Samsung may have gotten the time right with the release of its new watch launch - but that was about it.
The company has become the talk of Gadget Town with its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but the response to the device itself has been lukewarm at best. Whether it's the watch's lack of ability to do much independent of a Galaxy smartphone or its poor battery life, consumers and tech pundits last week took to news sites and social media to complain about Samsung's new-age timepiece.
We've compiled some of the main reasons why the Galaxy Gear just doesn't work for many reviewers. Though the Galaxy Gear might herald a new age of wearable technology, with Google and Apple both rumored to be working on smartwatches of their own, the time for consumers to purchase their own wrist computer may still be a while away.
ONLY SYNCS WITH SAMSUNG PHONES
Vlad Savov of The Verge opened with a photo of the Gear on his wrist physically tethered to his Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a USB chord: This is a fair metaphor for and critique of the smartwatch's limitations. Not only does the Gear rely on a constant Bluetooth connection to a smartphone in order to operate most of its apps and features, the Galaxy Note is currently the only phone it's compatible with.
A broader critique: That the Galaxy Gear doesn't feature enough functionality to justify it's $299 price tag.
"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."
I haven't used, or even seen, the Galaxy Gear. Here's my review: overpriced, oversized, pointless apps, always needs charging. AVOID.
— Peter Bright (@DrPizza) October 1, 2013
I paired the galaxy gear watch with the note 3 and the watch was dead an hour later. pffft. :-)
— jimbo(jimmy) (@jimboireland) October 2, 2013