Posts tagged with: Galaxy Gear
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    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 rolling polar with this review. We've toned down the spec talk and ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the initial results of BBM for iOS and Android, which are surprisingly quite positive. Microsoft is next as the company will retain the first-generation Surface for another year, though with a different name this time. We then talk about Samsung and its Galaxy Gear, and when to expect compatibility with other Galaxy smartphones aside from the Note 3. Sony takes the spotlight next as the company has already begun sending press invites for their possible announcement of the Xperia Z1S. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex, and how the ...

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    You'd wonder how smart a smartwatch really is if you really can't pair it with more devices than just one, and ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear, one of our biggest complaints was that we simply couldn't use it on most of the existing and popular Galaxy smartphones in the market. Android 4.3 is required for the Galaxy Gear to work, and that's rather unfortunate since Samsung hasn't really been famous for timely updates in the last two years. If you wanted to use that Galaxy Gear, you were really forced to buy a Galaxy Note 3 along with it, and some people really only wanted the ...

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    The Pebble smart watch set the wearable-tech space on fire when it broke all previous records to become the biggest-ever Kickstarter surprise earlier this year. But it wasn't its fundraising ability that prompted a few of us on the Pocketnow team to pre-order one; it was the promise of a smart watch that was actually, you know ... smart. That's a promise that the Pebble delivered on when it arrived at our doorstep last spring, and we've been enjoying our little wrist-borne mobile companions ever since. But the folks behind Pebble aren't the only ones trying to make a name for themselves in ...

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    There comes a time when you just gotta do what the readers want. Particularly when their demands are awesome. You tweeted, you pleaded, you emailed, you told us in person at trade shows and during mildly creepy public run-ins: "have Marques Brownlee on the Weekly!" you demanded. And after weeks of dancing around schedules, overseas trips, and major product releases, we've finally managed to make it happen. For the first time in recorded history, MKBHD and Pocketnow have collaborated to bring you two full hours of audio-podcast goodness. That sounds a lot more grandiose than three guys ...

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    "Samsung's best commercial is for its worst product." That's my nomination for best (non-Pocketnow) tech headline of the year, and it comes from Vlad Savov over at The Verge. The headline leads, by way of a link, to Vlad's largely negative review of the Galaxy Gear, Samsung's new smart watch. And while I've spent only a day or so with my own Galaxy Gear review unit, I already find myself disagreeing with Vlad's conclusion. I don't think the Gear is Samsung's worst product, or even a predominantly bad one. But -and here's the interesting part- I think my opinion is due in large part to that ...

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    A lot of words come to mind when describing Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but perhaps one of the most appropriate would be "limited." You're limited by extremely strict device compatibility, limited by meager battery life, and limited by the selection of apps Samsung's provided. In the past, we've seen developers tinker with smartwatches to expand upon what they can do, and just like with some of those past efforts, regular old Android apps can now be loaded on the Galaxy Gear. It's not the most convenient process in the world, but it's straightforward enough. While the Galaxy Gear's ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Steve Ballmer's recent pay cut on his bonus due to the poor results of the Surface RT. We then go through BlackBerry's financial situation, and how long they have to live. HTC is next as the company's quarter results prove devastating results, even though there is talk of a dual-mode Android/Windows Phone smartphone in the works. We then talk about the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and where you can get it now for $90 off. We end today's show talking about Android 4.3.1 and also the recent rumors of Google Gem, which is dubbed to be the company's new ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Gear is easily one of the most capable smartwatches we've ever seen, but it's not without some of its own major flaws: we've got that very short battery life to deal with, there's the issue of extremely limited phone compatibility at the moment, and the watch's price tag is higher than some full-on smartphones. While we can't do anything about those first two, that last issue is finally getting addressed in an adequate manner, with T-Mobile offering the Galaxy Gear for just $210. That's a $90 savings off the nearly $300 you'll pay elsewhere, and for a product that's only ...

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    Fingerprint scanners are all well and good, but what happens when someone decides to lift that print for his own nefarious purposes? Benchmark results are important to some folks out there, but what good are they when major manufacturers repeatedly cheat the system? And the rumored HTC One Max looks to be a beast of a device ... but what exactly it being built to compete with? Those are the highlights from the news of the week and letters from the listener mailbag for the week ending October 4, 2013. All that -plus Brandon Miniman's first thought thread in quite some time- awaits you in ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's confirmation that we will get Surface tablets in different form-factors, along with a closer date to LTE variants of the Surface 2. Then we talk about the Amber GDR2 update for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920, which is quite delayed. We continue with the first leaked photos of the Google Nexus 5, and we like what we see. Then we cover some rumors of the iWatch being the first device with a curved display. We end today's show talking about the AT&T launch of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, along with the ridiculous confirmation ...

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    Those who are eagerly waiting, in the US, on AT&T, for Samsung's latest and greatest, the Galaxy Note 3, only need to wait till the end of this week. Friday, October 4, is the date on which you should be able to grab your own Note 3, alongside its companion, the Galaxy Gear, should you choose to grab one. The information comes from AT&T's official Twitter account. The phone will set you back $299.99, with a two-year contract ($724.99 as regular price), while the Galaxy Gear will require you to grab $299 more out of your pockets. We're currently reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, ...

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    A watch that simply tells the time just doesn't do much for me.  I've been using smart watches since the early Microsoft S.P.O.T. devices hit the market in 2004. If you include the Casio calculator watches from the 1980's and 1990's, my experience predates the time I've spent with smartphones and even PDAs. I tried a few of the Sony "smartwatch" offerings, but wasn't too impressed. Then the Pebble came along and it's adorned my wrist ever since. Honestly, it's doing everything that I'd hope a smart watch would, without doing anything that a smartwatch shouldn't. Sure, when my kids first ...

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    The mobile space is full of profound juxtapositions this week as Apple can't make enough iPhones to meet demand, while BlackBerry can't keep its head above water long enough to sell existing stock. Meanwhile, Microsoft announces its second round of Surface products, while soon to be-acquired hardware maker Nokia (allegedly) prepares its own Windows tablet - and the horrible marriage of smartphone maker HTC and audio baron Beats finally, mercifully, dissolves. That's the big news for the week ending September 27, 2013, and all of it -plus iOS 7 literally making people sick- awaits you in ...

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    The Galaxy Gear is Samsung's take on a smartwatch and the wearable hardware piece was introduced at IFA, as a companion to the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. The Galaxy Gear is "definitely receiving warm response", according to Lee Young-hee, Samsung's executive vice president for the company's mobile business marketing. However, a recent report, same report that quoted Lee Young-hee above, also quotes a Samsung official (not sure whether a different one, or the executive VP above), that believes the following: "We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. ...

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    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of ...

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    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We'd like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can't respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of time, we ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch arrived to a mixed reception. While hardware elements like a high quality display and integrated camera were praised, its high price and limited compatibility helped put a damper on interest. If you were hoping to get something a little different than what Samsung ultimately delivered, it sounds like you may not have that long to wait, with a new rumor suggesting that Samsung could plan to launch its follow-up smartwatch as soon as early next year. We've known that Samsung is interested in one day releasing another smartwatch to follow the Galaxy Gear, but ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, announced at IFA 2013 in Berlin, is starting to slowly pop up at carrier sites as well as e-tailers' webpages. If you want to be among the first ones to get your hands on Samsung's latest phablet, you can pre-order (and import) it from the UK, where it is available for pre-ordering at £495.00 (£594.00 incl. VAT), which is roughly $945. We're talking about the unlocked, SIM-free phone. Stock is expected at the end of September. It just so happens that its official accessory, the Galaxy Gear, can also be pre-ordered. You'll pay £235.00 (£282.00), which is ...

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    I had such high hopes for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Too high, really, built up on leaks naming seemingly impossible specs like an Exynos 4 Dual SoC and full gigabyte of RAM. This was Samsung, the company behind so many phones and tablet I've enjoyed and respected over the years, and really wanted to believe that it would finally be the company to deliver a smartwatch done right – the kind of device that would be to the market what the original iPhone was to smartphones. I wanted the Galaxy Gear to be the smartwatch everyone simply had to have. Instead, what we got is a passable ...

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    We've been bringing you our best quality mobile-tech podcast once a week for over a year now, and we're not about to break that streak on one of the biggest tech weeks of the year. Sure, we might've missed our usual Wednesday/Thursday time slot, and we might've even technically missed the weekend dividing line, depending on what time zone you're in - but you know what? We've just capped off four days of intense video coverage with a midnight podcast from one of the most echo-filled hotel rooms in all of Berlin, and we're uploading it through the technological equivalent of a 1999-era AOL ...

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    The Galaxy Gear may not be the end-all, be-all smartwatch messiah that we were hoping for, but it does look to have some great integration with Samsung software, and we imagine that a wrist-mounted camera is going to be appealing to plenty of people. However, will the watch find acceptance at quite the level that Samsung's hoping for? The company's been talking a little about its sales goals, and we're wondering if its not setting the bar just a smidge too high. Samsung wants to see somewhere between 20 and 30% of new Galaxy Note 3 owners also take home a Galaxy Gear with them. While ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 3 in most of the major US carriers, and even the LG G2 reached the same luck on AT&T. We then talk about the Nokia Lumia 1520, as we finally have leaked press renders of the device. Then we talk about the rumors of an Amazon smartphone that might be free for their customers. We later talk about Android 4.4 KitKat, even though it's odd that everything currently focuses on selling us KitKat bars. We end today's show talking about the LG Nexus 5, which is apparently at the FCC right now. All this and more ...

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    For months, the Pebble smartwatch has been our go-to recommendation for people interested in checking out such wearable technology, but now it faces new competition in the form of the Galaxy Gear. Issues with differences in feature sets and compatibility has us wondering if maybe there's a place in the market for both these products, but with the opportunity presented to us by the IFA in Berlin, we felt we should still place these two up against each other and give you a clear look at how they differ. Are you going to be won over by the Pebble's ability to be used with many phones, and its ...

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    We know you hate to wait, loyal listeners, but the torrent of smartphones and tablets at IFA 2013 has blown our schedule right apart this week. From the Galaxy Note 3, Note 10.1 2014, and Galaxy Gear to the Sony Xperia Z1 to the new Acer Liquid S2 phablet, our video queue hasn't stopped churning - and more features are funneling down the pipe even as we write this. The time to sit down and podcast just hasn't materialized. But that doesn't mean we're about to go our first week in over a year without an episode of the Pocketnow Weekly tech podcast! Keep your ears primed (and your eyes on ...

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