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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Well we don't agree on much
by leos on Thu 5th Sep 2013 05:37 UTC
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Yeah, no. I don't know what a smartwatch is, but this, is not it.

Well said. There is potential for a smart watch but a dumbed down smartphone with a wrist strap is not it.

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RE: Well we don't agree on much
by MOS6510 on Thu 5th Sep 2013 06:08 in reply to "Well we don't agree on much"
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I saw a comparison with an older iPod Nano, which could be transformed in to a watch.

The Nano could do a lot more, had much longer battery life and was cheaper.

I don't care what a watch does if it doesn't have sufficient battery life, because then for me it's almost useless. Battery life of smart phones is already near unacceptable and I don't want to carry two devices that might not make it to the end of the day if used.

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