Samsung Announces The New Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Last Wednesday Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch; a smart watch with an tiny screen that offers primary functions such as hands-free calls, instant messaging and photos. The Galaxy Gear features as 1.63-inch screen and a basic camera that you can connect to the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone via wireless Bluetooth. This will enable you to make calls, record videos, and take pictures, without whipping out your phone.

 

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For all of you that do not know: the smartwatch is not a phone, it is more of an assistant to your Samsung smartphone. It works as a nice addition to your smartphone by allowing you to use your phone’s primary functions without taking it out of your pocket. Needless to say that this is a very advanced device that Samsung made possible. One thing that is not yet clear however, is whether or not the device can be connected to devices that are not Samsung. The Galaxy Gear will be on sale later this month for $299.

The watch currently has 70 apps which includes basic fitness apps, but Samsung hopes that this number will grow once developers get started with it. The battery life of the watch lasts up to over 27 hours, which is certainly not disappointing. One thing that is a little bit disappointing is that the OLED touch screen features half the picture quality of most smart phone displays and the camera only has 1.9 megapixels, which is a lot less if you are used to the 13-megapixel rear camera on the Samsung Galaxy S.

All and all, the inventions sounds promising. A watch that actually enables you to control your phone from a distance sounds like a huge advancement. We are waiting till it comes out later this month, and we hope that it is going to be worth its price and that Samsung will improve the device overtime. It would be great if the device could work on non-Samsung phones as well.

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