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Samsung Gear Live: It's the world's best smartwatch, but probably not for long

Jon Phillips | July 15, 2014
The Gear Live is the best smartwatch I've ever used--but that's not a remarkable achievement considering all the crappy-to-middling efforts we've seen from Samsung, Sony and Qualcomm. If I were being generous, I'd say Samsung finally landed on a simple, wrist-friendly interface that does away with messy nested menus and convoluted features like voice calling.

But one of the biggest leap forwards should emerge later this summer when Motorola releases the Moto 360 with its breathtaking circular display. I doubt it will read much easier in sunlight, but there's no disputing Motorola's sophisticated industrial design.

For now, we have the Samsung Gear Live. In a two-watch race, it wins almost by default. But because Android Wear shows so much promise — and because I'm already becoming addicted to voice texting and Google Now on my wrist — I have to give the Gear Live a qualified thumbs up.


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