This is why Samsung fails. 1 day battery life, a camera and sluggish UI.
In typical Samsung fashion they’re cramming extra functionality that is meant to appeal to the average consumer. A combination of unintuitive and unclear use cases.
My main pain points with the Gear is the short battery life, the presence of a camera.. yes the presence of a camera and the reported sluggish and unintuitive UI (did you really expect better from Samsung??)
Why such a short battery life? It lasts just a day and worse it likely shortens your smartphone’s already short but precious battery life. Watches have batteries that last years! Now I have to put up with a device that is going to be more of a hassle than a help. It’s also reported that a dock is required to charge the ‘smart’ watch.
Having a camera on it just shows that Samsung is just trying to be first to the market with a typically average device. What’s the point of a camera when it needs to be linked with your phone which will have a better camera anyway?
Samsung is famous in my eyes for having sluggish and unintuitive UIs in general. Nothing ever produced by them has been snappy and intuitive. Their phones, tablets, TVs and now watches all suffer from sluggish UIs due to bloating from their extra software that is often built in just to add bullet points to spec sheets.
Something that most people will also consider is the price. $299 USD which is expensive. Compare that to a brand new 7″ tablet such as the Nexus 7 and it’s a lot harder to justify the price. This is by no means an impulse buy.
If Samsung is looking to replace ‘dumb’ watches with this, they’re going about it the wrong way.
Enough ranting, what are your thoughts?