- The watch
- Extra White Strap
- The charging/portable battery pack
- The Manual
- 39.9 x 58.1 x 12.5
- 2.0” Curved Super AMOLED (360 x 480)
- Dual core 1.0 GHz
- 900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G)
- 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)
- RAM : 512MB
- Storage : 4GB Internal Memory
- Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light,
- WiFi :802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass
- Bluetooth® : 4.1
- USB : USB 2.0
- Codec : MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
- Format : MP3, M4A, WMA, AAC, OGG
- 300mAh Li-ion
- Tizen based wearable platform
- Bluetooth Headset – The Gear S acts a bluetooth headset for the iPhone 6, so whenever I get a call I can answer it on the watch. I can literally talk on the watch and here the person I am talking to on the watch. You easily send the call to and from the watch. For me this is an awesome NOVELTY feature and is useful when taking Non-private calls. It also makes you look real cool and futuristic or Send you back to 80s.
- Dialer – the watch can also dial any number. What it cannot do though is see the contacts on the iPhone. Sadly, you cannot sync anything, so you will just have to memorise the numbers and dial them if you do want to call from the watch. BUT you can make the call from the phone where all your contacts are and it should patch the call to the watch easily without any hitches.
- Caller ID – yes you can see the number of the person calling you and you can also see the number of the person you are calling but that’s it. Since contacts are not synced, you just have to look at your phone and see who is calling you from there. This is a major let down as this is one of the essential things a smart watch can do for you, inform you of who is calling.
Sad to say those are the only things it can do for now when paired with the iPhone.
- No Notifications of any sort for Messages, SMS, twitter, Facebook
- No Syncing with any applications
- No Voice Dial Activation
So I’ve finally paired the Gear S with my Galaxy Note 4 and once you pair it via Bluetooth, it automatically installs the Samsung Gear Manager App. The app lets you change clock skins, install gear apps, change settings of the Samsung Gear S by just using the app on your phone. It’s relatively simple and the initial setup is actually easier then what I expected. I only had problems once but it was because of our Office internet acting up.
Unlike the Gear S + iPhone pairing, this smartwatch shines when paired with a Samsung Android device. We haven’t tested pairing this with other Android devices that aren’t Samsung so we don’t know if the experience is the same.
- Fully synced contacts and messages – No problems searching your phone contacts through your watch. Replying messages and calling people also works flawlessly
- Gear Apps – I haven’t really tested this fully since there aren’t that much apps and some apps aren’t even free. But I did install Gear tasks which integrates and syncs with Google Tasks and other Task management apps. It works great and I really think it’s really handy that you can access your daily To-Dos or Grocery list on your wrist.
- Fully synced Notifications – You can either choose to show ALL notifications from your phone to show on your Samsung Gear S or just selected apps.
- You can take quick notes or quick replies with it but I did have problems typing on a very small keyboard and I find myself correcting typos often.
Overall, it is a unique experience. This is the first ever smartwatch that I’ve tried using. I didn’t get the Pebble, or Android Wear so everything feels new to me. It’s weird texting on your wrists and it’s even weirder taking calls. I did like the experience of just checking your notifications without having to get your phone. But I think that other smart watches do this also.
Back to Ryan
Thanks Axtian. Well since we really didn’t have much time to run more tests since we had to return the unit to the owner already we will just give you our quick take on this smart-time piece.
As a Watch
– It stands out, with its curving display, it makes you feel like you came out of a star-trek movie. For those looking for that elegant, classic looking watch feel, this definitely isn’t for you but for those who want to be in the future, this one of the slickest futuristic looking smart watch in the market with no one to in its class due to its large CURVE display.
As a health monitoring device
– Health is wealth, and people are getting more into monitoring daily activities. This watch does it well due to its built in GPS tracker. You can monitor everything from the watch without the need of a phone connected to it. So in this department, it plays well for the health buffs. Do take note we were able to test it fully with any sports or sleeping activity.
As a smartwatch
– Being a heavy pebble user, my best interpretation of a smart watch is that it should notify you of every activity on your smartphone without the need of pulling out the phone from your pocket, and in some instances do quick replies. It should also be able to control your camera remotely and track your health all together. The Gear S can do just that when paired with a Samsung device, but with an iPhone it can’t. It can also do more since you can install a sim card on it.