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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Submitted by on September 5, 2013 – 2:13 pm9 Comments

Samsung has officially beaten Apple out of the gate. The Korean tech manufacturing giant unveiled their Galaxy Gear smartwatch yesterday, anticipating what many expect to be the next big field in personal technology.

However, the Gear is not quite a totally smart device. Many were surprised to see that the Galaxy does not work independently, but must be in proximity with a Galaxy Android phone and work in conjunction with it.

The Gear will then be able to make phone calls without actually accessing the handset. It, of course, has wristwatch functionality, and reportedly will have dozens of available apps, “including Evernote’s note-taking software, auction service eBay, the social network Path and several fitness programs,” according to the BBC. It will retail for $299.

Apple is expected to unveil a smartwatch in the upcoming months, and Sony is already showing its SmartWatch 2 to the media. Other wearable technology that’s already gained or is gaining technology includes Google Glass, the augmented reality spectacles, as well as fitness tracker wristbands.

TechCrunch’s Matt Burns acknowledges that the Gear has a certain immediate gadget-nerd appeal, but ultimately suggests to buy the next model or Apple’s anticipated smartwatch instead.

Personally, it sounds like making calls on the Gear would just be a pain, and it’s not clear yet what the advantages to a smartwatch are, especially if the user needs to carry a smartphone anyway.

What do you think? Would you use the Galaxy Gear, or any other smartwatch?


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