Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch was announced on September 4 at Samsung's Unpacked Episode 2 in Berlin. The Gear will be available September 25 in over 140 countries and early October in the United States for $299. But should you buy one? The general critic opinion is no, and you can see why below. The Verge
When all is said and done, I expect the Galaxy Gear will be looked back upon as a rough first draft that helped the Korean chaebol steer a better course en route to the goal of producing a real smartwatch. As it stands today, though — unintuitive, oversized, overpriced, and in constant need of a Galaxy guardian — the Galaxy Gear might have been better off staying on the drawing board.
...this feels like a beta product. Apps feel unfinished, gestures are finicky, and very little about the whole experience is fluid or easy. It often takes a lot of scrolling around to finally find the app you want, and even then it's easy to accidentally back out of it because it mistook your tap for a swipe. It seems like Samsung just wanted to put some feelers out there and try to get some feedback from consumers, while charging them $300 for the honor.
Samsung is pitching the Gear as a smartphone companion device that is designed to make your life easier. It does not. In some cases the Gear adds conveniences to the mobile experience but they are minor at best and they come at too great a price: Another device to charge each day, an awful experience where voice controls are concerned, and a constant uncomfortable feeling shared by the user and those around him or her.
The Gear isn't bad for a first-generation Samsung product, and it'll get better as the ecosystem grows. Of course, that's if the watch catches on and developers decide it's worth their time to produce a special app for it. Of any Android manufacturer, Samsung stands the best chance of gaining support. If it doesn't succeed, however, the $300 retail price will be even harder to swallow than it currently is, and no assortment of hot colors will change the fact that it's little more than a glorified time-telling device.
Before the Gear launched, I was convinced I needed a smartwatch. But now that it’s here, I’m changing my story. Every time the Gear promised me something wonderful, it let me down with compromises.
Want a beautiful screen and enough processing power to run apps? No problem. But you’ll need to suffer poor battery life in return. Want to make calls without using your phone? Got you covered. But you’ll have difficulty dialing contacts, and hearing callers once they’re finally on the line. Want to take photos with your watch? You can do that too. You just won’t be able to