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The years of rumors, speculation, and supposed leaks are at an end. Apple has revealed its first foray into the smartwatch market, with the Apple Watch set to be released in early 2015. The only question that remains to be answered is, will you be buying one?

Collating Camera Choices

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “What Type Of Camera Do You Use To Take Photos?

Out of a total of 317 votes, 33.8% chose Smartphone, 16.1% chose Compact Digital, 5.4% chose Bridge, 40.7% chose Digital SLR, 0.6% chose Instant, and 3.5% chose Other.

We were actually quite surprised to discover digital SLRs The Top 5 Photography Tips For Absolute Beginners The Top 5 Photography Tips For Absolute Beginners Fueled by a desire to take better photos, last year I got myself a nice DSLR for Christmas. I'm certainly no photography expert - but I did take the time learn a few tips I... Read More are the most common type of camera our readers use to take photos. They’re amazing tools, of course, but they’re usually reserved for the more serious photographer rather than the average person on the street. Or at least that’s what we thought.

This is extremely positive, and it means our new Creative section, which photography forms a part of, should prove successful. It does, however, mean smartphones were shunted into second place, but then, as explained by several people in the comments, this may be because using a smartphone camera is seldom the first choice, but it serves a purpose by being close to hand.



Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Bob, Keith, and Kim M. Comment Of The Week goes to Shaila, who wins a T-shirt chosen from those available through the catalog for this comment What Type Of Camera Do You Use To Take Photos? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Type Of Camera Do You Use To Take Photos? [MakeUseOf Poll] The appeal of capturing a moment in time forever cannot be overstated. In many ways, it doesn't matter what tool is used, as long as that scene is freeze-framed for future reference. Read More :

It’s cliche, but the best camera is the one you have on you. If I’m planning to take photos, I’ll usually carry either Canon EOS Rebel XS or Canon Powershot SX230. If I don’t have either of those with me, I resort to my HTC One M8.

It may be a cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason: it’s true. Photography is often about being at the right place at the right time, when the light conditions are perfect, and everything falls neatly into place. So, whatever camera you have on you at that moment is the best camera for the job.

Who Watches The Watch Thingy?

The Apple Watch was in many ways the main focus of the Apple press event Apple's Big Event: iPhone 6, Watch & New Wireless Payment System Apple's Big Event: iPhone 6, Watch & New Wireless Payment System Finally, the rumours are confirmed: two new larger iPhones and a smart timepiece known simply as the Apple Watch are on the way. Read More , being unveiled as the, “One more thing…,” a phrase uttered for the first time by someone other than Steve Jobs. This means Apple has high hopes for the device, and high hopes consumers will follow them on this adventure.

As the Apple Watch isn’t being released until early 2015, we won’t know how many people are interested in it enough to hand over their hard-earned cash for quite some time. However, we can take a snapshot of current levels of interest with a poll all about the intentions of the MakeUseOf readership with regards to the Apple Watch.

Please take part in the poll above and then scroll down to the comments below this paragraph to tell us more about your views on the Apple Watch. If you’re keen on buying one, tell us why. If not, tell us what Apple could do (if anything) to persuade you to buy one.

Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.

  1. Vipul J
    September 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Couldn't find the option I was looking for, which is not going to buy, going to wait it out.
    Smartwatches are a luxury and by no means necessary.
    So instead of shelling out big bucks on these watches, I'll wait it out as technology goes way cheaper with time.
    I'd probably go for the Moto 360 or definitely something in Android Wear, when they come down to the price of watches like G-Shock.

    Definitely a no to the Apple Watch because even though it's innovation galore (really, really impressive), I'm not going to buy an iPhone just to use it, when I can purchase a new hardcore gaming rig/motorcycle/ultrabook/maybe even rent an apartment for few months, for that kind of money! ;D

  2. Bulova Watch Time!
    September 20, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    No. I still have an analogue Mickey Mouse watch with the white gloves on the minute and second hands. It works just fine for what it's intended to do: tell time. The only way I'd ever buy an "Apple watch" is if it was another analogue watch with the Smiley Mac or Clarus the Dogcow on the face, and the numbers displayed in Chicago font. But for that, it might as well be a Linux watch with a Tux graphic in the centre, or an Atari watch with Pacman chasing the ghosts around the dial. Same difference. By the by, I've never owned a digital watch either.

  3. Robby R
    September 18, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    If you really think about it, I know people who spend this in a month of two of drinking? Some on other "party favors" Why not save your money, and buy this and be one of the cool kids? Wait did I just say that out loud?

  4. Sam N
    September 17, 2014 at 9:03 am

    NOPE, i will not buy Apple Watch unless they decided to chance the Design, but if my son want it, i could buy it for him ^^

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

      If you're willing to buy your son a $350 smartwatch, will you adopt me?

    • Sam N
      September 19, 2014 at 7:52 am

      me.........adopt you....
      i'll think about it ^^

  5. Kt
    September 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    No. Wearable gadgets have always been and will continue to be a bad idea. They just don't add enough value or function to existing technologies. Now if they made one in Flava Flave size...

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:40 am

      The Flavor Flav smartwatch, coming soon to a Wal-Mart near you.

  6. tom
    September 16, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I refuse to pay apple's ripoff prices for anything.
    The sheep will buy this thing not because they need it, but because they can

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:39 am

      The latest rumors are $1000 for the stainless steel edition, and $5000 for the gold edition. Yeah, that is pricey. Too pricey, I would say.

  7. Wayne Gruen
    September 16, 2014 at 2:28 am

    No, I love my Gear Live

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:39 am

      I take it you like the idea of a smartwatch then, just not the Apple Watch as presented in the press event?

  8. Peter Donovan
    September 16, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Im very confused...
    Why on earth would anyone want to read texts, watch youtube videos, read email, etc. on such a small screen?
    Sure, with higher resolutions, more can be fit on the screen, but the human eyes just arent good enough. If this results in worse eyesight in many people, don't complain to me.
    But, on the plus side, this would be a pretty handy alternative to

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:38 am

      A handy alternative to what? Don't leave us all hanging!!!

      Youngsters are already developing neck problems from using their smartphones all day, so this could make things a lot worse.

  9. bob
    September 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I have already pre ordered the Iphone 6+ and I will get this. People are missing that it's an evolutionary step. The Mobile phone was one step and now the smart watch. How many said they would never have a mobile phone?

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:36 am

      I agree it's evolutionary rather than revolutionary. But what is the end goal? If it's a watch that replaces the need for a phone then I'm all in.

  10. Alexey A
    September 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I don't understand this smart-watch thing, the real watch should not be some computerized thing...

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Do you prefer proper Swiss timepieces?

    • Alexey A
      September 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Unfortunately I don't earn that much :) But I will better buy some less luxury watch than computer-in-watch.

  11. James Howde
    September 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    At one time I did consider buying a calculator watch but decided against it on the grounds that it would make me look like a bit of a tit.

    When you consider that a) I'm a lot more mature now and b) the things I *did* do at that time without thinking I looked like a tit (the Cuban heeled boots, that ponytail, the denim cut off with Saxon's Wheels of Steel eagle badly painted on it) it's vanishingly unlikely I'm going to go for a smartwatch.

    And that's without considering the incredible amount of money Apple are going to want for it.

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Is there anywhere we can see a picture of you in all your 1980s finery? Cuban heels are cool though, aren't they?!

  12. Judy
    September 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I've moved on, I no longer want or need a clunky watch on my wrist. I prefer to wear a fashionable bracelet or nothing. I seriously wonder how people will drive and text-I have a mobile biz so I see LOTS of people everyday recklessly fiddling with their phones while driving on the freeway. Is it waterproof? Careful washing your hands! It's a crash and burn novelty.

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:28 am

      No one should be texting or driving anyway, whether it's with a smartphone, a smartwatch, or even Google Glass. I'm guessing it's waterproof. Apple isn't dumb enough to release something everyone will kill the first time they wash their hands.

  13. N.M.
    September 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Motorola360 2.0, true flat, less fat and 3 days battery (plus, pulse logging while running)

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:27 am

      The Moto 360 does seem to be the main competition. I have to say I think round smartwatches look better.

  14. likefunbutnot
    September 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I don't mind the idea of having another screen on my person, but I've never liked wearing a watch.

    I've been given the option to get a smart watch several times and I've chosen not to.

    The basic idea of having another way to view notifications is sound, but the only times I'd really want that are while I'm either driving, when it would be as much a distraction as fiddling with a phone; or while I'm exercising. Even at that, it's such a minimal inconvenience that I wouldn't put any priority on dealing with it.

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Yes, they're never going to fix the driving thing. basically, any incoming distraction can be fatal. As for while exercising, that explains why Apple is pushing that so heavily with iOS 8, knowing that it's one of the few legitimate reasons to buy an Apple Watch.

      Can you see yourself ever buying one? Is there a price point at which it becomes a no-brainer to buy a smartwatch?

    • likefunbutnot
      September 18, 2014 at 11:47 am

      @Dave P,

      I believe I've made my antipathy about Apple mobile products clear at this point. Definitely not an Apple-anything. A wrist-mounted screen? Maybe. I think Pebble has the right idea for using E-ink displays to get a week-long run time on its hardware.

      Of course, if I'm going down the road to 100% connectedness, I'd just as soon have the sorts of messages a smart watch would deliver directly on my glasses, once a third or forth generation product for THAT gets off the table.

  15. bnjohanson
    September 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Of course, my dream has always been to appear on Romper Room playing Twister with the kids, I prefer signing my documents formally with a Crayon, my technical-acumen only qualifies me to operate a MacBook and an iPad, I LOVE wearing bright colored plastic clogs and candy bracelets, and I hope to vote for Obama a third time in '16.


    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

      I'm going to take all those statements literally, just for a laugh ;)

  16. Flyfreya
    September 15, 2014 at 3:03 am

    Yes, but I am lazy!

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

      You're so lazy you can't be bothered reaching into your pocket to pull your phone out? Wow.

    • Mark D
      September 23, 2014 at 3:15 am

      @Dave P,
      Yep, that la

  17. Alexis C
    September 15, 2014 at 12:51 am

    where is the option "No, absolutely NOT"? :/

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

      I thought, "No, I have zero interest in this novelty" covered that pretty well ;)

  18. Nikhil T
    September 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Not at all. The thingy on the side won't work. Just think about it.

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 11:09 am

      You don't the Digital crown will work? Why not?

  19. Hildy J
    September 14, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Smart watches are so stupid they make smart glasses look good in comparison.

    Other than for checking the time, I'd rather take out my smartphone (and I can get a dumb watch at a fraction of the price if knowing the exact time was that important to me).

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

      I do agree. Personally, I'd rather spends $350 on a nice watch that will last me a lifetime. I wonder where this leaves Google Glass though? It hasn't been in the news for a while.

  20. Amrit K
    September 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    By the way this poll reminds me of a Youtube video titled "What Do You Think of Apple’s New iTime Smart Watch? "

    In this they showed people a device they claimed was the new Apple watch, but was actually a $20 Casio watch with an Apple logo glued to the back of it.
    It turned out there are some people who love Apple enough to look past that!!! :P

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Yeah, that was Jimmy Kimmel, and it was hilarious seeing people raving about something just because (they thought) it was made by Apple.

  21. Amrit K
    September 14, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Although it's too early to make a conclusion as there are too many unknowns about the Apple Watch. (It's obvious that it will be both expensive and next thing that would make people to queue up outside Apple shops around the world so they can be among the first to own the new Apple product.)
    The Moto 360 is the most popular Android Wear smartwatch so far as it's already been sold out.

    The Apple Watch is promising a whole lot more (Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi , Heart rate sensor, Taptic Engine, Force Touch, Apple Pay) and if the battery life is right, it should be the one to get on your wrist.

    Or you can wait for another iPhone!!!

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Are you personally buying one? I agree it has some added features over the competition, but I fear the price will take it out of reach of most people. A little like the iPhone itself.

    • Amrit K
      September 18, 2014 at 11:14 am

      I will NOT buy it in near feature because I am sure that it will cost me both my kidneys!!!

  22. Marte B
    September 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I already have an Apple watch. It's a 6th gen nano plus a nice leather watch band made for it to clip onto. Both are going for bargain prices these days, so instead of blowing the big bucks later on, buy this combination now and show off your Apple watch way ahead of the game.

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Nice! The Apple watch does seem like a natural progression from the nano.

  23. nemesit
    September 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    i think it will be mandatory if phones continue to grow in screen size -.-

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 10:54 am

      So, you'd have to keep your phone in a briefcase and use the Watch to communicate with it? We're going back to the days of mobile phone bricks!

  24. Dominic C
    September 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Now is the phase whereby we need early adopters to buy and allow developers to see the market response and improve the product. I believe the 2nd generation of smart-watches would look a lot more like watches, be able to be water and dust proof, and have a much better battery life than the first generation of watches.
    At the same time we need to wait for more app developers to start integrating apps to be used with and without the watch like maybe merge the interfaces to provide a better user experience like the appointment detail on your phone so the watch would show location instead so you can navigate to the meeting place.
    As we get more gadgets in our daily lives, we need designers and software engineers to develop what they envision the world to be like but that takes time so I'll give them the time to improve on this new toy before jumping on the bandwagon

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

      That's a good point. Do you see Apple expanding on the Apple watch concept (assuming it's successful in its current form) to be a standalone product in the future?

  25. Maff
    September 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Not great choices there, how about a 'no, I already have a smartwatch'

    • Avery G
      September 16, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      LOL for the people "What on earth is an Apple Watch?" But in all seriousness, there were SOO many rumors about a Apple Watch and with all the rumors it feels like for me a stupid little accessory for another apple product. Not another piece of hardware, an accessory.

    • Dave P
      September 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

      @Maff There is a limit to how many possible answers we can offer. Which is why the comments section is open for you to add your personal thoughts. So, do you already own a smartwatch?

      @Avery I must admit, the need to connect this to an iPhone took me by surprise. I can't quite see why this took so long to develop when it's just an accessory rather than an entirely new product.

    • Tony S
      September 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      I agree completely. I have been using a smart watch for a while now and could not care less for Apple's offering. I think that once people get used to the idea they will be more interested in them.. but I don't see everyone using one until the price drops drammatically

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