Samsung unveiled its first entry in the smartwatch market last week, effectively moving the tech war from the pocket to the wrist.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear will feature a 1.63-inch 320×320 AMOLED display, metal face and buckle, single-core 800MHz Exynos processor, 1.9-megapixel camera, speaker, 512MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage and two microphones. The adjustable wristband will come in six colors to coordinate the watch to your personality (or clothes): wild orange, rose gold, jet black, mocha gray, oatmeal beige and lime green.
Essentially, the watch can prevent you from ever having to hold your phone, reach in your pocket or wrestle with items in your purse, thereby cutting down on theft and accidental damages. You can create calendar items, draft emails and text messages, set alarms, snap pictures, capture video, receive and answer phone calls and check the weather with the wearable tech. For those wordy emails, a feature called “Smart Relay” will allow you to easily move from viewing something on your watch to your phone’s bigger screen. You don’t even have to touch it! Using Bluetooth 4.0 and S Voice, you can accomplish most tasks via voice commands. “Regular” use of the watch should net a battery life of 25 hours.
At launch, the Galaxy Gear will pair up only with the forthcoming Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10. But future updates will allow the device to work with the Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2 and a few others. Seventy applications will be available, including Evernote, eBay, Snapchat, Life360, Phigolf and Path—as well as fitness apps like MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper. The watch also comes with a gyroscope and accelerometer to keep an accurate track of your exercise stats.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear will retail for $299 when it hits U.S. shelves in October. Has the surge of interest in wearable technology and smartwatches lured you in yet?
Pebble, Motorola, Sony and Casio have already released competitive products, and Apple and Google are rumored to be working on devices of their own.