Technology &Gaming Journalist looks at a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch after its launch at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin

Published on September 11th, 2013 | by Mace & Crown Administrator

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Revolutionizing the Smartphone Industry

Samsung is looking to solve your smart phone accessibility needs in October with the release of their entry into the smart-watch category of personal devices, the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

Pranav Mistry, head of the think tank at Samsung said they are “focused on features that would let users keep their phones in their pockets or avoid having to touch either the phone or the watch altogether. Users can make hands-free calls directly from the Gear, as well as dictate e-mail, set alarms and check the weather solely with their voices.” So it seems that the Samsung Gear will only be compatible across Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy 4.

The Gear also allows for the user to shoot video and snap photos by simply aiming their arm at a target and initiating the application.  While this may be great for people trying to find the most tweetable scenes in their daily lives, it raises questions over how small society might let their cameras become.

“I honestly think the concept is neat, but I feel that the practicality of it is lacking. Personally, I see people abusing the use of the camera more often than using it well,”  said Michael Duffey, an Old Dominion student.

Adrian Covert, from CNN Money had some middling experiences with the Gear that he shared online. “I spent a short time with the Galaxy Gear on Wednesday, and while no aspect of the hardware performance seemed fundamentally flawed or broken, nothing felt particularly fast, responsive or intuitive. The watch doesn’t appear to have any unique function. It’s just mimicking the functions of a smartphone to lesser effect. The watch isn’t as big and ungainly as you might expect, but it isn’t particularly minimal either. And it’s pretty ugly…”

While features may appear middling right now, when the product launches, 70 apps including eBay, Evernote and RunKeeper will be available to download on the Gear. So it is possible to say that applications may be the saving grace for this Smartphone adaptation, but we won’t know until this October.

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