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  1. Simon Tupper's Avatar
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    Microsoft makes good products, but they make them one to two years after everyone else. Our smartphones will inevitably migrate to our wrist one day since it is much more convenient and if Microsoft think that no one will buy a smart watch they are wrong, because there is a need for improved watches.


    I hope Microsoft will take the best decision possible. I believe that Microsoft took too long to modernize itself and now they are struggling.

    Let me know what you think about smart watches and do you think being late could hurt Microsoft once again?
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    I think other companies are too early with smart watches. Kinda like how Google Glass is ahead of its time. I certainly have no intention of replacing my traditional, fashionable wrist watch with a touchscreen version of a calculator watch I wore in the 80s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjaap View Post
    I think other companies are too early with smart watches. Kinda like how Google Glass is ahead of its time. I certainly have no intention of replacing my traditional, fashionable wrist watch with a touchscreen version of a calculator watch I wore in the 80s.
    My thoughts too. I think both ideas are ahead of it's time and at this time Microsoft, Apple or Google would have to pay me a good chunk of money to wear either their smart glasses or smart watches.
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    I just don't think smart watches will really take off... Just a tired extension of your phone.

    More and more people forgo even wearing watches now. I love yo wear a watch, nice ones at that, but I still leave them at home most of the time.

    I think it will be a quick fad... Now, for a smart watch that is designed to be used in certain circumstances like a gps watch for training is a little better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjaap View Post
    I think other companies are too early with smart watches. Kinda like how Google Glass is ahead of its time. I certainly have no intention of replacing my traditional, fashionable wrist watch with a touchscreen version of a calculator watch I wore in the 80s.
    I don't think it has much in common with the watch you use in the 80's hahaha

    People didn't need Smartphones at first, same for tablets and now they are bought in incredible quantities. We think it's useless, but in two of three years we could all have one.
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    Who knows.... I just don't see myself wasting any "time" with a smart watch.

    More and more I realize that these technologies that are supposed to help save time end up taking mode time with constant hand holding, monitoring, etc. If your phone ring, check it. I don't need to waste my time charging a watch or checking my watch for missed called, texts, email, only to have to then go to my phone anyhow. Why waste the time.
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    With all that said, I may try one in the future just for knowledge...
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    They will need to VASTLY improve speech interfaces and recognition to make a watch or similar tiny device useful enough for everyone to want one. Think Star Trek Comm Badge.
    "Bro, you know I lift cause I use a Lumia 920..."
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    I just want a lightsaber
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaimeastin View Post
    With all that said, I may try one in the future just for knowledge...
    Smartphones were not that smart. Give it some time and smart watches will replace your smartphone. Were not in the 90's anymore, technology evolves faster and faster and soon taking your phone out of your pocket will be considered as a waste of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Tupper View Post
    Smartphones were not that smart. Give it some time and smart watches will replace your smartphone. Were not in the 90's anymore, technology evolves faster and faster and soon taking your phone out of your pocket will be considered as a waste of time.
    I can definitely appreciate the future you're trying to paint, but the question was if MS was late to the party? I just don't see smart watches taking off 2 or 3 years from now. There's still no evidence that any current smart watches can outperform or be more useful than my L920 in the near future. So I say, no they're not, they still have time.
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    Why would i want battery eating piece of **** when i can have G-Shock ?
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    I just hope the screen is 1080P.

    Seriously, though, there really isn't a practical way that a device the size of a watch can replace all the functionality of a smartphone.
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    In the near future, maybe. But I would certainly prefer a fashionable smart watch to a regular watch. I love trying new interfaces and devices.

    As for when it will take off, I expect it to take off on day one, have a big buzz and fade away for a while then come back as an all-in-one device that you carry around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Tupper View Post
    Let me know what you think about smart watches and do you think being late could hurt Microsoft once again?
    Microsoft was actually early- they had the SPOT Watch about ten years ago ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlm1950 View Post
    I just hope the screen is 1080P.

    Seriously, though, there really isn't a practical way that a watch can replace all the functionality of a phone.
    that's because you limit yourself to what you already know. We always tried to improve everything we ever created we would have never had smartphones, self-driving cars, virtual assistants(that actually understand and answer to you) and all those nice gadgets we created over the years. Smart watches might cover your whole forearm in the future.
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    Shouldn't your question be something like "Microsoft was too early again", I mean does nobody remember SPOT?


    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Kez View Post
    Microsoft was actually early- they had the SPOT Watch about ten years ago ;)

    Dam you beat me to it!!
    Blackberry Pearl (8130) -> LG Optimus 7 (LG E-900h) -> Samsung Ativ S (SGH-T899M) -> Nokia Lumia 625
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Kez View Post
    Microsoft was actually early- they had the SPOT Watch about ten years ago ;)
    Good to know haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Tupper View Post
    that's because you limit yourself to what you already know. If we never tried to improve everything we ever created we would have never had smartphones, self-driving cars, virtual assistants(that actually understand and answer to you) and all those nice gadgets we created over the years. Smart watches might cover your whole forearm in the future.
    Then that isn't a smart watch. Pulling your sleeve up all the time would be more impractical than pulling a phone out of a pocket.
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    To answer your question, Simon, yes Microsoft will be late. Wherever wearable technology goes, they will not be first.
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    Then that isn't a smart watch. Pulling your sleeve up all the time would be more impractical than pulling a phone out of a pocket.
    Im brainstorming here haha I'm not trying to prove a point. They are not on the market yet, but I'm pretty sure it will sell well. Anything that can make you look cool and rich would sell these days. Look at all the money people throw out of the window with their iDevices and all the iAdaptors you must buy because they can't use standard ports(you know...its not smart enough for Apple). They spend thousands on products that would cost less if you were not forced to buy Apple-only. So my guess is that the iWatch will sell like candies and their owners will make the others feel poor or not cool. The result will be a big buzz for a device that nobody know why they need one (iPhone, anyone?).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Tupper View Post
    Im brainstorming here haha I'm not trying to prove a point. Their are not on the market yet, but I'm pretty sure it will sell well. Anything that can make you look cool and rich would sell these days. Look at all the money people throw out of the window with their iDevices and all the iAdaptors you must buy because they can't use standard ports(you know...its not smart enough for Apple). They spend thousands on products that would cost less if you were not forced to buy Apple-only. So my guess is that the iWatch will sell like candies and their owners will make the others feel poor or not cool. The result will be a big buzz for a device that nobody know why they need one (iPhone, anyone?).
    I cant see how smart 'sleeves' are 2-3 years away!

    Besides if you want to create a vision for the future why worry about watches or sleeves - why not a small device that pins to your clothing and projects a holographic screen on command right in front of your face with crystal clear 3D HD and gesture voice commands? I think that is more likely to be the future, not smart watches. Doubt its 2-3 years away though!.
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    The thing is though that something like the internet would have to change quite radically for these to take off I feel. There's just no way you will comfortably browse the web on a 2" watch screen. Voice commands for example can make operating these quite easy for the most parts if voice recognition etc advances alot like it probably will, but I really don't want to walk around the city talking to my hand.

    Point being, I don't see these be anything more than accessories to your phone and at that point most people probably won't bother and will just dig the phone from their pocket.

    Somehow having to charge a watch daily isn't that attractive idea either, but hey.. wireless charging: just lay the watch next to your 920 on the nightstand :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coreldan View Post
    The thing is though that something like the internet would have to change quite radically for these to take off I feel. There's just no way you will comfortably browse the web on a 2" watch screen. Voice commands for example can make operating these quite easy for the most parts if voice recognition etc advances alot like it probably will, but I really don't want to walk around the city talking to my hand.

    Point being, I don't see these be anything more than accessories to your phone and at that point most people probably won't bother and will just dig the phone from their pocket.

    Somehow having to charge a watch daily isn't that attractive idea either, but hey.. wireless charging: just lay the watch next to your 920 on the nightstand :P
    It has to be more than one day on a charge. The screen is small and it's not performing a lot of background tasks.
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    Beside, it would be good for Microsoft to be "in time". If smart watches are a success and Ballmer makes another "We are late to the game" conference, then they won't have any good press soon.
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