re: Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch: Pros And Cons
As a photographer, it would be very useful for me to be able to access a "calculator" that computes data I need for what is known as hyperfocal distance technique and do it so that my hands are free so that I can operate the camera readily each time I decide to change the lens setting. This is where I can see how the smart part of the smartwatch can be very handy. Each time I decide to change lens setting, I can quickly use the smartwatch to compute a new focal point for my camera. Being able to do this quickly, without fumbling with a smartphone, can be very useful when lighting conditions can change quickly (e.g, during sunrise or sunset). Of course, the app needs to be designed for quick data entry within the smartwatch form factor. Also, when I hike to a remote photo location with camera gear and accessories, having one less relatively bulky item to carry in a pocket or bag (so that I can use that precious space for something else) can sometimes be very convenient. Plus, if the smartwatch has GPS capability, it can double (or triple or quadruple or whatever, depending on what else you use it for) as a navigation aid during the hike.
I'm pretty sure there are other activities where other people may find a smartwatch more convenient than a smartphone. But I have to say though that I don't think a smartwatch will completely replace a smartphone. So a smartwatch needs to be able to function both with and without a smartphone. Heck, if it has WiFi, then in certain situations, you should even be able to receive and send calls without a smartphone. Due to these reasons, I think Samsung really stumbled with their smartwatch.
BTW, Omate recently completed Kickstarter funding on their version of the smartwatch (which reportedly will also have IP67 waterproofed case and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal) that has all the desired capabilities I mentioned above. It remains to be seen as to how well they execute and produce their product.