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Are wearables the way of the future?

14 Oct 2014

The next generation wearable device was released by Samsung last night. The Gear S is a wearable smartphone that has 3G connectivity and a range of optimised features. The device is a response by Samsung to an increasing demand.

“We’re seeing a burgeoning demand from people the world over to stay connected while on the go. Training for a marathon or even walking the dog with a smartphone in hand can be challenging. So, our new wearables ensure customers are always in touch and able to take calls, receive and send messages - and they’ll look pretty stylish too, while they’re at it,” says Stefan Lecchi, Head of Telecommunications at Samsung New Zealand.

The device has been designed with the comfort of the consumer in mind. It has a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED display to read messages and notifications in a condensed font, and a flexible band in order for it to fit comfortably on the user’s wrist.

Communication is at the forefront with the Gear S complete with 3G, Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities. Notifications from social networks, calendars and applications can all be seen on the device and users can instantly reply to incoming messages with the onscreen keyboard. There is also enhanced S voice functionality that helps users to complete tasks immediately.

When receiving a call, users can take it with the Gear S or forward it to their smartphone. When connected to a smartphone, users can also listen to music on the go.

Widgets and notification boards enable the Gear S to provide access to relevant information. With enhanced multi-sensors, built-in GPS, S Health features and applications such as Nike+, the Gear S can be used as a health and fitness companion.

There is some room for personalisation, with customisable screen options and changeable straps.

The Samsung Gear S will be available in the coming months, and in the meantime you can read more about the product here.

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