Smartwatches have been a dream of technophiles since the Dick Tracy days. While they have not yet reached the dream of the standalone phone, what they can do while partnered with a smartphone far outstrips anything Tracy’s wrist gear aspired to. Hot on the heels of Samsung’s Tizen-powered Gear 2 watch, the Gear Live watch will run the new Android Wear system. Just say “OK Google” and the world is yours on the 1.63″, 320 by 320 pixel color display. It lacks the built-in camera of the Gear 2 but you’ll pay $199 for this little gem. Compatible with any phone running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or higher, this watch is always on, always ready for you to ask questions of it, check messages and notifications in places where it’s not appropriate to pull out your phone. The downside? Battery life from the 300 mAh cell is rated as being about one day of average use (which, as we have learned from hard experience tends to be far short of an actual 24-hour period). The description says “The Samsung Gear Live display is always on, adjusting its color and style so that you can always glance for the latest information, and with one simple touch you can wake the display to see more:The Samsung Gear Live display is always on, adjusting its color and style so that you can always glance for the latest information, and with one simple touch you can wake the display to see more” but that isn’t clear as to whether the display turns off to conserve battery life. Anyway, it’s IP67 water and dust resistant so don’t take it diving into a pool but you don’t have to worry when you are washing dishes. This smartwatch will ship July 8th and is available for preorder right now at the Google Play Store for $199.
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