This is our first episode of “Recon Review” where we conduct a hands-on review of a product on-site. In this episode, we review the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy S7.
This is our first episode of “Recon Review” where we conduct a hands-on review of a product on-site. In this episode, we review the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy S7.
Transcript from YouTube Video:
Welcome back, I’m your tour guide Andy. Today’s expedition… Technology.
You can’t walk 10 feet without running into some kind of Tech. From the Internet, to Microwaves, Cars, TV… even if you’re in the middle of nowhere, there are hundreds of radio signals passing through you at light speed. And speaking of radio signals… today, we’ll be comparing two android phones… the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Motorola Droid Turbo 2.
I only recently switched to Andoid… I was an iPhone user for 8 years. But, that’s a topic for another video… (“Why I switched to Android.”)
My first Android phone was the Turbo 2. It has a lot going for it, including the shatterproof display, but after a few weeks of use… I knew it wasn’t for me. So I started looking for another phone. I spent hours watching reviews on YouTube, visited websites to look at specs… and after all my research, the Galaxy lineup appeared to be the obvious choice for what I was looking for in a portable device. It sort reminded me of an iPhone… being well made and offering a premium experience for the user. Also, the S7 was just recently announced, so I was able to scoop up the S6 at a decent price.
So I decided before returning my Turbo 2, I’ll do this comparison in case some of you are in the same boat as me and help you decide which phone to purchase. Both phones were released in 2015, and if you didn’t know, the Turbo 2 is a Verizon exclusive device. So, if you have a different carrier… no turbo for you.
We’re going to be reviewing major features of each phone and listing pros and cons. Then I’ll tell you what I like and don’t like about each phone. In the end, I leave it up to you to decide which phone to buy, because each phone is suited for different type of person.
I’m breaking down this review into five categories:
1 IN THE BOX
“In the box” is our first category in which we unbox each device and compare their contents. Now, I’ve already used both devices, so my unboxing isn’t going to be fresh-off-the-shelf, but the goal here is simply to see what’s inside.
We begin with Turbo 2.
The outside of the box is a nice matte black with sleeve. As previously stated, this phone is only offered through Verizon. Ok, so we see here the package contains the Droid Turbo 2 phone, a sim card, a quick charger, and some paper that you’re going to throw away.
I picked up the 32 gigabyte Turbo2, which retails for $624. Ok, here is the front and back of the Droid Turbo 2. We’ll take a look at that in a little bit.
Let’s see what else we have in here. We have some cardboard… oh… you get a pretty nice SIM tray ejection tool. The SIM card and MicroSD card combo tray are located on top of the Turbo 2. Insert the SIM ejection tool into the hole and push in. The tray pops out. You have to grab it with your finger nails to get a good hold and then pull towards you. And there is where the SD card goes, and of course, your SIM card. To insert the tray, simply push it back in. Now, keep a hold of this tool, you’ll need it close by if you remove your SD card a lot. It works for any other SIM phone as well.
Next in the box is your quick reference guide and other legal junk.
The last thing in the box is the quick charger. This charger works really fast. Unfortunately, it doesn’ t come in a wall/usb cord combo. It only plugs directly from the wall to the phone. But most likely, you have another micro USB cord around somewhere if you need to transfer data to or from your computer. As you can see here, this is a 25 watt charger.
As you can see, there are NO EARPHONES in this box. What’s up with that? Makes me think that Motorola doesn’t consider this as a device primarily used for music or movies. So those are all of the contents in the Turbo 2 box.
Now we move on to the Samsung Galaxy S6…. Here is the box. I picked up the 32GB Gold Platinum edition. It retails for $576. The box is a matte white finish with sleeve. As we can see on the back, the package contains the Samsung Galaxy S6 phone, SIM card, Wall/USB Charger, Headphones, and some paper that you’re going to throw away.
We remove the sleeve, then the top, to find this beautiful Gold device. The S6 comes with a SIM tray ejection tool as well. The SIM tray is located on the right side under the power button. Insert the tool to pop out the SIM tray and pull out with your fingers. Push back in to insert. Next up is the paperwork, including the quick guide and legal junk. The S6 comes with a USB cord, then we have the wall unit, which is fast charger. And the USB cord just goes into the side like this. It’s nice to have the two pieces instead of the one piece in case you need to transfer data. Finally, we get a set of earphones. They look similar to the earpods by Apple, with a built-in mic, volume and select controls, and nice ear fitting covers. I’ve had a pleasant experience with these because they don’t tangle often. If you have used the Apple earbuds before, you know what a pain those are. These are nice. No issues with their sound.
2 AROUND THE PHONE
Now, we move onto our second category, “Around the phone.”
Placing the phones next to each other, you can see they are approximately the same size. Starting with the S6, on the front we have the hidden notification LED, ambient light and proximity sensors, 5 megapixel camera. Moving down, we have the physical home button with integrated fingerprint sensor, and on each side are the capacitive tab and back buttons. The volume buttons are located on the left side, which can also be used to take pictures. The power button and sim tray are located on the right side of the device. On the bottom, we find the solo speaker, microphone, micro USB port, and 3.5mm audio & mic jack. The back is a fingerprint magnet, but we also have the flash, heart rate sensor, and the 16 megapixel camera with noticeable bump. The IR remote port and noise cancelling mic are located on top.
Picking up the Turbo 2, you quickly see the front facing LED flash, the 5 megapixel selfie camera, and hidden ambient light and proximity sensors. Front facing bottom speakers, but no dedicated home/tab/or back buttons. We move to the back to find a nicely textured back, which makes it very easy to hold. Your Droid logo. Dual LED rear flash and 21 megapixel camera. Located on the top, we see the 3.5mm audio/mic port, and SIM/SD card tray. Finally, all buttons are found on the right hand side. Motorola advertises a water-repellent nano-coating and offers this phone in many color combinations.
The S6 measures 5.62 inches tall, 2.75 inches wide, approximately ¼ inch thick, and weighs 4.9 ounces.
The Turbo2 measures 5.81 inches tall, 3.07 inches wide, approximately 3/8 inches thick and weighs 6.1 ounces.
Stacking the phones, you see that the Turbo2 is only slightly larger, lining them up, the Turbo2 is only a few millimeters thicker.
The S6 is ¼” / 7mm thick
5-5/8” / 143mm tall
2-3/4” / 70 mm wide
And weighs 4.9 oz / 140 g
The slightly larger Turbo 2 measures
3/8” / 10 mm thick
5” 13-16” / 148mm tall
3” 1-16” / 77mm wide
And weighs 6.1 oz / 174g
3 ON THE SCREEN
The next category is “On the Screen,” in which we compare the displays of each device.
The S6 has a beautiful 5.25 inch Quad HD AMOLED display covered in Corning Gorilla Glass. It’s resolution is twenty-five sixty by fourteen fourty, brining the pixel density to an amazing 577 pixels per inch. This display is truly gorgeous.
The Turbo2 has a slightly larger display at 5.43 inches and is also a Quad HD AMOLED display. It shares and identical resolution at twenty-five sixty by fourteen fourty, but because of the larger display, the pixel density comes in at 540 pixels per inch. The big advantage for the Turbo2 display, of course, is Motorola’s ShatterShield technology. But this shatter-proof display means it has more of a softer surface, almost like a plastic, which makes it an obvious loser in the race for best-looking display.
4 BEHIND THE GLASS
Next category is “Behind the Glass,” where we test the performance of each device. We start with a race for booting up. Getting the power buttons ready… and… turned on. Here are the boot-up screens for each device… who will win? As you can see, Verizon has their branding even on the S6, which is not exclusive to Verizon. Both phones ship with Android 5, aka Lollipop. The S6 is available in 32, 64, or 128 GB internal storage, with no SD card tray. The Turbo2 is available in 32 or 64 GB internal storage with SD card expansion. The clock has popped up for the Turbo 2…. With the S6 quickly behind. And here I’m trying the fingerprint sensor on the S6, which takes a couple tries. So the Turbo 2 won the boot-up race.
The second test is called a “Benchmark test,” which measures performance in terms of processing speed, memory usage, and graphic rendering. One of the best benchmark apps is made by AnTuTu. You can see the scores from the last time I ran the test. The numbers don’t really mean much, except when compared to other devices. As you can see, the Turbo 2 has beaten the S6 by five thousand points before filming. So, we’ll start a new test… the benchmark test start with 3D rendering… and you can see the colors are much more vibrant on the S6. Next, off-screen rendering is calculated, and then more 3D rendering. The S6 didn’t make it all the way through the “garden scene,” instead it moves on to testing RAM performance. The S6 then moves to test CPU performance. About 40 seconds later, the Turbo 2 appears to be calculating image processing. We didn’t see the S6 go into this step. Now calculating 3D physics simulation. The S6 moves on to test user performance, while the Turbo 2 is testing CPU performance. The S6 finishes first with a score of sixty-three thousand. The Turbo 2 wins with a combined score of over eighty-one thousand. Turbo2 won the 3D, UX and CPU categories, while the S6 won in memory.
I’m going to run the test two more times and we’ll see if the benchmarks continue to follow this pattern. The second test had similar scores comparing the two phones. And the third test had a drop in score for the Turbo2, but still beating the S6 overall. You can see how your phone ranks among others by navigating to the Ranking tab.
A phone’s camera is one of it’s most important features among many users. The S6 has a 5 megapixel, 1.9 f stop, front facing camera capable of shooting fourteen-forty pee at thirty frames per second. Allows for duel camera video calling and recording and has auto HDR. The rear camera comes in at 16 megapixels and f stop of 1.9. It can shoot up to 4K UHD, thirty-eight forty by twenty-one sixty at thirty frames per second. 1080p at sixty frames per second, and 720p at 120 frames per second. There is a single LED flash. HDR, face detection, panorama, and dual video call/record are among some of the features for this camera. There are extra plugins you can download which allow you to shoot a 360 degree picture, create a virtual tour, and other cool features.
For the Turbo2, we have a 5 megapixel, 2.0 f stop, front facing camera with single LED flash… unlike the S6. And shoots well in low light. Moving to the back, we have a 21 megapixel rear camera and a f stop of 2.0, a Duel LED Flash, distinguishing itself once again from the S6. The camera features Auto HDR, panorama, and shoots 4K videos at thirty frames per second and 1080p at thirty frames per second.
To get to the camera app on the S6, simply double tap the home button, and the app launches very quickly. “Hey, what’s up?” So, this is the five megapixel selfie camera. Now, we check out the rear camera. To view the nice features, tap on “mode,” these plugins are available after tapping on the “download” button on the bottom. Here is the picture-in-picture, or dual camera mode. You can change the shape of the pic-in-pic. To take pictures, simply hit the camera button or one of the volume buttons on the side. Start recording video by tapping on the camcorder button. You can capture pictures while the video is recording as well. And those are the basics of the S6’s camera.
Quickly open the camera app on the Turbo 2 by flicking your wrist twice. Swipe left for your settings. Tap anywhere to take a picture. I actually don’t like this feature. But the volume buttons also let you snap a picture. Switching to the selfie camera… and back. Start video recording by tapping the camcorder button. The Turbo 2 doesn’t have many camera features.
I say the S6 wins by far for the camera. It shoots better video and has more features.
Another important spec in a phone is the battery life. Both of these phones started at 100%, and as you can see here, the S6 has 5% less battery so far. The S6 has a two thousand, fivehundred fifty milliamp hour battery… which is not very good at all. And you are unable to change the battery because the back of the device is sealed. Samsung advertises standby time up to 13 days and usage time up to 20 hours. Now, I usually have a wireless charger around at home and work. So far, I haven’t run out of juice in a day, but I know if I didn’t have a charger around me, I would probably be running extremely low at the end of the day.
The battery in the Turbo2 is also non-removable, however, it comes in at three thousand, seven hundred and sixty milliamp hours. When using this phone for weeks, I rarely kept it on a charger, because the battery is just that good. Motorola advertises a standby time up to 15 days and usage time up to 48 hours. If you’re not doing a whole lot on the phone, I could see this battery lasting two days.
Each phone comes with quick charging, which allows a full charge to occur within an hour or less.
The S6 and Turbo2 both support Chi or PMA wireless charging, which is AWESOME. Here is a small wireless charger without the USB cord that I purchased from Amazon for only eight bucks. It has an anti-slip pad, status LED status … so you just plug in the cord here, but the charger does not come with a wall unit, so you have to buy one or use one of your own, or plug it into a computer or something. On the S6, you want to be placing the phone right about here in order to get the best wireless connection. The Turbo2 should be placed right around here. If you have a phone that supports wireless charging, you have to get one of these chargers. Charging your phone is as easy as this (places phone on top). The wireless charging is not as fast as the rapid chargers, but if you’re not in a hurry, I consider them essential. I picked up three of them. One is next to my bed, one is on my home desk, and I have one at work. I’ll be picking another one up for my car when I figure out how to combine it with magnets to make a wireless charging car mount.
Each phone offers 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi at a/b/g/n/ac, and hotspot capabilities. However, the S6 offers Wi-Fi direct communication. They both run on USB 2.0 through micro USB ports, but the port on the S6 is a little difficult to deal with. I feel like I have to be really careful when inserting the cord. Each phone has NFC and Bluetooth 4.1, but the S6 has the IR port on the top, allowing it to emulate your remote for your TV, blue-ray player, etc. You can control the channels, volume, power, switch menus, change inputs, and if I had the internet on right now, you can surf a tv guide, find a show, and after selecting the show, the remote app will automatically take you to that channel. How freaking awesome is that? I don’t always use it, but if I find myself far away from my dedicated remote, I’ll use it.
Each phone features a eight-core processor and three gigabytes of RAM. Both have the standard sensors like GPS, compass, accelerometer, but the S6 also has the fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor on the back.
5 THROUGH THE NET
Our final category is “Through the net.” We’ll be testing upload and download speeds to see which device surfs faster.
We test using the Ookla app and right now the devices are hooked up to only Wi-Fi on a 5 Ghz band. And we begin. So, after the first test, the S6 wins with a 115 Mbps download/ 8 Mbps upload. Turbo 2 comes is at about half the download speed and ¾ of upload speed.
The second test reveals the S6 with a slower download speed than the Turbo2, but having similar upload speeds.
The third test reveals the S6 only winning by less than 10 Mbps download, and slightly higher upload speeds.
The forth test reveals the S6 winning by 20 Mbps download, and twice the upload speed.
But the Turbo2 wins the last test by a large margin for download speed.
Overall, I would say these tests reveal that each phone performs well when averaged out, the S6 won 3 out of 5, but I would call this test a tie.
Alright, that was the comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Motorola Droid Turbo 2. Overall, I would call it a tie.
The Turbo 2 is getting A LOT of attention, and I believe it’s because of the Shatter Proof Display. Motorola guarantees (for four years) the display will not crack or shatter. Search YouTube for “Turbo 2 shatter display test.” There many people dropping this phone off buildings, hitting it with hammers, running over it with a truck… and Motorola is right. The display will not crack. But what you need to be aware of, is even though the display is shatter proof, that doesn’t mean the phone is shock-proof. The guts of the phone are still susceptible to high impact. So in many of the tests, the phone still died even though the display was crack-free. But if you’re just dropping your Turbo 2 from 5 feet or so, it should be okay.
Here are the features I don’t like in the Turbo 2:
Super small recessed buttons which are hard to press, no LED notification, it’s a little too wide for my hands, the folders don’t show all apps, have to swipe twice for quick settings, there is no quick settings for sound, so you cannot quickly set it to vibrate, and you cannot easily customize quick settings,
Here are the features I like in the Turbo 2:
huge battery life, Better benchmark results, larger screen and shatterproof display, external storage, proximity notifications, front facing speakers, gestures for flashlight and camera, flash for front facing camera, wireless and quick charging
Samsung’s Galaxy lineup is considered a must-have for many Android users. At my local Best Buy, you can demo more Galaxy than Apple devices. And there are so many features packed into these Galaxy phones. The S6 offers a great price point if you want to get into the Galaxy Game and don’t want to spend more for the Edge Plus or Note 5. And if you’re at Best Buy, make sure to demo the Samsung Gear VR featuring Oculus. IT IS AMAZING. You put your S6 (or other newer Galaxy phone) into the headset and immerse yourself in the intense world of 3D gaming. You can watch a movie on the moon, and even explore Google Street View as if you were walking down a street in Paris.
Here are the features I don’t like in the S6:
The battery life isn’t good. If you want a Galaxy device and need a big battery, check out the Edge Plus or Note 5. The S6 too light and slippery for my tastes. I have a lot of trouble with the fingerprint sensor. The capacitive buttons are way too sensitive. The USB port is a little tricky and there no SD card slot.
Here are the features I like in the S6:
The beautiful high pixel density AMOLED display, Home button, Button location and pressing, fingerprint sensor idea, Camera quality and camera features, LED notification, ease of camera launch, wireless and quick charging, ability for 5×5 grid, Samsung pay, IR remote, more features with my moto 360 (weird since the turbo 2 is made by Motorola), compatible with the Gear VR
So all of that being said, I decided to trade-in the Turbo 2 for the S6, but doesn’t mean that the Turbo 2 is bad. “To each, their phone.” Everyone has different tastes… different needs. Some people may find internet browsing a priority while others… the camera.
If you’re going to be on your phone all day watching videos, playing games, or using it as a hot-spot for a long time, pick up the Turbo 2. The beefy battery will last you all day. The SD card slot will also allow you to store those extra gigabytes video when you’re traveling. And if you’re the type of person who has replaced a cracked phone screen, then you’ll definitely want to go for the Turbo 2 because of the shatter-proof display.
But If you’re more techy… and geeky with phones, like me, and don’t mind having a charger nearby when you’re using your phone a lot, I say go for the S6. The interaction with my Moto 360 and Gear VR has exceeded expectations… and I’ll save that for another video. Now, the lack of a SD card slot in the Galaxy lineup has a lot of Samsung followers unhappy, but I was a long time iPhone user, so I’m used to not having a SD card (and other cool features) in my phones. So, if you use a lot of storage and want to play it safe, pick up either the 64 or 128 GB version.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is one the biggest buzzwords in technology. From Smart homes to wearables, the term seems all emcompassing of the connected devices that now keep us connected. Nest and Dropcam give us insights to our home efficiency and who’s doing what. Alexa, Amazon’s newest innovation for the home not only provides a smart hub that can answer questions and playback music, but also makes it easy to reorder things on the fly.
On the wearables side, smart watches have become the cream of the crop , with other technologies on the fringes. Let’s face it, that’s mostly because traditional watches are ubiquitous and expected, and adding technology to something you already use is only supposed to enhance your experience, right?
So why is it that after a week, I wanted to smash my shiny new “smart watch” with a hammer?
When my wife upgraded to the new Samsung Galaxy 6, the sales agent was able to talk her into a new Gear S watch at a discounted price. Given that she barely ever wears watches, and this one would have looked like an aircraft carrier on her dainty wrists, she gladly gave it to me.
I admit it, I was excited to have the additional productivity and connectivity to technology without having to reach into my pocket to grab my phone. The convenience of having something electronic permanently glued to my wrist was extremely attractive to the technophile in me. I’m also a but of a watch whore, with about 6-7 sitting on my nightstand, plus the advantage of having something that wasn’t an Apple product was even more appealing.
The Gear S is attractive and sleek, and surprisingly light. In-fact, I had to doublecheck my wrist a few times to make sure I was still wearing it when comparing the weight to my Swiss Gear watch. It has a curved face with a single button to bring up your main menu. The touchscreen is responsive to swipe commands and pushes on specific areas of the home screen to prompt weather, calendar, pedometer and notifications. The internal accelerometer usually knows when I turn my wrist to look at the face to check the time or updates, and immediately illuminates the screen to display what was hidden when it went to sleep.
Also, it has in impressive battery life. Unlike Apple watch users that have to recharge every 18 hours (with minimal usage), I can get almost 60 hours of use from a full charge, before the thing died on me. The charger that it comes with is a little cumbersome, clicking into on the back. I find myself having to press very hard to get it to snap into place when I want to charge it. It usually charges full in less than an hour, but I’ll plug it in overnight, as I usually won’t wear a watch to bed.
The Gear S is pretty easy to use, but maybe I’m just too used to Samsung UI. After pressing the multifunction button on the face, I easily access the main menu/clock. The clock itself is super clean and after looking at a lot of the available faces in the Gear App Store, the standard face is really the most elegant. If I wanted, I could opt for a digital face, or get one that makes the phone look like a $10 Casio calculator watch, but I’m sticking with the standard analog face that looks similar to another one of my dressier watchers.
Swiping left or right will lead me to running applications or widgets that I’ve defined; in this case, my Samsung Fitness app, Accuweather, Calendar and the Samsung Music Player. Each application can be controlled with touch commands and it’s pretty simple to find what you want, and some of the applications have mini menus that drop from the top. connectivity is easy through WiFi, BlueTooth, and it even comes with its own 3G receiver and phone number; which means I make a call or can receive a text on my wrist instead of my phone if I so wanted.
Some apps are available through the Samsung Gear App connection from your phone, but they’re really limited. You just find can find some things that you might want, and your phone will install it onto your watch. Some of the pre-installed apps are interesting.
I really like the Samsung Health application as a basic pedometer, pulse monitor and UV monitor. As I take it off at night to charge the sleep activity doesn’t really help, and as volleyball player, I’d have to take it off to exercise, so that function is out. Also, it doesn’t already connect with my FitBit, meaning that if I wanted to keep tracking my data in one place, I would have to switch completely.
The Milk Music app, powered by Slacker Radio is ok, however it acts more like a remote control to play music on your phone, rather than using the built-in speaker for the watch. Also the slider to choose between stations was really touchy for me.
The Samsung music app is good, but only if you transfer songs directly to the memory of your watch as you can’t access the songs remotely through Bluetooth – which should absolutely change.
The other apps that I’ve installed are the compass app, which is very well designed; a golf GPS and shot counter app, which I have yet to test; and a blackjack app, because let’s face it you need something to play with while you poop. I really wish there were more apps available, like Google Play Music, Instagram, Podcast Addict or even a voice recorder for interviews. But, there’s not much in reality yet, likely because developers would rather have a full 5in screen than a little 1.5×2 space for a UI.
There are some problems that I found with the native UI and application navigation. First, in the user documentation it doesn’t tell me that if I want to return to a previous screen, I have to swipe down from the top. Secondly, when I do swipe from the top (perhaps because I have giant sausage fingers) I often get pulled to a side menu, it goes back when I really want to bring down the app menu, or it pops down the settings menu like on my Galaxy S5. I often find myself going back to the main menu, flicking up to find the app I wanted, and going back through the app’s home screen to get to the function I was seeking.
Also, don’t ever, ever try to pinch/zoom on the screens, as it doesn’t restore back to the original resolution unless you exit out of the application and come back to it.
With the phone application, I found the audio was pretty good. It’s perfect for using as a speakerphone when I’m chopping onions for dinner, or if I didn’t already have a built-in bluetooth in my car. The sound quality is crisp and the people I talk to didn’t seem to have trouble hearing me in closed environments. However, stepping outside with a little breeze. or standing in my local coffee shop, the audio degraded quickly as it had trouble isolating my voice. The only way to fix this was to pretend to be a secret agent, and speak directly into the watch.
Texting on the watch is impossible for me. Even with the integrated swipe keyboard, my fat fingers just can’t seem to press the right keys and I end up having to use the voice recognition software, which was only about 75% accurate.
For most people today, we rely on email, text messages, Google hangouts or Facebook messages to communicate with one another. So, getting notified that you have a pending conversation is nice. The Gear S, seamlessly lets you view your notifications (be it communication or in-app notifications) through the home screen, and with a little vibration on your wrist when a new one arrives.
This is probably the biggest reason for wanting to put the watch in the blender. If you’re like me, you probably have multiple email accounts (work and personal – or in my case 9 accounts), social messengers and text messages all connected to your phone. In a given day, I probably receive on average 200 emails, 20+ google hangouts, 6-10 Facebook messages and a fair share of app notices. If I tallied them up, I’d probably have just under 300 notifications a day.
That means, in a given 8 hr workday, I’m likely to have my wrist buzzing about every minute and a half. On top of which, I’m already getting notified on my laptop and cellphone with the same notifications. It was like a cadence of dings: first the PC then the phone then the watch. And, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to silence certain applications from notifying my wrist, or make it so they only appeared during certain times. The only solution was to turn off notifications completely.
Let’s recap: I’ve turned off notifications; maybe I can make a call but forget texting; there aren’t many apps; and the only thing I can really do with it thanks to fat thumbs is play blackjack from the toilet. In all honesty, I just have a fancy digital watch.
Maybe in the near future there’ll be an open market of smartwach apps that has more functionality that it does today, but that’s the biggest issue I find with the wearables economy: function and usability. Without the apps to run solely on watch or smart device instead of connecting to two or three devices, the wearables are just watches with one or two added features.
Perhaps they’ll update the Gear store with a new batch of kick ass apps, but I just won’t be getting the notifications if they do.