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A good start that needs more love from developers

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The Galaxy Gear is a fine smartwatch, but it's just like any other first-generation Samsung device: It's a good concept, but it needs more TLC, device compatibility and third-party support.

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6 reviews
7.0
Engadget Oct 1, 2013

The Galaxy Gear is a fine smartwatch, but it's just like any other first-generation Samsung device: it's a good concept, but it needs more TLC, device compatibility and third-party support.

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7.0
AnandTech Oct 1, 2013

Ultimately the Galaxy Gear isn't the perfect solution to wearable computing, but rather a first attempt. It's more a proof of concept that you can own.

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6.0
Gizmodo Oct 1, 2013

Should You Buy It? Only if $300 means nothing to you. If you can drop that kind of money to satisfy a vague curiosity, then sure. ... Let us save you some money, though: It doesn't do enough, well enough, to be worth it.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Oct 1, 2013

If you're an early adopter who can afford to spend $299 for a device and platform that will get better over time, the Gear is worth the premium. But for everyone else, we'd recommend biding your time before purchasing this smartwatch.

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6.0
Ars Technica Oct 5, 2013

Do not buy this device expecting apps to show up and save the day. Taking a serious stab at ecosystem building is one thing, but the limited device compatibility means the only "developer" that will initially be supporting this watch is Samsung itself.

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5.0
PC Mag Oct 1, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Gear advances the smartwatch concept, but it's too expensive, limited, and difficult to use in its current form.

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4.0
Wired Oct 1, 2013

It’s an admirable push in mobile technology for sure, but the execution — both on the hardware and software side — isn’t enough to justify the $300 price tag. And in many ways, the smartwatch ends up being more of a nuisance than a convenience.

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8.0
SlashGear Oct 1, 2013

Alone, the Galaxy Gear for $300 is a rather interesting – if not downright fair – price for such a machine in today’s smart device market.

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7.0
Mashable Oct 1, 2013

There are a lot of good ideas with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but the execution feels unfinished and the overall experience is searching for purpose.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 4, 2013

To those considering the Gear, we don't think you'll be disappointed, particularly if you're buying it with a Note 3. Get in early and you'll be happy, but give it six months, and loads more apps, and we have a feeling that we'll be looking at an incredible device.

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6.0
Washington Post Oct 1, 2013

For true tech enthusiasts who want to be in on the first step of a long path of wearable device adoption, the Gear is a solid device. But for the average person, it’s probably worth waiting for the next generation.

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5.0
CNET UK Oct 1, 2013

Samsung's first smart watch looks really classy and has potential, but it lacks some really basic features. Its battery life isn't good enough either, and it only works with the Galaxy Note 3 right now. Definitely not worth £300.

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5.0
ABC News Oct 7, 2013

It turns out that the Galaxy Gear isn't a very smart watch. Sure, it might do more than the watch you are wearing right now -- at least on paper -- but your everyday watch can tell time faster than the Gear, and is certainly more comfortable and attractive.

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4.0
TechHive Oct 1, 2013

Hobbled by frustrating features from top to bottom, the Galaxy Gear demonstrates that the smartwatch dream is a work in progress.

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7.0
phoneArena Oct 1, 2013

When it comes down to it, the Samsung Galaxy Gear is simply trying to do so much in such a short period of time. We’ll mention that it’s a good starting point, but it’s still very far from being perfect.

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7.0
GottaBeMobile Oct 7, 2013

At this time, the Gear is an elegantly appointed smartwatch, but one that doesn’t add much more value than the $150 Pebble. You get similar alerts for notifications while you gain a camera and speakerphone capabilities, but the value proposition isn’t there just yet.

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7.0
Los Angeles Times Oct 11, 2013

The Galaxy Gear is a nifty toy that's awesome to play with, but if you're a typical consumer and don't want to throw around your money, hold off. Wait until other devices become compatible with the Galaxy Gear or wait until the second generation of the smartwatch comes out.

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4.0
TrustedReviews Oct 3, 2013

The Gear is under supported, overpriced and feels like a rushed effort, made to beat the competition and rumoured competition, that has failed to achieve its potential.

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4.0
TechRadar Oct 4, 2013

The Galaxy Gear doesn't do anything terribly, it just fails to impress at nearly every turn. We're not sure what Samsung is up to here, as it's basically given Apple an open goal to aim at with the iWatch.

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4.0
T3 Oct 3, 2013

It's a brave move from Samsung, to be one of the first to unveil a smart watch but the Samsung Galaxy Gear is more a case of testing the water than the product to beat.

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6.0
The Inquirer Sep 27, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a wonderfully built smartwatch. It feels very high end, has a great display and brings some exciting features right to your wrist. However, it is limited in more ways than we'd like, which as a consumer would put us off buying one.

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6.0
Android Police Oct 4, 2013

Buying the Gear is throwing your money at an experiment, and as consumer product experiments go, it's just not a very exciting or ambitious one. Maybe the Gear 2 will wow us, but for now, Samsung's competitors have little to fear.

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6.0
DroidLife Oct 8, 2013

If you enjoy adopting first-gen hardware, and companies’ attempts at being first-to-market with devices, then go for it. I have to say, if you pay full retail for this device, you will inevitably end up disappointed with your purchase.

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5.0
IT Pro Portal Oct 3, 2013

At the moment, there are few smartwatch alternatives as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but most are easier to work with ... The Galaxy Gear is definitely cooler than I expected, but it's not worth buying yet.

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6.0
Stuff Oct 1, 2013

The Galaxy Gear is a well-made, comfortable smartwatch that offers decent (if not perfect) functionality as a secondary device to compliment the smartphone resting in your pocket. But it's not without flaws.

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Engadget Sep 4, 2013

The prototype devices we used were noticeably sluggish and occasionally unresponsive, S Voice is not entirely hands-free, and battery life has been pegged at a full day, at best. Perhaps the biggest setback, however, is that the Galaxy Gear is only compatible with the Note 3 and the new Note 10.1.

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Laptop Magazine Sep 4, 2013

The interface is intuitive, the design is attractive, and it offers just enough functionality without feeling overwhelming. We don’t see ourselves speaking into our wrists much for calls, but it’s nice to know that the option is there, and we do like the idea of using S Voice on the go.

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PC Mag Sep 4, 2013

t's a nifty little gadget, but I don't know that the average consumer necessarily needs a Galaxy Gear at this point.

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Gizmodo Sep 4, 2013

Overall, Galaxy Gear feels kind of awkward both to wear (it's chunky) and to use (it's unnatural, although that's to be expected since it's a new type of input).

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GigaOM Sep 4, 2013

So has Samsung cracked the smartwatch market with its Galaxy Gear? It’s too early to tell, but the device is promising with useful hardware and software features. Unfortunately, you’ll need a Galaxy device to use the $299 smartwatch.

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CNET Sep 4, 2013

Whether buying another gadget is the answer to reducing your dependence on an earlier gadget is a philosophical question for another time, but the Galaxy Gear has the potential to cut down on the amount your mobile shouts for your attention.

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Ars Technica Sep 4, 2013

I have serious concerns about all the Samsung lock-in that this requires. You'd have to use all of Samsung's apps to make any use of it at all, so this watch living or dying will depend totally on Samsung's software prowess, which hasn't been spectacular in the past.

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TechHive Sep 4, 2013

While it will show details of emails received by the smartphone’s Samsung message app, for others it will only provide a notification that a message has been received, forcing the user to pull out their phone for more. That’s something that Samsung needs to fix.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 4, 2013

If you're considering joining the wearable tech movement, you like to go on runs, and find yourself without free hands to type, this is for you. It seems like a small thing but the convenience of not taking your phone out of your pocket shouldn't be underestimated.

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Mashable Sep 4, 2013

As far as the Gear's functionality goes, let's set one thing straight: It's not a replacement for your cellphone. It's a companion that connects to the phone via Bluetooth, extending its functionality and, ideally, making it less necessary to reach into your pocket for your phone.

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Wired UK Sep 4, 2013

The 1.63-inch Super Amoled screen has a 320x320-pixel resolution and is surrounded by a stainless steel bezel with screws inset in each of the four corners. This gives it a slightly industrial edge, which is likely to put off anyone with a fondness for dainty fashion.

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PC World Australia Sep 4, 2013

The device -- a Samsung representative said they're not calling it a smartwatch, just the Galaxy Gear -- is a little bigger than those calculator watches that were popular in the eighties but its 1.6-inch OLED screen and bright color make it a lot prettier.

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The Telegraph Sep 26, 2013

The design of the Gear is chunky but not outlandish but charging your watch over night in an unattractive charging cradle will just be one of the many features that, for now, makes this feel like a first generation product that is for early adopters only.

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Forbes Sep 4, 2013

At 1.44 by 2.2 by .44 inches, weighing 2.6 ounces (1.6 inch diagonal screen), it’s not the most demure watch on the planet but it is about as stylish as you can get for a watch with a glass and metal case and a plastic band.

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Android Central Sep 4, 2013

Samsung tells us the Gear should last for around a 24 hours of heavy use, which potentially means you’ll have yet another thing to plug in at the end of the day.

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Ubergizmo Sep 4, 2013

The Samsung Galaxy Gear delivers a great user experience packaged in a stylish wearable device that may change the way people use their smartphone.

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T3 Sep 4, 2013

From what we’ve seen so far the Gear has enough tools to sway us. The camera is genuinely innovative and fun while the potential for more apps is an appetite whetter. As ever what will make or break it will be the price.

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TechRadar Sep 4, 2013

Samsung could still turn this one around, but there needs to be a big step forward to make the Galaxy Gear worth anywhere near the money that's likely to be asked.

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TrustedReviews Sep 5, 2013

So the specs are impressive and it looks better than we could have hoped, but how is the Samsung Galaxy Gear going to change our lives?

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Huffington Post Oct 1, 2013

In the end, it's difficult to justify spending $300 on a first-generation smartwatch that doesn't work very well … yet. Save the money and wait for the next model, or even something from another manufacturer.

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ExtremeTech Oct 1, 2013

As you have probably surmised just by looking at it, the Gear is not a very comfortable wristwatch. It also goes without saying that, once you’re out of Bluetooth range of your Note 3 or Galaxy S4, you can no longer make calls, send texts, use S Voice.

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The Verge Sep 4, 2013

A smartwatch is, quite literally, a smart wristwatch. It's a timepiece with a brain, capable of processing and displaying information above and beyond what you'd expect of an ordinary clock. But there are fundamental tenets of the term "wristwatch" that the Galaxy Gear violates.

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Android Police Sep 4, 2013

Could I see it being a useful second (or third, or fourth) screen for notifications, step tracking, and remote control of some phone apps? Sure, if you've got a Galaxy phone and some spare cash. It won't be replacing my watch any time soon, though.

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Techno Buffalo Sep 4, 2013

The user experience reminds us of an old Zelda dungeon, which is to say there’s a lot of movement to the top, bottom, left and right to get to what you want.

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Android Community Sep 4, 2013

The Galaxy Gear is arriving as a companion to the Galaxy Note 3 and will be sporting a 1.63-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 320. And with what may be a surprise for some, Samsung has packed a 1.9 megapixel auto-focus camera into the watch.

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BGR Sep 4, 2013

The problem at the heart of the Galaxy Gear, for me, is that it doesn’t add anything important to the equation. It lets the user access and control plenty of functions on a connected Samsung smartphone, but the user can also access all of these functions on… you know… the Samsung smartphone.

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DroidLife Oct 1, 2013

The display is quite lovely, offering up some great colors and viewing angles, although we wish its built-in wake sensor was more sensitive for when we want the device to turn on with a simple wrist lift.

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6.0
NoodlesJefferso NoodlesJefferso

Scratches easy. Invest in a screen protector early. Battery life kinda sucks unless you leave bluetooth off, but at that point you might as well have a normal watch that you don't have to charge every 12 hours. Speaker phone works great in the car. Hope they come out with more apps for it. Unless...

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7.0
aacp2008 aacp2008

Ive enjoyed it so far, Good and sturdy build quality. The watch works as it should, S voice works pretty, especially if your driving, easy to reply to a text. Overall good wearable tech, the only downside was the Battery life, switching to tizen os did however help that using kies software by...

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Satusk Satusk

I have been love with the device ever since i have owned it. Looks great feels great and have been a welcome addition into my everyday life. Works great with my note 3 although could be still better. there's nothing to hate really except the price is a bit steep but once you cross that barrier...

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7.0
kempsterx5 kempsterx5

This is a great watch but I wish it could do a little more and for the price it should. With some updates I believe this will only get better. Well let's see what Samsung is gonna do to make it better but for now it's just a very good watch and Ok smart watch

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9.0
Fizzgadget Fizzgadget

I have had the Gear for about two months now, having waited until the prices came down a bit. I could have waited for the Gear 2 but wanted the pedometer to help my training for an event. I really love it... I work in IT so liking gadgets does rather go with the territory though! Having read...

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