“While it’s certainly well-built, the Galaxy Gear isn’t without its issues. The power button mounted on its right side sat loosely on my review unit, resulting in a clinking noise every time I moved the watch around. The straps are also not interchangeable, so if you damage the one you have, the whole watch goes out of action,” Vlad Savov reports for The Verge. “It’s water resistant, as you’d expect of a wrist-worn device, and seems particularly impervious to scratches or other cosmetic damage. You might think of it as a tank for your wrist — it’s bulky, durable, and awkward enough to merit that title… I was never fully comfortable while wearing the Gear.”
MacDailyNews Take: That’s a wonderful attribute for something trying to deliver wearable computing. Samsung’s stupidwatch.
“A smartwatch the Galaxy Gear is not,” Savov reports. “rankly, I’m not sure exactly what it’s supposed to be. Samsung describes it as a companion device, and the Gear is indeed chronically dependent on an umbilical link to another Samsung device, but it never left me feeling like it was a helpful companion.”
“The notifications are Orwellian, the media controls are exiguous, and the app selection has no substance to underpin the hype,” Savov reports. “Unintuitive, oversized, overpriced, and in constant need of a Galaxy guardian — the Galaxy Gear might have been better off staying on the drawing board.”
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MacDailyNews Take: You know the people who copied others to get through school? Their problem was a lack of intelligence. The rise of self-service gas pumps destroyed their wildest career dreams.
They just weren’t smart. That’s Samsung.
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