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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26 Comments

1. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 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?

5. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7030; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

14. gregoryyy3 unregistered

I have a watch that big...

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

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

6. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

If your currier supports two sims with one number like vodafone

7. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

you don't have to remove sim from your phone

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3271; Member since: Nov 15, 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...

2. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

3. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

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

4. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Bulky in every hand that I saw it.

10. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 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.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7030; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its officially a bracelet at that size.

8. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

The design is amazing

9. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Never believe the stars, always lying

13. John2014

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 14, 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.

15. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

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

18. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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.....

20. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

because of haters!

19. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

21. clearblack

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

world worst looking Watch moto 360 all the way

22. gadgetwife

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 04, 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

23. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 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.

24. mudhi

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

26. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

sure no its tizen

25. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 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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