Today Samsung announced it’s latest offering, a wearable Smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear features a 1.63 inch 320×320 AMOLED touchscreen, 800MHz processor, 4GB memory, 512MB RAM, built in speakers and most notably a 1.9 MP Camera in the strap.
The Smart Watch will feature voice control through S Voice, capable of making and receiving calls and voice memos. The Smartwatch will launch alongside the next Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 as a companion device. The Smartwatch will display text messages from your phone as well as notifications. The Smartwatch is not a stand alone device and requires a bluetooth connection. One huge downside is the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch will only work with the Note 3 and Note 10.1 leaving a majority of Android users left hanging, while other smartwatch manufacturers are giggling that Samsung has limited their customer base.
The Galaxy Gear Smartwatch boasts a 315 mAh battery that claims a days worth of use as told to Engadget by a Samsung rep. The device will feature 70 third party apps at launch mainly health related apps due to the Smartwatch featuring a pedometer and accelerometer. Popular website The Verge criticized the battery life and noted it is larger than the Pebble, which our very own Mike Panetta will be reviewing soon!
Many are claiming Samsung rushed this device to the market in order to beat Apple, which is reported to be working on a smart iWatch. Apple is taking it’s time to work on a device capable of 5 days worth of battery and acting as a stand alone as well as companion with a smart device like the iPhone and iPad. Critics claim this was rushed to market so as to avoid another patent lawsuit filing from Apple, but reviews are slamming the Smartwatch, already complaining about laggy interfaces and hard to operate swipe gestures within menus.
The Galaxy Gear will be available in six different colors, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, Jet Black, Lime Green, Wild Orange and Mocha Grey and feature 10 different clock faces at launch.
Galaxy Gear will be available for $299 worldwide sometime in October. My opinion is it kind of looks like an updated calculator watch I once owned in the 80’s. What do you think?