Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Sep 2013 19:10 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Berlin. But this weekend, we got a first look at the watch.

Here it is.

I love watches (I have several watches for different occasions and clothing styles), but this thing looks ridiculous. A three inch contraption shaped like a Galaxy phone strapped to my tiny wrist?

What?

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RE[4]: Right, that's it...
by Morgan on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 01:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Right, that's it..."
Morgan
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2005-06-29

I used a Sony SmartWatch for a while (I believe you and I discussed it via email a while back) and while it seemed like a good idea, the execution fell short. It did allow me to glance surreptitiously at my wrist whenever my phone vibrated, instead of pulling the beast out to check the screen, but between the terrible battery life and the overall bulkiness of the large watch on my large wrist, it ended up being a waste of time.

I'm really glad I didn't pay for it ("healthy living" insurance reward in the form of an Amazon gift card), and right now it's on semi-permanent loan to a friend who was curious about the concept of a smart watch. I don't miss it, but if someone out there could get the concept down to a manageable size, with a month-long battery, for $100 or less, I'd be interested enough to give it another go.

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RE[5]: Right, that's it...
by MOS6510 on Tue 3rd Sep 2013 04:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Right, that's it..."
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2011-05-12

Battery life is indeed a bummer concerning a number of devices.

It's a good thing battery life of laptops has increased over the last few years. I hope they'll put in the same effort for mobile phones and smart watches.

If laptops and tablets have the long running feature it will become something people will expect. I'd happily have a less slim phone that runs much longer on a single charge.

People use battery cases now that make phones bulkier then when they would have had a larger internal battery.

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