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 smart watches of their own, the time for consumers to purchase their own wrist computer may still be a while away.
ONLY SYNCS WITH SAMSUNG PHONES
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.
Samsung said other Galaxy devices like the S 4, S III and Note II will soon be updated to offer compatibility.
DOESN’T DO ENOUGH
A broader critique: That the Galaxy Gear doesn’t feature enough functionality to justify it’s $299 price tag.
“Ideally, a smartwatch is supposed to free you from the shackles of smartphone over-reliance, all without leaving you disconnected from the digital world,” Wired’s Christina Bonnington wrote, echoing Savov’s complaint. ”
NOTIFICATIONS COME UP SHORT
“You get the first few sentences of emails, which are actually very easy to read on the watch’s sharp screen,” said Rose. “However, this only works for emails sent/received through Samsung’s generic email app. We suspect that the vast majority of Android users have Gmail accounts, and thus find the Gmail app better and more convenient. Tough luck for now.”
I haven’t used, or even seen, the Galaxy Gear. Here’s my review: overpriced, oversized, pointless apps, always needs charging. AVOID.
NOT ENOUGH APPS, AND THE APPS IT HAS AREN’T THAT GOOD
Rose continued: “Take S Voice, for example. In theory, it’s capable of doing almost everything that Android’s voice assistant can. Except that it’s excruciatingly slow and far less accurate.
“The real problem is that the Gear just doesn’t do much yet, and what it does, it doesn’t do very well.”
Samsung’s Galaxy Gear was launched with more than 70 apps, but many, like Evernote, require that the related Android app be installed on your connected Galaxy smartphone and merely function in collaboration with the full app. In other cases, apps just aren’t available yet, and there’s no real assurance that companies will develop for the Galaxy Gear unless it proves successful.
BATTERY IS A BUMMER
Although Samsung has taken measures to make the Gear power efficient, having to plug your watch in to charge in every evening didn’t impress many reviewers.
I paired the galaxy gear watch with the note 3 and the watch was dead an hour later. pffft. 🙂
A BATTERY CADDY?
And though the method of charging is a seemingly convenient wireless station, it can be an awkward setup to carry around with you in the event you’ll be out for a full day or longer.