Samsung Gear S2

Introducing your new watch, the Samsung Gear S2.

The Gear S2 comes in two different versions, which are the Classic and the Standard. The difference between the two versions is purely aesthetic; the Classic model has a glossy steel body and ridged dial and it is slightly thinner and lighter, whereas the Standard model has a matte steel body and smooth dial and is slightly thicker and heavier.

Which you will prefer comes down to personal preference, however we’d say that the Classic is more of a dress watch, while the Standard is more of a sports watch. But whichever takes your fancy, if you are looking for a smartwatch that makes a statement, then nothing comes close to the Samsung Gear S2. There are a few smartwatches that do ‘round’ well, and then there’s the Gear S2, which has a snazzy rotating bezel that’s as fun to use and as intuitive as the iPod’s rotating bezel all those years ago (remember them!?).

Rotating Bezel

In use, that rotating bezel dominates the user experience. Rotate it, and you have quick access to applications including fitness, weather, calendar, music, remote and heart rate. It’s a really cool way of navigating the watch and we have to say it’s one of those features which once you’ve used, you’ll embarrassingly start trying to rotate the bezels on other watches because it really is that intuitive. But the Gear S2 isn’t a one-trick pony, of course.

The Gear S2 impresses with its build quality, first and foremost. The glossy steel case of the Classic model exudes class and the matte steel case of the Standard model feels reassuringly rugged, and being IP68 certified, both models of the Gear S2 are dust proof and water resistant to over 1.5 metres. So they’re as functional as they are stylish. And it’s not like they are bulky either; the Classic has a 40mm case while the Standard has a 42mm case.

Both models have a 1.2-inch round Super AMOLED display protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The display produces a pixel density of 326 ppi and being the same panel found on Samsung’s smartphones, colours pop and text and applications look sensational.

Inside, there’s an accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, ambient light sensor and a barometer. The Gear S2 will track your fitness like the best fitness bands, and Samsung says you will get around 2 days’ worth of battery life from the 250mAh battery.

Tizen Operating System

Uniquely, the Gear S2 runs Samsung’s operating system Tizen, as opposed to the popular Android Wear. The experience this offers is an intuitive and fun one, and it’s important to point out that the watch’s rotating bezel wouldn’t be anywhere near as useful if the watch was running Android. The S2’s dual-core processor runs Tizen perfectly and we’d say that the experience is actually a little smoother than you will find on Android Wear.

Overall, then, the Samsung Gear S2 is an excellent smartwatch. It’s a very, very good choice, and we thoroughly recommend it.


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