The only real pain point is the LG Watch R that I’ve been using. Google’s refusal to play nice means there’s no support for the device with the Windows Phone (granted, the iOS support is present, but lacking). I’ve been using it recently on airplane mode, which means it’s just an LCD watch-face. I’m no longer able to use it in the way to which I’d grown accustomed, with it’s notifications, fast responses, and audio controls. Not having a smartwatch is something 99.9% of the world’s population gets along with just fine, but it’s matter of having it right there and not being able to use it to its full (and ingrained) potential.
I guess the take home message is that I’ve transitioned beyond the tactics that companies love to use to keep us tethered to their platforms, and see it as a sad attempt to control a conversation in which no one has anything interesting to say. One platform is just as good as another, really, because we can only devote so many hours a day to a handful of apps. Worrying about what is and is not offered is a losing proposition because at any point any company can opt to pull support for their app for even the lamest of reasons. So long as your device does what you need it to do — and so long as you’re honest with yourself in what you really need it to do — then I don’t see a reason to mistake “walled garden” techniques as a sign of platform superiority.