The new Samsung Galaxy Gear is making waves in the tech world with it’s seemingly space-age technology. The new watch-like companion to the Galaxy Note 3 works via Bluetooth and is able to make calls, manage apps, play mp3, enable voice memos, email, tweet, voice text messaging and remotely access a lost phone. The Gear has crisp text and vivid images on its 1.63” screen, a 1.9-megapixel camera, and comes in six different colors. Designed to enable the wearer to be more connected but less distracted, Galaxy Gear promotes simplicity, all the while keeping up with technology.
Though smart and small, the Galaxy Gear does require you to have a Note 3, which just came out a few months ago and it’s unfortunately large. Although the Gear is almost ¼ the size of a tablet, if a consumer wants the Gear they’re going to have to haul the Note 3 around in purses or backpacks.
The Galaxy Gear can be set up so that any time you walk more than five feet away from the Note 3, the auto lock automatically secures the device. Once you are near your device, it unlocks your phone for you if you are wearing the Galaxy Gear device. The “watch” itself is sleek and lightweight and actually pretty neat looking, and a great conversation starter.
Battery life for the Gear is decent compared to the smartphone but nowhere near a regular watch, and with 4GB of space and 512MB of RAM, the little guy is quite impressive. Able to do basic functions of a smartphone, mostly hands free, it would be quite useful to someone who is busy all the time, and constantly on the move.
Pricing is a bit steep at the moment, for both the phone and Gear it will cost you $600.00 with a new two-year contract, not including a service plan. But it still gets you the Note 3 and the Gear. If the consumer is willing to pay the hefty start-up price, the technology is exciting, but for the rest of us, we’ll have to wait.