USA TODAY: Gear 2 a smarter watch but still a tough sell

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Gear 2 a smarter watch but still a tough sell

NEW YORK — Samsung unveiled the new Gear 2 smart watch only months after the company’s original Galaxy Gear went on sale, all but admitting that its first techie timepiece wasn’t so smart, after all. But Samsung remains committed to wearable tech, and Gear 2 marks genuine improvement, even if its appeal remains limited, especially at $300. That’s a sizable sum to invest in a device that primarily functions as a complement to a requisite Samsung phone or phablet. Gear 2 is only compatible with Samsung devices dating to the Galaxy S III and Note II, including the Galaxy S5 I used for testing. Forget about using it with rival Android handsets, or, of course, the iPhone or Windows Phones.

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