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Samsung Sets Smartwatch Tone With Galaxy Gear
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Laurianne
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9/9/2013 | 5:44:16 PM
re: Samsung Sets Smartwatch Tone With Galaxy Gear
Good point, Tom. One wonders what the iPhone equivalent add on would be -- or if Apple will go for a standalone smartwatch device.
Kelly22
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9/5/2013 | 4:12:05 PM
re: Samsung Sets Smartwatch Tone With Galaxy Gear
I think the Gear definitely has less of a "creepy" factor and is more appealing than Glass (though I'm not sure it's ready for Vogue just yet). I agree with Thomas on the smartphone compatibility. I was much more intrigued by the Gear before I found out that much of its functionality depends on the Galaxy Note 3. If people want to use the Gear, they have to buy/upgrade a smartphone to do so.
David F. Carr
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9/4/2013 | 10:30:07 PM
re: Samsung Sets Smartwatch Tone With Galaxy Gear
Designers must have had Dick Tracy in mind
Thomas Claburn
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9/4/2013 | 8:58:53 PM
re: Samsung Sets Smartwatch Tone With Galaxy Gear
They aren't as obvious as Glass, but they seem to be even less potentially useful. Both Glass and Gear piggyback on smartphones. That's not transformational. It's just trying to squeeze a bit more money out of a smartphone buyer through the sale of accessories.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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9/4/2013 | 7:47:59 PM
re: Samsung Sets Smartwatch Tone With Galaxy Gear
I hadn't envisioned a speakerphone option on a smartphone watch. That does make sense, but my smartphone already has a pretty good speakerphone function. Vogue just did a fashion spread including Google Glass. Will smartwatches be next? Do you think they have less of a "creepy" factor than some people perceive with Glass?
Alex Kane Rudansky
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9/4/2013 | 7:15:03 PM
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I think this is a step in the right direction in terms of where wearable technology is headed. It might not be the prettiest watch on the block, but it's certainly more visually acceptable than Glass. Is there a comparison here? Or are the two so different in functionality that there's no argument for comparing them?
Aden11
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9/4/2013 | 7:11:03 PM
re: Samsung Sets Smartwatch Tone With Galaxy Gear
Hardware doesn't look impressive. These 4 screws on the corners looks cheap. Overall design is NOT very appealing. I think Qualcomm offered a better design than Mr. Sammy. From a user point of view I am still not convinced to pay $300 plus tax on a watch which is not offering me something unique. Looks like the main objective of Samsung (just like their 10,000 type of galaxy phones with 10,000 sizes) is to be the first in market doesn't matter if it is a half-baked product.

Let's say I have this watch on my wrist and phone in my pocket. In case of any new notification, which device I should check first ? Phone or watch? Samsung needs to offer something different, something more productive and unique than this watch to convince people to buy it.
RobertD983
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9/4/2013 | 6:51:32 PM
re: Samsung Sets Smartwatch Tone With Galaxy Gear
Not Impressed. For the same $300, you can get an Omate TrueSmart when it comes out in November, with: a Bigger Battery (600mah vs 350), dual core CPU, IP67 Water Resistance (I haven't seen anything about that on the Galaxy Gear). And it works as a companion with more than just one smartphone. And it can work as a stand-alone device as well You can even save $100 by getting in on the Kickstarter now: http://www.kickstarter.com/pro...


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