Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear review

After launching its first wrist watch in 1999, Samsung has made a bold foray into the world of wearable tech and digital timekeeping with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which is the next big thing after smartphones and tablets. In this case, Samsung has followed LG and Sony who already have their wares available in the market. Samsung released the Galaxy Gear recently at the IFA in Berlin.

The major disadvantage of this device is that it works only with another Samsung device, thus it makes sense to buy the Galaxy Gear smartwatch if one owns a compatible Galaxy smartphone or is willing to invest into one just to be able to use the watch. Thankfully, owners of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 handset can also use the Galaxy Gear as a second screen for data viewing.
Pricewise, the Galaxy Gear is priced at Rs.20,000. The price conversion, it is believed, will not please many in the country, according to tech experts. 

However, for those with deep pockets, the Galaxy Gear is loaded with unique features that are supported on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. Offering voice-controlled commands, a 1.9 MP integrated camera, 1.63 in Super AMOLED display under the scratch-resistant Sapphire glass and plenty more highlights; the Galaxy Gear is an interesting smartwatch. Here is a brief review regarding its various characteristics.

With 11.1 mm face thickness, the Galaxy Gear smart watch feels a bit bulky at first. However, after wrapping it around the wrist, it feels extremely pleasant. Users will gradually get used to its 73.8 gm weight within a few hours of wearing it and will forget its existence until a message notification makes the smartwatch vibrate. The brushed aluminum face of this smart watch looks beautiful against the plain black strap. From Rose Gold, Mocha Gray and Oatmeal Beige to Lime Green and Wild Orange, the straps are available in a range of stunning colours.

The minimalist design of this high tech wrist watch also includes touchscreen controlled user commands with just a single physical button, similar to most Apple devices that look smart and expensive. The 320x320 resolution display of this watch allows for comfortable read reading and viewing of images and videos, even under sunlight.

At best, the 1.9 megapixel camera of this smartwatch, with BSI sensor and autofocus functionality, allows the user to capture serviceable quality photos. The Galaxy Gear clicks photos quickly and without any delay and can also record a 720p video up to ten seconds. With such meagre camera features, those looking for taking good shots are likely to be heavily disappointed. 

The simplified and highly responsive user interface of the Galaxy Gear allows for smooth navigation via single finger swipes. The menu on this smartwatch includes small-screen compatible icons. For a clean and uncluttered interface, the device allows easy customization as well. With single Exynos 800 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, the Galaxy Gear is pretty decent for a basic smartwatch. 


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