Gear Sby Samsung

  • Gear S
  • Gear S
  • Gear S
  • Gear S
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Don't buy. Few products get rated this low.
59%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Samsung Gear S features one of the biggest --2 inches--and brightest smartwatch screens.
  • The Gear S works as its own phone; it features a SIM card slot, so you can use it to make and receive calls on its own.
  • The Gear S doesn't rely solely on Bluetooth to connect to another phone; it also can connect by Wi-Fi or 3G.

CONS

  • Although it works as its own phone, the Gear S still requires a Samsung smartphone during setup and to install apps.
  • The Gear S is big and bulky and can look out of place on many wrists.
  • A limited selection of apps is available for the Gear S.
Most smartwatches available today are more smartphone accessories than anything else. Not the Samsung Gear S. This smartwatch features its own SIM card slot, which allows it to make and receive calls on its own without connecting to a smartphone to do so. That feature comes with tradeoffs, though, including the fact that you’ll have to pay your carrier an additional fee to use the Gear S. The Gear S runs Samsung’s Tizen software and supports Gear apps, which must be loaded onto the watch using a Samsung smartphone.
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70%

Again it must be mentioned: the Gear S is a big smartwatch. Coupled with my small wrist, it's positively massive. I can't figure out who it …

Again it must be mentioned: the Gear S is a big smartwatch. Coupled with my small wrist, it's positively massive. I can't figure out who it would look "normal" on - maybe someone who's over six feet tall with wrestler sized wrists?

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70%

With a large rectangular screen, chromed edges, and prominent all glass front, the Gear S looks less like other smartwatches and more like a…

With a large rectangular screen, chromed edges, and prominent all glass front, the Gear S looks less like other smartwatches and more like an iPhone had a child with a rubber wristband.

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65%

With a 2-inch curved AMOLED screen framed by metal sides, the Gear S looks like someone took a shrink ray to a Galaxy S5, bent it and wedged…

With a 2-inch curved AMOLED screen framed by metal sides, the Gear S looks like someone took a shrink ray to a Galaxy S5, bent it and wedged it into a plastic strap.

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60%

The Gear S looks like a little smartphone that's been melted around a wristband. It has a huge, curved screen, chromed edges, and even has a…

The Gear S looks like a little smartphone that's been melted around a wristband. It has a huge, curved screen, chromed edges, and even has a little home button below the display. My 6-year-old son thought I was wearing a phone. Basically, I am.

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60%

There's no getting away from the fact that talking into your wrist never feels less than ridiculous. Clarity was actually very good, if not …

There's no getting away from the fact that talking into your wrist never feels less than ridiculous. Clarity was actually very good, if not up with the quality of a high-end handset's speakerphone, but it was more than acceptable.

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30%

The Gear S is by far the largest smartwatch I’ve ever worn, and it looks ridiculous. Granted, I’m a scrawny dude, but I’ve never been this a…

The Gear S is by far the largest smartwatch I’ve ever worn, and it looks ridiculous. Granted, I’m a scrawny dude, but I’ve never been this anxious about sporting a smartwatch in public.

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The interface feels far more like it was made for a 2-inch smartphone than a watch, and in many ways is cluttered and packed with unnecessar…

The interface feels far more like it was made for a 2-inch smartphone than a watch, and in many ways is cluttered and packed with unnecessary features.

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It's not too horrible if you've got a good sleeve to help camouflage it a little bit. But when it's just on a naked wrist, ugh.

It's not too horrible if you've got a good sleeve to help camouflage it a little bit. But when it's just on a naked wrist, ugh.

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That isn't to say that the Gear S will replace your smartphone. In fact, not only does it require a phone, it requires a very specific kind …

That isn't to say that the Gear S will replace your smartphone. In fact, not only does it require a phone, it requires a very specific kind of phone: a Samsung Galaxy running Android 4.3 or higher.

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Negative Reviews
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This Was A Gift
I received this watch as a gift from my employer and I am glad I didn't pay for it myself. I do like the watch but after learning the price, I can't say that i would buy it for myself. PROS: I like receiving notifications on my wrist when my phone it near but not in my hands. The workout data is pretty cool. I like data so the graphs of heart rate vs. running speed look nice. I have Verizon service on this phone from my employer but never use it. It is a nice feature to have though.I also think you can add bluetooth devices to make it easier than talking to your wrist. CONS: Without making calls the watch battery lasts about 2 days for me. I also do not use the GPS feature. Price: it was $299 when I checked, That's pretty steep for what it does. Plays music but you probably need your bluetooth headphones to get nice sound. It has a special dock that must be used to charge it, it you don't happen to have that in your pocket when it dies, then you will not be able to charge the device, that sucks if you are using it as a phone too. It all its pretty nice and if you can find on for a reduced price, it might be worth it. I am used to wearing it now so it does feel weird to not have it on and be able to view notifications without picking up my phone.

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