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Pick up a Samsung Gear 2 Neo for just $165

Pick up a Samsung Gear 2 Neo for just $165
If you recently picked up a new Samsung smartphone from one of the major carriers or big box retailers and were offered a chance to bundle the deal with a new smartwatch, but balked at spending another $200 or more on the deal.

The new Samsung Gear 2 retails for a full $300, and the Gear 2 Neo, a more affordable alternative, retails for $200. Both are decent enough devices, but their pricing and limited compatibility only to Samsung Galaxy smartphones makes them a niche wearable, unlike the Android Wear smartwatches, which have similar pricing, but wider compatibility.

The trade-off however, is a bit more functionality, compared to Android Wear. Plus, the extras found on the Gear smartwatches are done in a fashion that is patently Samsung. The Tizen OS operates smoothly and there are a number of user options to make the smartwatch your own.

The Gear 2 Neo has a less assuming form factor and forgoes the camera that is found on the Gear 2, but you still get the IR blaster to live out the geek dream of controlling your home entertainment systems with your watch. The battery life is respectable too, performing better than the current crop of Android Wear devices. Still, shelling out an additional $200 at the point of sale when buying a new smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy S5 (which likely also cost you $200 on contract), the Gear 2 Neo is difficult for some consumers to justify.

Instead of heading back to the store to buy one, you can get one at a decent discount. Brand new Gear 2 Neo smartwatches are available for $165. That is not the biggest discount in the world, but still a better price than what you are likely to find elsewhere, even Amazon (where a cursory look did not have any new prices below $180).

Check out our review of the Gear 2, which shares the same underpinnings as the Gear 2 Neo. The main differences are the lack of camera and polycarbonate build. The source link takes you to the sale.


source: Daily Steals

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posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:46

1. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Still Expensive .

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:15 1

2. sgodsell (Posts: 5057; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I have the Gear Neo. I love how you can talk on this watch and hear your phone calls. I even like the IR remote. Now if I could have those on their Gear Live Android wear device, then it would be awesome. I love the Android support on Android wear better then tizen. Plus Android wear allows developers to add in Android wear support to existing phone and tablet apps, without actually creating an app for the Android wear device. Every other smart watch including the tizen based Gear watches require you to create an app in order add in features or functionality to the actual watch platform. This holds true for pebble, I'M Watch, Sony smartwatch, and the rest, except Android wear.

Samsung if you are reading any of these posts, then create a Android wear rom for the original Gear, Gear 2, and Gear Neo. I realize you have your own app store with Gear apps. But you should develop a tizen based runtime for Android wear. This way you can add the runtime to your own Gear watches and be able to use Android wear as well. Sony and Pebble could do something like this as well for their smart watches.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:39 1

3. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


That's $165 too much.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:18 1

5. joey_sfb (Posts: 6758; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Much preferred Gear Neo than having to buy Apple lightning cable 2 not matter how amazing and innovative a charging cable could be.

Apple fans really cultish in nature.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:02

4. HTCOE (Posts: 640; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


hecky naw ! FOH sammy!

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:42

6. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Guys, i am not familiar with Gear and i have questions.
1/ Can we use social networks like Skype, Facebook, Line ... as on the phone?
2/ Can we make and receive a call if i don't use Galaxy Smartphone? let say i don't use any kind of smartphone
3/ What are the advantages of having Gear?

Thanks a lot for your reply!

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 08:47

7. joey_sfb (Posts: 6758; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Buy gear only if you have galaxy smartphone or their high end tablet. Gear manager app exists only in Samsung app store.

Yes to face book and Twitter. Skype thru universal notification.

Read a full review. I find gear 2 and gear neo heart rate to be accurate. Can handle voice call.

Gear fit heart rate reading not that accurate +10 to my actual reading. Fit has no Mic so can't pick a call.

Get gear 2 or neo avoid fit.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 03:34

8. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Thanks man! I have an idea now.

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