Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Sep 2013 22:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The Verge on the Galaxy Gear:

There are a couple of significant downsides that temper my enthusiasm for the new Gear. First and foremost is the speed and intuitiveness of the user interface - or rather, the lack thereof. There's a tangible lag to anything you do with the Gear, while the swipe gestures are hard to figure out and do different things depending on where you are in the menus.

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Also important will be the Galaxy Gear's battery life. It does use the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy standard to communicate, but at 315mAh its battery is decidedly small. Samsung promises "about a day" of endurance from the Gear, but by the end of our briefing with the company, the cameras on most of its demo units were refusing to turn on due to the watches running low on power.

Yeah, no. I don't know what a smartwatch is, but this, is not it.

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by Nelson on Fri 6th Sep 2013 00:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Re:"
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Actually, you're wrong about AMOLED. Nokia's ClearBlack makes them perfectly readable in sunlight, even at low brightness (but not quite as low as the lock screen on the N9 uses). But yes, some sort of e-ink would be much better.


That works to a limited extent, the Lumia 920 for example comes with "super bright mode" which temporarily cranks up the screen brightness beyond even what the Windows Phone settings allow and make the screen perfectly readable in sunlight.

There's probably (for now) no better way to do it than cranking up the brightness and using up more energy. I'd say its a decent trade off for a smartphone, but for a watch maybe not so much.

Mirasol is promising, but that's really conceptware still. I think smartwatches might be the greatest use case for it.

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