RE: With the rise of and easy access through smartwatches, I'm wondering w ...
Well that is a good question.
I hadn't worn a watch for years, in fact I can't even think just how many, but it was MANY...until I bought myself an apple watch 4 years ago. But I had a specific purpose- 2 actually.
The main purpose was because I found out that there was an Aussie company called Alivecor that made watch bands to fit the apple watch, which has an embedded sensor which could record a live EKG for my heart and there was also an app to go with it.
Plus, I had everyone raving about how having the fitbits made them more accountable to do their steps and how much better that made them feel.
So I was staying with my cousin in Sydney in 2017 and she got an invite to a staff friends and family sale night at a really expensive shop here called Harvey Norman that I would NEVER shop at (so vanilla, so generic, so bland...), let alone afford to shop at...and so I went just to get out of the house and saw the apple watch there and got all excited but it wasn't actually on sale...and so wandering around the shop for a few hours, I couldn't get it off my mind off it and called my best friends Sabrina and asked her it I should get the apple watch or a fitbit and she said well the apple watch IS a fitbit, WITH everything else and so I thought yep, bugger it and went up to the sales girl and said how much can you do the apple watch for me and he said its not on sale and I said well I have driven 7hours to get here for this sale, so she gave me $50 off. 🤣
Anyway, I waited for a couple of years for the TGA (our version of the USA FDA) to approve the use of the Kardia Band as a medical advice...but they never did and by that time, Apple had bought out the series 5 WITH the whole EKG bit embedded in the watch anyway- but NOT for Australians...Apple locked that function for Australians can you believe it... and so after all that time, I still couldn't get the Kardia band in Australia and found one on ebay, but the guy wouldn't send it to Australia so I put out a call on FB to my old mates over there and a wonderful old friend by the name of Joyce bought it and sent it over to me,
I love it and need that Kardia band, wore it 24/7 and you have no idea just how useful it is...more than just a watch...it is literally a lifesaving device.
Unfortunately I broke one tiny part of the band a few months ago, just before this lockdown and so have not been able to take it to the shop to get it repaired and I have tried umpteen times myself with no success, so it definitely needs a professional...
I could or never would go back to a normal watch because I used this watch for everything else OTHER than the actual time keeping...lol...kardia band, phone, steps, messages, alarms...and sometimes the time...🤣 so now I feel naked and am not being held accountable to be able to do steps and report them to actifit every night and cannot use the kardia sensor when I need to eiher. and did I tell you how naked I feel...😱
However, as I normally (when we're not in lockdown...) work in a massive opshop, we get a lot of old watches in there and get a lot of customers buying those watches still, so there is definitely a huge market for them....it's just not me...