Samsung smartwatch reviews critical; Apple working on flexible OLEDs?

The Verge's Vlad Savov gives Samsung's (SSNLF.PK, SSNGY.OB) $299 Galaxy Gear smartwatch a score of just 4.0/10. He likes the device's display, voice calling abilities, and camera, but not much else. The Gear is deemed too dependent on paired smartphones, and its battery life (one day under normal use) too short. In addition, its notifications are called "uninformative;" and its apps "buggy or substandard."

Savov: "A smartwatch the Galaxy Gear is not. Frankly, I’m not sure exactly what it’s supposed to be."

Engadget's Brad Molen is a little more positive. He calls the Gear comfortable to wear and its performance adequate, but is just as critical of its notifications, and doesn't like the lack of touchless controls. "The Galaxy Gear is a solid effort from Samsung, but it needs time to grow and develop." AnandTech's Brian Klug reaches a similar conclusion.

Meanwhile, a Korean site reports Apple's (AAPL +2.2%) much-rumored iWatch will feature a flexible OLED display, and that Apple is working on 1.3", 1.4", and 1.5" prototypes. The 1.5" prototype has reportedly "already been made." The Gear has a rigid 1.6" OLED display.

The report is a bit of good news for Universal Display (OLED -6.7%), currently selling off thanks to a Canaccord downgrade.

The FT reported in July Apple's iWatch hiring activity is picking up, and points to a 2H14 launch.

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  • obieephyhm
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    wow. and is anyone really surprised by this?
    1 Oct 2013, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • Julian Acosta
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    Almost word for word what I was going to post haha. This almost shouldn't be considered news.
    1 Oct 2013, 02:53 PM Reply Like
  • aardvark3
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    No surprise. When left to their own devices, they make inferior junk. And when they copy AAPL they make better looking junk. They should have waited for AAPL to lead the way so they could do what they do best, build cheesy knockoffs.
    1 Oct 2013, 02:53 PM Reply Like
  • redponydoc
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    Samsung should have known that watch would be to heavy with a stone sundial on it. It only works in "The Flintstones".
    1 Oct 2013, 03:26 PM Reply Like
  • BigJ1260
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    Maybe they will come out with a gold watch
    - and out innovate Apple for once !
    1 Oct 2013, 04:10 PM Reply Like
  • samuel_liu
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    I saw a Samsung display set up outside a popular Shanghai shopping mall, featuring the Note 3 and watch.


    Samsung does not have the Mac cache!
    1 Oct 2013, 09:58 PM Reply Like
  • aardvark3
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    Good idea! And maybe add a few rhinestones! Now you're cookin' SamsungStyle!!!
    2 Oct 2013, 08:47 AM Reply Like
  • Arnold Frisch
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    At least the "watch" part of these things need to work for a month, and a year or more is preferable. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and looking at your watch and not being able to tell what time it is.
    1 Oct 2013, 04:17 PM Reply Like
  • raincity
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    Don't worry Samsung, you'll have something to copy next year.
    1 Oct 2013, 04:42 PM Reply Like
  • Alex Cho
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    You know, I have to hand you credit for being funny. I think the funniest one liner I have ever heard about Samsung was... dun, dun, dun "Samesung."
    1 Oct 2013, 05:19 PM Reply Like
  • flux8
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    And then they'll remind everyone that they were first!
    "13 comes before 14!"
    1 Oct 2013, 10:13 PM Reply Like
  • 2puttwo
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    I wasn't surprised at all, because it was so big I couldn't get out of the store, and I weigh less than the watch, so I couldn't read it. I'm not strong enough. I'm just kidding Samsung, I was walking to the door and it fell off my wrist, it broke.............. Into a million pieces......... Just kidding. Still looking for the line out the door, oh that's an Apple store. Samsung doesn't have a store, or a line, or a watch that's worth paying any amount of money for. I might be starting to feel sorry for Samsung. But I'm not, they still make a good refer, at least by beer stays cold. Isn't there a lot of technical knowledge that makes my beer cold. Good job Kitchen Aid, I thought it was a Samsung. Sorry about that.
    1 Oct 2013, 04:54 PM Reply Like
  • brilliantblue99
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    Samsung just rushed this watch to say we were first in having a smart watch that interacts with a phone. It is not mature for sale, more like a prototype. Later when apple releases a better product, they will " upgrade" their watch to resemble the iwatch ....
    1 Oct 2013, 05:04 PM Reply Like
  • adrian816
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    Screws on the front = crude prototype LOL
    1 Oct 2013, 05:24 PM Reply Like
  • Stan Low
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    Mild, muted criticism for what can charitably be called "crap". The critics must save their venom for Apple products
    1 Oct 2013, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • 2puttwo
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    # Stan Low,
    Sorry about that, I tried.
    1 Oct 2013, 05:40 PM Reply Like
  • John1138
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    A $300 wristband?


    1 Oct 2013, 06:09 PM Reply Like
  • bfmil
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    I like Samesung, but how about Samsunk ? What's next ? A wedding ring set with built in camera and Bluetooth syncing so the happy couple can stream their 'coupling' to Facebook ?
    1 Oct 2013, 06:31 PM Reply Like
  • ystock15
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    I agree all the comments above. I have GS3 not because I bought it but because I got it for free.


    SUMSANG (ha!) got no talent, no innovation, no leadership, whatsoever,


    The latest copy of APPL by SUMSANG is gold plated GS4 will be sold on Middle east! Crazy shameless copycat just follows everything what APPL does!


    Remember Black Jack? - A true 100% copy of Black Berry.
    1 Oct 2013, 06:45 PM Reply Like
  • 2puttwo
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    How about Sameoldsong!
    1 Oct 2013, 07:25 PM Reply Like
  • Ashraf Eassa
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    How about, giant electronics conglomerate that controls every part of the BoM for these mobile devices from screens to DRAM to semiconductor manufacturing?
    1 Oct 2013, 08:19 PM Reply Like
  • VictorHAustin
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    Hi Ashraf. Coupla good articles lately.


    The phrase "missed opportunity" jumps to mind. All that vertical integration, but only one side of the brain in gear.
    1 Oct 2013, 08:53 PM Reply Like
  • User 8736471
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    Yes. And without one ounce of innovation..
    1 Oct 2013, 09:32 PM Reply Like
  • Ashraf Eassa
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    Thanks, Victor. I agree that Apple's consumer products are vastly superior to Samsung's (and as an Intel investor, Samsung is probably just as much a problem for me as it is for the Apple longs), but I would certainly not dismiss Samsung's prowess, even if their products lack the Apple-esque "innovation".
    2 Oct 2013, 01:37 AM Reply Like
  • Humble Eagles
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    I watched the hands on demo on this from Engaget and realized it was DOA--just terrible. I doubt they will sell any. They might be able to give them away as part of a phone deal or something. Samsung gets credit for not being afraid of failure, though. I think they are slipping on consumer products and customer service. Perhaps they are trying to do too many things at once? I have had problems with Samsung products in the last couple of years (expensive TV) and I was very unhappy with their response, so I moved on to another brand. I was surprised to see the Best Buy guys pushing them so hard, and somebody told me they don't get commissions but they do get kickbacks they call spiffs, or something close to that. This might be a very spiffy watch to move it....or they might need to just give it away!
    1 Oct 2013, 09:00 PM Reply Like
  • keentolearn
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    Rumors are coming about this since stone age.
    2 Oct 2013, 12:43 AM Reply Like
  • 2puttwo
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    It's you again. Let's talk about semi's. Sameoldsong controls the semi conductor market. Good grief Charlie Brown, I think; Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, Nvidia, Micron, and Taiwan Semi conductor, might have something to say about that. So would Paccar, Peterbilt, Navistar, and Mack. Just trying to cover both semi markets.
    2 Oct 2013, 01:15 AM Reply Like
  • Ashraf Eassa
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    You do realize that I own substantial positions in INTC, BRCM, and NVDA, right?
    2 Oct 2013, 01:38 AM Reply Like
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