Is Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Worth Your $299?

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After much anticipation, Samsung Galaxy Gear has finally been unveiled. You are torn between the rave of ardent Samsung fanatics and dissatisfaction of tech critics. Is it really worth your $299? Read on and decide for yourself before it becomes available on September 25, 2013.

Here’s why you SHOULD HAVE it

Dubbed as a perfect partner for your smartphone where you can make and receive calls, display texts and emails, control music being played without picking up the smartphone from your pocket. This is an excellent device for those who are sporty and always on the go.

It works like a Pedometer to track your workouts via enhanced, built-in sensor technology. This feature systematically and automatically monitors your physical activity and track key personal data such as calories burned, steps taken and distance covered.

The touchscreen display measuring 1.63 inches diagonally ( 4.1cm ) enables you to  access more than 70 apps such as  Facebook, Evernote, Path and RunKeeper. The screen is made of sapphire glass, which  makes it highly damage resistant.

With 1.9MP camera embedded in the strap, anytime you can snap photos and videos and easily share them on social networks.

The design is sleek and comes with  six colors: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild  Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.

Through S Voice feature, without touching the screen, you can make hands-free calls, draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather. Extending the quick-record concept, Voice Memo lets you capture important thoughts or conversations and save those voice recordings into texts.
The new security enhancement Auto Lock automatically secures the companion smartphone screen any time that Galaxy Gear is more than 1.5 meters away from the smartphone, and then unlocks the smartphone when the companion devices are near each other again. Find My Device helps users find the location of their smart devices when they have been misplaced by making them beep, illuminate and vibrate.


Here’s why you could just PASS

Like similar existing smartwatches available in the market,the Galaxy Gear needs to be paired with a specific Samsung smartphone or tablet to enjoy its full functionality. A huge letdown is that it is currently only compatible with Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, the company plans to make it available with other models.

For a daily use gadget, you may wonder why it is  not water-resistant or dustproof which is seen in Omate TrueSmart. Samsung, however, says the smartwatch is designed to adhere to the IP55 protocol, meaning, it can survive minimal sprays of water but not total immersion.

At 315 mAh, the device’s power capacity is limited. The developer claims 25 hours of battery life. That means you will have to charge the watch at least once a day, and perhaps more often. You may also be disappointed to know it has no wireless charging function.

With the Galaxy Gear’s significant limitations, the biggest question most critics ask is : If it cannot replace smartphone features, then what is it for?  It still lacks a clear reason for existing. However as a new product from the world’s largest electronics company, it remains to be seen whether customers will embrace this technology. Furthermore, this allows us to imagine what wearable computing gadgets would be in the near future.

For your full consideration, here’s the Samsung GALAXY Gear Product Specifications
800 MHz processor
Display 1.63 inch (41.4mm) Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
Camera 1.9 Megapixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus Camera / Sound & Shot
Video Codec: H.264
Format: MP4
HD(720p) Playback & Recording
Audio Codec: AAC
Format : M4A
Featured Apps Atooma is a contextually aware horizontal intelligence platform that makes your GALAXY Gear smarter.
Banjo gives you the power to see what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world
Evernote watch app makes it easy to remember things by quickly capturing images and memories and bringing important reminders right to GALAXY Gear.
Glympse allows people to easily share their location temporarily and in real-time, letting recipients see their movements on a dynamic map.
eBay app allows you to complete all your transactions on eBay with ease and in real-time.
Line is a global messaging service available in over 230 countries worldwide.
MyFitnessPal tracks your nutrition and exercise, empowering you to achieve your  personal health and fitness goals.
Path is the personal network designed to bring you closer to your friends and family.
Pocket, the leading way to save web content to view later on any device, brings text-to-speech article playback to GALAXY Gear.
RunKeeper is the personal trainer in your pocket, helping you track your runs, set your goals, and stay motivated.
TripIt from Concur makes it easy to organize travel plans in one place.
Vivino Wine Scanner allows you to take a photo of any wine and get to know all about it instantly.
Services Samsung Apps
ChatON: mobile communication service
Features Smart Relay, S Voice, Memographer, Voice Memo
Auto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, Timer
Safety assistance: In case of emergency, press a power button 3 times continuously, and then user’s location information is transferred to the saved contacts with message.
2 Microphones (Noise Cancellation), 1 Speaker
Connectivity Bluetooth® v 4.0 + BLE
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Memory 4GB Internal memory + 512 MB (RAM)
Dimension 36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1 mm, 73.8g
Battery Standard battery, Li-ion 315mAh

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