Samsung Officially Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

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  1. dgstorm

    dgstorm Editor in Chief Staff Member Premium Member

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    Just as previously rumored, Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear smartwatch at their IFA Unpacked press event. Here's what we know:
    • Receive and make calls on the Galaxy Gear without ever taking phone out of pocket - Can call with S Voice "voice commands"
    • 1.63-inch OLED touch display (320 x 320 pixels)
    • 800MHz processor
    • 4GB of storage
    • 512MB of RAM
    • Accelerometer
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • Android 4.3
    • Smart Delay - allows you to connect to your other Galaxy devices
    • 1.9 megapixel camera - Memographer - outward facing camera to quick swipe a picture - Also works with Augmented Reality
    • Runs specifically designed apps that can be find on the Gear App Store
    • 315mAh battery - more than a day on one charge
    The Galaxy Gear will only be compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and the new Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet at launch, but support or the SGS3 and SGS4 and other Galaxy Note devices will come later. It comes in six different colors, and will launch on September 25th globally. It will initially sell in the United States for $299.

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    For more discussions regarding the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, we have created a section in the forums. You can find it here: Galaxy Gear

    Here's the full press release,

     
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    Not really sold on it. Maybe I don't have a busy enough life for it to be necessary for me to have one. The nerd in me wants one because it screams "nerd toy", but ya...
     
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    Expensive blue tooth...I'm sure

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    Ouch on the price! All the other ones are way before like the kreyos for example.
    That is what my note 3 came out as on launch don't think I'll buy a watch for the same price our more then the actual phones being released.
     
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    So what is the purpose of this smartwatch.
     
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    No watch here ..passing ...phone def ..

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    bkdodger DF Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Btw audience was horrible ..lol they need to move locations

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    At least we've finally reached the point where they can make the technology and electronics small enough to make the watch a reasonable size instead of looking like a convict's ankle monitor.
     
  9. Dusty

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    I've been using the Sony smartwatch(1) for a few months now, and I like how it's a simple supplement to my phone. A smartwatch to me is useful when it just delivers short pieces of data that require only a glance like, scores, texts, tweets, weather alerts, etc. You feel it vibrate, you look at your wrist, and decide whether to get your phone out or keep doing what you're doing. Using the watch in that way feels completely natural and I'm sold on smartwatches.

    Watches have ALWAYS been just for short sips of data. That's the nature of a watch... You glance, digest, move on... that's it. I read the comments online and I just don't know what "magic" feature people are expecting from smartwatches. They're simply a convenience item for your smartphone, and you're either down with that or not. I just don't think their existence is so unreasonable, like some people make them sound.

    Personally, I don't need a heart monitor, wifi, camera, personal radar, camera sight, etc. I just need a second unobtrusive complementary screen that tells time and relays discrete pieces of data. Design-wise, all I ask is that they don't look like a cheap toy... the rubber non-replaceable band and proprietary software on the Samsung watch killed it for me. No thanks Sammy.

    I'm picking up the Sony SW2 when it comes out in a week or two.
     
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    In reality you don't need it, you need food, water and shelter, those are the things you need.



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    300 Clams!!! Yikes!, I think they just priced themselves out. I can't see myself spending 300 on the watch and spend another 300 honey on the Note 3, I don't have that kind of scratch, not sure many of the average consumers do. If they want to hit the masses they need to make the watch more affordable to the average consumer.
     
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    Geez... Thanks, Maslow.

    The "need" depends on the desired goal. I don't need a smartwatch to live, but I do need air, food, and shelter. I don't "need" air, food, or shelter to quickly consume a packet of data the way I'd like to, but I do "need" a smartwatch.
     
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    LOL :p

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    When you are home and your phone is in the charger, you can be anywhere in the house and still answer the phone Dick Tracy style. Me likey!!!! I'm in!

    Oh, wait... it only works with the new Note? Well, forget it... I'm out. I'm not getting a new phone for awhile... Damn... I was looking forward to a watch like this. Hopefully, google will come up with something good soon.
     
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    Only within the range of Bluetooth (33 feet max), I'm guessing...unless it uses its own wireless protocol.



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