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Samsung Gear S

65
Engadget
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
65

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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

The Samsung Gear S is a smartwatch that's also a phone. But it still needs a phone -- and a Samsung phone, at that -- to be of any use. That, combined with its bulky design, small app selection and $350 asking price, makes the Gear S difficult to recommend.

Pros
  • Works as a standalone phone
  • Colorful AMOLED display
  • Decent battery life
  • Comes with a cradle that's also a portable charger
Cons
  • Still needs a phone for activation and loading apps
  • Limited app selection
  • Bulky design with proprietary wrist straps
  • Expensive
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Scores

Engadget

65
 

User Reviews

60
Woodsie
I returned the device after two days. Not compatible with Google InBox for mail,...read more
90
enjoythemusic
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
TechieXP1969
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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62
Average Critic Score

Portability (size / weight)

60
 

Features

60
 

Design and form factor

67
 

Ease of use

80
 

Battery life

77
 

Durability

80
 

Display

80
 

How It Stacks Up

82

Engadget

82
 

Critic

88
 

User

83
 

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82

Engadget

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Critic

80
 

User

90
 
74

Engadget

74
 

Critic

74
 

User

81
 
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How It Stacks Up

82

Engadget

82
 

Critic

88
 

User

83
 

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82

Engadget

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Critic

80
 

User

90
 
74

Engadget

74
 

Critic

74
 

User

81
 
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