It’s because they are poos

I used to have a Fitbit…actually I used to have two of them.

I don’t have one anymore and won’t be buying another one, nor will I buy any other “Wearable”. I’ll tell you why at the end of this post.

Meanwhile it seems that though they are popular there are some who are very vocal about not using them:

Wearables are rapidly increasing in popularity, but not everyone is won over – especially when it comes to price.

This is according to a Colloquy survey, in which 63% of people said wearable devices are too expensive. Just over one out of every two people (52%) say they don’t know enough about wearables and don’t understand them.

On the other hand, 35% of people said wearable technology is nerdy, but ‘cool nerdy’. In a stat that retailers will likely embrace, one in four people (27%) said they ‘used to hate shopping but with my wearable I love it’, and just 8% said wearable devices are uncomfortable, Colloquy says.

Colloquy defines wearables as clothing or accessories that integrate technology into people’s everyday lives in fun and practical ways. This comes in the form as fitness trackers, eyewear, smart jewellery, a dress that posts to social networks or shorts that upload workout stats.

According to the survey, when it comes to wearables people are still highly focused on price and aesthetic.  

Some are waiting for prices to go down before making a purchase, some are wondering if they will be behind the fashion curve, and some are concerned about age appropriateness.

Key findings include:

  • 33% said wearables make a fashion forward statement.
  • 41% said I’d be more likely to place a wearable on my pet than on myself.
  • 36% said wearables are a passing fad.
  • 58% said I’d like to use a wearable device but I’m too old.
  • 35% said people who use wearable devices are just trying to show off.

Additional survey results show that consumers registered only modest concerns about the functionality of wearables:

  • 9% said wearable devices have to be charged too often.
  • 6% said wearables are not compatible with other devices.
  • 4% said wearables have slower processing times than other devices.

Jeff Berry, Colloquy research director, says the brands that will keep people interested will be those who ‘keep it fun, and dynamic’. “Court the might millennials,” he says.

Forget fun and dynamic. While wearables seem to have a place the reality is they are just shit products.

I started wearing a Fitbit, and even though I knew the stats were wonky I didn’t care, it still gave a sort of a benchmark to measure progress or otherwise.

The problem is they just aren’t robust enough. Or made for soft cocks or something because I broke and destroyed two of them even with my alarmingly small amount of exercise. They simply can’t handle real life and if you were doing serious exercise you’d break a few more than that.

Basically they are rubbish in every regard, from the software, to the interfaces, to the hardware. So I’m not surprised that they are falling out of favour.


– Netguide


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  • Vlad

    I got one for Christmas and I love my kids and they had the best intentions but it is only because they don’t know my WO identity that I can reveal that it is LAME AS, inaccurate and tiresome to use.

    • Miss Phit


      Just kidding.

      Sister in law has one, she seems to think it helps her but she isnt getting smaller (rather the other way) so I assume like most gadgets, they are only as good as the wearer’s will power.

  • Odd Ball

    I just use an app on my phone, my wife has destroyed a fitbit & the second one goes OK, but it is only a basic model

  • Asian_driver

    If this technology cant stop people overeating they will never succed

  • I’m a watch person and have been looking for my latest iteration, I seriously considered the Samsung gear until I noticed one of the kids at work wearing one. (That was my first clue)

    So I asked him what he thought of it and he replied “Great except you have to remember to charge it every couple of days. (My final clue).
    There is no way I’m going to remember to charge a watch, back in the day I couldn’t remember to wind the damn thing and it’s not like it was somewhere else.

    Hell most the time I forget to charge my phone…that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

    • KatB

      My Vivofit2 has a 1yr+ battery life. Apparently it’s one of the better ones on the market as far as battery life goes. Having to recharge other brands seems to be a common complaint. My model has fairly simple functions, basically it’s a watch, and calender, tells me steps, distance, calories. It only records steps and as most of my exercise is on a bike, it’s not much use for that unless I also get myself heart rate monitor. It was a gift so I’m not complaining, at least it’s given me some idea of what I will look for if I ever decide to upgrade. The more functions you get I guess may also compromise battery life??

      • Annie218

        My better half gave me a Vivofit2 for my birthday 3 months ago and it’s a great motivator to reach 10,000 steps each day. I have been known to run up and down the stairs before bed to reach the goal! It also counts steps on the cross trainer so that’s a bonus – one of the best presents I have been given.

        • Joe Burns

          so sad

        • Christie

          Me too. I love my Fitbit – only use it for steps, and as I am an office worker, I don’t move a lot in the average day. Thanks to this, I have more than doubled steps on workdays. It makes you think about it, and as a result, I find ways to move more. Glad I got it.

    • My watch battery lasted 4 years. The watch before was about the same. In the last 15 years I have had two watches…a Swiss Army watch I bought on an Air New Zealand flight duty free and a Tag Heuer I bought in las Vegas at a Tag outlet store. The Tag is way tougher, and more expensive than the Swiss Army watch, but both are brilliant for what i do. Bangs, knocks, smacks, rifle and shotgun recoil…no problem. Gay little rubberized wearables…no so much.

      I mock my mates with Apple Watches…they are always having to recharge them. Plus they look gay

  • Michelle

    l got one for Christmas and love it l use the light at night and it emails me to tell me the battery is going flat
    l wear a sweat band when using the chainsaw and in rough places where it is likely to get messed up
    Hubby has a Huawei watch and loves it but it is too big and clunky for me and l can’t stand a watch talking to my phone etc

    l don’t take too much notice of the data from it but it works for me

    • SlightlyStrange

      I have one, mostly as a visible reminder to move at work. Without it, I would assume I was doing plenty of movement, when I actually wasn’t.

      • Michelle

        Yes it does kick me along and l like the vibration to say l have done 10k but some days l know l haven’t because l am on bike or in car
        It is also smaller than my last watch which had broken and it got caught on everything this is smaller so not such a nuisance
        my only dislike is l have to take it off near water especially when putting arm in water trough to fix it

  • James M

    The components and sensors that go into these wearables are very cheap. I play around with a few of the sensors that go into them on a near daily basis in my own home grown electronic projects. And those that I don’t, I also know enough about and know what they cost individually.

    It’s a bit of a ball park figure but most of the wearables out there are using about $20-$30 dollars nz worth of components at a single unit off the shelf price. The true cost for a large scale manufacturer would be much less with their bulk buying power.

    They certainly are over priced and many of them are much the same. What really does define one from another is the software on the device (being a phone, pc or tablet) you’re off loading the wearables data to and how well that software can tire the data into a unit of measure for the user to read. Do that wrong and you just have a novelty device that just spews some meaningless graphs and stats.

    If I were in the market for one of these devices, I’d look more at the software and it’s features and reliability then the hardware and it’s fashion appeal.

  • Platinum Fox

    I already have a pedometer (never been used much) and a heart rate monitor thingy (strap worn around the chest and a watch). The latter item languishes at home these days – all I really need to know is that if I go out for a one hour walk for I should cover about 6 km and if I go out for a 10km walk then I should be home in about 110 minutes (both journeys including stops at traffic lights and hills). I use MapMyWalk to figure out distances, switching off the follow roads option, and have yet to find any reason why I would pay for any of their “upgrades” to paid services. So, Fitbit? Nah.

  • Keyser Soze

    Hi wolfman. My name is Keyser. I too am an recovered addict… I nearly bought a smart watch but, well, they’re just so crap. My most embarrassing, useless purchase was a Palm IIIxe.