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Samsung Galaxy Gear review
7 January 2014
Summary: If you’ve ever seen a cycling race, you’ll know that leading from the front isn’t always a great idea. The front runner has to cut a path through the wind and expend much more energy than the savvy followers behind him. The same is true for tech companies looking to establish new product categories — being first at something often means being first to make the big mistakes.
Pros: Phone calls on your wrist, Surprisingly good camera, Built to last
Cons: Uninformative notifications, Apps are either buggy or substandard, Insipid, cumbersome design, Has the battery life of a phone, not a watch, Extravagantly overpriced
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Gear advances the smartwatch concept, but it's too expensive, limited, and difficult to use in its current form.
Pros: Vibrant, colorful AMOLED display. Makes calls (via your smartphone). Snaps usable photos and (short) video clips.
Cons: Expensive. Short battery life. Baffling UI. No email send support. Camcorder is limited to 15-second videos. Currently only works with the Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1. Lacks killer apps. Bulky style isn't for everyone.
Excerpt: Top smartphone makers have a bit of a problem. They got so good at selling smartphones that there aren’t enough people left to buy them at the amazing pace the market has enjoyed over the past few years. The smartphone market is still monstrous, of course, but growth is key and growth is slowing. So for market leaders like Apple and Samsung, it’s time to look for the next big thing.
Excerpt: The is the most feature packed smartwatch available. It can take calls, photos and a whole lot more. Brushed metal ensures the Galaxy Gear doesn’t look cheap, but it’s also big and chunky. With a day or two’s battery at most you’ll be charging the Galaxy Gear a lot. Not terrible, but it can feel sluggish. Easy and intuitive to use, but with such a small screen it will always be slower to operate than a smartphone.
Summary: In the past decade, we’ve seen more people drop the wristwatch in favour of pulling out their smartphone and using that instead as their dedicated time-keeping mechanism, and yet here we are with a product that encourages you to slap on a new wearable that does the same thing.
Pros: Battery lasts two days, which is a day longer than we suspected, Not as big a watch as you might expect, Easily adjustable, Camera isn't bad, Alerts you when you have phone calls, Notifications can be read on the watch
Cons: Requires a recent Samsung smartphone, Camera can be affected by condensation, Talking into your watch makes you more conscious of how you look, Camera makes a loud shutter noise, and there's nothing you can do about it, Expensive, Not a device everyone will need
Excerpt: Some people think that the Galaxy Gear is a response to Apple's rumoured iWatch, which has yet to materialise. But the fact is, Samsung follows Sony in this interesting little market, and while we found the Sony watch interesting, it doesn't offer a massive amount to excite.
Pros: Looks good, fantastic screen, camera is better than we'd anticipated, comfortable, a good watch, easy to set up, bags of potential
Cons: Expensive, lack of consistency in notifications, needs more apps and general support, camera fogged up on a number of occasions, Note 3 only for the time being, feels as though it's hit the shelves early
Conclusion: At the moment, there are few smartwatch alternatives as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but most are easier to work with. Our current favourite smartwatch is the Pebble , which costs a third of what Samsung is asking for the Gear, has a much longer lasting battery, works with iOS and Android devices, and supports nifty hacks like IFTTT recipes. But the Pebble can't make calls, and it lacks a colour display and a camera.
Pros: Vibrant and colourful AMOLED display, Makes calls (via your smartphone), Snaps usable photos and video clips
Cons: Expensive, Short battery life, Baffling interface
Excerpt: What makes a smartwatch these days? Is it something that simply sits on the wrist and buzzes when the phone does something in the pocket? A fully-fledged phone it itself? Or, like the Galaxy Gear, something in between?