Samsung Gear S smartwatch does not need a smartphone

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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, WiFi, 3G, USB 2.0, a 2-inch Super AMOLED curved siaplay, and is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and has an internal storage of 4GB.

Samsung Gear S

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.

What are your thoughts?

9 comments

  1. It Is A Crazy World. And These Korea’s Samsung Are Even Crazier.

    They Started The Trend Of Oversized Phablets, Now They Are Doubling Back!

    The Funny Thing Is, Humans Being Whimsical Creatures That We Are.. Would Go Back To Patronizing The Lilliputian Smartwatches.

    Smh

    I Don’t Do Watches, Smart, Or Dumb, But The Other Humans Who Do Would Sure Like A Self_Contained Watch, That Is Actually A Phone With A Strap And Anorexic Gait.

    By The Way, Couldn’t There Be Health Implications To Strapping A Phone To The Wrist, Permanently.? Radiations?

    The Onset Of Incident… Osteoporosis..?

    Just Wondering..

  2. This is probably the first smart watch that i could consider buying. I really need a second phone but do not carrying a second big phone so this would reallly be an option for me,

  3. Like really? You’ll choose this over getting a regular phone? I’d love to see how that works for you.

  4. Interacting With A Tiny Device Via Input Of Text Is The Greatest Challenge.

    The Next Challenge Could Be The Tiny Screen Size

    If These Tiny Watches Can Be Mostly Voice_Activated, They Could Actually Complement/ Supplement (But Not Supplant) The Normal Full Sized Phones…

  5. Interacting With A Tiny Device Via Input Of Text Is The Greatest Challenge.

    The Next Challenge Could Be The Tiny Screen Size

    If These Tiny Watches Can Be Mostly Voice_Activated, They Could Actually Complement/ Supplement (But Not Supplant) The Normal Full Sized Phones…

  6. I would accept a smart watch as a complement…but as a complete replacement? Nah..

    At least not till its able to project images and text like holograms

  7. you can interact with it by voice

    That same voice thing that is more or less a novelty? You need a very quiet environment, and even then half the time it gets you wrong? Just try interacting with your current smartphone by voice exclusively for one week and give s feedback 🙂

  8. @sojitweets i could quite easily replace my SECOND phone with the Gear S. i could even replace my main device with this device. When i consider how i use my main phone i could do without a lot the apps, plus i own a tablet which i would love to use from time to time. Installing Bluestacks or Andy on my Dell Tablet i could use the few apps that i frequently use on my Phablet.

    my second phone would primarily be used for calls and sms. During the course of a busy day i wouldn’t have the time for twitter, whatsapp and the rest

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