Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Is a Very Samsung Smartwatch


It’s big. It’s gaudy. It’s packed with fancy hardware and comes loaded with software features–some of which you’d probably never use.

No, I’m not talking about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3. The device I refer to is the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company’s first attempt at a modern smartwatch. In typical Samsung fashion, it’s a smartwatch, with everything on it.

For specs, the Galaxy Gear has a 1.63-inch AMOLED display (320-by-320) resolution, an 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. It has a 1.9-megapixel camera and speaker built into the wrist strap, and there’s a microphone on board for making calls over a Bluetooth smartphone connection.

As with earlier smartwatches like Pebble, the Galaxy Gear aims to be a glanceable notification machine, informing you of incoming calls, texts, messages and alerts. But the Gear also has some clever integration with Samsung’s smartphones, so…

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