Samsung’s lineup of Gear smartwatches has always been my favourite, ever since I reviewed the Gear S3 Frontier. It has since become my go-to smartwatch but this year, Samsung attempted to do something different by rebranding their smartwatch as the Galaxy Watch.
I’ve always been a big fan of Samsung’s smartwatches, they look great and Tizen works well as a smartwatch OS. Recently, Samsung released the Gear Sport which is almost like a Gear S3 Lite, meaning it’s smaller and is missing features that the Gear S3 has but overall the Gear Sport is a great smartwatch.
Smartwatches are one of those things where not everyone needs but secretly they do want one. Sure, it’s nice to have a smartwatch but it just eliminates just one less step of pulling out your phone. The only real smartwatch that is selling in the millions is the Apple Watch, meanwhile, Android Wear watches have sold a fraction of Apple despite having more features and some iOS capabilities.
When I reviewed the Gear S2 last year, I thought it was one of the better smartwatches on the market. Partly because Samsung design their Tizen OS to be a great operating system for smartwatches and wearables.
And the same holds true that the Gear S3 builds upon what the Gear S2 laid out last year,
For the past two weeks, I’ve been using the Gear S3 Frontier and it has become one of my favourite smartwatches to use and maybe even, Samsung’s best so far.
Smartwatches haven’t been around for that long, most of the one you see on the market have touchscreen displays like on the Asus ZenWatch 3 or Apple Watch but some do not, such as Pebble’s lineup of smartwatches.
But Skagen (along with other brands in the Fossil group), a brand that focuses on Danish design is looking to change that with the introduction of something called a hybrid smartwatch. It combines the connectivity and notification alerts of a traditional touchscreen smartwatch with the stylings of a traditional watch.
I’ve been using the Skagen Hagen Connected Hybrid Smartwatch for a few weeks now and I wouldn’t say the Skagen offers the best smartwatch experience but it’s definitely different and the most different from other traditional smartwatches.
Samsung introduced their first smartwatch back in the fall of 2013 with the Samsung Galaxy Gear, it was meant to be a companion device to Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones but it felt short of expectations.
But then six months later, Samsung made a follow-up to the Galaxy Gear with the Gear 2 watch, which was running Samsung’s own Tizen OS instead of Android. The original Galaxy Gear was updated to run Tizen OS around the same time.
Google first introduced the world to Android Wear, back in March 2014. At that same time, Google also announced teased some of the smartwatches that would be coming running their new software platform, one of those was the original Moto 360.
It was the first real smartwatch with a round display. It was significant because most standard watches are round and that what was Motorola was trying to go after.