Yeah I know the NCIX listing doesn't work, and Amazon's pre-order price is RIDICULOUS (MSRP is $300), but quite frankly I think most people will probably be buying them in bundles anyway. Samsung hinted that there might be some pretty great bundles.
My overall impressions (as a Pebble user) are pretty positive. The extra functionality is great versus something that feels more like "baby's first smartwatch", but battery life would be a major drawback to me, as would the bulky size. The size of the Pebble is perfect for me. Maybe a larger display would be nice, but by eating into some of the bezel area that could be easily remedied.
I think the conclusion of Brian Klug's review at Anandtech hit the nail on the head when he said "If we look at Samsung's history in nearly every market we've followed it (SoCs, SSDs, smartphones), the company has a tendency to show up early with the wrong solution, but iterate aggressively to the point where it ends up with a very good solution." (read the full article here)
I've said this quite a few times in the past, and it continues to be true. With that in mind, the Gear isn't nearly as abysmal of a "first attempt" as some other Samsung products have been, and if you wanted a smart watch, I wouldn't say "stay away". I'm just not going to say "You NEED to own this device".
I really need to see what Apple delivers with the iWatch before the direction in which this category is moving will be clear.