6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Samsung Galaxy Gear watch that pairs with your phone

About Video Transcript

First Look: Samsung Galaxy Gear watch that pairs with your phone

2:25 /

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a high-tech touch-screen timepiece that partners with your phone to see your alerts, track your exercise, and even make calls.

I'm Richard Trenholm with CNET.com with the Samsung Galaxy Gear asking what's the time, time to get a new watch. The Galaxy Gear is one of the first of a new generation of smartwatches. It's an Android-powered watch that talks to your phone and lets you do lots of things that you can sometimes do on your phone but without having to set your phone out of your pocket. So it's controlled by swiping through all these different home screens such as you've got your photo gallery there, you got music. You got your pedometer to track your footsteps if you wanna keep track of your health here's your settings app. And here's your other apps as well. There's gonna be 70 apps at launch such as Find My Device which allows you to find your watch by just pressing a button on your phone or vice versa. So other things you can do with the Galaxy Gear is you can make phone calls without having to even use your, phone so you can either do that by going into your contact or you can actually dial a number right here on the watch itself. The default home screen here shows you the time and the temperature and the last time it's updated, but you can also change it to have different types of watch or show things like your calendar information right there on your wrist. So when you swipe down the Galaxy Gear also has its own camera which allows you to take photographs and also short 10-second videos. You can wear the Gear as a watch I'm saying or you can connect it with a Galaxy device like this Note 3, and you can do things like press play on the watch and the music starts playing on the Note. When your Gear watch is connected to your Galaxy device, you've got an app on your Galaxy called the Gear Manager which allows you to do things like for example add apps or change the look of the clock face. Another useful feature when you've got the 2 devices paired is if you lose your watch you just hit Find My Watch and the watch will light up to tell you where it is. So the Gear has this silver metal face and it's connected to this kind of rubberized orange strap. It's adjustable with this buckle, so even if you got big or small wrists it just still feel very comfortable. It's quite slim. It's quite comfortable. It's not as chunky as I think we were expecting. The only thing that I'm little worried about is the big bulge for the camera on the bottom here which does stick out quite a bit. So I'm Richard Trenholm and this is the Samsung Galaxy Gear. It's certainly once a watch. And more from IFA check out CNET.com/IFA.

New releases

Mission Motorsport: Helping veterans through the medium of fast cars
8:12 January 27, 2015
Some wounded veterans can struggle after returning home and to help with this Mission Motorsport offers ex service men and women the...
Play video
Inside Scoop: Apple says Watch will ship in April, reports record iPhone sales
2:27 January 27, 2015
Apple's bigger phones give the company its best sales quarter ever: 74.5 million iPhones sold. CEO Tim Cook also makes news with the...
Play video
The CraveCast learns what Mark Zuckerberg is really made of
44:45 January 27, 2015
The Crave crew takes on the twisted side of the arts and sciences and science fiction, including Shakespeare, Star Wars, gravity failing...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 119: Robot bats, real-life ad-blocking headset, a futuristic piano and more
24:47 January 27, 2015
On today's show, we shudder at a robot bat that can easily switch between flying and moving on the ground, check out a headset that...
Play video
Google's looking to become its own wireless carrier
4:08 January 27, 2015
Google plans to shake up the U.S wireless market, Project Ara could partner with BLOCKS modular smartwatch, and photos leak for the...
Play video
Black & Decker's stick vac can't rise above the pack
2:24 January 27, 2015
It looks like an upright while maneuvering like a stick, but middling performance and tedious maintenance keep this vac grounded.
Play video
Turn Amazon Echo into a better music player
2:22 January 27, 2015
If the Echo does one thing really well, it's play music. Find out how to do more than just play a single song.
Play video
Hide photos on Facebook with Wickr's cat decoys
2:53 January 27, 2015
Wickr disguises photos shared on Facebook, Twitter adds video and private group messaging, and police speak out against the Waze app's...
Play video