Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch: 10 Features We Would Like to See

1 - Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch: 10 Features We Would Like to See
2 - A Big Display Is a Must
3 - Can Samsung Deliver HD to Its Screen?
4 - The Ability to Interact With Samsung Devices With Ease
5 - The Ability to Work With iPhones, Too
6 - Yes, It Needs Android
7 - A Reasonable Price Tag Is Absolutely Necessary
8 - Stylish Design Will Be Required
9 - A Future-Proofing Ability
10 - Storage for Photos, Videos and Everything Else
11 - Different Style Options for Different Occasions
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Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch: 10 Features We Would Like to See

by Don Reisinger

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A Big Display Is a Must

Samsung's Galaxy Gear is rumored to be launching with a screen that would come in at 2.5 inches. Although that might not seem big compared with the 5-inch smartphones available today, it's an impressive size for something to be worn on the wrist. But as with anything else in the mobile market, the bigger the screen, the better.

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Can Samsung Deliver HD to Its Screen?

There has been some talk of the 2.5-inch Galaxy Gear display coming with a resolution of 320 by 320. But that doesn't mean that that's as far as Samsung will go. With any luck at all, the company will offer an even better resolution to get users as close to HD as possible. After all, if the watch's face is capable of delivering video and photos, the higher the screen's resolution, the better.

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The Ability to Interact With Samsung Devices With Ease

It's an absolute necessity that the Galaxy Gear easily interacts with Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones. Judging by its name, the device likely will. However, if that feature is left out and it can only deliver some integration with Galaxy handsets, expect the Galaxy Gear to suffer slow sales.

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The Ability to Work With iPhones, Too

Since the Galaxy Gear will more than likely support Bluetooth, Samsung shouldn't place any arbitrary limitations on the device so it only works with its own products. The Galaxy Gear should be platform- and operating system-agnostic. That means the iPhone must be supported with the device.

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Yes, It Needs Android

There's been some talk about what operating system the Galaxy Gear should be running. Why it's such a debate is unknown. Samsung absolutely must put Android on the smartwatch. By doing so, Samsung would increase its chances of attracting developers, as well as improving sales. It's a win-win with Android onboard.

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A Reasonable Price Tag Is Absolutely Necessary

Price matters greatly in a niche market. Realizing that, Samsung can't get too crazy and try to deliver a product in Galaxy Gear that costs too much. Reasonable pricing is central to the smartwatch's broader appeal to consumers.

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Stylish Design Will Be Required

If Samsung is going to ask people to wear a watch, the company better find ways to make it look stylish. That means offering customers a product that doesn't look like those big, bulky and geeky calculator watches or cheap plastic digital watches from the 1970s. Galaxy Gear should reflect a person's style and personality. Stylish design is an absolute must.

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A Future-Proofing Ability

Samsung also has to ensure that consumers will be able to keep using their watches for years to come. They shouldn't be throwaway devices that will just add more bulk to the digital waste stream. Yes, Samsung might launch a new smartwatch each year, but current owners need to believe they can hold onto that device for a long time without feeling they are stuck with an obsolete piece of junk.

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Storage for Photos, Videos and Everything Else

There's a chance that the Galaxy Gear might come without storage, but it would be much better if it did. The device should be able to store at least some photos and videos, and it would be great if it could house some applications. Just because it's small doesn't mean the Galaxy Gear can't store important files.

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Different Style Options for Different Occasions

Samsung should make sure that the Galaxy Gear comes with different band options. Sometimes folks might want to wear a colorful leather band, while in other cases they'll choose a metal band. Elegant or casual, Galaxy Gear should deliver different style options.

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