Samsung Galaxy Gear

5.4/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Samsung Galaxy Gear
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear

Specs / Features


- Compatible with Galaxy Note 3 and other Galaxy smartphones | - 1.63 inch Super AMOLED screen which allows calls to be placed and answered directly from your Galaxy Gear | - Enjoy the S Voice personal assistant and 1.9 megapixel camera right on your wrist | - Includes Samsung Galaxy Gear, Wall charger, Charging Cradle, & Quick start guide | - Please connect device to a laptop/desktop with your USB cable before first use due to the watches never being powered on for a long period of time.

- Compatible with Galaxy Note 3 and other Galaxy smartphones | - 1.63 inch Super AMOLED screen which allows calls to be placed and answered directly from your Galaxy Gear | - Enjoy the S Voice personal assistant and 1.9 megapixel camera right on your wrist | - Includes Samsung Galaxy Gear, Wall charger, Charging Cradle, & Quick start guide | - Please connect device to a laptop/desktop with your USB cable before first use due to the watches never being powered on for a long period of time.

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Specification

Brand Samsung
Model SM-V7000ZKAXAR
Size 10 x 10 cm (3.9 x 3.9 in)

Reviews (5.4/10 Avg. rating)


TrustedReviews

Attempting to satisfy many needs

from TrustedReviews

The Samsung Galaxy Gear might be the device which brings smartwatches to the fore, but it isn’t the one to convince the masses to adopt them. Its limited compatibility with just Samsung branded phones, and very few of them at that, is a major drawback and has limited the Gear’s market...More

The Samsung Galaxy Gear might be the device which brings smartwatches to the fore, but it isn’t the one to convince the masses to adopt them. Its limited compatibility with just Samsung branded phones, and very few of them at that, is a major drawback and has limited the Gear’s market to a niche within a niche. The Gear is under supported, overpriced and feels like a rushed effort, made to beat the competition and rumoured competition, that has failed to achieve its potential.

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Tech Advisor

Does little to remove your over-reliance on a smartphone

from Tech Advisor

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is an interesting device, but it works with only three smartphones - yet won't act as a true replacement for any of them - and is expensive at £299. There are some gimmicky features, such as the Camera and Music Controller apps, while S Voice and Voice Memo are in th...More

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is an interesting device, but it works with only three smartphones - yet won't act as a true replacement for any of them - and is expensive at £299. There are some gimmicky features, such as the Camera and Music Controller apps, while S Voice and Voice Memo are in their element here (even though talking into a smartwatch feels weird). The Pedometer, Walk Workout and S Trainer apps will appeal to fitness fans, getting them up on their feet even if the number of steps taken and calories burned is overestimated. Proper email support is a glaring ommission, it shouldn't be so difficult to set an alarm, and the device is far too bulky and heavy to be comfortable - at least in this reviewer's opinion. But as an early device and an example of what's to come, the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a good first attempt for Samsung.

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TechRadar

A device that's setting a trend

from TechRadar

We're pretty disappointed with the Gear, as the first couple of hours that we spent with it were full of quiet gadget joy. The slick design, the vivid display, the amount of power that seemed to be strapped to the wrist was entrancing.

But we can't help but think that anyone who might have gone for a cheaper holiday or foresaken food for a while to afford one of these wouldn't feel like the sacrifice had been worth it...

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We're pretty disappointed with the Gear, as the first couple of hours that we spent with it were full of quiet gadget joy. The slick design, the vivid display, the amount of power that seemed to be strapped to the wrist was entrancing.

But we can't help but think that anyone who might have gone for a cheaper holiday or foresaken food for a while to afford one of these wouldn't feel like the sacrifice had been worth it.

The Galaxy Gear doesn't do anything terribly, it just fails to impress at nearly every turn. We're not sure what Samsung is up to here, as it's basically given Apple an open goal to aim at with the iWatch.

The Gear could have looked this good, stripped out the camera, speaker and call functionality, made a bit more effort on the apps at launch and sold it for a third of the cost, and it would have certainly have had a hit on its hands.

The smartwatch is an attractive option, and the changes to the notification problems are really welcome - with that in mind we're happy to upgrade the score somewhat, although it's still nowhere near a product we'd recommend.

We applaud Samsung for trying to be innovative in the space once again, but the Galaxy Gear needs a Galaxy Gear Mini as soon as possible, with a lower price tag to really make it an attractive proposition.

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Tablet News

Good battery and design, too bad for the price

from Tablet News

With an appealing design, nice notifications and several catchy features, this model sounds pretty solid, but in the end it’s too dependent on another Samsung device.

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With an appealing design, nice notifications and several catchy features, this model sounds pretty solid, but in the end it’s too dependent on another Samsung device.

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Good Gear Guide

Solid design & build with effective, responsive display but overpriced

from Good Gear Guide

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is well built and has a good screen that's readable in all conditions. Unfortunately, it fails to excel at any particular function, and is extremely poor at handling notifications, one of the key features of a smartwatch. At this price, the Galaxy Gear is best avoided.

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is well built and has a good screen that's readable in all conditions. Unfortunately, it fails to excel at any particular function, and is extremely poor at handling notifications, one of the key features of a smartwatch. At this price, the Galaxy Gear is best avoided.

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Wired

Good looking device, clear and sensitive touchscreen

from Wired

The Galaxy Gear feels like too little, too soon, at too big a price, with too limited a spread of supported devices to use it with -- and it's essential you pair it with one. There's clearly a potential market for smart watches, but limited capability tied in to a very small number of smart phone...More

The Galaxy Gear feels like too little, too soon, at too big a price, with too limited a spread of supported devices to use it with -- and it's essential you pair it with one. There's clearly a potential market for smart watches, but limited capability tied in to a very small number of smart phones doesn't seem like a great way to make the most of that potential. Watch this space, but it might be a good idea to hold off on buying your first smart watch for a little while yet.

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Stuff

A decent first effort in a pretty package, but too many niggles to justify that painful price tag

from Stuff

The Galaxy Gear is a well-made, comfortable smartwatch that offers decent (if not perfect) functionality as a secondary device to compliment the smartphone resting in your pocket. But it's not without flaws.

Its limited compatibility to Samsung products, coupled with its usability niggles and ghost town of an app store makes it very hard to justify the massive £300 price.

We’ll be the first in line to try out the Gear 2, assuming it’s more affordable, has an integrated charging port, more polished software and greater app support, but this first-generation smartwatch just isn’t smart enough for any but the most dedicated followers of gadget fashion to seriously contemplate. ...

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The Galaxy Gear is a well-made, comfortable smartwatch that offers decent (if not perfect) functionality as a secondary device to compliment the smartphone resting in your pocket. But it's not without flaws.

Its limited compatibility to Samsung products, coupled with its usability niggles and ghost town of an app store makes it very hard to justify the massive £300 price.

We’ll be the first in line to try out the Gear 2, assuming it’s more affordable, has an integrated charging port, more polished software and greater app support, but this first-generation smartwatch just isn’t smart enough for any but the most dedicated followers of gadget fashion to seriously contemplate. 

 

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Android Central

Android like you've never seen it before

from Android Central

Taking all of its features into consideration, the unfortunate end result for the Galaxy Gear is a device that looks much nicer than it performs, yet still demands a premium price as if it had no flaws. Looking beyond simple issues like the number of apps and the necessity of being connected to a phone, the Gear still doesn't do much of anything that you expect it to...

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Taking all of its features into consideration, the unfortunate end result for the Galaxy Gear is a device that looks much nicer than it performs, yet still demands a premium price as if it had no flaws. Looking beyond simple issues like the number of apps and the necessity of being connected to a phone, the Gear still doesn't do much of anything that you expect it to.

The screen might look great, but the information displayed on it is next to useless. Sure you can take acceptable quality photos, but sharing them is an exercise in jumping through hoops. The process of configuring and managing what apps that are available is far from intuitive, even once you get a handle on where settings for each function live.

Even if you were to somehow look beyond the Galaxy Gear's dramatic shortcomings and wanted to purchase one, the $299 price point would still be asking too much. Furthermore, the potential market for this device, while growing, is extremely small when it is just limited to those with the recently-released Galaxy Note 3. Even opening up compatibility to the Galaxy S4 and Note 2 would still leave 98 percent (or more) of the Android user base out in the cold.If you want a wearable device that can be tinkered with, has real functionality (now, not just in the future) and can provide you with the contextual information and rich notifications that you expect, a Pebble can be purchased for half the price of the Galaxy Gear and work with just about any Android phone. It may not have the style or quality of the Gear, but it won't be frustrating to use – and in the end that holds a lot of weight with users. 

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Venture Beat

A missed opportunity

from Venture Beat

The Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch that isn’t worth your time.

There’s a chance Samsung could eventually get it right — it took three tries before Samsung made a successful Galaxy S phone — but by that point it will have to compete with Apple’s rumored iWatch, and whatever Google ends up releasing...

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The Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch that isn’t worth your time.

There’s a chance Samsung could eventually get it right — it took three tries before Samsung made a successful Galaxy S phone — but by that point it will have to compete with Apple’s rumored iWatch, and whatever Google ends up releasing.

On the plus side for Samsung, by that point it will likely have some far better ideas to imitate. 

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GottaBeMobile

Promises to simplify the lives of its users by having notifications, alerts, and messages

from GottaBeMobile

At this time, the Gear is an elegantly appointed smartwatch, but one that doesn’t add much more value than the $150 Pebble. You get similar alerts for notifications while you gain a camera and speakerphone capabilities, but the value proposition isn’t there just yet. The Gear feels li...More

At this time, the Gear is an elegantly appointed smartwatch, but one that doesn’t add much more value than the $150 Pebble. You get similar alerts for notifications while you gain a camera and speakerphone capabilities, but the value proposition isn’t there just yet. The Gear feels like a smartwatch with a lot of potential and the same amount of unrealized promise right now at its price point.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

1,303 from Amazon.com

1,303 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

54 from Amazon.ca

54 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.6 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

7.2/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

2 from Amazon.co.uk

2 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

6/10

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