I don't want a smartwatch with cellular connectivityEvan Selleck - Contributing Editor
It's been a while since Samsung officially introduced their newest members of the wearables family, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit, but it hasn't been so long that they've actually been available to buy. There's no telling, quite yet, how Samsung's smart accessories are doing, but considering they're the devices that the company should have launched in the first place, there's at least a small chance that they're doing well enough.
Of course, we know that that's not going to stop Samsung from working on what's next. I'm sure they've already been working on it for a little while now, too. Some folks out there are probably even hoping that the Gear Fit 2 comes out sooner, rather than later. Either way, we can all be safe in the assumption that Samsung's working on the replacements to their current lineup of wearables, and they've probably gone over plenty of different alternatives and options by now.
One of those options is probably cellular connectivity.
Adding the ability to make and receive calls right from the watch, without absolutely needing your connected smartphone, just seems like a logical next step for our smart wearables. Some of them, anyway. Not all of them are designed to be this type of product, but when we look at Samsung's Gear wearables, it honestly does seem like this is the logical path. The inevitable conclusion, so to speak.
Rumors are running out of the Rumor Mill lately that suggest Samsung's already got the Gear 2 Solo out there in the wild somewhere, being tested. Other rumors have "confirmed" the existence of a SIM card slot, and will be able to make phone calls all on its own.
A lot of the wearables out there are great for some reasons, and not so great for others. I think we can all agree that our "smartwatches" have a long way to go, still, and there's plenty of room for improvement. Even from the companies that already have gadgets out there. Whether or not cellular connectivity actually improves anything, though, is probably whittled down to a personal preference -- like so many other things.
For me, though, I can't help but not want this eventual future to never come. I want Wolverine to come back in time and slash up all the prototypes and concept drawings and plans. Our smartwatches and wearables might be a slave to our smartphones so to speak, and that relationship needs to get better, but I'll never want my smartwatch to be "the device." It's an accessory, and that's the way I want it to stay.
A lot of people (including myself) have been perfectly okay with "old" watches for a very long time now. So, don't break the fundamental rule that it's supposed to be a stylish accessory. Just improve where it can be improved in our technological-focused age, and work from there. I know it's possible.
How do you feel about the idea of a smartwatch that can make calls on its own? Something you'd be into, or just another wasted effort from manufacturers? Let me know!