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Samsung Gear Live

Samsung Gear Live

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73 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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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
73 Engadget Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

73
 

User Reviews

100
Britomania
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
10
crsbbq
I really liked this....when it worked, which has been less than two out of the...read more
10
monkeymaj1k
The first one of these I was shipped was dead out the box and no amount of charging...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
65
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
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
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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The Verge
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
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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PC World
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
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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The Next Web
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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Ars Technica
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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Phandroid
Our hands-on time with the Gear Live revealed a smartwatch that wasn’t really amazing, but felt and looked solid.
 
70
The Wall Street Journal
For the time being, I'll still be digging in my bag for my phone—and wishing for that third arm.