Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch lacks "something special" says Samsung executive

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch lacks
We recently passed along some speculation that included the premise that the release of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was just a test run to see how well the product would be received. The rumor included the word that the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch was being developed and would be introduced at CES this coming January.

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.

source: Phandroid



1. g2a5b0e unregistered

Just serves to reinforce the fact that my phone doesn't need a secretary.

2. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 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: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Battery life 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: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 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: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 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: Dec 08, 2010

Which brings up the question: If PA is so horrible, why do you bother coming to this site at all?

58. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: Mar 25, 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: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

4. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Wait let apple invent the watch again

17. taikucing unregistered

you mean invent = copy

21. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 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: Feb 21, 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: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 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: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 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 unregistered

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: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

What's next? Samsung refrigerators copied apple because they're white and rectangle with a smooth edge. Stop being ridiculous.

29. HansGoneInsane unregistered

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: Feb 21, 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 unregistered

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: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 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: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 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 unregistered

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: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 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 unregistered

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

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