The Samsung Galaxy Gear connects to your phone over Bluetooth, letting you take phone calls and send texts without needing to fish your phone from your jeans.
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It's not what you'd call massive, and it sits comfortably on your wrist.
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There's a 1.9-megapixel camera tucked into the strap.
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Only a single button sits on the outside. It wakes the watch up and activates the S Voice voice control.
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The clasp is secure and easily adjustable.
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The black and silver colours look quite smart.
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It's not much bigger than a regular watch, and isn't unduly heavy, either.
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It only pairs with the Galaxy Note 3 for now, although it will be updated to work with the Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2.
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It's available in a range of colours if black doesn't suit.
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The watch clips easily into its charging caddy.
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The charging caddy is not a huge burden to carry, but it's easy to forget -- or lose -- and then there's not much you can do.
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The caddy also provides NFC functionality.
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If S Voice can't understand your contact's name, you can manually go into your contact list to find the person.
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Most of your calling and texting will be done using the S Voice voice control software.
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The gallery icon sits in the middle of the panels, making it time consuming to scroll to.
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Images are fairly easy to see on the small screen, but you can tap on them to see the full-size version.
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The media controller is a handy way of pausing your music, but that's about all it can do -- you'll need to go back to your phone to change albums or artists.
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There's a built-in pedometer that syncs your steps back to the S Health app on the Note 3.
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Other apps can be found in the app list, making it even more time consuming to find the tool you need.
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The Evernote app allows you to record a voice message or take a picture and have it sync immediately to your Evernote account.
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You can set a more classic watch face if you feel so inclined.
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Or go for something a bit more modern.
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There are various third-party watch faces to browse round in the Samsung app store.
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Getting S Voice to work properly can be a bit tricky.
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Incoming calls are displayed clearly, and it's easy to hang up if you don't feel like chatting.
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If you take a call using the watch, you'll need to use its built-in speakerphone and microphone, rather than your phone or headset.
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Messages are simple to flick through.
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Responding can be awkward, as you have to dictate your message using S Voice -- it's not a good way of sending a private message.
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The Gear's app store isn't what you'd call well stocked.
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There are various categories to choose from.
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The majority of things on offer are different watch faces. Still, it's nice to be able to give your watch a bit of a personal touch.
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The bulk of the settings for the watch are handled by the Gear manager app on the Note 3.
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You can see all available watch faces to quickly select the one you like the most.
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