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Samsung Exec on Galaxy Gear, Device “Lacks Something Special”

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Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch has quite a few people talking, but apparently one of the manufacturing giant’s executives thinks the device “lacks something special.” Originally attributed to Samsung’s VP of Strategic Marketing, the source of the quote is now unconfirmed, and it seems rather odd that an executive would possibly talk down about a product that is about to hit the market. According to Engadget, the quote does in fact come from a Samsung exec, just no word on which one exactly.

In regards to what is lacking, the quote shows that someone feels the user interface of Galaxy Gear is missing something.

We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special. With more investment for user interface and user experience, Samsung devices will be better in terms of customer satisfaction.

The individual goes on to state that Samsung was simply looking to create a “wow” product, but at the same time, touted Samsung’s upcoming unveiling of its super-curved smartphone.

What’s your take on Galaxy Gear? Is it missing something special?

Via: Engadget

  • brian cork

    It looks like an earlier version of the iPod mini on an after market band.

  • Jesse Blacklock

    a decent price point

  • Goldenpins

    It needs to be simple and not so expensive. I’m all for features and add-ons but the Samsung software lacks. If everything goes well with their flexible display tech, than add it to the smartwatch version. A watch in general will not create a WOW factor unless something makes it stand out.

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  • jt O’Brien

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, once Glass comes out smartwatches will be obsolete. There is a small market for smartwatches right now and OEMs are pushing to exploit that market before Glass comes out. Reason being once Glass is available, it allows you to interact with the world around you because you’re not looking down at a screen. This will virtually kill the smartwatch market entirely if Glass comes at a decent pricepoint

  • Adrynalyne

    A reasonable price.

  • Guest

    I agree with Omar completely, with the exception of the size of the Galaxy Gear. I do hope that it’s not extremely heavy and bulky but I actually don’t mind it having a fairly large screen so that it will be easy to use by touch. If big screens bothered me at all I wouldn’t have bought my Note 2 or even be considering the Note 3.

    However, even though the GG is too expensive for a smart watch, the determining factor for me purchasing it or not is whether the device has infrared or not. For me this is critical because if to does have it, it will be able to replace my Casio Remote Control Watch that I have been using for many years now. That will at least make the watch useful for more than just the same old basic stuff that the phone already does.

    Being able to control my television/dvd player etc. without having to pull the actual phone out would be cool while allowing me to get rid of my Casio so I don’t have to change watches everyday which would be great. But so far I have not been able to find any information confirming that the GG will have infrared at all (only the phone) which is a deal breaker for the watch.

  • Tyler Rynberg

    This is about as bad a product design as I have seen in some time. The team behind this product should honestly be removed from high level design.

  • jamdev12

    I know I know. Since CrApple did not come up with an iCrapWatch, you had nothing to copy, so it is missing the, I need to copy everything that CrApple makes. Is that it? Did I win?

    I’m not an Apple fan, whatsoever, but I see Samsung copy mostly what Apple makes and it makes me sick. I was lucky that the Gnex was produced in collaboration with Google, or else it would have been the norm, a rectangle home button which is CrApple’s iconic button.

  • Destroythanet

    Not quality work by Samsung here at all. Then again, Apple isn’t immune to this as shown by their weak Maps app.

    • chris420o

      Apple makes good hardware…im not a fan of it…any of it for that matter except my first gen ipod mini video that i still use in my car…but i wont deny them that they do

  • Chippah

    If its not a rolex,tag, etc it aint goin on my wrist suckas!

    • chris420o

      this^…love my movados also…but since im poor i be rocking my blinged out jojo and my color cordinated TZ watches my man makes for my summer outfits…woo

  • Tim Buchanan

    Curved display?

    • chris420o

      Im still shocked and surprised people bring this up…How is this practical…like at all? lol Every single watch made has a flat face…your phones screen is a flat face all touch screens are flat faced how is having a curved display on your wrist make any sense…this would simply be for style n look but i wouldnt buy a smart watch because it looked cool id buy it bc it was functional…and looked nice

      • Tim Buchanan

        Nobody is arguing that it would be practical. But it would be “something special,” which is what the Samsung Exec said the GGear was missing.

  • Chippah

    other samsung officials have already publicly stated that the gear launch is a “test run” entirely..

  • That Exec should be fired. Even if he’s right, why would any company official ever diss their own company in this way.

    This story is on every tech blog and storming up Google news right now… which has successfully undone any decent marketing.

    UNLESS, they’re already this quickly going to release the Gear2, with curved glass and compatibility with all Android 4.3 phones that have BLE!

  • chris420o

    LOL…what a fail…product is DOA…apple is loving every minute of this…their watch will obliterate this pathetic attempt

    • Chippah

      i wouldnt go that far,,

      • chris420o

        why wouldnt you…its true…only sammy fan boys and korean people will dish out 300 bucks for this pathetic thing

        • Chippah

          that was not the point I was making, the point I was making is that apple people like you think just because apple releases a watch it will be the best thing since eros prostate massagers.

          • Chippah

            And also consider the following, Love them or hate Samsung, but saying “Sammy” has anyone ever think back and think how retarded that sounds?

          • chris420o

            I despise apple as much as i hate the existence of herpies…which is why i despise samsung mobile anything apple wanna be android is supposed to be different all other manufacturers done it better

  • I had my watch stolen and haven’t replaced it as I can just use my phone instead, saying that I wouldn’t rule out giving one of these watches a trial to see what I am missing.

  • Chris

    i quit wearing watches when I was around 17. i’m 23 now. My phone does everything I need and thensome. “smart watches” are no more then a gimmick that started as an apple rumor after the introduction of the pebble and what not and expanded to other companies. Now they are becoming a real thing.

    • chris420o

      grow up peter pan…men wear watches

      • Brian Cohen

        uumm….you must be part of the apple crew that believes everyone has to be told the way to think. I am 28, I agree with Chris. I haven’t worn a watch since I was a teenager. You don’t need them these days. There are plenty of people that have moved on past watches all together like Chris and myself.

        Now show me a WORKING smart watch that does everything the MotoActv did but with a built in heart rate monitor (on the watch, not with an accessory), and I’m in.

        • chris420o

          I meant real watches…not smart watches…dopes wear smart watches..i might be one of them some day but not any time soon with the nonsense companies are releasing…hot watch is the only smart watch that interest me

        • jamdev12
          • Brian Cohen

            Nope. No Heart Rate monitor built in

          • jamdev12

            Damn!!! I knew there was some catch to it.

  • panicswhenubered

    Battery life is too short and it doesn’t need a dedicated camera either. Also, I’d say it’s $100 too expensive, especially for how cheap and goofy it looks.

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    For me it lacks everything special, if it lacks battery life and reasonable price…

  • Orion Pax

    Also, I hate to say it but I think the market is waiting to see what Apple says a “smartwatch” should be. It’ll be a simple, fluid, curved iPod-ish device, that costs $179-$229, and it’ll be hailed as “The Watch That Changed Everything”. May even have a scaled down Siri (innovation, they’ll say).

    I mean, Pebble is great start but still not mainstream.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I’d say apple would come in around $300 too. No way they would ever undercut someone on price.

      • Orion Pax

        I doubt it. Apple wouldn’t consider it undercutting, they’d consider it accurate pricing which happens to come in under a ridiculous price point their rival (usual suspect, Sammy) has used. I do anticipate Google undercutting Apple whenever they do release theirs; especially if they consider it a “Nexus” smartwatch. Or even a Moto X smartwatch.

        • Chris

          While apple does over price their stuff, when it comes to their computers, prices have come down quit a bit compared to a decade ago. If you wanted a base macbook pro in 2003, you had to shell out $2000. Now its only $1200. still a bit speedy compared to the windows comterparts though there are some more expensive, high end pcs…

        • chris420o

          since when has apple accurately priced any of their products?

          • Orion Pax

            Accurately priced meaning accurately priced ‘for them’, lol.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I’m sorry, but Apple always releases it’s products at a premium to keep their margins high and keep their products marketed as a high end product. If they were to undercut Samsung with this, I would be shocked beyond belief.

    • Chris

      This will be the case. For something so small, it needs to be simple. Besides its not ment to replace your phone or tablet.

  • jbdan

    I can see this being a hit in countries other than the US. The price? I don’t think it is high at all. I’m an ex-watchoholic though. Sammy should think outside the box on this project imo and design something completely different & compelling

  • Cowboydroid

    How about design? It’s hideous.

  • yummy

    Is his next phone an iphone,
    and is his name Ron?

  • Qwerty

    I’d say cost is steep, aesthetically it looks ok but could definitely look better, performance is quite poor in terms of battery life and gui fluidity. Samsung essentially packed some of the functionality from a smartphone into a watch, but I think the experience needs to be somewhat different from a smartphone in order to the distinguish the two, to truly make the smartwatch something “special”.

  • Omar Amer

    Smartwatches should not ever exceed $200. unless you are creating the omega or citizen of smartwatches that lasts 1 month on a single charge.

    sorry, but smartwatches dont need color, battery killer there. Digital watches have been with 2 tone faces for years and people never complained. dont need mics, or cameras. People have phones or real cameras for that. there is a reason Pebble has been successful. Simple and good battery life and relatively inexpensive. If you cant replicate that, then you are doing it wrong.

    second problem, too damn big. Most of these smartwatches are too big and bulky for the wrist. nevermind weight. But dont need a small TV screen attached to your wrist. Im sure they are just trying to make it “touch” friendly, but that is what the giant phone screen is for.

    Smartwatches should compliment the phone, not make it obsolete.

    • coolsilver

      This alone has me wanting to get a pebble instead. I still like a little more but it would suit me fine.

    • David Narada Brown

      what this guy said! all of it.

    • KleenDroid

      I didn’t read the whole thing, just thiught it was funny that you used Omega and Citizen in the same sentence.

  • lgreg64

    a market

  • Orion Pax

    – rushed to market to “one-up” Apple (and possibly Google and Motorola)
    – price point (it’s an ACCESSORY)
    – tied exclusively to Galaxy brand
    – missing the one real innovative feature (Stalker Cam doesn’t count)
    – no interchangeable watch bands
    – battery life (I repeat, it’s an ACCESSORY)
    – One Side Does Not Fit All
    – already looking towards next model
    – UI screams “not ready for primetime or price”

    • I_Am_Ben_Affleck

      The “can only use it with a samsung phone” thing scared me away. I wish companies would make devices compatible with everything and not just they’re own hardware. I bet they’d make more money.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    they didnt use a curved display. software design is too in the box.

  • Open1Your1Eyes0

    The main problem is everyone wants something different from a smartwatch, so there is no such thing as a “one type fits all” unfortunately when it comes to this category of devices (think about even regular watches as a great example why there are so many of them). I think if you’re a company that wants to seriously make smartwatches you have to go listen to the consumers for their various wants and needs and make several different types of smartwatches (running full Android, another just simple apps, one that is stylish, one that saves battery, etc…). That is the only way that your smartwatches will get a serious notice in the market.

    My 2 cents at least.

    • Chris

      “everyone wants something different from a smartwatch, ”

      for me, its not owning one at all. $200 can go towards something else, like my car payment or insurance,.

      • FuddyDuddyDudley

        You need to switch to Geico.

        • Chris

          I’m fine with Farmers. Geico can take that quote and shove it up their……

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    • jamdev12

      Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope and what he said.

  • ToddAwesome

    I lack the desire to put this abomination on my wrist!

    • You and me, both, buddy. As things stand right now, smartwatches go right up there with Google Glass as 2013’s must-have douchebag accessory.

      • ToddAwesome

        I’d rather drop $300, hell, $600 on a real watch. Why? Because they don’t look like crap.

        • mcdonsco

          I tend to agree, however I just cant get past the functionality part…for me, would be EXTREMELY useful.

          But yea, would be nice if they looked better. Personally I think the SW2 looks much better, especially considering you can get it with a metal band.

      • David Narada Brown

        google glass has some pretty cool upside. I mean, the average person doesnt need glass, but there are plenty of jobs that i think glass would compliment. think of on the job training thru glass. police officers, fire fighters, surgeons, these people could be fed useful information theu glass. but you are correct, its not something average people should run out an buy. As for smart watches, i think someone will get it right soon.

        • Goldenpins

          I agree, and for Google glasses or any company to succeed it needs to move AWAY from the borg attachment look.

  • DroidzFX

    I wish I was the head of Samsung Development because this would have never left the drawing board.

  • Ray Gray

    It doesn’t lack anything what is does is too much. We dont want a pimp my ride watch sometimes less is more

    • bprichard

      That’s Samsung for you. Always asking can our products do this rather than should our products do this.

  • mcdonsco

    Could that “something special” be the ability to work with other android phones besides the SGN3?

    SW2 On it’s way to me now!

    • RaptorOO7

      It will support other Galaxy devices with an OS update to 4.3. Don’t get your undies in a wad.

      • mcdonsco

        Oh, I’m sorry, you’re correct…An Android-centric device that supports only Samsung phones (and only Galaxy line ones at that) is just awesome…Nevermind.

      • JBartcaps

        Other “Galaxy” devices, yes. Other “Android” devices, no.

  • mustbepbs

    They’re trying to sell you a smartphone with a tiny screen, a quarter of the functionality, all wrapped up in an ugly package.

    Of course it’s lacking something.

  • T S

    is it waterproof?

    • jmgnole

      Only after you install iOS7.

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  • Tony Byatt

    It looks a lot better than I thought it was going to look but I really have no use for it and the Samsung exclustivity is a turn off…

  • mustbepbs

    Like…a use? It’s useless and gaudy and trivial.

    • Jérôme Besnard

      Samsung came up with it because of rumors Apple working on one.

      • zurginator

        Except they had one already? This is just a refresh.

        As for what it’s missing? Class.

      • starnovsky

        Apple was just trolling

  • a3uge

    “We’ve acknowledged that our Gear lacks something special”

    – It lacks a price point that’s not completely outrageous. $300 for an ugly watch???

  • David Narada Brown

    its way too expensive. it cost the same as a nexus phone.

  • How is the Galaxy Note 3 being region locked not newsworthy enough for Droid Life?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      How about you build your own android blog and write stories on your own time

  • Shane Redman

    Like Battery Life???