Samsung Gear S, a small smartphone in your face

Samsung Gear S, a small smartphone in your face

If there is something that is clear is that Samsung is determined to conquer the wearable market, something that confirms the numerous smartwatches that the brand has launched. The Gear S is the latest creation of the Korean, a device equipped with 3G and GPS connectivity which seeks to be more than an accessory for the mobile.

However, there are many contrasting points in Samsung's new wearable. The Gear S seems to be, in theory, the equipment that was waiting in the market but, although it has its own 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS connection, it still cannot be completely independent of a smartphone …

While its modern design with curved screen and its connections make it a very striking team, will its qualities be enough to motivate users to buy it? Let's see how much this new Samsung smartwatch offers us so that it is worth going for it.


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<p>Physically, the Samsung Gear S reminds us of a member of the Gear family, the FIT, although with larger dimensions. It has a 2-inch Super AMOLED curved screen with a <strong>360 × 480 pixel resolution</strong>, which reaches a pixel density of 300 dots per inch, higher than the first 3.5-inch smartphones from a few years ago.</p><div class='code-block code-block-4' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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The watch measures 39.9 x 58.1 x 12.5, which makes it quite large especially for small faces where it can look a little disproportionate … However, its curved design makes it adapt with relative comfort to the grimace, although this does not stop Be extravagant. A matter of taste, of course, because recently, large-scale watches were fashionable, and also because if it were smaller, where would you show us the information?

The Gear S is made of plastic, except for the edge that is metallic and the strap is interchangeable. Because of the Gear S design, it looks more like a miniature mobile than a fashion accessory, Samsung has wanted to offer its users the option of giving it a more refined or youthful look, so it reached agreements with companies such as Swarovski or Diesel for the manufacture of special bracelets for this wearable.

Like this, the Gear S has a small physical button under the screen and at the bottom it has the card slot (nano SIM), in addition to a heart rate sensor which, when activated, emits a powerful green light, and the connectors used to charge the clock.

Software & Hardware

This smartwatch has a dual core 1 GHz dual-core processor with a 512 MB RAM and an internal 4 GB. Like the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the Gear S runs Tizen, the Samsung operating system.

By not working with Android Wear, Samsung has had more freedom to add other features to the device more like smartphones like Nike Running, the Opera browser or HERE Maps.

However, despite this freedom, the biggest problem that Gear S suffers is related to its application ecosystem. Although the Gear app store has a decent number of apps, it lacks many that are important and what it does have depend heavily on cellular data for its operation, in addition to the fact that most of the interesting apps cost about a dollar or ms.

But, what differentiates the Gear S from other smartwatches is their relative independence. In addition to having WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, this equipment works with 3G, making it more than a notifying element. Thanks to this possibility of adding a SIM card, the Gear S is able to make and receive calls, text messages and emails directly from the watch. It can be kept connected to the mobile so that it works similarly to an Android Wear watch, or use it alone without a connection to a mobile phone.

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<p>Now, in addition to the variety of connections, Samsung has integrated a large number of sensors into the device including a barometer, GPS and even a UV monitor. The Gear S can also be used as a physical activity monitor since it incorporates a sensor that allows you to measure heart rate and other functions through the Samsung S-Health application and Nike + Running, with which you can measure the steps, exercise time, heart rhythm, rest time (sleep) and ultraviolet rays. Other features include HERE, detailed address navigation from Nokia, and a 24-hour news service from the British newspaper The Financial Times.</p><div class='code-block code-block-9' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'>
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As for the autonomous Samsung Gear S, this It has a 300mAh battery that will offer up to two days of energyOf course, all depending on how much GPS or 3G functions are used. In our tests it has passed without difficulty, and that we have put caa.Additionally the adapter to charge the new Samsung smartwatch includes a 350mAh battery that allows you to charge it when you do not have access to a plug.

This new smartwatch It is one of the most complete in terms of functionality and features but it does nothing that is radically different or innovative with respect to what we have already seen in the previous Samsung watch proposals. As we said, the biggest difference of the equipment is in its 3G connectivity, something that gives advantages and disadvantages at the same time.

And the possibility of incorporating a nanoSIM gives it more independence but it generates two patterns of use that must be differentiated. We can choose the multiSIM option, which means that we will have the same number and the same data rate in two different SIMs, one on the clock and one on the mobile. However, in this case what we will do is receive the same call on two different devices. The other option will be to choose to have two different SIMs but we will end up having two phone numbers and two data plans to pay at the end of the month …

Another detail is that not all apps can offer notifications in the Gear S, so do not expect to receive notifications of your tweets, Facebook messages or similar, at least when you have disconnected from your phone.

As for the calls, to talk you can do it directly on the watch or you can pair a Bluetooth headset like the Blueant PUMP Bluetooth HD Sportbuds. To reply to text messages you can do it through voice commands with the S Voice function or through the keyboard, with QWERTY option for some apps.

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<p>The Gear S is an ambitious team that seeks to have it all. It's almost like a mini smartphone to carry on the face, which makes it a very interesting device. Samsung has created a watch that is not only colorful thanks to its screen but one that offers much more than what we have in the market.</p>
<p>There is no doubt that <strong>the Gear S has great potential that needs to be exploited</strong>. Perhaps the problem is that it is not yet known what exactly the user is looking for with a smart watch.</p>
<p>Certainly the complaints of the moment focus on the fact that it is not a completely independent device of a smartphone but rather a complement and although it has been well received the ability to support its own SIM card so that it can make and receive calls and texts, there are still many things you can't do by yourself. Question of time and patience to see how applications are developed that make it more independent.</p>
<p>However, as users it is necessary to ask ourselves what we want in a smartwatch and if we really look for a substitute for our mobile? I do not think that is the idea … The truth is that at the moment everything indicates that nobody is clear that what should or should not have a smart watch, and although the Gear S does not meet all expectations, at least it has given great step to show a little of that independence that was expected in this type of wearables.</p>
<p>Quiz for now the Gear S fails to convince everyone,<strong>But for those looking for a smart watch, without a doubt be the best option.</strong>However, it must be taken into account that suconexin 3G, which is its biggest difference, implies additional expenses – at the 400 euros that this Samsung wearable costs – to use it as an independent device. Still, do you sign up for the letter to the Magi?</p>
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