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First images of the Galaxy Gear show off Samsung's "unique" design sense

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What are said to be the first images of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch have come out; and, they triggered the absolutely wrong reaction in us. The first thought we had after seeing the images was, "That better be a prototype." But, it looks to be real, and that is incredibly disappointing, because the absolute best compliment we can give the device is that it looks like something a hipster would wear, and even that feels like we're insulting hipsters, which is not the intention. 

The images come from VentureBeat which show an internal promotional marketing video created by a 3rd party for the watch. The display is said to be "about 3 inches diagonally", which matches the rumors we had heard about a 2.5-inch 320x320 display. While the display is square, the device has bezels on the top and bottom to make it look similar to a tiny Samsung Galaxy smartphone. The person who leaked the info is a woman and says that the device is clearly designed for men. It is chunky, and far too big for a woman's wrist. And frankly, we just think the design is silly. We can understand the idea that Samsung wanted to make it look like a Galaxy smartphone, but that's a brainstorming idea, not something that makes the final product. 

The individual who leaked the images says that the idea is for the Gear to be a smartwatch and health tracker, which will link up with Samsung's S Health. It has a built-in heart rate monitor, and will combine that with pedometer data and calorie intake to track your health. The calorie data would come from the 4MP camera which could be used to take pics of your food for nutrition tracking. 

Additionally, the device will have many of the features that we have expected from leaks, including options to see your call log, and initiate calls through your Samsung device. (Side note: much of the functionality is referred to as linking to your "Samsung device". It's unclear if that means the watch will only work with Samsung devices, or if that is simply marketing speak to mention one's own products.) It will use Samsung's S Voice for voice commands; and, it will have preloaded apps for health tracking and social media. The interface is said to have swipe gestures to easily access apps, the camera, and the photo gallery.

And, once again the dreaded battery life info is listed at just "10+ hours", which is extremely disappointing for a smartwatch, and would confirm one of the fears we had about smartwatches being released right now. We like the idea of the watch being a health tracker as well, but we can't help but think that the constant heart rate and pedometer monitoring are big drains on the device's battery. 

We'll be getting the full story in just 3 days, when Samsung officially announces the Gear at IFA in Berlin. 

source: VentureBeat

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posted on 01 Sep 2013, 13:43 24

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 2671; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Well the iWatch is not out yet so they don't have anything to copy. Wait till Apple releases their version and watch Samsung improve theirs. Gotta wait for Apple to force the other companies to step up their game.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 13:44 21

5. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

Agreed. Everything Apple designs is gorgeous.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 13:45 10

6. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Apple iProducts always becomes the model. See how other sites show devices always compared to iProducts..

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 08:52

106. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)

Say what you will about Apple, and I certainly am not fond of them, but they would never even have a prototype that looked like that.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 14:08 19

21. SonyPS4 (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Apple will copy Sony then Samsung will follow just like their smartphone

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 14:58 5

43. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

By improve you mean copy right? No one cared about smartwatches until Apple announced one and now everyone is bandwagoning off their announcement.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 15:02 9

46. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Oh, please go home!
Apple itself is a follower.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 15:07 6

47. HASHTAG (unregistered)

I don't ever recall Apple ever officially announcing the smartwatch. And what gives you the idea that Apple was the first?

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 15:12 4

50. willard12 (unregistered)

Apple announced a smartwatch? When? I guess no one cared other than the LG watches, Sony watches, and the dozens of other watches. Apple and phonearena didn't care until Tim Cook was told to make another product. So, the great artist he is, decided not to hesitate to take the ideas of others.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 15:27 4

54. tedkord (Posts: 14120; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Again, Apple has copied the idea the smartwatch. Moto applied for its patent a year and a half ago, before the rumors of an Apple watch. Apple is doing what they always do - stealing an idea, and relying on the faithful (like you) to revise history to say they invented the idea.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 23:46 1

100. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

To be fair, the idea for a smartwatch has been around for a long time. Microsoft even had a go at the smartwatch category a few years ago.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 16:32 2

73. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


posted on 01 Sep 2013, 16:48 2

78. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

No the right word for Apple is STEAL :)

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 19:25 2

91. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

When did Apple announce a smartwatch? Link?

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 16:40 1

75. Purnama (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)

other companies, except sony...

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 13:43 27

3. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

ohh man.. please sony teach them a lesson about design.. sheeesh

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 14:09 10

22. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

things that samsung should learn..........for all devices
from sony/nokia/htc - design
from nokia - quality, camera and strongness
from nexus devices - price
from motorola maxx - battery...............
may be u can add many....

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 14:57 2

42. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

I think their camera and battery is good enough but their design is too ugly. they definitely need some new designers.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 15:08 1

48. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

So what does Samsung have? all those things you said they don't have.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 16:42 4

77. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Nokia for design? Every Lumia is a derivative of the N9, which is a derivative of the iPod Nano.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 13:43 14

4. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

Ugh, that's garbage.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 13:46 5

7. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Hahaha, I just finished my comment on the lack of originality of Samsung design and how they jump on the Sony design train now, and now this!!!
Apparently the Sony Smartwatch 2 is too new and they didn't manage to copy it properly :-))

When will this company ever learn to design? Why don't they just give a tiny part of their massive cash reserves to an external design studio for some decent ideas?

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 13:48 4

8. pokedude750 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

Is their any evidence THIS is the device.
PhoneArena you REALLY need to get rid of Micheal, He is a biased reviewer, Always post's smack against brands he does not like on an impulse AND to seal the deal he never allow's any of us to voice our opinions and pretty much tell's the userbase of this website to go F*** themselves.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 13:57 24

15. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

As stated in the article, the images come from a promo video for the device, so it seems pretty real.

Also, opinionated is not biased. And, engaging you in conversation doesn't stop you from voicing your opinion, it just requires that you defend your position.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 14:03 4

18. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Biased reviewer is an understatement.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 14:38 3

35. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Guys, I don't know if Michael is biased or not, but this is definitely not the article to find out. This smartwatch IS REALLY PIG UGLY... The only way for him to have been biased or mistaken is if this junk is not the actual product... we'll see.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 15:12 6

49. HASHTAG (unregistered)

Pokedude750, are you mad because Michael saying the truth about the Samsung Galaxy Gear? The design is awful. I have nothing against Samsung, but their design of the Gear is not that amusing. I had interest in the Gear until I saw this. It really seems like this site would be better if we got rid of commenters like you.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 15:19

52. jdoee100 (Posts: 334; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

"..'That better be a prototype.' But, it looks to be real..." Michael H. has no proof this picture to be real. His reference (VentureBeat) saw a prototype and promotional marketing video from NOT Samsung but some outside agency. Far as I can tell, Michael's conclusion is based on rumor not truth.

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 17:40

81. pokedude750 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

I admit the alleged device is ugly. I just do not believe Michael should keep creating articles praising or hating on products. (Especially ones that don't even have confirmed pics and or specs)

posted on 01 Sep 2013, 18:14

82. HASHTAG (unregistered)

Well considering that we're just days away until we see possibly see the official unveiling of the Gear, what we see on the article could actually be the real deal. And if so, well I won't be throwing any money at that thing. But whatever your deal is with Michael, he is free to post his opinions just as you are free to do so as well. You're not being forced to read his articles.

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