Samsung Gear 2: How I experienced it
When it was launched back in 2013, the Samsung Galaxy Gear stole the headlines. Not only was it a product of one of the largest technology giants, but it came with a series of features that made it just as bad as it was good. Some said that the device had poor battery life, a boring design, and even a limited number of apps. For the price of three hundred dollars, there had to have been better alternatives.
Yet nothing seems to beat Samsung when it comes to consistency, so here we are doing a review of the Samsung Gear 2.
The device has definitely evolved since its first version was launched. There are several differences between the two variants. For instance, the camera is in the main watch housing instead of the strap.
The top of the face of the watch doesn’t seem to be covered in tiny screws anymore, as was the case with the original model. There’s a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display under which a single button resides. Other improvements include a dual-core 1GHz chip and a 300mAh battery. Features such as waterproofing and dust resistance are a part of the deal, as are an optical heart rate monitor and IR blaster.
Several key hardware details remain unchanged, from the Bluetooth 4.0 and 4GB of storage to the accelerometer and microphone.
The Samsung Gear 2 works with a vast array of Samsung devices. Users can link their other mobile devices to the unit after connecting via Bluetooth and downloading the Gear Manager app from the Samsung app store. When it comes to software, Gear 2’s main deviation from the old model is that it works on Tizen instead of Android. What this means for the end-user is that they won’t be able to use the same apps they once did if they owned the first version of the watch.
At the time it was released, the Gear Manager app was updated quite frequently, which is why users were able to download and use new apps that were similar to those of the old version.
How does it perform in the user’s hand?
Some say the Samsung Gear 2 has a serious lack of compelling apps. Others seem to dislike the Gmail notifications, as they don’t have the freedom to use the actual watch to respond to messages they’ve received. Instead, they need to involve their Samsung smartphone.
As for the user experience, the device seems to perform well. The new music player app allows consumers to load the songs they have on their phones or desktops directly onto the Gear 2. Since battery life is a primary consideration, it is worth mentioning that the battery of Gear 2 last three times as long as that of the original.
Users may also find appeal in the several apps that can help them keep tabs on their health.
With a smartwatch, you’re not going to get the highest quality camera. In this case, for instance, the camera is a minor improvement, with its 1.9-megapixel resolution and 720p video shooting. If you’re looking for high-quality shots, you’re better off using a separate photo camera or your smartphone. However, if you tend to use any camera, regardless of the quality of the shots, for scrapbooking or other purposes, you’ll be more than satisfied with the Samsung Gear 2 camera.
How does the Gear 2 compare with its competitors?
Some of the other options that currently exist on the market, although more expensive, are certainly worth a look. Several interesting alternatives include the Pebble Steel, the Qualcomm Toq, and Sony’s SmartWatch 2.
The bottom line
Samsung has undoubtedly made some improvements to the Gear, ranging from the aesthetics to the battery life. The limited number of apps might still be a problem for some users, but the device definitely has what most smartwatch lovers require.
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