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Saturday, September 07, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear Fail?

11:01 PM By Barry Smyth No comments

Samsung released their much waited smart watch named the Galaxy Gear on the 4th of September, delivering on it's promise to launch a smart watch into the market and putting to bed all the rumours about what it will look like and how it will function.

The Galaxy Gear boasts (if that's the right word) a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 320 x 320.  A 800MHz processor and a 315 mAh non-removable cell running Android 4.3. The wrist strap has a built in camera (a nice touch) designed to capture low-res shots and 10-second 720p videos, and includes a 1.9-megapixel BSI sensor and an auto-focus lens. It also comes with Bluetooth 4.0, an accelerometer and gyroscope, 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM.

And while it's clear they went all out with those somewhat impressive specifications, unfortunately for Samsung they forgot the most important element, the design. While the specs may sound impressive the upshot of all that is we are left with something that looks about the size of a small brick. Indeed I felt so astonished at this utter failure on their part in this one aspect that I even fired off an email to the company with the tag line ... DESIGN IS EVERYTHING.

It's only going to look half way decent on the largest of wrists which means that most people will pass it by so this is destined to be a potential flop for Samsung. You'd think they'd have learnt already given Apples success and the the markets noise on their plastic phone coverings that DESIGN IS EVERYTHING, but alas no, it would seem this well placed piece of advice has fallen on deaf ears.

Why they would let something this clunky and so not wrist friendly out on the market is anyones guess, but if they were aiming to knock some of the wind out of Apples announcements later in the month they have totally failed there ... and then some.

Clearly no-one on their design team thought about the visual aesthetics that such a wearable piece of technology needs to embrace, or if they did they decided to chuck that out the window in order to fit all of those specs into it. And while we love the specs, the packaging leaves a lot to be desired.

So learn this lesson well Samsung because the market is not going to give you many more chances.


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