Why I’m Not Your Wearables Guy

Moto 360 v2

Here’s the Moto 360 v2 that Howard reviewed a few weeks back. I got a chance to play with it too; here it is at its best in its inductive charging stand, the perfect travel clock.

Wait, I was supposed to put it on my wrist…?

In the year and a half that I’ve been testing smartwatches I’ve come to an important realization: I don’t particularly care for them.

Maybe it’s not them, maybe it’s me. I stopped wearing a watch fifteen years ago, the moment I got my first cell phone with network-connected time. So strapping something around my wrist is unfamiliar, antiquated even.

Of course I did buy those two Pebbles. Coming from the original LG G Watch—which, to be honest, was an impulse purchase based on curiosity—Pebbles were an easy sell, as both the original model and subsequent Pebble Time were extremely light. There was a definite geeky appeal in the original monochrome Pebble, and though Android Wear has made great strides in usability I maintain that Pebble’s Timeline makes the most sense of any smartwatch UI I’ve seen thus far.

It’s a shame that the watches scratch so easily and that Pebble harvests non-anonymous data from your phone.

Android Wear hardware is, of course, more substantial, more cumbersome on my wrist and more of a strain on my wallet. The Huawei Watch, the prettiest one so far (in my opinion) retails in Canada for the price I’d expect to pay for a phone. And what do you get for that, really? More than a year after Android Wear’s début it seems like its “killer app” is still notifications on your wrist.

Someone on a podcast I heard somewhere had a damning and fairly accurate assessment of the entire smartwatch category: Smartwatches exist only to offload notifications onto your wrist because phones are getting too big to take out of your pocket.

Nuts to that, I say. I’m not your wearables guy, buddy… I’m not your wearables buddy, guy… Nope, phones for seniors, that’s clearly my niche. 🙄

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