The Galaxy Gear wants desperately to be the vanguard of a new era of wearable computers. But while it promises more than the rest of the pack, if anything it makes absolutely clear that the future's still a long ways off.
What Is It?
The Galaxy Gear is a watch with above-average brains. It runs a pared-down (read: unrecognizable) version of Android. It essentially acts as an easier-to-assess relay point between you and your phone. Well, assuming your phone is the Galaxy Note 3, that is, since the Gear only works with Samsung's own Galaxy devices running Android 4.3 or higher, and the Note 3 is the only one that currently qualifies. It pairs with your phone via Bluetooth 4.0 Smart (a low-power protocol), so data and calls can be seamlessly transferred back and forth.