This morning I trawled through the Internet see if anyone cared to sing the gadget's praises. It turns out that Lux had plenty of company disengaging the Gear. Here is a sample of what others had to say:
"The Galaxy Gear is bigger than most watches and somewhat clunky — especially on smaller wrists. It also feels like a tiny, flat smartphone slapped onto a wristband — a curved screen would've improved it a lot."
"The performance of the device, however, is somewhat lacking...The Gear is priced at $299. It's too early to tell, but for that amount of money, the Gear feels just a little bit unpolished." - The website Mashable
"We haven't been blown away by any smartwatch's performance, and that's much the case here. The Gear feels awfully sluggish, whether you're launching an app such as Evernote or Path, or swiping down from the home screen to activate the camera."
"Samsung opted for an industrial design instead of a more elegant finish."
"As we've come to expect with many first-generation devices, the Gear has quite a few shortcomings."
"Battery life has been pegged at a full day, at best."
"Perhaps the biggest setback, however, is that the Galaxy Gear is only compatible with the Note 3 and the new Note 10.1. " (the Note 3 is a Samsung phone and the Note 10.1 as Samsung tablet computer) - The website Endgadget
"Samsung’s new smart watch may be the most polished effort yet—but that doesn’t mean it’ll be a hit." -- MIT Technology Review
"There are a couple of significant downsides that temper my enthusiasm for the new Gear. First and foremost is the speed and intuitiveness of the user interface — or rather, the lack thereof. There's a tangible lag to anything you do with the Gear, while the swipe gestures are hard to figure out and do different things depending on where you are in the menus."
"If you think of it as a toy and a fun accessory, it can definitely be enjoyed, however Samsung just isn't pricing it like such a device."-- The website The Verge
"Consumers might be a bit disappointed to find that the smartwatch is a partner device reliant on being paired with a Samsung Android smartphone or tablet, rather than being the completely autonomous media and communications device many consumers were expecting and hoping for." -- Analyst Chris Green from Davies Murphy Group via the BBC.
"Samsung has a history of latching on to the latest trends and throwing a product into the market to try and get ahead of potential rivals. Galaxy Gear is the first attempt but I expect that there will need to be several more iterations before it is something that will will appeal to anyone other than an affluent geek." -- Ben Wood from analyst firm CCS Insight via the BBC.
"My bet is that smartwatches are sci-fi inventions that are already anachronisms in this modern world." -- Sarah Rotman Epps from research firm Forrester via the BBC.
Anything good? Some reviewers liked the speaker and microphones embedded in the watch's wrist band, as well as Samsung's use of metal where plastic might have sufficed on the watch face. There was also a bit of excitement over the camera and all the apps.
Forrester's Rotman Epps allowed that, "Maybe Samsung will tap into unmet demand with this product, disproving naysayers as it did with the Galaxy Note phone." Perhaps she heard from the conscious of my long departed (and missed) grandmother, who was among the sages advising people not to say unkind things.
I don't think Grandma would have approved of all those scathing reviews. But I also don't think she'd go anywhere near a Galaxy Gear.