15 Oct 2014

Samsung gear s impressions

Overview

The sixth smartwatch from Samsung in this year that claims to be an apparent smartphone replacement has finally been announced with top of the line specs and Samsung's Tizen software with inputs from Nike and Timex. Let's see if Samsung can win the smartwatch market with this one or it is just a passer bye. So let’s get right into the review of the Samsung Galaxy Gear S.

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The specifications


To start off, this watch has an amazing dual core 1 GHZ Samsung processor which is customized and has 512MB of ram. It has a 300 MAH battery and a 2 inch curved super AMOLED display with a resolution of 350 x 480 pixels which make the display very sharp for text and images. Around the display there is an aluminium frame which gives it a luxurious and premium feel. It has 4GB of internal storage and 3G, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0 and WiFi(Wireless Fidelity). The phone also has a micro SIM card slot and a speaker for calls. The Samsung Gear S features a wide variety of sensors which include the following:
  • Accelerometer, 
  • Gyroscope, 
  • Compass,  
  • Ambient Light sensor, 
  • Heart Rate monitor, 
  • UV light sensor 
  • Barometer.

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The charger comes with a strapon of capacity 350 MAh for longer battery life. It also has IP67 certification to make it water and dust resistance. The dimensions come in at 39.9 x 58.1 x 12.5 mm. The watch also comes with interchangeable watch faces and bands to suit ones style and mood. The watch also has a physical home button like the gear 2 and gear 2 neo. The charging dock which is also a battery pack is better than the previous ones but could still use some improvements. 

Software of the Gear S

Moving on to the software there is a lot to say about Samsung’s Tizen operating system that if fully packed with features. First,Samsung tied up with Nike to bring Nike+ to track your fitness. Additionally, Samsung also tied up with Timex to bring their Timex Ironman One GPS+ to have a GPS on the watch. They still have their Samsung features like S health and S commands on this watch. They also did not forget to add an on screen keyboard that supports 69 different languages. There is more with turn by turn navigation from HEAR maps and the latest news provided by The Financial Times all on this watch. Samsung also announced 1000 apps for their Tizen operating system on the time of release of the Gear S. Although the curve on the watch fits very well on the hand the watch is just too big for people with small hands. It is a perfect watch for someone who wants a big watch with sporty rubber bands. Samsung, although claims it to be a smartphone replacement but it lacks a camera. In addition, the non-expandable 4 GB of memory is also not sufficient for day to day use for a phone replacement. The pricing of the Gear S doesn't seem to be affordable.

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Conclusion

Overall, it is the best smartwatch that Samsung has to offer currently. It has a wide variety of features but, at the same time, we strongly agree that it is just not capable to be a smartphone replacement. We expect much more from a smartphone replacement and this is just not it but it it worth it to look at how this watch fares when it is released. It might also be worth anticipation that Samsung will release a better version of this smartphone

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