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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Soulskill posted 1 year,14 days | from the quick-everybody-complain-before-trying-it dept.

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MojoKid writes "The smartwatch race heated up today, as Samsung showed its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin. Samsung's take on such a device has been eagerly anticipated. Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear as a companion to the new Galaxy Note 3 (or any Galaxy device). The Gear lets users make and receive calls hands-free with the built-in speaker, and it notifies you of any incoming texts, emails, and alerts and gives you a preview of whatever is coming through. A Smart Relay feature will display the full content on your Galaxy device. The Galaxy Gear sports an 800MHz processor and 1.63-inch display (320x320) AMOLED display with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a speaker, and two microphones with noise cancellation. There's a 1.9MP camera with a BSI sensor and autofocus, and it connects via Bluetooth 4.0 + BLE. Sensors include an accelerometer and a gyroscope. Samsung plans to launch the smartwatch in October for $300."

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Expensive (4, Informative)

supertrooper (2073218) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760125)

Smart or not 300$ is expensive. Considering that Google is selling Nexus 4 phone for 200$ I'm not gonna buy this thing. Yeah, the battery life is like 10hrs or so. Bluetooth drains the battery fairly quickly so you'll end up charging this thing fairly often. No thanks.

Re:Expensive (4, Informative)

Nerdfest (867930) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760185)

I (finally) got my Pebble watch the other day. t's not perfect, but it's pretty damn good, and has a week long battery life. It can also be read outside, which adds a lot of value. Between the notifications, weather, and ability to run things on the phone using Task, etc, it's pretty damn good for ~150$.

Re:Expensive (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760199)

But you'll soon rush out and buy the iWatch at twice the price, won't you? Even though you don't actually wear a chronograph.

Re:Expensive (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760223)

200 is the subsidized price, its really closer to 600 without a contract.....

Re:Expensive (1)

Tr3vin (1220548) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760285)

The ones you buy directly from Google are unsubsidized. You don't sign up for a contract when you buy them. On contract they are typically free.

Re:Expensive (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760305)

Admittedly, this is probably a "model clear-out" for the Nexus 4's in advance of the Nexus 5, but they were also only ~$300 at release. Best value per dollar around, I think as well.

Re:Expensive (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760369)

Speaking of "clear-out," all the Nexus 4's in the world won't stop your country from going to war for Israel. Ready to be drafted in the fight for America's best ally? Forward, march!

-- Ethanol-fueled

Re:Expensive (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760619)

The problem with the Nexus 4 is it's made by LG. Every single LG smartphone I have ever used (and I own two) has been complete shit for one reason or another. LG cannot make a good phone and the Nexus 4 is no exception when you look at how many complaints it's gotten from users.

Re:Expensive (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760301)

$200 is the price from google unlocked without any service. you have to pay more for t-mobile to sell you a locked one.

Re:Expensive (3, Informative)

Emetophobe (878584) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760613)

200 is the subsidized price, its really closer to 600 without a contract.....

Uh no. Google was selling an unlocked Nexus 4 8GB for $200 on their store [google.com] . They're sold out now, and rumour has it that they aren't restocking them either.

Re:Expensive (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760667)

lol you are a fucking moron. troll harder next time apple shill

Re:Expensive (3, Informative)

zenith1111 (1465261) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760289)

I won't be ditching my Casio for that thing, but I reckon the battery life will be low because of the screen. Besides, the battery is not that large to begin with, if the user doesn't make calls the Bluetooth v4 connection won't drain the battery very much, see the "Bluetooth Smart" part: https://developer.bluetooth.org/TechnologyOverview/Pages/v4.aspx [bluetooth.org]

Citizen has been selling Bluetooth 4 enabled watches for some time, their watches use the bluetooth connection the get the current time from the internet a couple of times a day and run from a tiny solar cell: http://www.citizenwatch.com/en-ir/2012/10/12/citizen-eco-drive-unveils-proximity/ [citizenwatch.com]

Re:Expensive (1, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760395)

I won't be ditching my Casio for that thing, but I reckon the battery life will be low because of the screen. Besides, the battery is not that large to begin with, if the user doesn't make calls the Bluetooth v4 connection won't drain the battery very much, see the "Bluetooth Smart" part: https://developer.bluetooth.org/TechnologyOverview/Pages/v4.aspx [bluetooth.org]

Citizen has been selling Bluetooth 4 enabled watches for some time, their watches use the bluetooth connection the get the current time from the internet a couple of times a day and run from a tiny solar cell: http://www.citizenwatch.com/en-ir/2012/10/12/citizen-eco-drive-unveils-proximity/ [citizenwatch.com]

A timepiece that tells time? That's crazy talk!

Re:Expensive (1)

quacking duck (607555) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760535)

A timepiece that tells time? That's crazy talk!

A timepiece that sets its own time so it doesn't drift faster or slower over days or weeks? Yep, definitely crazy talk!

nobody wears watches these days, gramps! (2)

Thud457 (234763) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760639)

You can have my Casio [wikipedia.org] when you pull it from my cold, dead wrist, possibly from a pile of rubble.
Or from the bowl an the TSA station while I'm busy getting my extra through pat down at the airport.

Re:Expensive (1, Interesting)

cheater512 (783349) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760565)

Remember it is a OLED screen so it uses zero power to display black.
I saw an awful lot of black in it's UI.

Re:Expensive (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760649)

And because it uses an OLED display, you can expect your colours to go to shit within a year or two and it won't be daylight readable.

Re:Expensive (1)

WarJolt (990309) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760345)

Especially since it will likely be supplementary to a standard smart phone. I still need my large screen to browse the internet. I want a smart watch with an unfolding screen. Unfortunately a watch is difficult to use with thumbs, si it also needs to be detachable.

Re:Expensive (5, Insightful)

michelcolman (1208008) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760351)

A watch that works for 10 hours?! So you take it off the charger when you get up in the morning at 6am, and it stops working at 4 pm? Or you have to take it off during lunch break so it can recharge?

So basically, you can look at your watch to check your messages, but you end up having to dig your phone out of your pocket to see what time it is because the watch battery went dead? Something tells me they didn't think this through.

Re:Expensive (2)

jedidiah (1196) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760531)

It's kind of like a Rolex but in reverse.

Re:Expensive (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760723)

It's exactly like a Rolex actually. A rip-off, piece of shit that only serves as "bling" and won't outlast a $20 Timex.

Re:Expensive (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760399)

Smart or not 300$ is expensive. Considering that Google is selling Nexus 4 phone for 200$ I'm not gonna buy this thing. Yeah, the battery life is like 10hrs or so. Bluetooth drains the battery fairly quickly so you'll end up charging this thing fairly often. No thanks.

What time is it?

Re:Expensive (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760779)

Time for me to fuck your mother in the ass again. Tell your father, I want him there to watch while I do it.

Re:Expensive (1)

geogob (569250) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760405)

For the watch market, 300$ is actually pretty cheap. Should we expect lower prices because this watch does more/others things and/or things differently?

Re:Expensive (1, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760429)

For the watch market, 300$ is actually pretty cheap. Should we expect lower prices because this watch does more/others things and/or things differently?

The last watch I bought in Europe cost ~$900. It costs $70 alone for a battery replacement and cleaning, every two years.

Re:Expensive (2)

Servaas (1050156) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760501)

Being hip doesnt come cheap!

Re:Expensive (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760521)

Being hip doesnt come cheap!

$900 for a Swiss watch is cheap, even when I bought it that was cheap.

Re:Expensive (3, Insightful)

c_jonescc (528041) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760627)

$900 for a Swiss Quartz watch is not cheap. It's a very good price for a mechanical, though even a good mechanical from a less luxury brand is closer to $600 often.

Re:Expensive (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760559)

And a $10 timex will do the same thing. Like the other douches buying $900, you did just to prove how douchy you are on the douche scale.

Re:Expensive (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760623)

typed on my smartwatch....

Re:Expensive (3, Insightful)

Monoman (8745) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760539)

Exactly. This thing need Power over Bluetooth so it can charge wirelessly while connected for data. ;-)

Re: Expensive (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760681)

Let's see ...
- cost too much for what it does.
- early release just to get to market.
- no apps available at launch.
- needs to use your phone in order to communicate with the rest of the world.

Are we talking about a Samsung Galaxy Gear or a Blackberry Playbook?

Casio (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760137)

So who else remembers the uber cool Casio smart watches of the 80s? (Contacts in your Watch! Cool!) And how long they were actually cool for...

Re:Casio (1)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760293)

So who else remembers the uber cool Casio smart watches of the 80s?

I certainly remember them, but "uber cool" would not be a term I would have used to describe them then, nor now.

Re:Casio (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760337)

Not as cool as the 1977 HP-01 calculator watch. Red LED display! Stylus to press the buttons! Ultimate nerd cool, and gorgeous. Still drawing multi-$k prices on ebay. Somehow I doubt you'll be able to give Samsung's device away 36 years from now.

Re:Casio (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760487)

Not as cool as the 1977 HP-01 calculator watch. Red LED display! Stylus to press the buttons! Ultimate nerd cool, and gorgeous. Still drawing multi-$k prices on ebay. Somehow I doubt you'll be able to give Samsung's device away 36 years from now.

I doubt you'd be able to give away any modern CE crap in 3 years, let alone 36 years.

Re:Casio (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760357)

I remember having one when I was about 10 years old (early 80s). I don't remember the model number but it was silver, had the full calculator on the watch, and also was semi-programmable. It had a space invaders-like game on it as well.

Re:Casio (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760473)

Not as cool as Kronoforms, those transformer watches!

Re:Casio (2)

TWiTfan (2887093) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760483)

Nowhere near as cool as the 15 Swatches I wore on both arms every day!

Re:Casio (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760541)

Nowhere near as cool as the 15 Swatches I wore on both arms every day!

before you were mugged?

Re:Casio (1)

Holi (250190) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760577)

No after, no ones wants swatches.

Re:Casio (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760765)

And how long they were actually cool for...

5 days, IIRC.

not good enough (2)

stevencbrown (238995) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760143)

really don't see why anyone would get this.

Expensive for needing a main device as a companion - making hands free calls is not a good enough reason for a $300 device, and the other items "alerts you of incoming texts/emails/etc" is a bit so what - if you have to pair this to a phone, having it near enough will mean that you'd get notified of this anyway.

I think it needed either a cool factor (flexible/wearable), or to be very useful (standalone device that could replace a phone).

Re:not good enough (4, Insightful)

MrHanky (141717) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760247)

Like they said, it's a fashion accessory. Did you see the presenter at the event, with those hideous white glasses? Fashion. So they made a giant, cumbersome watch with insultingly poor battery life and some crazy advanced technology that they couldn't find any practical use for. Fashion. You wouldn't understand. Neither do I.

Re:not good enough (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760319)

With big white hipster douche-bag glasses, perhaps he actually showed up at he wrong event.

Fashion is supposed to get you laid (2)

mozumder (178398) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760601)

Too bad nothing from Samsung (including this disgusting watch) will get anyone laid, except from low-rent Warcraft moms.

Did they not get the memo that watches are actually supposed to be fine jewelry?

Re:not good enough (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760411)

Can the hands free operation use bluetooth headphones? Or can it ONLY use the microphone on the watch?

Since definitive specs don't seem to be around, including samsung.com, it's hard to know.

The Qualcom Toq has it right on their front page.

Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760147)

let all now sing "Let do the time warp"...

Okay (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760153)

So what's the actual point of this? I guess I just don't get it. Do people really want these?

Re:Okay (2)

alen (225700) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760183)

just imagine scrolling through a long email on a 1.9" screen
or talking into your hand in public

Re:Okay (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760299)

No they don't, but samsung is pretending to be ahead of the pack, and once Apple comes out with theirs, they will redo theirs and copy it like their phones.

Re:Okay (2)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760505)

So what's the actual point of this? I guess I just don't get it. Do people really want these?

(320x320) AMOLED

Heck yes! That's perfect for a C64 emulator! *8^)

Kitchen Sink with a Wristband (4, Insightful)

Sponge Bath (413667) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760161)

Samsung should have contemplated this longer before shoving it out the door. Deliver useful things a smartphone can't and nothing more then you'll have better battery life and something stylish instead of that bulky thing.

Re:Kitchen Sink with a Wristband (1)

GrBear (63712) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760169)

It doesn't even have better battery life. The battery life is one day.

Re:Kitchen Sink with a Wristband (2)

michelcolman (1208008) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760381)

No, it doesn't even make it through a day, not by a long shot. I guess you need to buy two if you want to be able to know what time it is from morning till evening without taking your cell phone out of your pocket.

Re:Kitchen Sink with a Wristband (1)

Andy Dodd (701) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760187)

Yup. The Sony Smartwatch is actually pretty dumb - it basically acts as a secondary touchscreen and vibration notifier for your phone.

As a result it requires a very low-power CPU (I think it may be an AVR...) and gets decent battery life. (Not as good as the greyscale-LCD-only smartwatches like MetaWatch though.)

It's also cheaper, I don't know where the SW2 is going to wind up, but the original SmartWatch runs for around $100.

Re:Kitchen Sink with a Wristband (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760685)

Samsung should have contemplated this longer before shoving it out the door.

It seems pretty likely their primary goal was to get this out there ahead of Apple's September 10th event.

Re:Kitchen Sink with a Wristband (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760705)

Yep,
Sooner or later they will relaize that a flexible OLED writband is the display of choice. Keep the face small, use the band!
patent pending (tm)

Say No To Google Glasses (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760163)

I'll take this over Google Glasses any day.

Re:Say No To Google Glasses (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760353)

I'll take this over Google Glasses any day.

I'm not entirely convinced by Google Glasses but in principle a heads up display has obvious potential. This watch idea though just seems pointless.

Re:Say No To Google Glasses (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760435)

Then you're about as bright as the screen on the watch will be after 10 hours.

Lame (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760173)

No 4G. Less space than an iPhone 5. Lame

Snake Pliskin Style! (2)

puto (533470) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760195)

Hell yeah, Escape from New York all the way! While a bit pricey I would not mind 1. Where I work we have to keep our phones in our desk or in our pockets, and it would be a great boon to me to see messages and who had called with a look at my wrist. Plus, I dont have to fish my phone out my pocket to see who calls. Or leave it on the bar in front of me. But the best use for me is that when I am in South America and my cell rings, I can see who it is, without alerting local crooks I have a smartphone.

Re:Snake Pliskin Style! (4, Insightful)

michelcolman (1208008) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760281)

Actually, you'll be alerting local crooks you have a smartphone AND a $300 smartwatch. And best of all, they can see it all the time because the thing is on your wrist, visible to everyone, instead of in your pocket most of the time.

Re:Snake Pliskin Style! (1)

puto (533470) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760391)

Actually, when I am Bogota I generally have a coat/ and or long sleeves because it is generally chilly, and I know when and and when not to make it know I have anything of value on me. But since I am Colombian I do not generally get taken as being an "easy touch". Smart phones spend the majority of the time in peoples hands, even when they are not talking on them.

Re:Snake Pliskin Style! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760343)

I was going to say must be rough with your first world problems, then you mentioned South America.

Re:Snake Pliskin Style! (2)

DramaGeek (806258) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760543)

Get a Pebble. Half the price, and does all the things you just mentioned, plus more.
Black & White ePaper screen, but that means it stays on all the time and the battery lasts a week. Easily readable in sunlight, too.
No speaker or microphone on it, but unless you plan on talking into your watch, I don't see a problem :)

If you wear it around your scrotum it sends a (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760203)

realtime feed of your sperm count to the NSA. Your move Apple. When do we get the iFap?

Re:If you wear it around your scrotum it sends a (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760449)

Uh, an iPhone with a browser ISN'T an iFap?

Re:If you wear it around your scrotum it sends a (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760597)

Nope, you need a wrist mounted accelerometer to keep track of speed, indurance and frequency as well as post your new high score to facebook.

Fire Sale (4, Insightful)

spire3661 (1038968) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760227)

Cant wait until this thing tanks and I can pick one up for cheap. This thing was made as a hedge in case anyone else came out with a watch, at least Samsung would be poised to compete. I believe wearable computers are in our future, just not in this very obvious form. Give me something that looks like a real watch, with DAYS of battery, and useful functions that dont require a larger device to run it all the time.

Days of Battery? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760315)

WTF?
A few decades ago an LCD watch had a battery that would last at least a year.

Progress, what progress?

Re:Days of Battery? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760471)

WTF?
A few decades ago an LCD watch had a battery that would last at least a year.

Progress, what progress?

The battery in my dad's TI LED watch would last a couple weeks.

Re:Days of Battery? (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760653)

Lets be realistic. Battery tech isnt going anywhere fast, so we are stuck at process shrinks to save power. Days of power is a feasible, near term goal.

Re:Fire Sale (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760323)

It's like the Xoom... comes out before Apple can get the same features on some hardware, but afterwards no one will have ever heard of it.

Re:Fire Sale (1)

GodInHell (258915) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760703)

Still use my Xoom every day - thing's built like a tank and I talk it up at every opportunity. (oh, hello there).

Re:Fire Sale (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760533)

This thing isn't designed to compete.

It's designed to be first. Hence all the very odd design decisions.

Re:Fire Sale (1)

GodInHell (258915) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760731)

(a) it's not first. (Google: Pebble)
(b) at $300.00, it's barely present on the watch market - that's fossil and sears store run-off watch territory
(c) sooner or later you have to stake out a position on what the fucking thing should look like - at least apple can't claim they stole the look and feel this time ... maybe ... oh, crap, who am I kidding - of course they will.

ugly (3, Insightful)

JustNiz (692889) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760261)

Its quite ugly not to mention far too bulky.
I'm not sure what benefit having this could provide anyway.
Can anyone provide a credible use-case?

Re:ugly (2)

rasmusbr (2186518) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760529)

Its quite ugly not to mention far too bulky.
I'm not sure what benefit having this could provide anyway.
Can anyone provide a credible use-case?

The main user case would be getting brief information of all sorts faster and with less effort. Who sent that message that your phone just announced you got? What's the score in the game your live score app is following? Roughly how many calories have you burned today by moving about? When does your next calendar event start?

It's not going to be worth it if it's ugly and bulky and burns through the battery every day... Watch out (no pun intended) for Apple's smart watch which is likely to be smaller, prettier and have a longer battery life.

Can't wait to watch movies (1)

Lucas123 (935744) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760271)

on my new 1.63-inch screen! This is almost as exciting as my first Casio calculator watch.

Re:Can't wait to watch movies (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760385)

on my new 1.63-inch screen! This is almost as exciting as my first Casio calculator watch.

Welcome to Eye-Strain Theatre - do they include a magnifying glass with that thing?

hands free (1)

slash.jit (2893213) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760311)

...The Gear lets users make and receive calls hands-free...

I thought it was meant to be tied to our hands !

First phones got bigger (1)

stevez67 (2374822) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760313)

until they were tablet sized and inconvenient. Then they decided to maximize profits by trying to sell expensive "add on" devices that do nothing more than alert me that the over-sized phone in my backpack is ringing or I have a txt? The folks at these tech companies need to get out more so they get a feel for what "real" people need in a device.

How thick is that glass?!? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760325)

I've already replaced the glass on my G S4 and was astounded to see how it is half (or less) the thickness of the glass for the iPhone 4S. My Swiss watch, which I seldom wear now was always making contact with things, hard and scratchy things, which left the crystal scarred and no small amount of damage to the bezel. Which is why I don't wear it much anymore. Hope that thing is at least as thick as the watch and much thicker than the G S4 glass.

You don't need to be an Apple fan to say... (1)

PapayaSF (721268) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760403)

You don't need to be an Apple fan to say that when Apple comes out with theirs, it'll look a heck of a lot nicer.

Re:You don't need to be an Apple fan to say... (1)

Servaas (1050156) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760571)

Agreed. I'm an android fanboy (well... yeah okay) but its clear Apple needs to set the trend.

Seems like a decent idea, frankly. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760409)

I'm not sure why the round of negativity regarding this watch. I'm wearing a $300 watch on my wrist right now because it's business appropriate -- and we're not talking about something made with precious metals. My watch has quite a few "complications", but its overall function is to make me look good. I would have jumped at the opportunity to spend the same amount of money on a watch that can actually do something (virtually infinite "complications") AND be business appropriate.

Honestly, the price seems rather attractive. The only real down side is the battery life -- unfortunately, given how its power requirements to size ratio is similar to cell phones, it's likely future versions will have a week-long battery when cell phones do -- in other words, not soon since the trend is to pack more features in at the cost of more power rather than have a phone with a week long battery.

Somebody needs to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760415)

Somebody needs to make a $30 wrist-band case for iPhone, if they aren't already doing that.

Speakerphone (2)

quacking duck (607555) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760419)

A Dick Tracy / Michael Knight comm-watch, or a Star Trek comm-badge, plays well on screen. In real life speakerphones in public means zero privacy, sound quality and loudness are such that you can't hear it well in public unless it's right up to your ear, or it's so loud and clear it disturbs everyone within arm's length.

And of course, a lot of people text more than they talk now--also something this watch can't do.

Sure you could whip out the parent device in public to work around this, but that undercuts a big reason for having this watch in the first place.

Ah!! thats a good thing... (1)

madcat_sun (2812213) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760489)

And why do you need all the bloated stuff to read the time? Besides ...300...hahahahahhahahahaha!!!!!!!

Wristband phone (2, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760497)

This is just round one. Samsung also has a flexible display technology, and a patent application for a phone with a flexible display that wraps around the wearer's wrist. That has a lot more promise.

A wristband phone can offer much more vertical space. than a watch-like clunker. Wristbands can be wide or narrow, and can be made to look like jewelry. Twisting your wrist can control scrolling. Much more convenient than carrying a brick in your hand, and doesn't look so dweebish.

This could be the beginning of the end for round-cornered brick smartphones.

How often do you have to charge it? (1)

bazorg (911295) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760513)

I wonder what kind of battery and charging frequency is needed for this kind of device.

A bit too bulky (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760567)

I know the space they have to jam the electronics into is really tight but I really don't want a zippo lighter strapped to my wrist. I'm sure these things will slim down over time.

Water resistance (2)

Russ1642 (1087959) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760583)

I doubt it's as water resistant as people have come to expect even from jewellery-type watches. Same goes for impact and scratch resistance. Watches get abused a bit more than a phone as they are out in the open all the time. If you spend $300 on a watch you usually get a sapphire crystal so you don't ever get any scratches. All of this will add up to people complaining about quality and durability.

I'd never wear one. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760615)

I'd never wear one, not because I don't like samsung devices.. But because I can't stand having things on my wrist. They get itchy, scrape on things, etc. This all became moot when I started carrying a phone anyway. They all keep great time and you never have to set them.

Google glass, however, I'm excited for. I don't have any trouble with glasses.

B5 hand comm (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760659)

Reminds me of the Babylon 5 communicators that adhered to the back of the hand.

At least Samsung is in the race (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,14 days | (#44760669)

You all seem to ignore the fact that first-generation products are almost always suboptimal.
Count on a fast cycle time to refine and supplement these features several times a year.
Competitors may laugh now, but at their own peril.

Few sensors, short battery (1)

gmuslera (3436) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760677)

For something that could be attached to my wrist most of the time i would expect that it would check me (i.e. pulse, blood pressure, temperature, etc). And of course, have longer battery life. Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch [engadget.com] have at least better battery life and can be read at sunlight, or something with more sensors like Whithing's Pulse [withings.com] (that is not a smartwatch, yet).

Anyway, it could be a hint for things to come, more devices that uses the computer power of our phones (or at least, devices that we carry with us but hidden, or in a pocket, or whatever) and via bluetooth or similar have satellite devices around us.

Isn't it getting boring? (1)

no-body (127863) | 1 year,14 days | (#44760785)

Somehow getting overloaded with gadgets?
Glasses, watches, wearables, I-somethings, A-somethings, G-somethings, N's, S's etc...
Could there be something else, a more simpler reality perhaps?
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