The third piece of the puzzle was the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which – conversely – was met with a resounding “meh” – and Samsung knows it.
One of the immediate problems is the need for a “companion device”, which currently means one of the aforementioned: either a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 Edition.
There’s also the question of why anyone would want a Samsung Galaxy Gear. The presentation in Berlin seemed to focus largely on the fact that it’s marginally more convenient to look at your wrist than to whip your phone out of your pocket.
Finally, how about the outrageous Samsung Galaxy Gear price? Supposedly that’s in order to cover the R&D costs. Lovely.
As quoted on Unwired View, a Samsung official concedes: “We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction.”
The consensus seems to be that Samsung has rushed the Galaxy Gear in order to beat the Apple iWatch to market. Meanwhile, Team Cupertino appears to be taking its time, making sure it gets things right.
Indeed, some suggest the iWatch won’t touch down till 2014, while the Samsung Galaxy Gear drowns in a sea of utter pointlessness.