Samsung Gear 2 Review

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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16 Comments

1. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

4. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

16. hassan.alhakim21

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

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

2. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

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

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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).

14. cheetah2k

Posts: 2185; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Smart Watches still have a long way to go.

6. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

i want a gear 2 vs m8 camera comparison.

7. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

9. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 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.

13. pocketbook

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

10. colbolt449

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

11. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

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

12. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

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

15. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 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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