33 Percent Of Wearable Device Early Adopters Reportedly Are Bailing On Them - HotHardware
33 Percent Of Wearable Device Early Adopters Reportedly Are Bailing On Them

33 Percent Of Wearable Device Early Adopters Reportedly Are Bailing On Them

Entirely new product categories generally take time to take off. Even the smartphone took years before penetration rose above 50% in advanced markets such as the United States. But it certainly feels as if there's something different at play when it comes to wearables. While there's plenty of buzz about every new watch, fitness tracker, and head-worn device, the retention rate is low. Used (and cheap) Galaxy Gear smartwatches are strewn across secondhand sites such as eBay, and research from Endeavour Partners has found that "one-third of American consumers who have owned a wearable product stopped using it within six months. What's more, while one in 10 American adults own some form of activity tracker, half of them no longer use it."


Reasons for the change of heart are varied depending on who you ask, but it feels as if these devices were heralded as the next great thing, but in practice, aren't so svelte. In fact, our smartphones are generally far more advanced and just as easy to look at. People also seem to have an addiction to large screens, and we've grown quite fond of constantly looking at the latest and greatets on a mobile device. Essentially, none of these wearables replace the allure of our phones.


Will wearables overcome the stutter start? It's tough to say. As they've improving, so are phones. It won't be long before every major smartphone has fitness tracking equipment already baked in, removing the need for a secondary device. Head-worn products still have years before they're accepted by the masses from a design standpoint, and one has to wonder if the public at large won't simply agree to "live without them."

Wearables came with a boom, but could easily end up being a niche market -- albeit a large and nimble one.
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I think wearables will be a norm in 5 years time. Right now it is too early and people don't see a need for it because these watches are so limited in what they can do. Once these companies figure out things you can do with these watches and that they do better than the phones, then they will be a hit. Google is doing that but we will see how it will actually work in the real world. Just wish Apple would get in the game soon cause they usually do their first product of a new line better than other companies and they can really get this smartwatch category going

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exactly.. its too new and they just dont offer enough benefit yet. Maybe as they combine features of items like the fitbit, with phone capabilities etc - they will be more accepted. Another issue is looks... Google glass is just ugly... most watches are HUGE (thick) .. Plus.. its a watch. People dont want watches anymore since the phone has everything they need!

 

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Wearables have great potential, the problem is an average user isnt going to be able to push technology to the limits, where stuff like this really shines. Using the watches Bluetooth capacities for things like adjusting room lighting and temperatures, using it to communicate with Bluetooth enabled portable HDD enclosures. The ability is there people just don't see it. this is because most people who can afford something like that are of a generation when computers were new or non existent. Give these devices to their children and I bet the results will be much better because kids are more familiar with technology.

Also watches are classy. You should always have a watch, not digital you curr, analog!

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id wear that watch in the first picture, they look great, but a phone can do the same and more stuff!

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I dunno. It just seems like one more thing to have to worry about carrying around. I feel like I'm already over encumbered with the stuff I carry around now. I know the functionality is there but it just feels like if I really needed to get information I would be willing to just pull my phone out. I would be willing to try one though. Maybe I would love it, who knows.

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Make the phone as a watch! It will sell

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