This story looks at the recent release of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch from Samsung, discusses its potential uses as a personal tracker, and compares it to the advanced offerings from existing companies like Fitbit. Some of the points in the article:
- The Galaxy Gear is the first fully-functional smartwatch and both Runkeeper and Runtastic Pro have announced support for the device.
- The Gear can only work with other Galaxy Android devices, there is no way to use it with an iOS device.
- At $299, the device may be priced too high for folks who want just a personal tracker.
- The Gear has a 1-day battery life, while other trackers can last much longer. This advantage may disappear as the competing devices add more battery-eating functionality.