Opinion: Sports Watches come to market with too many bugs

In my opinion Sports Watches come to market with too many bugs.

I once did ‘stuff’ in the software industry and the ‘beta’ phase of testing was when you kinda thought the product was OK but you would let a select group of users prove otherwise.

You’d normally do that AFTER in-house user testing and AFTER the bugs that arose during in-house testing were fixed.

You’d normally SELL the product after the problems in beta testing were fixed.

It seems to me that many sports-watch and activity tracking products are effectively released as saleable units for ‘user testing’. The business model being that users pay a premium price for a brand-spanking-new product to do the user testing that really should be paid for by the manufacturer.

And we all know who I mean.

Discuss.

Do you, dear reader(s), really want to know the extent of software problems? Or does the pull of a new gadget overweigh those concerns? If you do, you need to speak up because I don’t think all companies are listening right now 🙂 As products get increasingly more complex I would imagine that the situation will worsen.

5 thoughts on “Opinion: Sports Watches come to market with too many bugs

  1. [OK.]

    This is what I have DONE:
    * I bought a TICKR X expecting extra features and got them
    * I put off buying a 920XT until the altimeter was fixed

    Meanwhile, I often see people in forums who are fighting fire with fire (dishonesty with dishonesty?). The retail device is, they think, a free rental for 5 and 3/4 months after which they might decide to keep it.

    • It’s fine sending things back if they don’t work but having an effective free loan copy for that long borders on being dishonest I IMO. Glad neither of us do that.

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