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