Well, marginally. The novelty of different watch faces wore off pretty quickly - so did it bring on transports of unalloyed joy and delight that totally transformed my life? Not exactly if I am totally honest but I did experience a small but significant added level of convenience, sufficient in my view to possibly allow a steady growing market in smart watches (with important caveats).
Yes, I have come to the inescapable conclusion after several months of wearing a smart watch that it is definitely more convenient to get notifications on my watch and not have to get out my phone every time - and that's pretty much it. Some other apps I've found quite useful e.g. sleep tracking (have sleep apnea), vibrating alarm - so much nicer than an alarm clock, and the step counter is quite fun. Trouble is, for your average punter I would say the value of that added convenience is not more than $100 max. Value goes down when you factor in the inconvenience of having to charge it every day, and the inconvenience of not being able to see the time, all the time, like you know, a watch. Never understood why the smart watch manufacturers couldn't get that - clue is in the name. Add to that, designs that would make the eyes water of the tackiest designers at Diesel (LG Urbane anyone?), value drops down to maybe around $50.
However I am sure that at some point there will be UI breakthrough which may turn the whole market around. Doubtless wristwatches were considered a fad once and not a patch on ornate pocket watches that adorned your fancy waistcoat - and whatever happened to the waistcoat?
I feel we have been here before. Around the beginning of this century when mobile phones were evolving from bricks to a device you could slip into your shirt pocket, I was rather taken by a slightly bulkier phone which could send and receive emails, surf the web in its infancy, etc. I thought it was great but people thought I was mad, after all your sexy little laptop did all that stuff - clearly the PDA phone concept was going nowhere. And it remained very niche for years - had to use a stylus until Mr Jobs came along about 5 years later with his slidy finger thing - the rest is history as they say.
Pebble, I think were on the right track with decent battery life, always on display and good price for their more basic models. Sad that Pebble over reached themselves as I think they were on to something if they hadn't cocked up their marketing and investment strategy. 'Course I've got a Pebble Time and when I look around for an alternative it's meh, the search goes on. At least the Pebble Time is unashamedly geek chic with a slight retro vibe. Am quite taken by the Sony Smart Watch 3 - old tech but also doesn't try to be anything other than what it is, good price now and transflective always on screen, about 2 days battery life apparently. Might give that a try and see what Android Wear has to offer even if it isn't the latest version.
And another thing - when I got the Pebble Time I wore it on my right wrist. My proper mechanical watches, Seiko, Junghans etc of course reserved for pride of place on my left wrist. Quickly got bored with that and now just wear one watch - the Pebble Time.......... Well, it's just more convenient obviously.