Samsung Galaxy Gear gets a really good commercial, still not a great product though

Samsung Galaxy Gear gets a really good commercial, still not a great product though
The vast majority of the reviews for the Samsung Galaxy Gear follow the same points: the camera is good, phone calls on your wrist are cool, but nothing else about the watch really qualify it for the "smartwatch" name. The device is far too expensive, notifications are mostly useless, the apps aren't very good, it's too big, and the battery life is not what you want for a watch (especially since it doesn't have wireless charging). But, that doesn't mean Samsung can't make a really good commercial for the device.

The idea behind the commercial (called "Evolution") is a good one. It goes through some of the most famous fictional smartwatches in pop culture history, starting with Dick Tracy, and going through The Jetsons, Star Trek, Inspector Gadget, and even Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The commercial ends with the Galaxy Gear, proclaiming "it's finally real", which is accurate. It is real, it just isn't what we hoped a smartwatch could be. There is also a second spot called "A Long Time Coming", which shows actual clips from the various shows, and ends with the Gear again. 

The best part about the Gear in the commercials is that it is actually showing off one of the better functions, the voice calling. The Gear a good first try, but it has too many flaws, and being locked to the Galaxy Note 3 doesn't help at all. We're looking forward to the future evolution of Android smartwatches, especially once Google either adapts Android properly or adapts the Google Glass experience to smartwatches. 

source: Samsung (YouTube) via The Verge



1. Airforce

Posts: 70; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Not bad advert,but poor display graphics from Gear...compared to SONY SMART WATCH 2....

28. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Are you a troll or uneducated person? Where did you learn that Samsung has poor display graphics? "Smartwatch 2" has 220x176 resolution. Whereas Gear has 320x320. That's like 2.6x the display resolution of Sony's watch. Educate yourself before you comment like an uneducated filth.

2. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I use my phone for keeping time. Crazy, i know.

18. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Yeah. Smartwatch in general a stupid idea(for now) The tech and the battery , are at very early state , yet. Simply, Wall Street needed a new category product, and started to push it. And, yes- only Apple can sell some of those, because they own the zombies and the media.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm not sold on the Gear, or the concept of a smartwatch in general, but I have to admit it's a pretty good commercial.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, I think we have to wait a couple years for CPUs to get more efficient and for better battery technology, before smartwatches really become worth buying.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I using gear on the daily basis about a week, got it last sat. Its does function well like any other smart watch in fact better than my Sony smart watch 1 because when i gym i don't carry my phone and the gear apps still work without phone bluetooth connection. Sony Smart watch 1 is reduce to a normal watch with time function. However, its does cost more than either Sony Smart watch 1 or 2. I understand most will like to wait and see and for those that want a smart watch, gear is great because it work well as a smart watch with no software bug. For me i could afford it and the convenient make it worthwhile for me.

19. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Reviewers and commenters have been pretty harsh toward the Gear, but then again, they said much worse things to the original Note. The market(only thing that counts) will decide whether the Gear is a good product or not. If it was up to these people, the Note series would've been a failure, HTC One X and One would have been the best selling Android phones instead of the S3 and 4, and 3.5 inch devices would still be the normal size smartphones today.

4. Tazer2365

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

When Apple releases the iWatch, it will be a huge success. Apple always seems to improve a product much more better, just look at the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S. Samsung will then copy Apple's concept.

5. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Sorry Dude, is unfortunate that you still live in an age where you believe Samsung copies Apples, such age can't even prove itself, Samsung have proven themselves beyond every reasonable doubt.

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

the opposite is also true

9. stealthd unregistered

Except you know, in court, where it was proved that they did in fact copy Apple.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31333; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol exactly. Apple didn't win that case for nothing. +1 bro.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Samsung did proved they didn't copy, in every other country Apple tried to sue them/ban their products. Apple only won in the US. That shouldn't mean nothing.

21. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Which country? I think it was England that not only said they didn't copy Apple but made Apple take out a web page on their own site saying so. It's a big world outside the US.

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, true. Apple lost in the UK, South Korea, Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Australia.

26. willard12 unregistered

Didn't the President have to bail out Apple for copying Samsung?

27. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

6. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And even though Apple copied the concept also, rabid Apple fans will ignore it and cry about every smartwatch after.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31333; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ted apple didn't invent the smart watch, not at all, but as a smart techie you know as well as I.......... When the iWatch launches it's gonna jump start the category. One thing apple does better than any, is put polish on existing tech.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Tazer2365, I understand you are loyal to Apple it's a good thing in a way. However, just remember that both Apple and Samsung don't need it they want your money instead and you pay good money for their product and services. So you have the right to expect that they deliver. Both Samsung and Apple are big companies with a lot of influence, don't burn your own bridges as you may one day end up working for them or their subsidiary. Having a great career till your rival dig up what you have said a few years ago.

25. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

Exactly, working for any of the company would be a wholesale change in ones career, finances, experience etc. Is not enough to come here making Samsung appear like a criminal and Apples a saint or that Apples are bereaved of innovation. These two companies are both great and they with their fans should adopt "Mutual Respect".

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

This... thing was rushed, uhm it had to be rushed

10. oister85 unregistered

I would love to own one but too expensive.

16. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Well this article is bias, I own a galaxy gear watch and all the notifications come thru without a glitch and call is perfect, my wife can't tell if I'm using my phone or watch to talk to her, I can choose multiple faces of clocks thru their apps (limited on apps, that true) as for the size, sorry Micheal, you must have dainty sized wrist cause this gear watch ain't that big. I bought mine yesterday charged it full when I got home around 6pm then started playing around with all the features, turned it off around midnight and didn't charge it at 92% battery, started the watch today at 10am and now its 6:30pm and I got 77% battery left and I made calls used the camera played with more screen choices and colors with sound up at 5 and brightness at 3 and both goes as high as 7 and 6. Outdoor visibility is good with outdoor mode on and sound is loud enough to get your att. or use vibrate. As for the smartphone watch label (wherever) I thought this officially was as to be a companion to a phone not this so called smartphone feature rich icon it's been labeled by PA, GEAR isn't a separate on its own watch, it's an extension of your phones most important features like call and messaging and the extras because Sammy can do it. Charging the Gear is a bit awkward but it's okay to get use to. So far I really like it and the more I use it the more effective it becomes. I don't have to go running to my phone when it rings anymore I can take or reject a call instantly. When I come in range about 20ft from my note 3. And if I just want to use it as a watch I just turn blue tooth off. At first it I thought I'll give it a try and if I don't like it sell it on eBay and take my losses but after just after a day and 1/2 I really like it, and my wife likes it too even after her first impressions were the same. So I say this is +thumbs up for me on this Gear watch and I'm really looking forward to future iterations!! Oh. And a cool feature is find my phone and find my Gear options Sent from my Note 3

17. umadden

Posts: 90; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

"Well this article is bias" Not sure what you were expecting but this website is heavily opinionated and filled with sub-par writers such as Michael H.. Just about every one of his articles are terrible. He also just bans everyone who doesn't agree with him and deletes their comments.

24. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Yep, and I opinionated myself too! And I think it's a "GREAT PRODUCT"

29. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I don't have the power to ban people or delete comments. I do appreciate you pointing out the difference between "opinionated" and "biased" though. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and I'm glad to see that nothingmuch is enjoying his Gear.

30. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Thanx Michael, I guess bias wasn't a subtle choice to use, I meant it for the "other reviews" summary in general, towards the Gear watch reviews and Not towards you directly, since you did state other reviews. I apologies for the remark though. next time I'll be more clear about it :)

20. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I won't exactly say Samsung copies Apple but, Samsung does exactly what Apple does once the see Apple Implement it and not only apple the do that to all other smartphone manufacturers. Blackberry introduced Blackberry balance first and samsung decided to introduce knox. What happened all this years? The just think it be a hot sell for blackberry phones. Now Apple has brought the 64bit processor idea to the market even though the processors were made by Samsung, Samsung took to its heels and already began announcing there be bringing it to the market next year why not put that on the note 3 before it got announced. That Apple home button finger print I guarantee will be implemented on the galaxy s5 and note 4 next year. Again am not saying apple brought the finger print ish first to the market. Apple introduced the Gold iphone and it became a hot cake even though they ain't the ones to first bring it to the market. Samsung began making all sorts of noise how the first introduced gold color phones from the flip phone era. I never heard or read about gold galaxy s4 until recently. Lol One last thing they rushed into the market after hearing buzzes from all angles about the iwatch but, guess what the introduced their own galaxy gear and reviewers have not really received it properly now there are confused because they didn't wait for Apple. They went as far as saying there ain't nothing to whoa about the gear and are already talking about the gear 2 which we all know will follow apple footsteps before been released. PS Am neither fan of both phone manufacturers as I dislike Apples IOS and been a closed OS Samsung and their plastic phones plus touch wiz I can't even stand anymore. I sold my note 2 and never getting any samsung product. I am a Blackberry User and would always be cos it's my choice and I get everything I want from it. As a business user I care about my keyboard and security. Cranked using the blackberry Q10.

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