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Samsung may have beaten Apple to the smartwatch punch, but poor reviews across the board have quickly dampened consumer enthusiasm for the $299 product. ArsTechnica, for example, noted the device “has sacrificed substance for the sake of timing”. That’s not stopping Samsung from advertising the Galaxy Gear as its next big thing, however.

Three Gear television commercials attempt to educate consumers on the benefits of using the product, with one particular ad seemingly drawing inspiration from Apple’s iPhone teaser spot aired during the Oscars in 2007, have a look below…

Here’s the first Gear ad where they introduce the product on the streets of NYC.

I like the “We’re in the future, guys” line.

And another one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3qeJKax2CU

For comparison, here’s Apple’s iPhone teaser ad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHA3mg_xuM4

And this is the latest ‘eighty years in the making’ Gear commercial.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2AjPfHTIS4

Samsung is clearly trying to hit all the right spots in order to convince the general public that the Gear is the Dick Tracy wrist watch and the Star Trek communicator for the 21st century. The ad also makes references to The Jetsons, Knight Rider and more.

It remains to be seen whether smartwatches catch on with average users.

Last year, smartwatch makers shipped a meager 330,000 units. Research firm Canalys pegged 2013 smartwatch shipments at half a million units, still a far cry from what would constitute a mass market appeal.

Canalys, however, estimates smartwatch shipments to grow tenfold in 2014 to become “the most important new product category in consumer electronics since the iPad defined the market for tablets.”

Much of the excitement revolves around Apple’s rumored wearable project, the elusive iWatch. People in the know told Bloomberg that a wearable iOS device includes a pedometer for counting steps and sensors for monitoring health-related data, such as heart rates, in addition to such features as making calls, checking map coordinates and seeing incoming notifications.

iWatch packaging concept

According to Apple’s boss, although “wearables is incredibly interesting” and could “be a profound area” for the company, it will take a lot of convincing before folks slip app watches on their wrist en masse.

There are lots of gadgets in the space. I would say that the ones that are doing more than one thing, there’s nothing great out there that I’ve seen. Nothing that’s going to convince a kid that’s never worn glasses or a band or a watch or whatever to wear one. At least I haven’t seen it. So there’s lots of things to solve in this space.

Apple’s made a number of high-profile hirings pointing to some sort of wearable product possibly cooking up in Jony Ive’s labs. DigiTimes recently asserted that the iWatch is expected to release in the second half of 2014, costing between $149 and $229.

Last week, word came out about Apple’s acquisition of  the personal assistant app Cue for more than $50 million. The startup specializes in grabbing cloud data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit, Dropbox, Evernote, Tumblr, email, contacts, calendar and other locations.

Apple is allegedly looking to bake those Google Now-like features into Siri but the acquisition could easily matter a great deal from the iWatch standpoint.

  • Jonathan

    Your move, Apple.

    • Giel Konink

      i will buy !

    • Rowan09

      I would prefer to buy the Sony smartwatch since it pairs with multiple Android phones.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Why would you want to pair your smartwatch with more than one phone? The only use-case I can come up with for this is if you have a work phone and a personal phone and want to pair your watch with both of them…

      • Rowan09

        What I meant was the Sony smart watch allows you to since with different Android phones instead of only Samsung phones.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        It sounds like Samsung is building a nice little monopoly for themselves. Not that as an Apple fan I can say much about

  • disqus_23YAQ8sQLg

    Anyone else having this weird glitch where all the youtube vids start with the volume muted so i have to unmute it every time?

    • Jonathan

      Nope.

    • chumawumba

      Yes

    • Mozaik

      There is a solution , pause a youtube video , mute option will come below the buffer of video then click on it and slide to it full , wala sound is back.

    • xSeriouSx

      Was having it previously, including the video skipping to the end after a random number of seconds. Clear your cache and cookies (from the begnining of time), and see if that fixes it.

  • Teraform

    Samsuck is garbage. All their products are trash and have poor design

    • Trollstein Trollerso

      So make something better.

  • The Vision

    Crapple is a pile of donkey poo. With outdated OS. Boring and ugly crap. Same product each year. They are garbage

    • planetcoalition

      The level of failed trolling has never been so high.

      • Moi

        He deleted his comment , please tell me what did he say

    • Freddy Born

      You are one of a few reasons why I hate people. Thank you.

      • Teraform

        LMAO! Both comments about Samsuck and Crapple were by me. I was just doing a little test.

      • Moi

        He deleted his comment , please tell me what did he say ..

      • Teraform

        I didn’t delete it. It was removed by christian probably which is hilarious considering my samsuck one is still there

      • Moi

        I want to know what did you wrote , if you don’t mind please

  • Gerardo Castro

    ITS MORPHIN’ TIME!

  • Stephen Hagans

    The ads are good. It’s too bad the reviews on it were bad.

    • jgr627

      I agree 100%

    • Cameron Chao

      when Samsung has nothing to copy from, it usually release a piece of crap. Watch how much better their reviews will be when the release a Galaxy watch after Apple releases the iWatch.

  • diggitydang

    Predictions:

    1) Apple creates the iWatch in the upcoming year, as expected, and it gets decent enough reviews, and sells 10 million units anyway. Samsung wonders how it’s possible, copies all the features of the iWatch that made the iWatch successful and says “we did a watch first”. They sue each other.

    2) Apple creates the AppleTV in a couple of years, adding Siri, incorporating the current Apple TV (or some variation of iOS and apps). Samsung then adds S-Voice and possibly apps/version of Android/Play market, and says “hey, we’ve been doing the TV thing for decades, so Apple is copying US”. They sue each other.

    I love/hate what this has come to…

    • Moi

      Mrd

    • Hwang Lee

      But S-Voice and Siri suck…

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        Siri is actually better than S-Voice. Google Now is 10 times faster than Siri, and 50 times faster than S-Voice, but it doesn’t have a personality. I like Siri because of her “personality.”

      • Hwang Lee

        Yeah, I see your point. But everyone can agree that Google Now>Siri>S Voice.

    • ɑղժɾҽա

      This is so true.

  • Carlos

    I really like those two commercials with all the phone watches until they show off the samsung watch. I don’t know why I don’t like it. Maybe it’s the plain UI or maybe it’s the hardware. Something about it isn’t appealing to me. Also, I wonder how the display holds up against the sun’s glare.

  • Brandon

    I see no need for an item like this. That is just a personal opinion, but if the watch can do everything the phone does, but the phone does everything the watch does and better. Does it not make the watch less useful? If I want to talk on the phone I would use my phone not my hand which is out in the open and everyone can hear me and who I am speaking with. I don’t want every one hearing what I reply to text messages either. Samsung just didn’t make a good case for why the smart watch is needed. I will say at least apple makes a case for why you need their new product, or create a whole new category of products. Samsung just wanted to be first to market with this one.

    • Hwang Lee

      I think Pebble was first…

  • omrishtam

    galaxy gears is a joke…

    • bigtalk

      SAMSUNG IS A FAIL

    • xSeriouSx

      All smartwatches currently are, and I doubt the rumored iWatch would bring anything worthwhile to the table, besides your beloved fruit logo.

  • Anonomous.TECH.man

    I expected better from Samsung. The only phone that watch pairs to is a note 3. Apple and htc ftw.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    The last two Samsung commercials gave me a headache. I’d rather wait for the iWatch. Samsung won’t offer anything good unless they have a competitor to copy off of.

    • Carlos Reyes

      It’s embarrassing how people hate to try out new tech unless it is coming from the glorified fruit. Automatically they think is shit. I bet if apple created one today and it was shit, people will still go out and buy it and pay high prices at that and ignore any short comings it may have. Apple is a good company with great designs but damn they are not the only company worth buying something from…sad! Don’t hate…try new things if you don’t like then go back to what works for you but don’t limit yourself to one company…hey you never know someday a company other than apple might make something you enjoy using!!

      • ɑղժɾҽա

        Well said! I have tried using both the Nexus 4 and a GS4; both are highly praised Android devices. I just didn’t like the feel of the OS. It lacks something that I enjoy in iOS. I’m not sure what it is, but I do feel as if something is lacking in Android. The Galaxy Gear is a well-built device; however it does have its flaws. It is a nice small step into the smart watch territory, though. I was expecting more from Samsung this time around, as did everyone else, but true innovation is hard to come by these days. If Apple could reinvent the smartphone, then they surely can reinvent the watch!

      • Carlos Reyes

        I was an iphone user all the way up to the 4s and I love them but a time came where there was only so much I could do with ios and how it integrated with the rest of my electronics at home and car. My first shot at android was the s3 and the experience was good but like you said it was missing something. Then I tried the note 2 and this is where things changed. I am a tinkerer by nature and I just love the fact that when I get bored of how my OS looks and functions I can just try a different launcher, rom or mods and change things around to my liking. Not only that you can also try another phone from another manufacturer all together. Now that said I know that is not for everybody but that is what works for me and now I have an s4 because I needed something a bit smaller for work and the experience just keeps getting better and more fluid. True the hardware design will never come close to the iphone but for me the extras in the android os are what’s keeping me still. I might someday go back to an iphone but what is the hurry I might as well enjoy as much tech as I can.

      • Fabio Rodrigues

        and thats is why I don’t think the question ” which phone is better?” is fair, every phone and every person have their different needs, and one phone cannot fit them all, so I answer ” Is the one that you feel more comfortable with”

        for me, the iphone suits me better than android phones, form factor, UI, money spent with iphone cases and apple store 😛

  • Hwang Lee

    It’s just way too expensive for the features and quality… I’d much rather save up and buy Google Glass.

  • Evad3_Me

    This is shit.

    Nissan’s watch is more impressive.

  • hkgsulphate

    whats the point of having a smartwatch anyway