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  1. bigdog9586's Avatar
    Who is abandoning their Band for the Apple watch or like me who tried for months to get a band and finally said the heck with them and ordered the Watch.
    04-18-2015 08:27 PM
  2. hotphil's Avatar
    I've unfriended anyone who's ordered one.
    zei20t, James8561, coip and 10 others like this.
    04-18-2015 08:29 PM
  3. zeref0016's Avatar
    Since it's more likely that the band won't come any sooner here where I live then I think I'll get the apple watch :))
    04-18-2015 08:31 PM
  4. oviedofreak82's Avatar
    So you're willing to spend $200 more for a name? It's completely locked down (as is the entire Apple ecosystem), has a shorter battery life and early models are very glitchy? Even the top "paid" Apple bloggers and journalists are saying to wait until the second model. I don't understand this blind loyalty to Apple. Either they have a very good advertising department or people are just that naive and stupid.
    James8561 and rhapdog like this.
    04-18-2015 08:37 PM
  5. Cage Ata's Avatar
    If I had to choose if the band or the apple watch was more aesthetically pleasing, I would choose Apple (shock).
    04-18-2015 08:51 PM
  6. smurfalarm's Avatar
    To preface, I am currently using an Android-powered Galaxy S4 Mini, so this isn't even a debate for me. But I did look into the Apple Watch because I am interested in new technology. I have decided that even if I had an iPhone, I would easily stick with my Band. The Apple Watch looks nice, and I'm sure it will be great for people who want to do a lot of interaction with a wrist wearable. But I am not one of those people. I bought a Band so that I could measure specific health and fitness data, and so that I could see SMS/messenger/email notifications from my phone without having to pull the phone out of my pocket while I'm walking down the street or sitting in a meeting or standing on the subway. I did not buy it so I could control my phone or type messages or make payments. For those situations, I would rather pull out my phone/wallet, because I am pretty certain I would find that less burdensome, not more. The only feature that the Apple Watch provides that the Band doesn't that I am really interested in is map navigation, because that is a situation where I don't want to pull out my phone, whereas all the other features seem kind of unwieldy and would mostly be better served for me on an actual phone or using my headphones. And in its favor, the Band has some nice health sensors that the Watch apparently does not have, the longer battery life, and the $150 minimum price difference, the Band comes out on top for me, though I can see why a lot of people would prefer the Watch. Because of the specific features I was interested in, the closest competitor for me is not the Apple Watch, but the Fitbit Surge, and I mainly decide to go with the Band over the Surge because the Band is cheaper and came out earlier.
    Derausgewanderte likes this.
    04-18-2015 09:00 PM
  7. atrsh's Avatar
    Go and try one yourself at the apple store. I did spend almost half an hour with it and I found the watch itself to be quite bulky,even bulkier than my Band. And the scroll wheel/crown feels so cheap with no tactile feel at all. I'll admit the colour screen is really pretty,the interface looks cool and the tavtile feedback when you press the screen is not bad, but I was not impressed with the UI intuitiveness (very confusing as you can swipe left right,up down + side button + scroll wheel + tap the screen) and for that price and marketed as fitness watch, it'd better have a built it GPS. Also imo it felt more like a ladies watch.
    04-18-2015 09:02 PM
  8. gadgetrants's Avatar
    Sorry, couldn't resist.

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    Jazmac, BonzeUK, mkg3 and 5 others like this.
    04-18-2015 09:17 PM
  9. Warren Dean's Avatar
    Get an Apple watch???

    I'd rather eat bark. :P
    calfee20 and nohra like this.
    04-18-2015 09:48 PM
  10. Derausgewanderte's Avatar
    since it requires an iPhone definitely no. That is likely the case for most people here on WindowsCentral I'd think. Even if Apple made it available for other OS systems, I couldn't justify the price for it. $200 is a definitely a cutoff for my impulse purchases. For >$350 it better makes me an Espresso on demand too.
    realwarder and nohra like this.
    04-18-2015 09:53 PM
  11. Somerichs's Avatar
    I'm waiting for Swatch's smart Windows watch.
    04-18-2015 10:36 PM
  12. anon(5335899)'s Avatar
    Either they have a very good advertising department or people are just that naive and stupid.
    If Apple products were really as good as their marketing we'd have a real problem ;)
    calfee20 likes this.
    04-19-2015 01:33 AM
  13. Paul1266's Avatar
    No from me. Apple can continue to make huge margins off people with a need to conform and too much spare cash but I'll pass thanks. Really don't see the smart watch thing and I like my tech. I have a smart phone...why would I want to strap on a smaller, less feature packed device to my arm. It only takes a second to whip my phone out. I have a kinetic watch that never runs out of juice and does just grand ta ;)
    04-19-2015 01:47 AM
  14. CliveSinclair's Avatar
    I was from the birth of the first iPhone to 18mths ago a Apple fan. Not any more.

    Why would anyone buy a product that is has the word 'watch' in it's name, yet need another device to operate. Oh and that other device has to be made by the same company.

    Would you buy a car from a manufacturer who told you you had to use a specific fuel brand, a specific car park, etc, etc.

    Sure the iWatch looks better than the band, has (reportedly) worse battery life and will no doubt sell lot's to the gullible - who have to be seen to wear one. Those same people will read about and have to put up with poor battery life, but still claim it is wonderful..... Marketing men win again - not the consumer.
    andraeseus likes this.
    04-19-2015 03:27 AM
  15. anon(5335899)'s Avatar
    I bought the Microsoft Band and have a time telling device on my wrist for the first time in maybe 20 years or so.

    It actually tells me what time it is whenever I look at it and without the need to first perform any sort of action. I track my sleeping pattern, it can record my bicycle rides and my runs on its own using built in GPS. It has a built in set of workout guides from leading gyms and tells me my current heart rate, can measure my skin temperature and knows whether it's actually on my wrist or not, it measures the outside UV levels so I know when to get indoors for a bit or protect my face/skin. I get notifications of mail arriving, of schedules appointments and events and of SMS, facebook and Twitter messages to which I can even reply from the device.

    I can go two days without the need to recharge doing this and do not need to have my phone nearby to use anything but the obvious functions. A colleague of mine who saw the band was quite interested and when I told him it works just as well with his Android phone he was quick to order one for himself.


    All of the above for roughly half the price of an Apple Watch (300 vs 170)


    So no, I will not be getting an Apple Watch..
    04-19-2015 04:52 AM
  16. etad putta's Avatar
    I'm not a big fan of any of the watches or bands. However the Apple watch would be the best investment.
    04-19-2015 07:28 PM
  17. kenjancef's Avatar
    I did get in on the early pre-order, and I just might switch... for a few reasons:

    1. Being that I have an iPhone, and that won't (or can't) change anytime soon, it seems the Watch is more suited for the iPhone, as the Band is more suited for Windows Phone. The proof of that is the number of third-party apps available on Windows Phone for the Band.

    2. The Band doesn't play well with Bluetooth on my iPhone, which I know is Apple's fault, but again, no choice in that for me...

    The 2 things I'll miss if I switch:

    1. Sleep monitoring. I use it frequently to check my sleep, since I have problems from time-to-time.

    2. UV sensor. I've had skin cancer twice, so I REALLY need to be careful in the sun. The UV sensor would help in that respect for me.

    I'm not totally ready to give up on the Band yet, but I do admit I will try the Watch to see how it works out. Connectivity issues with the Band are getting VERY frustrating, enough that if the Watch stays connected that might be enough to make me switch. Guess we'll see on Friday... I'm in the 4/24-5/8 group but who knows when I'll get it.

    And before anyone starts pointing "fanboy" fingers at me... I am typing this on a Surface Pro 3, I do my main sports photography editing on a Windows 7 computer, but I also have a Mac Mini that controls my music/movies, and an iPad 4th Gen, so I am VERY well-rounded in my home. I just buy what works
    04-19-2015 09:07 PM
  18. Jazmac's Avatar
    I'm not getting one but when you get it, do a review and let me know what your impressions are beginning with why you decided to do this...

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    04-19-2015 10:32 PM
  19. Qtweeder's Avatar
    look i am not the biggest apple fan, am windows ecosystem af, but how many times since 2007 have i seen that argument. rinse repeat, and without exception always untrue, always insisting someone has blind loyalty and/or is stupid, because they opt to buy one of their products, frankly its pathetic.


    So you're willing to spend $200 more for a name? It's completely locked down (as is the entire Apple ecosystem), has a shorter battery life and early models are very glitchy? Even the top "paid" Apple bloggers and journalists are saying to wait until the second model. I don't understand this blind loyalty to Apple. Either they have a very good advertising department or people are just that naive and stupid.
    gadgetrants and theefman like this.
    04-20-2015 06:40 AM
  20. theefman's Avatar
    look i am not the biggest apple fan, am windows ecosystem af, but how many times since 2007 have i seen that argument. rinse repeat, and without exception always untrue, always insisting someone has blind loyalty and/or is stupid, because they opt to buy one of their products, frankly its pathetic.


    Especially considering the same blind loyalty towards Microsoft exhibited on this very site....
    04-20-2015 07:05 AM
  21. oviedofreak82's Avatar
    look i am not the biggest apple fan, am windows ecosystem af, but how many times since 2007 have i seen that argument. rinse repeat, and without exception always untrue, always insisting someone has blind loyalty and/or is stupid, because they opt to buy one of their products, frankly its pathetic.
    What I meant by that statement is that the vast majority of Apple iPhone users are so good glued to Apple that they won't for one chance even consider looking at other viably better options. For example, I have a friend of mine who still has a 4S that he recently cracked the screen on. AT&T told him that he had no warranty on his phone and there's nothing they can do.

    His wife already upgraded to an iPhone 6 and had said that the new iPhone 6/6 plus doesn't speak to him. He also doesn't like his 4S' small screen. I recommended that he get a Lumia 640 XL when it comes out. He told me he's not interested (he hates Android by the way).

    I offered to give him for free my extra Lumia 635 with an extra 32 GB SD card all for free just so he'll have a phone that doesn't have a broken screen. I OFFERED HIM A FREE BRAND NEW PHONE!!! He vehemently refused again. He is so loyal to Apple that there is nothing else in his opinion. If that's not blind loyalty then I don't know what is.

    I am an avid Microsoft user and I've used and currently still use iOS (iPad) and Android (Motorola Xoom and Amazon Kindle Fire HD). That all have their strengthens and weaknesses. At least Microsoft plays on all other OSes. When was the last time you saw an Apple application on Windows Phone? How about Google? My point is be fair and be open minded, don't just be a follower of a trend or fad.
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    04-20-2015 07:30 AM
  22. Jaredallister's Avatar
    What I meant by that statement is that the vast majority of Apple iPhone users are so good glued to Apple that they won't for one chance even consider looking at other viably better options. For example, I have a friend of mine who still has a 4S that he recently cracked the screen on. AT&T told him that he had no warranty on his phone and there's nothing they can do.

    His wife already upgraded to an iPhone 6 and had said that the new iPhone 6/6 plus doesn't speak to him. He also doesn't like his 4S' small screen. I recommended that he get a Lumia 640 XL when it comes out. He told me he's not interested (he hates Android by the way).

    I offered to give him for free my extra Lumia 635 with an extra 32 GB SD card all for free just so he'll have a phone that doesn't have a broken screen. I OFFERED HIM A FREE BRAND NEW PHONE!!! He vehemently refused again. He is so loyal to Apple that there is nothing else in his opinion. If that's not blind loyalty then I don't know what is.

    I am an avid Microsoft user and I've used and currently still use iOS (iPad) and Android (Motorola Xoom and Amazon Kindle Fire HD). That all have their strengthens and weaknesses. At least Microsoft plays on all other OSes. When was the last time you saw an Apple application on Windows Phone? How about Google? My point is be fair and be open minded, don't just be a follower of a trend or fad.
    Loyalty, maybe, but not blind loyalty. Ever stop to think why people are loyal to Apple? Maybe he doesn't want anything but an iPhone because it is a easy to use product that he is heavily invested in. Maybe he doesn't want to have to take the time to learn a hole new ecosystem. Is everyone who is loyal to Apple blindly loyal?
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    04-20-2015 07:52 AM
  23. kenjancef's Avatar
    Loyalty, maybe, but not blind loyalty. Ever stop to think why people are loyal to Apple? Maybe he doesn't want anything but an iPhone because it is a easy to use product that he is heavily invested in. Maybe he doesn't want to have to take the time to learn a hole new ecosystem. Is everyone who is loyal to Apple blindly loyal?
    I have friends that use Windows Phone, and I think it's great! I even bought one of those $49 Lumia 635's for my son as a replacement for an old iPod Touch. But for me, i have SO MUCH invested in Apple that no other choice would work for me. I can't even say how much I've spent on apps and games over the years. it wouldn't make sense for me to switch, even though I do like Windows Phone. So yea, for me, I'd say the same.... that's just me though....
    04-20-2015 09:39 AM
  24. TLRtheory's Avatar
    Over twice the price and less than half the battery life? Nah.
    04-20-2015 09:39 AM
  25. envio's Avatar
    Who is abandoning their Band for the Apple watch or like me who tried for months to get a band and finally said the heck with them and ordered the Watch.
    I think the premise of your question is wrong. Whilst both devices are wearable, the Apple watch is a fashion item, whose functionality includes a watch, amongst other things and cannot function without an iPhone. The Band is first and foremost a fitness product, designed to work cross-platform and connect to Microsoft's Health platform, with or without a Windows Phone or indeed, any phone. Since I already have a watch that I'm happy with, even if I was an Apple aficionado, I couldn't afford to justify getting one to replace my existing watch. However, I'm sure there are plenty of healthy reasons to justify getting a (less expensive) Band and I'd most likely keep my watch on too.
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    04-20-2015 09:44 AM
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