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Too bad reviewers think it's a terrible product

Samsung has managed to come up with some pretty cool ads for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but many reviewers say the product falls short.

Samsung announced its Galaxy Gear smartwatch last month, which carries a $299 price tag and will launch this month. To muster up some excitement for its latest gadget, Samsung has been releasing new ads that show the evolution of smartwatches through pop culture. 

For instance, one of the ads shows George Jetson from "The Jetsons" using his smartwatch in the early 1960s, David Hasselhoff using his smartwatch in the 1980s series "Knight Rider," and many more. Take a peek:

In addition to this ad, Samsung recently introduced another similar advertisement that focuses on the actual look and function of the smartwatches seen in movies and TV shows. It starts with Dick Tracy's watch in 1946, and moves on to others like the watch in "Star Trek" from 1979, the smartwatch used in "Inspector Gadget" circa 1983 and the smartwatch in "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" from 1993. The watches in these shows are modeled (as if on a spinning platform) to show off their look as quotes from the various movies and TV shows play in the background. Here's the second one:

The ads are a cool idea, showing that smartwatches have been portrayed as high-tech in popular culture for years, and now, Samsung is proud to introduce it in real life. However, reviewers of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch don't see being first as the best in this particular case. 

Reviewers from publications like Ars Technica and The Verge have made it clear that Samsung's Galaxy Gear may be the first major smartwatch on the market today as part of the new wearables trend post-smartphones/tablets, but the company sacrificed quality for the sake of time.

According to Ars Technica reviewer Ron Amadeo, the biggest problem with Galaxy Gear is that it only works with new Samsung smartphones (the Galaxy Note 3 and 2014 Note 10.1). It's expected to be compatible with others, like the S3, S4, and Note 2 after the Android 4.3 update. But this still leaves out a lot of Android users and also those with iOS, Windows Phone, etc. 

Other issues from reviewers are that the watch doesn't make smartphone tasks easier; it has an ugly design; it can only handle notifications for texts, POP/Exchange e-mails, and phone calls, and it doesn't support social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Apple, Microsoft and other major tech companies are looking to release smartwatches as well, and many believe that Samsung has set the bar so low that being first won't matter once the other guys put out potentially better watches. 

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By Brandon Hill on 10/7/2013 1:09:21 PM , Rating: 4
The folks over at Apple Insider are claiming that the real reason why everyone likes this commercial is because Samsung "stole" the idea from Apple's commercial for the original iPhone.


AI article:

RE: Interesting...
By ritualm on 10/7/2013 2:24:11 PM , Rating: 4
The folks over at Apple Insider

I stopped reading after that.

RE: Interesting...
By retrospooty on 10/7/2013 2:55:23 PM , Rating: 5
LOL... Yes, the "everyone in the tech world is copying Apple" crowd. There are even several regulars here at AT/DT that are angry about Samsung pre-copying the smartwatch from Apple. They claim its copying Apple even though Fossil had a smartwatch on the market 10 years ago, and Samsung released a smartwatch now and Apple has zero smartwatches released ever... Still it was all copied from Apple.

Hard to argue with that mindset though.

RE: Interesting...
By Brandon Hill on 10/7/2013 3:46:13 PM , Rating: 2
Sony had a second generation smart watch come out before the Galaxy Gear and no one talks about it...

Everyone gives Samsung first dibs for some reason.

RE: Interesting...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2013 5:36:28 PM , Rating: 2
Because the Apple crowd hates Samsung. The iPhone was on it's way to a pure monopoly until Samsung "stole" the idea and came out with better devices. The Galaxy layeth the smacketh down! Boooo hisssss...

RE: Interesting...
By retrospooty on 10/7/2013 5:59:45 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... Yes, but at least you could see how that might be in the realm of reality. In the case of the smartwatch, and the gold iPhone and Gold S4 its not even remotely possible.

- Fossil has a smart watch over a decade ago on Palm OS. Pretty nice in its day. Fossil and Sony both have smartwatches on the market fro a while now... Samsung adds one and gets flak for copying Apple... the company with no smartwatch on the market at all. - WTF?

- 4 years ago Samsung released the Omnia HD I8910 Golden Edition. A decent phone for 4 years ago , and it came in a Gold color option... Not to mention the many other gold phones over the years... 2 weeks ago Apple releases a Gold iPhone, Samsung mentions they have a Gold S4 coming and again, BAM, SAMSUNG COPIED APPLE. - WTF again?

It's absolutely insane.

RE: Interesting...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2013 8:11:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah it's just silly.

We even have people claiming Samsung chose memory sizes (16,32,64 gig) specifically to mimic Apple. Wtf?

In the case of the Galaxy gear, they REALLY have no case. It hit the market just a few months after Apple was rumored to be working on one. Do these people actually think something like the Galaxy Gear can go from concept to product launch in just a few months??

RE: Interesting...
By retrospooty on 10/8/2013 11:13:10 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... That probably is what they think. Not a bright bunch we are referring to here.

They didn't copy the "invention" they copied Apple's "re-invention, and in the case of the Gear, they copied Apple's "pre-invention"

Just hilarious. And still Apple copies shamelessly and gets a total "pass" for it.

RE: Interesting...
By Tony Swash on 10/7/2013 6:30:10 PM , Rating: 1
If only Apple could be half as original as Samsung.

Plus of course the functionality and usefulness of the Galaxy Gear as shown in the ad really does match the reviews it has garnered so far.

RE: Interesting...
By themaster08 on 10/8/2013 2:01:03 AM , Rating: 2
You're quick to forget how useful the first generation iPhone was when it was released, aren't you? It had to be synced with iTunes before it could be even used for the first time. There was no App Store. You couldn't copy and paste. The camera was about as useful as a chocolate fireguard. It was ridiculously expensive.

It was only after Apple addressed these issues that the iPhone became useful.

Plus of course the functionality and usefulness of the Galaxy Gear as shown in the ad really does match the reviews it has garnered so far.
Yet if Apple had released the exact same product, you would have nothing but praise for it, wouldn't you?

I'm glad...
By AMDftw on 10/7/2013 11:11:55 AM , Rating: 2
they are leaving out iOS and Windows. Most Android uses will update their phones to 4.3.

RE: I'm glad...
By djdjohnson on 10/7/2013 11:16:41 AM , Rating: 2
...when (and if) that update ever comes.

RE: I'm glad...
By djc208 on 10/7/2013 11:32:36 AM , Rating: 2
Not to mention that Samsung did not say that it would work with all Android 4.3 devices, just that Samsung devices other then the launch list will get support as part of the Android 4.3 update, whenever that actually happens.

RE: I'm glad...
By AMDftw on 10/7/2013 12:51:04 PM , Rating: 2

By retrospooty on 10/7/2013 11:36:06 AM , Rating: 2
Not Meh to the Gear specifically just Meh to smartwatches in general. This is the best article title I have read in a long time

"Samsung Galaxy Gear Review: What Am I Supposed To Do With This"

RE: MEh...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2013 5:46:02 PM , Rating: 2
It's automatically the best watch on the market, hands down bar none. Now I don't care because I don't wear watches, but for "technology sites", a lot of them are really missing the obvious.

Never before has so much computing power been available in such a small form.

I think the commercial highlighted some positive usage scenarios too. The woman was able to answer her phone with her purse still on her shoulder. In real life she would be digging for her phone, god that has to suck, woot for having a penis!

RE: MEh...
By ritualm on 10/7/2013 7:19:03 PM , Rating: 2
The biggest limiting factor with these "smart" watches is battery life. Most of the analog and even digital dumb watches get by with one battery change a year. My Pebble lasts 3+ weeks without Bluetooth or 2-5 days with BT on (and vibrating on all incoming calls). I'd be lucky to get 2-5 days very occasional use out of the Galaxy Gear as is.

RE: MEh...
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2013 8:07:32 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. But that's kind of like saying battery life is a limiting factor on the smarthphone. We've just become accustomed to dealing with it.

I think the Sony gets better battery life, but has less features.

By Motoman on 10/7/2013 11:22:00 AM , Rating: 3
...for a cool commercial. I was actually kinda stoked to see the Babylon 5 bits in there.'s still a useless product. No matter how many sci-fi writers couldn't think of anything cooler than a walkie-talkie watch.

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