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Apr
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Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 in 125 countries yesterday, and launching alongside it were also the company's new trio of smartwatches - Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit.

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I've got a Gear 2 Fit review unit here, and I have to say, that curved OLED display is downright striking. This may be the most fashionable... thing Samsung's ever produced. How useful is it? Well, you'll have to wait for our review on that one.

The Gears seem almost destined to let down hardcore Android users, though, because just as Samsung was gearing up to launch its new smartwatches, Google went and announced Android Wear. Not to mention that Samsung specifically moved away from Android with the new Gear devices, as they all run the Tizen OS. (Tee-zen? Ty-zen?)

Android Wear devices will integrate tightly with things like Google Now, Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, voice search, and other Google services. Wear will also, of course, provide extensible functionality for 3rd party apps.

On the other side of the fence, Samsung's Gear OS really doesn't have any tight Google integration, and 3rd party development will happen on Samsung's terms, with distribution through the Samsung app store. It seems battle lines are being drawn here - Samsung couldn't have not known Android Wear was coming as the announcement of its new Gear devices drew nearer.

The new Gears aren't without any teeth, though - they can read your heart rate, count your steps, two of them can store up to 4GB of music for Bluetooth playback, they all have vivid OLED displays, and Samsung's increasingly powerful S Health app provides solid activity tracking integration right out of the box. But it's easy to see how Android Wear would have those consumers who are paying attention to the wearables market holding onto their cash for the time being, especially for Motorola's intriguing (and intriguingly ciricular) Moto 360.

So, we want to know: are you getting a Gear (or have you already)? Vote in the poll below.

Did or are you going to buy one of the new Samsung Gears?

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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.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Too pricey. If I wanted a SmartWatch, I'd rather get the Sony model, mostly because it costs just about 115$ here in Russia, and the vast array of Smart Extensions available in the Play Store make up for receiving notifications from basically any app I would need

    Though I hope that Moto 360 w/ Android Wear will have compatibility with regular Android apps, something like Locky or DashClock would be amazing on such a device

    • melhiore

      If you think it is to pricey wait for Motorola, price will probably give you a heart attack....

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        In a good or a bad way?

        • melhiore

          If you like having a heart attack I am sure it will be something cool for you...

        • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

          The Moto 360 is estimated to be about £380 given that the LG G Watch is £180

          • Marsg

            Estimated in other words made up. Nobody actually knows the pricing, if the LG G watch costs 200, than the gear Neo might be more bang for the buck. Has more features and built in hear rate monitor / ir blaster, not to mention it looks better.

      • ather akber

        Aha, now if you had the gear fit, you'd be upto date with your heartbeat ;p

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephan-Klose/100000834069460 Stephan Klose

    Where is the : No, I would never buy any Samsung Mobile Product? Also why put NO and Not sure in the same window. Those are 2 different answers.

    • Franco Rossel

      No, i'll wait for Android Wear is missing too.

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

      The point of the poll is to measure 2 populations - those who have bought or committed to buying a Gear, and those who have not.

      I don't make the answers the way they are for no reason, but thank you for your input.

      • Gabernasher

        But the "I'm not sure" options makes that vote have a chance at becoming a yes.

        • Cody Shiranai

          Lack of commitment is a pretty good reason to keep that separate.

          Companies do the same, either you are committed and dependable to give your money to them or you aren't and can't be counted on. Worry about "converting" not sures later. That is real life. See who is on your side and who is on the fence as you can only count the ones on your side going forward, the rest is "work".

      • Muffy

        I fail to see the reason for combining "No/I'm not sure" into one answer. Surely it would be possible to combine two separate answers later in the analysis. What is the reason? I'm with Stephan Klose -- my answer is a No, but there's no way to record it.

      • http://www.t3chlust.com Genesis

        I.E. Lies, damn lies and statistics. This is why polls are useless. Ask the same question ten ways to illicit ten different responses. Or in this case structure the choices to provide unclear or inaccurate data getting info that can manipulated as unclear. (No way to tell most don't want it or are unsure. )

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephan-Klose/100000834069460 Stephan Klose

        Yes I know. But a I'm not sure is very different from a I don't know.

    • Doakie

      I'm not exactly sure why you would ever answer something with, "No, I would never buy any Samsung Mobile Product." Samsung has perfectly good products. They might not be perfect but let's be honest nothing is ever going to be perfect. They offer some of the best rounded Android phones available and you insisting you will never buy one makes you sound like a big baby. Cry more noob.

      • disqussucks

        Mmm bloatware, I love that shit.

        • melhiore

          Turn it of?? Stop complaining??

          • ElfirBFG

            Turn it off? What? Please, explain how to 'turn it off', without rooting/flashing a new ROM. The average user is not going to be able to simply 'turn off' the bloatware.

            We'll stop complaining when you stop doubling up on punctuation.

          • melhiore

            Let me google it for you: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=how+to+turn+off+app+in+android&oq=how+to+turn+off+app+in+android&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.5984j0j1&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=121&ie=UTF-8

            STOP complaining, it is not a rocket science...

          • ElfirBFG

            Band-aid solution. They still take up space. Apps I don't want and cannot get rid of ARE a problem. If you want to ignore them, that's your right, however, I do not want them. That's why I bought a Moto G.

          • melhiore

            Well, so called bloatware is present in EVERY version of Android. Pure Android is not free from app which I do not want like Chrome, Google Music, Drive, build-in mail application etc. These apps take up storage not memory since once disabled they do not work in the background, do not take up memory, do not generate notifications. Disabling may be band-aid solution but is available to EVERY Android user w/o the need of flashing new ROM. This argument can take forever and will never be resolved. What is bloatware for you does not have to have similar value to others. What you consider valuable may be useless for me...

          • Marcelo

            Not all apps can be disposable... I understood your points, but this problem invalidates all you said.... ;)

          • Marcelo

            Disposable = disabled

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephan-Klose/100000834069460 Stephan Klose

        I own a Samsung tv and blu ray player. I was referring to their mobile products

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephan-Klose/100000834069460 Stephan Klose

        It's a fact that HTC phones are of better build quality and simply the better product. So I can say I would never buy a Samsung phone. I love many of their other products. Are we cool?

    • Carlos

      Then the poll (and topic) is not for you. ;)

  • deadite66

    Charging a watch up every day is a no for me.

    • melhiore

      Every day??

  • Greek_Ice

    No. The Moto 360 has already taken my currency and first born progeny.

  • Greek_Ice

    No. The Moto 360 has already taken my currency and first born progeny.

  • zaki67

    I would buy the gear but I have the HTC m8 so it won't work!

    • Matt E

      Hi. I have the m8 and sync the neo to my phone in 20mins. No custom rom or hacking.. Just side loaded the samsung software... All working inc notifications..

  • Robert Esposito

    I know it's not going to be a perfect device and I detest that Samsung feels the need for their own app store, but can't stand waiting another six months for the Motorola or LG or whatever watch to be released. I've had a note 2 for the last two years it's done everything I've asked, I'm hoping the gear will help me to stop missing notifications and calls (somehow I never hear it ring) and make health tracking a little more about working out and a little less about running with a giant phone attempting to bounce out of my pocket. If it does those two things with any sort of efficiency, I'm a happy camper. I ordered the neo because of the price. . I don't think the camera is worth another $100.

    To the Samsung hater: if you'd never buy a Samsung device, why are you reading and posting on this poll. Go fondle your imaginary iwatch.

    • melhiore

      THIS!!!!!!!!!!! ^

  • Christian Morales

    Nope! they're still ugly and after owning a Samsung phone, I have no plans on buying any more samsung mobile products...UGH!

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    Samsung will sell a bundle of these as soon as someone managed to flash Android Wear/CyanogenMod Wear on to it.

    • Josh Coppinger

      cyanogenMod would be epic on this platform.

    • hot_spare

      Nope. Hardly anyone cares about CyanogenMod and virtually nobody knows what to expect from Wear.

  • Marsg

    waiting to see Android wear products before I decide.

  • Ramon Alexander

    I want to so bad but... I'll hold out for a bit

  • pRo_lama

    I bought Gear Fit and I'm very satisfied. ;)

  • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

    Where is the fuck no option?

  • Jarl

    I might, if it would work with my HTC Butterfly s

  • abobobilly

    I am more interested in Moto360.

  • Josh Coppinger

    They are all the same price! >< thats what is most frustrating about the three watches.

  • Rick N

    Sony better quality & original

  • jake

    gear fit!

  • Andreas Ronacher

    I would probably buy a Fit but without connectivity to different phone then Samsung it will be no option.

  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    I am waiting for a google smartwatch or maybe motorola 360

  • Jcastag

    Fool me once, shame on you... Fool me twice, shame on me.. No way they are getting me twice.

  • Firmino

    No/no

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    I don't like watches in general and have never worn one, I don't plan to start now.

  • JG

    If I get a smart watch it'll be the Moto360 (or maybe a nexus watch if Google releases one). IMHO, it's sexy as he'll.... I like the round display a lot better than the square... And I like it's open to any Android 4.3+ device, and isn't locked to just a specific OEM.

    I might be tempted if a Gear Solo is released... It could be cool to have a watch with it's own SIM/data connection so it doesn't drain the phone's battery and/or if the phone does i could still use the watch... But then I'd have to pay for another plan which might not be so cool...

  • Taylor00

    Why would anyone buy this overpriced garbage when Android Wear will be all over the place this fall?

    • melhiore

      Mainly because according to all so called LEAKS Android Wear will be limited only to notifications. I have not seen any video showing any apps on Wear. Device must be functional. Samsung does just that. Do not get me wrong I do not own Gear, so far not planning to get one however I am looking at just the piece of technology. So far Samsung wins over any competition...

      • Kevin

        If the tech community has learned anything from the runaway success of the Pebble, it's that simpler is better. Apps like Smartwatch+ (which just won the big app competition) proved to be enormously popular and useful, while apps where you could literally type out messages to people were painful and bad.

        Android Wear's philosophy of glanceable information and quick interactions make a lot of sense. It has to be quicker and more useful than pulling out your smartphone, otherwise what's the point?

        (That all said, I do suspect that Android Wear will have full apps at some point.)

  • godutch

    Why does the Fit have such large bezels?

  • mauric

    Well, you get a free gear fit in combination almost any contract. So I guess I will get one and probably use it. But that's only because it's free...

  • http://www.t3chlust.com Genesis

    How about a "Hell No" option? And why No/Unsure? No and unsure are two very different things making the data you just gathered rather useless. Just sayin'

  • j

    i really like the gear fits styling, but like others said android wear seems the way to go for complete functionality. gear fit running android wear would be amazing. i guess if you got the dough, fit for activity/casual. moto360 type watch for grown and sexy events. i do think there will be some sticker price shock on the moto. no matter how great it looks i wont spend over $300 for a electronic wrist device(that will be obsolete/not working years after) now a traditional handcrafted watch i would pay $1000 for and will last many lifetimes.

  • spike

    I jumped in with gear 1 and that's not been supported very well and has a pretty empty app store so I can't imagine that the gear 2 with a different os will be supported any better

  • TrollSoul

    No, I would buy a Moto360.

    • PoisonApple31

      If the Moto360 has a standalone music player that can use a bluetooth headset, I would consider. I am not going to work out with a Note 3 on me.

      • melhiore

        Gear does the same... It is not exclusive to Moto360...

  • descendency

    I would buy a gear fit if it worked on other smartphones, but I don't want to buy a new phone lol.

  • hp420

    I'd love a gear fit, but it depends on two things: I'd want it running android wear...this is a deal-breaker for me. Sorry. Second, and I believe this would come in tow with the first point, I'd want it to work with any phone I might buy. I can't buy a watch that requires proprietary OEM libraries if I own a Nexus phone or tab. Since these are the devices I buy, any OEM requirements are a total deal breaker. I would even want it to work with an Ubuntu phone, for example. I would understand if it's not fully functional, but if the thing uses bluetooth, it should work with anything else that uses bluetooth, as well, no matter what firmware is installed on the paired device. Hell, this sucker should sync with my Ubuntu desktop if I have bluetooth enabled!!

    Do this. Then, and only then, I will buy a smartwatch :)

  • Matt

    Have a pebble now... Moto360 in the near future :)

  • WhoaManWtF

    No and I am very sure of that.

  • Your Mother

    lots of haters and or immature responses to the poll question. maybe some of you should go back to your iPhone.

  • dkbnyc

    Already have the GG1. Will wait to see what Google/Android offers.

  • Kree Terry

    Like many others im waiting for the moto 360. If they deliver like it seems they will they have my money hands down. Unless pebble steps it up that is.

  • Epic Tea

    nope. Waiting for either the moto, lg or google now watches to pop up.

  • makapav

    Who the hell comes up with these options? "No" and "I am not sure". These two should have been two distinct choices.

    No = Someone who either doesn't need it or one who's waiting for Android Wearable design
    I am not sure = Moron who comes to this site - hangs around and still wants to consider buying a non-Android Wear compatibale design.

  • Derrick Amundsen

    I bought a Samsung Gear 2 Neo, I really like the device but I'll probably buy the Moto 360 or the LG when it comes out too.

    I'm really hoping some genius developer out there makes an Android Wear based ROM for the Gear 2.

  • Eric

    I'm wearing my Gear 2 now, very fashionable actually. I'm likely going to put a stainless steel band on it and wait for the root. Some devs have already shown interest.