Re: If Samsung can do it then surely Apple can...
My current watch:
Small, looks good in a plain way, tough, waterproof, years on batteries. Days, hours, minutes.
So, what 'smart watch' features would I find useful? And what comprises would I be willing to incur in order to have them?
Some features could be implemented without drastically affecting the appearance of the watch. I wouldn't want a Galaxy Gear, but a conventional watch that had a RGB notification LED or two, plus some simple media playback controls could be good. For that I might trade a 3-year battery life for a 6-month battery life, perhaps.
Citizen and Casio already make simple connected watches, but the implementations appear to be in the 'close but no cigar' territory.
Indeed, Citizen's effort is solar-powered: