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Hands-on report: Samsung's Galaxy Gear watch is large, in charge, quick to dim or relight, and an uncertain value.
Samsung is getting into the watch business with its new Galaxy Gear (http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2013/09/04/Samsung-Introduces-GALAXY-Gear,-a-Wearable-Device-to-Enhance-the-Freedom-of-Mobile-Communications-1).
I hesitate to label it a "smart watch" because I haven't put in enough time with this accessory to some Samsung Android phones. What I do know is that the camera-equipped Gear, at almost .44 inches thick, is bulky even by computer-watch examples. It would be a tricky fit with a dress shirt and a suit.
Its bulk does buy you semi-easy navigation. Its left-right/up-down touchscreen navigation evokes Sony's XrossMediaBar interface. The way you can awaken its automatically-dimming screen (a common chore) if you roll the watch towards your body may be a pleasant surprise.
Name-brand apps shown off on demo hardware at the IFA 2013 show in Berlin included Glympse, Path, Pocket, RunKeeper and TripIt. Which others will join them represents one unknown. Its price--and its battery life in everyday use--represent bigger mysteries.