What was your first smartwatch?

Nano Watch
By Adam Zeis on 8 Jul 2014 11:04 am
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With a slew of new smartwatches set to hit the streets over the next few months — including the long-awaited Android Wear devices — I got to thinking a bit about my first smartwatch, and what got me interested in the connected space. For many people it was a newer device like a Pebble or Galaxy Gear, but for me it actually goes back a bit further.

It's true that my current smartwatch addiction truly started with my Pebble, but when I put some thought into it, I actually got hooked on the idea of smartwatches after Apple introduced the 6th generation iPod Nano. The small, square design gave birth to the "Nano Watch" which, when coupled with any number of third-party watch bands, made for a futuristic looking timepiece, but not necessarily a "smartwatch."

Nano Watch

The Nano had a bunch of cool watch faces built in that gave it a unique look, but it didn't have an always-on face — something that doesn't work to well as a watch. You had to physically tap the button to check it, and it of course didn't do much else besides telling the time. No notifications, phone calls, SMS or anything that we'd expect on a watch today, but it was still a start of something new. I keep my Nano with my other smartwatches for nostalgia, and because it's still one of my favorites (even if it doesn't do very much).

What was the one that started it all for you? Were you an early bloomer with an inPulse watch? MetaWatch? Pebble? Hit up the comments and let us know!

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35 comments

wikison

I've been hooked on smatwatches since the InPulse. Even with its measly 4 to 6 hour battery life, I loved the idea of not having to take out my phone out of my pocket every couple of minutes.

captainbdsc

I am not sure if everyone would agree that this it is a Smartwatch, but mine was a Timex Datalink from the mid 90s, though I can't remember the specific model now. It was cool though!

wikison

I forgot about the Time Data link. I had that one too, model 150 I belive. http://goo.gl/ydQCuo

anthonok

Pebble. Loved it. Sold it an now waiting for the 360.

Magellan

My first was Microsoft SPOT watch by Fossil. I then had a SPOT watch from Suunto, in fact I used them up until they killed the service in 2012 (highly underrated watches). I then had a WIMM One until it stopped charging late last year. I now have a pebble.

Devhux

Mine was the Fossil Abacus SPOT watch. It had an induction charging stand that made it so convenient to charge!

Now I have a Pebble, but have ordered the Gear Live to try it out. Time will tell (groan) which one remains on my wrist.

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zinj

Same here. First a Fossil SPOT watch, replaced by a Suunto SPOT watch, now a WIMM One. Soon to be a Moto 360.

Moaske

Back in the day I had something called a MessageWatch. This was before I had a cellphone and it was some sort of a pager. We're talking mid nineties here... ;)
I don't know if these existed in the US or the rest of Europe, but we had these in the Netherlands :)

evostudios

Pebble! Still wear it everyday and love everything about it!

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aitt

Sony crappy LiveView was my first. Lawd that thing had potential at first but never could keep a connection

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smwinn7

Same here I wore that LiveView for a year or more, it basically hooked me on the idea. Pebble all the way right now though

bast525

Sony Smartwatch 2. So underrated, especially after the last update. Always on, full color touch screen. 3-4 days of battery. Water resistant. Seemingly unlimited space for apps and custom watch faces. Uses standard watch bands.

All this for $150. Why so few people bought this watch is beyond me. It does everything the pebble does but is nicer built, aluminum and glass (not counting the $100-more pebble steel) and costs roughly the same.

I'll likely keep mine until it dies or until Android Wear gets really good.

Tinostre

My first will be the Moto 360.

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NotJust4Time

Mine was was the Wimm One, then came the I'm watch, then the Sony SW1 then Sony SW2 and then Pebble, then the TrueSmart, I bought the first Gear only b/c it was a refurb and it was getting updated and I was notified that my samsung Gear live is at my front door now. So yeah I'm all in - LOL

Xader

Nano-watch for me too.

muchtall

I had a Fossil WristPDA w/PalmOS. It has this mini stylus that tucked into the clasp of the band. I had two major beefs with it though: It wasn't water-resistant, and the speaker was far too quiet to be useful for appointment reminders. Still, back in the day, it was pretty cool having a PDA on your wrist.

demonix

Not a smartest but I was using my iPod nano as a watch for a while.

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Ricardo_C

First was Sony Smartwatch mn2 (was given to me as a gift) then I upgraded to what I have now the Sony Smartwatch SW2. I'm surprised by how much I like it.

ZachSimone

My first - and only - smart watch was/is a Pebble!

Will probably purchase the Moto 360 and Apple wearable when they are released though!

Q

Sony Ericsson MBW-100. Unfortunately, it only worked with SE phones (out of the box, anyway), and my primary phone was a Treo, though I could play with it with my SE K790 (I had a 2nd line at the time).

Beacio_mo

I had the Sony Smartwatch1; it was amazing until I got the Pebble. The physical buttons and epaper screen was worlds better then the LCD that disappeared in the sun and pinching screen motions that didn't always work.

Jamie Sanger

Mbw-100 for me too. Used smartwatchm on my old windows mobile devices

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Colin English

My first smart watch is a Pebble. I wear it every day. It is brilliant.

DarrenAustAE

Original Pebble. Sold it to make way for my G Watch.

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NinjaOne

Mine was a Sony Ericsson bluetooth watch. Can't remember the name, but it send notifications when I got sms or calls. Now I use Pebble Steel until Android Wear watches shrink a little.

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Rob Hall3

I had a timex data link also. Kinda neat but bulky.
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logarx

I had the Timex Datalink as well but right now I have a Pebble Steel & love it.

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tramsay09

The Pebble Kickstarter Edition and then the Pebble Steel and now the LG G Watch
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kill_dano

Sony MBW-150 executive edition. Now this watch screamed premium. Too bad the crappy LCD displayed died on it after a couple years, like many others.

balama

timex datalink but my timex/motorola Beep pager messagewatch was better. basically the pebble before email.
The casio metal T-100 with calculator could store allot of data but like the Timex it wasn't interactive like the message watch.

tfp

While not a smart watch, my first interest in expanding the capabilities of a watch, was a Casio Calculator watch from the mid-80's lol I loved that thing. Having the ability to do more then just tell time with my watch intrigued me.

jaya_man

My first and only smartwatch is the original pebble. Love the battery life and soo far its serving its purpose. Would love to find out more about the iWatch though

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murch 1

Calculator watch in the mid-90's and now Kickstarter Pebble. I really like it.