Woz: Samsung Galaxy Gear is 'worthless'

The Apple co-founder, who often embraces many platforms, says he threw his Samsung smartwatch out after half a day.

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Should you still wonder why you'd ever need a smartwatch, you are not alone.

For myself, I cannot conceive of a need. For Steve Wozniak, however, he can see the need, but cannot necessarily see the product.

Despite being Apple's co-founder, Woz is known to embrace many Android devices. However, he is not moved by Samsung's Galaxy Gear, save to throw it away.

As XConomy reports, Woz spoke at the Flying Car innovation conference in Milwaukee last week and had definitive words to offer.

He explained that he'd tried Samsung's Galaxy Gear and found it depressingly inadequate. He said: "That was the only technology I bought to experiment with that I threw out after half a day, sold it on eBay because it was so worthless and did so little that was convenient."

Convenience and watches haven't really been bedfellows since smartphones came along and gave us the time on their screens.

Woz, however, wants something with a big screen that gives him everything on his wrist. He complained of the Galaxy Gear: "You had to hold it up to your ear and stuff."

One of the reasons Samsung has released its Gear is surely an attempt to somehow "get ahead" of competitors such as Apple.

But has anyone really felt that desperate clamoring to have their wrist be their digital hub, any more than they've wanted their cell phones perched on their noses?

Woz said of Google Glass: "It may not be that useful, just like smartwatches may not be useful enough to get the critical mass they need to really go ahead. But everything I've done with Google Glass, I actually kind of liked playing with it."

Sometimes, with gadgets, it's all down to the entertainment factor. But that doesn't last. Fitness bands require constant involvement from the user. Many cast them aside after a very short time.

Woz said he was hopeful that Apple would find the brilliant spark to the wrist. "When one company does one thing very strikingly different, and everybody says this company got it right, this is the way of the future. In the past, it's been Apple a number of times -- not always. So I'm really hoping that Apple's the big breakthrough," he said.

Of course, if Apple does release a wrist wearable, it might not be a watch at all.

 

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