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...
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12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

48. SleepingOz unregistered

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

14. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

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

19. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

16. willard12 unregistered

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

17. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They aren't Galaxies, gsmarena confirmed that.

18. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

still fat

20. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 151; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

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

21. onlyman1980

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

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

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

23. jpd514

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

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

28. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

50. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 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?

54. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

34. iamoa unregistered

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.

36. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 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.

38. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

51. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

41. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

46. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

61. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Because it's powered by Tizen.

43. raveydavey1967

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

44. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 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.

49. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

52. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

55. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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!

59. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

60. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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.

58. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 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.

56. Mrmark

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 26, 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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