You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

fashion

All in the wrist

JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

Continue reading below

The obituary had already been written for the wristwatch. Knocked out of commission by smartphones, it slipped in importance from necessity to accessory. But with the advent of the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch, wrist wear could be crawling out of the grave like a zombie from “Night of the Living Dead.” Apple is rumored to be working on its own watch, and after a successful Kickstarter campaign, a watch called the Pebble is also promising to run your apps.

I hate to be a glum Gus, but there are a few flaws here. First, the Samsung watch is ugly. (Someone had to say it.) And awkward to operate. We’ve seen waves of gadget-filled watches before, and they come and go like contestants on “The Bachelor.” When I was in junior high, I proudly wore a calculator watch. I also had a watch with a built-in radio. One generation’s cutting edge is another’s joke.

If you are too lazy to pull a cellphone out of your pocket then this could be the phone for you. But my guess is that Samsung’s latest offering will wind up in the tech dustbin, a well-intentioned beta awaiting further evolution.

Christopher Muther can be reached at muther@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.