But Samsung's me-first Galaxy Gear watches were somehow immune to the "my snooty jewelry watch > smartwatch" arguments used to bash the Apple Watch. I think people are really annoyed off by the thought of Apple succeeding, but they have no problem if Sammy or Pebble take a stab at a new market and fail.
The iPhone 5s shipped in Sept 2013. The standard tech press talking points was how "disappointed" people were, then it went on to sell even stronger than the iPhone 5 or any previous iPhone model before it. Yet the press never keeps score of their failed predictions.