Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Is Already A Dud

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear, an Android-powered smartwatch that Samsung has been calling “the next big thing” in commercials, is officially a dud. Why? After BusinessKorea reported that Samsung has sold less than 50,000 units to date, Samsung quickly tried to spin the bad news by saying that it had in fact sold 800,000 units, making it the “most sold wearable watch available in the market place.”

Right. The only problem is that Samsung later confirmed that the 800,000 number was actually for units shipped, not sold, which is a big difference.

BusinessKorea’s sources said that the Galaxy Gear’s daily sales are under 800-900 units. On top of that, a leaked internal memo from Best Buy revealed that around a third of buyers are actually returning the Gear. What does it all add up to? A lot of unopened Gears sitting on store shelves.

The $299 smartwatch received overwhelming negative reviews when it launched last month. Former New York Times gadget reviewer David Pogue called it “inconsistent and frustrating,” Engadget said “it needs time to grow and develop,” and The Verge gave it a measly score of 4/10.

Samsung has been putting a lot of marketing force behind the Gear with TV ads that rip off old Apple ads, but also, to no avail. The Galaxy Gear, in its current form, is DOA. Samsung will probably release a couple more versions and make it more usable by the time Apple unveils its iWatch, but by then the public’s attention will shift to whatever Apple has up its sleeve. This is a classic example of Samsung trying to beat Apple to the punch with a mediocre product.

  • christopheriswalking

    Samesung is the best giving me so many features. Oh wait! never mind. ;)

  • iRikal

    Who cares about what Samdung says… They consistently lie over everything. They are banning themselves from the shelves with their mediocre products.

  • rcloud

    they are as ugly as they can get let along functionality..

  • rammo123

    It’s nice to see how well Samsung does when they don’t have an Apple template to work from.

  • Gregory Wright

    50,000 units sold compared to what? How many iWatches will sell? I’m not certain any watch designed to work similarly to a smartphone will sell well. I know I’m not in the market. What’s the point if you have your smartphone with you.

  • sy69

    Meanwhile on the other half of this pandering site, the exact same story has a very different spin:

    “Over the past couple days, you may have read reports that suggest the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a flop because it has only sold 50,000 units. But in actual fact, it’s the complete opposite. In just two months, it has become the world’s most popular smartwatch with 800,000 sales worldwide.”

    http://www.cultofandroid.com/45223/samsung-galaxy-gear-is-worlds-most-popular-smartwatch-after-800000-sales/

    Anything for clickbait, eh?

  • plimeter

    Samsung’s Galaxy gear sucks because they had to design it themselves. They didn’t have Apple to copy this time around. Gear is a shining example of Samsung’s innovation….or lack there of!

  • markymac

    Meanwhile on the other half of this pandering site, the exact same story has a very different spin:

    “Over the past couple days, you may have read reports that suggest the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a flop because it has only sold 50,000 units. But in actual fact, it’s the complete opposite. In just two months, it has become the world’s most popular smartwatch with 800,000 sales worldwide.”

    http://www.cultofandroid.com/45223/samsung-galaxy-gear-is-worlds-most-popular-smartwatch-after-800000-sales/

    Anything for clickbait, eh?

    If you actually read the story you’d notice that the 800,000 was shipped, not sold.

    Here’s the bigger question: do you own one? Are you happy with your purchase or are you one of the thousands that returned it to Best Buy post-haste?

  • markymac

    Remember how all smartphones looked like the BlackBerry before the iPhone?

    If/when the iWatch ever sees the light of day I predict we’ll see a similar copy of Apple’s design cues.

  • Faslane

    To be honest I’d like one of these if it weren’t for the 299.99 price tag. Would it be worth it to people at say 149.99? I like the idea and there’s even a custom rom for it so it’s not too bad imo, but not at this pricepoint of 299.99

  • sy69
    Meanwhile on the other half of this pandering site, the exact same story has a very different spin:

    “Over the past couple days, you may have read reports that suggest the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a flop because it has only sold 50,000 units. But in actual fact, it’s the complete opposite. In just two months, it has become the world’s most popular smartwatch with 800,000 sales worldwide.”

    http://www.cultofandroid.com/45223/samsung-galaxy-gear-is-worlds-most-popular-smartwatch-after-800000-sales/

    Anything for clickbait, eh?

    If you actually read the story you’d notice that the 800,000 was shipped, not sold.

    Here’s the bigger question: do you own one? Are you happy with your purchase or are you one of the thousands that returned it to Best Buy post-haste?

    You’re still playing the “shipped not sold” card? I thought everyone outside of AppleInsider abandoned that long ago. Take it up with the retailers, who apparently keep ordering more.

    And no, not only do I not own one, but I don’t plan on owning one and I don’t even think Apple;’s going to make one. The iPhone made watches obsolete years ago – why go back?

    So back on topic:

    If you actually read either the story I linked to or my post you replied to, you’d notice that I didn’t write that story, nor did I claim either that version or this one here is the more accurate telling of the tale.

    Instead, I was just having fun with the obvious pandering. But hey, it got you and me to add to the page views so clearly it did was it was intended to do.

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