Monday, 9 September 2013

Gadget - Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Samsung recently release their latest Galaxy Gear smart-watch ahead of Apple's iWatch. How I wish I can get my hands on a unit to play around. 

From engadget site (all photos below are sourced from engadget)

The centerpiece of the Galaxy Gear, as you may have read by now, is a 320 x 320-pixel, 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen. There's a speaker and a pair of mics for recording and playing back video content and communicating with a caller via the built-in dialer, which works with the native phone app in your connected Galaxy device. The Gear includes an 800MHz processor, a 315mAh battery, and -- in a somewhat surprising twist -- a BSI sensor and autofocus lens mounted in the wrist strap that's tasked with capturing 1.9-megapixel stills and 10-second video clips at 720p, 640 x 640 or VGA resolution with sound. That camera, designed for on-the-go captures where convenience, not image quality, is a priority, is paired with a pre-installed app called Memographer. That application, and dozens of others that will be available at launch, are key to boosting the Gear's appeal, and setting it apart from the competition.

Below is my views base on what I read and the photos I found online.

The Gear comes in a variety of colours to suit most users needs. It would be great if it comes with inter-changeable colour straps for users to choose to suit their mood and appearance for the day. I wonder what other accessories are available for the Gear.

The Gear adopts a more sporty look and I don't think it would be suitable for office workers. Maybe for IT professionals, the Gear would be ok to be worn at work.

I wonder how durable is the Gear's material and whether it can take the daily abuse of any watch wearer. Will the strap breaks after being worn numerous number of times like in a year.

The size of the Gear is quite big with its screen. For those with small hands, it would look funny on your wrist I guess, since the screen is quite huge. The metal finishes on the face and buckle adds an elegant finish to the watch.

The camera on the Gear looks like any back facing camera on a mobile phone. To me, the camera is just too expose to any knocks and scratches. Given time, the camera will be filled with scratches which will affect the photo quality taken.

I really wonder how much abuse can the Gear takes. So far, I can't find anything online and I would gladly put the Gear to the test given a free unit ... :P

There are lots that mention the Gear as gimmicky and also rush to launch ahead of the iWatch. I for one am quite sceptical about the Gear, whether it could replace my everyday Tag Heuer or G-Shock. Another drawback is that it only pairs with the new Note 3 and Note 10.1.

Will you take the plunge and splurge on one or you would get a latest high-end smartphone? Share your opinion of the Gear or any smartwatches that will flood the market soon.

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