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Galaxy Gear gets a hefty price tag

Samsung continues its tradition of supersized smartphones with the introduction of the Galaxy Note 3. The Android 4.3-powered smartphone now uses a 5.7" 1080p Super AMOLED (up from 5.5") and weighs in at 168 grams. The Galaxy Note 3 packs quite a bit of power under the hood courtesy of a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a whopping 3GB of RAM. Samsung has also seen fit to cram in a 13MP rear-facing camera, LTE connectivity, and a 3200 mAh battery.
 
Samsung has listened to all the critics that bash its phones for being plasticky and for not using more "premium" materials, so it has now equipped the back of the phone with a faux leather. The rest of the device is still made of the plastic that you've learned to love (or hate).
 
The Galaxy Note 3 will launch worldwide on September 25 (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are all onboard in the U.S.).


Samsung Galaxy Note 3
 
Also announced today was the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. While details of the device have leaked over the past week (including shots of its interface), the final product differs slightly from the leaked photos provided by Venture Beat. The watch uses a tiny 1.63" AMOLED display with a resolution of 320x320, features 4GB of internal storage, 800MHz processor, and 512MB of RAM.
 
Samsung, however, was quick to point out that this is not a standalone phone -- it is simply a companion device for your smartphone. In this capacity, the Galaxy Gear uses low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to your phone. Once connected, you'll be able to receive all of your smartphone's notifications, control music, dictate voice memos, and place/answer calls Dick Tracy style. Samsung has even managed to toss in a 1.9 MP camera that will allow you to shoot up to 720p video.
 
There will be a wealth of applications available for the Galaxy Gear -- 70 initially -- all of which will be downloadable from the Galaxy Gear Manager app.

Galaxy Gear Smartwatch 

The Galaxy Gear features a diminutive 315 mAh battery and will only last a day on a charge.
 
The Galaxy Gear will be priced at $299 when it launches in October, which is a hefty price to pay for a "companion" device.

Sources: Samsung [1], [2], [3]



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Price???
By ertomas on 9/4/2013 2:01:54 PM , Rating: 5
300$ is crazy. Is as if they want it to fail...




RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 2:05:30 PM , Rating: 3
Ya, I dont think any smartwatch is going to be a huge hit. Here is a device that can do some of (but not all of) the things your phone can do, with a smaller screen. But... We already have the phones.


RE: Price???
By Mitch101 on 9/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: Price???
By half_duplex on 9/4/2013 5:11:59 PM , Rating: 5
Are you saying the motive for this device is spying in changing rooms, or that you'd only use it to spy of changing rooms?

Either way... uhhh?


RE: Price???
By Mitch101 on 9/4/13, Rating: 0
RE: Price???
By KOOLTIME on 9/6/2013 7:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
Cell phones are already pervert cams, since when did a new device with a camera suddenly get opted out of that option ??

anyone with any type of camera will pict/video when they see interesting stuff to them.


RE: Price???
By Mitch101 on 9/9/2013 12:49:12 AM , Rating: 2
Very few people suspect the persons watch cam holding up a phone looks suspicious.


RE: Price???
By Adonlude on 9/5/2013 2:55:38 PM , Rating: 1
Seriously. I think he just told us he is both homosexual and a peeping tom.


RE: Price???
By Brazos on 9/5/2013 3:37:41 PM , Rating: 2
You're missing the point. You give the watch to your girlfriend/wife so she wears it to the gym. :)


RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/5/2013 4:42:50 PM , Rating: 2
What would the point be there? If it's your wife/girlfriend, you've already seen it from better angles... If you havent, you're doing it wrong. :P


RE: Price???
By Adonlude on 9/12/2013 7:15:52 PM , Rating: 2
Now you're missing the point. It's peeping tom by proxy once the wife goes into the locker room.


RE: Price???
By Jeffk464 on 9/4/2013 3:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, I thought everybody was ditching their watches when they got a phone.


RE: Price???
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/4/2013 2:08:02 PM , Rating: 3
I think it's just device overload. You carry a tablet, a smartphone, and now a smartwatch? I'd pay at most $50 for this thing (OK, maybe $100), not the price of a full-blown smartphone under contract.


RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 2:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yup... I could see joggers and other athletes liking it maybe. Other than that, bleh... and meh.


RE: Price???
By Jeffk464 on 9/4/2013 4:01:56 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah, a with gps and heart rate monitor would make a pretty cool fitness training device but only if you can leave your phone at home.


RE: Price???
By Dr of crap on 9/5/2013 12:56:51 PM , Rating: 1
Really, you cant get fit without a gadget???
None for me thanks.


RE: Price???
By inperfectdarkness on 9/5/2013 2:13:40 AM , Rating: 2
$50 would be cheap. GPS watches cost way more. $300 is pushing it though.


RE: Price???
By Nortel on 9/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 2:58:37 PM , Rating: 5
Every single time you post its nonsense.

This even has been planned for months and announced prior to Apple's revealing it's event ont he 10th.

You really need to stop thinking "Apple first", and just start thinking period.


RE: Price???
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/4/2013 2:59:21 PM , Rating: 5
Ummm, the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear were known to be coming to IFA 2013 well before Apple announced their date for Sept 10.

http://www.dailytech.com/Details+of+Samsung+Galaxy...


RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 3:01:52 PM , Rating: 5
This is the same guy who said that Samsung copied Apple with it's ram size in phones, using hte 16,32,64mb sizes. LOL.

He is pretty much convinced the whole world just watches and waits for Apple to do anything and then copy it. Nutz.


RE: Price???
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/4/2013 3:34:13 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
This is the same guy who said that Samsung copied Apple with it's ram size in phones, using hte 16,32,64mb sizes. LOL.
That was fucking classic, so classic it should be scrolling at the bottom of DT to see how stupid he truly is :)


RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 4:02:59 PM , Rating: 3
Ya, I am 99.9% sure he actually says "duh" before every sentence when speaking... He is just barely bright enough to know not to actually type it.


RE: Price???
By Captain Awesome on 9/4/2013 9:03:28 PM , Rating: 5
LOL this whole comment thread is about seventy times more entertaining than the original smartwatch story.


RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 9:16:53 PM , Rating: 2
Hell yeah!


RE: Price???
By maugrimtr on 9/5/2013 9:38:41 AM , Rating: 2
I've had two fits of laughter so far - this thread must go on...


RE: Price???
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/5/2013 9:50:22 AM , Rating: 2
You don't expect otherwise from someone that tags himself as what was the most mismanaged and corrupt company in the world, do you?

I don't.


RE: Price???
By half_duplex on 9/4/2013 5:14:52 PM , Rating: 2
So why are we still hearing about it?

Try being relevant for a change.


RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 5:45:02 PM , Rating: 4
"Try being relevant for a change"

Re-read your post again and think irony.

Nortel has his usual "Apple blah blah" post saying that this is all coming out now ahead of Apples event on the 10th. Brandon replies "the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear were known to be coming to IFA 2013 well before Apple announced their date for Sept 10." showing that Nortel was incorrect as always and you post "So why are we still hearing about it? Try being relevant for a change."

Who isn't being relevant here? You don't even make sense.


RE: Price???
By ritualm on 9/4/2013 3:50:07 PM , Rating: 1
Hah, Apple's September 10 event has nothing earth-shattering. It can't even "double down" on secrecy anymore. Much of what needs to be known about a cheaper iPhone is already floating all over the internets.

Why do you think there is such a huge conspiracy to play down Apple's releases? "Can't innovate my ass!" Phil Schiller is going to mince his words soon, son.

Keep hating the rest of us. I like where this is going.


RE: Price???
By w8gaming on 9/5/2013 4:28:03 AM , Rating: 2
I am actually hoping that someone will ditch smartwatch = another smaller version of a smartphone idea, and actually be more innovative and create something special, such as a portable power generator/storage/recharger that generate and stores energy from various sources such as sunlight, motion, heat etc. And then you can use it to charge the smartphone when needed. Or maybe something even more groundbreaking that few people see it coming.


RE: Price???
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2013 5:11:45 PM , Rating: 2
You're missing the point.

Samsung was forced to bring this to the market first, even though it's not perfected, because if they waited Apple would then sue them for 'stealing'.

As far as the price goes, well this is by far the most technology that's ever been strapped to a humans wrist. You can spend a lot more on plain old regular watches, and half that cost is just paying for the brand name (Rolex, Omega, Cartier).

It's not something I'm interested in though. For whatever reason I grew out of watches WAY before the smartphone.


RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 6:17:12 PM , Rating: 2
"Samsung was forced to bring this to the market first, even though it's not perfected, because if they waited Apple would then sue them for 'stealing'."

That is actually a good point... I hadnt considered that. I thought the Gear looks rushed, like it just wasnt quite ready for prime time, but you are correct. If they waited and released it later, Apple would sue them and the millions of dumbfounded dipshits that worship Apple would believe it (cough Nortel), even though Fossil had a smartwatch on the market a decade ago.


RE: Price???
By Tony Swash on 9/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 6:36:56 PM , Rating: 5
"That is the dumbest thing I have seen anywhere for a long time. Please tell me you don't actually believe that, please tell me you are just being sarcastic or ironic or anything. "

Have you not been paying any attention at all to Apple the past 2-3 years? I know you are biased, but come on...

Yes, I FULLY believe that if Apple released a smartwatch and Samsung released one afterward, Apple would absolutely positively sue them.


RE: Price???
By Tony Swash on 9/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: Price???
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2013 8:21:55 PM , Rating: 3
I'm saving this post so when Apple tries to get a Samsung Gear import ban, I can throw it in your face :)


RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 8:47:56 PM , Rating: 3
Seeing Apple suing everyone in their markets and thinking it might continue is a natural progression of intelligence... 1...2...3... What might happen next... 4? Of course. Not seeing it is a lack, or more likely in your case just denial. You either dont see it or cant admit it period.

Samsung is smart to protect themselves, and I imagine we will see more companies come out with smartwatches asap to avoid Apples legal attacks. I know you dont want to see Apple that way, but that is how they are... This really has nothing to do with my intellect. Anyone paying any attention at all would agree on this. At the very least any company making anything that Apple also makes MUST be on guard at all times to keep themselves safe from Apples legal wrangling. If you can't at least see that, and admit to it then its you disappointing me. Even crazy Mike Tyson admits he bit Holyfields ear off. If they went head to head again, Holyfield would be wise to protect his appendages.


RE: Price???
By Kiffberet on 9/5/2013 8:29:11 AM , Rating: 1
By your logic, Apple are actually geniuses.

They 'forced' Samsung to release a rushed, nasty looking piece of junk, which people are laughing at already, and probably cost a fortune to develop...just by dropping a rumour that they may make an iWatch.

Samsung fell for that one big time!

If Apple do finally develop an iWatch, I can guarentee you it will be better. And if it isn't, they won't release it.



RE: Price???
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2013 8:39:42 AM , Rating: 2
A product like this doesn't get made in that short of a time. Samsung was obviously working on this for a while, or had at least done the R&D already.

In a perfect world they would have waited to release it. Sadly with Apple behaving like a wild gorilla with lawyers, being first to market is more important than being best in the market.

Mind you this is just my personal speculation. We have no evidence that legal-jackassery is behind this release. But I think it's naive to believe that wasn't a part of it.


RE: Price???
By Kiffberet on 9/5/2013 8:57:37 AM , Rating: 2
I doubt Apple will sue Samsung for this!! ha ha

People laughing at Samsung, will be punishment enough. ;-)


RE: Price???
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2013 9:08:28 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
People laughing at Samsung, will be punishment enough. ;-)


They'll be too busy buying Note 3's to worry about a watch :)


RE: Price???
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/5/2013 9:52:46 AM , Rating: 2
Indeed they will!

Hella nice phablet! Wonder how long it will be before Apple tried to put out their copy of it. I am guessing about 2 years (just in time for the Note 5).


RE: Price???
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/5/2013 9:54:53 AM , Rating: 2
F**king DT. prev response was to reclaimer....


RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/5/2013 10:14:30 AM , Rating: 3
"By your logic, Apple are actually geniuses."

Well, they have manipulated the laws and PR with the skill of a seasoned, corrupted politician. You could argue that it is genius, I call it BS.


RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 6:44:53 PM , Rating: 2
"Apple would sue them and the millions of dumbfounded dipshits that worship Apple would believe it (cough Nortel), even though Fossil had a smartwatch on the market a decade ago."

I forgot this part... Yes, most importantly, the Apple fanboys would cry foul forever. There are already Apple fans saying Samsung copied the smartwatch from Apple, as a matter of fact, I read it here when Samsung announced they were workign on a smartwatch, pretty sure it was Nortel. Forget that it's been done by Fossil 10 years ago, Samsung copied it from Apple. LOL.

Yes, Tony, the company you worship is that nasty, and many of the fans are that dim. Dont forget, Nortel is the guy who actually said, Samsung copied the 16,32,64mb ram sizes from Apple. And then DEFENDED his statement. ugh...


RE: Price???
By JackBurton on 9/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 11:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
See Tony? I rest my case. 2 huge apple fans already convinced Samsung precopied Apples iWatch... And they are mad about it. LOL. This is exactly what I was talking about above...Please , I am just dying to see your honest take on Jacks rant.

And Jack, I really don't give a crap about Samsung, or Apple or who copies who (both copy blatantly and always have). I am just tired of the lawsuits and this stupid assed faux outrage, and losers like you that keep bitching about it. You Sound like a bunch of loser kindergarteners. Stop copying me. Stop copying me. Get a life already. Apple is a company and they copy as much as the next one. Don't you have anything better to idolize?


RE: Price???
By Cheesew1z69 on 9/5/2013 8:28:34 AM , Rating: 2
Get a life dude, seriously. You are pathetic.


RE: Price???
By Kiffberet on 9/5/13, Rating: 0
RE: Price???
By retrospooty on 9/5/2013 9:04:23 AM , Rating: 3
"Unfortunately, on this site you're not allowed to suggest that ALL smartphones and touchpads on the market today were influenced/copied from the iPhone and iPad designs."

Of course they were... Just as iPhone and iPad were influenced by Palm and RIMM before it, and so on and so on. That is how business works and always has. The issue people have is the assertion that Apple "owns" any and all multitouch designs and deserves to sue for them and ban products. Apple copied and built on to earlier products, just like all companies do. They haven't done anything lately and the world not only caught up, but passed them by. If Jack had his way, no-one else would be allowed to make a multitouch OS/phone or tablet and the market would die completely.


RE: Price???
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2013 8:07:28 PM , Rating: 1
Sorry Tony but you reap what you sow. A LOT of people would actually believe Apple is capable of that. Why not? They've done it before, they continue to do it, and they'll do it again.


RE: Price???
By JackBurton on 9/4/13, Rating: -1
RE: Price???
By w8gaming on 9/5/2013 4:41:41 AM , Rating: 2
Completely irrelevant answer. Anyone can see that since Apple is likely to release a smart watch, trying to release your own smart watch after Apple has made the announcement is likely to get sued by Apple. That's why Samsung has no choice.

This has nothing to do with whether Samsung has any direction or anything. A company knows about a vague idea, and they know a competitor is doing the same, there is nothing wrong for the company to work on it fast and hope to beat the competitor to the market. It is not illegal, it is not copying. Apple fanboys are really most idiotic people in the world.


RE: Price???
By troysavary on 9/5/2013 6:12:59 AM , Rating: 2
Why doesn't Apple come up with their own ideas? Every single product that Apple sells is just a refined version of something somebody else did first. The last time Apple did anything that made me go "Cool, I want that" was in the 1970s when they released their first computer kit from a garage. Since then, they have been late arrivals to everything.


RE: Price???
By Kiffberet on 9/5/2013 8:52:08 AM , Rating: 1
Jack, what have I told you about these sorts of comments?

Suggesting that all Samsungs ideas in the smartphone and touchpad market are not pioneering, is simply not allowed.

That's another downgrade for you.


RE: Price???
By mackx on 9/5/2013 2:26:53 AM , Rating: 2
i wonder if you could add your watch as a device admin on your phone to take it over if needs be. e.g dropping your phone, smashing the screen to the point of not seeing anything and not being able to enter sim pin.

would be nice if you could tell the watch to take over and enter info to the phone from that


RE: Price???
By bond007taz on 9/5/2013 12:12:33 PM , Rating: 2
but people will pay $300 for the apple one...


RE: Price???
By tamalero on 9/6/2013 11:22:37 AM , Rating: 2
people buy watches that are above 1,000$


Oh dear...
By Tony Swash on 9/4/2013 3:39:53 PM , Rating: 1
Here is a report form the hands on experience. I guess Samsung made a very basic error, they launched their product before Apple and thus did not have a clue about how to design the thing.

quote:
There are a couple of significant downsides that temper my enthusiasm for the new Gear. First and foremost is the speed and intuitiveness of the user interface — or rather, the lack thereof. There's a tangible lag to anything you do with the Gear, while the swipe gestures are hard to figure out and do different things depending on where you are in the menus. Additionally, the speaker built into the buckle is too quiet and makes the old sci-fi action of conducting a phone call via your watch a possibility only in quiet areas; it also doesn't play back any music, it just controls output on your connected device. Most of all, however, I find it hard to justify spending the $299 asking price on an accessory like the Galaxy Gear. It's too dependent on its parent device for functionality — which will cost you a fair amount too — and, like all other smartwatches, fails to truly live up to the "smart" part of its name.

Also important will be the Galaxy Gear's battery life. It does use the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy standard to communicate, but at 315mAh its battery is decidedly small. Samsung promises "about a day" of endurance from the Gear, but by the end of our briefing with the company, the cameras on most of its demo units were refusing to turn on due to the watches running low on power.


http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/4/4692824/samsung-g...

Who in their right mind would by a Galaxy Gear and why?




RE: Oh dear...
By ritualm on 9/4/2013 3:52:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Who in their right mind would by a Galaxy Gear and why?

For the exact same reason why people keep buying Apple even when there are better options out there.

Your schtick is stale.


RE: Oh dear...
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 3:59:50 PM , Rating: 3
"Who in their right mind would by a Galaxy Gear and why?"

Not me... But I dont know who would buy any smartwatch and why. Samsung is irrelevant.

On the positive side, the Note3 and NOe 10 2014 look really good. http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/04/samsung-galaxy-...

Dang, Android is just everywhere the past few months... That's gotta bother you ... Domnt worry, just have a Kit Kat. ;)


RE: Oh dear...
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2013 5:29:07 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget my (probably) next phone! :P

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7235/moto-x-review

Omg Android Douche RetroReclaimer powers activate!


RE: Oh dear...
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 5:39:43 PM , Rating: 2
And remember, Per TS, just 3 months ago, Android was a "disaster" for Google and they were abandoning it.

In the reeal world, my Feedly feeds are absolutely on fire the past few months with Android news, announcements, sales records, marketshare records, new software, new products, and device ROM upgrades all over the place. It's starting to wear me out. LOL


RE: Oh dear...
By Reclaimer77 on 9/4/2013 6:06:28 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand it myself. Everyone is arguing like it's still 2010.

Look, the smartphone war is over people: Google won.


RE: Oh dear...
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 6:13:28 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe that is why JackBurton, BSmonitor and TG are so freegin angry LOL.


RE: Oh dear...
By troysavary on 9/5/2013 7:00:23 AM , Rating: 2
Smartphone war still has many battles left. 3 or 4 years ago, people said it was over and Apple won. A few years before that, and Blackberry was the undisputed king. Your Google fanboyism is blinding you to how fickle the consumer market is. This isn't like Microsoft in enterprise where they have a 3 decade entrenchment for competitors to overcome. The smartphone as a consumer device is still relatively new. And don't forget, Samsung is the one driving the Android phone market, not Google, right now. If Samsung develops their own OS, or buys Blackberry, or decides to actually do more than dabble in WinPhone, things could change. Samsung has successfully marketed their way to cool in the phone industry. People are buying Galaxy, not Android.


RE: Oh dear...
By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2013 8:24:01 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
3 or 4 years ago, people said it was over and Apple won. A few years before that, and Blackberry was the undisputed king. Your Google fanboyism is blinding you to how fickle the consumer market is.


Ah notice something? Apple and Blackberry are both closed-house proprietary products. They control the software and hardware exclusively. But they can't control the whole market. Look how slow both companies have been in adapting.

It's not fanboism, I'm very aware of how fickle the market is. Which is why the open and diverse approach of Android can better adapt and adjust to the changes in the consumer market. Variety and competition is the key here. Or the "shotgun" approach as some like to call it.

quote:
And don't forget, Samsung is the one driving the Android phone market, not Google, right now. If Samsung develops their own OS, or buys Blackberry, or decides to actually do more than dabble in WinPhone, things could change.


If Samsung develops their own OS, it will likely be an Android fork. Which is still Android. I haven't heard rumors or speculation to suggest otherwise, or that any of those other things you listed will happen either. I can't possibly fathom what value Samsung could gain by purchasing Blackberry.

quote:
Smartphone war still has many battles left.


Android has nearly 80% of the global market. That's insane if you think about it. What battles are left? Sure over time this can change, but it's going to take a LONG time.


RE: Oh dear...
By retrospooty on 9/5/2013 8:41:34 AM , Rating: 2
Yup... Anything can happen, and it's never "over". I highly doubt we will be sitting here in the year 2023 on either IOS or Android... But for now, Android is on the top of the pile by a large margin and will stay there until something better comes along to knock it off. I personally welcome that day, because it means something even better is available.

Who is to say what will happen. Apple could really up its game and so could MS/Nokia, or even a 3rd party. If MS puts its best efforts and best minds into it and "attacks" mobile OS with the same swagger it attacked Win7 development with they could do it. Win7 was made to address nearly every complaint people had about windows and released with a "how do you like me now" uppercut... And it was awesome... They need a mindset change first, but it could happen. Anything could happen.


RE: Oh dear...
By troysavary on 9/5/2013 11:50:14 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt very much Samsung would buy Blackberry either. But companies have done stranger things. I doubt many people expect HP to buy Palm, release one device, then kill the OS.


RE: Oh dear...
By JackBurton on 9/4/2013 9:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Samsung is a follower, not a leader.


RE: Oh dear...
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/5/2013 9:56:54 AM , Rating: 2
Sure. And where's Apple's 'iWatch'?


RE: Oh dear...
By retrospooty on 9/5/2013 10:01:15 AM , Rating: 2
Apple is busy copying Sony's watch from last year so they can release it and sue others for copying it ;)


RE: Oh dear...
By Kiffberet on 9/5/2013 9:10:09 AM , Rating: 1
Who in their right mind would buy a 10" dildo, and why?

There are a couple of significant downsides that temper my enthusiasm for the 10" dildo. First and foremost is the speed and intuitiveness of the user interface — or rather, the lack thereof. There's a tangible lag to anything you do with the 10" dildo, while the swipe gestures are hard to figure out and do different things depending on where you are in the menus. Additionally, the veins built into the buckle is too ugly and makes the old wrist action of conducting a thrill via your hand a possibility only in quiet areas; it also doesn't play back any music, it just controls output on your love box. Most of all, however, I find it hard to justify spending the $299 asking price on an accessory like the 10" dildo. It's too dependent on its parent device for functionality — which will cost you a fair amount too — and, like all other 10" dildos, fails to truly live up to the 10" part of its name.

Also important will be the Galaxy Gear's battery life. It does use the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy standard to communicate, but at 315mAh its battery is decidedly small. Samsung promises "about a day" of endurance from the Gear, but by the end of our briefing with the company, the cameras on most of its demo units were refusing to turn on due to the watches running low on power.


RE: Oh dear...
By talonvor on 9/10/2013 8:13:57 PM , Rating: 2
Tony, I will buy one just to piss you off.


Surprised such lack of vision here.
By kamiller422 on 9/4/2013 3:57:04 PM , Rating: 2
The watch is obviously an accessory for your phone or phablet or tablet. It is works best in conjunction with.

So why have it? Because it is readily accessible and more convenient to carry. Working via BT means the phone can sit anywhere many feet from where you are. There are plenty of uses for it.

1) View phone status without having to lift and wake up phone. You can see new notifications like missed calls, etc.
2) Catch and react to incoming phone calls much easier than with just phone. Watch notifies and I could response to answer, reject or text.
3) Listen to voice mails without having to fetch phone.
4) Home automation opportunities. Couple this with AutoVoice and Tasker and you have something awesome in the making.
5) Exercise. Duh. I use Endomondo when biking. Being able to view status or control music via something not stuck in my backpack would be very nice.
6) Create TODOs on the fly. Speak to watch and say "Reminder to pick up groceries and mow yard." "Set a timer for 5 minutes." "Turn off water hose in 10 minutes."
7) Easy video phone calls.

Dream it.

I wish I could get one, but I agree that $300 is a little steep.




RE: Surprised such lack of vision here.
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 4:07:02 PM , Rating: 3
That all sounds nice when you frame it with "without having to fetch your phone" ... But, its really not difficult to fetch your phone. Plus, once you go through all that "Herculean effort" to fetch the phone, it has much nicer screen.


RE: Surprised such lack of vision here.
By kamiller422 on 9/4/2013 4:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
Ever use BT headphones with your smartphone? Really nice to listen to music without hauling the phone around. I think the watch will provide a similar freedom. Tapping the power of the smartphone without having to have it near you.

Also, the phone will be able to operate without the phone. So, not all applications will require fetching the phone. Many examples I provided do not require the phone.

Another watch use...
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-57601371-251/...


RE: Surprised such lack of vision here.
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 4:16:55 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, I guess it has a few nice things, but I still don't see any smartwatch being a big hit. Even if it were $100. I cant imagine wanting to actually use this if it were totally free to be honest. I know some people would though.


By Monkey's Uncle on 9/4/2013 5:01:17 PM , Rating: 2
I really have no use for a watch that needs to be recharged every night - regardless of what it can do beyond telling the date & time.


By jimbojimbo on 9/6/2013 11:35:25 AM , Rating: 2
I predict Samsung will offer deals to sell these with a big discount with the sale of a feature phone. Even for $100 though it's still not appealing to me. I still like my Omega watch that I've had for 13 years too much.


By Solandri on 9/6/2013 4:32:37 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
That all sounds nice when you frame it with "without having to fetch your phone" ... But, its really not difficult to fetch your phone. Plus, once you go through all that "Herculean effort" to fetch the phone, it has much nicer screen.

I can imagine someone making the exact same argument in the early 1900s. "But it's really not that difficult to fetch your pocketwatch. Plus, once you go through all that 'Herculean effort' to fetch the pocketwatch, it has a much nicer clock face."

The wristwatch form factor beat out the pocketwatch form factor before. All other things being equal it'll beat it out again. The only fly in the ointment is that you have to hold the phone up to your ear to use it. A requirement which may or may not go away depending on how bluetooth headsets progress.


RE: Surprised such lack of vision here.
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/4/2013 4:22:36 PM , Rating: 2
Or you could, I dunno, use your phone! What's the point of having a smartphone if you're using a "dumb" watch to interface with it?

It's be like watching ESPN on your smartphone in your living room instead on the big screen TV right in front if you. Sure, you can do it, but why?

And more convenient to carry? So we've gone from one device to two devices to carry -- that doesn't seem more convenient.


By flyingpants1 on 9/4/2013 6:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
Or you could, I dunno, wait until the product is released before making a judgement! Maybe even wait until the price comes down a bit!

No more checking your phone for your notification light when it's on silent! Issue voice commands and ask questions directly to your left wrist. No more struggling to hold your phone when your hands are full, or when you're on a bike, for example. There may be potential use-cases that we haven't thought of yet.

This is going to be a new paradigm whether we like it or not. At $199, these things actually have a chance. Be prepared for the Smartwatch screen size race. For god's sake, I hope it tops out less than 3"..


By kamiller422 on 9/4/2013 10:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
Or you could, I dunno, use your phone! What's the point of having a smartphone if you're using a "dumb" watch to interface with it?

Because the watch is more accessible and readily available. Kind of like why you have a remote control on your TV when you could just get up and push the channel up and down buttons.

It's be like watching ESPN on your smartphone in your living room instead on the big screen TV right in front if you. Sure, you can do it, but why?

Incorrect. In your scenario, the smartphone is trying to duplicate functionality of an existing device onto a smaller screen. The smart watch is trying to extend the functionality of your phone (and other devices), not replace it.

And more convenient to carry? So we've gone from one device to two devices to carry -- that doesn't seem more convenient.

You wear one and carry the other. Back in the day, before smartphones, people actually wore watches. Wild. I know.


By Reclaimer77 on 9/5/2013 9:21:36 AM , Rating: 2
You know Brandon, I agree with your points. But instead of just reporting the facts, you highly editorialized the article with comments about Gear's price and usefulness. This is obviously a personal slant, because you're saying the same things in the comment section.

How can you know a product is overpriced when there's nothing to compare it to? Nothing else like this has even been announced in such detail. Yet your wording biases the reader against the product outright.


So Bigger is Better Or Not?
By WhatKaniSay on 9/4/2013 3:36:15 PM , Rating: 1
After working so hard to convince people to buy their oversized Phones (aka Phablets) because larger screen phones are innovation; Samsung turn around and create a Small Screen intermediary device (aka Smart Watch) to save Phablet users the trouble of constantly reaching for and pulling out the humongous phones from their pockets/briefcases/purses? Seriously?

Using Samsung’s logic, here is a typical nightstand of a Samsung disciple:
1) Connect Galaxy Gear to its special charging dock
2) Plug Galaxy S4 into its USB Charger
3) Plug Bluetooth headset into its USB charger
4) Connect optional mobile battery pack to recharge

---- all these is make calls, text, browse web the next morning?

Very interesting indeed! I'd rather stick with my flip-phone.




RE: So Bigger is Better Or Not?
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 3:55:05 PM , Rating: 1
"I'd rather stick with my flip-phone."

It's quite obvious from your comment that you have a flip phone because you know zero about smartphones, what they do and how people use them. MAybe stick to posting about what you know.


RE: So Bigger is Better Or Not?
By WhatKaniSay on 9/4/13, Rating: 0
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 4:53:05 PM , Rating: 2
Those are technically smartphones, but we have come a long way since then... IT's gotten sooooooo much better. Anyhow, I was really referring to this...

"Phablet users the trouble of constantly reaching for and pulling out the humongous phones from their pockets/briefcases/purses? Seriously?"

Alot of people love larger screens, the bigger the better. If you don't, that is fine, I certainly get it, but the comment kind of showed you don't know how people use them.


By Monkey's Uncle on 9/4/2013 4:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I was pointing out the fact that, many flip phones are by far more reliable than most (if not all) so called smartphones in acomplishing the basic function of placing and receiving calls.


Your comment focused on a 3 facets of a smart phone - voice calls, texting and surfing the web. Not justy making calls (Just try doing a video call with a flip phone). Expounded on how you feel your flip phone is better at these. I beg to differ.

Having owned several varieties of flip & slider phones myself, I can point out here and now that:

1. Voice calling is no clearer or easier on a flip phone than on a 'bar' smartphone. In fact I find my voice calls on my SGS4 a lot clearer. Nor is calling any more reliable. Had less dropped calls on my smart phones (entire Samsung Galaxy 1.4 lines) than I have flip phones. Your argument fails there hard.

2. Texting on a touch tone phone keypad is pure torture. The tiny keys on the average slider of blackberry is only marginally better. I'll stick with my Android keyboard tyvm!

3. Surfing the web on a flip phone.... Seriously? *shakes head*

You can keep your 20th century flip phones. I will stick with smartphones. Though I draw the line at using a watch to communicate with it.


RE: So Bigger is Better Or Not?
By ritualm on 9/4/2013 5:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
FYI- I've owned & used several Smart-Devices (phones/PDAs) over the years ...namely iPaq, Palm Tungsten E2 & T3, Palm Centro, several great LG flips, Motorola Razr, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, Blackberry Curve, and HTC Inspire, just to name but a few.

You see just because someone makes un-approving comment about a certain product doesn't necessary means that he/she is clueless about the technology.
I was pointing out the fact that, many flip phones are by far more reliable than most (if not all) so called smartphones in acomplishing the basic function of placing and receiving calls.

In other words, you really are as clueless as retrospooty said you were.

Voice quality and cellular reception has no relationship at all with whether the phone is a bar, slate or a flipper.

I've already tried "browsing the web" with flip phones and their tiny keypads. Clearly not what I'd call "by far more reliable than most (if not all) so called smartphones".

The plain truth is, a flip phone imposes many physical restrictions in order to be dimensionally more compact than bar- and slate-type phones. The flip hinge itself adds a big point of failure that most bar- and slate-type phones don't have.


By jimbojimbo on 9/6/2013 11:16:43 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
1) Connect Galaxy Gear to its special charging dock
2) Plug Galaxy S4 into its USB Charger

or just plop it onto the wireless charging pad
quote:
3) Plug Bluetooth headset into its USB charger
What Bluetooth headset do you use? I have one that lasts days on a charge but I don't even use it anymore. I just use the cable since I carry it for music anyway and in the car it's via the car.
quote:
4) Connect optional mobile battery pack to recharge

See, now you're just making stuff up. One could make up all kinds irrelevant devices to charge if one wanted to. An optional mobile battery pack wouldn't be charged every night anyway unless you used it to charge your phone and drained it. One could even say you need a mobile battery pack for a flip phone then.

I will give you this, I do miss the days when I could go a week without charging my old Razr and damn those phones were durable. However, a dumb phone is good ONLY if you just make calls and text - and even then it's quite horrible. I barely ever use my phone to make calls and all my texts are via Google Voice. Can your flip phone send and receive unlimited texts without any text message plan??


On the Watch..
By Doh! on 9/4/2013 4:52:05 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung is not really expecting much from the galaxy gear sales. Samsung's executives have been wanting to launch a product other than the usual phone/tablet in the Android ecosystem. The most important thing was they wanted to be the first manufacturer to do so, not necessarily the best. They always emphasize that you can always improve your product but once you're too late in the game, you can never catchup in this rapidly changing industry.




RE: On the Watch..
By MichalT on 9/4/2013 5:16:23 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung can't be first. There are numerous smart watches (Pebble being fairly famous) even one from Sony which is on its second generation.


RE: On the Watch..
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 5:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
Fossil had one over a decade ago on Palm OS5. It's an old idea. OEM's are just hoping to get a new revenuse stream and capitalize on the newer OS's with low power ARM CPU's.

Most of the "Hype" is just OEM's trying to drum up a new market segment. Notice, you dont see alot of people clammoring for smartwatches... You see alot of OEM's talking , that is about it.


RE: On the Watch..
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 5:21:30 PM , Rating: 2
darp... revenue streams...


Stupid idea
By amanojaku on 9/4/2013 2:27:52 PM , Rating: 3
This implementation of the smart watch is a waste. It's little more than an interface to your smart phone or tablet, yet it's priced as if it's a standalone device. On top of that, it's ugly. The market for this is extremely small. It would sell if it had a built-in cell antenna and could run a decent selection of apps (the small screen would be the limitation here), but I can't see too many people wanting it like this.




RE: Stupid idea
By ritualm on 9/4/2013 3:26:17 PM , Rating: 2
It costs 2.5 times more than a Pebble (disclosure: I'm a backer).

It requires TouchWiz.

It lasts "up to 10 hours", whereas a Pebble goes for 5-7 days - depending on usage - with a battery nearly 1/3 the Galaxy Gear's size.

All around awful.


RE: Stupid idea
By jimbojimbo on 9/6/2013 11:09:02 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say awful although I won't be getting one. The Pebble lasts that long because it has a standard black and white LCD screen and no real processing power. Samsung just tried to pack too much into this thing, like the camera, and it wound up being bigger than people would like so they skimped on the battery. One day though is far too short. Unless it comes with wireless charging I would get fed up with charging this every night. If it did have wireless charging having one pad for that and my S4 would be nice.
By the way if you guys haven't been using wireless charging, do it. I freaking love it.


Ewww.
By DJMiggy on 9/4/2013 4:16:19 PM , Rating: 2
I don't even like wearing a watch. Just what I need another gadget I won't use. You need the phone still anyways to interface with so I don't see any usefulness for me personally. Can you say niche product.




RE: Ewww.
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/5/2013 10:01:49 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
I don't even like wearing a watch. Just what I need another gadget I won't use.


Simple cure for that mate: Don't buy one.

See? Simple!

Not everyone will buy or use one. Samsung knows it. For them this is a technology showpiece.


Note 3...
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 2:03:49 PM , Rating: 2
I am soooo glad they dropped the cheap shiney plastic. This phone looks pretty damn sweet now.

The Note 10 2014 looks nice as well. Finall a decent res tablet from Samsung.




RE: Note 3...
By troysavary on 9/11/2013 5:32:55 PM , Rating: 2
Al they did was wrap the cheap plastic in tacky pleather. No thanks. I'd much rather buy a phone made from a higher quality plastic, like Nokia, if I were to buy a phone. Fake leather will not make the cheap plastic any more durable.


watch
By ERROR666 on 9/4/2013 2:43:02 PM , Rating: 2
It's hard to imagine the person who'd want this. And even harder to think of the reason why.

It's useless as a watch. It's not a phone. it's basically just an additional small bluetooth monitor for your phone with very limited functionality.

I can't think of any scenario where I'd find this useful.




Note 3 in detail
By henhill69 on 9/4/2013 8:29:55 PM , Rating: 2
All the details about Galaxy Note 3 hardware, software, etc @ http://viralbond.blogspot.in/2013/09/samsung-galax...




But why?
By exeedorbit on 9/5/2013 3:18:21 PM , Rating: 2
The first thing that comes to mind when I think smart watch is... but why? What's it going to do that your average smartphone/tablet can't already do. Sure, it's smaller, which makes it very difficult to read if you want a lot of information, and on the flipside, if you display information in a large enough format, there won't be enough of it.

It's a half-*ssed attempt at a quirky add on to the smart phone that just ends up being an abomination that is a mediocre (at best) jack of all trades.

And that was BEFORE the $300 price tag.




Why even bother
By KOOLTIME on 9/6/2013 7:11:15 PM , Rating: 2
Companion device ??

Already carrying cell phone whats the point of this ??

300 bucks to have a phone extension that's of no real purpose ? Already have Bluetooth devices for hands free operation way cheaper, unless in the market for a watch also vs something stuck to the ear.

To over priced, for an add on accessory. If it had long range link up as in miles, not Bluetooth feet range, then its usefulness would be better.

Have to carry your phone for the watch to even work, so if your phones not around does the watch even work other then to tell time ??




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