SAMSUNG GEAR S
£ 329 samsung.com
Samsung has released six distinct smartwatches already, indicating that the hardware giant is repeating the strategy it used with smartphones by flooding the market with products. The Gear S is its latest model and immediately stands out from other smartwatches by not using the popular Android Wear system. The drawback is that you’ll need a Samsung phone to use
the watch, but if you have one this is a great choice because it’s packed with features. Unlike other watches the Gear S has its own phone number and can connect to your handset over the internet rather than relying on Bluetooth alone. While you may not want to replace your phone with a smartwatch, this is the only one on the market that gives you the option. It provides a mini web browser as well as a hefty number of sensors, including an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and barometer, a heart rate monitor and ambient light and UV sensors. The Gear S certainly looks more like a mini computer than some of the other entries, especially when you hold it up to your face to use the phone, but its big, bright screen is
fantastic and you could probably get away with pretending you’re from the future.