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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.
quote: Who in their right mind would by a Galaxy Gear and why?
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.
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.
quote: Smartphone war still has many battles left.