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September 26, 2014

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Angelo

We'll see. I'm not feeling it. I think "Smart Watch" is an answer to a question that not enough people are asking. I do know some people who aren't watch enthusiasts----who wear a watch to keep track of their running. So I guess there's a market for active people who can run or bicycle, then automatically upload results to facebook or track how many miles they've run since the year started---that sort of thing. But I don't see a mass market of watch lovers flocking to Smart Watches. They are not going to be as capable as a Smart Phone that everyone carries anyway---not a great watch, not a great electronic device----a niche maybe, but I don't see it setting the world on fire.

jonnybardo

I thought the same thing about iPads/tablets, Angelo--that they were bridging too small of a gap between smartphones and laptops and no one would want all three--and now they're all the rage. I can say for myself that I feel that my iPad mini was somewhat wasted money as we rarely use it, although it is nice to have on family trips for the girls to watch movies (or rather, nice for us during long drives to have some peace and quiet while they're zoning out in the back).

As for smart watches, right now I have no interest in them but I've learned to never say never. But I agree that I don't see a "mass market of watch lovers flocking to Smart Watches," but I do see a mass market of non-watch lovers flocking. So the end result is that in a year or two more people will be wearing watches than ever, but most will be of the smart variety.

Angelo

Well you might be right Jonny. But I could see how an I-Pad/Tablet offered MORE than smartphones (in terms of capability, display size, memory, etc.) but were lighter/more portable than laptops. That's a niche that makes sense to me. With the smartwatch---it will likely do nothing better than a smartphone does----and everyone is carrying smartphones anyway and aren't likely to give those up for the watches. I could see techno-geeks taking the plunge----but for example, how many women would wear a watch like this? But I do agree with you about "never say never" because that's proven to have been right many times.

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