Samsung S2 Gears is the new concept of wearable the Korean House. A smartwatch renewing completely the ecosystem on which it is based, software Tizen makes it more open thanks to compatibility with all Android smartphones KitKat with at least 1.5 GB of RAM and above all completely changes the type of interaction. Let’s find out in the full review.
Hardware, Materials and ergonomics:
Gear S2 has a Circular display Super AMOLED by 1.2 inches with a resolution of 360×360 pixels (302ppi), a dual-core processor 1.2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of built in memory, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1. The drums from 250mAh lithium (300mAh on 3 g version) offers about a day of actual use and has wireless charging.
The Gear S2 is IP68 certificate and is resistant to water and dust. As sensors have accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light, pulse and barometer. The smartwatch is characterized by a new user interface that can be handled by the rotation of the bezel and side keys. It measures 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4 mm (47g) for Standard, 39.9 x 43.6 x Gear S2 11.4 mm (4.5 mm) to 44.0 51.8 x 13.4 x S2 classic Gear and mm (1.8 oz) for Gear S2 3 g.
Samsung S2 and S2 Gears Gears Classic features:
|Display||1.2 “, circular display Super AMOLED, 360×360, 302ppi|
|Processor||1.0 GHz dual core|
|OS||Tizen optimized for wearable platform|
|Audio||Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC +/eAAC +
Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
|Memory||Storage: 4 GB internal memory/RAM: 512 MB|
-Contacts, Notices, Messages, Emails,
-Predefined messages, Voice Input, Emoticons, keypad
|Health & Fitness:
-S Health, Nike + Running
-Schedules, News, Maps & Gps, Weather
-Music Player, Photo
-S Voice, Voice Memo, Find My Device, Power Saving Mode,
Safety assistance, block privacy
|IP68 Certified Dust and Water Resistant|
|Samsung||Samsung Gear Apps|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth ® 4.1
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heartbeat, Brightness, Barometer|
|Dimensions||49.8 x 42.3 x 11.4 mm S2 gear (47g)
39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4 gear S2 classic: mm (42g)
2 ~ 3 days average utilization duration
Data source: topschoolsoflaw.com
The case is made of metal and rubber strap fits all wrists. The size of the dial is too small or too big and just talking. The weight also allows you to wear very well the clock without straining your wrist.
Construction therefore very good although the design at first glance, especially of the stardard version is less impact than other round smartwatch. The Classic is different and perhaps more elegant or more like a normal clock.
Software, Use and autonomy:
We’re practically at the first public version of the new circular and undoubtedly the work done with Tizen Ui from Samsung is great. Not only the system is fast, responsive and fluid, but also the interaction is very intuitive using touch combined with the rotating bezel. On balance the focus ring is a tool to control and allows you to have different functionality or proprietary compared to the touch but still very comfortable and above all the movement is extremely accurate, so much so that in everyday we often used instead of touch.
The intuitivà of the OS is good, a bit complex in advanced management of responses and with some menu too but it is a matter of familiarising a bit at the beginning to be then fine.
Very good organization of the menus with the left part dedicated to notifications and the right side (accessible with swype or turning the lock) dedicated to applications and functionality.Programs that are already so many and for interacting with leading messaging systems and software. Notifications are complete or even possible, for supported programs that are as WathsApp, respond vocally, through gif or even with a text written by keyboard on the clock (not so handy but … you can do).
S-Voice is the engine for voice control that allows you to activate the clock or to insert text and execute commands. The possibility of connecting the smartwatch to our device using a Wi-Fi network. In this case you will not need to be within range of the bluetooth but, for example, you can see notifications, calls and reply to messages with the phone in the Office while on lunch break under WiFi coverage of your favorite bar.
There are many other possible uses and interaction that we showed in detail on video and that also allow you to manage the maps with S2 and exploit a number of other features for Gear. A level of customization are various Watch Face and dials that are increasing and that can be downloaded from Samsung Apps.
Many therefore the characteristics of S2 but collide with autonomy. Unfortunately, actively using the watch, it will be difficult to do more than a day of 14/16 hours of use. The battery is not very big though the induction charging is certainly convenient. Too bad the absence, at the time, function “night table” while charging.
Samsung Gear S2 is definitely the best Samsung smartwatch that completely changes the approach to Tizen and previous Gear and that allows all owners of Android to exploit it (with limitations HW). It is probably the smart watch with great interaction and we do not deny that after using it we would like to have the rotating bezel on all the smartwatch, Apple and Android.
Being the first software release is highly likely to arrive soon new features, implementations and solutions given that Samsung still follows good Tizen ecosystem. Applications are the current limit because they are clearly less than Android Wear and Apple Watch but the main there are and many more will come in the future.
The price of £ 349.99 for the Gear S2 and 379 € the Classic is not particularly aggressive but in line with key competitors and, anyway, the online marketplace will make them more palatable.Only real drawback the inability to answer calls as was possible on some previous models.