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Samsung Galaxy Gear: Is the idea of a Smart Watch fundamentally flawed?

There are a few reasons why anyone would jump at the chance to own a Samsung Galaxy Gear. The device, which was revealed by Samsung in Berlin on September 4, ahead of the annual IFA consumer show, is the first of the ‘smart watches’ to arrive on the market, ahead of Apple’s purported ‘iWatch‘.

The reasons for wanting to use the android-powered device are fairly obvious: talking into a watch will make anyone feel like a super-cool spy or secret agent and that is just the coolness factor. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is actually pretty good to look at, and some tech pundits are predicting (or hoping) that it will be the ‘It’ fashion gear in the seasons to come. Then there are other advantages too:

1) People using the Samsung Galaxy Gear will be able to make calls, display messages and also record videos and take pictures.

2) The device will also work with social media apps such as Twitter and fitness apps such as RunKeeper.

However, there are also a few disadvantages:

1) The Samsung Galaxy Gear will not be an entirely independent device, as it would have to be wirelessly connected to  a compatible smartphone or tablet

2) Another annoyance is that, at least for now, the device is only compatible with a Galaxy Note 3 smartphone or a Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet PC.

3) Perhaps the most important concern is one of privacy. Assuming that the main reason one would buy this smartwatch is to avoid having to pull out one’s phone in order to make a call, we have to ask: will the phone calls be as private? There is no mechanism yet that will connect the speaker of the phone directly and only to the user, so it’s a fair concern that any phonecalls made using the Samsung Galaxy Gear could be eavesdropped on. Of course, holding the watch up to one’s ear in order to contain this loss of privacy is an option, but however much we all like to imagine ourselves as secret agents and spies, nobody wants to adopt that frankly ridiculous pose. This makes us wonder: is the idea of a Smartwatch inherently flawed?

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