SIXTH TIME’S THE CHARM

HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

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.

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