If you've been on the fence about a Galaxy Gear

ReallyBigFeet

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Best Buy is selling them for $150 today. Quantities were limited at the store I was in earlier this morning.

I've got one, its a first-gen gadget. I got the Tmobile special when I first bought mine, but it was still more than $200. If you've got a Note 3 or S4, I'd say its worth it at this price. Or wait a few more months for the second gen version.
 

LSUtigers03

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I picked up one just try try it out. I figure if I hate it at worst I could sell it for what I paid for it.
 

spinedoc77

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Best Buy is selling them for $150 today. Quantities were limited at the store I was in earlier this morning.

I've got one, its a first-gen gadget. I got the Tmobile special when I first bought mine, but it was still more than $200. If you've got a Note 3 or S4, I'd say its worth it at this price. Or wait a few more months for the second gen version.
Bleh, they only have the raunchy colors on sale. I almost went for the oatmeal one, but it's already sold out. I really really want one, but will wait until after MWC when they announce the Gear 2 and buy a Gear 1 when the prices plummet.
 

Dontazemebro

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I might get one if it's going for $150 even though I don't need it.

Edit - just picked up a rose gold. Only the funky colors like lime green, beige, orange and rose gold are part of the sale. I'm not especially wowed but I haven't even unboxed it yet.
 
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b166er

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I'm not even sure if it will work with my GS4. That's a good price though, I wonder if they will continue to be so locked down.
 

Oohara

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And that is the reason the Gear won't do too well. This and the fact that the Gear isn't a stand alone device kills any interest for me.
And the fact that it's a freaking ginormous piece of gear to be carrying on one's arm :eek: Looking forward to a thinner, more inconspicuous version. I love Samsung for getting the ball rolling here, but damn is that thing fugly.
 

Tsuchiya

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I'm not even sure if it will work with my GS4. That's a good price though, I wonder if they will continue to be so locked down.
It should work fine, the S4 got the update a couple of months back.
 

Dontazemebro

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And the fact that it's a freaking ginormous piece of gear to be carrying on one's arm :eek: Looking forward to a thinner, more inconspicuous version. I love Samsung for getting the ball rolling here, but damn is that thing fugly.
It's really not bulky at all and actuality has some flare to it. I've been getting a lot of remarks since wearing it. People are curious and seem to like it, although I haven't put it up to my face yet like out of a star trek movie. That would just seem ultra geeky :D
 

rockitdog

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The next Galaxy Gear is expected to be released in the next couple of months. The current version looks nice but isn't near as functional as it could be.
 

ucfgrad93

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And the fact that it's a freaking ginormous piece of gear to be carrying on one's arm :eek: Looking forward to a thinner, more inconspicuous version. I love Samsung for getting the ball rolling here, but damn is that thing fugly.
Agreed.

The next Galaxy Gear is expected to be released in the next couple of months. The current version looks nice but isn't near as functional as it could be.
I agree. While I don't like the current version, I think it will be much better in the future.
 

F123D

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I'll wait until the third version of any of these smart watches before I consider one. Even then I'm not sure I'd actually use it everyday if I bought one.
 

Oohara

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It's really not bulky at all and actuality has some flare to it. I've been getting a lot of remarks since wearing it. People are curious and seem to like it, although I haven't put it up to my face yet like out of a star trek movie. That would just seem ultra geeky :D
Well, I guess it's actually not that huge compared to many sports style watches. It's just that I'm more of a ultra basic line Casio guy so I found that the Gear rose up quite a lot from the skin, also that camera bulge irritated me somewhat. But I can see that it has a bit of flair, anyway sorry to be insulting your new watch like that :D

I'll keep hoping for a really flat one next time though. :) And with a redesigned ui......along with TouchWiz ofc...
 

Dontazemebro

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Well, I guess it's actually not that huge compared to many sports style watches. It's just that I'm more of a ultra basic line Casio guy so I found that the Gear rose up quite a lot from the skin, also that camera bulge irritated me somewhat. But I can see that it has a bit of flair, anyway sorry to be insulting your new watch like that :D

I'll keep hoping for a really flat one next time though. :) And with a redesigned ui......along with TouchWiz ofc...
Hehe no worries. It's definitely not going to be an everyday wear for me. I still see a lot of basic functioning that needs to be improved on like simple text messaging notifications or universal compatibility with all android devices. The 1st Gen isn't quite there yet but Samsung has laid the ground work for a great follow up device.

I read on xda that you can root & rom to get it working on any phone. I might try that out to see how much usability it adds to the gear.
 

The Game 161

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I love mine.. It's just what I need on the go.

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And the fact that it's a freaking ginormous piece of gear to be carrying on one's arm :eek: Looking forward to a thinner, more inconspicuous version. I love Samsung for getting the ball rolling here, but damn is that thing fugly.
No it isnt

It is very slim actually and not bulky at all.
 

Dontazemebro

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The best feature I've noticed so far is that when your galaxy phone is near the watch, it doesn’t require a passcode/unlock pattern. You can simply swipe to unlock. Once you're out of range, boom, passcode lock back in effect. Brilliant.
 

ReallyBigFeet

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I rooted mine and created a full wearable android device. Hardly anything works well on it though. I returned it to factory and with the December updates find it highly useful now. My Note 3 stays in my jacket pocket during meetings and such....can quickly glance at Gear and see if it's urgent before reaching for phone.
 

Dontazemebro

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I rooted mine and created a full wearable android device. Hardly anything works well on it though. I returned it to factory and with the December updates find it highly useful now. My Note 3 stays in my jacket pocket during meetings and such....can quickly glance at Gear and see if it's urgent before reaching for phone.

How do you get text notifications or am I missing something.
 

rhinosrcool

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I rooted mine and created a full wearable android device. Hardly anything works well on it though. I returned it to factory and with the December updates find it highly useful now. My Note 3 stays in my jacket pocket during meetings and such....can quickly glance at Gear and see if it's urgent before reaching for phone.
This would be nice. Also, I'm rehabbing my knee and would like the S Health link. I am anxious to see the 2nd generation.
 

burgman

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I'll wait until the third version of any of these smart watches before I consider one. Even then I'm not sure I'd actually use it everyday if I bought one.
Ah yes, the popular tech will be better in the future post :)