Samsung’s Gear S black claims to be unique among smartwatches. More than simply a second screen for a smartphone, it is a full mobile phone strapped to the wrist – no need for a separate handset for an internet connection.
It is capable of emailing, sending text messages and making phone calls.
The Gear S pulls notifications from a smartphone, either directly via Bluetooth or remotely over Wi-Fi or 3G.
The Gear manager app configures email accounts, installs apps and customises the look and feel of the watch. It’s disappointing to have to resort to a smartphone to do this basic stuff.