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8.2 out of 10

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 / SM-R380

Great Deal: $299.99

Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 / SM-R380

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Overall 6
6.0

Expert Review

Channel5
3 days ago
  • 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...
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Overall 6
6.0

Ambitious Samsung Gear 2 is not everything, yet

CNET
5 July 2014
  • Summary: Samsung has made strides with the Gear 2, but this smartwatch is on its own island with few apps and Samsung-only device compatibility. At this point, you're better off waiting for Android Wear.
  • Cons: Limited number of apps; poor S-Health fitness app syncing; can only be paired to Samsung phones; camera is an unnecessary extra for the $100 it costs over the Gear 2 Neo.
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Overall 6
6.0

Tizen-based Samsung Gear 2 ditches Android, adds music player (hands-on)

CNET
5 July 2014
  • Summary: Samsung has made strides with the Gear 2, but this smartwatch is on its own island with few apps and Samsung-only device compatibility. At this point, you're better off waiting for Android Wear.
  • Cons: Limited number of apps; poor S-Health fitness app syncing; can only be paired to Samsung phones; camera is an unnecessary extra for the $100 it costs over the Gear 2 Neo.
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Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Review

HotHardware
23 June 2014
  • 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
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Overall 7
6.7
Design 7
7.0
Performance 7
7.0
Battery performance 6
6.0
Display 8
8.0
Software 5
5.0
Speakers 6
6.0

Samsung Gear 2 review

theverge.com
16 June 2014
  • 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
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Overall 6
6.0

Samsung Gear 2

LAPTOP Magazine
19 May 2014
  • 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
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Samsung Gear 2 Review: There Has To Be A Better Way

Android Police
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.
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Samsung Gear 2 review: from a galaxy far away

gearburn.com
3 May 2014
  • 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.
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Samsung Gear 2 review

Techworld
23 April 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 8
7.5

Samsung Gear 2 review: Limited support makes it really hard to recommend

Tech2
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.
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