Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 / SM-R380
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24 August 2014
Conclusion: With the Gear 2, Samsung has improved on its original Gear smartwatch, refining the design and switching over the OS to improve its battery - but it still feels unconvincing, unnecessary and flawed. There's a few aspects to like, such as it automatically turning on when you move your wrist towards you, as well as the fitness aspects, but ultimately, it doesn't make using your phone any easier or convenient.
Pros: The original Galaxy Gear smartwatch was by no means a looker, as it was rather bulky and unsightly - thankfully, Samsung has streamlined its successor, and it's a much slicker item of wrist wear that actually looks like a proper watch. Gone from the strap is the watch's camera - instead, it's been integrated into the top of the watch's upper edge, meaning you can swap in different watch straps - while the four rivets on the face of the Galaxy Gear have now been elimin...
Cons: Unfortunately, while Samsung has steadily improved the overall smartwatch package, it still falls short on both being a watch, and frankly, being smart. While its battery life has been improved, it still only lasts around three days, meaning you'll have to charge it up at least twice a week - not ideal when you want to rely on your timepiece for, well, the time. The switch to Tizen has meant that there's even fewer apps than before - we're still waiting for many of th...
Excerpt: The wearable space is exploding. But that goes with out saying. In fact, Gadget Review and Techzulu just wrapped our first wearable event. We had an assortment of exhibitors on hand, including Melon, Muse, and others. Unfortunately, Samsung declined to attend, though that didn’t stop us from showing off their Gear smartwatch in conjunction with two Cadillac vehicles.
Conclusion: Up to this point, it is fair to say that smartwatches haven't quite captivated consumers in the way other smart devices have. Are we just incredibly spoiled when it comes to our mobile devices? A smartwatch is a computer on your wrist for crying out loud. That use to be the stuff of science fiction. Making calls on the Gear 2 was quite an experience, and the camera performance certainly exceeded expectations.
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
Summary: The Gear 2 offers a smorgasbord of features, including a camera, the ability to make calls, a heart-rate monitor, apps and a remote control. While all of these features are useful, the main purpose of any smartwatch is to provide key information at a glance so you don't have to whip out your phone.
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.
Excerpt: This is the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and it’s only been seven months since the Gear 1. So what happened, why the need for a sequel so soon into the smartwatch game? The Gear 1 was downright terrible, with poor battery life, a confusing interface and the sex appeal of a cabbage. It’s corrected slightly with the Gear 2 which is at least seven times better looking than the Gear 1.
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.