All in the wrist



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 Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther
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