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Samsung has made a smartwatch, and here's what makes it tick

It's official, Samsung has made a smartwatch and it's called the Galaxy Gear. Formally introduced at Unpacked 2013 in Berlin, here's what's inside Samsung's newest smart device. 

  • 800MHz Exynos CPU
  • 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display at 320x320 resolution
  • 1.9MP camera with BSI sensor
  • 720p video recording and playback
  • Featured apps from Atooma, Banjo, Evernote, Glympse, eBay, Line, MyFitnessPal, Path, Pocket, RunKeeper, TripIt and Vivino
  • Samsung Apps and ChatON messaging service
  • 2 microphones, 1 speaker
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and LE
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope
  • 4GB on-board storage
  • 512MB RAM
  • 315mAh battery
  • Additional features - Smart Relay, S Voice, Auto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, Timer
  • Safety assistance
 
There are 12 comments

dustinfrank says:

no GPS, no S-Health integration... was looking for those...

bbalak says:

My thoughts exactly. What's the point of all these fitness apps without GPS? What's the point of the watch if you have to drag your phone along with you to use the fitness apps?

dustinfrank says:

Yeah and Sammy would likely say 'oh well it has a pedometer....so..".. Just not the same. I was very surprised they didn't even mention the fitness aspect that I think most people will expect in these things.

Mike Cerm says:

This is a companion to a smartphone, not a replacement for one. The apps probably just integrate with the apps on your phone, e.g. the RunKeeper app on the watch will show you distance/time/pace and let you start/stop, without having to take the phone out of your pocket. If the watch had GPS, with a battery like that, it wouldn't last through a 3-mile run.

ybcthanerd says:

because then u would need a cell signal to have gps without a phone which would make one have to get a sim and a cell plan and another bill, no thanks

Actually gps doesnt require cell signal. Only reason to need internet along with a gps is to load map data.

I'm thinking the GS3, GNote2, and the GS4 are all getting updated to Android 4.3 by next month, since they said they would all be compatible w/ Galaxy Gear after an update in October....and the Gear relies heavily on Bluetooth 4.0 LE and the new notification service which is only on Android 4.3.....how's that for reading between the lines?

I like how there is no mention of the clock app..

Trey Conrad says:

I'm wondering about the band size. As a man with thick wrists I hate shopping for watches because I always have to replace the band. The specs are fine but none of that matters if I can't wear it comfortably.

showson1 says:

Only one day of battery life on this bad boy.. think I'll stick with my Pebble for now.

Samester says:

Water Proofing ?

Is it water proof or at least water resistant in case its brought into the shower or if you're washing your hands? Also can you swap the band for a different color or in my case since I'm allergic to the plastic watch bands swap it for a metal band?