Samsung Galaxy Gear (Gen 1) Video Review (4 mins)
In this entertaining clip, TechGuy discusses the new Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch.
He covers some of the Gear’s limitations including its bulky size, its 5-hour battery life and the limited number of devices it can connect to (he says Samsung Note 3 only, but it connects with the latest Samsung Galaxy devices, too).
Our Take: 3.5 out of 5
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The Samsung Galaxy Gear is far from perfect, but if you use a Galaxy or Note, it’s still the right smart watch for you. Plus, it’s got a bunch of features other watches don’t have, like an onboard video camera and speaker/mike combination. It’s also nice looking. Samsung really needs to improve the poor battery life, limited app selection and limited phone support, though.
- onboard speaker and microphone
- a surprisingly good on-board camera (photos and video)
- very cool voice memo transcription feature: record a voice memo by speaking into your watch, then it is transcribed into text for you
- read emails & texts
- support for voice commands: make calls, send texts, etc.
- Evernote integration makes it easy to save photos and videos from your phone
- only works with Galaxy Note and S-series phones and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. Here is the release schedule for each device.
- to read messages, you need your phone
- limited battery life (24 hours)
- limited app selection
- watch turns on whenever you lift your arm – can be annoying
The Best Smart Watches Today
Note: the Samsung Gear 2 has replaced the Galaxy Gear.
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