02-06-2015 11:02 AM
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  1. rsmin's Avatar
    I had the gear 1 when it was first available and loved it. I was so upset when apps started going away, all the way to when there were like 10-15 left, nothing good. I upgraded it to tizen (which was the easiest thing in the world to do) and now there are tons of apps. I still got my gear S because I had my mind set on that watch and was going to have it when it came out. I don't use my gear 1 as much, but for some reason can't part with it. I have people at work asking me everyday to buy it, lol.
    Honda-Dave, I appreciate the information. I rooted my gear 1, so unable to convert it to tizen. Also, Samsung makes me a little nervous with Tizen. They just now released their first phone with Tizen on it today. They announced that a year ago and just now getting that out and the spec on that phone is pitiful. I know their new tv's are coming with Tizen, I am just hoping they are committed to sticking to tizen. I would hate to get this great looking watch and watch the apps fall off like they did with the gear 1.
    01-14-2015 04:01 PM
  2. Patrick Felgner's Avatar
    Had 1 Had 2 Now S, wish S had a camera. Love it!
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    01-16-2015 11:05 PM
  3. honda-Dave's Avatar
    Honda-Dave, I appreciate the information. I rooted my gear 1, so unable to convert it to tizen. Also, Samsung makes me a little nervous with Tizen. They just now released their first phone with Tizen on it today. They announced that a year ago and just now getting that out and the spec on that phone is pitiful. I know their new tv's are coming with Tizen, I am just hoping they are committed to sticking to tizen. I would hate to get this great looking watch and watch the apps fall off like they did with the gear 1.
    I tried to root my gear 1 and failed miserably, lol. I hope they stick with Tizen too, because I like it so far.
    01-17-2015 10:05 AM
  4. rsmin's Avatar
    Had 1 Had 2 Now S, wish S had a camera. Love it!
    Patrick, how long have you had it?
    01-17-2015 12:19 PM
  5. Patrick Felgner's Avatar
    Few weeks after it came out. It's fun but expensive toy. Boy do I get talked to alot about and a funny one was at an apple store lol

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    01-17-2015 10:59 PM
  6. scann1's Avatar
    I purchased the original Gear on opening day. I was very pleased with it. I purchased the Gear S on opening day also, it's a fantastic smart watch I fell in love with it. For those of you who miss the camera option "which I also miss" you can use the "remote cam effects" app which controls the camera on your Samsung phone. The only Con with the Gear S is the charging cradle. One end of the clip cracked last week now the cradle doesn't snapped on the Gear S anymore, I have to use a rubberband to keep it on the Gear S. Samsung has a replacement cradle for $29.00 but it's on back order. I purchased one through amazon for around $55.00 I should be receiving it on wednesday. I wish they would have designed the Gear S cradle like the original Gear.
    See the "My Gear S charging cradle doesn't fit anymore," post.
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    01-19-2015 05:12 PM
  7. rsmin's Avatar
    I purchased the original Gear on opening day. I was very pleased with it. I purchased the Gear S on opening day also, it's a fantastic smart watch I fell in love with it. For those of you who miss the camera option "which I also miss" you can use the "remote cam effects" app which controls the camera on your Samsung phone. The only Con with the Gear S is the charging cradle. One end of the clip cracked last week now the cradle doesn't snapped on the Gear S anymore, I have to use a rubberband to keep it on the Gear S. Samsung has a replacement cradle for $29.00 but it's on back order. I purchased one through amazon for around $55.00 I should be receiving it on wednesday. I wish they would have designed the Gear S cradle like the original Gear.
    See the "My Gear S charging cradle doesn't fit anymore," post.
    Scann1, Thanks for the information. I have read the other thread about the cradle and if you read other sites that problem seems to come up a lot. I am still on the fence about purchasing the Gear S. It's a great looking watch and I want to get it, but I also don't have lots of money to pour into technology that might not get the support that it needs. It kind of bugs me that so many of you have broken cradles and Samsung seems to have turned a deaf ear to it. I am still trying to decide.
    01-19-2015 06:42 PM
  8. Patrick Felgner's Avatar
    Samsung seams to have a deaf ear to lots of stuff but I continue to buy Samsung lol. I really like the ease of the gear 2 cradle very quick and easy. The S cradle is kinda difficult sometimes but nice it has the extra charge capability. I also sold each watch for little loss right as the new came out. So very little out of pocket other the initial purchase.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    01-19-2015 08:59 PM
  9. scann1's Avatar
    Scann1, Thanks for the information. I have read the other thread about the cradle and if you read other sites that problem seems to come up a lot. I am still on the fence about purchasing the Gear S. It's a great looking watch and I want to get it, but I also don't have lots of money to pour into technology that might not get the support that it needs. It kind of bugs me that so many of you have broken cradles and Samsung seems to have turned a deaf ear to it. I am still trying to decide.
    I've been removing the Gear S from the wristband and wrapped a rubberband around the watch body and the cradle which works for me. One end of the cradle still snaps in the opposite end has the rubberband on it. Don't let this issue keep you from buying the Gear S, since you know that this can be a issue just be cautious about it. I would recommend removing the watch from the wristband if you need the extended charge. One end of my clip broke because I snapped the cradle on the Gear S and placed it in my backpack. I think the stress on the wristband which was in my backback cause the cradle to snap loose an break the clip. If your going to use the extended charge on your charger to recharge your watch make sure you remove the body of the Gear S from the wristband before placing it in your pocket, purse or backpack.
    This needs to be in the care instructions.
    I think the Gear S is leaps and bounds above any other smart watch on the market I would recommend it to anyone who wants a smartwatch an who has the Samsung brand phones with android 4.4 OS and above.
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    01-19-2015 10:59 PM
  10. DroidSnack's Avatar
    I guess I am the lone voice of dissent.

    Had about every major Sammy phone going back to 610. (720 is all time fav in its era)

    Had Gear 1 and Gear S since the day they came out.

    I really liked the Gear 1 (except charging cradle was touchy) (and glad I didn't sell it).

    The Gear S?
    1- Barely fits under most shirt sleeves. It's huge.
    2- no camera.
    3- charger/battery is nice, but my battery life is not improved over Gear 1.
    4- Screen is gorgeous. But what for!? No camera - so what, so what. I got a better screen in my pocket.
    5- S-Health is of zero value. This is junk from start-to-finish. Not even a good toy.
    6- Almost all of the Gear S related software is expensive and "use once and forget".
    7- Notifications are difficult to sort out and rarely mean anything. Gear 1 was very easy to track, setup, and use.
    8- Why does it not have a "back" button, or a "menu" button like all sammy phones? There is plenty of room for it. Swiping is a pain.
    9- Phone? WTF - WHY? it makes ZERO usable sense and I have yet to use it. I have superior phone in my pocket 24x7. Why does it have this feature? Just stupid to have a phone on it. Only those showing off are leaving their phones at home and using the watch as a phone.
    10- Contract? A freaking cell phone contract for my watch.
    11- New Smartwatch coming out in a month will make it obsolete. Gee thanks - now stuck with that useless cell contract for another 22 months.

    So far, it is a bigger, bulker, harder to operate version of the Gear 1.

    Bottomline:

    Gear 1 was serious compliment to Note series of phones.

    Gear S? A toy.

    Next stop - ebay.
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    01-20-2015 12:51 PM
  11. rsmin's Avatar
    I guess I am the lone voice of dissent.

    Had about every major Sammy phone going back to 610. (720 is all time fav in its era)

    Had Gear 1 and Gear S since the day they came out.

    I really liked the Gear 1 (except charging cradle was touchy) (and glad I didn't sell it).

    The Gear S?


    Bottomline:

    Gear 1 was serious compliment to Note series of phones.

    Gear S? A toy.

    Next stop - ebay.
    DroidSnack, Thanks for the input I appreciate both sides of opinions fir this.
    01-20-2015 02:44 PM
  12. InfamousUnknown's Avatar
    I haven't had a 1, but the phone is the only reason that I was able to convince my wife to get a smart watch. Having the standalone watch allows you to leave the phone behind and still have basic functionality.

    If you don't want that then no, the S isn't for you.

    But it is no more a Toy than any other smart watch. I can argue it is actually a lot more useful for those times you don't carry your phone, or the power runs out on it as a backup.
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    01-20-2015 03:28 PM
  13. DroidSnack's Avatar
    > Having the standalone watch allows you to leave the
    > phone behind and still have basic functionality.

    Why would you ever do this?

    My Notes 2/3/4 effectively replaced:
    80% of my tablet time. (not sure why I need a tablet with a note 4 around)
    50% of my laptop time. (don't need it for social sites anymore)
    50% of my desktop time (no more running for email, social, etc. Only need for real kb / dev work)

    Why would I give all that up to walk around with a phone on my wrist?
    I just can't envision a scenario where my phone would not be within arms reach of a smart watch on my wrist.

    Seriously, why would ever leave your phone at home?
    01-20-2015 04:00 PM
  14. rsmin's Avatar
    I haven't had a 1, but the phone is the only reason that I was able to convince my wife to get a smart watch. Having the standalone watch allows you to leave the phone behind and still have basic functionality.

    If you don't want that then no, the S isn't for you.

    But it is no more a Toy than any other smart watch. I can argue it is actually a lot more useful for those times you don't carry your phone, or the power runs out on it as a backup.
    InfamousUnknown, Thanks for responding. I appreciate the info.
    01-20-2015 05:38 PM
  15. InfamousUnknown's Avatar
    Do you never exercise? Do you never happen to be wearing something without a lot of pockets and run into the store?

    Do you ever simply forget your phone? Has your phone ever been nearly dead and you need to leave it on the charger?

    My wife takes it with her on long runs, even though she uses the Garmin for the actual tracking. I use it remote connected once or twice a week.

    I don't care if you don't use it, but there are clearly use cases for it.
    01-21-2015 10:36 AM
  16. dorrien12's Avatar
    I had the Gear 1, the Gear 2 Neo and I have the Gear S, all for the same reasons; I like my tech gadgets. Do I need them? No. Do I use them on a daily basis? Yes.

    You don't have to be without your phone, but it may happen. For example, I was at my son's school for a meeting. We went outside to do something and didn't feel like taking our purses, didn't feel I needed my phone either. Walked out the door, and as it shut, I realized at that moment, I needed my phone, then I remembered I had one, used my watch and someone let is in.

    Second scenerio, when I ride my bike, I didn't really like taking my phone, so now I will only have my watch.

    So while you may not need it. It CAN come in handy.
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    01-21-2015 11:32 AM
  17. pre1561's Avatar
    You should always have communication with just in case of an emergency.

    Sent from my SM-N910P using Tapatalk
    02-06-2015 11:02 AM
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