I'll explain, since I seem to be in the overwhelming minority. I use my iPhone for just about everything. I love it. I'm a busy guy, taking care of an elderly mom, a disabled brother, and two big active boys. Besides working full-time as a programmer, I'm constantly driving and shopping and running errands and fielding phone calls and text messages. My iPhone is invaluable while managing all this and I find myself CONSTANTLY fishing it out of my pocket. Not a huge deal, but when I'm driving, this is a serious pain, and even a bit dangerous, when all I want to do sometimes is see if I need to answer the phone or see who's texting me or glance at the date/time. Just those features alone would probably be worth the price of an iWatch. But if it does any of the other things it should be able to do (e.g., pause or skip the track while listening to music, quickly check weather, voice activate and quickly record some thoughts, etc.), I'd be a very, very happy camper.
What would you say if a guy like you overruns your kids with his car while grabbing his phone or while texting or while being distracted by a "smart-watch"?! I don't want to appear as a moralist, but such behaviour is criminal negligence. To consider (if sanity does not help): judges and insurance companies check the phone trafic when it comes to a liability case.
Always a good point to consider. Of course there are irresponsible people out there who allow themselves to be dangerously distracted while driving. I do not fancy myself to be one of them. I do NOT text and drive and am usually hands-free calling. I see glancing at a smart watch while driving no more dangerous than glancing at the speedometer, and in fact quite a bit safer than what I see a lot of other people doing (staring into their laps at their phones).
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... when you wanted to have a phone on your wrist (thinking of a tall gentleman with a black car).
But we seem to have gone past that and want something bigger in our hand than that which we use less for talking.
These devices get bigger each year which is good since they are harder to loose (opposite of miniaturization).
Watches are strange things, they are more a status symbol for the younger folk *if* they wear them, for older folk like yours truly we feel naked without it.
You could argue: why do you need a watch when other gadgets (like a smart-phone or a tablet) show you the current time?
Watches are treated as jewellery, but otherwise, they are kind of anachronistic - if it's only about time, why not have it as a finger ring (maybe very flat and small)?
The biggest drawback of smart-watches is that you give up (without cause) on using one hand to operate the gadget.
The good thing is, you don't need a bag/pocket to store the watch when you not actually "use" it - it's "stored" at your wrist.
The best of both world would be if you could carry the thing without feeling it and use it with all your senses (both hands, eyes, ears, ...) when needed.
Maybe as a necklace , pierced to your ears , sticked to your neck ... or put into your pocket (again) , ...
Of course, there are some niches that might get filled with some kind of modular gadget carried at your wrist: watch, bluetooh based phone, GPS, step counter, pulse meter, blood preassure meter, blood oxigen meter, sweat-o-meter to determine when you need some specific food/food-additions (or medicine), etc. The watch-part is rather irrelevant in that case, just a goody. Internet surfing in the traditional sense (acquire information) or texting is probably not the strength of such a device - too small in any sense.
I have more interest in the recent trend of fitness devices, which can track my activity and give me feedback.
These devices are far more useful than a smart-watch, because the current smart-watches are just a useless gadget with a terrible screen and an awful battery life. They don't bring anything new or useful.
It might be just me, but I feel the same way for Google Glass, it's an unnecessary distraction device that will do more harm than bring anything useful.
I have a perfectly good watch, that had told me the date and time, and looked good for twenty years or so already.
1) Why would I want a watch which screams "this is a geek!" before I get the chance to open my mouth?
2) Why would I want a watch that I have to replace every six months or it screams "this is an out of fashion geek!"?
3) I grew out of tiny displays and fiddlier buttons when I had a Casio Databank watch yonks ago...