The Samsung Gear Live was a pleasant surprise at Google’s I/O last month, and even more pleasant is the fact that it’s actually better than you think. With past efforts, Samsung didn’t exactly push the wearable market in new directions. But with the Gear Live, the company at least has a device you don’t want to forcefully tear off your wrist. Compared to the G Watch, the Gear Live might actually be the better option based on design.
The Gear Live’s design is pretty much identical to previous Samsung smartwatches, which is a good thing; the company’s most recent Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo looked pretty great, offering a lovely metallic design and a thick rubber strap. It doesn’t seem overbearing on your wrist, either, and for the most parts feels pretty comfortable.
Meanwhile, the screen is always on, and adjusts its color and style so you can always glance at your latest notifications. There are a number of great clock faces to choose from, too, all shown on a pretty great 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen. Other specs include a 1.2GHz processor, 300mAh battery, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Additionally, there are an array of sensors, including an accelerometer, gyroscope and heart rate.
Running under all of that, of course, is Google’s Android Wear, which is promising a brighter smartwatch future. Companies aren’t able to skin Android Wear, but Samsung has already revealed its plans for the wearable platform. Based on design, though, the Gear Live is a nice little device, but of course we have yet to really put it through its paces. We’ll have more coverage on the Gear Live coming soon, but for now check out our unboxing.
You can pick up a Gear Live of your own from Google Play for $199.