Samsung Gear Live

73
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73

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Android Wear review: Taking smartwatches in the right direction

Summary

If you have to get an Android Wear device right now, the Samsung Gear Live is your best option. It's sleek, looks decent and performs well, but you'll want to get a new wristband for it right away. Unfortunately, you'll also need to charge it every night.

from $109.99+
Pros
  • Good Android Wear performance
  • Swappable wrist straps
  • Water-resistant
  • Better display than competition
  • More comfortable than G Watch
Cons
  • Horrible battery life
  • Compatible with only newer Android devices
  • Charging cradle is a mess
  • Harder to read in sunlight
Android Wear review: Taking smartwatches in the right direction

When I was a tiny tot, I watched Knight Rider and pretended I was Michael Knight, talking to KITT on my watch. Yet now that there are real-life watches that can do even more things, I don't find myself quite as excited as my 5-year-old self was. Smartwatches have been around for over a decade already (remember Microsoft SPOT?), but the category hasn't evolved at the same pace as smartphones. It's not because there's a shortage of digital wrist-worn timepieces. The problem is that there's no common platform for third-party apps, which means there's little potential for growth.

There also doesn't seem to be any vision. Some watches act as Android phones with SIM cards and tiny touchscreens, while others try to establish their own platform to entice developers. Still others have even tried to put fitness bands and smartwatches into one device, to limited success. Even worse, most of the watches on the market today are what you might call "fashionably challenged" -- they simply aren't attractive enough to entice the masses. Google's solution is to extend its Android platform -- which has very strong market share and developer support -- to the wearables genre with Android Wear.

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Scores

Engadget

73
 

Breakdown

Ease of use
8.0
Durability
8.0
Battery life
5.3
Portability (size / weight)
6.5
Display
6.4
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Specs

Gear

Form factor
Other
Operating system
Android
Storage type
Internal storage
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Gear

Form factor
Other
Operating system
Android
Storage type
Internal storage
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