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Woz throws out his Samsung Galaxy Gear after half a day for being "so worthless"

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We're still very early on in the new age of the wearable, which means that the best has yet to come. There are some good wearables on the market, and some bad ones. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has been playing around with various smartwatches to see if there's anything that he likes, and he has decided one thing for sure: The Samsung Galaxy Gear is "worthless".

Overall, Woz isn't a fan of the majority of the smartwatches on the market right now for many of the same reasons that you could find from a variety of sources. Woz doesn't want "just a little Bluetooth connection to the smartphone"; he wants a proper stand-alone smartwatch with the right feature set. Currently, Woz uses a Martian watch, which is essentially a mechanical watch with a small notification bar. But, he did say that the absolute worst smartwatch that he tried out was the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and "threw [it] out after half a day, sold it on eBay because it was so worthless and did so little that was convenient."

Woz is a fan of Google Glass, saying that he has had good experiences with it, but he still doesn't know if the majority of users would find value in it. In the end, Woz wants a larger display for a smartwatch, and better features that aren't tied to a smartphone, and he wants a quality speaker (another thing that disappointed him with the Galaxy Gear). He hasn't seen the device yet that will break through to the mainstream, but he has hope that it will be from Apple. Right now, he thinks too many companies are trying the same thing, and the wearable space needs something "strikingly different". 

It should be noted that Woz did not talk about Android Wear, possibly because he hasn't had time to use any devices yet. We'll definitely keep an eye out for Woz's thoughts on the Moto 360, when that comes out. 

source: Xconomy via BGR 

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posted on 02 Jul 2014, 14:08 21

1. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3071; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Lol what an idiot guy. He wants a quality speaker on a watch... Hahaha
and wait didn't he say Galaxies are pile of plastic crap? AFAIK galaxy Gear needs to be connected with a samsung galaxy phone, so does this guy own a note 3 or somewhat?

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 14:11 24

3. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I totally agree! Galaxy gear is worthless! Moto 360 is the only smart watch I will ever buy.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 15:50

15. engineer-1701d (Posts: 610; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i bought the galaxy gear live after the io 2014 the gear is pointless all i want is always on google now with personal voice dictation so it understands phonics

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 18:55 1

31. sgodsell (Posts: 1050; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I noticed that Woz was mentioning he wants a stand alone smart watch. So he wants to run apps and other things on his version of a smart watch. I think Google took the right approach with Android wear. It can integrate into existing apps on the smart phone or tablet. So developers don't need to write a new app separately for a smart watch, they can just integrate some code into their existing smart phone or tablet apps. That's not to say that you can't write a stand alone app for Android wear as well. The joys, power, flexibility of Android.
The other smart watches can't do what Android Wear can do.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 14:14 1

4. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Michael you missed a word in the forth line of the second paragraph. Just saying. Try to proofread your stuff.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 02:38

43. Fellwalker (Posts: 30; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


If you proof read your post, then forth should be fourth ;-)

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 14:19 12

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2486; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Wozniak himself is in such a disgustingly ugly shape that he shouldnt call anything else crap.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 15:37

14. Fluxman (Posts: 47; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Gear live does not need a Samsung phone

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 15:58

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6232; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Let him buy his precious iWatch. This is actually the first device I heard him he doesn't like it. For me I'd rather buy the Moto 360

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 18:45 3

30. ojdidit84 (Posts: 272; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


I don't blame him. And the Woz is far from an idiot. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence ccan tell that the Woz wants the best and only the best experience from his tech devices. He's owned pretty much every single high-end phone that's released from Android OEM's, not just Apple products.

As an owner of the Gear, I can tell you that the speaker is atrocious. Not surprising since the speakers on Samsung phones aren't that great at all. The speaker on my Note 3 is far from stellar even with the speaker volume mod from xda. Can we get external speaker quality along the lines of the One M7/M8?

And the plastic? Yeah, I can agree with him there. I LOVE everything about my Note 3 except for the shell. I still wish that they'd used a bit better premium materials. Doesn't even have to be metallic. Just more premium poly-carbonate altogether. Something along the quality of the One X or a Lumia 1020. You can tell that the external materials is where Samsung cut corners.

The irony of just about ANYone on PA calling the Woz an idiot...

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 16:41 1

42. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 847; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


THE WOZ HAS SPOKEN!!!

This is a man who is impartial about technology and I take his word on it.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 14:11 13

2. ezfidel (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


To each his own. I love mine. I got my world cup scores updated so if someone scores I get my notification on my watch. Of coarse it's not a necessity, but it's fun and convenient. Definitely not worthless.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 14:15 5

5. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Android wear >>>>>>>>>> tizen

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 16:22 4

21. rd_nest (Posts: 739; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


1 day battery / 3 day battery.

CHoose your poison.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 19:27 2

35. sgodsell (Posts: 1050; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Considering the Android wear display is constantly on. The Gear, Gear 2, Gear Neo, Gear fit are not on all the time.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 14:21 7

7. fzacek (Posts: 1384; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I've seen the Galaxy Gear in action and it's laggy as hell...

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 14:54 10

10. alaw.14 (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Mines is not laggy. Even after the 8 months when i bought it

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 15:22 4

13. fzacek (Posts: 1384; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Really? But it isn't buttery smooth either, is it?

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 16:26 2

22. rd_nest (Posts: 739; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


It is. Whether "buttery" smooth or "milky" smooth or "chocolatey" smooth is personal judgement, performance isn't going to be an issue.

You really haven't even used it and just commented here just like a troll. Ain't it?

posted on 05 Jul 2014, 06:28

44. phichart (Posts: 8; Member since: 03 May 2014)


ohh you kick out his a55

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 18:39

29. joey_sfb (Posts: 2737; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Really I don't have a problem using Gear watch. It delivery the notification and convenient. What else do you want?

Besides, only Samsung supporter would buy a Gear watch. So the bottom line is those who buy gear like it and those who don't have it would not know the better.

Besides, you can't really assert a product properly using it half a day.

Woz is an attention seeker. Too bad his endless stream of negative comments is all he got right now.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 14:31 21

8. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 848; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


I love all the hate. When Woz criticizes Apple or praises Google, the love flows and he is considered cool. When he criticizes junk for being junk, the android fanboys are all over him. The hypocrisy is hilarious.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 15:53 5

16. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1294; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I was just about to post something similar. However, you forgot to mention that that cuts both ways. There are also the negative comments from Apple fans when he praises Google or android. This is why I'm getting to the point where I stop coming to this site for periods of time.

The fanboy BS on all sides is getting so high you'd need a hazmat suit and a periscope to navigate through it.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 16:50 1

25. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 848; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


True, but that is usually not as rabid. Yes, there are some of us who like Apple (and other brands), but we are a vocal minority.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 19:18

32. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1294; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


So it's justified if you're in the minority? BS is BS whether it's one person or one million people. When I first joined here it was Apple fans in the majority, and it is no more douchey now than it was then.

Everyone has their likes and dislikes, and to each their own. Woz sees no use in Galaxy Gear, and that's fine. He is looking for more of a standalone smartwatch, and there really isn't anything currently on the market like that yet. So android wear will most likely be a disappointment to him as well. But that doesn't mean other people won't find Gear or Wear useful, because everyone has individual tastes.

What's funny, or maybe sad, is that PA puts up articles that are meant to stoke the fanboy flames, which leads to more page clicks for them. And everyone just dances like trained monkeys to their tune.

smfh

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 20:49

37. joey_sfb (Posts: 2737; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I getting to the same conclusion. I thinking of picking up a third language and to brush up my coding ability.

Android studio seems to be a good platform to start. Bye bye!

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 16:07 1

20. amats69 (Posts: 1017; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


You hit them in the jaw! +1

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 16:32 1

23. Commentator (Posts: 2331; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Isn't Galaxy Gear Tizen? What do Android fanboys have at stake here?

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 18:13

28. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 848; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


It's Samsung, and they are the leaders of the Android pack. Sure, there are some Sony, Motorola, LG, and HTC fans here (And some of the lesser known Chinese brands), but Samsung definitely wags the dog.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 17:52

27. blazee (Posts: 254; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


i liekd your comment but gear isnt android. Personally i havent used any smartwatches and i dontknow anyone who even would. They look tacky

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 14:50 3

9. Vexify (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Look at all this hatred toward Woz now that it is against Samsung. Rage fanboys rage.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 19:22

33. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1294; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


And just remember that the next time he likes an android device and you hear the traitor comments. It cuts both ways, but every side seems to have amazing tunnel vision when it comes to these things.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 14:58 1

11. HTCOE (Posts: 435; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


i could of told him that and samsung can careless as long as it was purchased in the first place to impress investors with the revenues, profits, & etc it brung to them... they have developed the microsoft model of put it out first and revise later after comsumer test, trends, what ppl hope to see in other devices, rumors, and data. Woz is a great guy though... he's not perfect but he is educated enough to tell if something makes sense or not and none of the smartwatches out make enough sense. the moto 360 looks fantastic but it's going to be able to do everything any android wear item can do... depends on which can offer the best services.

All i would really need from a watch is the time, fitness & health info, and forecast on a stand alone purpose

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 15:04 1

12. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Galaxy gears are junk. I owned three and gave them all away for free except one. You have to charge it everyday and sometimes mid-way thru the day. It just gets to be way more of a hassle than its actually worth. If you really need that infomation in a quick min. Ask a co-worker or just pull out your darn phone.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 15:54

17. engineer-1701d (Posts: 610; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


did you really just complain about charging the watch everyday, what the hell 1st world problems right there. Why would anyone care about charging the thing once aday.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 16:03 3

19. nctx77 (Posts: 454; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


The problem with the 360 is that it doesn't do anything different but be round. In fact, I think the galaxy gear does more. As far as Android wear, I don't see the draw. What's different about it other than Google Now? I don't get the hype.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 16:39

24. Blazers (Posts: 191; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I'm waiting for a hybrid mechanical smart watch to come out.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 20:36

36. dragonherder (Posts: 4; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


That's pretty much what the Martian watch he normally wears is though it's basically just something to let you know you have notifications... The Moto 360 is still the best design for a smartwatch atm.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 17:46 2

26. gigaraga (Posts: 686; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Like he can make anything better. He should just stick to using iToys instead of trying products that are too good for him

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 19:25 2

34. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1294; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


People like him and Gates are the reason we have the home PC, show some respect. And this is from an android fan.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 21:44 1

38. Scott93274 (Posts: 665; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Agreed. Also, the man has gone on record to state that he likes the competition's product more than his own company. The man speaks his mind, isn't really biased, and seems to be genuine in his excitement for everything cutting edge.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 23:36

39. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


When Woz is right, Woz is right. I just don't think he realizes the role smartwatches are intended to play. They're an accessory, an enhancement, an ease-of-use facilitator to an existing platform...Not really a standalone product. That would require a whole new level of development out of the manufacturers.

That's not to say they'll never be a standalone product, but mobile technology would probably need a few more years of seriously focused development to pull off the product the Woz seems to be envisioning.

(Prepared for the flack I'm about to take) I think this is one product that Apple's going to get closest to doing right. Their ability to optimize and simplify is going to make it happen. It just may not be the first iteration.
(Again, prepared for some flack) Apple's already doing what is does the best overall... Waiting to see what the competitors products offer to see what's "inspiring". Then they get the optimization and simplification engineers in gear and release a more polished product.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 01:20 1

40. AfterShock (Posts: 2564; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Woz wants a Dick Tracy watch, and so do I.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 05:15

41. rudy (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Feb 2009)


I don't have any problem with my Gears. They work perfectly and I like the design. Only 3 issues (which I know before I bought them):

1. light sensor for automatic adjustment of brightness
2. waterproof (solved in next gen)
3. better battery life

I'm pretty sure I'll by next gen Gears in one/two year time if design is ok.

Oh, and I don't care what Woz or others says !

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