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Samsung Gear S review: Bigger and badder, but not in a good way

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At a Glance
  • Samsung Gear S

    PCWorld Rating

    The Samsung Gear S smartwatch breaks new ground with phone-free communications, but makes too many compromises. With a high up-front price and monthly service charge, buy at your own risk.

At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    The Samsung Gear S smartwatch breaks new ground with phone-free communications, but makes too many compromises. With a high up-front price and monthly service charge, buy at your own risk.

    Pros

    • Receives calls, text messages and notifications without a phone nearby.
    • Battery life is better than most full-color smartwatches.

    Cons

    • Large, clunky design with annoying clasp and snap-on charger.
    • Expensive up-front price with an additional monthly cost for wireless service.
    • Contacts won't recognize your number for outgoing calls.
    • Interface is confusing, inconsistent and lacking in actionable notifications.

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