Samsung.com | around $300 (available in October)
The future has finally caught up to Dick Tracy.
Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy Gear smartwatch is designed to be an accessory for your smartphone that can power apps, display and send email, text messages and social media posts, make and receive phone calls, and play back music through its built-in speaker, two microphones and 1.63-inch display.
Calls can be answered by lifting your wrist to your ear when your phone rings. The watch face is controlled through swipes rather than taps to avoid unintended selections. The steel housing also includes a camera on the side that can record video.
For the health conscious, it also works like a Nike FuelBand with a pedometer to track movement and calories burned.
And oh, yes, it’s a watch too. Whether this new category of wearable tech catches on is to be determined, but Samsung’s clearly looking to compete with the Pebble smartwatch and devices from Apple, Sony and Qualcomm.