Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch review

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch review
Overall Score3.5
  • Design
  • Battery
  • Price
  • All in all, the Galaxy Gear is a brilliantly built device that feels comfortable to wear and looks great. But the extended features it brings to your wrist are just not worth the price.

Screen Shot 2013-09-29 at 22.14.19Battery life
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has a 315mAh battery built in that is charged via a special dock that clips around the watch‘s face.

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear it claimed that the battery should last just over 24 hours with constant usage. In our experience, this rang true. We began receiving low battery notifications just short of 24 hours after charging it, with it grinding to a halt after about 26 hours or so. This was with what we’d expect would be general use of the Galaxy Gear: making a few calls; taking a couple of photos, reading notifications and checking the time every hour or so.

Samsung Galaxy Gear charging in dock
Though it’s an obvious statement, the battery life really depends how much you use the Galaxy Gear’s features. Our Galaxy Gear smartwatch seemed to keep a good battery level until we used it for a few short phone calls, which drained its battery fairly rapidly.

We can imagine that it will last almost two full days if you only use it to tell the time. On the other hand, you wouldn’t want to fork out £300 for a gadget that does only that.

SAMSUNG GALAXY GEAR WATCH

In Short
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a wonderfully built smartwatch. It feels very high end, has a great display and brings some exciting features right to your wrist. However, it is limited in more ways than we’d like, which as a consumer would put us off buying one.

First off, its one day battery life means it has to be charged every night, which for something as simple as a watch doesn’t appeal to us. That makes it just another device with a battery that we have to keep an eye on. There’s also the problem that your attached smartphone needs to be charged and with you at all times for the watch to work properly. There might be too much to worry about there for some people.

It’s also got a very limited market in that only people who own a Galaxy smartphone will conceivably want to buy one. Not to mention the low quality camera and how silly it can make you look if you decide to receive a call through it.

All in all, the Galaxy Gear is a brilliantly built device that feels comfortable to wear and looks great. But the extended features it brings to your wrist are just not worth the price.

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung Galaxy Gear

 

The Good
Premium design and build quality, excellent screen, fun to use, bursting with features.

The Bad
Limited to working with Samsung Galaxy devices only, one day battery life.

The Ugly
S Voice, the price.

Bartender’s Score6/10beer6
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