Samsung Reveals the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Rumored for weeks now, Samsung today took the wraps off of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It shares some similarities to current smartwatches on the market, like the Pebble, but takes things a little further with additional hardware.

In terms of basic operation, it pairs with a compatible Galaxy phone (currently the Note 3, 10.1, and soon the S4) and notifies users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, delivers a preview of those messages. When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, users can simply pick up their Galaxy devices and the Smart Relay feature will instantly reveal the full content on the screen.

In a real Dick Tracy move, the Galaxy Gear also has a built-in speaker and dual-mics that allows users to conduct hands-free calls directly from the Gear by lifting their hands to their heads. Users can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather on the Galaxy Gear with S Voice.

Taking candid photos could be easier than ever, as the Galaxy Gear integrates a 1.9 Megapixel camera that can record both photos and video.

For more, check out LAPTOP's hands-on.

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  • CaedenV
    Cooler than I thought it would be, but still not something I would be interested in. I mean, I got my first cell phone in Y2K and the first thing to go was my watch. 13 years later I am not about to adjust to having something strapped to my body again.
  • deftonian
    Not bad! I'd get one but I'll probably wait until the next gen or other companies enter the market and the competition gets fierce. I think the future of the smart watch is pretty promising. However, I expect these to be banned in a lot of places, just like google glass.
  • weierstrass
    Very nerdy, will stick to my automatic watch.