Gear Liveby Samsung

  • Gear Live
  • Gear Live
  • Gear Live
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
67%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Gear Live's footprint isn't overbearing on smaller wrists.
  • This is one of the first Android Wear watches, featuring Google Now voice commands and cards.
  • Unlike Samsung's other smartwatches, the Gear Live is compatible with a healthy list of Android devices.

CONS

  • The screen can be difficult to see in direct sunlight.
  • Don't expect the battery to last longer than a day.
  • Notifications on your wrist can be excessive if you don't customize the settings.
Samsung's Gear Live smartwatch boasts a 1.63-inch AMOLED screen, a 1.2 GHz processor, voice commands, notifications and a heart rate monitor. It's rated IP67 dust and water resistant, making it the ideal workout companion. The 4GB of memory can be used to store music and apps built for Google's Android Wear platform.
NameGear LivePebble SteelG Watch RVivoWatchGear 2
ManufacturerSamsungPebbleLGAsusSamsung
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73%

If you have to get an Android Wear device right now, the Samsung Gear Live is your best option. It's sleek, looks decent and performs well, …

If you have to get an Android Wear device right now, the Samsung Gear Live is your best option. It's sleek, looks decent and performs well, but you'll want to get a new wristband for it right away. Unfortunately, you'll also need to charge it every night.

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72%

Android Wear has room to improve, but it's likely that more apps and functionality are on their way to the still-new platform—hopefully soon…

Android Wear has room to improve, but it's likely that more apps and functionality are on their way to the still-new platform—hopefully sooner than later.

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70%

Android Wear shows real promise but there’s plenty of things to address before it’s the real deal. Our advice is to wait for the second gene…

Android Wear shows real promise but there’s plenty of things to address before it’s the real deal. Our advice is to wait for the second generation of Android Wear smartwatches where the likes of LG and Samsung will hopefully learn from their mistakes and give Google’s operating system a home it deserves.

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70%

The hardware has its hiccups with straps that are annoying to clasp together and, to make matters worse, you'll be taking the watch on and o…

The hardware has its hiccups with straps that are annoying to clasp together and, to make matters worse, you'll be taking the watch on and off a lot because of its terrible one-day battery life.

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70%

The Samsung Gear Live does show progression in terms of design, which is a big positive. Its great screen, sleek design and smooth operation…

The Samsung Gear Live does show progression in terms of design, which is a big positive. Its great screen, sleek design and smooth operation all go towards helping it, but until Android Wear updates into something altogether more we're still at the same conclusion here as we have been with the other devices on the platform.

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60%

Samsung's new smartwatch feels like its other Gears, but injected with Google's new Android Wear software. The makeover means better Google …

Samsung's new smartwatch feels like its other Gears, but injected with Google's new Android Wear software. The makeover means better Google phone connectedness, but it's not a killer smartwatch.

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60%

Uttering “OK Google” summons a host of voice-command actions that will be familiar to anyone who uses Google Now on an Android phone. You ca…

Uttering “OK Google” summons a host of voice-command actions that will be familiar to anyone who uses Google Now on an Android phone. You can use voice commands to text a friend, to solve a math problem, to find a sports score, to dictate a quick personal memo, and to set an alarm—among numerous other tricks.

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The Samsung Gear Live puts Google Now on your wrist with Android Wear, but we're still waiting for the first must-have smartwatch.

The Samsung Gear Live puts Google Now on your wrist with Android Wear, but we're still waiting for the first must-have smartwatch.

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The screen visibility outdoors is an issue, but not my biggest issue. That honor goes to the fact that it needs charging nightly, and the ch…

The screen visibility outdoors is an issue, but not my biggest issue. That honor goes to the fact that it needs charging nightly, and the charging dock makes this a tedious mess.

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