Samsung Galaxy Gear official, Team Shin reinvents the watch (cough)

Samsung Galaxy Gear official, Team Shin reinvents the watch (cough)Early on during the initial Samsung Galaxy Note 3 unveiling, JK Shin cheekily raised his sleeve to reveal – yes, we all knew it was coming – the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Maybe it’s just me, but considering all the talk of wearable tech being the Next Big Thing, the Samsung Galaxy Gear announcement felt massively underwhelming. Indeed, it’s really described as a “companion device” for your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (marketing speak: they’re “Better together”), rather than something that’s independently impressive.

Diving into Samsung Galaxy Gear specs, we’ve got a pretty tiny 1.63in display with 320 x 320 resolution, while the 800MHz single-core processor should allay fears of a dual-core processor consuming all the juice.

Speaking of Samsung Galaxy Gear battery life, we’re promised 25+ hours on a single charge. Don’t forget to take it off and juice it up before you go to bed. Hmm.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear features that were rumoured over the past few weeks were mostly on the money, so there’s “seamless” syncing between the smartwatch and your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, including Notifications and Contacts.

If you’re handling an email on your Samsung Galaxy Gear, for example, you can expect to find that same email on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 display when you release it from its pocket-based prison.

You can also answer calls by raising the Samsung Galaxy Gear to your ear. Sammo reckons that’s a great idea, because it beats a) “talking to air” (take that, Bluetooth!), and b) taking your phone out of your pocket to answer a call. Because that’s so much hassle, right?

Similarly, you can make calls from the Samsung Galaxy Gear without touching a thing. The future is now.

Finally, there’s the Samsung Galaxy Gear’s “outward facing camera”, housed on the side of the device. I have a slight problem with that since it easily allows people to surreptitiously take pictures – far easier than you can with a smartphone.

On the app side of things, it sounds very much like the Samsung Galaxy Gear will have its own app store, with all sorts of things tailored towards getting off your bum and being healthy and that.

The smartwatch will come in six different colours when it starts rolling out on September 25, and Samsung Galaxy Gear price will supposedly be $299 in the US, which translates literally as £190. Of course, it’ll probably be closer to £250 in reality.

Is anyone even remotely interested?

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2013 at 20:31

sneakier than Google Glass (photo taking) - not good. But... whatever. Enjoy, early adopters.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 4, 2013 at 21:00

Smart watches will fail, even if Apple do one, it won't be as popular as tablets, never mind smartphones.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2013 at 21:17

Agree. Not just for reasons of features. It is one thing to carry one of 300 million phones in your pocket. But wear the same **** watch?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2013 at 21:51

Also: c'mon! Initially, the watch will only work with the Note 3 and the new Note 10.1 !!!
If you want buzz for a new device type, why not make it compatible with a device that has a huge, well-established userbase?! The SGS3 and 4.
And no bluetooth connection, and the thing will only show the time. How smart.

http://img.netzwelt.de/thumb/27/2013/7191/59831-samsung-galaxy-gear-test.jpg

And wow: video recording? 7 seconds max!!! There are 'spy' watches for kids on Amazon that do better :p

Last but not least: You need a charging cradle. Not some simple pin or micro-usb cord... nope, a cradle.

Stelph  Sep. 5, 2013 at 09:47

I dont think "meh" is a large enough word to pass across exactly what I think of this

The battery is too short, the functions are all duplicates of functions that you can do with your phone that takes 1-2 seconds to remove from your pocket, why would you want to read an email on a 1.6" screen when you can just look at your phone?

Madness

Stelph  Sep. 5, 2013 at 09:48

Also: c'mon! Initially, the watch will only work with the Note 3 and the new Note 10.1 !!!
If you want buzz for a new device type, why not make it compatible with a device that has a huge, well-established userbase?! The SGS3 and 4.
And no bluetooth connection, and the thing will only show the time. How smart.

http://img.netzwelt.de/thumb/27/2013/7191/59831-samsung-galaxy-gear-test.jpg

And wow: video recording? 7 seconds max!!! There are 'spy' watches for kids on Amazon that do better :p

Last but not least: You need a charging cradle. Not some simple pin or micro-usb cord... nope, a cradle.



This, any anything, was begging for a wireless charger so you could just put it next to your bed, very poorly thought out it seems

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 5, 2013 at 09:57

Agree. I'm not all that excited about wireless chargers, but for a watch it kinda makes sense. At least a simple, even if proprietary, charger to keep the connector small. But a fussy cradle?

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