My Own Galaxy

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Smart wrist­watches be­came the topic of con­ver­sa­tion last year and Sam­sung has been forced to come up with one. Its Galaxy Gear watches pair only with only a few se­lect Sam­sung smart­phones and not just any An­droid phone.

The brushed metal cas­ing with the strik­ing rub­ber strap makes the de­vice look at­trac­tive. A sin­gle but­ton pow­ers up the dis­play and turns it off too. Dou­ble click­ing the but­ton launches S Voice. The rest of the nav­i­ga­tion is car­ried out by swip­ing the dis­play. The 1.6-inch dis­play with 320x320 pixel res­o­lu­tion is sharp.

There is a 1.9-megapixel cam­era added to the strap that can be launched by swip­ing from top to bot­tom. But pic­ture qual­ity is poor. Swip­ing down­wards also helps to re­trace one’s steps. Left and right swipes give ac­cess to all the apps such as logs, con­tacts, phone di­aler, im­age gallery and pe­dome­ter. Calls can be an­swered di­rectly from the watch. But we had to bring it near the ear to hear clearly.

This smart­watch is ac­com­pa­nied by a charg­ing dock and a wall charger. It can­not be di­rectly charged but has to be placed in the dock which has a USB port.

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