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 judgen on Wed 4th Sep 2013 22:26 UTC
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Smart means having predictive capabilities and reasoning. None of the smart* products of today qualifies as smart and is mostly just app devices and a marketing moniker.
Smart fridge, smart ice maker, smart phone, smart watch, smart TV, smart coffe brewer.. and so on.

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RE: Smart*
by henderson101 on Thu 5th Sep 2013 11:53 in reply to "Smart*"
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Smart means having predictive capabilities and reasoning...

No, no it doesn't. Not for phones. The term Smartphone was coined to mean any phone that was capable of being more than a "feature" phone. The elements you're assigning to "Smart" came a long a lot later for phones.

Originally a smart phone was something like a small computer running a specific mobile operating system (i.e. not a random OS created specifically for the phone by the vendor, examples being Symbian, iOS, Android, BlackberryOS, Maemo/Meego...), with a large screen usually with touch input (resistive or capacitive), installable apps (or some potential for expanding the installed apps), a full web browser, WiFi and a wired connection to a computer (serial or USB.) This is not unlike the combination of a PDA and a mobile phone. Though the definition is vague, as it's mainly a marketing term now anyway:

Couple that with the fact that it's a US term that made it's way to other countries, and that in the UK the term "Feature phone" was not used till well after the term "Smart phone" was established, it's really not a very useful description anyway.

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RE[2]: Smart*
by JAlexoid on Thu 5th Sep 2013 12:31 in reply to "RE: Smart*"
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The term smartphone is used as a descriptor of an amalgamation of a PDA and a phone.

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RE: Smart*
by benytocamela on Sat 7th Sep 2013 07:39 in reply to "Smart*"
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What's your definition for "reasoning."

Of note, smartphones (among other gadgets) have tons of predictive capabilities, from structures in their microprocessor(s) dedicated exclusively for predictive purposes, up to predictors all the way through the software stack. In many cases they can be significantly better specialized predictors than humans. So they're half way there.

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