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.
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 ’s next smartwatch is said to be smarter, better and easier to navigate. Plus, is will change its design a little bit and slim its bezels down! The next Galaxy Gear will reportedly have a round rotatable bezel that will be used for navigation and zoom in and out of photos. The round face of the device is a given considering that it will facilitate rotating the bezels for easier content access.
The info was relayed at the Tizen Developer Summit 2015 held in Bangalore, India, last week. This is pretty much all we know about it so far, as no other details were unveiled to the public.
Will the new Galaxy Gear device save Samsung ’s smartwatch line?
The new Samsung smartwatch is codenamed Orbis, but its final name is allegedly Gear A. It is supposed to run on Tizen, Samsung’s own watch software. It is possible that the device will be unveiled on August 13th, at a press event, when the South Korean manufacturer will launch its two phablets, Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus. The gear watches have not been so well received, which means this could be a great step towards acceptance or the final nail in the coffin.
The new Galaxy gear device is rumored to have 768MB of RAM plus 4GB of storage and lots of sensors: a Wi-Fi chip, a GPS and a heart rate sensor, plus a digital crown win an undisclosed function.
Considering the fact that Apple is munching on high-end content and the Chinese manufacturers are taking over the low-end spectrum of the market, Samsung finds itself in a tough position that only toughens with every passing day. We shall see if they manage to get back on the high horse with their newest devices as sales have dipped across its entire smartphone line.