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The best Android Wear device -- for now, anyway

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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.

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Critic reviews

6.5
6 reviews
  • Features
    7.1
  • Display
    6.4
  • Battery life
    5.3
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Storage capacity
  • Design and form factor
    7.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.5
  • Durability
    8.0

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8.4
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7.0
Engadget Jul 3, 2014

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.

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7.0
Ars Technica Jun 30, 2014

ight now, though, these watches are like their predecessors in that their promise is greater than their real-world utility. I might miss a couple things ... when I take it off my wrist and ship it back to Google, but it's not going to be difficult to part with.

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6.0
Wired Jul 10, 2014

Overall this is a success. Do you love gadgets? Get it. You’ll enjoy playing with it and as more apps come along it’s just going to get more useful. But it isn’t for everyone.

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6.0
PC Mag Jul 9, 2014

The Samsung Gear Live puts Google Now on your wrist with Android Wear, but we're still waiting for the first must-have smartwatch.

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6.0
TechHive Jul 14, 2014

In a two-watch race, it wins almost by default. But because Android Wear shows so much promise—and because I’m already becoming addicted to voice texting and Google Now on my wrist—I have to give the Gear Live a qualified thumbs up.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jun 25, 2014

Unlike its brethren, however, the Live has a slimmer profile and has no buttons or screws adorning its housing ... Unfortunately, you still need to navigate through swipes, and it turns out that the shiny screen and the silver surrounding it were both great at acquiring fingerprints.

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Gizmodo Jun 25, 2014

The hardware felt really nice and solid. It was sleek, and not overly bulky. The AMOLED screen provided bright whites (though we couldn't test it in daylight) and those super deep blacks we love. Great color, too.

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PC World Jun 25, 2014

The Gear Live appeared to be no more than a slimmed-down reprise of Samsung's Tizen-powered Gear smart watches. It was remarkably light, however. I tried one on for a second and it felt just as weightless as my FitBit.

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TechCrunch Jun 25, 2014

Samsung’s effort essentially has the same merits and drawbacks as the rest of its smartwatches, and it likely required very little in the way of development time to get it up and running on the new OS.

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Ars Technica Jun 25, 2014

Visually, the watch looks a lot like the Gear 2, and it has what appears to be the same 1.63-inch 320×320 AMOLED display. In our Gear 2 review, we lamented that the display was difficult to see in direct sunlight, and the situation will be the same for the Gear Live.

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The Verge Jun 25, 2014

Swipes and taps registered quickly and accurately, and we were moving between weather and messages in no time. And, even in a remarkably crowded room full of Google developers, it heard our "OK Google Now" commands every time.

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Android Central Jun 25, 2014

The Gear Live doesn't have a button on the front bezel, but otherwise things are the same. You've got the same brushed stainless steel face and integrated lugs to attach a strap.

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Phandroid Jun 25, 2014

Our hands-on time with the Gear Live revealed a smartwatch that wasn’t really amazing, but felt and looked solid.

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Gizmag Jun 30, 2014

What's missing right now is third-party app integration. And even when those start popping up, we still won't see full "apps" per se. It will be more like developers updating their Android smartphone apps to add Wear widgets. I think this is the ideal way to handle wearables.

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The Next Web Jun 25, 2014

After trying multiple smartwatches over the years and being disappointed by how uncomfortable they were, it’s refreshing to find something that doesn’t make you cringe at the aesthetic or feel like you’re wearing a piece of lead.

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9.0
tqo tqo

This watch has some nice features. The voice command interface is accurate and works well even in a moving car with the windows down, sunroof open and the radio on. The pedometer is motivating. Key to the devices success is the number and quality of the apps.

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8.0
rich1914 rich1914

The Gear Live has been a worthy investment for me. I didn't have a fitness tracker before, so that was my initial justification for buying it. It syncs perfectly with my phone. I work in consulting and I"m often in client meetings. Its much easier and less rude to just peak at my watch when I get...

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8.0
aphoneconissour aphoneconissour

The Gear Live is definitely unique. I love how you can use your voice for almost anything. I love the fact that you can just talk and its ready to listen without touching anything. There was an update today. I don't know what was changed or added. But this just shows you how committed Google...

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