Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2

Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2

There are two variants of watches with 3G and without it, they differ in filling, but not design, although the size of the watch are different. Below are the characteristics of each version of the watch.

Gear S2 / S2 Classic

  • Display 1.2-inch, round, SuperAMOLED, 360×360 pixels, 302 ppi
  • Tizen OS
  • Exynos 3250 chipset, dual-core processor, frequency up to 1 GHz
  • 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory
  • IP68 protection against dust and water, complete immersion under water, it is possible to swim
  • S Health, Nike + Running application as part of the
  • Voice dialing using the S Voice, does not run on phones from Samsung are not
  • Work with any smartphone on Android 4.4 and 1.5 GB of RAM, enough to establish Gear App. Limited support for iPhone
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b / g / n
  • Bluetooth® 4.1
  • NFC
  • Pulse measurement, barometer, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer
  • Gear S2: 42.3×49.8×11.4 mm (47 grams)
  • Gear S2 classic: 39.9×43.6×11.4 mm (42 grams)
  • Wireless charging, Li-Ion battery is built into the body, 250 mAh, charging time is about 2 hours, while the average about 2-3 days

Gear S2 3G-version

  • Display 1.2-inch, round, SuperAMOLED, 360×360 pixels, 302 ppi
  • Tizen OS
  • Chipset Qualcomm MSM8x26, dual-core processor, frequency up to 1 GHz
  • 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory
  • IP68 protection against dust and water, complete immersion under water, it is possible to swim
  • S Health, Nike + Running application as part of the
  • Voice dialing using the S Voice, does not run on phones from Samsung are not
  • Work with any smartphone on Android 4.4 and 1.5 GB of RAM, enough to establish Gear App. Limited support for iPhone
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b / g / n
  • Bluetooth® 4.1
  • NFC
  • eSIM – Virtual SIM-card support is required by the operator
  • Pulse measurement, barometer, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer
  • 0 x 51.8 x 13.4 mm (51 grams)
  • Wireless charging, Li-Ion battery is built into the body, 300 mAh, charging time is about 2 hours, while the average of about 2 days

Contents of delivery

  • Watch
  • Desktop Charger
  • Instructions

 Samsung Gear S2: Positioning

The Samsung as well as from any manufacturer has its own army of fans and these people in recent years has become much more than before. They are loyal to the company’s products, look at them positively and are ready to try something new. The first generation of watches Gear S was and remains the most functional in terms of feature set, a kind of geek a product that many came to the court.And he is quite different from Gear S2 – is ideologically different times and at their creation company focused on different experiences. And the difference is not that the first generation of Gear S is a rectangle, curved arm, and the second has a familiar face, the difference is much deeper.

Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2

The Samsung as well as other companies have not been able to figure out how need to work smart watch. The idea behind them is simple and understandable to anyone – watch should be able to notify you of events, display a message on his hand, he did not have to get into the phone. In some cases, respond to messages without taking the phone, dictating voice response or by selecting a template icon in the list. That is smart watches are the sort of companion for your smartphone or tablet, in theory, makes life easier. In practice this does not happen, because the watch is constantly send messages that are distracting, and for the common answer to important messages have to use the phone, whether you like it or not.

In Samsung’s faced this problem before the advent Gear S, the answer was the creation of watches with its own SIM-card. They were not only a companion to the phone, but could be a separate product.This, of course, expand the audience of the product, but did not make it huge. Out Apple Watch also did not give the market anything in terms of usage scenarios, repeated developments to Apple Samsung, and have made it worse, and to a lesser extent.

Smart watches are categories of goods, which raises many questions and is not suitable for the average consumer, it does not see any sense in them. Evolution of watch in the direction of design of conventional chronographs, says that as a separate category of these devices have failed, now they are starting to masquerade as traditional watch and Gear S2 we see this approach. The Samsung also solve the problem of anti-competitors who have launched a lot of similar models, similar to the regular watches and different from all the company’s lineup. You can remember a lot of names, but the most prominent representative is LG Urbane Watch.

For those who may be interested in Gear S2? For fans of the brand that is chosen without regard to watches of their functionality, they want to try a smart watch and how good they are. For those who already know what they are capable smart watches and how to use them in real life. Both audiences are quite small, but by entering Apple Watch expanding, it has become fashionable to try this kind of watch. For geeks, and those who have used previous generations watches from Samsung, Gear S2 is moderate interest, since the product is not created for them, there is no emphasis on the technological aspects (they are at the same level as in Gear S – that -That sold worse), and played up design. Let’s see what kind of clocks turned from Samsung.

Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2

 Samsung Gear S2: Design, size, controls

Round watches at Samsung was not, even though other manufacturers sell their most conspicuous and the watch of this type are MOTO360, both first and second generation.

The new watch Samsung has decided to move away from the traditional approach and make the watch by the standards and patterns are not electronics, and watch manufacturers. For the body to use stainless steel (316L), and all the electronics housed inside like a sandwich.

This user has no access to the internal watch to provide voice calls, the Samsung is the first to use eSIM, this format of the electronic SIM-card. Since it is much more complicated than conventional cards – your operator must have the card (in Russian operators have not even thought about this possibility). Second, the operator must negotiate with Samsung on how to pre-install the card in the watches.

Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2

Responding to questions about eSIM, I want to note that you can not have a memory card a few operators. In theory, the operator can create a duplicate of your main card, and if the phone sit, you can receive calls on the watch. This is a very interesting option, but it requires support from the operator. In Russia, the operators have not make duplicate cards with the same number, it is a deliberate restriction.

The Samsung understanding the complexity associated with such eSIM-cards did not make them the default option, at Gear S2 has several variants. In the first, you get the usual watches companion for your phone or tablet, the second watch SIM-card. Differences between them enough, I’ll start with the fact that the battery is not in the older model 250 mAh and 300 mAh. If Gear S2 state 2-3 days of work, for the same model with SIM-card only 2 days and this despite the large battery.

A little more weight does not matter, it will not be felt (51 grams versus 47 grams Gear S2 or 42 grams Gear 2 Classic). But the thickness of the body has become much more – 13.4 mm to 11.4 mm in normal watches. The first is Exynos 3250, but in the 3G-version of Qualcomm MSM8x26.

It’s time to understand versions of watches- they are by and large two – the usual Gear S2 and classical Gear S2. Classics was named a model with a leather strap, the case is more like a normal watch.

But so look Gear S2. And just for Gear S2 there is an option with 3G.

A key element of watches becomes bezel around the screen, it can be used to move between menus, on the list. Tapping points on the screen leads to its opening. Scale the image can also be rimmed, you get used to the management very quickly. On the right side there are two buttons – Home and Back.

Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2

Headband in Classic version is characterized in that it has risks and easier thereby. The company said that the ring is important, since it does not cover the information, there is no need to press the screen in the list. There is some truth in the view pages, letters, messages, but you still have to press the on-screen menu, the choice of a program.

Let’s go back to the body watch, which is Gear S2 does not feel like a metal bezel and does looks like a plastic (by coating). It is rather at a loss to the clock than a plus. The feeling that a watch worth 400 euros available. This is the biggest drawback. However, I have no such feeling, and from Apple Watch.

Traditionally, watches are fully protected from water and dust – IP68. They can swim, no harm will happen.

Watchbands there are many, some of them created Alessandro Mendini, the famous designer. In addition, he has also created straps and dials for them, it should be noted that some were very fun and easy to perception, it is a strong point of this watch.

But in Gear S2 Classic, we see the usual leather straps (20 mm), you can set the watch straps that buy their own shop in any time.

I tried to act as a vandal and scratch the watch case keys did not work out. Scratches are so small that the invisible. To damage the cabinet will have to make remarkable efforts.

 Samsung Gear S2: Screen

The screen is completely round the wach, there is no rectangular inserts on two generations MOTO360. Screen Type SuperAMOLED, diagonal of 1.2 inches with a resolution 360×360 pixels (302 ppi).

Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2

I really liked the quality of the screen, bright and clearly visible. But the screen is not working consistently, therefore, to see the time will have to knock on the display with your finger or raise their arms in a characteristic gesture. In the settings you can set the brightness level (10 gradations), automatic brightness control. And you can specify that the watches worked with permanently active screen. In 30% of the screen backlight will last for at least a day with a small number of notifications. It’s all very individual, since time is strongly dependent on the number of notifications and what you are doing on the watch. But in theory, a full day on a single charge with the screen on all the time, this watch can provide.

 Samsung Gear S2: The memory, processor, communications capabilities and performance

The watch 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal, you can use it to store your music. The watch can be connected directly bluetooth headset (version BT 4.1), also has NFC. Dual-core processor, the maximum frequency of 1 GHz, everything just as in previous models, more and is not necessary, Tizen is not very greedy.

Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2

The interface is excellent, no fading, applications open quickly. You can look at how responsive the UI our video, which details the watch.

The watch can act as a bluetooth-headset toward your phone, you can take them a call and talk handsfree. Unfortunately, the watch can not be connected to the ANT + sensor bluetooth or conventional sensors, for example, a separate heart rate monitor. As is typical for this kind of products.

 Samsung Gear S2: Battery

The set includes a wireless docking station, it is possible to put a watch, it is very similar to the charger for MOTO360. Unfortunately, the charging time is obscenely long hours – 2 hours.

Claimed battery life of 2-3 days (the version without 3G) is achievable, it all depends on how much you letters and notices how the screen works and what its lights. From a brief acquaintance with the watch , made the following numbers – watches of the screen at maximum illumination is about 8 percent of the battery. It is clear that all this time I also watched the menu caused a variety of applications.

 Samsung Gear S2: The interface work with the watch, preset programs

The interface is called Circle UI, I reminded Cross UI in 2007, one of the first touchscreen phone companies released before Jet. The logic of the watch has not changed much, but there is a new element of control in the form of the rim.

Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2

So rim scroll the screen, you are shown the default time, the second screen shortcuts shortcuts, and then the Radial Menu. In this menu, your applications are located, and these circles may be several.You are sorting themselves where and how to place shortcuts to make you comfortable. Already there are more than four thousand applications for watches, but most of them simply do not need.

Notifications come to watch in the usual manner, plus there is a S Health (watch can measure steps, pulse (as a permanent and on-demand), the quality of sleep). As a sports watch Gear S2 is not very convenient, it will be a compromise. However, the same Apple Watch exactly the same in this regard.

Find the desired item icon you click on it, then you can scroll the list of the rim, or to scroll the page. For example, reading a website or e-mail, you twist the rim sheet. This is good because it saves time, you do not close the screen and always see the information. You have to understand that reading treatises on the watch , no one will, it can be SMS or something small, but noticeable on the size of the text.

Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2

One of the complaints to me becomes S Voice, its recognition is significantly worse than the service Google. However, it is used here. S Voice works only in conjunction with phones Samsung, when you use an iPhone or Android-smartphone other companies, you do not get absolutely no voice functions (calls, call transfer on the headset only).

Press the Home button you return to the main screen (watch yourself falling asleep to pass) or Back button to return one level up.

Deal with the watch very easily, but there are questions as to watch gallery (photos are round), and the presentation of the gallery is painfully reminiscent of a cloud icon on Apple Watch.

I do not want to describe each separate menu, this makes no sense, the basic idea of ​​how the watch, I have described. But you can see the photos, they tell themselves.

 Samsung Gear S2: Impression

My impressions of the strange watches. In absentia, the photos they did not like me. In life, attitude toward them more relaxed, but nothing even close to an emotional reaction, no. Yet another, rather faceless watch. I’ll note that Apple Watch I do not think riding design ideas. The problem of both watch that status on them worthless and tactilely good materials are not felt (a metal bezel Gear S2 for take many plastic!).

Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2

In short product turned calm, do not evoke emotions. Someone thinks that it is wrong and peck at the bait marketing, will begin to praise the watch . But let’s do a simple trick – imagine that you are there and passes two years. How will you treat them? You want to use? To simplify the problem, remember how long you use your phone and how to change your attitude towards them. For watches, two years is about 4-5 years as a smartphone. Presented? I think the picture did not favor the watches.

It surprises me that in the absence of a large number of new products, journalists praising watch from Samsung if the company came up with something fresh. These estimates are relative and give vkusovschina. But we must admit that so many people like the design of this watch, as a rule, they do not have normal mechanical watch and they perceive Gear S2 as something close to it.

The price of the regular version Gear S2 will be 349 euros, and for the classics asked 399 Euros. It is not clear how much it will cost 3G-version of the watch , all are silent about this. There is a suspicion that they will not be widespread. Home sales watches in October.

Watching the reaction of journalists and buyers for Gear S2 can say that the discussion is in the plane – like – not like it. What is right for such an enhancement. But still does not answer the question of why this class of devices needed in the current paradigm. The toy, which can be an interesting design, but it does not make the toy something else. The market is no one smart watches that would change the attitude to the whole category and Samsung also could not invent them. Expect high sales is not necessary, they will be significantly higher than for Gear S, but the explanation lies in the fact that now these watches work with any or almost any Android-smartphone, not just the flagships from Samsung.

Technically, the product came out adult ideologically it all too little sense. However, perhaps you should try these watches himself to have formed an opinion about them.

Preliminary review of smart watches Samsung Gear S2 updated: September 8, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis