Samsung had its major Galaxy product presentations at IFA 2013 (Berlin) Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. The products were greeted with some applause and a balance of criticism (hence the use of faux pas). Not a social faux pas but more of the technology type. The presentations were very graceful even gracious - for example the fabulous microsite introducing the new Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch (first link in this article.) The attached One Minute News video (with Jim Pitt Harris) of Sept. 4, 2013 should give a very brief but thorough technical summary.
The Galaxy Gear (smartwatch) does seem to be a new device - or a device and a half. The embedment of the camera ("Memometer") in the wrist strap makes it look like "the new thing". Plus the camera is reported to send those images direct to your Galaxy smartphone. That part appears necessary as the Gear was reported to come in only two memory ranges: 6 Mb (?) and 8 Mb? The microsite states (now) that memory is 4 Gb (internal) + 512 Mb (RAM). The other faux pas factor is what appears to be a plastic wrist band? Experience shows those always break at the attaching screws and thus may have a limited service life.
Perhaps Samsung has/is already solved/solving that perceived breakage issue. Just how durable is the new Gear smartwatch anyway? The only answer in that regard may be the battery life - about 10 hours, which seems pitiful. It is listed as a 315 mAH (LiON type) - perhaps DIYers can slip in a more powerful battery? To be fair, the Galaxy Note/Gear microsite lists many technical capabilities and qualities. Some of these (like the "Banjo" app) even seem futuristic? And CNET finds the Samsung Pocket app (formerly Read It Later) to be "one of its coolest features".
Other issues might be the "clunkiness" of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch (as debated on Bloomberg TV). Another faux pas of the Galaxy Gear is the price (said to be about $299 – add the Galaxy Note and you might be talking about $700+) compared to the Pebble. The clunky dimensions of the new Note (3) suggest that it may suitable for the hand of an overlarge primate - like a baboon or a Yeti. This Examiner article must conclude now on the few faux pas (plural) observed at the Samsung Galaxy IFA 2013 presentation.