What Samsung needs to do to make Galaxy Gear a hit in 2014 | Mobile - CNET News. I have spent a few weeks now with the Galaxy Gear on my wrist. It is the first SmartWatch that I wear every day, and just works. It stays connected to my smartphone, and sometimes I will go for hours without having to take the phone out of its pouch. The bad: It is very expensive, and cost $300. However, I have spent more on watches that don't do anything but tell time. It still won't get the full text of my GMails, so I have to take the phone out to read them. The good: It takes 15 second videos and photos that automatically are transferred to the phone. This is great for the times you can't take the time to pull out the phone. The speaker phone is great, and I can take calls while walking around. The speaker is just loud enough for me to hear when I raise my arm to my face; but, not loud enough that nosy people can listen in. If I need privacy, I can easily turn off the watch speaker and take a call normally. It vibrates when a text or email or Google Now notification comes in. It is far less bulky than the reviews claimed, and it now feels like a natural thing to make and receive calls on my wrist. All in all, a good start. Now, Samsung has to reduce the price, and make this thing available to everyone. Great New Year's Resolution.