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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch 242

curtwoodward (2147628) writes Apple co-founder and legendary nerd Steve Wozniak is a huge gadget enthusiast, often appearing in lines with mere mortals to purchase new Apple products. So you can bet he's tried out most of the smartwatches on the market today. The worst one? By far, the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which The Woz says he sold on eBay after half a day's use. "It was so worthless and did so little that was convenient," Wozniak said at an appearance in Milwaukee. "You had to hold it up to your ear and stuff." So maybe the watch sucked, but just imagine being the one who bought Woz's used Gear---do you think they know?
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

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  • Agreed. (Score:4, Informative)

    by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:08PM (#47361413) Homepage

    I did the same, except I returned to ti Best Buy and got a Pebble instead.

    Works a LOT better for what a smart watch is good for, critical Information display.

  • Re:Legendary nerd? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ralph Wiggam ( 22354 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:12PM (#47361451) Homepage

    He invented the universal remote control.

  • Re:Legendary nerd? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:13PM (#47361461)

    You mean besides building a disk controller in software that was faster and far more adaptable and reliable than the hardware versions at the time, and cost a tenth as much?

    Yeah, I can't figure why that would be important in 1977.

  • Re:watches? (Score:2, Informative)

    by retchdog ( 1319261 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:16PM (#47361485) Journal

    they're convenient and unobtrusive, especially at the movies or at dinner with other people. they also look nice; yes, this matters.

  • Re:Legendary nerd? (Score:5, Informative)

    by iggymanz ( 596061 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:24PM (#47361559)

    No one else designed the circuits and firmware/software of a 6502 based computer system with output that worked on a home TV.

    He holds four patents as sole inventor:
    No. 4,136,359: Microcomputer for use with video display
    No. 4,210,959: Controller for magnetic disc, recorder, or the like
    No. 4,217,604: Apparatus for digitally controlling PAL color display
    No. 4,278,972: Digitally-controlled color signal generation means for use with display

    Please post link to your major contributions to the field of personal computing, we're looking forward to it. Unless as I suspect your biggest contribution is the dried and crusted mass on the underside of your system's desk

  • by SuricouRaven ( 1897204 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:40PM (#47361719)

    Jobs died of pancreatic cancer, not anal cancer. Mock him correctly, please. For example, you could remind everyone that he might still be around had he accepted some real treatment from actual doctors as soon as the cancer was diagnosed, rather than delayed for nine months trying some 'alternative medicine' nonsense - he went through several diets, accupuncture, herbal cures and some sort of enema-based detox regime before finally admitting that the cancer wasn't getting better and going for surgery - by which time it was too late.

  • by Ralph Wiggam ( 22354 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @02:13PM (#47362065) Homepage

    Wozniak is still an Apple employee with a salary of $120k/year and he still has a bunch of stock. I doubt he has much if any involvement in Apple operations, but saying "he has nothing to do with the company" is not true.

    You are correct that he calls them like he sees them, regardless of brand. I generally love Samsung and have owned a bunch of their phones, but the Gear has no interest for me for exactly the reasons Woz states.

"Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb