Samsung Gear Live

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  • Samsung Gear Live
  • Samsung Gear Live
  • Samsung Gear Live
  • Samsung Gear Live

Specs / Features


Gear Live is compatible with any smartphone with Android 4.3, Jelly Bean or higher | Powered by Google Android Wear | 1.63" Super AMOLED display, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, IP67 | Always on, just say "Ok, Google" | Notification; Google Voice; Google Now; Google Maps & Navigation

Gear Live is compatible with any smartphone with Android 4.3, Jelly Bean or higher | Powered by Google Android Wear | 1.63" Super AMOLED display, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, IP67 | Always on, just say "Ok, Google" | Notification; Google Voice; Google Now; Google Maps & Navigation

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Specification

Brand Samsung
Model SM-R3820ZKAXAR
Size 1 x 3 cm (0.4 x 1.2 in)

Reviews (6.5/10 Avg. rating)


Recombu

One of the better-looking smartwatches out there

from Recombu

Samsung’s Gear Live is one of the better-looking smartwatches out there, with a premium and sleek design, and it’s good to see Samsung embrace Android Wear instead of stubbornly sticking with Tizen.

Of course, you’ll have to endure the usual wearable quirks including poor battery life and an irritating charging dock, and the Gear Live loses the IR blaster found on the Gear 2, so you can no longer control your telly and other infra-red goodies...

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Samsung’s Gear Live is one of the better-looking smartwatches out there, with a premium and sleek design, and it’s good to see Samsung embrace Android Wear instead of stubbornly sticking with Tizen.

Of course, you’ll have to endure the usual wearable quirks including poor battery life and an irritating charging dock, and the Gear Live loses the IR blaster found on the Gear 2, so you can no longer control your telly and other infra-red goodies.

All in all, if you’re after a slick-looking wearable that’s well supported by its software, and can live with the irritation of constant charging via a fiddly dock, then the Gear Live does its job. Bear in mind that the Sony SmartWatch 3 and Asus Zenwatch are due to hit UK stores soon, however, which look to be serious Gear rivals... 

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Tech Advisor

Android Wear smartwatch is decent value, but still wouldn't buy

from Tech Advisor

I don't want to be hard on the Gear Live because it is a decent smartwatch at a reasonable price. It's well built and most comfortable, albeit I could live with a better watch strap. But, ultimately, I wouldn't buy the Gear Live, principally because I wouldn't want any smartwatch at this stage of...More

I don't want to be hard on the Gear Live because it is a decent smartwatch at a reasonable price. It's well built and most comfortable, albeit I could live with a better watch strap. But, ultimately, I wouldn't buy the Gear Live, principally because I wouldn't want any smartwatch at this stage of their development. I'm just not sure it offers me much over a normal watch, and I can't be bothered nursing the battery life of yet another device for relatively low returns.

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TrustedReviews

Elegant design, impressive screen

from TrustedReviews

The Samsung Gear Live is the best of the current Android Wear smartwatches, but we would still hold out for something with better battery life and a slimmer, more attractive design.

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The Samsung Gear Live is the best of the current Android Wear smartwatches, but we would still hold out for something with better battery life and a slimmer, more attractive design.

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Pocket Insider

A solid hardware to pair with Android Wear

from Pocket Insider

The Gear Live is a decent and solid piece of hardware. Sure, there are some things such as the strap and the charging dock that we didn’t like, but Samsung did retain a very traditional smartwatch design to be safe. All in all, we will definitely see the next generation of smartwatches roll...More

The Gear Live is a decent and solid piece of hardware. Sure, there are some things such as the strap and the charging dock that we didn’t like, but Samsung did retain a very traditional smartwatch design to be safe. All in all, we will definitely see the next generation of smartwatches rolling out with Android Wear to evolve and be more capable of performing more.

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Pocket-lint

Comfortable, well-sized, and excellent screen

from Pocket-lint

Of all the current Android Wear smartwatches on the market the Samsung Gear Live has the best design of the bunch. We like the idea of the Moto 360's round face, but some design blips on its behalf see the Samsung take top spot in the design ranks for now.

But despite being a good looker, the overall experience is still somewhat glitchy because Android Wear isn't quite clean enough yet to call it perfect. It's good for a relatively new system but still has a few hurdles to jump before it's enough to leave your phone tucked away for most of the day. Navigation being temperamental, an over-dependence on voice input, a lack of apps that will really define it as that much better than the competition, and in this instance battery life that's not as long-lasting as the near competition are all points of note...

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Of all the current Android Wear smartwatches on the market the Samsung Gear Live has the best design of the bunch. We like the idea of the Moto 360's round face, but some design blips on its behalf see the Samsung take top spot in the design ranks for now.

But despite being a good looker, the overall experience is still somewhat glitchy because Android Wear isn't quite clean enough yet to call it perfect. It's good for a relatively new system but still has a few hurdles to jump before it's enough to leave your phone tucked away for most of the day. Navigation being temperamental, an over-dependence on voice input, a lack of apps that will really define it as that much better than the competition, and in this instance battery life that's not as long-lasting as the near competition are all points of note.

If you're sold on Android Wear as your smartwatch platform of choice and will actually use the Google Voice-based input then of the options out there - LG G Watch and Moto 360 the other two available now - we would pick the Samsung Gear Live. If you can wait a little longer then both the Asus ZenWatch and LG G Watch R are incoming in the near future and may fare better. But only time will tell, and you might not want to wait forever.

The Samsung Gear Live does show progression in terms of design, which is a big positive. Its great screen, sleek design and smooth operation all go towards helping it, but until Android Wear updates into something altogether more we're still at the same conclusion here as we have been with the other devices on the platform. In six months' time it might be that much improved that the same device would score even higher. 

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GottaBeMobile

Needs some work

from GottaBeMobile

The Gear Live offers a simple set of features, and a person already familiar with Google Now voice commands knows how to use Gear Live’s voice commands.

The process of connecting the phone to the watch didn’t take much effort or time. This translates into an easy-to-use smartwatch that does a few things well right out of the box. The connection dropped more than it should, which gets frustrating. A few times I couldn’t reconnect without resetting the watch to factory settings...

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The Gear Live offers a simple set of features, and a person already familiar with Google Now voice commands knows how to use Gear Live’s voice commands.

The process of connecting the phone to the watch didn’t take much effort or time. This translates into an easy-to-use smartwatch that does a few things well right out of the box. The connection dropped more than it should, which gets frustrating. A few times I couldn’t reconnect without resetting the watch to factory settings.

The more apps a person uses, the more complicated the watch becomes. Some apps like Wear Mini Launcher help. The app puts a grid of small icons on the screen when the users swipes from the edge of the screen. Tap the icon to launch that Wear app’s functionality. That’s not what Google had in mind, but the more apps an owner installs, the more necessary such a launcher becomes. Remembering app titles to launch with voice gets complicated with too many apps. 

The two biggest frustrations come when the watch touchscreen doesn’t respond to swipes at first. I often had to try to swipe repeatedly before the watch app responded. Second, the connections consistency already mentioned got annoying. 

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Ausdroid

High contrast, power efficient display, stable platform with potential

from Ausdroid

If you’re in the market for a new watch you may want to ask yourself “How many times per day do I need to grab my phone from a pocket, power on the screen, pull down and read the notifications, just so I can keep up to date?” If your answer has a significant number in it I’d suggest an Android Wear watch like the Gear Live could be useful to you. If not, you could probably get by with a regular watch – dare we call them Dumbwatches...

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If you’re in the market for a new watch you may want to ask yourself “How many times per day do I need to grab my phone from a pocket, power on the screen, pull down and read the notifications, just so I can keep up to date?” If your answer has a significant number in it I’d suggest an Android Wear watch like the Gear Live could be useful to you. If not, you could probably get by with a regular watch – dare we call them Dumbwatches?

One last question. Do you want more interaction with real people and less with your smartphone? If you do you’ll be happy to know that I use my phone a whole lot less now. The fact that a watch can’t do as much means you don’t get stuck in antisocial mode! Your significant others will appreciate that, assuming they’re not also lost in all the features of their smartphone.

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PC Pro

A confident first step into the world of Android Wear

from PC Pro

Should you rush out and buy the Gear Live? That’s a tricky question. With a flood of new smartwatches due to hit the shelves any time now, we can’t wholeheartedly recommend that you dash out and buy any Android Wear smartwatch. Of the two we’ve seen so far, however, the Samsung...More

Should you rush out and buy the Gear Live? That’s a tricky question. With a flood of new smartwatches due to hit the shelves any time now, we can’t wholeheartedly recommend that you dash out and buy any Android Wear smartwatch. Of the two we’ve seen so far, however, the Samsung Gear Live gets our vote. It looks more expensive than its £160 price tag might suggest; it feels comfy enough to wear day-in, day-out; and Android Wear is a convincing companion to an Android smartphone. If you can’t fight the urge to purchase a smartwatch right this instant, the Samsung Gear Live is the one to have.

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Stuff

Usefulness in a well-specced package

from Stuff

With two devices on sale, it’s not hard to be the best Android Wear smartwatch you can buy right now. But the Samsung just edges ahead of the LG G Watch nonetheless.

Why? Mainly thanks to that sharper screen and bonus heart rate monitor. But they’re very close in both price, specs and what they’re capable of. So it mainly comes down to which one you prefer to wear. The LG will attract less attention, the Samsung's design will mark you out as an early adopter....

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With two devices on sale, it’s not hard to be the best Android Wear smartwatch you can buy right now. But the Samsung just edges ahead of the LG G Watch nonetheless.

Why? Mainly thanks to that sharper screen and bonus heart rate monitor. But they’re very close in both price, specs and what they’re capable of. So it mainly comes down to which one you prefer to wear. The LG will attract less attention, the Samsung's design will mark you out as an early adopter.

Still, it’s probably better to wait. That’s because the Moto 360 looms large. A Moto launch event has been set for 4th September and its gorgeous, round smartwatch comes with wireless charging and a truly premium design that really looks worth the money.

Android Wear OS needs to stay simple to succeed. That means anyone building one of these devices needs to throw everything into the design - exactly as Motorola appears to be doing. We suspect HTC, Asus, Fossil and stealthy fashion companies are quietly perfecting Wear watch designs, too. And we'd bet a small fortune Samsung already has a Gear Live successor in development... 

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XDA Developers

Changeable to match your style

from XDA Developers

The Gear Live is only one of the two devices that are available with Android Wear. Soon, the Moto 360 will be released. I would say if you have been on the fence about getting an Android Wear device, hold on a bit longer.Wait and see what the 360 will offer before deciding on buying an Android We...More

The Gear Live is only one of the two devices that are available with Android Wear. Soon, the Moto 360 will be released. I would say if you have been on the fence about getting an Android Wear device, hold on a bit longer.Wait and see what the 360 will offer before deciding on buying an Android Wear device at this point. The price difference of the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live is negligible, priced at $229 and $199 respectively. As more manufacturers get into the Android Wear market, we will have more options to choose from. In a nutshell, Android Wear will revolutionize the smartwatch market, but which actual device you choose will be much like Android phones and tablets–a matter of your brand and style preference.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

487 from Amazon.com

487 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Samsung Gear Live. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.4 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

6.8/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

3 from Amazon.ca

3 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Samsung Gear Live. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

8/10

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