Like them or hate them, you have to give credit to the Samsung Gear watches. All six of them, actually. In a flurry between Fall 2013 and November 2014, Samsung had many, many watches. The Samsung Galaxy Gear was the very first. Its mix of communication, health tracking, and apps beat both Google’s Android Wear and Apple Watch to the punch by over half a year.
The Gear was the first ambitious, feature-stuffed smartwatch. It made phone calls via speakerphone, had fitness tracking, could control music playback, and it even had a camera. Later Gears added heart rate in early 2014. Last November’s Gear S was effectively a full-on Dick Tracy-style wristphone — a standalone device with its own cellular service.
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