The Samsung Galaxy Gear is the first smartwatch from Samsung. Unveiled alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, The Galaxy Gear is designed to work with the hulking Note 3 and, eventually, the Samsung Galaxy S4. This device aims to reduce your dependence on your smartphone by taking functions that usually require you to pull out, unlock, and power up your device and making them doable by looking at your wrist.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear gives you the ability to handle phone calls and answer text messages without pulling out your smartphone. While it doesn't presently support email or social media, the number of apps available for the Gear is expected to increase after the smartwatch hits the market.
Aesthetically, The Galaxy Gear is a very well put together device. It features a button-less front, a brushed metal finish, and a black rubber strap. This combination makes for a very solid package overall. The device features just one button. This button powers up the device with a single click, or activates the voice command features with a second click. It also comes in a wide variety of colours, but we are particularly fond of the black and silver finishes. Overall the look of it walks the line between being nerdy and professional, but should be universally accepted in terms of its looks.
The screen itself is a 1.6 inch touchscreen. While that seems on the small side, the screens 320x320-pixel resolution is nothing to laugh at. Small text looks sharp and there are no problems reading names, numbers, or texts on the Gear's screen. The Gear's onboard camera, which is built into the strap, is 1.9 megapixel shooter and is powered by a 800 MHz processor.
While the technology is new, the Samsung Galaxy Gear gives us lots to be excited about when it comes to the smartwatch. It will be interesting to see how apps are eventually utilized on the device and where we go from here when it comes to wearable tech.