Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 / SM-R380 / SM-R3800
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Samsung Gear 2
8 July 2014
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: I have to give Samsung credit where credit is due: it has addressed a lot of the problems of its first generation smartwatch with the Gear 2. It’s sleeker, faster, lasts longer on a charge, and lets you easily swap the band. The addition of step tracking and fitness coaching are also nice improvements. It’s the best smartwatch Samsung has created, and it’s definitely better than the Galaxy Gear or the fitness-focused Gear Fit for pretty much everything.
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.
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: 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.
Pros: The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch delivers an improved design, better notifications, a heart rate monitor, and basic fitness tracking offer a lot of extras. It's water-resistant, too.
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.
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.