In its constant endeavor to maintain supremacy in high-end mobile market against archrival Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co Ltd recently launched the Galaxy Gear Smart watch. The Galaxy Gear smart watch has received mixed response from experts and reviewers. We had smart watch-type products before, but they were mainly for making phone calls. What’s different with the Gear is it’s got far more useful functions. Its usability has increased significantly and design is not bulky. It is able to make a phone call, has a camera, can pick up notifications. It must be synced with a Galaxy phone or tablet to get the most out of its functionality.
Stylish and Smart: Samsung’s highly-anticipated Galaxy Gear Smart watch aims to tap today’s youth, who is in constant search of style and convenience. The wearable Galaxy Gear smart watch has an attractive design.
Convenience: The Android-powered watch features a 1.63-inch (4.14-cm) screen as well as a basic camera (reportedly with a not-so-fine picture quality), and will connect to Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 3 smartphone via wireless Bluetooth technology. It will make calls, display messages, record videos and snap photos, all while the user’s phone stays in their pocket or handbag.
Touch screen and camera: its OLED touch screen features half the picture quality of high-end smartphone displays and the camera nestling in the strap has 1.9-megapixels.
Applications: It has up to 70 dedicated applications including some basic fitness apps such as a step-counting passometer, although Samsung hopes this number will grow as developers get on board.
Price: Reviewers believe that the Galaxy Gear is over-priced. With a price starting at $299, many believe that Samsung is not giving a good deal. The Sony Smart Watch and the Pebble can be bought at almost half the price of Galaxy Gear.
Self-independent gadget: The Galaxy Gear is not an independent device which could prove to be a major disappointment. The fact that Galaxy gear has to be wirelessly linked might disappoint people who want an all-in-one device. Moreover, its limited pairing option will also annoy users. The gadget can only be paired with the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet PC. If you want to use the device, you should have either of the above-mentioned products; else the Gear is of no use for you.
Invasion in privacy: The Galaxy Gear will certainly disturb your privacy. While talking on the Galaxy Gear, you have to be mindful of the surrounding, because voices from both sides can be heard since there is no scope for an earphone. Hence, you might find it difficult to keep eavesdroppers at bay.
Inflexible display: It doesn’t have a curved display and camera resolution that some industry watchers had hoped to see on Samsung’s newest products.
Battery life: Battery life, a key challenge for most wearable devices seems to be poor in the case of gear.