Geek Rants

More “Smart Watch” Blather

  • September 5, 2014

More smart watch musings because that topic is everywhere today and I’m interested in them: the deal clincher is going to be the stuff it does besides tell the time and date, obviously. I wear a $35 Timex that I’ve had so long it’s on its third band; Anne got it for me ages ago. Regular watch stuff I already got.

I’m not terribly hung up on looks, though I expect Apple’s designers agonized over their offering. Given the limited screen real estate I’m thinking Moto’s round face approach was a mistake: those corners are useful. I’m also not a big fan of the chain mail band look. Give me fabric or leather.

I can’t stress this enough: battery life. Rumor has it the Moto can’t even get through a regular workday without dying. The use case: you take it off the charger in the morning and put it on. You use it fairly regularly through the day. You don’t take it off again until it hits the charger when you get ready for bed. If it can’t survive that long then it’s really not very useful.

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