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Samsung Galaxy Gear watch that pairs with your phoneThe 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.