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Apple co-founder brands Samsung Galaxy Gear ‘worthless’

The smartwatch race is heating up and now Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has waded in to the discussion, hitting out at Samsung’s wearable efforts.

Woz, the man responsible for designing and creating much of the software within Apple’s early computers and a well-known early adopter of emerging tech, branded the Samsung Galaxy Gear “worthless” while talking on the smartwatch space.

Discussing the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Wozniak reportedly told Xconomy that he felt the device was so bad that he stopped using it after just half a day, flogging the wearable on eBay.

That was the only technology I bought to experiment with that I threw out after half a day, sold it on eBay because it was so worthless and did so little that was convenient,” Wozniak said of the Gear. “You had to hold it up to your ear and stuff.”

It’s not just Samsung’s devices which have left Woz wanting more, the Apple co-founder is seemingly unimpressed by the current fleet of smartwatches.

“I want my smartphone here, but I really want the whole thing,” Wozniak said on the limited features currently available on wrist-based tech.

He added: “I don’t want just a little Bluetooth connection to the smartphone in my pocket because then it’s just an intermediary, an extra thing I buy to get what I already have and have to carry anyway.”

Despite Wozniak’s reservations, the smartwatch space looks set to be reinvigorated later this week when the first Android Wear device, the LG G Watch, hits UK retailers.

Although yet to confirm any plans, Apple, the company Wozniak helped co-found but now has no affiliation with, is expected to launch its first smartwatch, the Apple Watch, this September.

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