General Chat Thread, Sumsung announces Smartwatch in General; BBC News - Samsung unveils Galaxy Gear smartwatch accessory
Out on the 25th September.
Annoyingly, it can only pare with ...
5th September 2013, 09:59 AM #1
Sumsung announces Smartwatch
BBC News - Samsung unveils Galaxy Gear smartwatch accessory
Out on the 25th September.
Annoyingly, it can only pare with Samsung devices running Android.
"Consumers might be a bit disappointed to find that the smartwatch is a partner device reliant on being paired with a Samsung Android smartphone or tablet, rather than being the completely autonomous media and communications device many consumers were expecting and hoping for."
Last edited by Rawns; 5th September 2013 at 10:01 AM.
5th September 2013, 10:03 AM #2
Also needs to be android 4.3 which rules out even a fair few samsung phones.
5th September 2013, 10:14 AM #3
The Galaxy S3 and S4 are getting updates.
5th September 2013, 10:16 AM #4
It only actually works with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) at launch: AnandTech | The Galaxy Gear Preview: Samsung's First Wearable
AnandTech reckon, using some guesses and rough math, that the battery charge will probably last 5-10 hours, and that you could burn through it in an hour. WHAT USE IS A WATCH THAT LASTS AN HOUR. It also doesn't display the time all the time - because it's an AMOLED screen, so it turns off to conserve power - so you have a watch that won't tell you the time at a glance.
I honestly cannot understand what use you'd have for this. There's a camera in the wrist strap! And a much better one on the phone in my pocket. You can make voice calls without taking your phone out! (I think) Unless you value your privacy and would rather not have every conversation on loudspeaker.
Smartphones filled a need, that of having the Internet constantly. What need does this meet that my phone - which is hardly inconveniently placed, in my pocket - can't already do, and better? The only reason this exists is so Samsung can be first to market. It's a product without purpose IMO.
5th September 2013, 10:23 AM #5
5th September 2013, 10:37 AM #6
Heh, the watch I wanted most out of the list on the BBC article was the Casio Calculator Watch.
Never really been sure why people want a phone on their arm, unless they want to pretend to be Michael Knight?
2 Thanks to sparkeh:
Rawns (5th September 2013), TBlax (5th September 2013)
6th September 2013, 09:50 AM #7
I've had the Pebble for a month or so now, although lacking compared to samsung's offering (emails,texts and music player control) it does have it's uses.
As the third party development progresses I've seen some really innovative and interesting applications. The ability to change between multiple watch faces is a plus for me due to my massively capricious nature!
Overall the uses aren't there yet, but to slate the suggestion makes me think back only a few years when people were scoffing at the concept/potential uses for touchscreen tablets.
Last edited by CPLTD; 6th September 2013 at 09:50 AM.
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6th September 2013, 10:02 AM #8
I don't understand the concept really. It seems like one of those sci-fi devices from the 50s which in reality is pointless.
6th September 2013, 10:02 AM #9
6th September 2013, 10:35 AM #10
I'd love to say yes, but I'd be lying terribly.
Originally Posted by sparkeh
6th September 2013, 10:39 AM #11
6th September 2013, 10:46 AM #12
I can see the uses as a notification device for email, texts and calendar events etc. but I can't see my self using it for voice calls or the camera.
6th September 2013, 02:04 PM #13
Give it a month and Apple will be suing Samsung for copyright infringement on patent 112112: Device that may or may not be electronic that does something which Apple successfully registered
1st October 2013, 03:54 PM #14
Anandtech's review is up: AnandTech | Samsung Galaxy Gear Review
EDIT: Sounds like, without any clear design goals - no-one knows what we want from smartwatches yet, because we haven't had them long enough to play with - the Gear ends up fulfilling no particular need and being nothing more than a set of compromises. The fact that this is a watch that doesn't show the time most of the, um, time, says everything about how much of a shoehorning process its design has been, IMO.
Ultimately the Galaxy Gear isn't the perfect solution to wearable computing, but rather a first attempt. It's more a proof of concept that you can own. If we look at Samsung's history in nearly every market we've followed it (SoCs, SSDs, smartphones), the company has a tendency to show up early with the wrong solution, but iterate aggressively to the point where it ends up with a very good solution.
Hopefully it allows some genius kid in college somewhere to come up with some unimaginably cool killer app and we can then start making these things right
Last edited by sonofsanta; 1st October 2013 at 04:10 PM.
1st October 2013, 04:21 PM #15
Is the warranty voided if you replace the strap?
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