Smartwatch Fans!

Welcome Smartwatch Fans to the Mobile Nations family!

Happy 2014! There is no better day to launch a new website than January 1st, so we're doing just that. Today we welcome Smartwatch Fans to the Mobile Nations family!!

We're incredibly excited to launch We actually entered 2013 thinking it was the year we needed to go beyond phones and build a new "connected accessories" community to join the ranks of Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore and Windows Phone Central. As we discussed throughout Talk Mobile 2013, mobile is about so much more than just phones these days. The problem is, with the "internet of things" growing so big, so fast and penetrating into every area of life, it's really hard to define the scope of where a new community like that would begin and end. As we've learned over the years, a successful tech community needs a focus.

Just as Mobile Nations was there at the beginning of the smartphone era over a decade ago, we've been part of the modern smartwatch era since its earliest beginnings too

With 2013 winding down and no new site launched yet, it was actually CrackBerry's Managing Editor Adam Zeis who lost patience with the indecisiveness and took the initiative and got the ball rolling with Smartwatch Fans. Thinking on it now, it was really a no brainer that our next community be focused on smartwatches. It just makes so much sense.

Just as Mobile Nations was there at the beginning of the smartphone era over a decade ago, we've been part of the modern smartwatch era since its earliest beginnings too. Most pundits look at Pebble's amazing Kickstarter debut in 2012 as the starting shot that set off the smartwatch race we're witnessing now. In reality, Eric Migicovsky, the founder of Pebble, was working on a version years earlier called the inPulse Smartwatch. And it was back on CrackBerry in 2009 that we worked with Eric to bring the first photos of the inPulse smartwatch to the world. Like I said, we've been thinking about smartwatches at Mobile Nations since the beginning. And even more important, we already have a bunch of watch fanatics on the team across our existing sites. We just needed a place to all get together.

Adam Zeis gets the honors of being Chief Smartwatch Fan and will be managing the daily beat on the blogs. With a lot of smartwatch fans on the team, you can also expect to see regular contributions from your other favorite Mobile Nations personalities. Expect to see many new faces too!

The site is already off to a great start and the forums are buzzing, so be sure to drop by and say hello! 


Grand Opening Contest - Win a FREE Smartwatch of your choice from Smartwatch Fans!

Smartwatch Fans!

In true Mobile Nations fashion, to celebrate the launch of Smartwatch Fans we're kicking things off proper by holding a contest to win a free smartwatch of your choice. To enter, all you need to do is visit the contest post at the link below and tell us which smartwatch you'd like to win!

Take note, if you're already a member of Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore or Windows Phone Central, you can login to Smartwatch Fans with your existing username and info. If you're already logged in to one of our other sites, just jump over and click Login and you'll be registered on the fly. It's that easy.

Enter to Win a Free Smartwatch at!


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Welcome Smartwatch Fans to the Mobile Nations family!


There will be soon i just made an app for Windows Phone that pulls from their RSS feed will be submitting it soon. it also has the ability to tip them on news i will add more features later but its a start

The agent smart watch, it was scheduled for December release but looks more like a march release now :)

I'm on the waiting list for 'The Agent' and can't wait to get one. I like the wireless charging, long battery life, and that it doesn't try to replicate your phone, instead working in conjunction with it. Plus its stylish and looks a thousand times better than some of those honking big, flashy Dick Tracy watches imho. If people haven't heard of it it might interest them to Bing it...

I am too. The Agent smartwatch is definitely the best looking smartwatch so far, and WP8 is a priority for them so that's awesome. I just wish I had it by now. Oh, well, I can wait.

I found out about the Agent smartwatch when I was browsing around for some cool hardware to program. Pretty cool stuff!

None. As far as I know, all smartwatches released so far all run Android or are only Android compatible.

The Kreyos Meteor and the Agent Smartwatch will both be compatible with WP8... Both are due very shortly... I am getting a Kreyos. (^_-)-☆

First I've heard of the Kreyos... Might be my next watch. But the Agent would sure be fun to tinker with.

That's exactly what I was thinking, even the Samsung Galaxy Gear is only compatible with their Android devices and a select few Android devices at that!!

I have an Omega that I wear on a regular basis and a Tag Heuer (crap). I don't care for the smart watches or really understand the need.

In the same way a lot of people don't understand the need for a watch. My phone has a clock, a watch is redundant :P

Well let's say you're having a meeting, you know you're waiting a very important call but you can't throw your phone out if you don't know if this is the call you're waiting for: you're just looking at your watch and you know wether you will discard the call or take it

Let's say you're a moto rider, you don't want your bluetooth set to be on "auto-answer" mode, when you get a call, you can just choose to take it simply by touching your watch.

As for the fact that a phone display the time, I don't think this is the same usage as a watch, I like having to turn my wrist to instantly know the time rather than having to pull a big phone from my pocket and wake it. Now if my watch can also give me a hint about the weather and the number of unread email I received while I was in the transportation, it'd be cool too. 

Nice, anyway, when will the header and footer and login page be updated with the new logos of the mobile nations websites? Silly old logos....

Its surface smart watch from what I heard last time, and it was ages ago. Sadly no news as of lately. That's the one I'm waiting for, ill pass on 3rd party, unless its something awesome.

It will just be a passing fad. We saw phones shrink to 1" screens and then gradually get bigger again as media and content became richer to what... the 1520. Why anyone wants a Nokia 8210 on their wrist again is beyond me.

huh i dont think we really need this, why there isnt a tablet focused community? because they belong to the same 4 communities we already have heh, we dont have smartwatches from apple/microsoft/google/bb yet but you know for sure thats gonna happen and they're going to kill all this junk from 3rd parties, things work like this now, every "smart" device needs a home and thats one of the 3 big guys, everything else is useless, we just need to cover those upcoming windows watch 9 devices here, like we already do with tablets and even laptops, this is an ecosystem's world, not a lonely-disconnected devices thing anymore

Sadly, I suspect it will eventually be shuffled off to the Island of Misfit Phones, along with Webosnation, which hasn't seen an update since July, despite the release of the Android Compatibility Layer beta, and a host of LG webOS news.

No style in these watches and I'm out of high school for a few years now. Big colorful, Tyco toy plastic wristbands don't cut it for grown folk. I'll wait until some with style show up. I hope Microsoft doesn't follow the trend with these watches.