Samsung Gear Solo expected to be announced at IFA 2014 to accompany the Galaxy Note 4
0. phoneArena 07 Aug 2014, 21:52 posted on
The Gear Solo should be Samsung's first smartwatch that supports SIM cards, allowing you to use it to make calls directly...
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1. camera531 (Posts: 344; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Why would someone want a "solo" watch with a second phone number? Does it also need a second service plan? Seems to defeat the purpose of a smartwatch. Too smart for its own good.
3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I don't know about the second phone number, but a smartwatch to me only makes sense if it continues to work well while I don't have my smartphone with me. And that means a data connection (for many uses anyway).
5. camera531 (Posts: 344; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
The only way that could work is to have a separate sim (and therefor a separate number), unless you have to constantly remove the sim from your phone and put it in your watch. Either way, it doesn't seem practical at all.
6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
There are definitely issues to sort through. And a true standalone watch would need a SIM of some sort.
Maybe a watch, being quite small and space being at a super premium, is something where a virtual SIM/"eSIM" makes sense. I can't see physical SIM cards getting much smaller than the "nanoSIM" and this would be difficult to fit in many smartwatches.
13. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
As someone who has and enjoys the Gear Live, I don't think the Solo makes a lot of sense. Mostly for the reasons you said, 2 sim cards or constantly switching one? Both options suck. Also, I use my Live a lot, but more importantly, I use my phone a lot too. I thought I liked the idea of a "watch phone", but it turns out that I still want that 5 inch screen with me 99% of the time. I think tethering is superior to stand alone when it comes to wrist devices. I also don't see how ANYONE could be happy with owning a phone watch and not owning a smartphone.
2. Zhephyr (Posts: 24; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
I think it will be a nice alternative for people who want a basic like phone experience just for call and simple task.
I hope it would include a wireless headphone like connection so it can also function as a mp3 player.
4. theguy2345 (Posts: 1216; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)
Does anyone know if these watches work with WP? I have 8.1 GDR1 dev preview
7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Microsoft recently put up some PowerPoint slides recently of their smartwatch concepts.
I would expect something from Microsoft in 2018 or so, if they follow their usual plan of delay from when Apple/Android does something until they follow.
9. salaal (Posts: 109; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
I think it will come with 2 os choices Tizen and Android Wear.
10. SandyArkon (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Aug 2014)
SandyArkon- I think the name gives a clue, 'SOLO'- give your old smartphone to little sister, download virtual assistant like Dragon, then you're Hot to Go! Suki, send sms to Bob, content- See ya fri nite, Det-5. send. And like that. Goog Now is toooo helpful, i want to control what my assistant does, keep data bill lower, heh. BluTooth earbud with mike be cool.I want one. Now.
11. Mreveryphone (Posts: 581; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)
I also agree with the comments about the sim... I've said that it would be a pain to take the sim out of your phone and put it into your watch and vice versa... Seems like a hassle... If they could find some way to sync watch and phone and transfer apn and other software necessities to operate as a stand alone device or include some type of chip with the watch that is specific to it and sync necessary files to operate as a stand alone device.
12. mturby (unregistered)
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