There may indeed be a coming "smartwatch" revolution, but it
won't be kicked off by
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF) new Galaxy Gear.
The Galaxy Gear can do a lot of things beyond telling time. It can
make phone calls, take pictures, play music, and run apps like
Evernote and Path.
However, all this will only be available to a select few since the
Galaxy Gear is only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 "
" or the Galaxy 10.1 tablet.
Samsung will increase the number of supported devices, but I'm
scratching my head as to how the flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone
wasn't the number-one priority here. I can understand blocking
) Android devices from competing smartphone manufacturers like
(TPE:2498) and Motorola, but why shut out such a huge portion of
Additionally, the battery life is horrendous -- about one day,
according to Samsung versus five to seven days for the Kickstarter
darling Pebble Smartwatch, or three to four days for the
) SmartWatch 2.
And how about
(TYO:6952) Bluetooth-enabled G-Shock watches that, while having
vastly simpler functionality and a relatively primitive display,
? Speaking of which, Earth to Casio: If you let me use my
) to program your watches, I will upgrade to a new G-Shock
Who wants to charge a watch every day?
As far as looks go, I'll let you decide:
Or maybe we should let
Hey, don't look at me -- I didn't say it!
Arguably, you could say the same about Google Glass, which has
battery life issues of its own. But at the very least, Glass, while
quite nerdy, really is a far-out concept. Checking a text on a
watch isn't much different from checking it on a smartphone -- but
having information beamed into your field of vision really is
groundbreaking. The commercial viability of Glass is uncertain, but
we can't deny that it represents an all-new way of doing things.
Galaxy Gear feels like nothing more than part of a public relations
strategy. As has been surmised by many technology industry
observers, Samsung most likely raced to market to get ahead of
Apple in the
smartwatch/wearable technology market
The big knock against Samsung has been that it simply copies
everything Apple does. But now, it gets to turn this idea around --
and it appears that it has beat Apple to the punch.
However, since Apple never talks about new products before they're
released, the iWatch (like the iTV, iGlove, and shapeshifting iPad)
remains nothing but
a figment of our imaginations
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