This past week, my friends at AT&T sent me a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to test. With a full color screen along with a 1.9 megapixel camera, a speaker, two microphones and a suite of dedicated apps, the watch can handle many different things. Getting a call or need to do almost anything with respect to your phone? You don’t even need to take the phone out of your pocket. That level of convenience is where the Galaxy Gear shines. You can check notifications from your smartphone, record a voice memo, look at your phone’s pictures and even control your phone’s media through the Gear. Is the Galaxy Gear awesome? Yes … but there’s a catch: you also have to have the Galaxy Note 3, which is the only phone the Gear currently pairs with. Support for more devices is coming, but for now, the Gear is nothing more than a luxury item if you have a Note 3, and completely worthless if you have any other phone.
About Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.