Samsung Gear S, the smartwatch that lets you make phone calls, is available now in the US

Samsung Gear S, the smartwatch that lets you make phone calls, is available now in the US
Several months ago, Samsung announced the Gear S as its first smartwatch that can make calls by itself - since it has a SIM card slot and 3G connectivity. Starting today, the device is available to buy in the US. At the moment, only AT&T and Sprint are offering the Gear S, but the smartwatch will also be released by T-Mobile and Verizon.

AT&T is selling the Gear S for $199.99 with a 2-yr contract agreement, or $299 without any agreement. Sprint allows customers to get the smartwatch for $0 down plus 24 monthly payments of $16. While AT&T is offering the Gear S in both black and white, Sprint is selling only the black variant.

Unlike most of the recently-introduced smartwatches, the Gear S doesn’t run Android Wear, but Tizen. The display of the Gear S is a curved, 2-inch Super AMOLED one with 360 x 480 pixels. Other features include Wi-Fi, heart rate sensor, barometer, UV light sensor, compass, a dual-core 1 GHz Exynos processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, and a 300 mAh battery. In case you don’t want to use it with a SIM card, the Gear S can also be connected to a Galaxy smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0. You can find out more about the new smartwatch by checking out our Samsung Gear S hands-on.


sources: AT&T, Sprint via Samsung (Twitter)

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29 Comments

1. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

If he had less bezels and no front button, It would be Perfect

7. uggman989

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

OMG!!!!!! Zordon they stole the Ranger watch...

13. engineer-1701d unregistered

less bezels stupid this is a push in the right direction thank it for being what it is, i dont hear you saying the iphone has huge phone with little screen and massive bezels and big button.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7430; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is suppose to be a watch, but when its on a wrist there is no denying that this is a bracelet and not a watch.

25. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

One of the reasons I never picked up a Pebble

2. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

It seem more promising with celluar radio and the price on the border line high.

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yeah I think it's more promising, too. And yes, the price is quite high. It's reasonable when comparing to other smartwatches though (LG G Watch Round is $300, and others are already around $250), but still, yeah, it's high.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Seeing as how this one has more functions than the original Gear which was 299, I'd say this is a great deal for a pHobe u can wear on your wrist. Seeing as Apple wants 349 or as much as 500 just to get gold plating.hmmmm. just open your eyes and see what you're getting

3. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 207; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

You want to buy those watches outright. I mean my Cartier cost me $6,000 30 years ago.

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

I can't imagine that the battery life on this thing will be worth a damn. Most of the other smartwatches have smaller screens, larger batteries, & no cellular or Wi-Fi capability. They last a day, two tops. How long can this watch realistically last on even moderate usage? A few hours? I hope I'm wrong.

24. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Reviews of the Gear 2 show it lasting 4 days with moderate use. The cellular connection will drain the battery, but you also wont need a constant bluetooth connection saving some juice. You can bet on it lasting longer than the Android Wear lineup but not by much

26. g2a5b0e unregistered

4 days? Really?! I'm both very surprised & impressed. Where did you see that?

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Unless u sit and try to talk on it all day ad a phone, then it should last a few days.

6. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I demo'd the Gear S and bought the LG. I prefer the look of the LG, but the functionality of the Gear S. These prices are nuts, and they should be $150 MAX without contract. The LG watch (round) has no speakerphone or on screen QWERTY keyboard / phone dialer for making calls via watch speakerphone and typing texts via onscreen keyboard. The Samsung Gear S (square) had both functions. I would buy the LG Gear R if it had both, and cost $150 at the max. The Samsung Gear s is laughable at 380. Unfortunately, I will be returning the LG within 14 days. On a positive note, the LG is great for receiving and dictating texts. Although, I hate that you can't see all of your recent texts. You can only view recent texts when responding to an incoming texts and the thread will pop up after you respond. The text receive/send feature alone might have been worth it in a $100 LG watch, but not for $300. PS The time allowed to approve or cancel the message dictated on the LG G R screen is painfully short and the screen will not display the entire message if it is too long. This drives me nuts and allows for errors.

8. Rydsmith unregistered

I'm sorry but if you think these prices are too high you shouldn't be buying them. They are luxury items made for early adopters with disposable income, not a wage worker that wants to test something new out. On a separate note, these items also are designed to be extensions of the phone; especially Android Wear watches. To demand what you're demanding would be asking to change the core ideals of Android Wear.

17. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Rydsmith- Sharp is selling the Arquous Android phone with a 5" sceen for $150 with no contract, so $30 for the Gear S IS laughable. Now, take your condescending attitude and Go F Yourself. Whether or not my income makes you look like Fast Food Worker is irrelevant. People with money have it because they value it. Not that someone like you can understand that concept. Now, piss off. It's funny that I bought the watch, and it's on my wrist now, while you're just blowing arrogant smoke.

21. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

@QWERTYphone If you can't afford a high-end smart watch that doesn't mean its bad or worse. First change arrogant attitude and go F yourself.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm with Rydsmith on this one. If you think $300-400 is too much for these devices, then you are clearly not the market these products are intended for. If you throw in all the actual costs of building a G Watch & then all the R&D as well, I assure you they wouldn't be making any money selling this thing at $100. That's just ludicrous. I'm not trying to offend at all, but smartwatches just don't seem to suited to you right now.

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

This kind of smartwatch with cellular connectivity is much more useful than all the other recent smartwatches IMO...

11. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Hopefully it releases in other regions soon...taking such a long time to get one.

12. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

It looks terrible but like the sim calling feature on a watch

14. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I am guessing you can only connect it to galaxy devices, which is crap. There is no reason why it won`t with other phones. I was looking at the gear fit today, which best buy has on sale for $75, and I can`t get it. Doesn`t work with windows phone. Not even other android phones unless you sideload the app. No one is going to spend $600 on a phone just to get a watch, so might as well make it for all manufacturers and make more money. The Microsoft band has already achieved this, so why can`t the rest?

16. bertbert

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

was checking verizon website and the price for the gear s without contract is 399.

18. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

$30 for the Gear S was obviously supposed to be $380. I hate that edit times are limited by Phone Arena.

19. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

1Sale will be selling these for $125 in Jun. Mark my words.

20. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hopefully Samsung makes a "Galaxy S Neo" without the cellular communications, but with the WiFi. For $200 this would be a very interesting choice for people. I think it would be the first fully functional smartwatch and offer the best value amongst current smartwatch offerings. When Sony pushes the firmware update to the SW3 which enables WiFi, the Sony will also be an interesting choice. But without the bigger screen of the Samsung, functionality for many apps will be somewhat limited.

22. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 207; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

A watch with just WIFI is useless. And it should be waterproof. You want to be able to use it when you go running and on the beach and such, when you don't want to carry your phone. The carrier should have a less expensive plan for those or some plan tied up to the use of their phone. They should have security alarm feature in case you get mobbed to keep the cops busy out of Dunkin Donuts.

23. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I agree with the waterproof, but I believe cellular should be optional. Some people need this and others don't. My main use case for a smartwatch is for work. When I'm on my own time, I don't need/want a smartwatch, especially one with cellular. For the cellular versions, plans are now $60/yr (T-Mobile, Sprint) or $120/yr (ATT). I really don't want to be stuck paying even more for a watch. Maybe $60/yr is not so bad, but $10/month for ATT feels like a ripoff.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well AT&T has the best price for now. I'm with Verizon and they are trying to rob us. 349 with a 2 year and 399 without. They must be high or stupid. I will just go buy mine from ATT and just buy my own or no SIM. I don't need the 3G,. As I will always have my phone anyways. I just want the watch. Verizon needs to wake up.

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