SIXTH TIME’S THE CHARM
We’ll forgive anyone who has lost count of the number of wearable devices that Samsung has released in the span of one year alone (the very first GALAXY Gear was released in September 2013). To set the record straight, the newly announced Gear S is actually the sixth smartwatch from Samsung. The other five wearable devices are the GALAXY Gear, the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo, the Gear Fit and the Gear Live. If anything, it is clear that Samsung intends to try and get wearables right by any means necessary.
The latest Gear S is equipped with a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display. This is a step up from the 1.84inch panel on the Gear Fit, making it one of the biggest displays ever on a smart watch. The extra screen real estate provides more room for navigation, allows you to swipe through the Tizen interface easily, plus do more things like typing on a mini keyboard and reading news feed from content provider partners such as Associated Press.
While the curved display feels natural and comfortable, the sheer size of the Gear S may be a deal breaker for some users with smaller wrists. However, its design is definitely more fashion-forward than before.
The Gear S is certified IP67 water and dust resistance and also has a heart rate sensor located on its rear. The Gear S joins a small, but growing list of smart watches that supports its own SIM card. Supporting a nano-SIM, the Gear S can make or receive calls on its own. You will however need to pair with a compatible smartphone to sync data first before you can use the Gear S as a standalone device.
Bursting with new and useful features, the Gear S is stated to last up to two days with typical usage on its 300mAh battery. However, it may require recharging more frequently especially if you are using it to make or receive calls. April 2014. The Gear 2 included a more streamlined case with camera embedded, replaceable straps and introduced the Tizen OS. April 2014. Designed primarily as a fitness band, it has similar features to the Gear 2 Neo, but without phone or voice functionality.