There’s a watch, and then there’s a watch. You know what we mean; there’s a huge difference between a Casio and a Patek Phillipe. One’s mass-produced on a factory line while the other is handcrafted by a skilled artisan from the finest materials.
When it comes to smartwatches, however, the best one can do if in the market for a ludicrously extravagant smartwatch is to buy an Apple Watch Edition, which has an 18-carat rose gold or yellow gold case and a price tag to go with it. But what if you don’t have an iPhone or an iPad to sync it with? What then? Well you can settle for the likes of the Tag Heuer Connected or Breitling Exospace - watch manufacturers that have teamed up with technology companies like google and intel.
Of course, if you are well enough off to drop £9,000 on a smartwatch, you’d simply go out and buy a new iPhone to use with your new Apple Watch Edition. But for those who aren’t all too keen on Apple products, there is now another option thanks to Samsung who have launched two new high-end versions of their Gear S2 smartwatch.
Gold and Platinum
They are called the Samsung Gear S2 Classic Rose Gold and Samsung Gear S2 Platinum, and as their names suggest, they have either an 18-carat rose gold plated case or a platinum-plated case. Eagle-eyed readers will immediately spot the plated part, and yes, we can confirm that unlike the Apple Watch Edition which has a solid gold case, the S2 has lesser plated cases in a move which we can only put down to cost-savings.
On that front, Samsung hasn’t revealed pricing yet but speaking with Pocket-Lint, a Samsung representative said that they will be less than the most expensive Apple Watch Edition models. So, they will be under £13,500 at least.
S2 TechIn terms of features and technology, it’s standard Gear S2 affair. The Rose Gold and Platinum models have a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED display with 360x360 resolution powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor. Internal memory is the same at 4GB and the new models have IP68 dust and water resistance too. The 250mAh battery charges wirelessly and will provide 2-3 days usage and a range of sensors including an accelerometer, gyroscope and heart rate sensor provide the usual fitness tracking capabilities smartwatches are known for.
Overall, we like the Rose Gold and Platinum Gear S2’s. Sure, they are going to be really expensive, but there are worse investments one could make and there are certainly worse smartwatches on the market. In fact, the Gear S2 is among the best Android Wear devices on the planet; it’s a real alternative to the Moto 360 and Apple Watch.
So if you have plenty of cash and you want a luxury smartwatch, you could do worse than Samsung’s, although we can’t help but think you’d get more satisfaction from a standard S2.