Samsung Gear 2 Review
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.
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.