Samsung is the number one manufacturer of mobile phones in the world. This is a big achievement for the Korean company which was just another player in the mobile phones segment couple of years ago. But, with the help of Android and design partly inspired by Apple, in the Galaxy S series of smartphones, the company came into reckoning. Still, it’s being questioned about its originality every now and then as most of its design and even software features are copied from Apple devices. That is all set to change with the introduction of Galaxy Gear.
Galaxy Gear is the first smart watch from a global manufacturer, ahead of any other company like Apple, LG, Google, etc. which are also rumored to launch a smart watch. Interestingly, Samsung is not marketing the Gear as a smart watch, but a lifestyle accessory which acts as a companion for the mobile phones. Let’s take a look at what it offers-
Samsung Galaxy Gear Design
The Gear has a basic design of a watch with the metallic chassis at the front and a clasp at the back. The watch has only one physical button, which is available at its right side. Pressing it once will bring user to the home screen, whereas pressing twice will activate S Voice. The microphone and speakers are also present at the chassis. The strap incorporates a camera.
The watch would be available in multiple colors like Black, White, Yellow, Orange and more.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Features
The watch is connected with the smartphone via Bluetooth technology and can be managed through Gear Manager App on Android. The App allows users to customize the interface of Gear such as personalizing the clock face or change order of Apps present on it. Users can also download apps for the watch from Gear Manager such as Evernote, Glympse, Path, etc. At the time of launch, it has almost 12 apps and Samsung has promised to bring as many as 70 apps to the platform. Although, only ten apps can be installed on the Galaxy Gear.
The watch has a very minimal interface with options of seeing call logs, contacts, messages, notes, settings, and more. It works with the help of gestures and swipes, for example moving up at the home screen will bring camera app, while swiping down will exit from the app.
The watch can display notifications, and if it’s very big, then smart relay displays full message on the smartphone. It also gives an option of making or receiving calls with the help of speaker and mic present in the Gear. Calls can be made by S Voice, which acts upon the user’s voice.
It also has a Memographer feature, which essentially is a camera app allowing users to make use of in-built 1.9 MP for capturing images or videos. They are shared wirelessly with the smartphone.
At the time of launch, the Gear is compatible with Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 (2014 edition) only as they run on Android 4.3. With the updates to other Galaxy smartphones like Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, etc. to Android 4.3, they’ll also be able to use it. Unfortunately, the Gear will not work with other Android device or iPhone.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Specifications
- 73.8 g weight
- 1.63 inches AMOLED screen with 320 x 320 pixels resolution
- 800 MHz processor
- 512 MB RAM
- 4 GB internal storage
- 1.9 MP camera capable of recording 720p video
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- Accelerometer, Gyroscope sensors
- 315 mAh battery with 25 hours battery backup