When Pebble first showed up on Kickstarter I was eager to back it, I had never seen anything like it, and "need" it or not, it was something I wanted to own. A few weeks later I actually cancelled my order. I wasn't quite sure I needed to spend the money on something so new and geeky, so I rescinded and never really regretted it.
Fast forward - Pebble hit the streets and was getting very good reviews. Many of my tech friends had picked one up and were simply loving it. I was still unsure if I really "needed" one, and was able to hold out a bit longer.
It wasn't until after BlackBerry Live 2013 that I started to thing seriously about buying a Pebble. We had seen a great demo of an app that would allow it to work with BlackBerry 10, and I had other devices at my disposal that I could play with too. So when Best Buy put the Pebble on sale, I was quick to pick one up and haven't looked back since.
I've always been connected. I have a phone (or two) with me wherever I go, at home I'm usually on my computer or tablet. I've never unreachable, never too far away from the internet. You would think that strapping a smartwatch on my wrist would make that worse, but it's actually made it better. Having my notifications come to my smartwatch, I've toned down my connectivity quite a bit. Where I used to pick up my phone to check an email or read a text message, I'd soon after get lost looking at my Twitter feed, jumping on Facebook or browsing Instagram. Now, I can see what notifications need action — right on my wrist — and choose to ignore them if I want. Watching TV I don't constantly have my phone in my hand, waiting for a ding so I can check it. Doing yard work or tending bar — everything comes to my wrist.
I've been through a variety of watches over the last few months, everything from the Pebble Steel to the Qualcomm Toq to the Gear 2 and Gear Fit. I prefer my Pebble currently, but I'd really go with any of them at this point. I was never much of a watch wearer before, but now I can't seem to be without one.
When people ask me about watches, I usually tell them "you don't know until you try it." A smartwatch is something you don't think you need until you actually own one. I know many people that wouldn't have ever considered a buying one, but after some prodding they picked one up and absolutely loved it.
"I have my phone, why do I need my notifications on my watch, too?" You don't really, but the convenience factor can't be beat. When I'm driving I can send calls to my speakerphone from my watch, I never have to pull out my phone when I'm out to dinner, I can check the weather just by looking at my wrist — the list goes on and on.
As we move forward there will be even more smartwatch offerings too — many of which will look even better and do even more things. Android Wear shouldn't be too far off now, and that will certainly change the face of smartwatches. Don't forget that Apple has yet to release a smartwatch either, something they've be rumored to do for years.
What's my point? My point is that you need a smartwatch. My father always said, "needing and wanting are two different things," and he's right — but so am I. You NEED a smartwatch. There are plenty available online or at local retailers, and many you can even try out before you leave the store. Even if you don't buy one now, you should start thinking about them, because we'll see plenty of amazing new watches in the months and years ahead.
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