The Samsung Gear Live is a decent piece of hardware with a significant flaw. It’s durable, comfortable, and has adequate battery life. That said, its display is barely visible at max settings in sunlight and it lacks a light sensor, so it’s tough to recommend the device to anyone but the earliest of early gadget adopters.
And that’s the true pity, because this is a smartwatch I wouldn’t mind wearing every day. Sure, it looks kinda geeky, but not shamefully so like Google Glass. It functions well enough to prove useful, and houses Android Wear, which like the Gear Live, also has potential.
Samsung is making a good case for its smartwatch, but the Gear Live doesn’t seal the deal. Maybe if Samsung corrects these issues for the next generation of smartwatch, the Gear Live 2 will be worth spending real money on, and the wearables market will be further spared punchline status.
- Durable build quality
- Display decent in standard light
- Comfortable to wear
- Near impossible to see in bright sun
- No light sensor for automatic display brightness adjustments
- Heart rate sensor near useless