What’s inside Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch? Here are some key details

34 thoughts on “What’s inside Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch? Here are some key details”

    1. I don’t know. While it’s true that the functionality offered by a smart watch like this one probably doesn’t rise to the level of a “need,” it still would be convenient to be able to check the time or see who’s calling without digging my phone out of my pocket, turning it on and off, and then returning it to my pocket.

  1. Remember all the ‘slates’ that were announced before (and shortly after) the iPad release that never made it into production? Everybody wanted to be able to cry “first!,” ahead of Apple. This feels the same to me. If it happens to upstage Apple, a win. If it doesn’t, somehow it won’t make be produced.

  2. These products are going to be ‘watches’ the same way the iPhone was a ‘phone’—just a conceptual shim based on form factor, to introduce something new.

  3. Samsung is taking over! Unbelievable how they keep beating Apple to the punch over and over again. Typically you would say, “well the company is rushing products and lacking quality”. This has not been the case with Samsung for many years though. Good for Samsung, they really should be being praised alot more than they are right now.

  4. I see so many people saying “Watches are dead, no one wears them anymore” or “What can Apple or Samsung possibly do to a watch to make it worth buying?”

    Well in Samsung’s case, I don’t think much. I think they’re making a mistake if they think a watch just needs to be a companion device for a phone. If that’s the case, there’s not really a compelling argument to buy it.

    Apple think different. The killer feature / benefit of a wearable watch device is not telling the time or communicating with a phone (both of which are simply duplicating existing functions), but doing something completely new that can’t be done any other way. And what is that? Fitness and health monitoring.

    I believe the iWatch will be the most sophisticated and yet easy to use consumer level health monitor ever built. Way more clever and capable than the Nike Fuel or Jawbone and fashionable enough that people will want to wear it. It will revolutionise personal fitness and health monitoring and be perfectly functional as a stand-alone product, but really shine when combined with an iPhone / iPad for an integrated experience. And of course it will tell the time, but that’s really incidental.

    It won’t have a camera. It won’t be a phone. It won’t have NFC. But it’ll be unlike anything else available and it will sell in the millions.

  5. I can’t believe how simplistic some people can be.
    Just because it’s called a watch, it doesn’t mean it’s simply a device to tell the time.
    Can you imagine walking into a store and paying by waving your watch at a terminal?
    How about sharing photos, music, contacts, files, etc. by touching your watch to a friend’s phone or watch, and leaving your phone in your pocket?
    Perhaps, controlling your TV, sound system, or other devices from your watch.
    With some imagination, the possibilities are endless, using Bluetooth, NFC, perhaps Wi-Fi or other features.
    Communication with computers, tablets, smart devices, security devices… Anything is possible, and all without having to hold a device in your hand(s).
    It could be the beginning of a new chapter in communication and interfacing.

  6. This might just generate more interest in the MotoActv. That is a great watch for people who want a connected device that is also the best fitness device out there.

  7. “If it happens to upstage Apple”

    Yeah, we’ll pretend Apple really is the first……please refer to, say, the Fossil Wrist PDA…I mean really? This concept goes all the way back to Dick friggin Tracy, so this “Apple innovation” had always been pure BS…Magical???? LOL

  8. Are you sure it is 2.5 inches and 3 inches diagonally (with the bezel and edges), that sounds gigantic for something to put on your wrist. It sounds like 2.5 cm and 3 cm are far more plausible. I know they have an 8″ Galaxy Note “phone” but seriously.

  9. I have been using the Metwatch Strata for a while now and the one thing I love about it is the amount of time it saves me getting my phone out of my pocket just to check one of a hundred notifications a day.

    So easy, and so natural, just like checking the time on your watch always has been 🙂

  10. Remember all those companies that “beat Apple to the punch” with a million different MP3 players? And then came the iPod?

    Yeah. No idea what, if anything Apple has up its sleeve (or on its wrist). But Apple doesn’t give a flip about being first. They don’t do a product unless they feel they’ve got it right.

    My guess: Samsung’s will have a lot wanting.

  11. Instead of spending loads of cash on the S4 ($649), why not just go over to http://www.illumibuy.com and spend $200 when you could get the replica one of it? It’s just about the same thing really. I bought mine from Illumibuy and my friend and I compared ours and they were just about the same things. These companies are trying to rip people off.

  12. Apple is always coming up with a watch similar to the Samsung watch but I’m sure it’s gonna cost huge and will provide itsy bitsy differences. Waiting for them to show up…

  13. Nice info. First, the smartwatch will have a 2.5-inch OLED screen with 320-by-320 pixels. The 2.5-inch screen is bigger than the screens offered on competing devices. For example, the Sony SmartWatch 2 has a 1.6-inch screen with 220-by-176 pixels. Entering the market with such a large screen will surely set the Galaxy Gear apart from competitors. Thanks for sharing.
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  14. The Samsung Smartwatch is a complete fail and doesn’t “answer anything new” Its taking technology and asking it to go backwards!

    The Smartwatch will never succeed until it does something different, or makes something new and innovative.

    Its an old unwearable hunk of junk sadly tarnishing Samsung previous product line… Just as it says here as well: http://vaultfeed.com/samsung-smartwatch-is-a-flop-an-anti-revolutionary-product-at-its-best/ lol…

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