Samsung Gear S2 is finally live and you can order it online, if you want one of these babies that is. You can even choose because you have more options: S2 and S2 Classic, plus tons of watch-faces and straps. They start at prices if $299 for the S2 and $349 for the S2 Classic, but you can be sure this is Samsung’s best wearable yet.
The smartwatch looks good, keeps to the classic appearance of a watch but is very very smart because of Tizen OS, Samsung’s proprietary operating system. This means you will be learning to operate on a whole new and different interface from the likes of Android Wear or Apple Watch, but this is indeed a complete experience that will make the device remarkable and memorable. It even has NFC, which means that, if you pair it with a Samsung device that supports Samsung Pay, you will be able to use it to make mobile payments in the near future.
Samsung Gear S2 is the cheaper version for the Samsung wearables made in 2015, and it shows, it has a minimalist design while still trying to maintain a classic watch look. The S2 Classic is much more elaborate design-wise and it tries to emulate a traditional watch. Both devices have rotating bezels that help you navigate the user interface, long-lasting batteries and round AMOLED displays.
Samsung Gear S2 is finally going live. Since we’re in the last quarter of 2015, most manufacturers and gadget creators will be rushing to promote their devices before the holiday season begins. One of the more devices to launch now is the Samsung S2 wear device that launches in two flavors: original and Classic. Starting October 2, you will be able to buy one of these babies from Samsung’s online store, Amazon, best Buy or Macy’s Herald Square.
Samsung Gear S2: what to expect
Samsung’s new smartwatch looks much more sporty than previous iterations and it will be ready in stores starting October 16th. The original version costs $300 and the Classic version will have you pay $350. In a way, these devices are not rivals to Android Wear devices because they run on Tizen OS, but otherwise they are definitely the smartwatch to watch this year. These wearables work with any Samsung smartphones AND with other Android smartphones, as long as they run Android 4.4 KitKat or more recent versions.
Samsung gear S2 is the second generation of Samsung Gear S devices, and it is a clear improvement from the original. The Gear S2 and S2 Classic both have 1.2-inch circular displays running at 302ppi, 4 GB built-in storage, 512MB of RAM and they posses a gyroscope, a heart rate sensor and an accelerometer, among other interesting features. They can be used to display phone notifications for missed calls and SMS messages, incoming galls, or emails when they are paired with the mobile device you use.
Gear S2 peeked at us on Samsung’s Unlocked event earlier in August, but now it is finally here and we will soon be able to actually use it! The smartwatch proves to be a peculiar accessory as it does not present the elegant and refined Moto 360 or Apple Watch design but it still looks hot as hell ( I blame it on the stainless steel and tiny frame).
If this device has a flaw, it is its OS, as this Samsung product runs on the same Linux-based Tizen OS which, no matter how good it may be, it will not be able to compete with the likes of Android Wear or Apple Watch, at least in terms of app development.
Why is Gear S2 different?
The new Samsung wearable will be compatible with other Android devices, not just the proprietary Galaxy line.
What changes customers’ perception over the Gear line is the design change. The new S2 smartwatch has a circular screen as opposed to previous rectilinear screens. It also sports a nice sci-fi look with its rubber watch straps all clad in stainless steel, or you can choose the traditional Classic look with standard watch strap logs and a knurled bezel. The Classic Gear S2 is aimed towards the high-end niche market with a leather band and matching black finish, being possible competition for LG Watch Urbane or even Apple Watch.
The regular model will be available in silver case with a white band or dark gray case with gray band.
When it comes to specs, the Samsung smartwatch is on par with most of the devices on the market. It sports a circular 1.2-inch display with a resolution of 360 x 360 and a rotating bezel. The bezel requires some attention as this is where the smartwatch has its home and back buttons (you will use them to deal with notifications). The device also gets you built-in NFC that is supposed to make mobile payments easier in the near future. Samsung is also promising a battery life length of two to three days.
Under the chassis you will find a dual-core 1GHz processor plus 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage. Samsung Gear S2 sets you up with a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a heart-rate monitor and a barometer. The smartwatch will have two different versions, a chubby 13.4mm model with built-in 3G and a slimmer version at 11.5mm without 3G. The “fatter” version gets a 3mAh battery whereas the slimmer one gets a 250 mAh cell.
The 3G version of Gear S2 lets you make phone calls and access apps without having to tether your smartphone.
Both Samsung S2 Gear versions get Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth 4.1. The smartwatch is IP68 dust and water resistant which should be a given for any self-respecting smartwatch,to be honest.
Gear S2 keeps its screen active at all times so that you can easily see the time, as it should happen with a watch, after all. No need for you to wave your hands around like a lunatic to make that accelerometer work.
The worst part of the Samsung Gear S2 is the Tizen OS, which makes it less compelling on the market. It does have third party apps,but they are few and inconsistent with what Android and Apple third party devs can do, at least for the moment. A redeeming quality of the smartwatch is the user interface accompanied by the watch faces.
Gear S2 manages to break free from the minuses of the previous Gear smartwatch series and it finally shows us what Samsung is all about. A new and much improved design plus a nice interface and rotating bezels will definitely make the Gear S2 stand out. Look-wise, it is one of the best-looking smartwatches out there, proving that Samsung’s change of aesthetic choices could make it rule the mobile world again!
Samsung Gear S2 is finally shown to us in all of its teaser splendor as Samsung releases the teaser video from the Unpacked event. The smartwatch will be officially unveiled at the IFA in Berlin in a couple of weeks, but now we can see for ourselves just what the teaser was all about.
The video of this Samsung Gear S2 device shows its most preeminent features such as the user interface. We can also see some shots of the watch faces, weather apps and maps and the stopwatch UI. Since it does not all look like stock Android Wear, we can safely assume that the device will have some form of custom Samsung software like Tizen. The device also hints at a built-in heart rate monitor.
The Gear S2 will have apps positioned in a ring of thumbnails and we will also have a rotating bezel. The UI itself seems to be built around the navigational ring. This could very well be one of the contenders for Apple’s smartwatch.
The video shows a Samsung Gear S2 with a possibly metallic body and a Super AMOLED panel. Under the chassis you should find something like a 1.2 GHz Samsung Exynos 3472 chipset with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. The device should support Wi-Fi, call support and 3G.
The Gear S2 will be officially released on September 3rd, in Berlin. That’s about all we know about it so far, folks!
Samsung pulled a fast one on us today when it teased us the new Galaxy Gear S2; we thought we would have to wait until September to know more about it. But now we can at least see it in its entire splendor because it is part of a fashion shoot.
Samsung usually partners with high fashion companies that help them create strange or unique accessories that may make the public cringe. This time the photo shoot was different because it was meant to showcase the newest devices coming out the door. The Easter egg in some of them is the Galaxy Gear S2. The new phones Note 5 and S6 Edge + are also portrayed in a desirable fashion.
The S2 smartwatch appears in two photos and kind of takes the light of the show and it doesn’t even look that big. The photos show a nice mélange between fashion industry and technology. The phones and smartwatch are shown as the most prized possession or ultimate accessory.
The fashion is questionable at best – at least by style editors’ opinion – and some even call it “fashion-for-fashion’s-sake”. Some don’t find these images seductive at all, but is every ad out there really supposed to be sexual and over-sensual in overtly trying to sell a product?
We will have to wait until September for more info on the Gear S2, but when that time comes we will definitely discover what the new smartphone is all about.