This time last year I was settling into my 10-day adventure to Toronto leading up to the launch of BlackBerry 10 in NYC. Now I sit here writing this post as Editor-in-Chief of Mobile Nations' newest site, Smartwatch Fans. What a crazy year it's been.
We didn't let it loose at the time, but during our stay in Toronto we were hard at work on our BlackBerry 10 review, Z10 review, CrackBerry redesign and any number of other things we could fit in the schedule. It turned out to be an amazing trip and the kick off to an awesome year that included BlackBerry Live and CrackBerry Live in Orlando.
It was on the ground here that I got my first real-life encounter with a Pebble smartwatch. I had originally jumped on the bandwagon and backed the project on Kickstarter, but after a few weeks I rescinded since I realized it wouldn't play nice with BlackBerry so I didn't need to drop the cash on it. Yet. As you most likely know, the Pebble project went through the roof and the rest was history. It was Pebble here, Pebble there, Pebble everywhere. Arguably that was the start of what continues to be a huge push for smartwatches and wearables.
Being in the tech industry I'm already super connected for 98% of the hours in my day, so having a smartwatch would seem to push that number up towards 100%
So after returning from Orlando I was convinced I wanted a Pebble to call my very own. We had seen a demo of a very early beta app that connected the Pebble watch to a BlackBerry 10 phone, so I knew I'd at least have some functionality. I ordered one from Best Buy, got it a few days later and that was the beginning of it all. I dusted off my iPhone so I could setup my new watch and test things out. There weren't any BlackBerry 10 apps out at the time so I did have to wait a few weeks before my two favorite devices could play nice, but I found myself loving the Pebble regardless. I went back to using two devices so I could get a true feel of the Pebble notifications and it turned out to be something I didn't know I needed, but absolutely fell in love with.
Being in the tech industry I'm already super connected for 98% of the hours in my day, so having a smartwatch would seem to push that number up towards 100%. Yet while I'm "hyper connected" now, I actually find it helps in my workflow as I don't need to run to various apps or phones to check my notifications. I have them on my wrist with a quick glance and that's that. I use my Pebble at home or when I'm out and now I can't imagine not having a smartwatch on my wrist.
Fast forward to a cold October weekend. My wife and kids were out of the house and while I should have been doing manly things, I was sitting on my computer WWILFing around, up to no good. I started to look around for some smartwatch sites to see what the latest happenings were, but to my dismay there were really no good sites to be found. Sad Adam.
So with that I took things into my own hands and sought out a solid domain name that was available, fired up a cheesy Wordpress blog and called it a day. I'd drop in some news posts here and there when anything big showed up, unsure of just what would end up happening with the site (if anything at all). It wasn't until weeks later that it came up in a conversation with Kevin and the birth of the new SmartwatchFans.com arrived.
I've developed an amazing passion for smartwatches over the last few months ... I'm finding myself more and more intrigued by all of the smartwatch happenings going on
After countless tech calls, emails, late night chats and help from all of the awesome people behind the scenes, we launched Smartwatch Fans just before heading out to CES 2014 in Las Vegas. It was the plan all along to get it ready to go for the biggest tech show of the year, but believe me, there were points where we didn't think we'd be able to pull it off. Thankfully it all worked out and we were up and running in time to see the plethora of smartwatches at the show. We even got to kick off the site with an amazing feature on Pebble, my first love.
I've had my hand at managing the day-to-day on CrackBerry for a few years, so with plenty of Kevin's guidance under my belt, he agreed to let me have the official title of Editor-in-Chief for Smartwatch Fans (or as I like to call it, 'Chief Smartwatch Fan'). It's a big responsibility but I'm up to the challenge and excited to have some of the best in the business as my fellow EIC's.
So what now? Well, we'll continue on our pursuit to be the biggest, baddest and most awesome smartwatch site on the planet (we're nearly there). I've developed an amazing passion for smartwatches over the last few months, and although I'll always love my BlackBerry (and all things mobile), I'm finding myself more and more intrigued by all of the smartwatch happenings going on. There is such a big movement and I'm glad we're here for the start of it. I honestly had no idea what I was getting into pre-CES but I'm glad we made it out alive :)
For now I'm getting together a great team of writers that are also passionate about smartwatches, and I've been busy trying to build up my arsenal of devices so I can always know what I'm talking about when it comes to smartwatches. I've also pre-ordered some of the upcoming devices that I'm overly eager to get my hands on, so even if we haven't touched on your favorite device yet, rest assured that nothing is off our radar. We've already had two great Smartwatch Fans podcasts as well and I'm excited to have even more with plenty of guests and smartwatchy goodness.
So with all that being said — if there is anything that you would like to see covered here, by all means, please let us know. Reviews, tips, help articles, features, tools — whatever it may be. We're here to make an awesome experience for the readers and smartwatch fans all over the globe so we definitely want to know what you'd like to see. You can drop a comment here, on Twitter or to me personally @azeis or adam(at)smartwatchfans.com.