That’s a drop of $100 from the initial price in August. Is that a sign of poor sales? Possibly, but not likely. Android handsets often see a price cut within 3 to 6 months after launch. The $100 drop was also leaked in late August to happen in the fourth quarter:
Although some thought the original $199 cost was too high for what people called a phone “with mid-range” hardware, I felt the Moto X provided a high-end experience and bought my own in August. It’s still the Android phone I carry on a daily basis. After the price cut, it’s an even more compelling handset.
I’ve been using a Galaxy Gear with a Galaxy Note 3 for the past few weeks, holding off on my thoughts to give it a fair shake over time. At $299, it’s a tough sell in my opinion; perhaps even a tough sell at $199. From a hardware perspective, it’s not a bad device: The screen is bright, the battery life is acceptable — I don’t mind charging a device each night — and the touchscreen is responsive.
I don’t find that the Galaxy Gear advances the smartwatch concept however, nor is a completely finished product.
Notifications from non-Samsung apps don’t provide information details, for example, and that’s one of the key features of the device. The built-in camera is interesting and works well, but I don’t find it provides that much value. And taking a phone call on the watch isn’t something I’d want to do often; it’s difficult to hear your caller if there’s any background noise.
At $299 with limitations — the watch only works with certain Samsung devices — the Gear is a tough sell. And for those that do buy it, I can understand why some aren’t happy with the purchase.