When Google had announced Android Wear last year, in an effort to combat the Apple watch speculation, I knew we would be in for an interesting ride. I personally don't understand the appeal of having all of that information on your wrist -- I hate having to check my phone every 5 minutes as is, why do I want something that's even more in my face constantly going off with notifications?
People say it's to move you away from needing to interact with your handset, but I feel that I'd rather be fully immersed in something with utility than speak into my go go gadget watch in order to respond to a message. Calendar alerts? Those don't belong on my wrist either.
I'm fairly aware of what my day is scheduled to be, therefore I don't need to see it every time I look down. The convenience of it is nil -- at what point did someone think it was actually a good idea to bring back the calculator watch?
I understand that it is something cool for the fanbase to wear and show off, it's a good publicity piece and I'm sure many will tear apart everything I'm saying now because I don't understand the vision that has been set forth for the product. People compare it to the first iPhone, how it was revolutionary but abysmal simultaneously (I didn't own the original iPhone, my first was the 3G because I refused to use something that had no MMS and no HSPA).
"Wait until there are native apps!" they cry, but why? What do you really plan to do on your wrist, it's a genuine question, I'd really like to know.
It's 2015 and 90% of smartphone owners have their phone glued to their hand, so anyone that debates me on the watch being a novelty is oblivious.
What I will give Apple is the fact that you can get a very well manufactured product for $500 -- the last watch I wore was about $10k retail, so there is a very large gap which will make it appealing to many users.
Unlike Google Wear products, it actually looks half way decent; I'm also certain it will be a great gym piece doing what the Fitbit does but with the added features of being immersed in your mobile experience, from afar.
I still to this day debate the iPad as being a very niche product; I have no use for it, I've had every generation and it hasn't lasted more than a week. I consider it awkward to type on and pointless for most efforts. You don't receive the full web experience if you try to couch surf, messaging on it is annoying, and most apps (like twitter) are just awkward to use on it.
I feel that my sentiment on the iPad will be shared with the watch. It's a great niche product for a target demographic, but you're not pulling someone away from their Mille with the Watch Edition. It's fun to talk about, and it may be cool to show your friends how you drunkenly called for an uber from your wrist because you couldn't figure out which pocket your phone was in. But outside of that, I don't see a real purpose.
I understand many state that wearables are a part of our future, but being a Glass Explorer, I fail to see it coming to fruition in the near future because it's still highly impractical. It creates a burden by putting too much information in front of you -- the great thing about managing everything from your handset is you can put it face down on the table and only be bothered when you care to look at it, when you don't want to be interrupted.