Today Samsung and Qualcomm announced their entries into the smartwatch race, the Galaxy Gear and Toq, respectively.

A few weeks ago I wrote my thoughts on what I thought were some basic requirements. Let’s see how Samsung and Qualcomm do with those:

Playing kind of fast and loose with those with the info I could find on them, but not too bad surprisingly. Unsurprisingly Samsung seems to have gone for features out the ass, but at $299 with poor battery life and questionable form factor I could see it having trouble beyond the early adopters. On the other side Qualcomm’s looks nicer and does less, but the focus and execution seems better as a result. Compare these short snippets:

Engadget on the Qualcomm Toq:

The pre-production Toq we tried out worked very well. It was responsive and easy to use, with an intuitive yet comprehensive interface. It’s rated for three to five days of use on a single charge, though the wireless power accessory couldn’t be easier to use.

The Verge on the Samsung Galaxy Gear:

There are a couple of significant downsides that temper my enthusiasm for the new Gear. First and foremost is the speed and intuitiveness of the user interface — or rather, the lack thereof. There’s a tangible lag to anything you do with the Gear, while the swipe gestures are hard to figure out and do different things depending on where you are in the menus.

That said it’s not as horrible a start as I expected, but not that great either. It’ll be interesting to see if either company gets significant traction, or if they’re just laying the groundwork for someone else to steal the show.