So the big media frenzy erupted yesterday on the Apple watch. Well i wondered what all the fuss was about since i have already tried out this concept over a year ago with my Samsung watch and their new at the time Gear watch and frankly after a relatively short period the watch no lies on my desk unused. Thank goodness i only put $50 into it thanks to my phone provider and Samsung.
But when i heard yesterday of the pricing of the Apple watch i had to pause and think.
What would it cost you to get to use the watch. Well you need the latest apple i6 phone that will set you back in the $800 dolllars unless you buy it on a contract which still means you paying for it just over a longer period.
Then you need the watch which will set you back around $600 for the watch.
Now something that got me going is that my good old timex which i actually like and use as a daily watch (yeah i am still old school even down to the leather strap) dont need my phone with me to work properly.
So i wondered........what was the price in the US of a Sawstop contractor saw and would a woodworker rather have a sawstop contractor saw $1750 which i figure with a bit of care and attention will be around for his grandkids to use or would he prefer to invest the coin in a piece of tech that is most likely going to be obsolete in a couple of years time.
I somehow cannot help but feel society is losing its sense of value.
It would have been nice though if all these phone and watch manufacturers would have considered that we have standards like usb, bluetooth nfc all to be able to allow devices of different types to connect with each other but NOOOOO the good old control freaks are back at it again.
So my Samsung watch dont work without a Samsung phone and an Apple watch wont work without an Apple phone. Wake up tech companies.
Sorry for the rant but man it gets to me, i feel sorry for the parents who are going to have their wallets cleaned out because kids are going to "have to have it" to be "part of the in crowd" .