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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Watching companies like Samsung try to come up with original ideas is like watching 6 year-olds play soccer: a clumped-together herd mindlessly following the ball, with no one trying to anticipate where the ball will be. Except here, it's as if additional balls keep getting tossed out & the herd keeps breaking off into smaller clumps, all chasing a progressively smaller piece of the overall whole. One groups breaks off to chase "Smart TVs", one group breaks off to chase "Smart watches," another breaks off to chase the "wearable computing" ball, etc.

Hell, it wouldn't take much to convince me that the whole "smart watch" thing was actually just trolling that's gone completely overboard. "Hai guyz, let's come up with a completely useless product, get the gadget-fetish sites to hype the shit out of it, and see if we can trick our competitors into wasting money on coming up with their own version LOL!"

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