Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Sep 2013 22:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The Verge on the Galaxy Gear:

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.


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.

Yeah, no. I don't know what a smartwatch is, but this, is not it.

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by kurkosdr on Wed 4th Sep 2013 23:06 UTC
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I lost interest when I heard about the one day battery life. As if having to charge my phone every night wasn't annoying enough.

And AMOLED? In order for AMOLEDs to be readable under sunlight (so this thing can function as a watch) they have to draw battery like there is no tommorow.

At least Qualcomm were smart enough to equip their smartwatch with an e-ink display.

PS: Anyway, this is probably good, because Samsung is getting a bit arrogant lately and a flop is needed to put them back in their senses.

Edited 2013-09-04 23:09 UTC

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