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. 

Sources: YouTube, YouTube

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