In these times of recovery it is time to take stock of what has happened all summer on the side of connected watches. As a reminder, before summer these “connected watches” represented a lot of promise and it was the new leitmotif of all self-respecting smartphone brands. In this article I will explain how the manufacturers will disappoint you and how Samsung has already started well on this side.
Samsung Galaxy Gear – Feature reminder
- 1.67 inch AMOLED screen (320 × 320)
- Bluetooth, Android 4.3
- Single core processor clocked at 800 MHz
- Loudspeaker under the wrist
- 1.2 megapixel photo sensor on the outside on the arm
- 4 GB of storage
- 70 applications available (to download from samsung and not from the Google Play Store)
Samsung Galaxy Gear – Too many weaknesses
Samsung takes the lead and will market its connected watch first. A little more time for reflection would not have been too much. That’s just my opinion.
To begin with, this watch is not independent. Indeed it must be connected to a compatible device to operate. Regarding the version that will be released on September 25, it must be linked to the Galaxy Note 3 or Note 10.1. This greatly limits its use!
A cheap and not really classy design. Well I would be quick on the point of design because everyone has their tastes and after all it must above all be well worn;) However we can talk objectively about the finishes. I did not have it in hand (unfortunately…) but many agree that the finishes are not there and certainly do not make it a “premium” product which could be proudly worn with all types of outfits. In addition, the protective glass of the watch is of insufficient quality to withstand the blows that a watch can take from day to day. (“Gorilla Glass” less scratch resistant than the usual glasses sporting our watches)
25h autonomy… Yes, you will have to plug it in every evening. And your smartphone will also discharge faster because the bluetooth that links them will therefore always be active. Here it is…
In short you will understand that this watch is in fact not so connected as that and in any case not connected to success. It is more of a gadget and a 300 euro gadget is unlikely to appeal to the general public. However Samsung has taken the role of precursor in these connected watches and obviously the next ones will be more successful, better finished and will represent more interest. Sony has also made good progress on the subject with its Smartwatch2 which has extensive compatibility and a price under 200 €. I would not bet on a gigantic commercial success of connected watches in general (I could be wrong!) Because they will find it difficult to separate from this gadget mind.