The Samsung Gear S2 is arguably one of the most important milestones in smartwatches this year: it is the first mass produced smartwatch that can work independently from your smartphone in its 3G model.
While Samsung officially unveiled the Gear S2 at IFA 2015, up until today, we had no details about its price or release date. Thanks to some inside sources leaking information, though, those details are now showing up: the Gear S2 will allegedly make its official debut on October 2nd in the United States. This is the release date for the regular Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, while the 3G version will arrive later on.
Limited availability for 3G Gear S2
What's particularly interesting (and disappointing to many) is that the 3G model of the Gear S2, the one that can work independently from your phone, will only be sold in the United States and Korea. So far, we have no details whether this limited availability is due to carrier constraints, and whether you would be able to import a Gear S2 3G from the US/Korea and have it work with an e-SIM in your country, but some comments from Samsung executives suggest that support for e-SIM is still not widespread in Europe, and that's one of the reasons for the limited availability of that particular version.
When it comes to prices, here is the breakdown:
Samsung Gear S2: $350
Samsung Gear S2 3G model: $400
Samsung Gear S2 Classic: $400
Basically, this puts the Gear S2 on par with the Apple Watch Sport model, Apple's most affordable and most popular timepiece. Which one of the two would you prefer?
S2 Classic, day one purchase, have been using Samsung Pay Beta with my GS6 for the last week and a half and it is awesome. Cashiers are always blown away by how it works. Looking forward to paying with the watch now.
22.devon613(Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
IVE HAD MINE FOR 2 WEEKS AND USED IT AT EVERY LOCATION EVEN OLD TERMINALS AND SAMSUNG PAY DELIVERED I WAS ACTUALLY SURPRISED WHEN IT WORKED I DONT EVEN USE NFC EITHER I HAVE IT TURNED OFF SO SAMSUNG IS WINNING WITH THIS FEATURE....I CANT WAIT FOR THE WATCH ITS GO BE AWESOME.
The old school swipe reader works amazingly well. I am surprised at how good it works actually. It is faster than Google Wallet NFC, it almost works instantly. I have my NFC turned off actually right now also.
There are a bunch of video's on Youtube that show it better than I can explain. I have a Bank of America card, so it is part of the beta testing. In about 10 days it will be official and hopefully support more banks. As of right now, it works perfectly. I used it at Walgreens and it was quicker than Google Wallet NFC.
One works with Android, the other with iOS, so I don't even think they compete with one another at all. On looks alone, I would never buy the Apple watch. It looks like a square Chinese LED watch from 1980. Also, almost every single comparative review has said the rotating bezel works better than the digital crown. The battery life on the S2 is supposedly way better too, but we have to wait for reviews to confirm. IP68 (S2) vs. IPX7 (Apple)...
Neither. In my opinion, smartwatches still do not have enough function to be worth paying out over $180. They seem to be more like advanced fitness trackers. Yea they look cool but that is about it. If I had to pay out, I would probably go for the OG moto 360 based on its $150 price tag
you can get the gear s for 99 at bestbuy right now, i will tell you the latest update to androidwear has is lasting a very long time 8-10 hours is about 23% and i love texting from it, its second nature now and asking questings.
the latest update made it very fluid, and smooth.
Doesn't really matter the 3G version isn't coming to UK since many networks don't really care if people tether other devices to their phone.
But America is very different with miniscule data caps and insane prices for tariffs allowing tethering so I know I've heard many people getting like 4 different sims for each of their devices and paying hundreds of dollars and still might only get 15gb.
I am contemplating to get a standalone smartwatch device for its convenience without the need of a phone while using it on running activities. Please Samsung release the 3G version Gear S2 in Saudi Arabia.
Day one purchase hands down. I just hope the android apps will work with it. In particular the airlines apps. I like the convenience of scanning my android wear watch at the ticket gates before boarding my plane. Everyone always ask, how do you like your Apple Watch? I tell them Idk this watch runs android... They look so confused...
19.Taters(banned)(Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Not everyone is like Apple. Samsung is willing to take a profit cut to give Canadians a fair price despite our s**t dollar. Apple would charge $499 cdn for the gear S2 sport and $550 for the classic if the U.S. Prices were 350 and 400. Or maybe even worse.
$899 for the iPhone 6s vs what is the American price again? $649?
Besides magazines, cars, and apparently iPhone products(disgusting apple tactics btw)the msrp was never scaled 1:1 based on the dollar value. Each market is different. Sure The North American market is priced more similar than The Asia and Europe markets but it's still not a 1:1 difference.
Even with 3G, its not worth more than 299.99 which is the most I would pay. I think they should sell for $249. Stop trying to match Apple prices because we arent going to pay that for a toy.
I paid 299.99 for the first Gear and My Gear S. Never again. Its worth $250 at the most. No one is going to install that many app on these. They look cool, but that look isnt worth more than $250. I can buy an even cooler looking watch for half that.
23.devon613(Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
ITS WORTH IT FOR ME I ALSO HAD THE GEARS AND I SOLD IT AND AFTER I DID WISH I DIDNT I USE IT BEFORE MY ARENA FOOTBALL GAMES AND TO WORK OUT WITH BLUETOOTH HEADSETS EVERYONE ON MY TEAM WANTED ONE AFTER THEY SEEN ME WITH IT... THEY HAD IPODS WITH CORDS OR ANDROIDS WITH BLUETOOTH HEADSETS AND HAD TO CARRY AROUND HE PHONE AS FOR ME IM JUST RUNNING AROUND WITH A WATCH ON WARMING UP IT WAS AWESOME...MY OTHER REGULAR WATCHES COST ABOUT THE SAME ANYWAY ALL WATCHES ARE OVERPRICED...AT LEAST THIS ONE DOES SOMETHING EXTRA WHEN YOU NEED IT TO ...ITS ALL JEWELRY ANYWAY..