Joanna Stern’s scathing review of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
It turns out that the Galaxy Gear isn’t a very smart watch. Sure, it might do more than the watch you are wearing right now — at least on paper — but your everyday watch can tell time faster than the Gear, and is certainly more comfortable and attractive. And while the Gear does put some smartphone functionality on your wrist, it still requires you to grab your phone quite a bit, whether it is for installing apps or checking for more information about certain notifications. And that’s all assuming you can keep it on for long enough, given the comfort and battery life hurdles.
Samsung’s failure with Gear is not being patient enough to wait for Apple’s famed iWatch, then simply copying Apple’s design.