Samsung Galaxy Gear S R750W Review
Review on Smart Watch Samsung Galaxy Gear S R750W
The Gear S R750W is Samsung’s 6th attempt at an amazing smartwatch, and just like all its previous iterations – this time is a success. Unlike other Samsung smartwatches, the Gear S allows you to make and receive phone calls and even respond to emails right from your wrist thanks to the integrated SIM slot and 3G modem connectivity.
You will however need a Samsung phone with the Gear Manager app installed to initially setup your email accounts, customize the look and feel and install apps on the Gear S. You will also need the Gear Manager app to setup track your runs, and transfer over music, contacts and photos.
Highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Gear S R750W
- Proprietary Tizen operating system
- Weighs just 67 grams
- Available in two color variants
- 4GB onsite storage
- 512MB RAM
- 1GHz dual-core processor
- Stunning 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display
- Intuitive onscreen keyboard
What’s in the Box?
- Samsung Gear S smartwatch
- Charging dock and charger
- User guide
Samsung Galaxy Gear S R750 Design
The Gear S5 is not just basically a smartphone on your wrist in terms of functionality, it looks like it too! It is appointed with a rather stunning 480 x 360 resolution, and 300ppi count curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display, which is the biggest currently in its segment. The display is embraced by a metal frame complete with a comfortable rubbery plastic strap to take the style quotient to a whole new level.
There’s no doubt that the screen is big, but this simply means more information for you to view on the screen at one time. The display remains black most of the time, and only lights up when you have a notification such as an incoming message. The Gear S is appointed with an accelerometer so the watch face automatically lights up when you lift your wrist to read the time. Adding to this, the ambient light sensor of the Gear S smartwatch adjusts the brightness automatically depending on the light available.
One of the noteworthy features of the Samsung Gear S is it is IP67-rated water-resistant, which is a feature that isn’t common in the smartwatch segment. Under the display of the Gear S is a physical home button with a UV detector an ambient sensor, while the heart rate monitor, Nano SIM slot and charging pins are located at the rear of the smartwatch.
The Gear S comes packaged with a charging cradle, which has its very own 350mAh battery to serve as a backup battery. Other specs of the Gear S include a gyroscope, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and a 3G modem. With regards to battery life, the Gear S tends to last for roughly 2 days with moderate use and a day and a half when you tax it some more with making constant phone calls, and using the navigation app a few times.
Just like other Samsung smartwatches such as the Gear 2 Neo, the Gear S is powered by Samsung’s proprietary Linux based operating system – Tizen. Good news is if you’ve used Tizen before, you will feel right at home, and if you haven’t, it’s simply a joy to use! The navigation language is extremely intuitive, where you swipe left to gain access to up to 5 widgets, right for notifications, up to access the full app drawer and down to access quick settings such as the brightness and volume.
Out of the box, the Gear S comes preinstalled with a few apps including a weather app, music player, one for the latest news and Samsung’s S Health. The biggest feature of the Gear S, and one that makes it distinct from its competition is its onsite phone dialer, and an app for text messaging. The dialer provides access to a numeric keypad and to your recent call logs, and you can use the S Voice app for text to dictate your text messages. The onscreen keyboard does take a big chunk of the screen real estate when activated, but proves handy when using email and other apps that require text entry.
Using the Gear S R750W
Once you’ve initially setup the Gear S by pairing it with a Android smartphone, you can insert a SIM card and fly solo. You can then start to make and receive calls with excellent audio quality, check emails, send texts and even surf the web, all this without being tethered with your smartphone. Keep in mind that you will have 2 separate phone numbers to manage – one for the Gear S and another for your smartphone.
However, you can always setup call forwarding from your smartphone number to the Gear S when using the device. The Gear S falls short of a web browser out of the box, but you can download and use Opera Mini from the Samsung store. Browsing the web on the screen might seem tedious, but again it does come handy when quickly checking for information. Additionally, the Gear S also features a calculator, which when activated makes it look like a calculator watch from the 80’s.
Fitness is yet another area where the Gear S excels, and the suite of S Health apps work great combined with the integrated heart rate monitor. The S Health app offers a choice of five different features – an exercise feature that tracks your heart rate when you go for a walk,, run, bike ride or hiking, a pedometer, a sleep tracker and a standalone heart rate monitor. Step counting with the pedometer is highly accurate as well as the beats per minute with the heart rate sensor.
Pros of the Samsung Galaxy Gear S R750W
- Decent battery life
- Onsite Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity
- Access to a plethora of apps at the Tizen store
- Onsite heart rate monitor
- Superb curved display
Cons of the Samsung Galaxy Gear S R750W
- Requires Samsung phone to pair with and install apps
- Some features don’t work with all apps and notifications
The Gear is Samsung’s first standalone smartwatch that is able to deliver an array of notifications without pairing it with an actual smartphone. It doubles as a fitness tracker and is able to track several metrics including your heart rate and sleep, and also works well as a smartwatch. If hauling your smartphone around seems like a daunting task especially when you’re exercising, the Gear S will keep you connected across the board and at a fraction of the weight.