Samsung has just launched in U.S. two of the most waited devices: Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear and customers have passed from excitement to disappointment. And yes, we’re talking about the long waited smartwatch who was in the center of attention since it was first announced. After being available to pre-order, now it is available to buy directly from AT&T and Sprint stores, with soon to follow T-Mobile and Verizon, but things are not so bright for Samsung because many customers were not so convinced about what Galaxy Gear was capable of. And indeed, Galaxy Gear was brought to our attention in numerous pro-ads where Samsung told us that this is the best gadget for Galaxy devices and that it is a companion device.
Vlad Savov had an interesting note based on “companion” attribute which Samsung promoted for Galaxy Gear, stating that the smartwatch is a companion, not for the user, but for another Samsung device which Gear has to stay connected in order to function. “ A smartwatch the Galaxy Gear is not. Frankly, I’m not sure exactly what it’s supposed to be. Samsung describes it as a companion device, and the Gear is indeed chronically dependent on an umbilical link to another Samsung device, but it never left me feeling like it was a helpful companion.”
If you’re taking a survey around the web, looking for impressions about Galaxy Gear, you’ll find almost the same reaction of disappointment, and sometimes you’ll see some very angry impressions for the smartwatch.
Somehow it’s the same disgracing reaction as we could see each time Facebook brings out a new major change to the social network, which takes out users from the comfort zone, with the major difference that this time you’ll have to pay almost $300 to be disappointed.
Another acid reaction comes from David Pogue, from NY Times who is suggesting that: “ Nobody will buy this watch, and nobody should. But there’s something here under all the rubble. Sometimes the Gear can be liberating; sometimes it makes possible tasks that you can’t do while you’re holding a smartphone.”
But let’s go directly to the problem and see what exactly is wrong with Galaxy Gear, why is everybody acting against it. Some say that the smartwatch has limited functions for apps and sometimes it can get laggy, while others point out the low battery life of only a day or less, making it unpractical.
On the other hand, we got some good feed-back regarding its camera functionality, phone calls through Gear and pretty good usage of the few apps it has. Let’s be honest now, this is the first smartwatch from Samsung and yes, we have been use to get top quality from this producer but somehow this isn’t always possible.
And after all, it is made to act as an interface, the real deal still remains the smartphone or tablet which is running trough Galaxy Gear, and I am confident that all these reviews pointing to small defects are going to disappear when Galaxy Gear 2 will be available.
First step is the hardest for every project and sometimes your expectances are too high and that’s why you can get disappointed so easily when the final product is finished. Maybe we should take it as it is and use it if we think it might help us in our everyday life because in the end, that’s its purpose.
Many of the problems issued by customers can be very easily solved through software updates and I am very sure that the apps situation is going to be solved in no time. Anyway, we should enjoy the first step Samsung took in this direction and enjoy every function it has.
And if you are unhappy with some of the apps or if you consider that it lacks some important functions or just if you want to suggest an opinion, I encourage you to write a comment on posts regarding this topic so that Samsung could see what’s wrong and act towards solving those issues, or if not possible, they could come with practical solutions through Galaxy Gear 2. You are the consumers, so you’re the ones who should make the difference!
Samsung Galaxy Gear Specs
- 800MHz Exynos CPU
- 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display at 320×320 resolution
- 1.9MP camera with BSI sensor
- 720p video recording and playback
- Featured apps from Atooma, Banjo, Evernote, Glympse, eBay, Line, MyFitnessPal, Path, Pocket, RunKeeper, TripIt and Vivino
- Samsung Apps and ChatON messaging service
- 2 microphones, 1 speaker
- Bluetooth 4.0 and LE
- Accelerometer, Gyroscope
- 4GB on-board storage
- 512MB RAM
- 315mAh battery
- Additional features – Smart Relay, S Voice, Auto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, Timer
- Safety assistance