Ars readers see potential for smartwatches, if they can escape their niche

One thing is clear: smartwatches like the Pebble still have plenty to prove.
Jason Inofuentes

Maybe it’s all of the CES pitch e-mails that are flying around at this time of the year, or maybe it’s something in the water up here in the Orbiting HQ, but it seems like we have smartwatches on the brain. Sandwiched in between our review of Qualcomm’s longevous-but-mediocre Toq and a check-in with the Pebble and Basis wearables, we posted a list of criteria we thought a good smartwatch needed to meet to be successful.

Many of you had alternate suggestions about what you’d like to see in smartphones, some more involved than others. Reader tjhenn that the Pebble watch comes awfully close to clearing the bar—many of you agreed, and expressed hope for an improved second-generation product. “In my experience the Pebble meets most of the criteria listed in the article. It’s reasonably fast, reliable, works well, getting 5-6 days between charges etc. The only point I may disagree is that it’s not terribly fashionable. If they could make it thinner, it would help.”

Others of you suggested other products that the smartwatch makers could look to for inspiration. “Agreed, but the previous generation iPod Nano had all of these features, so clearly it’s possible,” wrote abhi_beckert. “It was the right size, it had a great looking touch screen, great battery life, felt fast because of an operating system custom tailored to the hardware, was actually useful (limited to audio but it did hat extremely well), looked good, was compatible with any desktop pc, etc. it was even cheap. Add a few new software features, the motion monitoring hardware in the 5S, allow it to tether to an iPhone’s 4G connection over Bluetooth (I already do this with my iPad), a wrist strap… That would be a great device.”

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