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Tick-tock on the clock: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo roll onto the scene

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Tick-tock on the clock: Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo roll onto the scene
So, now that Samsung has secured some early lead in the smartwatch space with the Galaxy Gear, it's now willing to cement and expand its presence with not just one, but two new smartwatch models. Ladies and gents (probably just gents), please present your wrists, because the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are here to enhance your mobile lifestyle.

Interestingly, the Gear 2 Neo isn't some kind of a cheaper version of the Gear 2. Well, it might be cheaper, but overall, it's simply designed to be a lighter, camera-free version of the smartwatch. Actually, there aren't that many differences between the two, aside from the missing camera on the Gear Neo, as well as some slightly differences in the dimensions and color options.

The Gear 2 series is sticking with an identically-sized display of 1.63" and a resolution of 320x320 pixels, which seems more than enough for our current understandings of smartwatches. The processor inside both new devices is going to be 1 GHz dual-core CPU of unknown make - hopefully, it's going to deliver good performance (and acceptable battery life).

Samsung Gear 2

Samsung Gear 2

Samsung Gear 2 Neo

Samsung Gear 2 Neo

What's more interesting in these new smartwatches is that they are going to be powered by Tizen. Sadly, Samsung doesn't mention anything specific about this, aside from the fact that users should have access to "an enriched application ecosystem". Still, the manufacturer has made sure that its new wearables will be able to offer some neat features to allure customers. For starters, there's going to be a standalone music player with headset support that's going to let you enjoy your music even when you don't have your phone close to you (which, we guess, happens quite rarely). In addition, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will offer "personal fitness coaching in real time" - this should set you up with a personalized fitness routine, as well as heart rate monitoring. Besides these smartwatch-like features, the new Gears are also going to let you control compatible electronic products, such as TVs and set-top boxes.

As we said, the major difference between the two is that the Gear 2 Neo lacks a camera. Meanwhile, the more versatile Gear 2 is going to have a 2MP camera. However, it's no longer going to be built into the strap; instead, it will be a part of the main watch body.

You'll be able to purchase the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo starting from April, but it looks like Samsung is uncomfortable with letting us know the prices right now. Oh well, what can we do but hope that they will be priced a bit more reasonably than the original Gear? In terms of color options, the Gear 2 will be coming in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange, while the Gear 2 Neo will come in Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange.

One more thing: Samsung has finally... finally made these smartwatches water-resistant! In fact, they are both IP67 certified! So, are you guys digging these new Gear smartwatches?

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posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:08 10

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5202; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Grand Neo, Note 3 Neo, Gear 2 Neo. Who the hell named these devices? Nothing neo at all.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:14

2. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Dyam that wild orange one looks Applelicious. Stole that iwatch color they did.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:19 10

3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5202; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


The iWatch isn't even official yet, plus Apple didn't patent the color, so you can't really say Samsung "stole" the iWatch color. But we all know Apple, they will patent almost everything maybe even colors when they get mad or got kicked in the a**. So, nothing neo about that.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:30 5

9. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Lol isn't that just so annoying when certain people say someone copies apple when apple don't even have a product in that category.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 23:03

25. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


isnt it funny that you dont get sarcasm?!. even if it comes with "whatever that little green guy in star wars name was" voice?!

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:49 3

13. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I was just trying to be funny, about that stealing and stuff, sorry... I know the iwatch won't be out until Gear 3 hits the market. Oooops, not funny again, sorry. :)

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 21:01 1

15. nctx77 (Posts: 453; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Sammy better hope the I watch doesn't come out till the gear 3 because this ain't cutting it just like the last one.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:55 1

22. joey_sfb (Posts: 2734; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


How do you know? Have you use one? Or is it because its not from Apple therefore would not ever be cutting it. You just show how narrow minded a apple fan could be.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 23:05 1

26. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i got your sarcasm. but i donno why others dont.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 07:37

53. bachir8k (Posts: 84; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I just wonder why they just didn't use a curved display? they have the technology, this is very stupid from Sammy, now iwatch will come with curved or flexible display and everyone will say apple brought a new era for smartwatches.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:21 9

5. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


How many times do you have to use this joke? It's getting lame kiddo.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:27 5

8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5202; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Ten times and it will still be neo, kiddo.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 23:55 8

30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7690; Member since: 14 May 2012)


... You're not funny. Just stop.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:22 1

6. verbalize (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 May 2013)


I will pass... Thank you! I will wait for a watch that gives you some style and decent technology.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 23:06 1

27. dratomic (Posts: 458; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


ehem battery ehem

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 23:54 3

29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7690; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Why am I not surprised to find you on a Samsung article?

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 00:06 2

31. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5202; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Because you're a noob. :)

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 00:33 3

32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7690; Member since: 14 May 2012)


"I'm not the same person I was before."

You're right - you aren't. You're worse. Congrats kiddo. You have nothing better else to do...

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 00:37 2

33. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5202; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Thank you, I appreciate your ignorant senseless evaluation to me.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 01:14 1

35. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Did he make you cry? Kiddo!

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 01:26 3

37. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5202; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


How old are you? So, you still cry like a kiddo? Oh, okay.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 01:57 1

39. rd_nest (Posts: 739; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


You must be the biggest iDiot in phonearena. It's irritating to look your continuous spamming. Take a break, find some other hobby. Enough of your comments, it was bad an year back, now it's even worse.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 02:28 3

40. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2468; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


He's spamming the least here..

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 04:26

47. SleepingOz (unregistered)


He's an attention seeker. He spams almost every article with irrelevant comments.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 02:36 2

42. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5202; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Don't look at my comments then, it's very simple, just skip my comments since it's irritating you. I'm just standing myself, there's nothing wrong with that. You think I want to post those kind of comments? It's because I have to deal with stalkers like Papasmurf. You think it's very nice to be called a "troll", "kiddo" and now "iDiot" most of the times? I think you will feel the same way if someone calls you that many times. What's the matter, you want me to leave this site? Sorry, I can't, because I'm a tech lover, I love tech. So, go do your own thing.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 03:05 1

45. rd_nest (Posts: 739; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


I wish there was a 'ignore' button. Trust me I have no intention of reading your comments, if I could. But the situation is that I have to read your comments.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:20 2

4. JMartin22 (Posts: 756; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Samsung makes very good products... WHEN THEY'RE SERIOUS. With that being said, if they want to be a legitimate and reputablely renowned company like Apple has build up for itself, they need to take their products (that aren't flagship smartphones) more seriously.

They need to cease this ambition of releasing a new flagship and variants on things like this wearables in a short period of time and with marginal improvement. The latter holds true for their smartcamera and tablet segment as well. All of these need to retain prominence, differentiation and significant improvement over their predecessors.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:24 6

7. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The ir blaster is a huge plus for me, watchon app on my Note 3 might be the most feature I use, I can jump to my favorite show or game without the hassle of going through the guide, and no need to grab my cable box, tv, and blu ray player's remote, I have them all in my Note 3.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:31 1

10. esperanza (Posts: 42; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


Is The wristband exchangeable? Samsung, why your gears don't support wireless charging?

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:35 5

11. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Yes they are exchangeable

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:40 1

12. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


That is actually the nicest smart watch yet. Still a long ways from a nice bulova or movado but looks the closest to something like say fossil to me.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 04:29

48. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Yeah, the Gear 2 does look good. Hope it has a good battery life this time.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:56

14. gnppw (Posts: 31; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Is it confirmed that the neo version will be cheaper than the original one?

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:08

19. UglyFrank (Posts: 366; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


They removed the camera and the metal so you can be sure it will be cheaper

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 21:31

16. willard12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Since it's running Tizen, why the "Galaxy" branding?

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 21:43

17. maherk (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


They aren't Galaxies, gsmarena confirmed that.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 21:47

18. Nabil2511 (Posts: 148; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


still fat

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:30 2

20. kumarabhishek591 (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


Brace yourselves Galaxy Gear 2, lite, dous, neo, advance, zoom, active coming soon. Samsung s**ks :/

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:39 1

21. onlyman1980 (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


It is Samsung Gear 2 & Gear 2 Neo without "Galaxy"

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:59 2

24. joey_sfb (Posts: 2734; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I may get it for my smart watch collections. Gear 2 for me.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 22:55 2

23. jpd514 (Posts: 32; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)


Very Nice and well built Smartwatch. And now Samsung is having his own OS. Is that the beginning of something. Believe YES.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 23:51

28. camera531 (Posts: 128; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I was hoping for a more refined design. Looks too much like the original. They should look at Pebble for how to step it up in the design department.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 05:38

50. phljcnth (Posts: 259; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Does the design really bother you? What you're comparing this with is a non-touchscreen device, with non-colored display, ir blaster, camera, and telephony. How would you want your smartwatch to look like?

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 07:46

54. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I think the pebble steel looks ugly. It looks like a department store watch you can find at target for $15 bucks. Like the knock offs.

This looks like an expensive skater or honger watch. Looks fresh and trendy enough if you can carry that style.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 00:44

34. iamoa (Posts: 62; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)


I hope that doesnt hints us that the galaxy S5 will also be something "or exactly" like the previous versions of Galaxy S series i.e S4 and S3, specially, in terms of design and build quality.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 01:23

36. Killua (Posts: 261; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


So they finally put it water and dust resistant, that's a great news. I heard they make the battery last longer too despite the downgrade from sammobile.

But since it's tizen, I guess you can't pair it with android phone? Is it a stand alone device? I'm interested but I'm still waiting for more article about this.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 01:43

38. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 692; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I would have preferred a standalone device, just so I can push my smartphone activities to my laptop

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 05:50

51. phljcnth (Posts: 259; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


This is likely still pairable with Android phones like Pebble and other non-Android smartwatches.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 02:29 1

41. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2468; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


So why would I want to buy this over the first gear? There's really no improvement at all and the design is still identical.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 03:21

46. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1147; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Because people like me never bought the first Gear. Hopefully these will be priced better but I still think they won't hit the magic $100 price point. And maybe this will work with all Android phones to widen the appeal. Would be funny if it worked with an iPhone.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 22:14

61. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 148; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


Because it's powered by Tizen.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 02:58

43. raveydavey1967 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


April release for these-to come out the same time as a certain phone we might see launched tomorrow?

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 03:00 1

44. alumoyo (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


Warable this, warable that! I remember a time when CELLPHONES were actually "wearable" - you know, back in the day when you could FIT THEM IN YOUR POCKET! There were phones which could fit onside the TINY POCKET in your jeans.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 04:52

49. superduper (Posts: 126; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


True, lol. The tech media thinks everyone loves Note 3-sized devices, even though they only account for a fraction of total smartphone sales. Someday smartwatches will be too big to wear too. Samsung has already increased the cpu clock speed of the Gear 2. Expect more of the same.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 06:37

52. GoBears (Posts: 335; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Man you guys can bash the Gear all you want. Just shows how are ignorant you are to the current status of the device. Mine's rooted and running "Null" rom. It's an awesome device that just got a lot of bad press when it was released. The updated gear manager and custom rom have taken care of all the shortcomings and upped battery life to practically two days. I for one cannot wait for Gear 2. It has become my favorite gadget.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 10:40

55. DnB925Art (Posts: 160; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I might be interested in getting the original Gear if the price goes down a lot when the Gear 2 is launched officially for sale. Can you elaborate on the things you do with it daily (i your experience on it)? Thanks!

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 12:32

59. GoBears (Posts: 335; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Price is already 200 bucks online from ATT which is pretty good. I just really enjoy getting my notifications on my wrist. The new version of Gear Manager allows you to add any apps to the notification list so that's great. What surprised me the most was how much I enjoy taking and making calls on it. The voice texting is great as well. Not to mention it's just damn great to see what time it is without pulling out the phone. I have been overall greatly pleased with the device and wear it much more than I thought I would. Oh yeah, the media manager will play/pause and skip tracks on pandora and the stock music player.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 19:25

60. DnB925Art (Posts: 160; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I missed out on the $150 one day price special at Best Buy back on the 14th this month. I would love to try the original gear when it goes to $150 or under (1/2 off the original price of $300). If not, I'll check out AT&T.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 12:21

58. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I think the Gear is pretty awesome to. I don't have one, but I do like it. If I can use the Gear 2 with my current phone then I will seriously think about buying one.

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 10:55

56. Mrmark (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


Wow so the Best Buy rep from Samsung has it right all along... They have to go through training on the products before release.

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