Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch announced to cost you a cool $300

The long wait is over as Samsung has taken the wraps off its latest wearable gadget, welcome the Galaxy Gear, Samsung’s latest raid into the smartwatch category. No need to wonder what it does, of course it’s a smartphone accessory that can pick up notifications, control music playback, and keep time with a rich variety of watch faces, but Samsung adds more flavor to it, they have added a 1.9-megapixel camera, a speaker, and dual microphones — enabling users to shoot short 720p movies and even conduct phone calls with the Galaxy Gear.

Its paramount to note that this is not a phone, as it solely relies on a Bluetooth connection to your Samsung Galaxy device in order to do most of its connected work. Currently its compatible to work with the newly announced Galaxy Note 3  and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, while software updates for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II are in the works. That new software should begin rolling out from October, depending on local carriers. The Galaxy Gear will run Android 4.3, which supports the Bluetooth Low Energy standard.

In other Gear specs, the watch has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with a pixel count of 320 x 320, a single-core 800MHz Exynos processor, a metal face and buckle, and a selection of six different shades of adjustable wrist band. Some of the colors include

  • Wild Orange is aimed at
    sporty
  • Rose Gold targets a more feminine audience.

You cant put it past Samsung to include  multiple app features as it comes with Basic onboard apps include a pedometer and the ability to find your Galaxy (or, alternatively, an option to find your Gear via your Galaxy handset), but most impressive of all is the number of compatible apps. Samsung says there’s over 70 to choose from — which can be installed via the Galaxy Gear Manager app on your phone — and You will find the most popular names like Pocket, Path, Evernote, RunKeeper, and Runtastic Pro.

Well every good thing always has some issue and that i also true for the Galaxy gear. First and foremost the UI seems not to be snappy. From all demos we viewed there’s a tangible lag to anything you do with the Gear, while the swipe gestures are hard to
figure out and do different things depending on where you are in the menus. We also doubt of the speakers will be loud enough to enjoy a quality audio experience.

The battery life of the Gear is disappointing, unlike Sony’s 3 day battery life promise on its smartwatch, Samsung can only guarantee you 25 hours. It does use the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy standard to communicate, but at 315mAh its battery is decidedly small.

On the plus side, the gear’s as an inbuilt camera and there’s 4GB of onboard storage to stash your music and pictures in case your phone is far from you.them on if you’re away from your smartphone. There is the cool gesture of answering the phone that we could only dream of in James Bond movies. Just place your had to your ear and chat away.he Galaxy Gear will launch globally in late September and will be available for $299 in early October.

 

 

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