Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch revealed
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Samsung has entered into the world of smart watches with its new Galaxy Gear device. It does things slightly different to the Sony smart watch 2, but still feels like an exciting piece of kit.
First up, the build quality is a lot better than what you see on most Samsung phones. It’s put together from brushed stainless steel and has a choice of six different straps.
The simpler black and white options look best, although we have a soft spot for the vibrant orange. There’s little plastic here and this is definitely something you will be proud to have on your wrist.
The whole user interface is based around a simple set of swipes. Once you flick the watch using a switch on the right-hand side of the display, you then start to swipe left and right to navigate its menus. The ‘Memographer’ camera is turned on via an up-to-down swipe, but more on that later.
It’s designed to work as close as possible with the Note 3, which is where Samsung’s ‘Smart Relay’ tech comes in. You can swipe a notification on the watch straight to the Note 3 and it will appear on the phone’s big screen.
The watch can also detect when it is 1.5 metres away from your phone, automatically locking the screen. It will unlock it again when it comes into range of the handset – a nice touch. Music playback, emails, phone calls and texts can all also be controlled straight from the watch.
Samsung is clearly keen to take on the likes of the Nike FuelBand and as such has included a pedometer in the Galaxy Gear. Calories burned and steps taken can all be viewed on the fly.
Voice control is also included, doing away with the need to use the touch screen at all. You can use the included microphone and speaker to talk through the watch.
You just raise your hand to your ear and then talk through the watch. It’s definitely a cool feature, although how comfortable people will be doing this out and about remains to be seen.
The strangest piece of tech on the Galaxy Gear is its ‘Memographer’ camera. It faces outwards from the strap and lets you capture memos and quick snaps from your wrist.
It’s an odd feeling using it. The picture quality is actually rather good despite it being just 1.9 megapixels and the little gallery of images you can quickly flick through reminds us quite a bit of using an iPod Nano.
Galaxy Gear apps are handled a bit differently to a normal Android phone, in that it needs a custom-made app for it in order to run. Unfortunately our time with the unit was so brief that we didn’t really get a chance to experiment with applications, so expect more on those during our full review.
We do know that the likes of eBay, Path and Evernote are all involved however, which does sound like it will add to the Gear’s functionality.
The 1.63-inch screen is nice and bright, so it shouldn’t have much trouble doubling up as a watch face even in bright sunlight. It also doesn’t feel overly large, with the Galaxy Gear feeling more compact than many other Samsung devices.
Support for the watch is where potential buyers will have issues. It’s only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and SGS4, which requires a software update, for the time being. Note 2 and Galaxy S3 support is coming. Samsung hasn’t given any word on support for other manufacturers’ devices.
The Galaxy Gear watch is definitely an interesting piece of kit. As counter-intuitive as shooting from the wrist with the Memographer watch feels at first, we can see it becoming a great way to store quick snaps. Being the first smart watch from Samsung, it also carries quite a bit of tech kudos.
It does feel a touch underpowered, however. The included 800 MHz processor just doesn’t give the Galaxy Gear the same snappy feeling you get from a Note 3 or SGS4.
The Galaxy Gear watch will be going on sale at the end of this month in select countries, with Samsung planning to ship it worldwide by October.
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