Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Review

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Wearables in general--and smartwatches in particular--are among the hottest tech trends of today. Despite a great deal of hullabaloo over these devices, though, many aren’t quite finding them as compelling as you might think. As a result, there’s a sense that no one has yet figured out the secret sauce that makes a wearable / smartwatch a "much have" device.

Samsung is at the forefront of the smartwatch push, looking to develop that perfect swoon-worthy device. The company is already on the second generation of its smartwatch line with its Gear 2, the wearable that we’re looking at today.

Samsung makes some fine mobile devices, but the smartwatch is a different beast than a smartphone or tablet. Is the Gear 2 the smartwatch we’ve been waiting for?

Samsung Gear 2
Specifications & Features


Battery Life:

1.63-inch Super AMOLED
2MP autofocus photo/video
Rubber and metal
IP67 certified dust and water resistant
Heart Rate Sensor
2-3 days (typical usage)
6 days (low usage)
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
$299.99, find it @ Amazon

The Gear 2 features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display and is housed in a pretty yet sturdy brushed-metal chassis. The watchband itself is rubber with a metal clasp, and the whole thing is IP67-certified dust and water resistant.

Under the (tiny) hood, there lies several sensors including an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a heart rate sensor, and if you can believe it, there’s a 2MP camera embedded on one side. The Gear 2 also offers Bluetooth 4.0 LE to connect to not just your smartphone but also devices such as wireless headphones.

Samsung promises that you can get 2-3 days of life out of the Gear 2’s battery under typical usage, and up to 6 days with “low usage”.

For such a tiny device, those aren’t bad specs to be sure, but it’s important to note a thing or two about the Gear 2 right off the bat. First, it is very much an accessory, designed to enhance the experience of using your smartphone (although some of the functionality works quite nicely on its own). Without being Bluetooth-connected to a smartphone, for example, it can’t make calls, send texts, or view emails, and it possesses no ability to connect with the Internet on its own. (I.e., you can’t browse the web with it--not that you’d want to on such a tiny screen.)

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Dave_HH 6 months ago

I didn't think I'd like something this geek but these are pretty cool!

MtheoryDb 6 months ago

Today I got my first Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch from Amazon. Awesome gadget @ 299$. Check it out guys:

acarzt 6 months ago

I want a smart watch or some other wearable tech for excersize purposes, but i dont want to spend $300 on it!

RyanHedrick 5 months ago

I'm still waiting on my Hotwatch. Some delays in it's manufacturing from when it was Kickstartered, but I definitely like the hands free calling technology they offer to allow for a private phone call. From the reviews I've read so far it's apparently well executed.

The only thing these devices lack is a good battery. Anything with an AMOLED screen (or really any iteration that is colour) has garbage battery life. Just think of how long a normal cell phone's battery is rated to last, as new apps come out that push the device to the limits of it's design you can watch that sucker drain in under an average work day.

E-Ink is nice in that it is only really needed to update once a change of state is noted which conserves battery life, but still is subject to poor research into designing more efficient batteries.

thabusdriv3r 5 months ago

I'm astonished on how popular these watches are getting. Didn't think there were that many consumers who don't wanna take their phone out and read messages/call. It could be a must have for people who have been watching spy flicks and now they own something very similar or better than how they were portrayed in movies. If things keep looking up for smart watches, expect Rolex to roll out a smart watch that's epic.

MADSKILLZ412 4 months ago

Looks like an awesome choice if you're looking for a smart watch. I've never really been interested in a smart watch because of the small screen, but I can see why they are becoming more and more popular.

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