At Pocketnow, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been the subject of hands-ons, comparisons, podcasts, and innumerable editorial attacks and praises. We haven’t seen a device -or really, a product category- this polarizing since wireless charging dominated last summer’s news cycle. The old cliché rings more true of the Galaxy Gear than most tech accessories: you either love it, or you hate it.
Here’s another cliché: if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Today, we’re switching from fighting the extremes to embracing them – and as such, we’re rolling polar with this review. We’ve toned down the spec talk and drawn a bright line between what we like and what we hate about Samsung’s latest experiment, and this installment (number 2 of 2) covers all the bad stuff.
From its pitiful battery life to its refusal to work with anything but a Galaxy device, we’re counting down our top five most-hated shortcomings of the Gear. So if you’re not sold on the Gear itself (or even the smartwatch concept as a whole) you’ll want to watch the video below to pat yourself on the back for saving three Benjamins by going without. And even if you succumbed to Samsung’s appeal to your nostalgia by buying one of these babies, give the video a look anyway – even if only to reassure yourself that none of these shortfalls matter enough to you to take advantage of your local retailer’s return policy. After that, hop on over to our “5 awesome things about the Galaxy Gear” video, posted right alongside this one, to check out the flip side of the coin – and leave a comment down below giving us your reasons for hating (or loving) Samsung’s bold new accessory.