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Samsung’s Introduces It’s Galaxy Gear Smartwatch; Is It Practical?

Samsung is out with their new smartwatch which has given the company a lot of good PR:

Samsung Electronics unveiled the world’s first smartwatch dubbed Galaxy Gear in Berlin on Wednesday. Reminiscent of a gadget in a James Bond film, the clunky accessory is in effect a wrist-mounted telephone.

It was unveiled at an event two days before the opening of the IFA Berlin, the world’s leading consumer electronics trade show. The event drew around 2,500 reporters from 70 countries and was simultaneously broadcast via satellite in New York’s Times Square.

The Galaxy Gear can be used in conjunction with the new Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, which was also unveiled at the event, the company said.

Samsung plans to start selling the smartwatch in 149 countries from Sept. 25.

The headstart over a similar device mooted by Apple may help the Korean giant beat its image of constantly running after its rivals in innovation. [Chosun Ilbo]

However, via the Marmot’s Hole comes news that this watch is not practical at all.  The watch has 10 hours of battery life, the touch screen lags, the speakers suck, among a host of other problems that can be yours for $300.

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  • Baek, In-je
    4:51 pm on September 6th, 2013 1

    No, wait…wait…the worst is this: it MUST be used in conjunction with a smartphone. So, you have to have a smartphone in your pocket. Perfect for the lazy Korean on the go who cant be assed to take their phone out of their pocket (which seriously isn’t a problem as literally 20% of Koreans have their smartphone in hand and faces blank (as if they weren’t expressionless enough) at all times. But it will sell (to Koreans only) because they are conspicuous consumers, major, major emphasis on conspicuous.

  • Smokes
    5:10 pm on September 8th, 2013 2

    I believe I read over at `the Hole it’s more an anti-litigation release than anything. Considering how corrupt and inpet the IP industry is I guess it makes sense. Anyway only women and old men wear watches these days. Sexy women… with double eyelid surgery… and v-line jaw correction. ;)

  • ChickenHead
    8:28 pm on September 8th, 2013 3

    One point for Baek In-Je.

    It is irritating when some dipshyt walks in front of your car because they have their nose buried in their smartphone… even more-so when Korean law would make the innocent driver pay and pay and pay for the whole deal.

    This isn’t necessarily a Korean thing. I saw an English teacher get mildly hit by a car because they were dorking with their iPod with their headphones in their ears at full volume and neither heard nor saw the car as they walked out into the small alley.

    I also recall what happened in the Philippine when the Nokias hit the beaches. Instead of groups of girls chatting away everywhere you looked, they were all sitting around quietly texting each other about each other.

    Fortunately, the telephone company ended free texting and started charging a peso or two… so girls had to actually talk again when their load ran out. Of course, it was easy to trade a load for a load, if you know what I mean.

    Good times, good times.

    In 10 years, when Google Glass-style devises are standard, everyone will LOOK like they are engaged in society and reality… but they will have a blank stare and a directionless meander as they focus on the virtual data overlay in their vision while completely ignorant of the world around them.

    I just hope Korean law changes so if one of these idiot are killed due to their own poor judgement or actions, such as illegally being in a roadway or stepping in front of a moving vehicle, the lives of innocent drivers are not ruined.

  • Baek, In-je
    8:31 am on September 9th, 2013 4

    Kind of like this, Chickenhead?

  • Baek, In-je
    8:32 am on September 9th, 2013 5


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