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Samsung Galaxy Gear Review
Nowadays, It’s really hard to settle down on some specific gadgets and what many people are doing is just stick to their already established ecosystem. If you are the kind that follows Samsung to the latter, they have a new smart watch known as the Galaxy gear and we want to see whether it’s really worth its retail price.
First of all, you need to note what you are looking for. Well, Samsung thought that people may need a camera to capture those priceless moments that would have passed if you were to reach for you phone and so they created a 1.6 megapixel camera on the smartwatch. Although the quality isn’t exceptional, it’s just something that you can use for your personal photos. Basically, it’s just like any front camera in Smartphones in this price range. This device is awesome but Samsung needs to reconsider their options when it comes to compatibility of the device, third party support and more TLC.
The device’s first set back is it’s compatibility. If you don’t own a Samsung Note 10.1 and Note 3 or at least have a relative who owns one, then your money will just be transformed into a regular watch on the wrist when you purchase a Galaxy gear smartwatch. So far, those are the only two devices that are compatible with the Galaxy Gear. Samsung promises that in the near future, they might add GS4, Galaxy S III and maybe Note 2 to the list but nobody knows the exact date.
Samsung had a hard time with the design but it’s totally understandable as they needed to add a 1.63 inch screen, speakers and a camera to the smartwatch and still maintain a classy but practical look. One problem that Samsung had with the design is inserting the camera on the rubber wristband and four large screws on the corners of the smartwatch. The device weighs 73.8 grams so the comfort will entirely depend on your preference.
The galaxy Gear has only one physical power button which can be used for other functions when you double tap. The 1.63 inch touch screen offers a nice interface for one to navigate. The inbuilt NFC tag comes in handy when you are pairing the device with your phone as it automatically downloads the Gear Manager, activates Bluetooth and pairs with the phone. The gear manager is like a command base where you get to adjust the settings, add new apps and do basically whatever you feel like.
All in all, the Galaxy Gear is something for this generation but the pricing is quite high. It feels comfortable and responds smoothly but getting the notifications on the Gear is a pipe dream. The S voice could also be more useful as it doesn’t feature any touch less controls. Apart from that, Samsung also needs to work on the compatibility as many people would like to explore more options. So far, it’s advisable to wait for some upgrades before spending on the Gear. Once they update their app store and add compatibility options, this will probably be, along with Apple’s iWatch, the best smartwatch of our generation.