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Samsung Gear S smart-watch hands-on


Samsung Gear S smart-watch hands-on
Samsung Gear S smart-watch hands-on
Samsung Gear S smart-watch hands-on
The Gear S smart-watch is the latest addition to Samsung's growing collection of wearables. Right off the bat you'll notice its distinct curved Super AMOLED display. Its resolution is 360x480, which is pretty high for a 2-inch display and amounts to a very good pixel density of 300ppi. The screen looks pretty fine - not pixelized or anything! The other key feature of the smart-watch is its SIM-card slot, which lets you have 3G access in addition to Wi-Fi. Of course, you can pair a compatible Samsung gear device via Bluetooth, but the Gear S can, theoretically, let you leave your smartphone at home, handle calls and receive messages and notifications.

The device runs on a dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM, powered by a modest 300mAh battery, and features an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, heart rate sensor, barometer, and UV light sensor. It is based on a Samsung home-grown wearable Tizen platform. Swiping the watch-face to the left gives you access to Messages, E-mail, Missed calls, Contacts, Apps, data from your smartphone, and basically all functionality at hand. We saw weather and agenda apps too, along with a news reader. There is some pretty advanced functionality built into this smart-watch, and Tizen OS seems to become a pretty adequate alternative to Android Wear as time goes by.

Although it doesn't have the LG G Watch R's incredible looks, the Gear S is an interesting device with a charm of its own. We'd love to tell you more when we get the chance to spend more time with it ticking on our wrists.


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posted on 03 Sep 2014, 16:06 1

1. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Can anyone give an accurate answer to this.....Do you have to take your sim card from your phone and put it into the watch in order to use the 3g and phone application? Like 1 sim card for two devices?

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 16:10 4

5. maherk (Posts: 1116; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You can either use it as a standalone device by putting your own sim in it, or you can link it to your phone through Bluetooth and use it just like any other Samsung Gear.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 17:17 2

11. sgodsell (Posts: 1390; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Now we know why they never showed any arms with this Smart Watch(Bracelet). This really can't be called a watch at this size.

It should be called the Samsung Gear S for she will love her new bracelet.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 22:38 1

14. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 154; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


I have a watch that big...

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 03:04 2

17. Ashoaib (Posts: 2376; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


even bracelet is not bad until its feature rich and gear s is rich

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 16:12 5

6. CoastCity (Posts: 139; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


If your currier supports two sims with one number like vodafone

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 16:14

7. CoastCity (Posts: 139; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


you don't have to remove sim from your phone

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 03:01

16. Ashoaib (Posts: 2376; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


still the classic watch is more stylish... Gear S is more like a gadget, good that samsung didnt use smart watch word for it bcoz its not a watch by its looks...

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 16:06 4

2. maherk (Posts: 1116; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Tizen looks much better on a smartwach than Android Wear, much much simpler as well.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 16:07

3. darkvadervip (Posts: 341; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Looks nice but I'm not buying till I see what apple got left.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 16:09 6

4. CoastCity (Posts: 139; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


Bulky in every hand that I saw it.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 17:04 2

10. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


But as a smart watch that can be used as a phone? Compare it to other watches like that and I am sure this one is much smaller than those others. Imagine version 3 of this which will surely come out next year? Lol, that is what I want.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 17:19 2

12. sgodsell (Posts: 1390; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Its officially a bracelet at that size.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 16:17 5

8. Nephylim (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


The design is amazing

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 16:28

9. spin9 (Posts: 98; Member since: 31 May 2014)


Never believe the stars, always lying

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 19:46 2

13. John2014 (Posts: 37; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


Very big too big huge. See the hairy arm. Not fitting his hand. Huge. He put the watch on this wider area but still big. Wider than his hand. There is a lot of space between his hand and watch. Big huge.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 23:44

15. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 634; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Which smartphone did the writer bring to snap these shots? An iPhone? Ugh, horrendous!!! :-(

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 03:24 2

18. shuaibhere (Posts: 1659; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I seriously don't understand why LG G watch's design is praised so much....it just looks like normal sport watch which you can get for 20$....
On the other hand gear s looks like what a smart gadget should be.....

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:40

20. phichart (Posts: 48; Member since: 03 May 2014)


because of haters!

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:00

19. Gadgety (Posts: 99; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


The Gear S, despite it's nicely curved screen, is not exactly slick looking, and I'd be slightly embarrassed to wear it in a business meeting. My phone is a Note 8.0 LTE. The Gear S could be a nice companion for work outs, though, because I won't be running with the Note 8.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:32

21. clearblack (Posts: 59; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


world worst looking Watch moto 360 all the way

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 11:06

22. gadgetwife (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


If you want a smartwatch that is a phone you can compare this with the iconBIT. They are different in style compared to the S. There are two different models priced at $249.99 and $349.99. You can find them at touchofmodern.com

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 14:45

23. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Yeah, that looks like crap. 2g in the US? No thanks. Besides, I wear watches on my right wrist which would mean the camera was facing my arm, not that I would EVER use a camera on a watch.

posted on 09 Sep 2014, 23:07

24. mudhi (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Does anyone know if this can be paired with a non-samsung android device? (eg. HTC One)

posted on 08 Nov 2014, 11:31

26. afraaa (Posts: 91; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


sure no its tizen

posted on 08 Nov 2014, 11:28

25. afraaa (Posts: 91; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


where is the white on screen !?? i see samsung use the old obvious trick to save battery by make phone look sick ! i see yellow instead of white . it will not fit n every hand and stand for it self instead of shape around wrist of hand .

screen remind me of samsung galaxy s2 screen that back o then white was samsung worst enemy .. but i like the UI . it shaped really good

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