Samsung's Galaxy Gear

There are a couple of significant downsides that temper my enthusiasm for the new Gear. First and foremost is the speed and intuitiveness of the user interface — or rather, the lack thereof. There’s a tangible lag to anything you do with the Gear, while the swipe gestures are hard to figure out and do different things depending on where you are in the menus.
— The Verge
Samsung Gear - Source: The Verge

Samsung Gear - Source: The Verge

Apple's previous gen iPod Nano as a watch - Source: Bazanye.com

Apple's previous gen iPod Nano as a watch - Source: Bazanye.com

Samsung unveiled its take on the 'Smartwatch', Galaxy Gear today and my first impression is that it looks exactly like an iPod Nano (the previous generation one). Agreed that there are only a few ways to make a watch, but even its interface looks very similar to an iPod Nano. Samsung's Gear has a few more features (How can it be Samsung's if there are not a boatload of 'features'), like the camera on the wristband and a speaker, albeit not a good one. But the biggest bummer is the price $299, for this! The product also looks to be rushed to the market, some say to unsettle Apple's next week's iPhone event. I think John Gruber nailed it - "About the best you could expect from Samsung without having anything to copy from Apple: overpriced, ugly, laggy UI, terrible battery life, dubious utility." Also how can a watch not have an 'always ON' display and still manage only one day of battery life, that too with only fair usage?

About the best you could expect from Samsung without having anything to copy from Apple: overpriced, ugly, laggy UI, terrible battery life, dubious utility
— John Gruber

I sincerely hope (and know to an extent) that Apple's take on the 'Smartwatch' or a wearable device is more polished in terms of functionality and features (no doubt about Apple's product finishing - it will be top notch) and is less expensive than this. Even if it as expensive as this, Apple better be able to justify the cost!