Samsung Gear 2 Hands-on (MWC 2014)

February 24, 2014
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    The Samsung Galaxy Gear received a tepid response at best, mostly because of its limited functions, design, poor battery life, and lack of compatibility with anything other than the Galaxy Note 3 at launch– with support for other Samsung devices added later following a software update.

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    For the second generation of the smartwatch, Samsung ditched the Galaxy branding, and along with it, Android. Powering the Galaxy Gear 2 is Tizen, Samsung’s long-coming and much talked about Linux-based operating system that was just introduced at MWC.

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    In terms of design, the Gear 2 isn’t straying too far from the direction set with the first generation, but overall, it’s slimmer, lighter, and better looking. Instead of an awkward bulge on the strap, the Gear 2 seamlessly integrates the camera inside its body. Moreover, the strap itself is thinner and more flexible, which makes the device feel better on the wrist. Straps are now interchangeable too, with color options including black, brown, and orange, along with some customizable designer options, so you can adapt your Gear 2 to your own style.

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    The button that was on the side of the original Galaxy Gear has now been moved to the front, replicating the look of the physical home button found the Galaxy smartphones. Functionality is still restricted to it being a sleep/wake button though.

    I mentioned the poor battery life of the original Galaxy Gear, which would barely make it through a day, with moderate usage. The battery life of the Gear 2 is a vast improvement, to a very reasonable 2 – 3 days with “typical usage,” and up to 6 days with low usage. This battery performance is certainly very impressive, especially when you consider that the battery capacity is actually a bit smaller than the original.

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    It’s not just about looks. With the Gear 2, you also get a faster processor, an IR blaster to control your TV, and a heart rate monitor located on the back of the unit, making the Gear 2 a viable option for fitness buffs.

    Overall, the Gear 2 is great second attempt and a solid update to the road opening Galaxy Gear, and if the price is right, it’s definitely going to find a lot more success than its predecessor.

    Samsung Gear 2 specifications

    Display1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
    CPU1GHz dual-core processor
    RAM512MB
    CameraGear 2: 2MP auto focus (1920x1080, 1080x1080, 1280x960)
    Gear 2 Neo: None
    ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0 LE, IrLED
    VideoCodec: H.264, H.263
    Format: 3GP, MP4
    HD(720p, @30fps) Playback & Recording
    AudioCodec: MP3/AAC/AMR/Vorbis
    Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
    SensorAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate
    Storage4GB Internal Memory
    Battery Li-ion 300mAh
    Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days
    Other featuresIP67 Certified Dust and Water Resistant, Noise Cancellation
    DimensionsGear 2 : 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g
    Gear 2 Neo : 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g
    Changeable Strap
    Color Options
    Gear 2 : Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange
    Gear 2 Neo : Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange

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    What do you think of the Samsung Gear 2, impressed by their second attempt or not? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

    Comments

    • Shark Bait

      Future samsung marketing material:

      Do you feel embarrassed using your new, ugly galaxy s5 when your with your iPhone friends?? Or HTC friends?? Or Sony friends??? Well feel embarrassed no more , because we made you an ugly watch so you don’t have to look at your ugly phone !!!

      • Albert Espinosa

        I have never own a Samsung device (Nexus owner) because of the software and cheap plastic, etc.. but the GS5 does look more durable and premium.. and the watch looks very VERY nice in compare with the old Gear. Don’t like it? Go away.

        • Shark Bait

          I’m comparing it to other flagships, and I don’t think its good enough.

          As for watches, they are a thing of style and a status symbol. I don’t think any smart watch is nice at all

          • Nicci

            What a status symbol a watch must be, if someone who spends his or her time participating in online discussions can afford it… Impressive stuff.

            • Shark Bait

              Was that a dig at people who comment online? You do realise nearly everyone these days comments online????

      • Jesus

        If you’re going to make fun of something, anti samsung fanboy, at least BE FUNNY.

    • Bob Reilley

      If its not compatible with non Samsung phones then it’s no better than than the original gear.

    • jaketyler27

      its shame theres still no gps.. would ditch my nike gps watch asap for this otherwise. hopefully gear 3 will!

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