With smartwatches destined to take over most peoples gift lists this year, we take a closer look at the latest from tech giant Samsung. The Samsung Gear S.
Subtle is not the word I, or anyone else for that matter, would attribute to the Gear S. Samsung have done an amazing job at packing in a whole lot of technology into something wrist-sized (Sim-tray, GPS, 3G, pedometer, heart monitor etc).,however it does mean this device is rather large and may not suit everyones tastes.
The 2" display does make it easy to use and read from, it does lend to it's rather large size and makes me think something a little smaller, but higher resolution, may be a better option in the future.
As mentioned before, the Samsung Gear S is full of innovative features, varying in usefulness. This watch was designed to function as both a companion device, to your mobile, and also as a stand alone device (this is due to it being able to take a 3G sim-card)
The watch features a 2-inch AMOLED screen with a 480 x 360 pixel resolution. It's powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, has 4GB of internal storage.
The watch runs Samsung's own mobile operating system, Tizen. Aside from the aforementioned specs, the Gear S is also equipped with a GPS sensor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a UV detector, a barometer, and a heart rate monitor. All of which lead to a very useful, albeit oversized, smartwatch.
Samsung have definitely put a lot of time, effort and money into their latest iteration of the smartwatch range. It still does feel that they are in the development phase though, not quite getting it right but trying out new things. I would say that the next generation of the Gear will be the one to buy (I would imagine smaller with a higher res screen to compensate, and more strap-choices).
Time will tell if the smartwatch truly takes off, I for one expect it to, but not yet.
The Gear S is slated to release next month for £239.