Samsung concedes: ‘We know Galaxy Gear lacks something special’

Samsung concedes: ‘We know Galaxy Gear lacks something special’A few weeks ago, Samsung made a series of big announcements at IFA 2013, including the beastly Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the surprisingly impressive Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 Edition.

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.

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Stelph  Sep. 27, 2013 at 15:45

Not really news, it was pretty obvious Samsung rushed this out to try and compete with the unreleased apple watch and are now probably feeling a little sheepish about it.

Its a shame really as there are so many examples of "watches" or wearable devices that they could have implemented into their watch, for example the body monitoring technology in the Basis watches, that would've really given them a feature to crow about to compete with the iPhones new motion chip

Alternativly, building on the Notes note taking ability, it could be possible measure and track your wrist as you write on paper and then scribe it onto your Galaxy Note device? Tech is already out then in pens that can do this.

Its just a bit frustrating that Samsung appear to be becoming a reactive company rather than a proactive one, check the appearance of the Gold S4's for example

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 27, 2013 at 16:47

In fairness: most companies have made awful "gold" phones for select markets long before Apple made any phones at all.
As to the watch: yep. What's the point.
The biggest joke is the Note 10.1 as a companion device. Come on... really?
Instead of "beating Apple to it", Apple can now collect all those "why can't it do x,y and z?" comments.

Treab  Sep. 27, 2013 at 22:02

and what really depresses me is that this watch should be automatically included with the note 3 (IMHO) or at a loss leading price in order to sell it as at 300 quid i can buy a decent phone/watch and do more with them lol

eddyday  Sep. 28, 2013 at 01:34

Silly Samsung, trying to break into a market on your own. Wait for Apple to make the iWatch, then duplicate it and stick a Samsung logo on it. It's the Samsung business plan for most of their products.

Stelph  Sep. 28, 2013 at 06:07

To be fair, Samsung has had a past of innovating and not just duplicating apple products as you put it. For one thing they were smart enough to see a market for the larger phablet phones and also brought back the stylus which,especially in the note tablets, is a great addition. they also saw and worked on the main issue with android in Tablets which is/was a complete lack of tablet specific apps, so they can innovate! It's just this smart watch is a 100% reactive product to apple, hearing they were making one and coming out with their own simple version of it! not stopping to actually think what a smart watch "should" be, which is a real shame

IndianaBlues  Sep. 28, 2013 at 09:45

Silly Samsung, trying to break into a market on your own. Wait for Apple to make the iWatch, then duplicate it and stick a Samsung logo on it. It's the Samsung business plan for most of their products.

*Cough* Sony
*Cough* Pebble


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