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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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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:11PM (#47361441)

    Hi did you get the newsletter that Woz left Apple like 20 years ago and has nothing to do with the company anymore? And that he's a huge tech/gadget geek and doesn't care if the device is not Apple? And has even publicly spoken out against Apple?

    Well now you do.

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

    by bill_mcgonigle ( 4333 ) * on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:17PM (#47361487) Homepage Journal

    Don't forget about the resolution he got out of a video controller. Or the way he mercilessly attacked the IC count. Woz is a populist geek hero to anybody who wants to maximize performance while minimizing cost.

    The big iron folks always look down their noses at the little people with their little computers, but they don't start any revolutions.

  • by FlyHelicopters ( 1540845 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:35PM (#47361671)

    Apple does I'm sure... he is still a full time paid employee of Apple, receiving about $120K a year.

    He doesn't actually do anything there, he just gets paid... well, because... :)

    Woz likes to stand in line with everyone else and buy them because it makes him feel normal. He doesn't have Job's ego, and for that, I applaud him.

  • by Iniamyen ( 2440798 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:36PM (#47361675)
    Wasn't it only a year or two ago about how we were congratulating ourselves on not having to wear watches, because hey, everyone's got a smart phone and you can just check the time on that.

    I don't wear a watch day-to-day. When I do wear one, it's with a suit as a fashion accessory. And I seriously doubt smart watches will ever look classy. Flashy, yes. Classy, no.

    It's pretty amazing how short the average consumer's attention span is. I guess I can't blame companies for gettin' while the gettin's good.
  • Re:watches? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by MightyYar ( 622222 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:50PM (#47361823)

    In an office environment, sure, a wristwatch is superfluous. Doing anything even remotely active, you don't necessarily have your cell phone in a handy spot: jogging, biking, swimming, sailing, fishing, etc. You also can snag a quick look at your watch without getting caught - much harder to do with a smartphone, and much less socially awkward. Smart phones sometimes die - I don't always get a full day out of my battery, but a watch will run essentially forever. Smart phones aren't very durable, even with protective cases - so if you are doing something where the smart phone might get wet or subject to impact, it isn't really an option. Smart phones also aren't very pretty. You can deck them out with fancy cases, but at the end of the day a shiny piece of functional jewelry is still nicer aesthetically. People would probably wear something on their wrist even without the time-telling feature - that is sort of a bonus.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @02:02PM (#47361951)

    Attributing it to luck is what losers do.

  • by Jeff Flanagan ( 2981883 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @02:25PM (#47362213)
    This demonstrates the fact that people who are very smart in one area can mistake themselves for experts in an unrelated area where they're totally incompetent. Jobs over-estimation of his own abilities wound up killing him when he confidently went for fantasy-based fake medicine due to his total lack of expertise regarding medicine.
  • by FatdogHaiku ( 978357 ) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @04:24PM (#47363353)

    No, my toilet does not need a IPv6 connection. I promise you I can still take a shit without it.

    Sorry, as part of the "pay per flush" sewer service billing not only will it be monitored it will also have an override to disable it in the event of a police raid...

Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this-- no dog exchanges bones with another. -- Adam Smith