Is it worth it for $300 USD?
Alongside the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung also announced a new smartphone accessory/”smart” watch called the Samsung Galaxy Gear. It’s basically a wrist watch that can connect to your smartphone so that it can display notifications, act as a remote control, runs several custom apps, shows time, and spiced up with a 1.9MP shooter, speaker, and microphone. The screen is a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display with 320×320 pixels resolution nad it runs on a 800MHz Exynos processor.
Here are some thoughts based on what we’ve seen in the product presentation.
Apps are promising
We read a couple of hands-on articles about the Galaxy Gear already and it looks like it has a bunch of apps to get it going. There are actually over 70 apps to choose from which you can install via the Galaxy Gear Manager app on your smartphone. Some of the more notable apps include a variety of collection (Evernote), social, and fitness (Runtastic).
I don’t want another gadget to charge every night!
I don’t know about you guys but I’m running out of sockets to charge all the gadgets that I have. Every night I usually recharge two smartphones, a tablet, and occasionally a camera. I usually wear watches everyday to work but I just get them from my watch winder box. The idea of having to charge a watch day-in and day-out is not appealing. The Galaxy Gear runs on 315mAh and that might not be enough even with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology. We expect it to last at max two days before needing a full charge.
We’re definitely keen on getting our hands on one to review and hopefully we’re proven wrong with the battery life and the over-all usability.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear will retail for around $300 USD and it will be initially compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Eventually though it can pair with the Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 once they roll-out their next software update.