Samsung's Gear S Will Launch on All Major US Carriers Later This Year

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  1. dgstorm

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    One of the more intriguing new wearable devices to come out of Samsung in a while is the Gear S. Technically it isn't an Android Wear device, since it uses Samsung's custom Tizen OS, but that doesn't mean it isn't a mobile wearable worth taking a peek at. In fact, it's small size and surprising cell-phone service capability could be quite attractive to folks who need an active device like this.

    Samsung just announced their partnership with all four major US carriers for this device. The Gear S will be coming to a cell network near and dear to your heart by the end of this year. Here's a spec refresh:
    • 2-inch Super AMOLED display at 480 x 360
    • dual-core 1GHz processor
    • 512MB of RAM
    • 4GB of storage
    • WiFi N, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/GLONASS
    • 300mAh battery
    Keep in mind one caveat to this device. Even though it has data and smartphone connectivity functionality because of its 3G radios, it still requires a one-time activation through a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

    Sound off if you are tempted by this device.
     
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    I still don't like the square design of smart watches. Moto for me hit a home run with the 360.
     
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    I like the look. I don't get the activation thing. Can you use anyone's Galaxy? Does it only communicate with the galaxy that activated it?
     
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    I'm interested in one of these devices for my 2 year old daughter so I can track her location at all times without monthly fees.
     
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    Wait you want to use this watch to track her :p Hope you are joking :) watch will be broken quickly
     
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    No, I'm not joking. And that's exactly why I need a durable device. They already have similar "smart watches for kids" with GPS tracking but they cost $100-200 with additional monthly fees.
     
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    300mAH and cellular capabilities. Doesn't sound good for the battery at all unless the 3G can be turned on/off at will.

    This is the first smart watch that makes sense to me. I don't wear a watch so the added 3G would make me more likely to be swayed into the smart watch industry.
     
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    They haven't made that too clear in the media. I think it somehow uses the SIM codes from the Samsung Galaxy device you use to activate it, but that is just speculation on my part.
     
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    I just read that you will also need a Samsung phone to download any apps as well. Bad move on Sammy's part.
     
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    Also, the watch charging station has a built in backup battery to charge the watch if you aren't near an outlet and happen to be carrying the charging station around with you. Could come in handy while traveling.
     
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    The question is, do you incur extra data charges/lose usage for using the watch by itself? I haven't looked into this device much, but I like the idea of not necessarily having to depend on the phone, but what's it gonna cost month-to-month?
     
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    No one has clarified any of those details yet.