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I heard the battery life on these smart watches is terrible...



...and that ___________ (insert beautiful actress) is waiting in my guest bedroom.


I can live with this at the end of the day. Both options, actually. ;) 
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I've got the 1st gen, and have no issues with battery life. I could probably squeeze 2 days out of it if I need to, however, I charge every night.  I'm already charging my cell phone, tablet, glass,  headset, and laptop, so why is my watch a big deal?
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Well, I'm not applauding +Derek Ross leaving Verizon :), but I am happy to try to help sell his Moto X. In all white it is a great look.
 
I listed my Moto X on +Swappa

I took the plunge and left Verizon. If you're still rockin' Big Red and need a phone off contract, I'm selling my Moto X 16GB, all white. It's in mint condition, no visible blemishes.

Swappa is awesome if you've never used them. I love the site, have met most of the staff in person (they're good people), and it's just a much better shopping experience versus eBay.

If you're not in the market for a new phone but know someone who is, pass it on. Thanks!

#shamelessplug #Android #MotoX
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Unless you have to be on Verizon, don't use Verizon. If you can use something else, do it. Verizon is evil. 😀
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No, that's not dirt. It's peeling. No joke. This is the Gear 2 I bought Sunday. It's already peeling.

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Ah Samsung and their legendary material quality standards. Gotta love them for it. 
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Well damn...which one should I keep?! I like the size and the feel of the Gear fit, but the inability to respond to a message or at least answer, if not fully take a call, bothers me a bit. The full versions of the gear eliminate that problem but they don't feel as good on my wrist.

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I didn't own the first Gear watch so I can't make that comparison. However, even while over-using the Gear Fit during the new toy novelty period, I ended the day with around 70% of its charge remaining. The Gear 2 isn't lasting as long, but that is most certainly sue to me having taken quite a few calls on it via its speakerphone, which works surprisingly well. 
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The Gear Fit is a cool toy...Though I'm wondering if I should have waited until they had more of the Gear 2 delivered instead. That what I intended to buy, but they were sold out already.

There isn't much that this can do aside from getting notifications, controlling music, monitoring my sleep and heart rate...I'd like a bit more from it.

Glass is far more functional, and it had better be for the price, as it is capable of so much more than the Gear that I might have wondered why Samsung even bothered with these.

Except, Samsung got something very right with the Gear devices. They are inconspicuous while being useful, unlike Glass, and because of this I anticipate that the Gear smartwatches will actually be the more useful devices.

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It looks like the battery is going to do very well though. I was expecting to be disappointed in the battery life, but I'm pleasantly surprised. 
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I was trying to avoid spending any money on tech toys for a while. When the frames for Google Glass first came along, I passed. I still have yet to buy an HTC One M8.  I saw some high-end earphones that I'd really like, but I passed on them.  I have passed on buying a LED television, Roku, a new Wifi router, and more.  

Somehow, Samsung broke my will with the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit. 

I bought both.  I really like them both.  Though, I am only going to end up keeping one.  When I walked into Best Buy in Atlanta last week, I intended to just grab the Gear 2 (with the camera), as I had been really digging it the previous night, apparently just hours before they were allowed to sell them.  Well, at slightly after 11am they had already sold out of the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo (no camera), and had two of the Gear Fit available.  Thus, I bought a Gear fit.  

I like the Fit for the size, the light weight, the look, especially for the notifications, and for the fitness applications.  It is pretty well done, though some other fitness bands are more fully featured for fitness only purposes, the Gear Fit is a far better smartwatch because of the notifications it provides and the ease of accessing them. 

Heart Rate, Pedometer, Sleep, and an Exercise application that includes settings for walking, running, hiking, and cycling, then a timer and a stopwatch are all of the Gear Fit's fitness offerings.  All of them seem to work well for me.  I have read reviews in which others say the measurements aren't accurate, or at least not as accurate as other fitness bands, but it has done well for me. I'm not sure what they are experiencing nor why.  

As for notifications on the Gear Fit, they are great. They are displayed almost immediately when they arrive on my Note 3, they are fairly easy to scroll through, and they can then be displayed on the phone with a tap on the appropriate icon at the bottom of the notification. 

However, they cannot be responded to in any way.  Once I've read a message, I can either view it on the phone, delete it, or...nothing.  That's it.  

This is where the Gear 2 Neo comes into the picture.  I can respond to messages and incoming calls via predetermined replies, via voice using S-Voice, and I can make and answer calls directly from the smartwatch.  It also offers every single feature of the Gear fit, plus it adds, S-Voice, a messaging application, Contacts list, a Dialer, a synchronized call log, an Email application, an IR remote control, voice memos the sync with the phone's voice memo application, a calendar application, the ability to connect to a bluetooth headset to playback music, and 4GB of internal storage for that music playback. 

It is the same price as the Gear Fit but looks more like the Gear 2.

Taking a call from my wrist seemed like a silly feature to bother with.  Seriously, why the hell would I want to bother with that when I have speakerphone?  Yet, it actually is convenient.  If I am at the computer, I don't have to bother with grabbing the phone, I don't even have to touch the watch, as I can just say "answer" and it does as expected.  It is a pretty good speakerphone as well.  The audio is good in both directions.  I'm happy with the way this has worked.  

I love that for text messages, I can reply, and not just with canned responses, but by dictating messages by voice.  I think I'd be able to do this with email too, but the security settings on my device appear to be blocking that.  

Unlike the Gear Fit, the orientation of the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo is more appropriate to the way most of us check our watches. The Gear Fit requires that I contort both my neck and arm to read it if worn traditionally on my wrist. I also found that due to the curved display, it always makes for glare from reflections, unless the environment is pitch black.  If I wear it on the underside of my wrist it is a bit better, both for glare and orientation, but it is still not ideal.  

I am not keeping the Gear Fit.  Pretty as it may be, it just isn't very good overall.  

I am keeping the Gear 2 Neo.  I know everyone seems to prefer the look of the Gear Fit, but it is simply not as good a device for anything it is meant to do.  
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Did I really need to be notified? 
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where the hell are they planning to put their food they're getting from the drive thru? #throughglass
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the passenger going to hold it.
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This is a real, though not currently live (for this event), rotary phone. Damn right I'm gonna try it when it is back up!

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Omg true story my grandmother cordless phne set stopped working; the next day i went over there she had a tan rotary phne on her table now she wont replace it lawdy smh
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Off to a great start...or not. Pretty tedious setup process here with the gear fit. 
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Cool thanks keep me posted
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