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Samsung's smartwatch panned as a limited, 'overpriced toy'

Matt Hamblen | Sept. 5, 2013
But device also praised as 'a step into the future'.

"The smartwatch will be popular," Kagan added. "As smartphones do more, we use them all the time. With Gear, we can make a call or check email on our watch, and much more."

On the other hand, Gold said that Samsung will need to sell Gear at below $100 to get mass market appeal. "At $300, that's probably as much as most people will pay for a phone itself," he said.

Still, Gold saw one element of promise for Samsung with the new Galaxy Gear and Note 3. Samsung said it will be pre-loading its Knox security and management software on the Note 3, which would extend many of those software features to the Gear, which operates paired via Bluetooth in a limited range. Knox first appeared on the Galaxy S 4 unveiled in March.

Samsung is "obviously targeting the Note 3 for enterprise adoption and BYOD, where I think they may find some real success, especially since few companies find vanilla Android safe enough to deploy," Gold said.

 

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