5 Reasons You’ll Wear a Smartwatch

People don’t wear watches anymore. You’ll look ridiculous. Why wouldn’t you just use your smartphone instead? These are just some of the negative sentiments skeptics are spewing about smart watches, which are still very much in their nascent stage. Guess what? They’re wrong.

Not only are there some promising smart watches already available, including the Pebble and Martian Watch, but Samsung has confirmed that it is working on its own watch. Meanwhile, Apple reportedly has more than 100 people working on a curved-glass iWatch that runs iOS and Google is said to be working on its own high-tech timepiece. All of these gadgets have the potential to improve your existence. Here are five reasons why smart watches will be anything but a fad.

Editor-in-chief Mark Spoonauer directs LAPTOP’s online and print editorial content and has been covering mobile and wireless technology for over a decade. Each week Mark’s SpoonFed column provides his insights and analysis of the biggest mobile trends and news. You can also follow him on Twitter and .

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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. James Says:

    ” I’ve personally come to despise the Galaxy S3’s whistle and that awful “Droid” notification sound”

    I would hope that, being a tech site, you would know this, but you can actually change the whistle sound to something else!

    Amazing how customizable some things are, huh?

  2. Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief Says:

    I’m aware that you can disable these sounds. I was merely stating that I don’t like them.

  3. Claudio Zupancich Says:

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  4. Oliver Says:

    For god’s sake…

    “People don’t wear watches anymore. You’ll look ridiculous. Why wouldn’t you just use your smartphone instead?”

    Are you stupid? I’m wearing a watch right now and even my sister has recently bought herself one despite never wearing one previously. I regularly mock people (usually, it has to be said, women) that spend ages fumbling for their phones in order to check the time when I take a quick glance at my wrist to find it.

    Smartwatches may well catch on and become a big thing, but watches are a long long way from being dead and I don’t look or think I look ridiculous for wearing one.

  5. Oliver Says:

    I would also be surprised if Apple’s watch (the iWatch? An ingenious name if ever I’ve seen one) used curved glass – nothing else they’ve made has as far as I can remember.

  6. Malachin Thomas Says:

    I’m curious as to what they can come up with. A watch usable as a headset would be nice, though ergonomics is tricky if you don’t want a everyone to hear; relaying new emails/texts/rss would be nice too.

  7. Joe Says:

    I have to agrees with Oliver. I have 10 wristwatches and 4 pocket watches. Looking at your phone for the time is stupid. Let me rephrase…not wearing a watch because your phone has a clock is stupid. Watches can be works of art. Phones will always just be a phone.

  8. David Says:

    Smartwatches are stupid. If you think otherwise you’re probably stupid, too.

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