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Let the Flash Sales Begin: Best Buy Drops Galaxy Gear to $149 Today

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With rumors suggesting that a follow-up to Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch will arrive in a couple of weeks alongside the Galaxy S5, deals like today’s at Best Buy could come often. The electronics retailer has slashed $150 off the original full retail price of the Galaxy Gear, dropping it to $149.99 for today only in select (most) colors. 

We still aren’t sure how many of these were sold, but with reviews across the board claiming this product to be a rushed and bloated, overpriced failure, I’d imagine that there is plenty of stock to be sold off before the sequel is introduced. Again, don’t be surprised if other retailers outside of Best Buy show similar deals over the coming weeks.

Through today’s BBY deal, you can grab the Galaxy Gear in rose gold, lime green (yellow), oatmeal beige, and wild orange at the $149.99 price. The jet black and mocha gray colors have been left at the recently reduced price of $249.99.

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Cheers Scott, Shane, and Dan!
  • phonefreak

    well i got mine the day of the sale and i must say i really do like the idea of my watch helping me know who is calling and who i should ignore hint keep phone in pocket and reject call on watch check awesomeness no more accidently answering when i may not want to talk to them loveing my orang galaxy gear

  • fritzo2162

    I just enjoy telling my smug buddy that bought one on release day “I told you so!” on a daily basis.

  • KRS_Won

    Just picked up the Sony SW2 two days ago for $140. I saw this and was like “Oh, wait, uh yeah… Samsung only.”
    I imagine Samsung would’ve sold a lot more if it wasn’t so proprietary :-/

  • cgalyon

    If it worked with my phone, I would be very tempted. Samsung has nobody to blame but their own hubris

  • Mark

    If it worked with the Moto X I would buy one for $150 but I don’t own any Samsung products so no use in me buying one

  • morpheus282

    While I think I’d only use this thing for about 10 minutes before losing interest, at $149 I’m very tempted.

  • Hunter Stephenson

    I had to get the Wild Orange version b/c they were sold out of everything else.

    • b00sted

      I procrastinated to long and all that is left is the yellow which I will be damned if I am paying money for. I actually wanted the orange :(

      • Hunter Stephenson

        Yeah the so-called “yellow” is hideous. I guess it’s all a matter of taste though.

  • jbizzle

    It’s s cool accessory. Don’t know what the fuss is.

    • Such

      Exactly. If Moto or Google came out with a smart watch everyone here would be all about it. Hypocrites

  • Visual360

    Got the black one when it came out, and got the orange one this time. No regrets. And yeah, works well enough on my N5, and works well enough to be standalone watch.

  • CyberGhost

    The colored ones are all $149 but Grey and Black are still $249 on their site as of 11:49 CST.

  • Blue Sun

    I wouldn’t pay $1 USD for this “smart” watch that has limited Android capability. If they removed that limitation, I’m sure more of these would sell at any price point, especially $150 USD.

  • crazed_z06

    Everyone is crying about, “too bad you need a Samsung!!” .. i think there’s a reason they did it like this. There’s about 10 touchwiz’d applications that offer extra functionality with the watch (Dialer, Calendar, Messaging, Email, Alarm, etc).. All other apps just relay notifications. The Samsung’d apps (and the CNN app) offer some two-way functionality with regard to notifications.

  • DemoManMLS

    This looks like a pretty nice device once you get it rooted and running NULL ROM which adds a ton of much needed features. I might consider getting one at this price… of course I already have an Note 3 so that might be helping me wanting one just a touch more.

    • Hunter Stephenson

      The only reason I’m truly getting it is the sheer fact of “I haven’t had one yet” lol.

  • instrument

    im waiting for the phablet sized watches for my inner gangster.

    • drparty

      Rubber band and a Note 3, amiright?

  • WCM3

    note: only ugly colors are available at $150.

  • yummy

    They are doing amazing things with suede these days

  • hyperbeatser

    and no one will buy them still.

    • mcdonsco

      I won’t

    • NexusMan

      I would if I didn’t have to have a Samsung device to use it.

      • skoobz

        Waaah. You don’t. Null rom it.

  • mcdonsco

    What did Samsug expect with Samsung / Galaxy only compatibility and one day battery life (at best, from what I hear)? Of course it would fail.

    I know ONE person with gear, and he never wears it.

    • crazed_z06

      Why do people keep saying this? I’m on my third day without charging my gear and still have %15 left..

      • mcdonsco

        I’m just going off what I’ve read online and the ONE friend I know that has one.

        For all I know for me it could last 3+ days of my use (though I doubt it, my steel lasts only around 3 days for me), but as huge as it is and being Sammy only, I’ll never know cause I’ll never buy one.

        • crazed_z06

          Obviously, depending on usage, the battery life can vary a lot. Since it’s basically a full on Android device on your wrist, if you’re running some battery intensive apps for extended periods, it’s going to die faster. If you use it like a Pebble, it goes 3 days without a problem.

          • mcdonsco

            I still have trouble finding / seeing how it could be useful as the pretty much full on android phone that it just about is? Maybe its just me, but all I want out of a smartwatch are notifications and the ability to dismiss/mark them as read and/or delete them then and there (are you listening pebble?!?!)

          • crazed_z06

            Being a full-on Android device lets it run some really feature rich apps.. Stuff that can access the internet, use the camera, etc.

            It can get notifications from any app and display it on the device. For example, whenever someone responds to me on this board, my watch vibrates and shows me the full email of the response from Disqus.

            You cant dismiss the notification on the device, but that might be by design. I have a tedency to open my phone and immediately hit clear these days because I’ve already seen my notifications on the watch.

          • mcdonsco

            Same as the pebble…I read most of your response from email on my pebble…

        • Hunter Stephenson

          I think the screen really is the culprit. The LED screen is cool but nothing like the power-saving e-ink Pebble. I will deal with it nonetheless. If I don’t like it, I’ll just return it and stick with my old Pebble.

      • NexusMan

        Because as usual, people who don’t actually own a product, have the biggest mouths when it comes to spewing hate. People love to talk crap about things they nothing about.

  • m1ghtysauc3

    If you have a $600-$800 phone in your pocket but you answer a call on your watch, you’re a douche.

    • chris_johns

      now sure how this gets downvoted this guys hilarious

      • m1ghtysauc3

        On Valentine’s Day, you’re my only friend.

    • NexusMan

      Are you still a douche if your phone’s buried in your bag? How about if your phone is in another room? How about, if you can’t find your phone in that moment? How about if your hands are full and you don’t want to risk dropping your phone?

      • jbegs

        The phone is still connected via bluetooth so you do need to be close. If your hands are full, how do you “answer” your watch?

        • Adrynalyne

          A smartwatch that answers calls comes out and suddenly the much more private and less intrusive BT headsets are forgotten.

          • flosserelli

            You mean “bluetools”? I still can’t stand to hear them jabbering on their BT headset in a restaurant or while standing in line at a store, so loudly that I can’t enjoy my meal or hear myself think.

          • Adrynalyne

            true, but its better than some ftard yelling at his wrist, and their wrist speaking back.

          • NexusMan

            Lol. No it’s not. 1st off, I doubt anyone is “yelling” at their wrist…Reality check: No phone call made in PUBLIC, whether on watch, Bluetooth, or an actual phone, is “private,” and not “intrusive.”

          • Adrynalyne

            How do you know when you don’t even own one?

          • NexusMan

            It doesn’t matter if it’s one voice or 2. If you are around me, in public, in a setting where I don’t want to be distracted or disturbed, you are annoying, not private and intrusive. It doesn’t matter. I don’t have to own one to know that. I’ve never listened to a person blabbering loudly next to me on a train into a bluetooth headset and thought to myself, “well, at least he doesn’t have a tiny speaker where the other (less loud) person’s voice could also be heard.”

          • Adrynalyne

            So let me get this straight. So because you have never been in a certain situation, then the problem doesn’t exist?

            I don’t think anyone here argues against that a speakerphone is more intrusive than a BT headset, other than you.

          • drparty

            As a dentist, I have a great time when someone tries to answer their phone via bluetooth while I’m working on them. Yes, this actually does happen.

          • NexusMan

            Nobody is forgetting anything. There are options. This is yet another option. You don’t have to like the idea, but that doesn’t mean someone else can’t be keen on it. And, as stated earlier, a Bluetooth headset is not private.

        • NexusMan

          I listed SEVERAL scenarios, all more common, yet you chose to focus on just 1. But since you asked, here’s a personal example of the only one you didn’t ignore: there are times when I’m walking from a grocery store with bags in each hand. I get a call. I put one bag down on the ground or hold both bags in 1 hand, while I dig for my phone. I take the call, and continue to walk, by holding both one bag, and my phone up to my mouth. When I’ve done that, my concern has been dropping my phone. So that is how you answer your watch if your hands are full. You put the contents of 1 hand down, or transfer them to the other hand, you answer your watch, you transfer the contents back, and you hold that hand up, with the contents back in place, and proceed to talk.

          • jbegs

            I actually mentioned 2 scenarios… Being in another room (you still have to be close) and hands full. I guess next time your phone is buried in your purse the watch will come in handy and you can tell everyone you told us so. Just try not to get your lipstick on your phone.

          • NexusMan

            That was even more dumb than your original comment….and try not to get your panties wet when braiding your pigtails! LOL. See how stupid that is? What are you 10?

        • krowdpleaser

          By raising your arm and saying “answer”!!

      • LP @ThisisEther

        Its over, bro…he won

      • Adrynalyne

        “How about if your hands are full and you don’t want to risk dropping your phone?”

        BT headset? Nobody else wants to hear your phonecall.

        • NexusMan

          Hey, genius, people “hear your phonecall,” when you’re talking on a Bluetooth headset, too. LOL. How about THAT?

          • Adrynalyne

            Hey genius, I guarantee they don’t hear both sides and aren’t as loud.

            How about THAT?

          • NexusMan

            Only around you, are people not loud on bluetooth headsets. As for the watch, how loud do you think that speaker is? Hahahaha

          • Adrynalyne

            Louder than the receiving end of a BT headset and completely public on both ends hahahaha.

            No point in convincing you and your delusions. You know what I am saying is true.

      • m1ghtysauc3

        How about if it’s just a joke? Relax. If you feel the need to defend your purchases to all who don’t like the product, you’re the problem, not me.

        • NexusMan

          How about I haven’t purchased it, don’t intend to purchase it, and don’t own it. How aboutit was a comment made in jest to another comment made in jest. How about you take your own advice and relax. If you got all worked up like that, over nothing, and projected that whole scenario in your head onto me, I would definitely say the problem IS you. LOL.

          • m1ghtysauc3

            Your perception is your reality, buttercup.

          • NexusMan

            “Buttercup?” Fred already mentioned your weight, but do you think you could stop thinking about food for just a minute?

          • m1ghtysauc3

            So you two are together?

        • Fred

          Ftard get a life and lose some weight while your at it!

    • fred

      Don’t be jealous

  • Pinata

    Does anyone know if these things work properly if you running nova launcher and not touchwiz crap?

    • lordchris

      I’m using KK Launcher and not Touchwiz. It works fine.

    • crazed_z06

      No, the watch isnt affected by running a different launcher. I’m running Nova and no issues.

  • Maxim∑

    Thats nice, to bad I dont own any Samsung devices. Your loss samsung

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Only the terrible colors are on sale. No black and no silver

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    That….didn’t change anything.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      Still about $148 more than I’d pay for one.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Fire!

  • chris_johns

    this article made me lol because it reminded me the original price of the galaxy gear was $300 lmaoooooooo…someone comment here n tell me you spent that much on it so i can laugh some more i need a good laugh after all the money just wasted on vday

    • lordchris

      Go ahead laugh!

      • chris_johns

        you the man…honesty is todays most underrated quality

      • drparty

        I love this guy. It was probably worth the extra $ it just to win this thread.

        • lordchris

          Wanna laugh some more? I also bought a Canon EOS M when they cost 700 bucks and a lens for it at another #300. Now it’s selling for the price of the lens WITH THE LENS!!!! Don’t bode well for the Sony A7r I just ordered! Knowing my luck it will sell for 50 bucks in three months. :-(

          • drparty

            No hate from me man! If you can afford it then its all just part of the fun. I have a galaxy note II that I bought on day one for $300 subsidized, apparently they’re blowing out the note III for $100-150 during flash sales. Whatever, it was definitely worth the extra change to have my note II early on.

    • QQpayne

      I bought mine for $135 through work back in December, and I love it at that price. I would never have spent $300 on it though.

    • crazed_z06

      I got mine for $200 during Christmas time. It destroys the $250 Pebble that everyone seems to be in love with.

      • drparty

        Can you compare them a bit? I’m on the fence about jumping on one of these before the sale is over and I’d really like to know what the great uses are for it. The reviews panned it all really hard but as a tech nerd I tend to not really use my devices the way the reviewers do. For example, I never really care about when x device gets updates because I’ve been running custom roms with the latest firmware since day one.

        • crazed_z06

          Yea definitely. The biggest difference you’ll notice between the two devices is the build quality. The Pebble is appalling cheap feeling. It feels like a toy 25 cent watch from a vending machine. The Gear on the other hand has a very sturdy industrial feel to it. The comparison on the screens is no contest. The Pebble has an ugly moochrome screen that looks like a calculator from 1985. The Gear’s screen looks like someone cut a 1″ chunk out of a new Galaxy phone. It’s extremely vibrant and clear. Both devices do notifications. With the update from a few months ago, the Gear can get notifications from any app. It shows a nice icon of the app. The gear can also take 2MP pictures that actually look decent enough. I find myself using it to capture quick things that I dont necessarily need a lot of detail for. It automatically sends the pics to your phone. The speaker phone works well and many people are suprised when I tell them that I’m talking on my Samsung phone. The speaker could be a little louder though. Obviously the Pebble cant do either of these functions.

          The App store has a few cool apps, but truth be told, it is kinda lacking. There is so much stuff that could be done with this device, but right now, it just hasnt hit the critical mass where devs feel the need to devote time to it. The fact that the watch can use the Internet, GPS, etc from the phone means the sky is the limit as far as apps. The pebble has a bigger app catalouge, but the fact that the Gear is running Android means it’s potential is much higher IMO.

          Battery life is Good. I mentioned that I can get three days out of mine. That’s because I usually leave the motion sensor off and press the power button to check the time. If I leave the sensor on, I usually get two days. I feel like the sensor is a little to sensitive though. It constantly turns on when driving or working at a computer. Since the screen is basically a little smartphone screen, it can get a little distracting, especially at night in a car.

          With all that said, for 150 bucks, it’d be a great value IMO. I notice that it definitely keeps my phone in my pocket all day. My girlfriend texts a lot and I used to have to continually take my phone out. Now I just read the message and only take out the phone if I need to bang out a reply. It’s also useful in business meetings. Glancing at your watch is a lot less disrespectful that whipping your your smartphone to read a notification during the middle of a presentation. I use the speakerphone for quick conversations. Ill transition to the phone if it feels like it’s going to be a long convo.

          Hope this helps!

    • John T. Wildman

      Bought one for my wife, she absolutely loves it. Go ahead and laugh, but happy wife= happy life!

  • Tirionfive

    This is so you can “Hello, pretty lady” to your valentine.

    • The Narrator

      Or all the ladies on the slopes, or mall, or …

  • chris kilps

    Sorry too much touchwiz, and will not work with my awesome moto x. If only I could root it.

  • Paul

    I’ll give it a “Meh.”

  • Tony Byatt

    I have a Nexus 5…

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      If you want to indulge in some hackery, it can be done

  • Boblank84

    Why not try opening it up to all android device first? If that doesn’t help sell, then proceed with fire sale.

    • mcdonsco

      My guess is its more work than Sammy cared to put into it software wise…making it work with all the different android emails apps apparently is a lot of work (I’m no developer so I dont know) but niether Sony nor pebble did it for email, Samsung just went a different route instead of making it available for all androids with broken email they make it Sammy only with email working.

      • crazed_z06

        Yes, this is most likely the reason. Samsung’s touchwiz’d dialer, calendar, etc allow it to “hook” into the watch. There’s a reason the Pebble, Toq, and Sony watches dont offer the same functionality of Samsung.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Still only works with Samsung phones. Lol

    • skoobz

      Cool story bro. But you wrong. Rooted and works with even a nexus 7.

      • Patrick Crumpler

        Soo not feeling hacking a watch. I’ll wait for next gen or Google Glass.

  • Logan Jinks

    Still wouldn’t touch this thing with a 10 foot pole. Let’s see what Samsung has planned for their next Unpacked event…

    • Michael

      its poor english to end a sentance with “…”.

      • Adrynalyne

        “its poor english to end a sentance with “…””

        Ironic.

      • mcdonsco

        Comedy gold, thanks!

        • Michael

          i try to bring joy

          • mcdonsco

            You don’t get it do you?

          • Michael

            get what?

      • Bobby

        It is poor spelling to spell sentence sentance.

        • Michael

          touche

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Poor English, but proper grammatical structure if he was intending to show his thought trailing off instead of ending the sentence.

      • Daistaar

        Ellipses are perfectly fine for lingering, open thought.

      • flosserelli

        You grammar and spelling nazis really need to get a life. I am sure that none of you have ever made a single grammatical or spelling error since grade school.
        /s

  • panicswhenubered

    Still can’t stand the fact that the screws on the watch face are not all aligned.

    • TalonDesigns

      That’s actually one thing that I DO like about it. For some reason, my OCD prefers them to be that way.

    • Kelly OBrien

      That would definitely drive me crazy. My OCD would definitely kick in and I would have to correct it !

    • mcdonsco

      Didn’t even notice that till you mentioned it…that would make my OCD go crazy…I would adjust (if possible) immediately if i had one.

      But I’m assuming from your comment they are not adjustable?

      • instrument

        none of you have ocd’s so stfu!

        • mcdonsco

          Take your meds

        • Dr Sigmoid Fraud

          but they do appear to have some sort of mental deficiency.

  • Bionicman

    hmm i wonder how it would look if i bought this instead of flowers for the wife? decisions decisions