Watches are dead and good riddance.
Personally I feel naked without my watch. It's nothing fancy, just something my parents gifted to me from Kohl's 10 years ago for around $50 I believe, but it's held up well and functions the same today as it did 10 years ago. Pulling out my smartphone and fumbling to find the button just to check the time feels clumsy to my mind. I'm a very time-oriented person so I like having that information available as easily as a quick downward flick of my eyes. Well, that and I can wear it in the shower so I can determine the exact moment that I MUST turn off the water before I'll be late to work, heh.
At the same time I fully understand why people would abandon watches in favor of cell phones. I hardly ever use my dedicated GPS unit anymore because my phone is "good enough" at fulfilling those needs. In the case of telling the time and date, I still prefer to have the dedicated device for its simplicity and long-lasting battery life. To each his own, eh?
The one common complaint I see about it is the screen resolution only being 240x240 versus the 320x320 of the Galaxy Gear. Admittedly most Android apps aren't scalable down to that small of a resolution, but I want to point out that you can do some amazing stuff with that resolution if given the chance. Using classic videogames for my analogy, the Game Boy Advance only had a 240x160 resolution, the NES was 256x240, the SNES is usually 256x224... you get the idea. A lot can be done with that space if used wisely.
It's a bit more inconvenient, I will admit. But it makes commonplace Bitcoin transactions a lot more realistic. And the concept isn't unheard of, actually. When the Bitcoin protocol adapted to make microtransactions unfeasible (as that was never truly the goal of Bitcoin, and microtransactions spam up the blockchain a lot) it basically broke all of the "daily bitcoin faucet" type websites that could no longer be profitable. In response, a third-party website popped up that stores records of your "free daily bitcoin" microtransactions, and outputs an actual Bitcoin payment once it's reached the threshold that makes it profitable again. I think I explained that poorly, for which you must forgive me. It's early on Monday morning after all.
Long story short, while this is a setback, I don't view this exploit as a game-changer, not with the momentum that Bitcoin has behind it right now.
But that training was 2 weeks ago. Not 6 months ago when the phones launched. Hell, on one carrier we've already designated it the status of "sell it until we run out, but we're not getting any more in." The phrase "too little, too late" comes to mind often, regarding both the phones themselves and the training.
Blackberry just leaves too sour a taste in too many people's mouths, people who really wanted to be loyal BB users but kept getting burned over and over again with crappy products. They've finally made a decent smartphone, but they don't have enough fanboys left to support it.
The inability to send contacts via Bluetooth is especially maddening, as I work in a cell phone kiosk that doesn't have one of those $10,000 machines to transfer contacts so when upgrading customers' phones, I typically use Bluetooth or a memory card to transfer contacts, neither of which are options on the iPhone.
Sounds like the guy running Bitcoin should keep his anonymity?
That comment shows a complete lack of understanding of what Bitcoin is. What you just said is as vague as saying that "The guy running the Internet better watch his back!"
Regardless, the only reason I know about LibertyReserve is because of Bitcoin. LR used to be one of the few ways to reliably buy Bitcoins, but it looked way too shady for me so I found other ways.