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Samsung Gear 2 Review

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Camera


In typical Samsung fashion, no part of the package is left untouched, and this extends to the camera. The upgraded 2-megapixel auto focus shooter can take 1920x1080 snaps, and shoot video in 720p.

Yet despite its undeniable spy appeal, the camera is hardly the work of a miracle. That said, it's adequate considering it's strapped onto a smartwatch of all things, but really nothing beyond that – even your smartphone's front-facing cam likely produces better results.

As for video, 720p is the name of the game. There's an enforced cap of 15 seconds of footage, likely to conserve space. The quality is, once again, poor by today's smartphone standards, but you can produce workable clips when light is abundant.





Multimedia


For all intents and purposes, there are exactly three multimedia apps to be found on the Gear 2 – a Gallery app and a music player, plus a separate media controller.

Starting from the top down, the Gallery is as simple as it gets. You basically can scroll through all your photos and videos, four at a time. The feature-set is pretty basic – you can delete and share, or set the image as a background for the watch.

The music player is a tad fancier, and reminds us a lot of the built-in solutions that usually come with smartphones. It's still bare, but all the essentials are still there – navigation and volume controls, and even a miniaturized and navigable playlist. In any case, it lets you play music that you have loaded on the Gear 2 via your computer. That said, keep in mind that you cannot connect a pair of headphones directly to the smartwatch, so you're left with the on-board loudspeaker.

Тhe media controller app, however, is way more reasonable – it allows you to easily control the volume or switch the tracks currently playing on your paired Samsung device without having to take it out of your pocket.

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posted on 11 Apr 2014, 09:15 7

1. Anshulonweb (Posts: 298; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I am still not convinced enough to buy a smartwatch yet....

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 09:26 1

4. SupermanayrB (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Exactly. Unless it allows me to not have to pull my phone out of my pocket (which is what my bluetooth does for talk & text) then I don't see a need for a smartwatch.

posted on 27 Jul 2014, 03:37

16. hassan.alhakim21 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


I see we don`t need it yet you are right .

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 09:15 1

2. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Same rating as Sony Smartwatch 2? Sony's smartwatch is more useful, and stylistic..

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 09:37 1

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1318; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


...and also in many places cheaper. Where I live SW2 is €190=$263 vs Gear 2 €350=$485 (which is 99% confirmed launch price).

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 11:51

14. cheetah2k (Posts: 772; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


The Sony SW2 is utter rubbish... as well as the fact the build quality is worse than a chinese handjob

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 09:16 4

3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2466; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Smart Watches still have a long way to go.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 09:39 14

6. hassoups (Posts: 279; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


i want a gear 2 vs m8 camera comparison.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 10:10

7. NokiaFTW (limited) (Posts: 1900; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I still don't understand the use of a smartwatch. Why would I want to see notifications on a watch when I can just pull out my phone and check it? OEMs should provide a compelling reason for purchasing a smartwatch. Till then I don't see them selling much.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 11:26

8. joey_sfb (Posts: 2733; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


For those don't get much notifications than the appeal is limited. I get alert every 15 or 20 mins.

With an alert on the wrist I never miss any important sms or app alert. Its always much easier to twist my wrist then to take out my phone. So I want a smart watch and have gear 1 and Sony smart watch 1. Waiting for my Neptune Pine, Hot watch and Agent. Samsung Gear Fit will monitor it as its more of a Gear Stylish.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 13:43 3

9. NexusX (Posts: 91; Member since: 16 May 2013)


think of it as a premium swiss/Italian/german handmade mechanical/quartz watch that costs upward of $300 and needs maintenance and battery replacement every few years just to stay accurate. think of it as really nice watch that not only tells time, but shows notifications, measures your heart rate/calorie intake, stays constantly synced to an atomic clock and needs to be charged every week.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 22:34

13. pocketbook (Posts: 20; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Convenience? Do you respond to every one of your notifications? One of the biggest killers for smartphones is screen on time. Using smartwatches stopped me from taking out my phone anytime a new message comes in. I only take it out unless I am responding to it and in which case with the Gears, you can have the app corresponding to that notification come up without having to go through your app list. It pulls it up automagically.

I can also dial out, answer phone calls, do voice searches, track my steps and distance plus with the 2 and Neo I can use it as a universal remote. It's not going to replace my phone but it does keep me from having to pull it out of my pocket every 10 minutes.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 16:39 2

10. colbolt449 (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Sep 2013)


I pay to upgrade to the Gear 2 as I've gotton excellent performance from my Gear 1. I love the styling of this device.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 18:15

11. Quezdagreat (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


They should've studied pebble a little more. Samesung needs to adjust their copy and paste settings

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 21:36

12. gigaraga (Posts: 683; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Awesome smartwatch! At least looks and feels better overall than Sony's NotSmartWatch

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 19:25

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


I just went to Best Buy today for something else, but I noticed the Gear 2 there so I went over and checked it out. I have to say, they are a lot more impressive in person. For some reason, the pictures online make them look much bigger and clunkier than they really are. I was also really impressed with the wristband. I am not going to sell my moto X just to get one, but I do think people should check them out in person before judging them. I would have no problem wearing either one of them and I really didnt like their looks when I had just seen pictures of them. This is an opinion from someone who just loves tech and couldn't care less about the rise or fall of any one company.

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