@2many2no Me either. I made the conscious decision when I realized I had a clock in front of me on my computer screen or in my car all day. And I had a cell phone for those few times I wasn’t in front of either. 18 years ago this month.
I’m not going down the smart watch road. A few years ago my wife bought me a wonderful Citizen Eco-Drive. Water resistant to 200m, syncs to USNO Time Server every 24 hours, perpetual calendar, multiple time zones, alarm, chronograph, sapphire crystal. An outstanding watch that I will pass down to my grandson.
I had a three year old Fitbit that would tell me who sent the text. That was enough, then I could check my texts or not based on importance. The new one I got sends me the actual texts in writing too tiny to read and I can’t tell who it’s from. Useless. There are a lot of things I prefer about that old watch. But this one does have the timer I’d always wanted.
@accelerator When my wife bought me the Eco-Drive (also doesn’t need a battery because it’s powered by a solar charged capacitor) I was shopping for a Seiko 5 Sports automatic mechanical out of the Asian gray market. They aren’t fancy but they can be had for about 150 US clams. An excellent timepiece for the money. I’m envious of your Omega. Those are great watches. If you haven’t, you should check out watchuseek.com . Lots of horse trading and stuff and discussions of cool watches.
@Barc777 I’ll check that out. My buddy owns a diamond brokerage and fine watch resale business. He keeps me constantly lusting after new watches, most Rolex watches in 5 figure sale prices. So far I’ve managed to stick with my Omega!
I bought a smartwatch on Meh. It was … meh. Did not improve my smartphone experience at all and was just another thing to fumble with in the mornings and before bed. Would a higher quality smart phone be better? Maybe… but I am unconvinced.
I have a Garmin running watch that can get all sorts of fancy notifications that I do not want on my watch. It’s just too much. Sometimes, it’s good to put the phone down and walk away from it for a little while. If it wasn’t so friggin’ convenient to have music on it or Pokemon Go didn’t exist, I’d put it in a drawer for hours. General social interaction with people is one of the lesser perks of having cell phones.
@zinimusprime You can always shut off your music and interact with the real world. I suppose if you are running or exercising it might be nice but hearing the car that is careening out of control behind you is also nice. Also, pokemon go only exists if you install it.
It depends on the conversation. I’d like any from my husband to get through, but sometimes group chat BS winds up buzzing my wrist for half an hour and for whatever reason I can’t mute it from my watch. Argh.
The Garmin app on my phone lets me choose which apps are allowed to send notifications to my device. Thankfully, my friends/family mostly keep spammy group chats in apps like Discord and GroupMe, so I’m free to block those while allowing texts and Google Chat.
It’s so nice to be able to see text messages at a glance while having a conversation or riding my bike or doing anything else that makes picking up my phone slightly inconvenient. Also, smartwatches are now prevalent enough that people don’t think you’re bored and checking your watch for the time.
I was a “real watch” person for years (even wore my first Garmin on my right wrist so I could keep wearing mechanicals on my left), but I’m now fully on the fitness device bandwagon. They’re just so useful.
When either a phone or a smart watch is made affordably available with enough screen intensity to make text readable in bright sunlight, I will give a damn about this. Until then, it’s pretty much irrelevant; if I’m indoors, I can get the notifications on the phone perfectly well.