Why I Wear a Smartwatch

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  1. mountainbikermark

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    This morning I needed a calculator. Realized I'd left my watch at home. Oh well I'll just use the old method of pulling out my phone and using it. Screen froze. It unfroze by going dark and froze dark. I've got 3 other trucks right behind this one and it ain't even 730 so I was a bit flustered to say the least. As the phone was rebooting, after I forced it to, I got a pencil and did the math on the forklift body by headlight.
    The rest of the day I kept forgetting I'd left it at home every time I wanted to check the time, check my email, use the calculator again, check my watch when I got a text or phone call.
    Using my phone today for menial tasks was so droll on top of having to unbuckle my seatbelt every time I used the phone because I keep it in a side holster so it doesn't go flying when I hit bumps and stuff.
    My smartwatch helps me with the "time is money" attitude of no wasted time and be as efficient as possible, even if efficient isn't the fastest (if you don't have time to do it right you sure don't have time to do it over) at work.
    Anybody else find life without their smartwatch is different , be it work or home?



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    Totes.
    Even just for the time.

    I've said this elsewhere, but let me repeat it.
    I used to be a watch guy. With the rise of cellphones, I stopped. Why do I need to wear a watch when I have the time on my phone? Stopped wearing watches. Fast forward to my 1st smartwatch and it hit me one day:
    To check the time on my phone I have to fish it out of my pocket and wake it up. I just timed it. That takes 3 seconds. Turning my wrist and glancing at it takes an 'unmeasurable' amount of time. A 5th of one second?
    That's a lot of saved seconds over the 2 1/2 years I've had a watch again. :D
     
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    Good article / thread Mark.
    You could add that you like gadgets to it too...

    I'd be inclined to have one as well if I didn't thrash watches...

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    For me it was an obvious choice. I have always worn a watch, my whole adult life. It was practically mandatory in the first job I had for 20+ years. Continued to wear one after the transition to a new job. I like gadgets and smart phones, like many others here. I didn't buy one right away because they were too expensive for what they did, in my opinion. Then the LG G Watch went on sale for $99 in December of 2014. I figured "why not" and picked one up. I was hooked right away. If im going to wear a watch anyway, it might as well be a smart watch. For me, it's the quick ability to see my notifications and decide which ones to swipe away and which ones I need to grab my phone and respond. That's why I still wear a smart watch. There are other things I like (change watch faces any time I want, etc.), but the quick notification system is the main reason for me.

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    I stopped wearing watches decades ago because I'd destroy them in weeks at most. If you saw my Gear S or Gear Fit you'd see that trend hasn't changed, only the "watches" are more durable now.
    It wasn't because of gadgets but a fat a$$ that I wanted to use my geekdom to lose that I got my first one. Their capabilities and my incessant desire to not settle for just good enough that caused me to use them the way I do.

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    My two main reasons haven't changed since the day I installed the Find My Phone app.
    - If I get out of range of my phone the watch vibrates and asks me if I'm forgetting it. This has helped a few times.
    - Paging the phone from the watch to find it. I use this all the time.
    Although I can no longer speak to the watch to find my phone since Google installed their own bloatware app.

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    I'm not saying I'll never get one, just need to feel as if I'll continue to wear it after a couple weeks...

    Also because my phone is my office for a majority of the day, it's never further than my mouse if I'm at my site laptop, or back pocket while walking the site...
    Thus the time is always close or in my hand, and I don't need to look at my wrist...

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    Pretty sure no one in this forum is harder on their watch then I am.

    It's still, no question, quicker. Think of all those seconds saved!!! :D
     
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    A regular watch would've been destroyed years ago on my wrist but this is all that my S has to show for the beatings it takes daily
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    Band used to be black. Now it's more of a charcoal gray along the bottom of my wrist
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    2 seconds per check x 365 days a year is a lotta time saved and at work time is money.

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    That's cute. Wait til I get back to a computer.

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    Looking forward to seeing the beatings these things can take!

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    That's where I posted a picture of the glass.
    Still looking for the band pic (which makes yours look 'cute' because it's RIDICULOUSLY bad).