I had a Fitbit Surge for a bit. Fitbit apparently doesn’t know what “waterproof” means, and the “smart” features were pretty lacking, so that didn’t last very long.
Then I got one of the early meh offerings of a Martian Notifier. It was basically what I needed in a smart watch: a quick glance at whatever notification I was receiving. I’m an entertainment technician, so there are plenty of times when it’s not convenient to take out my phone (hands are full of tools/equipment, I’m working at height, etc), so this was perfect. But it didn’t have activity tracking, and I got tired of wearing two devices.
So I got myself a cheapish Garmin watch. It does all the same basic notifications, but on a fully digital screen so I can read a BIT more, does activity tracking and can track my runs/bikes with its onboard GPS.
I’m not sure I fully understand the allure of a true “smart watch,” but maybe I’m just not the target audience for one.
I have a Pebble, a Martian Notifier, and that damn Olio I got in a Fuko. They are all in a drawer. I sometimes think about pulling the Martian out, I actually like it, but i can’t get in the habit of wearing a watch. Plus I don’t know where the charge cable is, and I don’t feel like looking for one/modifying one to fit…
I considered getting a Fossil Q but even with steep discounts on black friday they were too expensive.
I’m still saving up for a fun dumb-watch from Tokyoflash.
@altoidbox Me too. I’m a stay at home dad. A Smartwatch is nice; I don’t have to cart my phone around. But, I don’t get many important messages so it isn’t a tragedy if I miss one. Plus, I LOVE watches and I much prefer wearing a nice looking analog one.
I decided to get one of the Martians sold here. It was too cheap to pass up. It is truly Meh. It is analog but it is ugly. It doesn’t work well with the way I use email so all I use it for is SMS. I’d look for a better one but better tech = higher price. Obviously, I shop here so I’m cheap! Ergo, no really nice Smartwatch. But that’s fine, the Martian I bought here suits my Meh needs!
So, I’m with you: I have one and feel Meh about it. (@mediocrebot, you needed another answer to your survey!)
I have an LG that does not have the “phone call” function. So I bought a Martian M Voice on an earlier sale and now realize I really never use it, or care for it. So now I am happy with both the watches. But the Martian has a much better battery life than the LG.
I was skeptical of smartwatches for ages, including after the Apple Watch was announced. But, since the original Pebble was so cheap ($99), I decided I’d put my money where my mouth was, buy one, and give it a try to see how I felt.
Even though the Pebble didn’t work great with my iPhone, I rolled with it for a couple months and loved the parts that worked right. Enough so that I ditched it and bought an Apple Watch. Three years later, there’s still an Apple Watch on my wrist every day. I even use it for sleep tracking.