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Originally Posted by BarryH_GEG
What does an S4 Zoom have to do with either using the Gear as a full-Android device or using the smartphone it's tethered to instead? Unless you're saying in cases where a Zoom and Gear are paired together using the Gear as an alternative makes sense. But who the hell uses a Zoom as a primary phone any way? Out of all my tech-oriented friends and co-workers I don't even know any one that has or is considering a Zoom. As for the military the "no-no" on smartphones is for security reasons. Circumventing it by using a Gear so no one knows is a great way to cut a military career short. Interesting answers but probably apply to less than 5% of the people here saying they use the Gear as a full-Android device.
Lets say you need a phone and a camera and have very limited space. Find one smartphone that at 10x that even matches the Zoom. You won't because there isn't one. Not even the +30MP Pureview come close. Even at 5x there is nothing.
Due to it's size, pulling it out of your pocket is a pain so having a smartwatch that can move as much of you commonly access data to you wrist is needed. The Gear's stock Android firmware takes care of most of this but not all so Null is needed. Unless Tizen grows up really quick, full Android is the only reasonable option.
Digital zoom is for idiots and unless you don't care about quality or want to spend a ton of time in post a phone with optical zoom is needed. This leaves either a real camera, like the Fuji X-Pro1, that you have to carry around all the time or the Zoom.
I am that less than 5% and I use the Zoom as my primary. Until a month ago I was running Ubuntu for Android (A.K.A. Ubuntop
not the chroot method) for everything from web surfing to website maintenance and updates as well as Android ROM development and MODs/Patches. I needed either a decent camera and full standalone smartwatch OR what I ended up with which was the Zoom/Gear combo.
Are you military? I know military personnel (stationed at NB San Diego) from E-3 all the way up to OF-4 that use the Gear on a regular basis, on base, during the regular "work day". My wife is the only NCO in her command that doesn't use a Gear. BTW smartphones are authorized just not in secure areas.