The Samsung Galaxy Gear is an Android-based smartwatch produced by Samsung Electronics. Unveiled during a Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin on September 4, 2013, the device serves as a companion for all Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets which run Android 4.3; on launch, this included the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.
Before the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Gear, there have been several stories in the news and also in movies about how you can use a wristwatch to make a phone call, take pictures and carry out other tasks.
The Striking features of the Gear as stated on Samsung’s website:
- Phone on Your Wrist
Now you can make and receive phone calls on your Gear but the method of answering your calls is quite awkward. Also there is no privacy when receiving such calls because the conversion is heard by everyone around and you have to keep raising your wrist to your mouth and ears to talk. See image below
- A smart way to interact with your phone
With the Gear, you can record a 10 seconds video, view pictures, get information about the weather and of course the time. When you get a notification on your Galaxy Gear that requires a more in-depth look, the moment you pick up your Galaxy phone, Smart Relay automatically opens the app that corresponds with what’s on your wrist.
- Find my device
With Find My Device, you can use Galaxy Gear to remotely activate sounds and vibrations to make it easy to locate your phone. And you can also use your phone to help you find your Galaxy Gear – peace of mind goes both ways. Remember the device has to be close to the Gear to use the find my device option.
- Overly priced for the functions it can perform.
- Denies you the opportunity of use your beloved wrist watches
- It’s slowwwwwwwwwwww and can multi-task
- No privacy when receiving or making a call
- Quality of the speaker is poor
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a good innovation but it has a long way to go. If you are planning on getting one, do yourself the favour of spending that quid on something else.