Samsung is marketing its Galaxy Gear in a full swing by making advertisements as the Samsung Christmas Ad one we’ve already seen, making it compatible with other Samsung phones and releasing commercials on regular basis. The recent one that we have seen is that how the Galaxy Gear will help you get your love!
The commercial shows three people – a male snowboarder having the Samsung Galaxy Gear, a female snowboarder and another male snowboarder with a smartphone. Guess you is successful in getting the girl? Check it out here.
The commercial had released just before the Christmas and it is believed that this production comes out of the US $14 billion advertising and marketing budget of Samsung for the year of 2013. Its constant release of new commercials based on new themes shows that Samsung is making every pertinent effort to make more numbers of Galaxy Gear reach people when it is receiving tough competition by other Smart Watches like Pebble, Sony Smart Watch 2, Qualcomm Toq and many other on the list.
Ever since the launch of Samsung Galaxy Gear, we have heard a much talk about the battery life of the device that was a major disappointment for the users. Now, the drill is out! A software update with the latest version MK7 for the Galaxy Gear is out that brings in a couple of enhancements to the device with better improved functionality. Remember this smartwatch is in the top Smartwatches list of 2013.
The major change in the latest update is the notifications which now support the non-Samsung apps too. This means that now with your Gmail app, you can view the message, details and subject as well. Here are some of the new features that the update offers:
- Improved battery life: This was always a major issue circulating the Smart Watch as the battery lasted hardly for even one single day. Thus, some hope arises with the update.
- Improved Range and Connection: The automatic connection of your Gear with the smartphone has been improved and now the range of the Gear with the smartphone has been increased. This means even at a larger distance compared to earlier from the smartphone your Gear will still receive notifications.
- S Voice search: This is believed to get faster.
So guys, if you own a Samsung Galaxy Gear, you can get your device updated over the air via the Gear Manager App or get it done through the Samsung KIES via the USB plug-in! Eventually most Samsung Galaxy Gear devices on sale will also have the older version ranking, nominately those on sale on Amazon:
In the tech industry and against all odds, the year wasn’t for Google Glass but yet for all the just released Smart Watches by several brands. We’ve chosen the best of them to help you in the buying decision or just for fun! This are of course the Top 10 Smart watches according to our opinion and therefore we are looking to hear from you!
10. Omate True Smart watch 2.0
The Omate Smart Watch is called the “True” Smartwatch because it can work independently from your Smartphone and has all the most known apps you use like Gmail, Facebook and other Social Networks. This is possible as it has its own SIM slot and therefore allowing to make calls without being connected via bluetooth to your smartphone. The watch is still in a pre-order stage and that is why we put it in the 10th place because we really can’t compare a watch that is not yet released with one that is going to be in the market god knows when. Prices range from 249$ to 299$ for Pre-Orders.
9. Burg Smart Watch
There is not a single Burg Smart Watch. The Burg company is recognized to develop and sell “watchphones” that are 100% smartphones with the dimensions of a watch. You can actually buy the Burg 12, 13, 14….up to 18! Different colors and different features, but the question is: Will a Burg Smartwatch fit your needs and relationship with your Smartphone? Eventually not and that is why the company is looking forward to release a new Burg!
8. Qualcomm Toq
This Qualcomm Toq an amazing SmartWatch but has been missing lots of attention from the media. This amazing watch can pair with Smart phones using Android 4.0.3 or higher available in the market and works perfectly. They use the Same Technology as E-Paper from Pebble but it is called Mirasol. If you are looking for performance and speed, this is the watch to chose.
7. Wellograph Smart Watch
A great release this last November. This SmartWatch is still in preview but the heart beat measuring capabilities turn this into a promise for 2014. Have a look at the Wellograph SW preview.
6. Z1 Android Smart Watch
Not many people heard of this Z1 Smart Watch one but it is an incredibly great machine because it is not that beautiful. The Z1 is powered by a Mediatek ARM9 with 426 MHz. The RAM memory is 256MB and holds a 2.0” display screen. It also has 300MB memory expandible to a 8GB. This one is available at Amazon for 229$.
5. MOTOACTV Smart Watch
Motorola worked hard into developing a fitness friendly smart watch. The result is the MOTOACTV. This is not competing directly with the other smart watches but can fit a particulary need of a smart watch user that is help while cycling or walking with high reliability. The MOTOACTV has a virtual competitor that runs with you, fights you and helps you to perform better every new day. This device is available at prices starting on the 250$.
4. Kreyos Smart Watch
The Kreyos team was supposed to be competing with Pebble directly but surprisingly or not the sales are not that high. This one is compatible with iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. This is the one and only watch really compatible with Windows Phone 8.It is also waterproof and holds a microphone and speaker. We chose this device for this position due to its reliable voice commands and gesture features.
3. Samsung Galaxy Gear
I believe the Samsung Galaxy Gear was the most famous Smart Watch in 2013 because it was being sold by Samsung and Samsung really invested a lot of money in this device marketing, hiring Cristiano Ronaldo to make the promotional video below, but they are not investing at all on having Applications running on the device such as Facebook, Gmail and others. If they don’t release them before CES 2014 the Gear can lose track to the competition.
2. Sony Smart Watch 2
The Sony Smart Watch 2 comes with Android 4.0 and has an astonishing battery life of 4 days under normal usage. We believe the brand behind the phone, the marketing given to this device, the number of apps specifically developed for this machine, the one-touch NFC connectivity and the variants available make it the 2nd place in the podium.
1. Pebble Smart Watch
Because above all is price/quality ratio, the Pebble Smart Watch is the winner of 2013.
Now, tell us your thoughts and opinions on these watches!
The festive season of Christmas is too near, and it would be to no surprise to see every electronic store being decorated and filled up with the latest tech gadgets! Samsung too, smartly captures the mood of this season and brings in Santa in order to promote its newly launched Smart Watch, the Galaxy Gear.
Samsung has launched a video that features a group of audience waiting for Santa. When Santa comes, he shows the audience how the Galaxy Gear works and its various other functions. He shows the Gear’s ability to make calls, capture pictures, and various other things that normal watches don’t do in practice. Ultimately what Santa declares is that it’s “not a watch”, but instead “a miracle”.
Till date, figures show that Samsung has sourced nearly 800,000 watches in the market. With Christmas, Samsung seems to be catching the sentiment of time and make the most of its Galaxy Gear sales! Check the Galaxy Gear specifications here.
Additionally, we must remind you that with the rumours of a Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, the Gear 1 price is decreasing @ Amazon and other websites, making this a nice opportunity to acquire the Gear 2. Actually, it would make a very nice Christmas Gift:
With the tremendous success of the Samsung Galaxy Gear, Samsung seems to be all set to roll-out the second version of its famous Smart Watch. According to reports from the Korean news publications ETNews, Samsung is planning to release its Galaxy S5 this February end or March beginning and it is believed that the Galaxy Gear 2 will share the red carpet along with it.
Rumors are out there the Gear 2 will go slimmer by almost 15-20%, however more details on any kind of further improvisations are not yet out. Speculating that the Galaxy S5 will be launched with the recent Android OS KitKat 4.4, it seems to be pretty obvious that Galaxy Gear 2 will be paired with all KitKat supported Galaxy phones. Moreover, there is no news about whether the Galaxy Gear 2 will be compatible with the Android Jelly Bean 4.3.
Good news for the Galaxy smartphone and Galaxy Gear owners!
Samsung has announced to make its existing Galaxy Gear to be made compatible with its other Galaxy smartphones. In compliance to this news, Lee Don-joo-president of strategic marketing Samsung has announced that Samsung Galaxy S4 will get the Android Jelly Bean 4.3 update next month. Moreover, the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 are also on the list to receive the Galaxy Gear compatibility along with the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
So with Samsung broadening its compatibility zone of smartphones with the Galaxy Gear, user’s hopes of getting the Smart Watch soon are still alive!
We are hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear + Note 3 and we have made a quick video to show you how’s the felling of having a watch like this and therefore we’ve made the Samsung Galaxy Gear review where we show you how simple steps are accomplished in this device and why it is going to be so much popular.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Features
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is powered by a 800 MHz Exynos single-core processor (you don’t need multitasking here) and has a Super AMOLED touchscreen, with 320 pixel-wide and 277 PPI of pixel density. The camera has 2 megapixel with auto-focus, 720p video recording, a back-illuminated sensor, a speaker and noise cancelling microphones.
An awesome feature of the Samsung Galaxy Gear is the 4GB of internal disk memory, 512 MB of Ram and the fact it has accelerometer and a gyroscope. The battery may work for 1 entire week as it has a 316 mAh battery. Nonetheless to put it charging you’d need to connect it to a special docking case. There is a lot to be improved in terms of battery.
The Gear Feeling
There are not many apps available for this smart watch as its recent, but one can speak a bit about the feeling of touching the device – and this is all these review is about. Samsung opted to make a simple machine that would conduct simple tasks like checking the time, the weather, read messages and quickly reply to missed calls or messages. At the same time Samsung left space for apps to be developed using this technology but even so, there are not many available in the market.
In what regards using the Galaxy Gear, you just have to be aware you can swipe in 4 directions, touch, long-press, press in the right button and long-press in the right button. Overall, these are 8 actions you can take besides touching in specific areas of the phone. These are enough tools to navigate in the menu, switch between messages, go back to the main menu, etc.
The Gear Price
The Galaxy Gear costs 300$ and is compatible with Samsung devices with NFC, like the Galaxy Note 3 or the Galaxy S4. You can get it via Amazon here:
Users of the Samsung Galaxy Gear, must have used the device quite thoroughly and must have explored every corner and functionality of this smart gadget. Designed with absolute class and elegance, the Samsung Galaxy Gear sports a variety of features and manages almost every task on your smartphone.
Arguably, users must be willing to drill more into the device with extended functionality and expand its horizons of operations. Here are a few steps that would help to root your Samsung Galaxy Gear.
- Get the Samsung’s official ADB drivers here and install them.
- Get the Cydia Impactor from here.
- Navigate through your Gear’s settings and enable ADB.
- Plug in your Gear to your PC and allow it to install all the drivers it need.
- Unzip the Cydia Impactor you have downloaded.
- Open the Impactor from the unzipped folder.
- You will see “# drop SuperSU su to /system/xbin/su” which is the drill to your root.
- Click Start and wait till the process completes.
- The device may look the same but it would be fully rooted.
IF by some or the other reason the method does not work for you even after several attempts, do not worry as we have the following method to get the stock version back to your GEAR.
- Get Odin 3.07 here.
- Find the correct .md5 file here.
- Install the Samsung ADB drivers from here.
- Plug in the Gear.
- From the moment it is powered on, press and hold the button on the right until the message “Samsung Galaxy Gear Rebooting” appears. Press the button rapidly until you reach to the “Select REBOOT MODE” screen.
- In the list, highlight the “Download” by pressing the button to scroll.
- One it’s highlighted, press and hold the button for 3 seconds and allow it to boot into download mode.
- Unzip the .zip file which contains the ROM itself.
- Select the PDA button and open the .md5 file in your folder that you unzipped.
- DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING ELSE!!
- Click the Start button and you will have the stock version in couple of minutes.
After 1 week of use, there are some tips we can show you with what we’ve been discovering with the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Make sure you read this one before you start using your Gear, or else, you may lose some time trying to figure out some very basic features of this smartwatch.
1. There is a right position to charge the Gear
The Samsung Galaxy Gear has to be charged from time to time but you need to insert it into a dock station and only then you’ll be able to connect it to a USB Charger. This is the way Samsung found to make the Galaxy Gear light and with less holes.
The problem is that you can dock your Galaxy Gear in 2 ways and sometimes you may not notice that you are putting in the wrong position as you must make the little gold pins from the smartwatch to connect with the dockstation.
We were 5 minutes trying to figure out why the Gear wasn’t connecting via USB to the computer, but only then we released it was in the opposite direction.
2. The NFC Tag is empty
To make the Gear connect with your Galaxy Note 3 you must ensure it will read the NFC tag from the dock station, or else it won’t make a connection. The issue comes when the NFC Tag is empty as it happened to us! We tried to manually install the Gear Manager but still, it was giving several errors. Well, if this is your case, make sure you return the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Galaxy Note 3 as they are both faulty.
That was what we did! Else, you’d have to root it and make some very complex things that can void the warranty of your device.
3. Enabling the USB Debug Mode with the Latest Firmware
We’ve googled a little bit until we were able to find a way to enable the USB Debugging mode. (PS: you must enable the Debugging if you want to connect the Gear to your computer). It took some minutes for us because our Galaxy Gear was featured with the latest firmware. In past firmwares you’d only have to go to “Settings” > “About” And then tick the USB Debugging box.
With the new firmware you have to go to the “About”, click in the only available option and then click around 10 times in the Software version! That’s a real naughty trick and that’s the only way to enable the debugging mode in the latest firmware!
4. Make sure you charge the Gear from 3 to 3 days
The big issue with all smartwatches is the battery. If you use the Gear for some calls, to take some pictures and to quickly reply to some text messages your battery will deep very quickly.
Make sure you schedule in your calendar or a similar way to recharge the gear, or else you won’t have it working. Besides that, when the battery of the Galaxy Gear is very low, the device will start to restart a couple of times which can be annoying.
5. Make sure you turn off the sound of your Gear also
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is connected via Bluetooth to your smartphone, but when you make changes in the sound of your smartphone, those are not immediately replicated in the watch, so we advise you to always long-press the right key button and takeout the sound.
It would be great if a future firmware makes these changes run synchronized.
6. Change the answers from the pre-defined messages
The Galaxy Gear doesn’t allow you to type any message in the smartwatch directly as it doesn’t have any keyboard and even if the keyboard was touchscreen it would not be easy at all to write, so what Samsung proposes is Pre-defines messages.
When you purchase your gear you will find some messages already predefined to be used in replies by clicking in the top-right corner. In the Galaxy Gear Manager you are able to change the pre-defined messages, create or delete messages!
7. Don’t try to take pictures in private establishments
Taking pictures can be forbidden in some places in your country by law, casinos are an example. Don’t try to cheat the system, or else, you can get caught and face jail.
The Gear can be useful to collect evidences when you get assaulted or kidnapped. On those dangerous situations the gear has in-built tools that we recommend you to explore and make the most use of them, but even so, be careful
8. Don’t get used to answer calls or reply to messages on the Gear while driving
That is dangerous! Even being a free-hands device and even if you are an awesome driver like Paul Walker, don’t even try to answer a call, make a call, read or reply to messages using the Gear.
You will feel somewhat balanced to the left (if you are using the Smartwatch on your left hand) and that can cause huge accidents. Personally, I’ve tried once, but it is really not recommended because you quickly lose focus!
9. Don’t get too many applications installed in the Gear
The Gear is a little piece of technology, little, piece, technology. Even though it is a good tech it doesn’t mean it will have all the features and storage you would need. Nano devices are only coming to land very recently! Only install the apps you will need or else the Samsung Galaxy Gear will get slow.
10. Don’t take pictures with the Gear if you can take them with the Note 3
The pictures in the Galaxy Gear are very bad as the camera is not that good. If you want to take a picture, make sure you do it with a real camera like the one from your Smartphone: The Galaxy Note 3 Camera is full of features such as beauty face (your face gets beautiful…yah) or best photo.
I think you should make use of them and get really HQ photos and pictures.
What about you? What is the tip or trick you have for the Samsung Galaxy Gear or other Smartwatches?
This September, Samsung had just stepped in the smart watch competition with its Galaxy Gear. Loaded with variety of specs and impressive features, Samsung managed to deliver almost everything to manage to satisfy its users. We will take a look at how far has Samsung managed to reach its users in terms of numbers.
Few days back a report out of Korea suggested that there were 50,000 Galaxy Gear watches sold till date. On this, breaking the silence, Samsung arguably said that they has sold over 800,000 pieces. Raising voice to this issue a massive debate was followed bringing clarity to the fact that whether Samsung has really sold the devices amongst users or had distributed it just to retailers.
However there are 800,000 pieces available out there in the market. The charts show for itself, how the Galaxy Gear has managed to occupy its place in the market when compared with the second largest selling Pebble Smart Watch. Once again you can take a look at all the specifications of Samsung Galaxy Gear.
Hamilton Powell is the Founder of Crown & Caliber company – the make luxury watches for the elite, but he just got hands on the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Let’s find out how this watchmaker will react to the test of the Galaxy Gear – a totally different device – a Smart Watch!
This is going to be an interesting analysis and a unique piece of content around the web. As far as I can remember no one compared a 300$ watch with a luxury one. But don’t worry, the Galaxy Gear can win this battle.
A Biased Review on Smartwatches?
I believe this could be a biased review because Hamilton is a Watch guy – that kind of people who evaluates watches not by their features, but by the coolness they have – but let’s hope he won’t get like that easily.
Analyzing the Gear – Pricing!
The Samsung Galaxy Gear is priced at 300$ (lowest you can find). A luxury watch would cost you more than 22.500$, like the Breguet Classique 7137. The Galaxy Gear Wins!
Hamilton believes Samsung has worked hard from outside to inside. The box is similar to those Luxury Brands tend to use and the design of the watch itself was made to give it a feel of simplicity and efficiency. In the other hand, the Breguet Classique holds the hand engraved dial which is something that, for obvious reasons, cannot be replicated in the Galaxy Gear.
All the other functions in the luxury deice like the moonphase, date and power reserve functions can easily be replicated on the Galaxy Gear.
Features & Functionality
The Galaxy Gear Can do almost anything and is very comfortable. Nontheless it must be charged at least weekly while the Breguet charges automatically with the hand movement. Hamilton adds that the Gear needs to be near the phone in order to the Bluetooth to work and he states this is a con – Personally I think it’s a pro as the Samsung Galaxy Gear will work if it’s far from the phone, but will “work even better” if it’s close to a phone.
Inside the Watches
Hamilton believes the best aspect of a watch is it’s movement – its engine. Okay, right here we must give him credit – the Breguet’s engine is beautiful, while the Galaxy Gear is just a mix of computer components.
In the end…
You can’t compare a Luxury Watch with a Smartwatch. It’s comparing a Computer with a blackboard. The Galaxy gear will make you passionate for it due to it’s technology, while the Breguet will make you passionate for it’s design and movement.
Solution: Get a Smartwatch and get a Breguet if you can afford.
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