Samsung Gear S Review, Smartwatch With an Attitude

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As I’ve been checking out smartphones and tablets lately, I think that it wouldn’t hurt to offer a little bit of attention to some other gadgets too, such as smartwatches. They’ve been around for some time now, and while some of you might consider that their presence is something you can live without, others would beg to differ and gladly have a little device like that to replace the usual watch and perform tasks that would ease their daily needs. I picked the Samsung Gear S for a closer analysis and wasn’t disappointed. It offers, among others, a Super AMOLED 2 inches display, a Snapdragon 400 chipset, 2G and 3G support, it’s dust and water resistant and there’s a lot more to it. It also features a more modern looking design, unlike some of its competitors, which actually look like your regular wrist-watch. If you’re feeling interested, keep reading and find out more about it.

In its retail package, you’ll come across the watch itself, which is accompanied by a charger and its charging dock, which can also be used as a back-up battery.

Let’s take a look at it. The Samsung Gear S measures 58.1 x 39.9 x 12.5 mm and has a weight of 67 grams, being quite a hefty fella if you put it beside your usual wrist watch. Its overall appearance is nice and sporty, so if you dig this kind of style, you’re probably going to love having this guy on your wrist. The materials used for designing it don’t really feel premium or anything like that, as Samsung threw in a lot of plastic in the mix, yet the Gear S is very well put together and feels solid and durable, just like it should. It features an IP67 certification for being dust and water resistant for up to 1 m and 30 minutes.

The Samsung Gear S consists in a 2 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels, a 300 ppi pixel density and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The screen has a curved shape and will please your eyes with beautiful colors, an excellent contrast and some wide enough viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also great.

In terms of user interface, Samsung relies on Tizen for their smartwatches, which is a relatively friendly and smooth platform and its appearance resembles with Samsung’s proprietary UI, TouchWiz. I say “relatively” because it might require some time for being accustomed to. For browsing through, you need to just swipe from each side of the display as it follows: for viewing notifications, you’ll need to swipe left, widgets can be customized and appear when you swipe right, down-swiping acts as a back key every time, except when you’re viewing the homescreen – in that case, it opens the battery and connectivity status, and up-swiping serves for scrolling down (or accesses the app drawer when you’re viewing the homescreen).
The appearance is nicely tweaked and is pretty interesting and stylish, with cute animations, themes, wallpapers or watch faces for customizing your gadget.
The Gear S can only connect with a Samsung smartphone and is controlled by the Gear Manager suite.

When it comes to hardware, the Samsung Gear S holds inside a Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. The device is a snappy performer and will offer a smooth user experience, without annoying issues such as lagging and all that.

Inside its connectivity package, the Gear S holds support for GSM and 3G, Wi-FI b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and microUSB 2.0.

Some other useful tools and features offered by the Samsung Gear S are a heart rate sensor, a pedometer, a sleep-tracker which displays the amount of motionless sleep you get, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, HERE navigation, Opera Mini for surfing the web and more.

The Samsung Gear S holds inside a 300 mAh battery and will endure one day of usage.

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