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7 reasons you shouldn't buy the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch - and 2 you should

Al Sacco | Sept. 11, 2013
The Gear smartwatch grabbed my attention but it was for all the wrong reasons.

Frankly, I don't like talking to my smartphone, using voice commands, and I really don't want to talk to my wrist, either.

I honestly hope some crafty developers build valuable Gear or other smartwatch apps so I suddenly feel the need to buy one. I love gadgets, and I always want the latest and greatest devices. But the truth is, after just 45 minutes with the Galaxy Gear last week, I don't even want one. I saw everything I need to see, for now at least. That says a lot.

I do not believe that a smartwatch will genuinely make my life easier or enhance my use of the technology I already consider essential.

That said, I can think of two reasons to run out and buy a Galaxy Gear smartwatch...

Why You Should Buy Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Right Now

1) You Want to be a Galaxy Gear Early Adopter
This one is simple. If you're a diehard Samsung fan, and you pride yourself on being an early adopter, you may want to get a Galaxy Gear smartwatch as soon as possible. Again, I'm not sold on the concept of the smartwatch, but Samsung clearly sees potential in the idea. Apple's rumored to be working on a smartwatch of its own, too.

If you do rush out to buy one, I'm sure the gadget will serve as a great conversation piece. A month or two down the road, when the novelty wears thin and you're trying to find reasons to keep wearing Gear, remember this story.

2) You Plan to Buy the Galaxy Note 3 Anyway
You love your Galaxy Note or Galaxy Note II, and you've been waiting anxiously for the next generation Note. You can't imagine switching to a smaller device or another mobile platform. And you've been planning to renew your wireless contract, or pay the penalties associated with breaking your current contract, in order to get the Note III.

The Galaxy Gear is just a cherry on top for you, then; it makes your Galaxy Note 3 even more functional, you're intrigued by the smartwatch concept, and the $300 price tag seems reasonable to you. If these statements describe you, you may find a friend in the Galaxy Gear.

If you're still up in the air about a Galaxy Gear purchase, consider the fact that it was simple to come up with the previously stated seven reasons not to buy one, after spending just 45 minutes with the gadget. And all seven are reasons are valid. It was much more difficult to come up with the two good reasons to purchase the Galaxy Gear - and honestly, those two aren't great anyway.


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