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  • harpocrates - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Spotted a small typo: "Back in 1999 Samsung sold a watchphone".

    I hasn't heard of Samsung's first attempt at a smart watch, so this is interesting to read about.
  • GauravDas - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    "The Galaxy Gear's roots seem firmly planted in a design that came out a decade later: the S9100".

    I am confused. What is S9100? How does it compare to the S9110? What are you comparing when you say "a decade later"?
  • mkozakewich - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I think I've managed to parse it.
    Anand had just finished talking about the SPH-WP10, from 1999. Then:
    "A decade later [so, 2009] came a new design: the S9110, which the Galaxy Gear's roots seem firmly planted in."
  • GauravDas - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Thanks. I thought that the SPH-WP10 was same as Galaxy Gear, since it linked to this article. Reply
  • nerd1 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    AFAIK samsung released its first smartphone back at 1999 with full touch screen. Reply
  • xdrol - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    How can you assert that the Gear inherited the design of the old smartwatch? Come on, it is a watch, that needs to have a giant flat screen. What possible other designs are there? Reply
  • Shadowmaster625 - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I think apple just tossed out the idea of a smartwatch to get these idiots to actually waste time and money on developing something so stupid and useless in anticipation of a market that will never materialize. Reply
  • LordOfTheBoired - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    That's funny, because I still really want a single wearable device that does it all. To the extent that I bought a case for my pocket computer solely to fabricate a digital bracer. And while pretty slick, it's no watch.
    Yes, I literally wear my nerdiness on my sleeve.
  • rangerdavid - Monday, September 09, 2013 - link

    You, my friend, are a god among men. Kudos. No shame. Reply
  • Impulses - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    " I always assumed that this was the last major phone revolution, but I do wonder if there might be another phase after this one. "

    Really? I can imagine a few ways in which smartphones would evolve way past their current form factor, and I'm sure the technology from 10 years in the future would humble my imagination.

    What about the long promised foldable displays? Or pico projectors? What about all these hybrid docking concepts? None of them strike my fancy right now, but there will come a point where performance is no longer an issue...

    Those are the easy angles though. I think software and potential battery developments will probably usher the next revolution. A phone as fast as an i5 with a roll out display isn't worth much if you still have the same meager collection of mobile apps that aren't meant for serious work.

    This is an area where you'd think MS would have an advantage but they seem to be moving further and further away from that synergistic ideal...
  • ESC2000 - Friday, September 06, 2013 - link

    Give the surface 2 a chance. With the improved battery life of haswell, the genius type cover, and hopefully a thinner chassis, Microsoft will attract have a laptop/tablet hybrid success on its hands... maybe not second gen but within the next few years. It won't be the one device since it'll be too big but it is one step along the way. Reply
  • nerd1 - Saturday, September 07, 2013 - link

    Samsung released dumbphone w/ pico projector years ago too (They released android one recently) Reply

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