1. jean15paul's Avatar
    I've been following the Android Wear watches, and the first couple (Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch) were pretty unattractive and utilitarian. But in just about 6 months they went from the first ones being ugly to the next few watches being much more attractive (LG G Watch R, Moto 360, and ASUS ZenWatch). I think that's mainly due to the fact that round Android Wear watches starting coming out which had an eye to design. And these were much more well received.

    I must admit, I'm surprised that Apple went with the "rounded rectangle". Is this a case of functionality over beauty? Would you rather a round Apple Watch?

    Thanks to iEd for sharing these pictures. And thanks to whoever created them. I thought these (not real) concept pictures might stimulate the discussion (or that people just might want to see them). Round is SEXY!

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    Last edited by jean15paul; 04-08-2015 at 08:11 PM.
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    04-08-2015 12:39 PM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    No. Maybe it's because I know it's a miniature computer, but a round screen just seems wrong. I'm ok with round for small mechanical watches. But I'd have a use a round smart watch to make an informed decision.
    04-08-2015 01:08 PM
  3. pkcable's Avatar
    I think there should be a round option. I much prefer that style of watch. That being said Apple did make a very attractive square watch. I also like the square Asus Android wear watch. It CAN be done, and Apple has done it, but yes I would have preferred a round choice. Of course they already have way too many models.
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    04-08-2015 01:14 PM
  4. John Yester's Avatar
    True most classic watches are round of some sort. But with today's minimalist approach. most companies goes with square with rounded edges.
    04-08-2015 02:43 PM
  5. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Yup, I prefer round watches because, well, they're more like watches. I think the Apple Watch looks a lot like the Zen Watch, and I still didn't like that one too much, but some others did.

    BUT I agree with others. The round screen makes it harder for things to 'happen' on screen since this is no longer 'just a watch'.
    04-08-2015 02:49 PM
  6. ame's Avatar
    I would prefer a round yes because it would look more like a normal watch.
    04-08-2015 03:50 PM
  7. Bifurcated's Avatar
    Try googling "square watches" and hit the "images" tab. There are pages and pages and pages of them.
    04-08-2015 06:51 PM
  8. jean15paul's Avatar
    Try googling "square watches" and hit the "images" tab. There are pages and pages and pages of them.
    I wasn't saying that there aren't square watches. I was just making the point that in the (admittedly very new) world of smartwatches the round ones have been consistently better liked than rectangular ones. I'm surprised there's not at least a round option.
    04-08-2015 07:04 PM
  9. Ipheuria's Avatar
    Just like the iPhone is less of a phone and more of a mini computing device that allows phone calls. I think the Watch is a device that tells the time. I would rather an easier to use screen than have it look more like a "watch". It's not like I've only ever worn circular watches so the shape doesn't really matter to me.
    04-08-2015 07:05 PM
  10. Rainwater50's Avatar
    I'm sure at some point, if smartwatches, or the apple watch specifically, is successful, we might see a round watch at some point. This is version one, so if it takes off, I think just like the ipad & iphone, various changes will come with the next models.

    I recall reading an article(s) on why the square design was chosen (something about more screen real estate or something)
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    04-08-2015 07:06 PM
  11. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Would I "prefer" a round Watch? I'm not sure at this time. The round smartwatches I've seen thus far looks quite nice, and I would welcome the option for a round Watch if Apple were to offer it.
    Ipheuria likes this.
    04-08-2015 07:14 PM
  12. tigerinexile's Avatar
    I initially wanted a round watch.

    Now like it as-is. Did I brainwash myself, or were the designers right all along? Dunno.


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    04-08-2015 07:15 PM
  13. iEd's Avatar
    Not really feeling a round style.





    04-08-2015 07:25 PM
  14. jean15paul's Avatar
    I don't know iEd. Those look SWEET! Do you mind if I add them to the OP?
    Last edited by jean15paul; 04-08-2015 at 08:04 PM.
    04-08-2015 07:53 PM
  15. iEd's Avatar
    Who knows they may offer it in the future. But just looking at these mock ups I'm not getting enough of the case.
    04-08-2015 08:04 PM
  16. Sammuel1973's Avatar
    iEd, wow the round ones do look gorgeous! They look quite thin too. Maybe V2?
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    04-08-2015 08:30 PM
  17. Premium1's Avatar
    I've been following the Android Wear watches, and the first couple (Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch) were pretty unattractive and utilitarian. But in just about 6 months they went from the first ones being ugly to the next few watches being much more attractive (LG G Watch R, Moto 360, and ASUS ZenWatch). I think that's mainly due to the fact that round Android Wear watches starting coming out which had an eye to design. And these were much more well received.

    I must admit, I'm surprised that Apple went with the "rounded rectangle". Is this a case of functionality over beauty? Would you rather a round Apple Watch?

    Thanks to iEd for sharing these pictures. And thanks to whoever created them. I thought these (not real) concept pictures might stimulate the discussion (or that people just might want to see them). Round is SEXY!

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    Wow that round watch looks really good. Usually I would say no, but this looks great.
    04-08-2015 08:48 PM
  18. iEd's Avatar
    iEd, wow the round ones do look gorgeous! They look quite thin too. Maybe V2?
    Possibly. Whenever there's a V2 it maybe some sort of redesign.
    If it's a hit the may offer square and round in the future.
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    04-08-2015 08:58 PM
  19. Bifurcated's Avatar
    I was just making the point that in the (admittedly very new) world of smartwatches the round ones have been consistently better liked than rectangular ones.
    Not by me, but I get what you're saying.
    04-08-2015 09:26 PM
  20. Bifurcated's Avatar
    Wow that round watch looks really good. Usually I would say no, but this looks great.
    Obviously this is all personal taste, but to me those concepts have the same problem as the Moto 360. They look way too thick. Somehow the square shape hides the thickness of the watch.
    04-08-2015 09:28 PM
  21. Premium1's Avatar
    Obviously this is all personal taste, but to me those concepts have the same problem as the Moto 360. They look way too thick. Somehow the square shape hides the thickness of the watch.
    These actually look a lot thinner than the square Apple watch


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    04-08-2015 09:30 PM
  22. jean15paul's Avatar
    I agree. These look beautiful, but the first thing I thought was that they looked unrealistically thin. Much thinner than the real Apple Watch.

    But these are just somebody's idea, nothing official, so I wasn't to worry about the thinness.
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    04-08-2015 09:42 PM
  23. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Yeah the round style in those mock ups doesn't do anything for me.
    04-08-2015 10:57 PM
  24. kilofoxtrot's Avatar
    Round is good for a timepiece.

    Rectangular is good for a smart watch.
    04-08-2015 11:05 PM
  25. eve6er69's Avatar
    I would be a much bigger fan of a round watch. Just looks more traditional and classy IMO.
    04-08-2015 11:07 PM
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