Product released by Samsung has as the differential integrated camera and microphone that allows you to answer calls in James Bond style
Although smartphones and tablets are among the releases of IFA 2013, Europe’s biggest technology fair, smart watches are the big news of the event, which officially started on Friday (6) in Berlin (Germany). In a pre-show announcement, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Gear that brings non-existent resources in Smart Watches currently on the market, such as the ability to take pictures.
The iG compared the Samsung’s smart watch with other competitors such as the SmartWatch clock 2, created by Sony, the Pebble, the Toq, Qualcomm, and I ‘ m Watch. Among the models compared, only I’m Watch is sold in Brazil so far, but the forecast is that the Samsung model gets to the Country in October. Check out all the details of the products on http://www.chronologicalwatches.com/2016/12/smartwatch-market-2013/:
The Galaxy Gear is the product that has the biggest screen between the products compared, an important factor to consider if the purpose of the user is able to access text messages and e-mail content through the screen of the watch. The LCD screen of the product has 1.63 inch, almost the same size of the SmartWatch clock 2 competitor, Sony, and I’m Watch.
The Pebble has the smallest screen, with 1.26 inch size, and the main difference is that it is made with electronic paper technology (e-ink) black white. As the display shows good contrast and large letters, the size should not be a problem for the user.
The Qualcomm model uses Miracast screen technology, developed by the company itself. This is a color screen, with low power consumption. Qualcomm did not disclose the exact size of the screen, but she gets around 1.5 inches. The screen, as well as other products, is sensitive to the touch.
In addition to size, the Galaxy screen Gear also overcomes the rivals in the resolution, which is 320 x 320 pixels. The Sony SmartWatch clock 2 has 220 x 176 pixels resolution, although it has similar-sized screen Galaxy Gear.
In your most, smart clocks follow the same line of smartphones and tablets, and use chip based on ARM architecture, which features increased processing power with energy efficient. These devices do not require a powerful processor, since much of its functions allows you to view information received through a connection via Bluetooth with the smartphone.
So far, only the Samsung unveiled the processing power of your Smart Watch, which is 800 MHz and the Toq will come to market with a 200 MHz chip.
With a low-power processor, users gain in energy saving. Pebble users, for example, can stay up to a week without charge the device, something that also is expected from the Toq, for using screen technologies similar to those adopted in e-readers like the Kindle.
This must be the weak point of more advanced options, such as the Samsung model. The battery from the product should last approximately 25 hours of moderate use. Sony watch battery, according to the company, lasts between three and four days in moderate use.
In your most, smart watches are equipped with accelerometer. The Pebble can use the smartphone’s GPS via Bluetooth connection to rotate maps applications. The model of Samsung also offers microphone, which allows the user to pick up voice calls through the clock in best estilho James Bond. A camera that lets you shoot and filming completes the resource bundle that is not available in any other rival.
Integration with smartphone
Without an active connection with the smartphone, smart watches don’t allow you to do much, just display the time on the screen. In General, the user can choose to display your clock in the settings of the appliance. To connect the clock, as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connection or NFC (depending on model), the user needs to download an official application to manage your settings, appearance and applications.
The Galaxy Gear, for example, can show other information on the home screen along with the schedule, including the weather and the next appointment of the agenda, among others. The device displays e-mail notifications, voice calls and messages through the small screen, which also allows you to read messages and control the music player the smartphone.
In the case of Sony SmartWatch clock 2, the system also allows the user to receive the same notification and answer calls if the user use a Bluetooth headset. The device has vibrating function to warn the user that the phone is ringing.
To include a screen allowing display texts in a size that the user can see, most intelligent watches became “gradalhão”. Sometimes, the size of the clock seem exaggerated, especially in people with very thin or delicate arm.
Most of them try to conquer the hippest audience, so the watches can be customized with bracelets made of polycarbonate in several vibrant colors such as orange, red, pink and green. Samsung’s model, for example, has edges in stainless steel and is the heaviest among the models, with 122 grams.
The Sony SmartWatch clock 2 the frame in aluminium and feature Toq bracelets in neutral colors such as white and black. The SmartWatch clock 2 has more sophisticated design than the other options, which allows the use of the device on the desktop. He weighs about 70 grams and is waterproof.
Among the analyzed, the larger version is I’m Watch. He has several versions, with weight ranging between 70 and up to 170 grams. The Pebble for the smaller screen is lighter, with only 36 grams. The product has a polycarbonate finish and bracelets in different colors.
The Samsung model should hit the market with about 70 of applications available through the online store from Samsung. Unlike Sony, model Galaxy Gear will not allow the user to download applications through the Google Play, official Android apps store. In your Brazilian site, Sony claims that the SmartWatch clock 2 supports “many” applications, including social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
I’m Watch has a store of applications and the product comes with a number of them pre-loaded that allow you to listen to music on a streaming service, in addition to games, applications to display pictures and exercise, among others. The Pebble does not support applications with complex graphics, but will allow developers to create applications for the watch and submit to the Watchstore, an application store of its own.
In the case of Toq, of Qualcomm, the company has not yet detailed how will be the product support the applications. However, in the release, the company revealed that will manufacture only a limited batch to demonstrate the Mirasol technology to other manufacturers. Because of this, although the clock may have a store of applications, it is unlikely that many developers are interested in developing apps for the product.
Prices are not so high for a technology that just hit the market, but the user must think carefully before purchasing your smart watch. According to reports of the first tests in the United States, they help the user to avoid looking at the screen of the smartphone all the time looking for notifications.
Just I m Watch is sold in Brazil, with price of R $649. Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy Gear in the country in October, but has yet to release the price of the product. The SmartWatch clock 2 Sony must also hit stores about the same time, but has no price set. Watch Pebble, being developed by an American startup, does not yet have an ETA to other countries, but have low price, in the range of R $345 ($ $150).
For now, Samsung says the Galaxy Gear will be compatible only with the Galaxy devices Note III, Note II, S III, S4 and Note 10.1 (2014). The Smartwatch clock is compatible with most Android devices. The Toq works with Android devices with 4.0 or higher. The Pebble is compatible with Android and iPhone. I m ´ Watch works with iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
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