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    Default Samsung Douses Rumors of Poor Galaxy Gear Sales by Announcing $800k Units Sold


    Samsung recently made an announcement stating its Galaxy Gear smartwatch has sold 800,000 units since launching in September. The announcement was made in an effort to douse the rumors that were claiming Samsung only managed to sell only 500,000 pieces over the two-month timeframe. According to a recent report from Reuters, Samsung is now touting the Galaxy Gear as the world’s most popular smartwatch after hitting the 800,000 units sold mark in November.
    According to the South Korean manufacturer:

    It's the most sold wearable watch available in the market place...and we plan to expand its availability by expanding mobile devices that work with the Gear.
    This number has supposedly even exceeded Samsung’s expectations, leading the company to extend sales promotions during the upcoming holiday season. Although critics and reviewers panned the device for lacking features and being difficult to use, it appears Samsung’s aggressive marketing campaign paid off. At $300, the Galaxy Gear remains an expensive accessory, especially for its purpose of being a wearable device designed to operate in conjunction with a smartphone or “phablet.”

    How do you feel about Samsung’s announcement and claims?

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    IMO I think they rushed the product just to say "We did it first!", but doing it first doesn't matter if you're not doing it the best. When they first began to advertise the watch with the "iPhone-like" commercial showing all the different television shows with people talking into their watches, they made it appear as if that's what you'd be doing with their product, but not so. Then not only is it NOT a standalone device, it ONLY currently works with one phone?? Its a glamorized gimmick IMO...

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    Agree^^ Also, they tend to inflate the #'s of there product $ales..we've seen it before. I was at Bestbuy and a salesperson was trying to show me the watch. I was not impressed at all. I don't need a middle man from hand to phone. I don't mind reaching into my pocket and grabbing my phone.

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    If Apple sells an iWatch for $300, I'll say no thanks. While paying $300+ for a watch is the norm for many people, I can't see the benefit of getting my texts and weather on my wrist, when I'm never away from my phone. And considering that these alerts are coming from your phone, you wouldn't get alerts if you were away from your phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
    Agree^^ Also, they tend to inflate the #'s of there product $ales..we've seen it before. I was at Bestbuy and a salesperson was trying to show me the watch. I was not impressed at all. I don't need a middle man from hand to phone. I don't mind reaching into my pocket and grabbing my phone.
    I agree that this watch isn't that impressive, but I think one done right would be. If I could get my Google Now on a decently looking watch, I think it would work awesome. I can check the time (given), see what my commute looks like to/from work, get reminders when to leave to make it to my appointments, check the forecast, see how my sport teams are doing, see if i have any texts/emails, possibly reply back (idk how I feel talking into my watch 007 style), see my flight status, get nagivation directions while walking, etc... all just by looking at my wrist. Sure you can say "Why be lazy and just not pull out your phone", but this is the way technology advances. We went from cash, to checks, to plastic cards, and now possibly on our phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
    I was at Bestbuy and a salesperson was trying to show me the watch. I was not impressed at all. I don't need a middle man from hand to phone. I don't mind reaching into my pocket and grabbing my phone.
    I went to Best Buy and the thing was just displaying an out-of-sync message. You couldn't even check the time on it. That wasn't really why I was there, so I didn't call an employee over or anything.

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    Why do I feel like these numbers are wrong? Everyone I have talked to about this watch had said either they would never get it or wouldn't pay that much for it. It's too big in my opinion. Though I am hopeful for an iWatch, I won't be getting one of those unless it works out as well.

    I still find it hard to believe that they sold that many. Does anyone know of anyone that has bought one, and or likes it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
    Agree^^ Also, they tend to inflate the #'s of there product $ales..we've seen it before. I was at Bestbuy and a salesperson was trying to show me the watch. I was not impressed at all. I don't need a middle man from hand to phone. I don't mind reaching into my pocket and grabbing my phone.
    care to quote your sources for their inflated numbers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Breezy215 View Post
    IMO I think they rushed the product just to say "We did it first!", but doing it first doesn't matter if you're not doing it the best. When they first began to advertise the watch with the "iPhone-like" commercial showing all the different television shows with people talking into their watches, they made it appear as if that's what you'd be doing with their product, but not so. Then not only is it NOT a standalone device, it ONLY currently works with one phone?? Its a glamorized gimmick IMO...

    +1

    I also think they rushed this to market but not only to be first but to test the market to see if there is a demand for such a device--which I think there is. they wanted to be first because god knows what would have happened had apple released one first.
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    What & where's the numbers on returned items? My mom has some DR and nursing companions she works with that have returned theirs because of lack of features and compatibility issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post

    +1

    I also think they rushed this to market but not only to be first but to test the market to see if there is a demand for such a device--which I think there is. they wanted to be first because god knows what would have happened had apple released one first.
    Yep. I'm sure a number of people here would've thought it would be great if Apple had done it. And I'm sure some of the same people claiming that 'why would anyone pay $300 for a device that only works with one phone?' would also say how great it was if Apple made it - you're always going to have that. But, it doesn't mean it represents the majority either.

    Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
    Agree^^ Also, they tend to inflate the #'s of there product $ales..we've seen it before. I was at Bestbuy and a salesperson was trying to show me the watch. I was not impressed at all. I don't need a middle man from hand to phone. I don't mind reaching into my pocket and grabbing my phone.
    Yeah, but there are plenty of times where it's just not that easy. Your hands are full? Inclement weather? A dozen other places you want to be discrete (theater, theatre, church, synagogue, mosque, dentist, coitus... I could go on but, you get the idea.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Breezy215 View Post
    IMO I think they rushed the product just to say "We did it first!", but doing it first doesn't matter if you're not doing it the best. When they first began to advertise the watch with the "iPhone-like" commercial showing all the different television shows with people talking into their watches, they made it appear as if that's what you'd be doing with their product, but not so. Then not only is it NOT a standalone device, it ONLY currently works with one phone?? Its a glamorized gimmick IMO...
    Why do you say they rushed the product? Do you even own one? Having the first product just introduces it to the public and therefore you learn what to do the next time around....

    Quote Originally Posted by holyshnikes View Post
    Why do I feel like these numbers are wrong? Everyone I have talked to about this watch had said either they would never get it or wouldn't pay that much for it. It's too big in my opinion. Though I am hopeful for an iWatch, I won't be getting one of those unless it works out as well.

    I still find it hard to believe that they sold that many. Does anyone know of anyone that has bought one, and or likes it?
    I have it and I like it... Remember it's just the beginning... First of anything always has a rough period... And btw it's not big at all...

    Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
    What & where's the numbers on returned items? My mom has some DR and nursing companions she works with that have returned theirs because of lack of features and compatibility issues.
    Compatible issues like what? Please explain because I'm curious... It states that full function of the watch works PERFECT with the s4 and note I think, but it works just fine for my needs with my iPhone 5s.
    Last edited by bonum83; 11-19-2013 at 03:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holyshnikes View Post
    Why do I feel like these numbers are wrong?

    I still find it hard to believe that they sold that many.
    They are wrong, and your instincts are good. It's been confirmed that Samsung's "sales" are once again JUST SHIPMENTS to resellers like Best Buy, NOT ACTUAL CONSUMER SALES.

    Also, it's been noted that return rates are somewhere in the neighborhood of 30-40%!!! I'm guessing partly because people are buying it assuming it'll work on any Android phone, or Samsung phone, when in fact it only works on 2-3 top end Samsung phones.

    I'll never believe any sales numbers that come from Samsung. They either use shipments instead of sales, or outright lie. They've been caught on both counts.Between all that and their paid shill internet commenters there's not much worth believing with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holyshnikes View Post
    Why do I feel like these numbers are wrong? Everyone I have talked to about this watch had said either they would never get it or wouldn't pay that much for it. It's too big in my opinion. Though I am hopeful for an iWatch, I won't be getting one of those unless it works out as well.

    I still find it hard to believe that they sold that many. Does anyone know of anyone that has bought one, and or likes it?
    I have both Apple & Android products. I also have the Galaxy Gear and really enjoy it. The watch does what it is suppose to do and does it well. It has also been updated since some of the first reviews. I think people are still basing their opinions on first reviews from tech sites that didn't give it a good review. I suggest that you look at Best Buy & Amazon customer reviews that have actually bought the device to use in everyday life. I would highly recommend it to Android owners. It does work with more than two devices and is continually being updated. I have probably gotten more compliments from wearing it than any watch I have ever owned. I had the Pebble and took it back for a refund after I tried the Gear. Naturally if you don't have a Android phone this is not the watch for you. But I can believe 800,000 units sold after having had it for over a month myself.

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    Haven't seen anyone with one....but then again haven't seen a single iPhone 5C either

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    Quote Originally Posted by BhadKarma View Post
    Haven't seen anyone with one....but then again haven't seen a single iPhone 5C either
    I think I've only seen 2 people with the iPhone 5C out in the wild.

    As for Samsung's numbers, yup, they always quote shipped numbers, NOT ACTUAL sales numbers.

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    I will buy this watch if its still connected or in-sync with my phone and gve me notifications and sorts... even when i left my phone thousand km away from me... now that it can be useful...

    cause we cant bring smartphone at my office areas.. so smartwatch might help

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    I get the feeling that the vast majority of these sales came from South Korea.

    How did it do here, in the U.S.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christophxr View Post
    I get the feeling that the vast majority of these sales came from South Korea.

    How did it do here, in the U.S.?
    Fail.
    You are not 'here' in the USA. You are on the internet. Welcome to the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d_animality View Post
    I will buy this watch if its still connected or in-sync with my phone and gve me notifications and sorts... even when i left my phone thousand km away from me... now that it can be useful...

    cause we cant bring smartphone at my office areas.. so smartwatch might help

    With this smartwatch phone Umeox S Watch you don't need to carry the phone with you anymore just put the micro sim in and ready to go.

    Umeox Angel Watch Hands On - YouTube

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    Wearable tech is an inevitability. People lay hundreds to thousands of dollars for watches. This is standard fair. Up to this point these smart watches have been viewed as tech items, and as such they are judged on functionality. Since most of these devices don't do much, and what they do they don't do very well, the price seems too high. Apple, however, has the ability to turn a piece of tech into a luxury item that people want and are willing to pay for. When Apple released their take on the smart watch you can be sure it will be sexy and functional, and people will be lining up to buy the device.
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