Excerpt: Wearables in general--and smartwatches in particular--are among the hottest tech trends of today. Despite a great deal of hullabaloo over these devices, though, many aren’t quite finding them as compelling as you might think. As a result, there’s a sense that no one has yet figured out the secret sauce that makes a wearable / smartwatch a "much have" device.
Pros: Excellent build quality and design, Superb Display, Impressive camera, speaker, and mic quality
Cons: Relies too much on companion device, Unable to perform many functions, Dearth of available apps, Pricey
Summary: This is the year of the smartwatch. This is the year when all of our wrist-mounted computer dreams are going to come true. Or at least that’s what’s expected based on the hype surrounding wearables. But for Samsung, it’s actually year two of the smartwatch, a second round to right the wrongs committed by its first effort, last year’s Galaxy Gear .
Pros: Much improved design, Great display, Can change straps
Cons: Interface is still clunky, Battery life isn’t great, Only works with Samsung devices
Excerpt: Time flies when you're Samsung. Just half a year after the Korean company shipped its first smartwatch -- the Galaxy Gear -- Samsung has rolled out its next smartwatch, the Gear 2. Like its predecessor, the Gear 2 allows you to take photos, make calls, issue voice commands, send messages and get alerts, all on your wrist. The new watch features a few improvements, including changeable wrist straps, an IR port, a heart-rate monitor and water resistance.
Pros: Good call quality, Durable attractive design, Colorful display, Loud and clear voice calls, Convenient remote-control app
Cons: Screen doesn't stay lit, Expensive, Few apps, Difficult wrist strap, UI requires too many swipes
Samsung Gear 2 Review: There Has To Be A Better Way
14 May 2014
Summary: I think the simplest way to put it is this: Samsung looks at its smartwatches as a mission to downsize the smartphone experience and put it on your wrist - it literally advertised the first Gear as a wrist phone. But that's exactly what a smartwatch should not be. A smartwatch should augment and enhance the functionality of your smartphone, not seek to emulate it. The catch, of course, is that doing one of these things is much harder than the other.
Summary: The Samsung Gear 2 is a stylish smartwatch packed with features but has limited appeal due to small list of compatible devices. It's still too bulky and many of those features don't work well or are unnecessary. Then there's the high price tag which means unless what the Gear 2 has to offer is genuinely what you want a smartwatch for, you'll be better off elsewhere.
Samsung Gear 2 review: Limited support makes it really hard to recommend
23 April 2014
Summary: The Samsung Gear 2 is available for a sum of Rs 21,550, which is about the same as the Galaxy Gear launch price. Compared to its predecessor, the Gear 2 offers much more value in terms of features and performance. It looks and feels better, has a boat-load of features and makes a good companion if you’re a fitness freak.
Review: We wear Samsung’s Gear 2 and Gear Fit so you don’t have to
21 April 2014
Conclusion: I should admit, this was my first foray into long-term smartwatch use, so I want to be careful not to dwell too much on my personal, "do I really need one of these devices?" bias. (With one exception: I'd have liked an easy "blackout" shortcut so that I could stop the watches from lighting up and vibrating when I was out with friends—or more critically, if I were to see a film or a play.
Conclusion: The Galaxy Gear 2 and the Gear Neo 2 will be available in Black, Grey and Orange while the Gear 2 will also come in a gold-ish brown and a full metal watch face, much like the original. Both versions of the new Galaxy Gear 2 will be available in April for a yet to be determined price, although I would expect the Neo to sell for much less than the regular Galaxy Gear 2 due to the lack of a camera and premium watch face.
Summary: Samsung has moved one step nearer to producing a perfect smartwatch with the Gear 2 Neo. It’s a better price than the Gear 2 – thanks to the plastic chassis and lack of snapper. Wearable tech is not quite perfect yet, but it’s getting there.
Conclusion: For £250, the Gear 2 is cheaper than its predecessor, which retailed for £300 when it launched in the UK, but it is still rather pricey for what it does. The fitness tracking features are a nice bonus, but the Gear 2 offers a feature set limited by the Android phone it is attached to, although it saves on fishing the phone out of your pocket to take calls.
Pros: High end design and build quality, good screen, fun to use, bursting with fitness features, improved battery life, updated camera position.
Cons: Limited to working with only Samsung Galaxy devices., Still seems somewhat pointless, like most smartwatches.