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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.

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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
Scott Woods
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
Tim Proctor
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Model

Key Specs

Form factor
Other
Operating system
Other
Screen size
222

General

Type
MID
Form factor
Other
Operating system
Other

Input

Keyboard
No

Networking

Mobile broadband (integrated)
Yes

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core

Other features

Screen size
2 inches
Screen type
OLED