Samsung Galaxy Gear Review
Before we begin, it's worth mentioning that, at first, the only device that the Galaxy Gear will be usable with will be the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung is expected to roll out software updates that will enable the Gear to work with the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Cradle adapter
Utilizing AMOLED technology, it naturally exudes all the distinctive characteristics we all know and love - it has that pitch black tone, colors have an over-saturated nature, and its viewing angles are simply superb. Sadly, the display is difficult to view outdoors with the sun present. Certainly, “outdoor” mode helps to give us better contrast outside, but the same end results continue to persist.
Interacting with the display is a hit or miss experience, seeing that it sometimes has a delayed response with certain actions. Swiping between the homescreen is pretty intuitive and straightforward, but pinch zooming or double tapping the screen sometime requires multiple tries to get right.
1. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 107; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Heres another contentious con - it's pointless.
3. DaHarder (Posts: 124; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
Like Your Opinion Is The Only One That Matters... For those of us who appreciate companies (like Samsung) that truly endeavor to push technology forward rather than sitting around waiting for others to innovate device categories then STEALING Said Innovations (like Apple), the Galaxy gear is a bold first step for wearable communication.
Anyway... This 'review' is so wrought with ridiculous biases and nit-picking that is almost laughable. 6.5 = WTF?
Then again, this John V. character has shown time and time again his antipathy for all things Samsung. Making his opinion anything but credible.
Can hardly wait to buy the Galaxy Note 3 + Galaxy Gear next week - Real Technology for Real Tech Lovers!
5. DONUT (Posts: 137; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
no, the score is fair. it barely a good/practical device to have. sure it has its benefits but its cons severely outweigh all its benefits. and dont start with the Apple stealing crap again, rmb there were so many rumors flying around about an "iWatch"? Samsung could have acted off those rumors so they wont be accused of copying again. dont let your support for the brand blind you
13. Randy_Jaeger (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)
Samsung already had smartwatches years ago so this is just building on what they did before.
I know I'll be getting one with my GN3 :-)
8. mr. anderson (Posts: 92; Member since: 16 Apr 2009)
For those of us who appreciate companies (like Samsung) that truly endeavor to push technology forward rather than sitting around waiting for others to innovate device categories then STEALING Said Innovations (like Apple)...
wait, what? bahahahahaha!! (and im an anti-apple, android fanboy)
9. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 107; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Hey I love technology just as much as the next guy, and maybe the super geeks will find some use for this, but for the majority, its going to be a huge fail and is unlikely to sell in large quantities.
Wearable tech will be awesome when it is done properly; this however appears to have been rushed out just to be the first on the market, by a CEO who thought he was some kind of Power Ranger when he unveiled it at the Unpacked event.
I don't agree that Samsung truly push technology forward either. What have they done that has been truly revolutionary recently? They try, but everything just turns out to be a novelty that quickly wears off after a few days; and the less said about Apple stealing from Samsung the better.
I hope you enjoy your Note 3 and Gear...The Note 3 looks like a good device.
21. joey_sfb (Posts: 1477; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
The gear serve me well too!
Its pretty good for a first gen watch. Zoom in on John V con, Is it a CON in the first place. There no bugs in the software and that good enough for me.
Even iPhone first gen has short coming remember no mms support no bluetooth support but hey! Apple fan can overlook any flaws from Apple while having a x5000 trillion magnification zoom on their competitor especially Samsung.
26. ardent1 (Posts: 1864; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
The iPhone first gen was a 2G device. So what is your point?
You will find most Apple users to be fair and objective. We are quite reason and won't use hyperboles.
Have you looked at the iPod Nano 6th gen? Users were wearing that device as a smartphone, but it's never used to benchmark against the Gear? Why is that?
22. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Someone said "stealing innovations"?
And I can just go on..
23. joey_sfb (Posts: 1477; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Apple smart cover and LG/Samsung smart cover are different both visually and functionally.
Apple smart cover just put the device to stand by which is great but Samsung LG one goes more.
That's what innovation is about building on each other ideas. What Apple is trying to achieve is patent a circle and stop people from making wheels.
27. ardent1 (Posts: 1864; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
You really need to work on employing (sound) logic. Your arguments are specious and your use of corollaries is just dismal.
You have get over your denial -- here is a fact: A jury determined that Samsung stole IP from Apple. Therefore, it is no longer a case of my opinion or your opinion -- it is a fact adjudicated in a court of law.
The Gear is not the first smart watch. While it may be the first gen smart watch from Samsung, it has several short comings, and many of these short comings are design related, planning related, etc. Plus, it's a very expensive device with (currently) limited usability with other smart phones.
The bottom line is Samsung should have made a better smart watch before releasing the product. Again, in Samsung's case they used the iPod Nano 6th gen as a benchmark. In contrast, when Apple released the iPhone first gen, it was about introducing a new way of thinking about the smart phone -- the role of multitouch. While Apple didn't get many things right like using 2G data speeds, etc, they got multitouch right and that soon became the standard (look at Nokia or Blackberry that couldn't adapt) and just about every flag ship smart phone can trace its form factor back to the Apple iPhone first gen. The point is there was no benchmark for Apple -- Apple invented something the world has never saw before.
We understand you hate Apple, and that anger is coming through your specious arguments.
35. android_hitman (Posts: 570; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)
wait until apple will make a wearable tech .. 9.5 score i am sure.
18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3394; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Typically I tend to stay away from the first generation of "new" technology. I bet the updated version of the Samsung Galaxy Gear will be 100% better than this "current" model.
It's a good start but they are nowhere near where they want to be.
See you this time next year Samsung. I am VERY content with my Samsung Galaxy Note III, that the Galaxy Gear can wait for the future model.
24. joey_sfb (Posts: 1477; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Both watches have some water resistance in tow, which is pretty much essential for a wearable device. Sony's water resistance is much better though, as you can go swimming in your Smartwatch 2. The Galaxy Gear is limited to some rain and maybe a shower.
32. JojoGo101 (Posts: 202; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
Its a good try I will admit but the battery honestly disappoints me, I might forget to charge it one day and who is gonna feel bummed? Me!
2. Kurai (unregistered)
It's reeking of cons and it still gets a 6.5 . . .
4. DaHarder (Posts: 124; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
One need take into consideration who wrote the 'review' as John V. never gives any Samsung product a truly fair assessment.
6. Rongocook (Posts: 71; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)
I hate this product! Half baked. I would had given 5
10. Randy_Jaeger (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)
Then don't buy one.
There'll still be plenty of other who will.
12. hmd74 (Posts: 128; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
Is it worth buying?
I like it's abilities but water resistance and battery are really important...
17. DaHarder (Posts: 124; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
Agreed about the water resistance for those who live in wetter climates (I don't), but as one who takes his watch off every night anyway, the full-day battery life shouldn't be an issue.
It's good to see companies taking the first real steps in viable wearable technology, and as the owner of a (1st gen) Samsung smartwatch, the Pebble and Sony's first effort, the Galaxy gear looks to be the most capable yet...
One well worth giving a try.
25. joey_sfb (Posts: 1477; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
An factual review of both Smart Watch 2 and Gear. Be your own judge.
29. vincelongman (Posts: 351; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Thanks, that was a far better review :)
14. SupermanayrB (Posts: 93; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
I've seen it in person. It's a convenient device, I just can't see paying $300 for it. It's also funny how the RAZR Maxx got so many negative comments about the price from the reviewer whereas the price of this is only mentioned once. Phone Arena reviews are such BS.
16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4196; Member since: 14 May 2012)
John V's reviews are pure BS. But this x100.
20. ilia1986 (unregistered)
This is one of those rare, very very rare times that the apple way of doing less things buy doing them right should have been applied here.
30. Gaurav008 (Posts: 179; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
The S voice experience on the Gear is a truly aweful experience. Not to mention a overall half baked and rushed product. Gear 2 (which is already in works) will eliminate all these , i guess. Moreover, Sony's second try at smartwatches is good and better than Samsung's.
31. Gaurav008 (Posts: 179; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Although, the notification glancing and its syncing with the Note 3 works great. But the overall experience leaves much to be desired.
33. promise7 (Posts: 163; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
A rushed product, Samsung only released this so they can beat Apple to it first.
34. ChafedBanana (Posts: 313; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
You forgot the 6th, 7th and 8th con: Difficult to see outside due to the lack of brightness, battery life maybe only gets you through a day and it doesn't accept a micro usb but rather requires some sort of special dock to charge it. Think I'll pass on this thing.
36. morozsean (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
Nothing special. It'll be more exciting when Google announces their smart-watch..
38. JakeLee (limited) (Posts: 206; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
See what happens when Samesoon has nothing to copy from?
39. JakeLee (limited) (Posts: 206; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
Just wait a few months. They will give it for free to those who purchase their new GS5, a 64-bit phone running 32-bit Android. What a joke.
I just hope they don't count these units into their sales numbers.
And I really really hope they don't tell such a BS like "The AP being 64-bit is sufficient, 64-bit OS is just a marketing gimmick".
40. stutterfish (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)
I'm sure with software updates the Samsung Galaxy Gear will get better but it definitely feels like a bit of a rushed product.
Pros from the Galaxy Gear Review: Excellent display, voice-based text messaging, 720p video, sleek design and good audio quality.
Cons from the Galaxy Gear Review: Comparatively high price, exclusive device compatibility and battery life.