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Design Your Life: Samsung Galaxy Gear

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The Samsung Galaxy Gear is the latest development on the smartwatch scene and Samsung’s most recent effort at a wearable gadget. 

A rival to the Sony SmartWatch 2, the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a second-screen companion to a Samsung Galaxy branded smartphone or tablet, and features a 1.63-inch touchscreen display.

Galaxy Gear doesn’t look drastically different from the iPod Nano watch; the face is similarly sized. The Gear build quality is better than you may expect. There’s a durable rubberized band with a brushed metal fold over clasp–the band looks and feels relatively premium. The band is adjustable and just takes a second to put on or take off of your wrist. The face is gorgeous. It comes in different colors, but every model has a brushed metal frame with 4 stylish screws. There’s glass covering the jet black screen.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear’s screen offers bright colours but slightly weak contrast ratios. Gradients between colours are slightly blocky, with few subtleties in similar hues. It's more detailed than the Sony SmartWatch 2’s similarly sized 220 x 176 pixel display, though.

With Samsung’s phones and tablets renowned for their impressive displays, the Samsung Galaxy Gear’s screen has continued a trend, with good viewing angles, in particular, proving useful on the wearable device. The new Samsung Galaxy Gear will have:

1.63-inch Super AMOLED panel 320×320 resolution
315 mAh = 10 hours of battery life
800MHz Exynos CPU
1.9 MegaPixel front camera 720p
Speakers in the device’s strap
Featured apps from Atooma, Banjo, Evernote, Glympse, eBay, Line, MyFitnessPal, Path, Pocket, RunKeeper, TripIt and Vivino
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Android Jelly Bean
512MB of RAM
4GB of storage
Product only compatible with Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1
Available on September 25, 2013
It will be available in six colors: Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green.
Launch price: $300

Featured Apps

Atooma is a contextually aware horizontal intelligence platform that makes your GALAXY Gear smarter.
Banjo gives you the power to see what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.
Evernote watch app makes it easy to remember things by quickly capturing images and memories and 
bringing important reminders right to GALAXY Gear.

Glympse allows people to easily share their location temporarily and in real-time, letting recipients see their movements on a dynamic map.

eBay app allows you to complete all your transactions on eBay with ease and in real-time.
Line is a global messaging service available in over 230 countries worldwide.
MyFitnessPal tracks your nutrition and exercise, empowering you to achieve your personal health and fitness goals.
Path is the personal network designed to bring you closer to your friends and family.
Pocket, the leading way to save web content to view later on any device, brings text-to-speech article playback to GALAXY Gear.
RunKeeper is the personal trainer in your pocket, helping you track your runs, set your goals, and stay motivated.
TripIt from Concur makes it easy to organize travel plans in one place.
Vivino Wine Scanner allows you to take a photo of view any wine and get to know all about it instantly. (TIMExplore.com)

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