5 reasons why smartwatches will be forgotten


Galaxy GearSamsung has finally announced its smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, and the initial thoughts from analysts aren’t good. Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps says “smartwatches are sci-fi inventions that are already anachronisms in this modern world,” while Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi says the Gear is “more an overpriced toy than a device that really drives value to consumers.”

No kidding. Samsung’s device is overpriced, at $299, and underpowered – it has a 1.6-inch display and 1.9 megapixel camera and you can make Bluetooth calls through it with newer Galaxy phones. But it lacks the biometric sensors, such as a heart rate monitor, that many had been expecting.

Odds are good the Gear will go down as one of the fastest forgotten products of 2013, right up there with the Microsoft Surface tablets and Ouya game console. And oh yeah, Qualcomm has also announced a similar soon-to-be-a-memory device. Over all, there…

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