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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 (banned) (Posts: 5629; 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: 1396; 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 (banned) (Posts: 5629; 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: 483; 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: 1396; 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: 2095; 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: 5982; 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: 483; 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: 148; 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: 4016; 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 (banned) (Posts: 5629; 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: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


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

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 20:22 1

6. verbalize (Posts: 126; 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: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


ehem battery ehem

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 23:54 3

29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; 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 (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Because you're a noob. :)

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 00:33 3

32. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; 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 (banned) (Posts: 5629; 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: 4016; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Did he make you cry? Kiddo!

posted on 23 Feb 2014, 01:26 3

37. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; 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: 1605; 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: 3535; 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 (banned) (Posts: 5629; 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: 1605; 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: 1984; 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: 4016; 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: 49; 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: 4016; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Yes they are exchangeable

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