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(The New York Times)   Samsung debuts its smartwatch, solving the problem of when you're too lazy to take your phone out of your pocket to answer a call   (bits.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 58
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2013-09-04 09:09:38 PM
I'll wait for revision 2 or 3, thanks, when you can put these in the wrist band instead of carrying the entire battery within the body of the watch itself:

www8.pcmag.com
 
2013-09-04 09:20:00 PM
www.coolest-gadgets.com

Prior art?
 
2013-09-04 10:27:28 PM
About the best you could expect from Samsung without having anything to copy from Apple: overpriced, ugly, laggy UI, terrible battery life, dubious utility.

 Daring Fireball on the release.
 
2013-09-04 10:31:33 PM

RexTalionis: I'll wait for revision 2 or 3, thanks, when you can put these in the wrist band instead of carrying the entire battery within the body of the watch itself:

[www8.pcmag.com image 275x275]


And two firmware updates if you're lucky before they completely abandon maintaining the product entirely.

/Google needs a Nexus watch
 
2013-09-04 10:32:27 PM
*yawn*
 
2013-09-04 10:38:41 PM
I hope it has an accelerometer.  I want a fap app so I can chart and log my sessions to improve my efficiency.
 
2013-09-04 10:42:18 PM
The world has been absolutely crying for some kind of device that will tell you in a glance if it's sunny.
 
2013-09-04 10:45:38 PM
So you still need a smartphone to make it work? Stupid engineering.
 
2013-09-04 10:45:55 PM
Sorry Samsung. I gots a fine watch already.  (Really have one of these.)
 
2013-09-04 10:46:01 PM
I get a kick out of the fact that the third greenlight about this is the 'official' Samsung announcement.
 
2013-09-04 10:46:03 PM
Oh fark is that thing gonna beep every damn hour?
 
2013-09-04 10:49:52 PM
Watch looks pretty decent for a 1st version.
Nice you can use it as your phones speaker/mouthpiece by holding it up to your ear. No ned to pull out your /phone/Phablet/Tablet.
Unfortunate that your smartphone needs to have a patch for full integration between the two.

/Really enjoying reading all the comments with all the apple fanboy butthurt about the watch.
//Don't worry fanboi$, as you can buy the late$t ver$ion of the $ame old Iphone very $oon.
 
2013-09-04 10:50:59 PM

netringer: Sorry Samsung. I gots a fine watch already.  (Really have one of these.)


Fail. The picture got munged.
i128.photobucket.comi128.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-04 10:58:01 PM
And this will help with my having trouble sometimes even reading the display on my phone how?
 
2013-09-04 10:58:02 PM
This is a completely useless piece of tech but it's still fun to see the iRage.
 
2013-09-04 11:08:31 PM

netringer: netringer: Sorry Samsung. I gots a fine watch already.  (Really have one of these.)

Fail. The picture got munged.


I liked it better before the picture.
 
2013-09-04 11:10:49 PM
OLED display = automatic FAIL.

Super dim and probably won't last more than a couple years, tops.
 
2013-09-04 11:32:32 PM
Concept has some  merit.  There are situations where it is difficult or inconvenient to fish for my phone out of wherever the heck it is at the moment.  But the execution is flawed and add-ons were unnecessary.
 
2013-09-04 11:32:38 PM

buckler: So you still need a smartphone to make it work? Stupid engineering.


That's what I don't get. How is this better than a Bluetooth earpiece?
 
2013-09-04 11:34:11 PM
Misread article title.

Came looking for a story about a "smartwich".

Leaving disappointed. And hungry.
 
2013-09-04 11:34:47 PM
img40.imageshack.us

2004 called, they want their MSN Smart Watch back.
 
2013-09-04 11:50:13 PM

dangelder: buckler: So you still need a smartphone to make it work? Stupid engineering.

That's what I don't get. How is this better than a Bluetooth earpiece?


You can read emails and texts on its tiny screen.
 
2013-09-04 11:50:23 PM

Mr.Tangent: This is a completely useless piece of tech but it's still fun to see the iRage.


sheep snorter: Watch looks pretty decent for a 1st version.
Nice you can use it as your phones speaker/mouthpiece by holding it up to your ear. No ned to pull out your /phone/Phablet/Tablet.
Unfortunate that your smartphone needs to have a patch for full integration between the two.

/Really enjoying reading all the comments with all the apple fanboy butthurt about the watch.
//Don't worry fanboi$, as you can buy the late$t ver$ion of the $ame old Iphone very $oon.


You two must be reading a different thread than the rest of us. Or you're such pathetic trolls that you didn't even read it before you commented.
 
2013-09-04 11:55:02 PM

thornhill: dangelder: buckler: So you still need a smartphone to make it work? Stupid engineering.

That's what I don't get. How is this better than a Bluetooth earpiece?

You can read emails and texts on its tiny screen.


If the text is so tiny, the phone can read it to you in a few seconds. This is just idiotic.
 
2013-09-05 12:01:51 AM

eltejon: Concept has some  merit.  There are situations where it is difficult or inconvenient to fish for my phone out of wherever the heck it is at the moment.  But the execution is flawed and add-ons were unnecessary.


I've developed this groundbreaking new method where if it's an inconvenient for me to answer my phone, I don't answer it.
 
2013-09-05 12:09:56 AM
Whats the draw of an iwatch?   I don't even wear a normal watch unless its a fashion accessory with a suit because it is not difficult to look at my phone already...
 
2013-09-05 12:21:30 AM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: I hope it has an accelerometer.  I want a fap app so I can chart and log my sessions to improve my efficiency.


(nsfw)
 
2013-09-05 12:23:00 AM

netringer: The world has been absolutely crying for some kind of device that will tell you in a glance if it's sunny.


Pebble is making on with e-ink.  Should solve that battery life problem, too.
 
2013-09-05 12:33:58 AM
This is a feature that changes the way we interact, the way we express and the way we capture," Mr. Mistry said.

But not the way we fap.
 
2013-09-05 01:01:06 AM
oatmeal beige? Someone really needs to talk to the marketing department.
 
2013-09-05 01:10:01 AM
 
2013-09-05 01:11:59 AM
"What kind of an idiot would strap his only means of emergency communication to his wrist? They always tie you up!"
 
2013-09-05 01:12:43 AM

Lsherm: netringer: The world has been absolutely crying for some kind of device that will tell you in a glance if it's sunny.

Pebble is making on with e-ink.  Should solve that battery life problem, too.


That's pretty neat, and has some features I might actually use.
 
2013-09-05 01:13:56 AM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: I hope it has an accelerometer.  I want a fap app so I can chart and log my sessions to improve my efficiency.


www.blogcdn.com
 
2013-09-05 01:39:57 AM

Eravior: "What kind of an idiot would strap his only means of emergency communication to his wrist? They always tie you up!"


www.thefilmcynics.com
Oh, well fancy-schmancy!
 
2013-09-05 01:56:31 AM
Nice idea... I like it. Granted, the battery needs refinement, but I like it.
 
2013-09-05 02:05:09 AM

JosephFinn: About the best you could expect from Samsung without having anything to copy from Apple: overpriced, ugly, laggy UI, terrible battery life, dubious utility.

 Daring Fireball on the release.


If you peruse the rest of that site, you'll see a decided slant towards a certain company's products.  I'll give you a hint, it's not Samsung.

No mention of UI unintuitiveness, battery drain:
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/samsung-galaxy-gear-review-this-smartwatc h- is-smart-but-in-a-limited-way/419754-11.html

"the software was very responsive while I tested it."
http://bgr.com/2013/09/04/samsung-galaxy-gear-hands-on-preview/

Someone's either biased because it's not coming from their favourite company or he got a bad unit.
 
2013-09-05 02:27:29 AM

orezona: OLED display = automatic FAIL.

Super dim and probably won't last more than a couple years, tops.


Also the only way to make a display light enough for this kind of thing to be reasonably practical.  I'd call it legit for something you'll only use for a few years anyhow.
 
2013-09-05 02:30:11 AM

Jambalaya James: Ummm...Sony's already been doing this.


Ahhh, so has Samsung, they did the  Samsung S9110 in 2009 a standalone smartphone watch.  They have some experience in the matter.  Even before the Pebble was an idea.
 
2013-09-05 03:43:17 AM
Could be nice. I wanted one of those video game watches when I was a wean, maybe now I can have one in a better, more flexible and less utterly nerdy-looking form.

wis.wcg.com

walyou.com

www.handheldmuseum.com
 
2013-09-05 04:00:12 AM

Lsherm: netringer: The world has been absolutely crying for some kind of device that will tell you in a glance if it's sunny.

Pebble is making on with e-ink.  Should solve that battery life problem, too.


Amusingly enough, my pebble has literally just arrived in the post :)
 
2013-09-05 04:23:47 AM

calbert: I get a kick out of the fact that the third greenlight about this is the 'official' Samsung announcement.


And strangely enough, nothing on the Microsoft/Nokia buyout.

I dunno, it's kind of cool. 10 hours is not enough and like Glass it'll need some folks to come up with an actual use for the thing before it just becomes another perv tool
 
2013-09-05 07:10:04 AM

buckler: So you still need a smartphone to make it work? Stupid engineering.


That's where things are headed, to make the phone the hub for many associated  devices. That way you concentrate most of the work (and the requisite power, space, and costs) in one place and don't have to host it on everything.
 
2013-09-05 07:18:42 AM

netringer: The world has been absolutely crying for some kind of device that will tell you in a glance if it's sunny.


A window?
 
2013-09-05 07:42:45 AM

King Keepo: calbert: I get a kick out of the fact that the third greenlight about this is the 'official' Samsung announcement.

And strangely enough, nothing on the Microsoft/Nokia buyout.

I dunno, it's kind of cool. 10 hours is not enough and like Glass it'll need some folks to come up with an actual use for the thing before it just becomes another perv tool


http://www.fark.com/comments/7916758/Microsoft-to-buy-only-maker-of- Wi ndows-only-phones#new
 
2013-09-05 07:52:52 AM

netringer: The world has been absolutely crying for some kind of device that will tell you in a glance if it's sunny.


A window? Eyeballs?
 
2013-09-05 07:59:09 AM

JosephFinn: About the best you could expect from Samsung without having anything to copy from Apple: overpriced, ugly, laggy UI, terrible battery life, dubious utility.

 Daring Fireball on the release.


Daring Fireball huh? I bet without reading the link that they will compare it to an Apple products that only exists in their imagination.

<checks link>

Yep, pretty much.
 
2013-09-05 08:04:00 AM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: I hope it has an accelerometer.  I want a fap app so I can chart and log my sessions to improve my efficiency.


dl.dropboxusercontent.com
 
2013-09-05 09:41:22 AM
but i like the watch i have on!
www.beastieboys.com
 
2013-09-05 10:43:24 AM
You guys are obviously looking at this from the wrong end of nostalgia.

You can now talk to your car!!

thegiup.com.ar
 
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