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?