Are smart watches dead?

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  1. Sajo

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    I see a lot of people wearing Apple watches (and Fitbits) but not too many Android watches. I am certainly not saying that smart watches are dead, and hope that they are not. I would like to keep wearing them as long as they are around. I have yet to see anyone wearing one of the new LG watches released last year, the first with AW 2.0. Don't remember seeing any posts here from anyone that bought one either.
     
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    I lost my Moto 360 Sport, so I waited and bought the Huawei Watch 2 Classic. It's a little better looking, smoother and has NFC. I debated buying a used [much cheaper] Moto 360, but decided NFC might be worth it, and not knowing if the 360 Sport would ever get AW2.0.

    I also thought about a Polar M600 running AW2.0. IMO, that is probably the watch for hardcore fitness. But no NFC, and rubber straps look horrible.

    I really think smartwatches are simply following the curve of Android in its early stages. Tech trickles out and the OEM's fall into group think believing that people won't pay $50-$100 extra to get everything, so almost all models involve some sort of trade-off.

    And most of the outdoor enthusiasts still seem to gravitate toward Polar or Garmin watches because they are simply better at the fitness features than Apple or Android. If TAG would knock it out of the park on design and partner with a Garmin or Polar for a full-featured watch, I'd be willing to pay for it.
     
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    I just got a gear s2 watch from a friend of mine last night since he hadn't used it in a long while now. Was payment for fixing up a computer for him. Been wearing it a bit this morning and am not too impressed with battery life, but I've been using it alot more than one probably would too I bet. Updating software right now but it seems pretty cool so far.
     
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    battery life should be over two days. I know that is how long mine last. however if you keep the face on, you would lucky it would last 8 hours :)
     
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    With the Face Always On option on my Moto 360 2nd Gen, Moto 360 Sport and the original LG G Watch I can and could easily get through a normal day off the charger (off at 5 - 6 AM and back on the charger at 22:00 / 10 PM).

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    I guess it really depends on the face you use as to how long it lasts in the alway on mode. I have the s2 and it does have a lower power mode face but I did not care for it.

    with the face off, I stick it on the charger every two days. every once in a while I get surprised and have to put it on the charger after a day.
     
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    Wow 2 day charging? I'm happy that my Garmin Fenix 3HR has just enough smarts to keep me happy. I get week out of a charge with 3 GPS runs...or 2 weeks if I've been lazy.

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    Since I have never slept with my watch on (even in the 30 years of watch wearing before smart watches) I am OK with an all day watch. As long as it can get me through a normal day and not die, I don't mind throwing it in the charger every night while I sleep. One of the reasons I like Moto 360's is the charging / night stand mode. My watch is my night light / night clock on my night stand so I know what time it is when I wake up at all hours of the night.

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    as long as the power lasts while I am wearing it, I do not need the long charge. it is similar to watches you used to have to wind every day years ago.
     
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    That's a good point. There are watch faces that look pretty decent, but "always on" still defaults to a powersaving ambient mode where it fails at whatever feeble attempt it makes to look like a real watch. There are probably better options - I haven't looked in a while.

    The Moto 360 Sport I had did a decent job with it's ambient mode of faking it, turning it on when you tilted your wrist to look at it. But if I was just sitting there it used to annoy me when I looked down at a blank screen on my watch.
     
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    The Moto 360 2ND Gen Ambient Mode is nice, I can easily and clearly see the time in Ambient Mode....even in bright daylight. My watch screen only lights up to full display when I lift or flick my wrist.

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    the flick of the wrist works pretty good for me. My screen also turns on when receiving notifications. One thing, I keep waiting to be pulled over at night when driving and the light on the watch [pops on. afraid a cop might think I am using my phone while driving :)