Samsung Galaxy Gear

Score

Sections

Pros

  • Intuative UI
  • Reasonable camera quality
  • Receive calls and texts to your wrists

Cons

  • Can't read email alerts
  • Massively expensive
  • Poor battery life

Key Features

  • Review Price: £300.00
  • 1.63-inch touchscreen display
  • 1.9-megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to smartphones

What is the Samsung Galaxy Gear?

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is the

latest development on the smartwatch scene and Samsung’s most recent

effort at a wearable gadget. A rival to the Sony SmartWatch 2,

the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a second-screen companion to a Samsung

Galaxy branded smartphone or tablet, and features a 1.63-inch

touchscreen display.

With an inbuilt camera and the ability to

make and receive calls direct from your wrist, the Samsung Galaxy Gear

is attempting to satisfy many needs, but is this enough to justify the

hefty £300 price tag?

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Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung Galaxy Gear: Design

With the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Samsung’s design team has managed what it failed with both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3

– a device that looks both appealing and high-end. With a stainless

steel face and buckle, the Gear’s premium design looks and feels the

part, but, at more than twice the price of its closest rival, it had to

really.

The textured plastic strap can be easily adjusted and the

buckle is secure and at no danger of coming loose when fastened. The

watch looks bulky when compared with a standard timepiece, but when on

your wrist it feels light and comfortable. At just 73.8g in weight it is

not particularly heavy and causes no discomfort after a day’s use.

What’s more, with the body of the watch just 11.1mm thick, it is barely

any chunkier than your phone.

The stainless steel on the Gear

give it a sturdy look. Unfortunately within a week of collecting it, the

buckle is covered with scuffs and scratches that ruin the overall

finish. What’s more concerning is that the damage has been caused by the

buckle rubbing on a desk. We expect more durability from a £300 device.

Scuffing

issues aside, the Samsung Galaxy Gear’s has quite a restrained design. A

single sleep/power button on the smartwatch’s right side makes it look

sophisticated and, well, watch-like. With a pair of noise cancelling

microphones and a single speaker built elegantly into the watch’s

buckle, the Gear’s only major design blemish is its strap mounted

camera. It looks like an awkward bulge and does detract from the slim, sleek appearance somewhat.

In a move

that continues Samsung’s push into more fashionable designs it has

launched a range of Galaxy Gear colours. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is

available in Black, Mocha Grey, Wild Orange, Rose Gold, Lime Green and the tastily named Oatmeal Beige.

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung Galaxy Gear: Screen

The

Samsung Galaxy Gear has come about due to the rapid growth of

smartphone screen sizes and so, as you would expect, it features a

relatively compact display. The Samsung Galaxy Gear’s 1.63-inch screen

actually feels quite refreshing, doing its job without overpowering.

Although it features just a 320 x 320 pixel resolution, this is more

than enough to give the small  Super AMOLED panel detailed and sharp

visuals. The 275 PPI (pixels per inch) is actually similar to full-HD 7-inch tablets.

Although

small the Samsung Galaxy Gear supports all of the touch commands you

would expect from the smartphone it is connected to. The swipe-based

interface is swift and easy to navigate and two-finger pinch to zoom can

be used within the photo gallery. Being able to analyse pictures in

closer detail direct from the watch further highlights the potential of

the smartwatch as a standalone device is a handy addition.

The

Samsung Galaxy Gear’s screen offers bright colours but slightly weak

contrast ratios. Gradients between colours are slightly blocky, with few

subtleties in similar hues. It’s more detailed than the Sony SmartWatch

2’s similarly sized 220 x 176 pixel display, though.

With

Samsung’s phones and tablets renowned for their impressive displays, the

Samsung Galaxy Gear’s screen has continued a trend, with good viewing

angles, in particular, proving useful on the wearable device.