Samsung Gear S

65
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65

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

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Samsung Gear S review: an ambitious and painfully flawed smartwatch

Summary

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
Samsung Gear S review: an ambitious and painfully flawed smartwatch

Samsung's wearables strategy seems to be: "Throw everything at a wall and see what sticks." In a little over 12 months, the electronics giant has launched six -- yes, six -- different smartwatches, each with its own unique personality. The latest is the Samsung Gear S, and its particular claim to fame might be the most ambitious yet: It's the first Gear watch that lets you make and receive calls from your wrist, no phone required. Yep, the Gear S actually has a 3G modem inside it, along with WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS radios. It's basically a watch that's also a phone. You can even respond to emails using a tiny onscreen keyboard. But, at $350 a pop, can it replace your phone? And more importantly, would you want it to?

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Breakdown

Features
6.0
Design and form factor
6.7
Ease of use
8.0
Battery life
7.7
Durability
8.0
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