While I am still not a giant fan of smartwatches initially having wondered were people just too lazy to look at their phone, it’s clear that they are not going away. Apple has led the smartwatch charge and there’s a certain cache associated with Apple products in general (i.e. you are willing to spend more than on Android products) and the Apple watch fits right in.
You might be surprised to know there are a number of quality Android watches. Watches from LG, Samsung, and Huawei have fine features and are all considerably less expensive than an Applewatch. Any of the Android smartwatches work with an Android phone meaning you needn’t have a Samsung Galaxy phone to use a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch. But if there are people wearing Android smartwatches out there I am not seeing them or recognizing them. I can however easily recognize an Applewatch. It’s just another example of why Apple does a much better job of brand integration than Samsung, LG et al.
An article last month, ‘Apple Watch vs. Samsung Galaxy Watch: Which Smartwatch Is Best?’ appeared in Tomsguide.com summarized the different offerings – It made me think a little more about an Android watch but I am not quite ready…yet.
I’ve noted previously that smartwatches are incredibly interruptive if you are with someone that is wearing one. Right in the middle of your conversation the watch flashes, buzzes or whatever and you the wearer cannot help but look down to see what’s happening. At that moment it’s not great to be the other person.
I guess there’s a feeling that looking at your smartwatch is less interruptive and faster than looking at your phone. After all why else would people wear one? With all the technology in our day-to-day lives, we’re all learning to deal with the onslaught of messages to figure out how much is too much. It’s a messy process that will take time to play out.
Will smartwatches become ubiquitous? I say mostly likely yes. Whether that’s a good thing or not, well that’s another story.