As you may have heard already, Samsung has launched the Galaxy Gear in India and this is the first device from the Korean company in the wearables space. Just as expected though, the Gear has a price tag that’s way more expensive than some of the watches you may have used so far. At Rs 22,990, the Gear is definitely a very niche accessory and it only works with the Note 3 for now. We spent some time with the smartwatch and here’s a video of the UI, the design and the whole Gear experience.
The Gear is definitely a funky looking gizmo and isn't very ungainly when you actually wear it. It's definitely not for thin wrists but thankfully it's light weight and also water resistant, so you can treat it as a regular watch. The strap is a bit fiddly and needs some adjustments before it fits snugly. Then it's just a matter of locking it in place.
A secondary notification centre
The UI is simple enough to master although it doesn't work well when charging. The AMOLED display has good contrast and there's Gorilla Glass 3 protection against scratches and the likes. We couldn’t try the calling function so don't know about call quality, but the Gear can be used to answer or make calls.
The AMOLED display is bright and vivid
While we couldn’t try out the camera on the wrist strap either, but which can shoot 720p video and can act as a remote viewfinder for your phone. The Gear also lets you answer and make phone calls, thanks to the built-in microphone and receiver in the buckle of the strap.
The microphone and receiver are built into the buckle
Here's a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy Gear: [@galleryid:347340]
Overall, it's a well designed gizmo but once again, too expensive for an accessory, not to mention you have one more device to charge. We have a feeling though that if people in India don’t mind talking on a tablet such as the Galaxy Tab, then this shouldn't be hard sell either. What are your thoughts on the Galaxy Gear? Let us know in the comments.