Samsung Gear S2: Review, Specs and Prices
Smartwatches are still in their infancy. While we are now well acquainted with smartphones, it will still take us some more time before smartwatches become a trend and is seen on every wrist. But we are reaching there. Samsung’s new Gear S2 smartwatches assure us of the bright future of these devices.
To begin with Samsung Gear S2 comes in stunning looks and you will immediately fall for the beauty of it. Last year Samsung gave us a happy surprise in the form of S6 and S6 edge with beautiful product design. Gear S2 is another gem in the south- korean giant’s crown. But looks are not the best part about this gadget. We are yet to talk about the specifications, UX, Prices etc. Lets review each of them
Samsung Gear S2 comes in three variants- Standard Gear S2, Gear S2 classic, Gear S2 classic 3G. Standard Gear 2 comes in silver and dark grey and flaunts a sporty look. Gear S2 classic on the other hand is less sporty and more traditional thereby justifying the name “Classic”. It is also a thinner and lighter than Standard Gear S2.Gear S2 3G looks exactly same as standard Gear S2 but comes with an eSIM and speaker.
User can make calls and connect to internet via GPS. Gear S2 is one of the first devices to have eSIM where in user can change the operator without having to physically change the SIM. In addition to this, the 3G variants also has a slightly bigger battery at 300mAh whereas the other two variants have 250mAh battery.
Your fitness tracker
Gear S2 is loaded with amazing trackers which enable 24 hours activity tracking, auto recognition of the activity type as inactive or easy or good activity. What is even better is the way clock face change with your activity. If the smartwatch does not notice any activity, the watch face will change grey to indicate the same.
At the same time it will also give inactivity alerts and small nudge for you to get moving. Now that is called smart!
You can track your caffeine intake, water intake, calorie intake and use S Health apps to track our fitness.
Gear S2 runs on Samsung’s own Tizen OS and can be coupled with any Android phone that runs Android Version 4.4 & has 1.5GB RAM. It can also be coupled with iPhone but will you can only use limited features with iPhone.
In order to setup Gear S2 with your phone you will have to install Samsung Gear S2 app and Samsung Gear app as well. These apps help you customize watch by setting watch face, app layout, configurations, push media etc. Samsung is trying hard to build a rich app eco system around Tizen.
This is one area where Gear S2 lack heavily. It doesn’t have the whole range of apps that its contemporaries like Moto360 and Apple watch are blessed to have.
When using Gear S2 you will also have to deal with the hassle of S voice which is not as good as Google Now or Siri.
Gear S2 classic is available at Rs.25,800/-. Standard gear S2 is available at 24,300 and Standard Gear S2 3G. These are available at all popular online retail stores.
But even with its limitations, Samsung has definitely set a benchmark for good design in smartwatches. We can only hope to move ahead from here on.