Samsung has announced the Gear S, a smartwatch that has a network radio that offers 3G connectivity. Yes; the Gear S can function without needing to be paired with a smartphone for calls and internet access. The Gear S has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, USB 2.0, a 2-inch Super AMOLED curved display, and is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM, and has an internal storage of 4 GB.
Instead of Android OS, it is powered by Tizen OS. While that might sound like an odd choice, considering that Tizen has nothing close to the number of apps available on Android, the truth really is that how many things can anyone execute on the tiny 2-inch display of a smartwatch? Plus, Tizen has been said to be far more power-efficient than Android OS, so the choice of Tizen OS might not be a bad one really.
OS, apps and power efficiency aside, though, one has to wonder how convenient executing tasks directly on a smartwatch would be. For example, how does a user quick edit a calendar notification or respond to an SMS? Sure, there is an on-screen QWERTY Keyboard. But I am thinking of typing on that 2-inch display, and my head is shutting down at it all. It is hard enough typing on a 4-inch display…. Unless the Samsung Gear S has a tactile projected display that users can type comfortably with, I really don’t know.
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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.