Samsung Gear S2 Review

Previously, Samsung had some sort of a scattergun approach to wearable devices and it released numerous models that varied in form and functionality. This was a great idea for those who were looking for something that was just different from the lots of similar Android wear devices that had flooded the market.

Today, Samsung has a much better hindsight and its approach to wearable designs is much more cohesive and well thought. The Samsung Gear S2 looks the part and it clearly shows the company went back to the drawing board to craft a truly worth wearable.

The Samsung Gear S2 is an indication that the electronics giant has learnt both from its past successes and failures. The device is comfortable, looks good and its Tizen operating system is perfectly tailored to suit a smartwatch screen. Its interface is also exceptional and makes good use of the tactile rotating bezel.

Display

The Samsung Gear S2 comes with a circular sAMOLED touchscreen which measures 1.2 inches in diameter. Compared to Moto 360 and Huawei Watch, this is a bit smaller. However, its smaller screen does not compromise on its usability. Thanks to its small screen, the resolution of 360 x 360 pixels results into a pixel density of 302 ppi.

In terms of design, the circular displays look much more appealing compared to the square displays seen on Sony Smartwatch 3 and Apple Watch. Compared to the regular AMOLED display, sAMOLED reflects about a fifth as much sunlight thus giving you exceptional viewing even in direct sunlight. With an always on screen option, this wearable gives you an easy way to check time without the need to wake the screen.

Design and Comfort

The Samsung Gear S2 comes in two slightly different models; the classic and standard. While the standard model has a rubber strap complete with a sporty appeal, the classic model looks a bit traditional and comes with a leather strap. The standard model measures 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4 mm while the classic model which is slightly smaller measures 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4 mm. Despite having slightly larger dimensions compared to their closest rivals, these wearables are less bulky and feel much smaller. Its weight of 47 grams makes it comfortable to wear even for extended periods of time.

Battery Life

This wearable is paired with a 250 mAh battery which lasts for 2 to 3 days if the always on display option is turned off and 1.5 days when it is on. At about 5% to flat battery, the device will prompt you to either charge it or activate the battery saving mode that will stretch it a bit longer. It takes about an hour to charge the battery and it also supports the QI wireless charging.

Interface

Just like any other smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2 alerts you whenever you receive emails, texts, as well as other smartphone notifications which you can either interact with or dismiss.

With a one gigahertz processor, an impressive 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage; the Samsung Gear S2 is worth owning because its performance is impressive.

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