The Galaxy Gear watch features a 320 x 320-pixel, 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen. There’s a speaker and a pair of mics for recording and playing back video and communicating with a caller via the built-in dialer, which works with the native phone app in your connected Galaxy device.
The Gear includes an 800MHz processor, a 315mAh battery, and camera mounted in the wrist strap that captures 1.9-megapixel stills and 10-second video clips at 720p, 640 x 640 or VGA resolution with sound.
It organizes apps, watch faces and other pages in swappable cards. To navigate through the wearable’s many cards, you can swipe with a finger. You can only load a total of 10 third-party apps, for example, due in no small part to the limited 4GB of built-in storage.
Perhaps the biggest setback, says Engadget, is that the Galaxy Gear is only compatible with the Note 3 and the new Note 10.1, and while it will likely work with the GS4 once that device gets an Android 4.3 update, it may never function with non-Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Sony’s SmartWatch 2 is $199. Samsung’s is $299 and much more full-featured. It also runs a number of Android apps out of the box, which have been redesigned specifically for the watch.
The Galaxy Note 3 was clearly the focus of the event.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 has a bigger 5.7 inch screen, HD resolution (386ppi), 13MP rear camera, and runs Jelly Bean 4.3.
The new Note 3 pen enables new features on the phone, such as Air Command functionality, which is a small pop-up window that’s brought up automatically by the S Pen and offers quick access to features like “Action Memo,” which can link memos to actions.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, along with Samsung’s companion smart watch, is arriving soon and only T-Mobile.