You've probably seen the TV commercial suggesting that an icon from bygone sci-fi classics has become a reality. Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Gear, but is it the end-all, be-all smart watch? Not really.
Let's be honest. Sony has offered something similar for years, and so have other manufacturers. The Galaxy Gear is more evolutionary than revolutionary -- a better version of what's already out there. Regardless of the hype, the smart watch is not quite there yet.
For one thing, the Gear requires your having another Samsung device, currently a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smart phone or a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet.
If you own the Note 3, the wrist-worn device notifies you of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, delivers a preview of those messages, and allows you to accept or discreetly ignore those messages.
When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, you can simply pick up your Galaxy Note 3, and the Gear's Smart Relay feature will instantly reveal the full message on its screen.
The Gear's built-in speaker also facilitates hands-free calls. You can also draft messages, create new calendar entries, set alarms, and check the weather using S Voice. Other features include a 1.9 megapixel camera and voice memo. The latter lets capture your thoughts or conversations directly to your Samsung GALAXY device -- as text!
A security enhancement automatically locks the companion Galaxy smart phone screen when the watch is more than 1.5 meters away and unlocks it the two are near each other again. Find My Device helps you locate your misplaced smart phone, and the watch also works like a digital pedometer to track physical activity.
The Galaxy Gear also tells time, of course, including several watch face options (analog or digital) and other electives (date, weather, etc.) More options are downloadable from Samsung Apps.
For now, the Samsung Galaxy Gear is only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. The unit is available in Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, or Lime Green and sells for $299. For more information, visit ATT.com.
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