to work as I find it really useful and it's a bit more polite when your in a meeting to glance at your watch to see if a message is urgent than unlocking your phone.
simonp

I know a chap who loves tech (he designs electric cars for a living and his dad owns Bristol/Frazer Nash etc) and he thinks smart watches are pointless.
Big Blue

My watches are jewellery, out and out. I generally know what the time is so any functional time-telling device is a waste of time.

W2.0 keeps asking what I want for Christmas and I keep stopping myself saying "Alpina Manfacturer Movement watch" as that's just greedy. I'll buy myself one next year.
JohnC

I have the same problem and this is what I "want" at the moment - no particular reason, just a strange feeling I need to itch:

https://www.rolex.com/watches/explorer-ii/M216570-0001.html

EDIT: I should add that it is highly unlikely that I will be buying myself the watch.
PhilD

Giant wrote:
I just don't see the point, they seem to be the 21st century equivalent of a pen with a clock in it: merging two disparate items and claiming it 'innovative'.
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I'd forgotten about those! **heads off to ebay**
gonnabuildabuggy

Martin wrote:
I'm still wearing mine to work as I find it really useful and it's a bit more polite when your in a meeting to glance at your watch to see if a message is urgent than unlocking your phone.


I'm no fan of tech for the sake of tech. This purchase is fully about simplicity.

I run regularly (and occassionally cycle) and record stuff from that on Strava.

To record this stuff I need to wear a Garmin running watch (cost circa £100-£150) and my present one is on the way out, it's about 10 yrs old and the rubber for the buttons is going so functions are difficult to access.

The idea behind the iWatch is that it can both replace my cheap fitbit (which has no style at all) and also the Garmin. I wear a watch 24/7 so waterproof is essential.

I also get a fair amount of messages/emails/texts and like Martin I've found that accessing stuff with fishing phones out of pockets is a real boon.

So for me it's money well spent as I needed to buy something and it makes my life a lot easier.

However, I'd not have bought one had I not needed a new watch. I've deliberately been holding off buying a new watch (hence last purchase was £50 fitbit basic) until Smart watches offered what I needed.

It will come to us all at some point I'm sure.
Bob Sacamano

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:


I also get a fair amount of messages/emails/texts and like Martin I've found that accessing stuff with fishing phones out of pockets is a real boon.

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I just put my Samsung on silent in meetings and on the desk - the messages just come up and you can read them without having to go to the enormous effort of lifting my left arm and drawing back my sleeve with my right hand. It'd be like going back to the dark ages IMHO.
Martin

When I get a new email, my Samsung beeps, but the screen stays blank.  Pressing the button only shows that you have a message, so you have to unlock it then read the message.  

Going back to the dark ages is watching the fax paper slowly come out of the machine.
gonnabuildabuggy

I had you down as a "rolled up sleeves" guy Bob  

My sleeves are permanently rolled so it's merely a a roll of the wrist.

It was useful yesterday when I was watching kids rugby and my borther kept trying to facetime me every ten minutes.

Instead of having to put up with the noise emanating from my pocket whilst it rang or fish the phone out of my pocket and decline the call, I felt a buzz on my wrist and pressed the decline button on the watch.
Bob Sacamano

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
I had you down as a "rolled up sleeves" guy Bob  

My sleeves are permanently rolled so it's merely a a roll of the wrist.

It was useful yesterday when I was watching kids rugby and my borther kept trying to facetime me every ten minutes.

Instead of having to put up with the noise emanating from my pocket whilst it rang or fish the phone out of my pocket and decline the call, I felt a buzz on my wrist and pressed the decline button on the watch.


I can't roll up my sleeves due to "artistic" tattoos acquired in some of the more exotic opium houses of the Far East. Some of the more sensitive ladies in the office object.
Twelfth Monkey

That the anchor with MAM under it?
Bob Sacamano

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
That the anchor with MAM under it?


If only they were that tasteful.

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