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Samsung unveiled literally three smartwatches at MWC this year. If that tells you anything, it should be this: the company is desperate to make a wearable product stick in the marketplace. It will do anything to whittle down the form factor, price point, and functionality consumers are most responsive to. And thus, we now have 3 Gear devices to choose from - the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo, and the Gear Fit - Samsung is taking its shotgun approach to the smartphone market and inundating you with wearable choices, hopefully enough choices that you will actually choose to buy one

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I reviewed the original Galaxy Gear. It wasn't a pretty picture. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo may have dropped Android, gained battery life, and made some hardware tweaks that addressed some of the original device's pain points, but they've done nothing to address some of the overarching concerns I had about the concept.

In fact, before I even get into the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, here is a list of general issues I had about the original Gear, nearly all of which now apply to that product's dual successors - see comments on applicability in parentheticals.

  • You pretty much have to take it off in a movie theater or otherwise put it somewhere where it's not going to randomly illuminate. Unless you turn off the wrist detection gesture in the Gear Manager app (inconvenient!) even level 1 brightness is going to be very noticeable in that kind of venue. (Yup - still true.)
  • Wearing the Gear while driving a car at night can be distracting - just using the steering wheel as you normally would will cause it to illuminate sometimes, which will catch your eye and probably distract you momentarily. Yet another scenario where I was often forced to take it off.  (This is still true, as well.)
  • Forgetting to charge it (or forgetting the charging cradle) means you have a useless lump on your wrist that can't tell the time but also doesn't make a very good fashion accessory. (The new Gears have better battery life, but still have a charging dongle that must be used with them, so the problem is still very relevant.)
  • So many things the Gear does can be accomplished as or almost as quickly by just pulling out your phone, and your phone will almost invariably do all of said things a lot better. (Still definitely true.)
  • Having a smartwatch that doesn't have an always-on display mode for at least a basic watchface seems kind of, well, dumb. (The Gears still go display-off when idle.)
  • At no point have I actually found something the Gear does to be compelling enough that I actually want to wear it. It is more burden than benefit. (We'll see!)
  • Because it's a smartwatch, you're probably going to fiddle with it more than a regular watch. If you do this in company (eg., look down at it and turn it on), people will think you're saying "I need to go / I'm in a hurry" with all the subtlety of a polar bear in a sausage factory. (Yep.)

Sorry for the focus problems - we were having a camera issue.

What have they done to the new Gear to improve it, though? First and foremost is undoubtedly battery life - the original Gear often struggled to make it a whole day under heavy use. Samsung promises 2-3 days of "normal" usage with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, which sounds much more livable - I have to give them credit there. The gains in battery life have generally been attributed to the switch from Android to Tizen, so that's interesting.

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There's a home button! It turns the screen on and off, long pressing gets you power options (and outdoor mode / mute shortcuts), and it goes home. Much better than the side-mounted atrocity on the first generation. Next, Samsung has removed the microphone and speaker elements from the bottom of the wristband, which made the original Gear rather annoying to wear while typing or working at a desk. The new band is much thinner along the bottom as a result. Once again, a nod to Samsung - this substantially improves the Gear's ergonomics.

The awkward camera hump on the band has also vanished, as the camera is now integrated into the body of the watch. There's an IR blaster for controlling your TV or set top box (that sounds fun on a 1.63" screen!), as well as a pulse oxmiter for measuring your heart rate. The new Gears even stream music to Bluetooth headsets now (assuming your phone isn't currently connected to the watch).

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All of these are positive changes (well, Tizen is up for debate, I guess). And yet, when I put on the Gear 2 / Gear 2 Neo and used them, all I could think was "this is basically exactly the same as the old one." It still only works with Samsung devices, it's still set up first and foremost to communicate with Samsung apps, and it's still a chunky, ugly, awkward thing to have on your wrist all day. And it requires a [very] little charging dongle that's a lot smaller - and thus easier to misplace - than the admittedly fumbly and flimsy cradle the original Gear used.

The short of it is this: if you want a Samsung smartwatch, or a smartwatch / fitness tracker specifically for your Samsung device, these aren't the products to look at. The Gear Fit is more stylish, has a much cooler / form-factor fitting curved screen, modular wristbands, and gets better battery life (3-4 days as opposed to 2-3). Sorry Samsung, but I'm pretty sure you just Samsunged yourself here - the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo just don't make sense when you're releasing a product that will so obviously be better-received than either.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • brkshr

    Never did care about them. I've been waiting for Google's smartwatch.

    • CommancheNinja

      so you dont care about a smartwatch but you're waiting for one to be released

      • brkshr

        Would you like me to type it out slowly for you?

        • MyLeftNut

          I laughed but this comeback doesn't really work well online does it? Since whether you take two days or two mins to type it the result is still the same.

          • brkshr

            ...that's kind of the point...

          • MyLeftNut

            No. Still doesn't make sense as a comeback.

          • brkshr

            ok

  • David Li

    lol @ the title

  • Ark

    It's like having a horribly crippled shitty 2009 smartphone right on your wrist!

  • Adam Wright

    Your comment about just looking at your phone instead is true about any smartwatch. This is meant to be an extension to your phone, not a replacement. I'm actually excited for the Gear 2 Neo. I just hope they can keep it more affordable that the Gear 1, as well I hope they can attract developers to Tizen so that we're not left with the same empty app store from the Gear 1.

    • Guest1001

      I agree. I am actually excited for these. There are a lot of times that I don't want to take my phone out because it would be rude or I just need to look at the time really quickly. Sometimes I like to keep my phone in my backpack so I don't feel tempted to constantly check social media, but I do want to know if I get a text.

    • Grayson

      That's not true about everything. I can read notifications and text messages (as long as they aren't super long) much faster on my Pebble than I could by pulling my phone out of my pocket. I also have the time, next calendar event, and weather displayed at all times, so I can get that information more quickly than I could by pulling out my phone. Also love it for displaying time, distance, and pace while I'm running, and for quickly and easily changing songs. So there are things these watches can allow us to do faster than if we had to pull out our phone.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It's true of most, and that doesn't suddenly make it invalid. Smartwatches are an extremely young product category, and no one - I repeat, no one - has proven the concept enough to achieve mainstream success. It may yet be years before we see a smartwatch that is powerful and versatile enough that it goes beyond being a relatively simplistic second-screen accessory.

      For now, I think fitness trackers are making much more mainstream headway than smartwatches, and that's because they do something useful: collect, track, and upload data to software and services that can interpret information people want about their lives. Smartphones could do this, but they aren't nearly as practical for the purpose.

      I'm generally of the opinion that the real mainstream "smartwatches" will look more like fitness trackers than Pebbles or Galaxy Gears - perhaps more like the Gear Fit. I do not think the traditional watch "style" is the future of this technology, and there are many, many people who agree with that position. You're entirely welcome to disagree, of course, but I'm going to write this from my point of view, not that of a smartwatch "fan."

      • RTWright

        Well I will disagree on one point. The desire for something of the smartwatch nature is there due to people are always fascinated by technology and this has that James Bond kind of flare to it. Not quite fully there, but it is there. The other thing, can't really complain about a smartwatch only being good for a few days when we consider every smartphone that comes along has bigger screens, more powerful CPU's and GPU's, as well as tons more always-on software that makes them drain batteries faster. Most high end phones only last a day or two at best themselves.

        You're right that there is nothing a smartwatch offers that you can't get from your phone. Yes it's a few seconds quicker to look at a watch for a glimpse of what is on your phone to a minor degree. But I feel that is just a argument for those that want to have something to argue their point with. I can still reach over and look at my smartphone on it's dock in my car or desk. I've not had a need for any kind of watch at all since using a smartphone.

        I do see a great future in this market of watches, but they seriously need to improve their battery life considerably. Something with this small a screen, should last a week or better without charging. It should not try to compete against being a smartphone replacement just a simple addition to one. So it's power demands need lowered considerably and have more control over it's screen ( Which it does seem at least Samsung did give some of that to these ). All in all, this is so new just like you said, that we'll just have to wait and see what the future brings. Right now, not impressed really.

      • hot_spare

        You *do* know that gear Fit doesn't run Tizen, and you can't have standalone apps for Gear Fit.

        Only Gear 2 runs Tizen.

      • Kennyboye

        I wear a pebble most days; I bought it as a proof of concept and for me it works. I also have a motoactiv and it also works for the gym apart from the fact I have to wear a chest band to measure my heart rate which is a pain in the rear. Give me a pebble steel with 4-8 gb ram for onboard music and a heart rate monitor and I am sold. The neo seems to almost fulfil my needs but I jumped ship from Samsung phones and not about to go back.
        Whilst I don't necessarily agree with all your conclusions you are spot on in regards to the social awkwardness of checking your watch (I am a shrink and boy people get pissed when they think I am checking the time!) and having a screen light up all the time (which is why I got the pebble in the first place).
        I also found the tone of your article piss-funny and a breath of fresh air from all the regurgitated bullshit I usually have to read. Well done David!

  • weirdal

    your titles are so obnoxious. i dont care what you think unless im specifically looking for a review. just write the news and let me decide if I should care or not. dont make my decisions for me.

    • CommancheNinja

      This is a USELESS. article. It should be posted on BGR it's so bad.

      Let me counter some of your points.

      1. The movie theater issue, changing the settings isnt any different than people taking out their phones in the theater to silence their device or darken the screen. There's apps where you can use the watch to silence your phone without taking it out so I'd much rather have someone play on a small screen than a 5 inch screen when they need to do that.

      2. You say you don't have a compelling reason to wear one, but that doesn't mean other people feel that way. I have a pebble and a sony smartwatch 2. It's great to get notifications on your wrist when you're in a meeting at work or if you're busy doing something. In fact, when I get home I leave my phone on the kitchen table and only check on it when I see a notification that's important. I have multiple watches from G-Shocks to a Tag and Omega. I find myself more and more sticking with a smart watch.

      3. It's distracting when you drive? How about it's less distracting because I don't have to check my phone for notifications or I can easily change songs using the watch?

      4. It's a chunky, awkward thing to have on your wrist. That's your personal preference. Have you not seen Nixon watches? Or better yet Breitlings and Panerais? Those retail for over thousands and aren't any smaller than the Gear. So if any watch is over 40mm you think it looks like garbage? I'd say the Gear looks the best out of all smartwatches. The pebble looks like a toy, the sony smart watch is boring, at least the Gear has design elements similar to a Cartier Santos.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        You had your comment - this is getting spam marked. No need to go full retard smartwatch fanboy on us.

        • RTWright

          David, all his points are very valid though. Don't get me wrong I don't have a single interest in any of these watches or anything else other than maybe one of the fitness bands that sends information to a phone. But he did made a valid statement in regards to your Article.

          Though I do have to say, how you title your articles shouldn't matter. People read it or not, you still have the ability to decide rather this product is something you should care about or not. This has nothing to do with the title. You're not playing some kind of board based RPG here where he's doing some kind of power-gaming move that dictates the outcome over or against you without giving you a chance. Simply put, I read it and I still don't care about some over-priced watch that is only good for a day or two ( three at best ).

          Now I do have to say one thing on my part, if someone is that easily distracted on the road? Leave your watch and smartphone OFF or at Home! Because you don't belong on the road with them in the first place. I've already seen how bad some people are, this doesn't just go for smart watches it goes for the phones as well.

          • CommancheNinja

            my fault for the double post. the first one didnt show up on my end. i'm posting via a tethered phone on Sprint's "Fantastic" network so I'm not sure where the disconnect was. I don't think I'd post reasonable arguments in an attempt to troll.

        • Aooga

          His points are valid. There is NO reason to mark his comment as spam. If anything, this article is spam.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

            His comment is a repeat. It's literally a scroll away. It has nothing to do with the content.

          • RTWright

            Yeah I just noticed this myself down further, he's just a troll.

          • Aooga

            Didn't notice that.

        • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

          I completely agree. I fail to understand why people just talk about "wanting news about features" and shit. If they wanted that, I'd rather they visit OEM websites for "press releases" with all the mushy descriptions.
          People need to realise this is a "hands-on" necessarily a review without the name review tagged on it. Sheesh!

    • ddh819

      i care what the writers think. otherwise i would go to a site that just reposts wire services

    • Mystery Man

      going to have to agree with this. Usually on Reddit the general circle jerk consensus is that android police is the most unbias android news site. Lately however.... meh

    • Fry

      I think you're grown enough to make a decision by yourself.....maybe.

    • Paul Tobeck

      I, for one, enjoy the snarkiness and honesty in AP's reviews. It adds to the entertainment value and assures me that they aren't being bought by the manufacturers. There are hundreds of other sites that'll give you "just the facts, ma'am" and wishy-washy recommendations if that's what you want. If something's shitty and a colossal waste of my time, AP will be the one to tell me that.

      • Will Dutton

        I agree, this is the reason that AP is my goto Android site

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      You want news, you go to the OEM websites for press releases and shit.
      This is a hands-on, a pseudo review, if you like. If you don't like the tone, there is always the CLOSE TAB button on your browser.

    • Fresh Meat

      i think the defamation threat is about this post

  • CommancheNinja

    This is a USELESS. article. It should be posted on BGR it's so bad.

    Let me counter some of your points.

    1. The movie theater issue, changing the settings isnt any different than people taking out their phones in the theater to silence their device or darken the screen. There's apps where you can use the watch to silence your phone without taking it out so I'd much rather have someone play on a small screen than a 5 inch screen when they need to do that.

    2. You say you don't have a compelling reason to wear one, but that doesn't mean other people feel that way. I have a pebble and a sony smartwatch 2. It's great to get notifications on your wrist when you're in a meeting at work or if you're busy doing something. In fact, when I get home I leave my phone on the kitchen table and only check on it when I see a notification that's important. I have multiple watches from G-Shocks to a Tag and Omega. I find myself more and more sticking with a smart watch.

    3. It's distracting when you drive? How about it's less distracting because I don't have to check my phone for notifications or I can easily change songs using the watch?

    4. It's a chunky, awkward thing to have on your wrist. That's your personal preference. Have you not seen Nixon watches? Or better yet Breitlings and Panerais? Those retail for over thousands and aren't any smaller than the Gear. So if any watch is over 40mm you think it looks like garbage? I'd say the Gear looks the best out of all smartwatches. The pebble looks like a toy, the sony smart watch is boring, at least the Gear has design elements similar to a Cartier Santos.

    • RTWright

      Now you're just a troll..... Really? Once wasn't enough?

      • Aooga

        His other comment was marked as spam by the author.

        EDIT: Never mind. This was the original comment.

    • Arthur Dent

      Haha, how many times will you post the same retarded thing?

    • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

      With regards to the theater experience, your counterpoint is without fair basis when you take into account the fact that movie theater etiquette requires you turn off/silence your phone before the feature film has begun. You're told before you go into the theater, before the film begins, and maybe even by one of the staff in the hallway. Having anything that's going to shine within a movie theater while a film is playing is rude, plain and simple.

      2 & 3. These points are moot, considering wearable are just starting to pick up steam. Similar to the whole "Should I drive with Glass or not" internal debate.

      • CommancheNinja

        I would agree, but how often do people follow general etiquette? I was watching Gravity with my wife and the idiot in front of me had his iphone on for 15 minutes. I finally tapped him on his shoulder and asked him to go outside or turn it off. Teenagers in particular seem to love using their phones during movies, and for the most part people don't call them out on it. God forbid you live in a state like Florida or Texas where people have gotten shot over something as trivial as this.

        However, in my situation the watch is useful because I have two kids under the age of 5. If a babysitter needs to reach me, am I going to turn off my phone? It's more distracting to viewers around me if I walk across the aisle and outside everytime I get a notificaton. At least with the watch, I can turn the brightness all the way down and discreetly as possible check to see if I need to leave and go home.

  • archercc

    Dear god can someone just go ahead and put an e-ink display in the face of a Citizen, have it do simple notifications through a bluetooth link and get it over with?

    I dont want to play Dick Tracy or take creepshots with my watch, I just want to have a nice dress watch that quietly tells me I have 3 emails and a text from my girlfriend just as it tells me the time and date, passively.

    • CommancheNinja

      so u want a pebble

      • archercc

        They are the closest, that is for sure. The Steel isn't terrible but its no real dress watch with that big ugly display. If they partnered up with a legit watchmaker and put a smaller, more discrete display into a great watch I would be very interested.

        • CommancheNinja

          thats how i feel. the OG pebble looks like a cheap toy. It feels like one too but it works well.

          the steel doesnt look much better and the price for what you get is pretty steep.

          one major negative that i've noticed is that when you wear polarized glases, the screen is unreadable.

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      Citizen made one but it only worked with the iPhone unfortunately. Looked pretty nice too, but I haven't seen them on their website lately. Priced around $400-500. The second hand would tell you if there was an email/message or something like that (it would point to a location on the watch): http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/6/4402344/citizen-eco-drive-proximity-review-a-different-kind-of-smartwatch

  • Rebecca Raven

    I like my Gear 1. Nice replacement for the Bluetooth headset and most of your whinging about the display and charging seems to elide over that we've been dealing with those issues with phones and PDAs for years.

    My Gear connects and reconnects seamlessly which I like and has allowed better hands free accessibility in my car.

    Seriously, this reads more like a toddler's temper tantrum than a review. The power button on the side is OK not a disaster.

    If it won't work for you, don't buy one.

  • Andy Ainsworth

    How do I stop this amateur whining 'writer' from appearing in my news feeds, what a tool! Unfortunately im going to have to remove Android police all together, no class, this type of article is worse than the troll comments it insights.

    • Arthur Dent

      How are the benefits at Samsung? Do they have a good 401k plan?

  • why AP doesn’t allow freedom!

    why AP doesn't allow freedom of speech

    if you didn't like my article i will spam you !!!!!!!

    This is a USELESS. article. It should be posted on BGR it's so bad.

    Let me counter some of your points.

    1. The movie theater issue, changing the settings isnt any different than people taking out their phones in the theater to silence their device or darken the screen. There's apps where you can use the watch to silence your phone without taking it out so I'd much rather have someone play on a small screen than a 5 inch screen when they need to do that.

    2. You say you don't have a compelling reason to wear one, but that doesn't mean other people feel that way. I have a pebble and a sony smartwatch 2. It's great to get notifications on your wrist when you're in a meeting at work or if you're busy doing something. In fact, when I get home I leave my phone on the kitchen table and only check on it when I see a notification that's important. I have multiple watches from G-Shocks to a Tag and Omega. I find myself more and more sticking with a smart watch.

    3. It's distracting when you drive? How about it's less distracting because I don't have to check my phone for notifications or I can easily change songs using the watch?

    4. It's a chunky, awkward thing to have on your wrist. That's your personal preference. Have you not seen Nixon watches? Or better yet Breitlings and Panerais? Those retail for over thousands and aren't any smaller than the Gear. So if any watch is over 40mm you think it looks like garbage? I'd say the Gear looks the best out of all smartwatches. The pebble looks like a toy, the sony smart watch is boring, at least the Gear has design elements similar to a Cartier Santos.

    • Arthur Dent

      Your points suck.

      1. Now you have to adjust two devices in the theater instead of one. Great.
      2. Yeah, he doesn't have a compelling reason, you do. Cool story. I can just as easily pull out my phone, or leave my phone on the desk and see the notification light. Not at all compelling to me.
      3. Yeah, a light coming on as you turn the wheel would be distracting, not to mention friggin annoying.
      4. Cool, so there are expensive watches that are large. Wonderful. Just because things are expensive doesn't mean they are great for everyone (fur coats, tacky gold chains, etc.). Opinions ... we all have them, as does the reviewer.

      • CommancheNinja

        I explained up above how it ended up double posting. So who's the troll?

  • hp420

    What are the odds of making this beautiful bastardized hardware run android with hackery?

  • cy_n_ic

    The title really does sum it up nicely. Zero fucks were given.

  • didibus

    So, this is interesting, why is Tizen using less battery? Is it that Android is already starting to become to big an OS for low powered mobile devices? Has it become like trying to run Windows 8 on your smartwatch. I am starting to believe it has, and taking layers off doesn't seem all that easy. It sounds like Android is getting very specialized in the smartphone and tablet segment, which is gaining power so fast, it might soon all blend in with the PC segment. It's like smart watches and smart glasses are the dumbphone of yesterday, they will for a while work best with more specialized OS.

  • Paul

    what a poor article. Let down by AP on this one. You might as well become an apple fan

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Please stop using the phrase price point. Price by itself is fine, unless you are referring to a situation in which a price is less than the market clearing price or the marginal cost of production. And yes, I had to look up an actual reason for it (and how to describe it) other than the fact that it's just lame to use.

  • merman1983

    The Gear Fit has my attention. Not for the fitness functionality (as I would guess more established fitness bands would be sufficient for this purpose alone), but the form factor is the first one approaching something new and innovative.

    I think the article raises valid points and acknowledges the incremental improvements to (what many consider to be) a flawed and rushed product. Give me the Fit's form factor with universal compatibility, voice access to Google Now (not S-Voice) and have an open API and I'd be ready to pre-order.

    Not sure where the vitriol is coming from - the snark is part of the charm - any bias against Samsung is based on past actions and policies of Samsung itself. Many will buy and genuinely enjoy the Samsung watches and I wouldn't kick one out of bed for eating crackers, but on an enthusiast site we should be discussing what we want in an ideal product and be open to (and encouraging of) the pointing out of flaws and shortcomings.

  • DopeJam

    I still don't get this. Why would anyone want another thing to worry about battery state. If you are so lazy to pull out your smartphone to see who is calling you or sends a message then you should kill yourself. If you want to use it for sports and fitness I can understand that...but then again there are better and simpler tools for that. Even if the battery holds for 5 days of heavy use it's still stupid. They should take more time for less products then bringing 1000 smartphones every year and every of them with 5-10 versions.

  • rr

    So you subscribe to the "you can have any color you want, as long as it's black?" It's called CHOICE. Some want thinner watches, some want traditionally shaped watches. If you can't drive and ignore a watch, that's your problem. What a waste of space - the article sucks too.

  • Michael

    I disagree with these negative comments on the gear. I have the gear one and love it. Battery lasts two days and I use to to read email, Facebook , whatsapp and Line. Also take calls and shoot some pics. Very convenient since half the mail is junk and you can just glance at your wrist rather than pulling your phone out. Love the hands free calling too, especially when someone calls when I'm cooking dinner and my hands are wet. Also great for taking product photos if you are in a business where you want to take pics of the competitions work. I plan to buy the gear two and give my old one away. Great item. Would be good to have a maps app for directions, and to voice respond to an email or whatsapp.

  • http://about.me/jmcfrancis James Francis

    I'm surprised the writer is so ill-informed. It is pretty common news that the Gear outperformed even Samsung's expectations. Sure, it's still a niche product - but the opening paragraph of this article is more that of a narrow-minded reviewer than a news writer. The Gear surprised everyone with high attachment rates and surprising levels of continuous sales. Saying the company is desperate indicates the writer did no real research other than their own opinion - that's not exactly ethical reporting.

  • supremekizzle

    Bet this is the article responsible for the defamation threat...

  • Blowntoaster

    Funny, when AP is straight forward and biased and downright obnoxious, it's cool, it's funny, it's entertaining. it's an honest opinion and AP seems to just do it right.

    other sites do it and it is just plain lame and gets under your skin.

    Keep it up AP...we like it.

    Gear Fit seems to be the one to go for. Waiting for a proper review and a hands on fiddle with a demo unit.

  • Unknown182

    These issues that you mention make me more and more happy about purchasing my Pebble. I've really lost hope otherwise, let's see if whatever Google may hopefully bring to the table can change that (if they bring anything of course).

  • Michael

    Is this the one that's getting you sued? Why would they have a HTC owner do this mini review ?

  • Mark Eaton Sr.

    Don't believe this reviewer who obviously is taking the approach that if you put down something that means you know what you are doing as a "reviewer". The Galaxy Gear is a great accompaniment to my Note 3 and I have had both since October when they launched. If you cannot figure out how to turn off the wrist wake-up feature easily then you should be reading more books instead of going to the movies anyway : ) Waiting for Gear 2 and will buy with much happiness.

  • DK

    Thanks for the decent review. I've been torn between Neo Gear2 and Sony SW2. I picked SW2 due to price...I got it for less than $140, battery life, easy to charge and overall simplicity. I thought, do I really need to take pics with my watch???

  • Derrick Amundsen

    Don't buy one, you can't even buy a charger separately yet from Samsung. I have a Gear 2 NEO and lost the charger. Samsung wanted me to "send in the watch" to get a new one.