Samsung has been trying to change the way people perceive their smart watch technology in the past few years. Releasing their first Samsung Gear smart watch back in September 2013, the company has been widely criticized. However, learning from their mistakes, they have released a new line of smart watches – primarily two new devices, known as the Samsung Gear 2 and the Gear Fit. Do these two new devices have implementations in the everyday life and will smart watches start a new trend? Moreover, how big of an improvement are their new features compared to their predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Gear?
Samsung Galaxy Gear
The Samsung Galaxy Gear was the first smart watch revealed and released back in September, 2013. Running on Android, the watch features a 512 MB RAM memory and a Single-core 800 MHz ARM processor as well as an Exynos chipset and as much as 4 GB of storage space. With a pretty sleek design, the watch was a nice compliment to the Galaxy Note 3 and the new Galaxy Tab that were released as the same time as the device. However, the smart watch received generally negative reception, because of its interface and the supposedly inadequate implementation of the software featured on the device. Moreover, its general performance is unsatisfactory, because of its poor battery life and as a whole the watch is pretty dependant on other Samsung Galaxy Devices, thus not making it a significant stand-alone device.
Samsung Gear 2
The prime successor of the Samsung Galaxy Gear is the Samsung Gear 2 smart watch, which was released back in April, 2014. Providing with an enhanced functionality and refreshed design, the smart watch featured a powerful 1.0 GHz dual-core processor as well as 512 MB of RAM, an Exynos 3250 chipset and as much as 4 GB of internal storage. An overall improvement on the Galaxy Gear, the Samsung Gear 2 operates on Tizen and features much more powerful applications and as a whole was far better perceived by the audience. With the ability to capture every moment with a 2MP camera that features BSI and 720p video recording, the smart watch is definitely a step towards wearable smart device innovation.
Samsung Gear Fit
The Samsung Gear Fit has also been released in April, 2014 and is quite similar to the Samsung Gear 2. However, it is a specialized watch for those who lead a more active lifestyle. The smart watch features a heart rate sensor, a pedometer, exercise standalone modes for running and walking, as well as companion modes for cycling and hiking as well as apps for sleep and stress management. Although it features a less powerful 180 MHz ARM Cortex M4 CPU and runs on the proprietary RTOS operating system, the sleek, smart watch is a definite recommendation for every fitness addict.
Although the Samsung Galaxy Gear was not a successful attempt, the Gear 2 and the Gear Fit are truly able to make smart watches more relevant and are definitely a step towards wearable technology.
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