I’ve never had a smartwatch before. I’ve always preferred bands. They are thinner and I barely notice them. I think they look better too. As I mentioned before, I prefer wearing a band while I sleep. they are also way cheaper, and can do many of the main features of a smart watch…if I need to surf the internet or do anything with a screen, I have my phone, so smart watches seemed totally pointless. A band can do things a phone can’t, so it made sense to have one (tracking heart rate, sleeping, etc, plus convenience to see date/time), but a smart watch didn’t really add much extra, certainly not for the significant price increase. Other people prefer them over watches for workouts and such too, or to LOOK like they are more health and fitness oriented (that’s the band market).
This is the first smart watch I am likely to ever consider. If I get it, I will continue to use my barely noticeable sleek band at night, and just use the bulkier, brighter smart watch during the day. Let them charge while I switch.
I would still bet that many people will be buying the bands over the smartwatches. I’ve always been a fitness band guy myself. Only Wyze is tempting me into a smart watch. We’ll see what they have to show for it when it launches. And even if Wyze converts me to a watch, I will still keep and use my band. Others will use them too, such as when they go to the gym, running, etc. I guarantee there are many people who still love bands. It’s okay not to be one of them. A watch might make the band obsolete for you, but it doesn’t make the market for them obsolete.