The world of gadgets has welcomed a lot of intriguing devices lately, some of them being the smartwatches, some little tech-fellows that hope and promise to make your life easier. And they do a pretty good job, actually. As an example, see what the Samsung Galaxy Gear has to offer and find out if it’s capable of improving your life and deserves to be bought.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is an Android based smartwatch that is currently compatible with the recently released Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (which is going to be out soon). It’ll be able to connect with the Galaxy S4, S3 and Galaxy Note II after being updated to Android 4.3.
In terms of design, I thought that the Galaxy Gear was a little bulky, but after placing it on my wrist, I started to enjoy it, as it looks nice and feels quite comfy.
Let’s get to more serious issues, like hardware and software. The Galaxy Gear is home for a 1.63” Super Amoled screen that has a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, a 277 ppi density and is protected by a scratch resistant glass. Its body is IP-55 certified, thus being protected against moderate levels of dust and water, meaning that it will survive being dropped in sand or splashed with water, but don’t go swimming with it or something like that, because it can’t survive underwater.
The Galaxy Gear comes loaded with Android 4.2.2 and is powered by a Samsung Exynos chipset, having a single-core 800 MHz processor, ARM Mali-400 MP4 GPU, 512 MB of RAM memory and 4 GB of internal storage.
For taking pictures, you have a 1.9 MP camera with autofocus which is placed in the watch’s band. It can record 720p videos.
The Galaxy Gear can be controlled with S Voice, a virtual voice assistant, and make calls, check messages, check out the weather, set alarms, record voice memos, control your audio player and more. Losing your phone becomes almost impossible, as the smartwatch can command it to beep, vibrate or illuminate whenever you have it misplaced. Also, if you move away from your phone, it will unlock itself when feeling a distance larger than 1.5 m between it and your smartwatch.