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For a century, a man depended on his watch, because much like with directions, no guy wants to ask a stranger for the time. Beyond functionality, though, a dude's watch said something about him. (Mostly, it said how much he could afford to spend on a watch.)
And then cellphones came along, making timepieces redundant -- impressive in a classical sense, sure, but impractical. Unnecessary. In other words: Bling.
With today's release of the Galaxy Gear, Samsung is hoping to make the wristwatch technologically useful again, serving as an extension of your smartphone. We got a chance to try it out, and here's our takeaway...
Junk won't fall out of your pockets: Half the time we reach for our phones, we accidentally drop our loose change and keys on the floor. The Gear lets you check messages and switch music tracks with a tap on the wrist (especially useful for DJing your party without running back and forth to the laptop), and the voice-transcribed text messaging feature will make your life that much lazier/better. Thankfully, it can't do emoticons, as far as we're aware.
It can make speakerphone calls: And, talking into your watch, you will feel like James Bond.
It locates your phone: Excellent for when you're hungover and not remembering so good.
You'll seem less like an a**hole at restaurants: If you're on a date, no girl appreciates you checking your phone for notifications while she's talking. A surreptitious glance at your wrist will seem a lot less rude. (Bonus for the true workaholic: You can surreptitiously check your notifications during sex.)