So you are in the middle of your daily jog, and for the umpteenth time you’ve somehow managed to catch your earphone cables and yank them out of your ears. It’s a frustrating problem, and not only common to joggers but to any one who has ever worn a set of earphones for any length of time. And while you can often hide the cable to some extent, it’s only a matter of time before a turning of the head that was too sharp will have the same frustrating result. Many audio equipment makers have offered ways to combat this, and now we have Samsung with their offering, the Gear Circle which is a Bluetooth headphone that is worn around the neck.
Samsung’s Gear Circle is a rather sleek looking device, being both sweat-resistant and of dainty design. And as you would probably expect with Samsung, the Gear Circle isn’t just a pair of earphones for listening to music with. There are no cables to dangle in front of you, instead its Bluetooth connectivity means that it will pair with your smartphone to listen to music or your favourite AndroidHeadlines Podcast until the battery runs flat. When you want to begin listening, all you have to do is separate the earphones and insert them in to your ears. When you want to pause the music, just re-attach the earphones. The Gear Circle has soft-touch controls that allow you to control the device.
But that isn’t all it can do. The headphones can notify you of incoming calls and messages courtesy of a gentle vibration. And when paired with a Galaxy S5 or Galaxy note 4 (or Edge), the Gear Circle will support voice notifications using Text-to-Speech through S-Voice commands. Handy stuff indeed, being able to take calls on the go.
The Gear Circle is said to be good for up to 9 hours of play time (listening to audio) or up to 11 hours talk time. As yet, pricing is not known, but the Gear Circle is available from selected T-Mobile stores, with AT&T, Amazon.com and Samsung.com to follow suit later this month. There will also be a white version, but this will be exclusively available from Best Buy. What do you think of the Gear Circle? Let us know in the comments below or at our Google Plus page.