I heard that to get around the initial pairing on set up you can use a '25 press' hack. Does any one know if this would work and if so would the apps also work as expected without any pairing?
Went to an AT&T store here in America today and looked at the Gear S. Beautiful and surprisingly small on my wrist, not large at all. I'm 6'2" and 220lbs, but have smallish wrists for my size. It actually looked small on my arm and very stylish. Hope they get the "stand alone" ability worked out ASAP. Contrary to what AT&T online chat told me, the AT&T store said I can get this for $199 with a 2 years contract and $30 a month for Unlimited Talk & Text, with 300MB data (cheapest plan) as my actual cell phone (no pairing or adddition phone on the plan?). Not sure who is right at this point??? Waiting for the big 3 carriers to get the act together and activate a few of these before jumping in. Fingers crossed!
It's not a stand alone smartphone after all! What a let down in the US... Smasung has a great device that is screaming to be a stand alone phone. Why all the rediculous additional pairing requirements? So sad I can't buy and use the Gear S as my only cell phone. So, so sad... :-((
I just chatted with AT&T in the US online to see if you can use their $150 discount for switching carriers and porting your number over with this device. They told me this device is NOT CONSIDERED A PHONE, but an "accessary." That means you can not take advantage of their carrier switch offer. In addition, they will NOT let you use this as you only phone. They claim you MUST have a compatible smart phone too. What a bunch of BS! Can this be purchased in factory unlocked form somewhere? Can you just put your SIM in an unlocked Gear S and start talking? Or do you have to link it to a compatible smart phone to activate it?
For those who mad comments about "dumping their phone" and using this as their primary device. If you need a camera. I clearly state "IF". Your out of luck with this device.
I have had mine since 15 Oct 2014.
I have posted a review on XDA here
Google+ here, with 44 pics
User manual. Google for SM-R750_UM_EU_Tizen_Eng_Rev.1.0_140926.pdf
Samsung Norway has it for download here:
someone, 24 Oct 2014@neil. Today I found the user manual for this watch. Yes, there is mentions of pairing. The wo... more@someone. Thanks for that. What is 'Kies' and OTA? I love the idea of this watch but like many others do not intend to run a Samsung phone with it. If set up can be done without them then that is great news. If you search 'Tizen samsung s gear unpacked' into YouTube then you can hear what is said straight from the top. Makes an interesting view.