What's wrong with Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch

September 5, 2013 

Germany Gadget Show Samsung

A model displays the new Samsung Galaxy Gear, left, which is connected ivy Gear Watch with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, right, after the presentation in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated digital wristwatch well ahead of a similar product expected from rival Apple. The so-called smartwatch is what some technology analysts believe could become this year's must-have holiday gift. Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday in Berlin ahead of the annual IFA consumer electronics show. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

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Samsung hasn't really set the smartwatch bar very high.

It's expensive at $300. The interface lag is a drag. A button press is required to activate voice control. Battery life is "about a day" according to Samsung. It doesn't really bring anything new to the gadget game.

The most amusing criticism I've seen is from Daring Fireball's John Gruber who said, "About the best you could expect from Samsung without having anything to copy from Apple: overpriced, ugly, laggy UI, terrible battery life, dubious utility."

That seems harsh.

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