Death by incompatibility: A Samsung Galaxy Gear review | Ars TechnicaWhen a new article is posted on the Internet, the first addition to the comments section is often an inconsequential, one-word statement: "First!"
The frequent "First!" cry of the Internet troll declares some strange pride in being the first to comment on an article. The commenter put little to no effort into the post; it added nothing to the conversation, and it was completely devoid of substance. The troll did secure the spot at the top of the thread, though, and every additional commenter will be forced to scroll past the pointless contribution.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear says "First!" in hardware form. Samsung has beaten Google and Apple as the first major manufacturer to market, but much like the Internet commenter, it has sacrificed substance for the sake of timing. The Galaxy Gear is a product (with some impressive internals, no less) that has such limited use and such crippling compatibility requirements that it is currently the equivalent of hardware spam. While the Gear won't even come close to serving the needs of the vast majority of people, we're going to be talking about smartwatches a lot in the coming months, so if nothing else, the Gear provides a great starting point.
Samsung should have waited until Apple release their smartwatch.
DOA: The Galaxy Gear reportedly has a 30 percent return rate at Best Buy « Ars Technica
If you hesitated to call the Galaxy Gear a flop after all of the negative reviews, consumers have weighed in with their opinion of the device too, and it's not pretty: nearly a third of Galaxy Gear owners return the device.
Geek.com has obtained an internal memo from Best Buy and Samsung pegging the return rate at "above 30 percent." It sounds like the companies are somewhat puzzled by this, as the memo asks employees to help figure out why customers are so dissatisfied. Consumers are probably running into the same problems we found in our review: The Galaxy Gear requires a smartphone, but is incompatible with most smartphones. It's supposed to relay notification information from apps, but it doesn't support the vast majority of apps, including apps made by Google, which are among the most popular on Android.
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