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09-04-2013, 01:47 PM #1
Samsung Unveils $299 Galaxy Gear Smart Watch
Samsung recently announced its Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, a wearable device that features a 1.63-inch 320 x 320 resolution AMOLED touchscreen, built-in speakers, and a 1.9-inch megapixel camera in the strap. The device boasts an 800 MHz processor, 4 GB of storage and 512 MB of RAM. The watch supposedly supports voice control with S Voice and is able to make and receive calls and video memos. The device is supposedly designed to be a companion for the Galaxy Note 3 and new Note 10.1, with the ability to notify wearers of text messages and other updates. That being said, it should be noted that it requires a Bluetooth 4.0 connection to work.
The Galaxy Gear isn’t currently compatible with other Samsung devices beyond the Note 3 and 10.1 as it runs Android 4.3 but it will support 70 third-party applications at launch, including popular offerings such as Evernote and Path along with many health oriented apps like RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal. It includes a pedometer to measure fitness levels, an accelerometer and a 315 mAh battery that providers up to one day of regular use, according to Samsung reps that spoke to Engadget.
One of the major things that Apple is supposedly working to overcome with its own iWatch is poor battery life, an issue which is said to currently be in development. In March, a report suggested that Apple has yet to reach its target goal of four to five days of battery life for the device.
The folks over at The Verge went hands-on with the Galaxy Gear criticizing the battery life and found it to be “bulkier” than the Pebble with “a tangible lag.” The following was mentioned regarding the 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.
Samsung promises "about a day" of endurance from the Gear, but by the end of our briefing with the company, the cameras on most of its demo units were refusing to turn on due to the watches running low on power.
I believe it will become a new fashion icon around the world.
Source: Samsung via Engadget, The Verge
09-04-2013, 01:54 PM #2
How much ?????
That's a lot of cash for a watch that wont work with ANY current phones lol
09-04-2013, 02:12 PM #3
I think this will flop. Their next gen will be good I'm sure. But compatability issues and poor batter life are huge for this thing. Not to mention it looks ugly and it's $300!
I think Samsung was do hell bent on putting out a watch before Apple it missed the mark. Let's hope Apple will be better off with theirs.
09-04-2013, 02:28 PM #4
**** Tracey used to be popular..."USED TO BE POPULAR" haha! Not to mention, the iPod watch looks sexier than this hunk of metal. EPIC FAIL.
09-04-2013, 02:33 PM #5
$300? 800Mhz nope
09-04-2013, 02:59 PM #6
Needs a bigger screen.
09-04-2013, 03:24 PM #7
This thing is way too niche to make any headway, even when you don't factor in its shortcomings. First off, it only works with a couple of Samsung's top shelf devices. They should have made it work with any Android phone, or at the very least any Samsung phone.
Then on top of that you have a very distinct design that only a relatively small subset of those particular phone owners will like and want to wear on a regular basis. THEN on top of that they have to find it interesting enough to lay out $300 for it.
And then you have to throw in all it's issues including a battery that may or may not last through a day, sluggish performance despite its basic features relative to its CPU, and creep factor with the spy cam on the side.
Add it all up and you could probably count the total consumer market for this on one hand!
Any Android user looking for a smartwatch is much better off with Sony's new unveiling or the Omate if it performs to expectations.
09-04-2013, 03:28 PM #8
these stupid so called smart watches are a big fail.
09-04-2013, 03:41 PM #9
09-04-2013, 03:41 PM #10
And samsung note 3 with leather back cover and now nobody can complain it's cheap plastic anymore.
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09-04-2013, 03:54 PM #11
So it won't connect to any phones? I thought that was one of the main points of using a smartwatch. I have the Pebble and even that will show me my caller ID and text messages. This is a huge failure.
09-04-2013, 04:12 PM #12
This is a terrible product and the constant Bluetooth connection is sure to eat up the battery life of whatever phone connects to it.
09-04-2013, 04:19 PM #13
Where the heck is apples iWatch? As usual leading from behind.
09-04-2013, 04:20 PM #14
Is able to make and receive calls!!
Yes the age of Power Rangers is finally here...
Alpha come in Alpha can you hear me!!
09-04-2013, 04:35 PM #15
300 bucks. I'll pass. Anyone get a peak of the leather back on the huge note 3.
09-04-2013, 05:38 PM #16
A watch comon what year is it again 1995?
09-04-2013, 06:16 PM #17
09-04-2013, 06:20 PM #18
As per usual. Too bloody big.
09-04-2013, 06:47 PM #19
The battery life sucks because it's basically all the components of a smartphone (minus the modem) yet paired with a battery that's too small. But if this thing runs the full Android OS and has all the parts of a smartphone then why can't it be used independently of another device? This thing never should have left the R&D room. Clearly too many sacrifices were made in rushing it to market.They can have my jailbreak when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.
09-04-2013, 07:09 PM #20
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