Samsung at the IFA 2014 in Berlin was on quite a role, unveiling two smart phones (Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge), a Virtual Reality headset and a smart watch. The smart watch in particular is what we going to talk about today. The new member of the Gear family is called the Gear S. What sets this smart watch apart from the rest is that it is a “standalone” smart watch, meaning it can house a sim card and use data to work its wonders. It does not need to be paired with a smart phone via Bluetooth or WiFi, though you have the option to do that too.
The Gear S is a curved smart watch, which fits comfortably on your wrist. The display on the watch is a 2 inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 360×480 pixels (300PPI). The front face of the watch houses a home button, similar to those found in other Gear watches. The OS running the Gear S is Samsung’s very own Tizen software, which has been improved quite a bit compared to its predecessors. Now as this particular smart watch has a sim card, you will surely be getting many texts, so the watch has its very own little keyboard, which you can use to reply back, Autocorrect really helps when typing. If, you find it hard to type on such a small screen then no worries, you can always use the Speech-to-text feature to reply back to your text messages.
Now using the device is not all that hard either, when you swipe left from the clock face screen, a notification center appears where all the notifications of your various apps can be found. Now, if you swipe to the right a home screen comes up where it shows your recently used apps. Finally when you swipe up your app drawer open us, where you can use the numerous apps available at your disposal to really bring out the full potential of the smart watch.
On the hard ware front, it has the industry par 512MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. At the heart of the device lies a 1 GHz Dual-core processor and is powered by a 300mAh battery which lasts for 2 days on a single charge. The smart watch also comes with your usual connectivity options which include WiFi 802.11n, GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB 2.0. The watch is also IP67 certified making it resistant to mostly all weather conditions. The Gear S also comes with a ton of sensors, an Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV and Barometer. The watch will be available for around 399 Euros according to our sources, but this has not been confirmed by Samsung as yet.