Are you buying a Gear wearable with your Galaxy S5?Evan Selleck - Contributing Editor
Here we are a couple of weeks into April, and looking back at February just makes it feel like so long ago. We may not have had a lot of things happen between the end of February and now, but the events that took place between then and no were certainly impactful. Just look at Microsoft, for instance. Just last week they announced Windows Phone 8.1, and introduced the whole slate of new features along with it. Pretty big news!
Whether or not it's "bigger" is really up to personal preference, but at the end of March HTC introduced their newest flagship model: the One M8. More than that, though, they also made it publicly available on the same day! That's super exciting if you ask me, and it's one thing that I absolutely want to see other manufacturers pay attention to -- if not downright copy.
That's a lot of news with just those two pieces right there, but obviously we saw more than that since the end of February. An unlucky thing, maybe, for Samsung, which unveiled the Galaxy S5 on February 24. It hasn't completely fallen out of the news, though, so perhaps the saving grace. It helps that we're all talking about Samsung's "Next Big Thing" all over again today, though, right? After all, you can finally buy the thing if you wanted to! Oh, happy day!
Joking aside, I know that there are more than a few people out there that have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Samsung's Galaxy S5. As I mentioned back around the announcement, the newest member of Samsung's flagship lineup may be an iterative device, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad thing. Marco outlines in the full review, the Galaxy S5 is indeed a worthy device, and if you're in the market for a new handset it deserves at least a second glance.
I'm actually more curious about a few other Samsung-branded devices.
Two days before the Big S unveiled the Galaxy S5, they pulled the curtains off their newest wearable devices. One of them, the Gear 2, was meant to replace the original Galaxy Gear Samsung launched late last year. The other, the Gear 2 Neo, exists simply to fill in the gaps of a niche market -- one where someone might not want to pay a high price tag, while also ditching a few features along the way. And then there's the really unique accessory, the Gear Fit. These may not have been the star of Samsung's show, but they garnered plenty of attention all on their own.
And here we are, with the launch of the Galaxy S5 we also get the launch of Samsung's newest wearables. And that's really what I want to ask you. Are you planning on walking out of a store with just the Galaxy S5 today, or are you also going to pick up one of the fancy new accessories, too? If so, which one? And if you don't plan on buying one of Samsung's new wearables, why not?