Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch lacks "something special" says Samsung executive
Among the problems with the first version of the watch is the fact that for now, it pairs via a Bluetooth connection only to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Additionally, the 10 hour battery life is said to be low for a device that ideally should stay on your wrist for a solid day before needing to be recharged.
While all of these problems are fixable and will probably be so on the rumored Galaxy Gear 2, a Samsung executive was quoted as saying that "our Gear lacks something special." But the executive also said that with more work on the UI and the User Experience with the sequel, customer satisfaction will improve.
If Samsung did manage to do one thing on its list, it was to launch its new smartwatch before Apple did. The only problem is that the limited functionality of the device prevented Samsung from taking a victory lap for beating Apple to market. The Cupertino based manufacturer has been hiring new engineers in an attempt to get the iWatch to the next level.
1. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2707; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Just serves to reinforce the fact that my phone doesn't need a secretary.
2. schinnak (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
how many times do i keep asking this? didnt samsung mention that the watch will have 25+ hours battery life? Has PA actually tested it or are they so desperate to prove their own initial theory about the battery life that they keep mentioning a lower figure???
8. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Samsung rates it for "up to 25 hours in regular". Company battery claims tend to be a bit overblown, so we wouldn't be surprised if the Gear gets less. On the other side, Sony claims between three and four days in normal use, and Qualcomm doesn't give a specific number but also says "days of battery life".
15. Dr.Phil (Posts: 928; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I will admit that Sony's Smartwatch 2 is one of the most underrated products out there. We are too busy talking about Samsung's watch to recognize other products out there that are perhaps better.
20. schinnak (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
but PA says 10 hours even without testing it. its way far off from the official 25+ hours mentioned by Samsung.
i dont know on what basis PA is making these claims. something is not right.
24. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
PA really doesn't care about truths or facts. PA is a tech tabloid(some writers are worse than others), don't believe anything without checking facts.
56. Cato619 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
Which brings up the question: If PA is so horrible, why do you bother coming to this site at all?
58. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Because there are still maybe two or three PA writers who are pretty good at their job. However, if PA continues to get worse, then I won't bother to come to this site.
11. joey_sfb (Posts: 3227; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I does seem that PA been bashing Samsung. Did Samsung retract their AD revenue from PA.
We have PA reviewer that have never seen microUSB 3 connection and bashing other brands phone while giving iPhone 5c a straight 9 just because it's an iPhone. Now they put on as many negative press on Samsung as possible. And to form a fix opinion on the gear before an actual review being made.
I buying the gear regardless so I could form my own opinion.
50. Piotrek007 (Posts: 81; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Does seem ?? LOL !! Look at iPhone review and ask your question to yourself again..... "Does they" ?? FOR FURE they are paid by other companies to bash Samsung -.-
57. joey_sfb (Posts: 3227; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I am playing with my Note 3 now, Gear still unopen. Too much gadget at one go will give my headache.
Anyway, I uninstall the Telco apps no problem did a phone hard reset. After running thru the Samsung wizard they tend to install another group of junk apps. Did another hard reset and skip the Samsung start up wizard.
Always choose the 'Skip' option till Finish then add Google account later. That way my Note 3 download apps folder will be zero app install.
3. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Is there even someone there interested with this thing?
16. taikucing (unregistered)
I'm interested (as long as someone gives me for free)
25. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Well, you never know with Samsung products. Samsung products get bashed by commenters and reviewers, but out in the wild(S3&4, Note 1&2,etc), they tend to dominate.
Besides, Gear is their first try, like the S and note series, they'll keep improving it and making it better.
17. taikucing (unregistered)
you mean invent = copy
21. parvsingh05 (Posts: 98; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Copying whom ? Samsung ? Wait till samsung is found guilty of infringing apple's patents .
And end up banning their own smartwatch and paying another billion $ to apple :P
22. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
are you that special!? what has samsung done here that infringes on any apple patents!? Face it all apple are doing here is copying plain and simple no go back to the farm!
23. parvsingh05 (Posts: 98; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Do u even that apple started buying patents way before anybody thought of making a smarwatch. I doubt ,dat this watch is not infringing any apple patents.
Though samsung has released it's not so "smart"watch early. Im pretty sure that they are in danger zone.
26. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Your statement doesn't even make sense. How can you buy patents way before anybody thought of smartwatch??(you can not buy something that doesn't exist.)
28. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 401; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
Sure. The slide to unlock patent existed before it came to smartphones. Patents don't need to be limited to a special kind if device.
40. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
What's next? Samsung refrigerators copied apple because they're white and rectangle with a smooth edge. Stop being ridiculous.
29. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 401; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
You are a fool if you really believe in Samsung's strategy. They only wanted to bring it to the market so that they can claim that were the first. But that doesn't mean innovation. Innovation needs to be - per definition - successful on the market and valued by society. Both is not given for the Galaxy Gear because it is a flop. Otherwise it could only be an invention. But since others were faster with the first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear isn't even an invention. Apple will probably set the standard for the smartwatch design that Samsung will copy.
32. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
where the hell did anyone say innovation, stop making up rubbish and stop thumbing up this blatant troll otherwise you truly as bad as him!
34. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 401; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
You said that all apple would be doing is plain copying. Innovators don't do plain copying. Its vice versa. Samsung copies from more innovative companies. I brought innovation into the discussion because innovation is closely linked to copying (where there is an innovator, there is at least one copier too).
37. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Yikes, ifans (or icopy) were pretty much gone from this site, but I guess they're back. icopy should stop this nonsense. How can Samsung copy iwatch, they're not even out yet. At least wait till iwatch comes out. For icopy people, Samsung smartwatch already looks like iwatch(never mind iwatch isn't even made yet, lol).
39. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
"Innovation needs to be - per definition - successful on the market and valued by society," do you know what innovation means?? Stop making up definitions.
45. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 401; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
Yes, I learned about Innovation Management as part of my studies. I do know very well what an innovation is and how the word innovation is defined. The market success and the valuation of society is a crucial element of the definition.
47. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
"An innovation is something original, new, and important - in whatever field.."(Journal of High Technology Management Research). "a new idea, device, or method"(merriam-webster). The word innovation has little to do with market success, and the crucial element is not valuation of society, but being new, original, and important.
48. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 401; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
Nice try. Here is the complete definition: "An innovation is something original, new, and important - in whatever field - that breaks in to (or obtains a foothold in) a market or society." Journal of High Technology Management Research, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 40–51
49. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Huh?? So you found the rest of the quote. What about it?? It has nothing do to with your "market success or valuation of society." It says "breaks into or obtains a foothold in."
51. jdoee100 (Posts: 313; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
What's important (or as you put it crucial element) is not about market success or valuation of society, but being "new, original, and important that breaks into(or obtains a foothold in) a market." Happy?
5. phljcnth (Posts: 294; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
If it was only compatible with other Galaxy devices right from its launch I think this wouldn't be a let-down. I also have to mention the pricing which is almost the price of an iPad mini.
36. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2707; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I hear you, but it will be compatible with the S4, Note 2, & S3 as soon as they get their 4.3 updates. Samsung has stated that they will all get it before the end of the year.
6. promise7 (Posts: 478; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
I feel Samsung released it just for the sake of beating Apple to it first.
19. parvsingh05 (Posts: 98; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
+1 exactly like their fans without thinking.
7. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
Personally Samsung should have given a watch for every Samsung Note 3 purchase.
More people would have used it, and you would have a better understanding of where you need to improve.
10. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
I agree with gifting one to the Note 3 purchases up until let's say November 15th... That way they could have tested the device, and sorta paid the testers.
13. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
the watch cost $450. Giving people free smart watch every note 3 will give them a big loss and Samsung will not take that risk.
18. taikucing (unregistered)
Dafuq, $450? It's more like $150 - $200 watch.
My $100 analog watch with its solid metal body is better than this crap.
38. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)
Thats how much they sell it for. It cost them about $40 in parts to assembly the watch.
They could have added that cost onto the phone. SIMPLE!
9. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)
I'd preorder it for my 14yr old brother! So sad, have to cancel it. Instead maybe buy a pebble or sony's smartwatch2. And what the hell is wrong with you samsung, why released an unfinish product! 10hrs of usage, seriously?
12. frazaco11 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)
Am not surprised, no one to copy. No wonder they rushed to market with unfinished product with a ridiculous price tag. Grow up Sammy!
27. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Relax, it's just a smartwatch. Don't take it too personally. I doubt you can create your own smartwatch, so before you tell someone to grow up, make sure you know how to do whatever it is you're associating them to grow up with.
JustSaying. Waiting for that iWatch to compare though.
30. frazaco11 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)
Sure I can't make a watch because that's not my job, I do my job well
31. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Okay if you say so. So all you know is to complain?
33. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
dont feed the troll he is obviously b*tthurt that samsung are first to the market before apple so he makes up rubbish that they copy...
41. bucky (Posts: 1574; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
he actually didnt seem b*thurt at all there. I actually agree with him to an extent
42. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
LOL, Just because you agree with him, doesn't make him right. You're not that special.....
35. HASHTAG (unregistered)
So, in other words, Samsung is almost admitting that they're releasing an unfinished product?
43. darkkjedii (Posts: 12606; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Samsung shoulda thought about apple maps. Their beating apple to the market is not good, if they bring out a poorly functioning device "apple maps". When apple drops the iWatch, and it shines in all the areas the gear is dull in, then apple takes the victory lap. Samsung should've done what apple is doing, having learned from apple maps...keep it in the oven till it's fully baked. This may prove to be a bad move Sammy, hope not but it may.
53. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6729; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
The only thing i hate to say it is its design at least the SONY SMART WATCH 2 looks better.
55. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)
... What? This thing is beautiful on the exterior.