Thinking About a Smartwatch


Neptune Pine Concept

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It seems these days that the tech firms are all starting to figure out how they are going to make a smart watch that connects to my phone. They assume too much.

I don’t want a watch that connects to my phone. I want a watch that replaces my phone. So far I have only seen one on the market that fits that bill, the Neptune Pine.
Supposedly it’s shipping in January, but it still looks too big to me. But, of course, I wouldn’t mind testing a live unit.

What do I want to do with it? Everything I do with my cell phone, except drop it, lose it, and juggle it.

So what should a watch that is everything do?

  • GPS and the matching software to record my runs, as well as give me directions.
  • Cellular Signal I don’t care if it prefers AT&T or Sprint or whomever, as long as I get signal.
  • Bluetooth: Because I’m sure not going to talk to my wrist like Dick Tracy, at least not very often. Give me a very small bluetooth ear device and I’m good.
  • Speakerphone?  Well maybe. It could have a speakerphone built in for those times when I need it.  But most of the time wouldn’t the bluetooth earpiece be good enough?
  • WIFI so I can connect to the internet at home and abroad without wasting expensive cellular bandwidth.
  • The screen needn’t be huge, just large enough to see a contact and phone #.

I wrote part of this several months ago and never posted the final form. Since then it seems everybody is trying to get into the smart watch market. But they are, IMHO still doing it wrong.

I don’t want a phone accessory on my wrist, I want a phone replacement on my wrist.

So what if I can’t read a book on it, I find that I’m not doing nearly as much of that as I might like anyway.

What would you like in a phone replacing watch?