Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Sep 2014 11:05 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Samsung's shown itself to be entirely unafraid when it comes to smartwatches. It's willing to try any size, any spec, any combination of features in an attempt to figure out what consumers want in a wearable. Its latest try, the Gear S, is a combination of Samsung's newest and best ideas - and a couple of ideas it'll soon leave by the roadside as well.

Once the Moto360, the round LG G Watch R, and Apple's supposed entry come out, we will look at these ridiculous Samsung contraptions in the same way we look at these now.

My favourite moment in the video: when the full QWERTY keyboard pops up. Samsung just has no taste.

Order by: Score:
Nokia 6800/E70
by moondevil on Thu 4th Sep 2014 11:11 UTC
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

I don't think the 6800/E70 deserve a weird design award.

Still miss a similar typing speed on modern smartphones.

Reply Score: 4

RE: Nokia 6800/E70
by acobar on Thu 4th Sep 2014 11:52 UTC in reply to "Nokia 6800/E70"
acobar Member since:
2005-11-15

And I still miss the time when I could dial a number without be obligated to look at the device (it was cool also on movies ;) ).

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Nokia 6800/E70
by avgalen on Thu 4th Sep 2014 14:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Nokia 6800/E70"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

I miss that too, but the addressbook, VoiceDialing/Cortana and bluetooth carsync have made that a minor issue

And there has never been phone-hardware that allowed me to type as quickly as I can Swype on the keyboard in Windows Phone 8.1. That was the one feature that suddenly turned my phone from "readonly/consume" into answering emails, and even some other productive work

Reply Score: 3

RE: Nokia 6800/E70
by zima on Sat 6th Sep 2014 23:42 UTC in reply to "Nokia 6800/E70"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I miss their ancestor of sorts, the Nokia 5510 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_5510 )

Reply Score: 3

Coincident...
by mikeanderson on Thu 4th Sep 2014 12:26 UTC
mikeanderson
Member since:
2014-08-22

...or any reason why every OS News story seems to come from Verge these days?

Reply Score: 0

RE: Coincident...
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 4th Sep 2014 12:49 UTC in reply to "Coincident..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

...or any reason why every OS News story seems to come from Verge these days?


Of the past 40 stories, six contain links to The Verge.

In other words, your perception is off.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Coincident...
by mikeanderson on Thu 4th Sep 2014 12:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Coincident..."
mikeanderson Member since:
2014-08-22

"...or any reason why every OS News story seems to come from Verge these days?


Of the past 40 stories, six contain links to The Verge.

In other words, your perception is off.
"

I'm a new-comer ;) Of the past 2 stories, two are from the verge.

Reply Score: 0

RE[3]: Coincident...
by Fergy on Thu 4th Sep 2014 13:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Coincident..."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I'm a new-comer ;) Of the past 2 stories, two are from the verge.

I hope you learned your lesson...

Edited 2014-09-04 13:14 UTC

Reply Score: 3

Comment
by pandronic on Thu 4th Sep 2014 12:41 UTC
pandronic
Member since:
2006-05-18

It hurts to say this about a Samsung product, but I think it looks nice and has some decent functionality.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Comment
by mikeanderson on Thu 4th Sep 2014 13:25 UTC in reply to "Comment"
mikeanderson Member since:
2014-08-22

It hurts to say this about a Samsung product, but I think it looks nice and has some decent functionality.


Yeah, looks pretty darn impressive to me. Puts some pressure on the Apple event next week.

Reply Score: 2

Comment by judgen
by judgen on Thu 4th Sep 2014 13:43 UTC
judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

The N-Gage QD is my prefered cellphone of all times even beating out the (for the time) very light Phillips Diga.

edit:
This smartwatch still requires a separate cellphone for much of the functionality, so for me it is a complete dud.

Edited 2014-09-04 13:46 UTC

Reply Score: 4

RE: Comment by judgen
by zima on Sun 7th Sep 2014 00:18 UTC in reply to "Comment by judgen"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

So you want something that can transmit from your wrist independently? ...like the gadget of Dick Tracy? ;) ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dt2wrr.jpg )

Reply Score: 3

Comment by rain
by rain on Thu 4th Sep 2014 14:00 UTC
rain
Member since:
2005-07-09

It's impressive engineering work, but as far as product design goes there seem to be very little thought behind it. It's basically a tiny underpowered Android phone with a wrist strap.

Also, I'd be worried having all those antennas so close to my body all the time. But I guess that you can at least monitor your health as it deteriorates. ;)

Reply Score: 3

RE: Comment by rain
by leos on Thu 4th Sep 2014 19:57 UTC in reply to "Comment by rain"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

It's impressive engineering work, but as far as product design goes there seem to be very little thought behind it. It's basically a tiny underpowered Android phone with a wrist strap.


Except it doesn't run android.

I dont know. For a smart watch this seems not bad. I'm not a fan of samsung but at least they're exploring here. The problem is we still don't have a killer application for a smart watch, so the implementations are fine but lacking any kind of real draw.

If the rumours are true Apple could be on to something with a full scale effort into mobile payments integrated into the watch.

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Comment by rain
by rain on Thu 4th Sep 2014 22:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by rain"
rain Member since:
2005-07-09

Except it doesn't run android.

I dont know. For a smart watch this seems not bad. I'm not a fan of samsung but at least they're exploring here. The problem is we still don't have a killer application for a smart watch, so the implementations are fine but lacking any kind of real draw.

If the rumours are true Apple could be on to something with a full scale effort into mobile payments integrated into the watch.


I know it's Tizen. Somehow it reminds me of those crappy old Android phones like Xperia X8 though. I should have added a "like" in that sentence.

That's the thing though, a watch is very limited in terms of display space and user input. The approach Samsung has to make a general purpose device that is essentially a shrunken down smartphone doesn't really work in my opinion. They are basically saying "we don't have a clue what the use is for this so we just threw in all the tech we had, so now you figure it out!".
It needs some kind of vision, a holistic design approach that tightly integrates hardware and software.

I'm sure Apple will approach it with far more consideration. Hopefully they don't overdo it. We'll see in a few days.

Reply Score: 3

RE[3]: Comment by rain
by leos on Fri 5th Sep 2014 01:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by rain"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

It will be very interesting to see what apple does. Also will address the question of whether apple can innovate in a big way without Steve.

Reply Score: 2

...
by Hiev on Thu 4th Sep 2014 15:18 UTC
Hiev
Member since:
2005-09-27

I like the curved display.

Reply Score: 2