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post #41 of 148
Look, I am the first to bash Samsung, but like with rumored iPhones, etc. I will give them the benefit of the doubt until they announce and show off a production ready model. And it is the first iteration. First gen is the kicking the tires. Same will likely hold true for Apple. Unless the square nano was their first gen, so to speak, I expect that the first gen iWatch will be different from the second/third gens, just like the iPhone and iPad.
post #42 of 148
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They are so hard to use though.  You have to look at it, check out where the arms are, then think about what time that means it is.  Most of them don't even have numbers too, so then you're left counting the marks to see which number it represents. 

A digital watch you can just glance at, and see the time.
You can also set it for the more sensible 24 hour time and not be bothered by all that, "Is it 12:00 AM or 12:00 PM?" nonsense. 

This is a basinga, right?
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History repeats. MP3 players. Smartphones. Tablets. There is a pattern. Inferior products are in the market for some time before Apple releases its superior product. Then, everyone tries to copy.

 

This time, I hope Microsoft and Google can both start releasing their smart watches before the iWatch is released. It will be a lot of fun to watch.


Some of you can never understand the point on mp3 players. It's just one item in your list, but it bugs me. Apple had a complete and well marketed system there. Quality had nothing to do with it. It was difficult to get battery service. Sound was no better than average. Their earbud designs from that era were horrible (note the updated design). I owned a couple of them, including a nano. In both cases they were a lot better with a pair of foldable sennheisers, but as buggy as itunes is, that distribution method combined with their marketing made very mediocre hardware into a great success.

post #44 of 148
Well, the venturebeat article that this is taken from does state that, sometimes, Samsung sends out prototypes that don't mirror the final designs, but also guesses that the final thing probably won't be far off what were looking at here.

Which seems ridiculous. I have to agree with the people saying that this looks rushed - done for the sake of getting some kind of touchscreen smart watch out before the competition. And a 10 hour battery life? Are you expected to turn this thing off when you're not looking at it to try and conserve the meagre battery?

As for the mention of Samsung S-Voice, I can imagine that voice commands could play a big role in controlling a device like this. It has web access and, arguably, one of the most common web activities is searching for a quick bit of information. Can you imagine trying to type on something like this? I've not used Samsung voice recognition since my S2, but it was pretty shocking back then. Things might have improved muchly though, I don't know.
post #45 of 148
I have a phone... I stopped needing a watch long ago.
I understand a fitness band for when a watch is too heavy and or lot's of water etc may be involved but that's it. Don't need a watch anymore. Just like I don't need my grandfathers slide rule, HP calculator, day-timer, low end camera, separate iPod, GPS and often even my laptop. I have a programable device that does all of that.

And that watch looks ugly!
post #46 of 148
So...it's a phone with a couple of straps! Real thinking outside the box stuff!
post #47 of 148
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Some of you can never understand the point on mp3 players. It's just one item in your list, but it bugs me. Apple had a complete and well marketed system there. Quality had nothing to do with it. It was difficult to get battery service. Sound was no better than average. Their earbud designs from that era were horrible (note the updated design). I owned a couple of them, including a nano. In both cases they were a lot better with a pair of foldable sennheisers, but as buggy as itunes is, that distribution method combined with their marketing made very mediocre hardware into a great success.

You never used the MP3 players of the era did you? Their sound quality was far worse than the iPods. Their ear buds were equally as bad. Their UI's were beyond horrible. They were USB 1.0 slow.
post #48 of 148
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Some of you can never understand the point on mp3 players. It's just one item in your list, but it bugs me. Apple had a complete and well marketed system there. Quality had nothing to do with it. It was difficult to get battery service. Sound was no better than average. Their earbud designs from that era were horrible (note the updated design). I owned a couple of them, including a nano. In both cases they were a lot better with a pair of foldable sennheisers, but as buggy as itunes is, that distribution method combined with their marketing made very mediocre hardware into a great success.

Without getting into a discussion on the perceived quality, etc. you can not argue that the success of the iPod defined that market, provided the launching pad for legitimate online music stores, and brought us to the current smartphone market.

post #49 of 148
Samsung has been known to test devices in large shells and even purposely leak incorrect images of devices to throw people of. Anything and everything can change about this device.
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Samsung has been known to test devices in large shells and even purposely leak incorrect images of devices to throw people of. Anything and everything can change about this device.

I was about to ask for a citation as I don't remember a story of Samsung doing so. According to this tho, you are correct.
http://www.phonedog.com/2012/04/20/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-video-leak-teases-device-internals-housed-by-dummy-outer-shell/
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post #51 of 148

yes of course. the final version will look a lot more like what everyone expects Apple to come up with. ;-)

And then they will show prior art to explain how they had those prototypes in the works much before Apple even registered the iWatch name...

 

my take is that basically they have covered all possible grounds with what a 'smart' watch might end up having in terms of features. Then they can swing the design and refine the concepts any which way the market leader takes this segment forward.

 

Lo and behold! A new product segment is born. Hence forth it shall be called a Phat Watch...


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post #52 of 148
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Wow, Samsung, wow...

 

 

And who the hell wants to do FaceTime/Skype on a smart watch, really?!? Just hold your arm up in that position for 30 seconds and tell me it's a good idea.

 

 

post #53 of 148
Rather fugly looking, even for a prototype device, but then such things usually are. Hopefully this isn't what the final version'll look like.
post #54 of 148
Samsung will fix their watch to look like that of Apple as soon as Apple releases theirs. They will go back to the drawing board like they did with the tablet and commence massive copying.
post #55 of 148
I think this is what their fans were expecting:




"SOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOL I WATCHED IT SO MANY TIMES IT MADE ME TINGLE WITH EXCITEMENT I BLUDDY GOT GOOSE BUMPS I WANT IT HOPE ITS NOT TOO PRICEY"

Disappointment on the way for some people. I don't like how Samsung gets all the press when Sony does a better job and got to market first. Their watch looks a lot nicer, check the metal strap model at 1:24:

post #56 of 148
Photoshoppers with an axe to grind: get your LOL@APPLE pics ready!

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Reportedly, it will have more than 10 hours of battery life.
 
More than 10 hours as in 11 hours, or more than 10 hours as in a week of battery life?
 
They might want to rethink that.
post #58 of 148
Don't care how high tech it is; James Bond wouldn't be caught dead wearing one.
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More than 10 hours as in 11 hours, or more than 10 hours as in a week of battery life?
 
They might want to rethink that.

You might as well wind it every 10 hours, except that winding only takes a moment, while this requires several hours on a charger.

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C'mon really?

 

Well, maybe I just fell out of the habit since digital clocks have been around for most of my life, but yeah, really.  I'm often faced with one of those clocks with just the marks and I have to say to myself " … well, that one is the three, so … four, five, … so that mans 25, and the short hand is closer to the twelve than the one after it, so that means it's 12:25!"  Seriously.  

 

At least I can still do it.  I have a nephew who is now in his late 30's who just can't tell time with an analogue clock at all!  He was born right about the same time as digital clocks came into being and he never learned how to tell time the old way.  He wears a digital watch on his wrist all the time for that reason. He's far from an idiot so I'm sure there are many others in the same situation. 

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Well, maybe I just fell out of the habit since digital clocks have been around for most of my life, but yeah, really.  I'm often faced with one of those clocks with just the marks and I have to say to myself " … well, that one is the three, so … four, five, … so that mans 25, and the short hand is closer to the twelve than the one after it, so that means it's 12:25!"  Seriously.  

At least I can still do it.  I have a nephew who is now in his late 30's who just can't tell time with an analogue clock at all!  He was born right about the same time as digital clocks came into being and he never learned how to tell time the old way.  He wears a digital watch on his wrist all the time for that reason. He's far from an idiot so I'm sure there are many others in the same situation. 

My 7 yr old son had lots of time reading homework last year so it's not like it isn't be taught.
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post #62 of 148
why would you pull out a product that looks like that when you know that your main rival will bring out something that s smoot, elegant and simple. Maybe the only nice design they wgere able to make was the GS3/4. You d have to pay my to wear that thing.
post #63 of 148
Some of you suggested this might be a decoy to throw people off. Here's why I do t think so: all of the leaks have come from Samsung. Samsung keeps sending out these devices and giving interviews "dropping hints" and such. Apple actually tries to keep their hardware a secret and when it leaks it's because there is a leak somewhere far down the line in their vast supply chain. Samsung is intentionally leaking info about this device. Maybe they are hoping to build buzz by leaking specs slowly so as to get the tech crowd talking about the what-ifs. If anything, we are playing right into their hand. The problem for Samsung is that all the leaks are generating very bad sentiment. As for the 10 hour thing: wow! Forget how large the thing is. I can live with that, but 10 hours?

"Hey Bob, what time is it?"

"I don't know; my watch is over there charging next to my phone."

Good luck with that.
post #64 of 148
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I think this is what their fans were expecting:
...

"SOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOL I WATCHED IT SO MANY TIMES IT MADE ME TINGLE WITH EXCITEMENT I BLUDDY GOT GOOSE BUMPS I WANT IT HOPE ITS NOT TOO PRICEY"

...

 

As I'm sure you're aware though, a "concept" video is almost always something more pie in the sky and specifically something that may not even be possible to build.  It's an idea video, a futuristic "what if" and not an actual product design at all.  

 

When you go to design school, they ask you to think up a concept for product a, b, or c and the idea is to give "free reign to your imagination" and not to be constrained by the realities of materials science, gravity, etc. The real art of design is in some ways the art of taking those concepts and ideas and applying the constraints of reality to them so as to make them manifest.  During that process a lot of the whiz-bang impossible stuff get's pared away. 

 

Even if this leak is actually fake and Samsung has something better up their sleeve, I would strongly doubt that we will see anything even close to what's in those concept videos.  

 

Again, from your comments it seems like you are aware of this and I'm not trying to be critical of your reaction.  

I just get so mad when I see concept videos like that and people react with "Wow! Samsung's sure got some amazing designers!"  

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My 7 yr old son had lots of time reading homework last year so it's not like it isn't be taught.

 

I was taught it in school too but that was sometime in the middle ages.  Perhaps it depends where you go to school.  

 

In any case, my original point was just that it isn't "instant" (at least not for everybody), whereas with a digital display you simply look at it and the time is there.  Personally, I think we should all go 24 hours time and digital and leave the old analogue clocks behind with all the other cool stuff from the 17th century.  

 

I would bet it will happen before the end of this century. Lots of things like that are already fading away, but while I agree on this one I certainly don't on all of them.  

 

Don't even get me started on "Exit" signs. 1rolleyes.gif

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So...it's a phone with a couple of straps! Real thinking outside the box stuff!

The next version will have a 5-inch screen.

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post #67 of 148
The reason Samsung's rumored watch is ugly, clunky, and poorly configured is simple. They didn't wait until Apple came out with their watch and copy it.

Of course, just like Samsung did with their phones, when Apple does come out with their watch, Samsung will "update" and improve their watch.

Monkey see, monkey do.
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ALL:

Once again the adage that 'being first is not primarily important', rather  it is far most important to 'be the most creative innovative'.    Credit should be given to those who try to be first.  Sometimes a new device needs time for maturity and acceptance.

 

Edmund

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ALL:

Once again the adage that 'being first is not primarily important', rather  it is far most important to 'be the most creative innovative'.    Credit should be given to those who try to be first.  Sometimes a new device needs time for maturity and acceptance.

 

Edmund

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You might want to check your Korean to English translation 1smile.gif

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I was taught it in school too but that was sometime in the middle ages.  Perhaps it depends where you go to school.  

Don't even get me started on "Exit" signs. 1rolleyes.gif

I found a picture of your old wristwatch, flip up sundial and all. lol.gif


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post #72 of 148
Hilarious! Before seeing this there was a part of me that said Samsung can't be so stupid as to strap a smartphone on a wristband.

This is worse than I could have imagined. It has a 3 inch screen! It is basically an iPhone 4 with a wristband. Classic. No thought about what might actually be useful on your wrist.

Now I am convinced they have the "Note" version waiting in the wings with a 4" screen. It's like a skit right out of SNL.
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I prefer a traditional analogue watch.

 

They are so hard to use though.  You have to look at it, check out where the arms are, then think about what time that means it is.  Most of them don't even have numbers too, so then you're left counting the marks to see which number it represents. 

Maybe it is just my generation, but I thought most people learned how to tell time around age 5. It is like riding a bike, you don't have to think about. The human brain normally handles that sort of thing automatically. Every elementary school clock I've ever seen was analog. 

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They are so hard to use though.  You have to look at it, check out where the arms are, then think about what time that means it is.  Most of them don't even have numbers too, so then you're left counting the marks to see which number it represents. 

A digital watch you can just glance at, and see the time.
You can also set it for the more sensible 24 hour time and not be bothered by all that, "Is it 12:00 AM or 12:00 PM?" nonsense. 

I understand your reasoning against analog watches. That is assuming you never really use one. I have both, digital and analog watches and I have no problem reading the time in my analog watch with just a glance at it. When you use an analog watch regularly you become so used to reading the time that you don't have to think about it. It becomes second nature. I bet most people that regularly wear one will tell you the same.
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History repeats. MP3 players. Smartphones. Tablets. There is a pattern. Inferior products are in the market for some time before Apple releases its superior product. Then, everyone tries to copy.

This time, I hope Microsoft and Google can both start releasing their smart watches before the iWatch is released. It will be a lot of fun to watch.
Agreed! Finally and hopefully Apple is back to this strategy... It works well for them 1smile.gif)
post #76 of 148
You will all stop laughing and watch in awe... Once you see the cuckoo coming out.
post #77 of 148
Has to be a ruse, not even Samsung would produce this
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More pictures are surfacing

 

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 I have both, digital and analog watches and I have no problem reading the time in my analog watch with just a glance at it. When you use an analog watch regularly you become so used to reading the time that you don't have to think about it. It becomes second nature. I bet most people that regularly wear one will tell you the same.

When I gave up wearing watches altogether, maybe 8-10 years ago, I found using the digital time on my cell phone more difficult in one particular aspect. When someone would ask me what time it was I felt slightly irritated because I felt it was rude or geeky to tell them the exact time such as 10:26, etc. It did take a second or two to decide what time to round it to for something more polite such as half past ten, where as that would come to mind naturally when wearing an analog watch. Now days it has become socially acceptable to tell someone the exact time without seeming like a jerk, mostly because so many people now use their phone as their time piece.

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Even if Apple comes out with a beautiful "smartwatch" that does whatever, I'm just not interested. The cellphone and then the smartphone/iphone took the place of wearing a wristwatch for me years ago, and I'm not interested in having another thing to carry around. I can't think of much it would do that couldn't be done by simply taking your phone out of your pocket and using it instead, other than possibly fitness stuff, like being a pulse monitor at the same time, etc, which I'm not too interested in.

 

Granted, maybe others are waiting with bated breathe for Apple to do the smartwatch thing in its Apple way, and maybe it'll sell well, I don't know. I do know that I won't be buying one.

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