This Samsung Gear smart watch features a rose gold color for a fashionable statement and compatible with Android or iOS devices.¹ The watch integrates with Samsung smartphones to display notifications and messages, track health and make mobile payments using Samsung Pay. This Samsung Gear smart watch has 4GB of internal memory, letting you store up to 300 songs so you can listen to music on the go.
Samsung Gear S2 is compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones.¹
SMS, calendar, e-mail and social notifications
Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.
Simple navigation and clear visuals
1.2" Super AMOLED touch-screen display with 360 x 360 resolution.
Get notifications from your phone right on your wrist with a glance.
Stainless steel case
Along with a leather watch band ensures durability and an elegant look.
Wireless connection to your device
Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC technology enables simple one-touch pairing.
Shows you the day's and week's forecast at a glance.
Use voice commands to call, text, make appointments, open apps and more
S Voice lets you perform a wide range of tasks hands-free.
¹Compatible with select Bluetooth capable devices using Android OS 4.4 and later with at least 1.5GB RAM as well as iPhone 5 and later with iOS 9.0 and above. Not all features available with iOS paired devices.
Gear S2 supported devices may vary by carrier and device. For a list of compatible smartphones and features, please visit samsung.com/gears2. For best results, connect with compatible Samsung Galaxy devices.
A very different experience
Posted by: Arpboy from: Kansas on
I've had a Samsung Gear Fit, then a Gear Live before buying this watch. (I've had the watch for about 4 days#. Is it perfect? No, but what is? But it is a better experience to me than either of the previous watches.
I initially wanted a fitness tracker, but decided that as long as I'm putting something on my wrist, I wanted as much functionality as possible.
I initially got a Gear Fit, but the screen aspect was too extreme, and Android Wear just came out a few days later. I returned that watch and got the Gear Live as soon as it came out. It was a big watch - kind of bulky. It attracted attention, some good, some critical. It looked kind of geeky, but it did a lot of what I wanted. However, with each revision of Android Wear, it became less useful. It wouldn't notify me of a phone call until at least a full minute AFTER the first ring. It became less responsive to voice commands. I broke two #expensive# cradles over the time I had it #there's a little latch that breaks easily#. I kept getting too many notifications and had a hard time dialing it down to what I needed. I liked the watch, but was losing interest in it because of all the hassle. I liked the concept of a smart watch, but not that one.
Then comes the Gear S2. I had liked the Gear Fit, but was primarily worried about Tizen getting orphaned after Android Wear. With this new watch, it was apparent that Samsung is not backing down, but upping the ante. I got the watch. I also had a clearer understanding of what I wanted in a watch:
-Easy to use
- Wireless charging
-Announcement of phone calls #when my phone is under a coat and seat belt, it helps.
- Voice Dial
- Calendar notifications
- Specifically settable notifications from other applications #such as some of my email accounts, but not others#
- Heart Rate/Fitness Tracking.
- Weather report would be nice.
- Reminders would be nice.
- Not *needed*, but I like it - control my phone's audio playback while working out.
The Gear S2 hits all the points, although it's weakest on the reminders. I can do a voice memo and it can set alarms, which will cover the need, though I still want to see something like Google Keep - I like a reminder based on location #"Remind me when I get to work...."#.
I find the user interface MUCH more enjoyable than Android Wear. There's a bunch of watchfaces, but my favorite -- BY FAR -- is the "simple" watchface, but modified. You can bring up an black dial with bright orange lettering, along with a date. It's incredibly readable in almost any situation. I tried the other dials that gave me battery level, temperature, etc. Simple was best.
The voice command was initially a problem, and I think I have a part of it figured out: the second day out, my phone died when my battery went out. I charged it and immediately tried to voice-dial with my watch. It couldn't find any contacts, even though the contacts were in the watch if I did the dialing by hand. I tried factory resets, reinstalling the software, etc. I finally gave up, put it on the charger, and went to bed. The next morning I woke up, intending to take it back. On a whim, I tried the calling one last time. It worked perfectly. I believe what I've worked out is that when the phone came back up, it resynced the contact list #large#. It than had to rebuild the voice database, which took a little time. By just leaving it alone for awhile, it all came back up.
The only other time that I've found that S-voice #the voice interface# is a little cranky is when the phone is switching from WiFi to LTE -- this was the same behavior as Wear, so I don't ding it; it's probably that lag when communication is switching over.
S-Voice is good. Not quite as capable as Android Wear, but good. I've even had it give me a snarky comment if I said something out of whack, like answering "yes" when it wasn't looking for confirmation. It's not quite as fast as the voice interface for Android Wear, but it's not annoyingly slow. I expect to see it continue to improve, especially if this watch proves as popular as I think it will be.
The included apps were very good. I'm not someone that wants to play Candy Crush on my watch, so a lot of apps really isn't too huge an issue, so long as my bases are covered. The apps that came were by and large very good. I've used Here Maps, and it's pretty useful. I like the CNN app a lot; Bloomberg is less interesting to me. The weather is just fine, though I'd like it to pull up a radar picture, like InstaWeather. S-Health is very good, and does what I need it to.
The user interface is just beautiful. Especially with the rotating bezel, getting around on it is just fast and easy. It's also very configurable to put your most-used apps up front. The included apps have thoughtful touches, like a keyboard to dial the phone if you want; the ability to see text messages in a format similar to your phone. When paired with one of the best screens I've seen on a watch, it really is a pleasure to look at and use.
I got the dark gray case. I like the rubber wristband - my wrist constantly changes sizes, and the band is consistently comfortable through the day. The watch is a little smaller than, say, the Moto 360, but it looks LIKE. A. WATCH. I'm a realtor, so I'm aware of how I present, and it looks good. It's attractive and not geeky at all. It draws much less attention, and when it does, it's usually because the screen is on and most people admire it.
One other thing I like: the wrist gesture to bring it up. In my old Gear Live, if you moved your wrist and the watch woke up, it would be there until it timed out. #In both watches, I turn it off when driving more than a couple of blocks -- otherwise, it's constantly waking up# With the Gear S2, it will stay awake until it times out, or *until you drop it back down!* So if I quick-check the time then drop my wrist, it immediately goes off. Nice touch.
The battery life is comparatively excellent. My Gear Live was getting about 18 hours between charges unless I put it in theater mode. With fairly heavy use #it IS a new gadget, after all!#, I have more than 50% at bed. This brings me to the charger. I never thought a charger would actually be pleasant to use. This is light-years better than most of the other solutions out there. It's a wireless charging stand. It magnetically draws in the watch when you place it on the stand to gently hold it in place. Charging is quick. The watch face rotates so that you can read it as a clock #a nightstand mode#, but I've not yet found a way to keep it on, even in ambient mode, on the charger. It just blanks out. Again, it's not bad, because moving the watch or tapping a button brings up the display to check time. I haven't timed it yet, but it looks like a full charge from 50% is less than an hour.
Thoughtful UX - superior to Wear, in my opinion
Included apps are excellent
Many deft touches in the design
Does not look geeky
Not quite as quick as Wear for web searches
Limited apps for those that want them.
#I don't care about this so it's not a con for me, but some do# - no speaker, no way to use it as a phone #not until the 3G version, anyway#.
102 out of 111 found this review helpful.
Posted by: TechBrother from: on
I'll preface this review by stating this wasn't a purchase I made on a whim. I've been thinking about getting a smart watch for months, but after seeing the S2 and the reviews it was receiving before its release, I began to focus on this watch more and more. I purchased the watch the day it was released and though I'm certain there are facets to the watch that I may have not discovered, I feel I can provide some insight to those considering making a purchase.
First, I'll tell you I'm a man with smaller wrists. As such, a lot of the watches that I've looked at had proportional issues once placed on the wrist. This watch fits perfectly and looks great. I also wasn't a fan of how thick some of the smart watches look and I feel this watch doesn't look excessively thick on the wrist either. Size-wise, it's perfect.
Placing it on the wrist, I will concur with those who have stated the wristband is extremely comfortable. I wear it all day with no issues or discomfort. It feels great. The two buttons are intuitive enough and as many have stated, the rotating bezel is brilliant. The bezel combined with the touch screen allows for quick app finding and feels like an ideal method to use on a watch. I have no doubt others will be copying this format very very soon.
Battery is good, but falls short of the 2 day estimate provided by Samsung. I think of the battery rating as the same as estimated gas mileage when a car is purchased. You'll never attain the MPG's they claim, and frankly I don't expect to get the same battery life out of the watch. Having said that, you will easily get a full day to a day and a half of use out of the battery. Since I charge my phone every night, I don't have an issue charging the watch every night.
I actually wore the watch last night, wanting to take advantage of the sleep monitor. A note to those who are considering buying this. You'll want to turn off the function that activates the screen when your wrist is turned. It was like a spotlight in the room every time I adjusted my sleep position. It took a couple of minutes (likely because it was the middle of the night and my brain wasn't working) to locate the function to turn that off. It's a function that will be turned off every night, and turned back on in the morning. I'm wondering if they can put it on a timer at some point with an update as that seems like it would be ideal.
Apps are for lack of a better word, sparse. There are a number of clock faces that come stock with the watch, and there are quite a few more to shop through. Some are free and some cost a buck or two. Apps are downloaded from the phone and synced to the watch. There are different categories (Health, Finance, Lifestyle, Entertainment, etc). Some of the categories as of this writing had ONE app in the category. ONE. I really don't feel like I need a lot of apps for the watch as what I wanted it for comes stock with the device, but even so, the app store was surprisingly limited.
When I synced my phone to the watch, I was told I would need to use the Samsung messaging app on my Note 4 Edge. Bummer. I had tried out that messaging app when I first got my phone and didn't find it all that great. There was nothing inherently wrong with it, it just lacked a lot of the customization that other apps I prefer have. So, I did switch to the Samsung messaging app and it really hasn't bothered me. It does sync my Gmail accounts and I do get my texts and emails on my watch now. I've also used the small T9 keyboard on the watch to reply to messages but it's far from the ideal way to do so. There is a microphone button to dictate a text back and I do prefer that method if I don't pull my phone out of my pocket to use that instead.
So I guess it comes down to this...Would I buy it again and is it worth the price I paid for it? My answer to that is a resounding...yes. I hope Samsung continues to develop Tizen. The app store has me underwhelmed, but the watch and its hardware are excellent and have met or exceeded my expectations thus far. It's not perfect, but what really is? For those considering buying this watch, I would say this watch is recommended.
I'll provide further updates after I've had a bit more time with the watch.
34 out of 35 found this review helpful.
Depends on how you look at it?
Posted by: AverageConsumer from: Arizona on
I agree with both sides but if I could have a moment I'll explain why I choose to give it five stars. The watch to start off is stunning and easily my favorite looking one. Of course this is preference but it at no time feels cheaply made and you can tell that from the presentation of when you unbox it. Is it perfect no nothing ever is. I agree that apps you would really want to download seem low but it did just come out so I'm fine with what I have so far. I do however love the interface over my android wear watch. I find it easier to use and I would dare say more enjoyable thanks to the rotating bezel which is this products niche. When it comes to size I feel like it's close for me , to which I'm a bigger gentleman, but a little bigger would have been nice but I can see it clearly in any lighting condition so it fits my needs. The main reason why I like this watch over others is.. .it looks like a watch and the compliments I've been getting on this little device I bought for my wrist seems like a steal. Everything else functionality wise works. Charging cradle is awesome way better than any samsung watch before it and I really like to fact they give out two watch band sizes in the box. That just thoughtful. I'd say remember that Smart watches are still finding their place but this one is one you will like to wear. Thanks for your time.
35 out of 36 found this review helpful.
Great smart watch with nice features.
Posted by: Greg from: on
I was looking at this smart watch ever since it came out and was waiting for any store to have it. I like the Samsung Gear S2 Classic over the regular version because it looks a little fancier.
Having had this watch for a few weeks now I can say that it works very well. Here are some of the pro's.
-My biggest need for this watch was to get notifications that I was missing on my phone. The vibration on the last few generations of smart phones has been terrible and I miss calls and texts all the time. The Gear S2 watch has solved that problem for me. I was able to configure just the notifications I wanted (calls, texts, emails, calendar, etc.) and skip the others that are less important that I can get to later (facebook, instagram, etc.)
- The other fantastic feature is the screen and the interface. This is the only watch that uses a rotating bezel to navigating menu options. This IMO is much better solution over Apple's little side dial.
The battery life is also fantastic. I am able to use the watch for 2 days on a single charge.
Finally the fitness tools are pretty good. There is a setting to track your heart rate throughout the day the only caveat is that the watch needs to be pretty tight on your wrist which some people might not like. I have also used it to go running and it does a good job of tracking heart rate throughout the run as well steps and distance. If you take your phone with you it will also use the phone's gps to track your path. All of this goes into Samsung's S Health app which isn't as good as some of the other apps out there and I don't think you can access your data outside of the phone which is problematic.
- The leather band is also very good. When you first get it is a little stiff but after wearing it for a couple of weeks it works very nicely. Additionally, it uses a standard band which makes it easy to switch it out for a different band of your choosing.
The watch isn't perfect either. Here are some of the cons.
- The watch OS is not android wear. Samsung decided to go with their own Tizen OS. The problem with this is that the list of available apps is a little limited at least for the time being. It isn't much of a problem for me but it is something to keep in mind.
-Limited set of watch faces. This is the same problem as above. There are a fair number of options but it's not huge. There are also some nice customization options for each watch face.
- No google maps. Same as above. You Here Maps instead. I personally don't like it and I think the screen is too small for maps. The phone is a better choice for navigation in my opinion.
- The phone uses S Voice over Google Voice. I really would have preferred Google voice here. I have found Google Voice to be much better. The voice feature is helpful for responding to text messages on your watch and looking up info.
Given the pro's and the cons I really like the watch. Overall the watch is great but doesn't hit 5 stars because of some of the cons listed above.
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Beautiful watch, useful too
Posted by: BrianS from: on
So far I am very pleased with this purchase. While it is admittedly an unnecessary device and duplicates many of the functions of a phone, it is still a very classy looking timepiece and saves me from having to reach into my pocket for my phone when I get a call or email or text message. The watch tells you who's calling so you can decide whether you want to answer. And it displays your emails and text messages, in addition to weather warnings and things of that nature. I'm still learning about the many functions and apps, but so far I'm quite happy with it.
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Grew on me
Posted by: MA100 from: on
Went to store after hearing how it was the best wearable out. After initially using it i didn't see why. But after a full 2 days use, I love it. The classic looks really nice something that looks classy if you go out on a date or to a club kinda thing, and the batter lasts a full 2 days with moderate use. (Used from sat. 5am to sunday night 10 pm and it still had 25% battery life left.) Once you get used to the OS you will be pleased.
20 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Posted by: mskelbel from: Wichita, Ks on
I purchased this watch the day it was released. I love finish of the metal. I read somewhere that they coat the exterior in a black ceramic. The bezel action is ingenious! I love that apps are a turn to the right and notifications are a turn to the left. The first turn to the right, has an apps button. The first item in that button is to close recent apps. I really like that as well. I don’t care for the leather band. I prefer bands that don’t have buckles and I don’t like it when leather gets creases. I wish Samsung would release more bands preferably matching metal or ceramic bands for the classic watch. My battery lasts almost a full 4 days on a single charge. That’s a fantastic battery life in my opinion! The fastest way to type is by voice and it’s fairly accurate. The default keyboard is like the one that is in non-smart phones. Once a person gets used to it, it can be quick. There is also a rotating alphabet keyboard. It’s gimmicky, but fun to play with. It seems to be the least efficient keyboard.
Some of the apps work great, and some of the ones from the app store don’t work. The music controls work for any music app that is currently running on the phone. I am looking forward to more working apps in the store. I wish Google now were available on this device as I am not as comfortable saying “go to the internet to see what the score for…” Rather than to say “what’s the score for…” S voice is much better than in the past, however it doesn’t do a good job at recognizing proper names when I’m trying to call someone.
I tested the heart rate app next to a tracker I currently own. The heart rate was within a beat of each other. I wish there was an available setting to where we could select the interval for the auto check. I would like to set it to be more frequent. The steps I believe are more accurate on the S2 as my other tracker also recognizes arm movements as steps. I do wish it would also recognize the sleep rather than it being manually input on the S Health app. It can be done as my other tracker does it nicely.
Samsung would do it a great service by updating a few features and also apps. I know I’ve mentioned a few things that I believe it can do better, but all in all, I love this watch. It’s a great, innovative device with a fantastic battery.
16 out of 17 found this review helpful.
I'm quite pleased.
Posted by: clayn from: on
After seeing other colleagues with various smartwatches, I came to the realization that if I could find a smartwatch to simply handle notifications well, I'd be happy. Well, the Gear S2 does it for me. My various email accounts, texts, visual VM, calendar events, etc. all properly display on watch. I can even read them so I know if I need to grab phone out of my pocket. Just this is a win for me!
Plus I keep a handful of pics of my kids on the watch so when I'm asked to see pics of them I can now show on watch and not need to dig in pocket for phone.
Its also a decent pedometer and reminder for me to stay active. This is quite secondary for me, but its nice to keep getting nudged to stay active.
Battery life has been great, not quite the 2 days Samsung touts, but on most days I have about 40% left by bedtime. No complaints. (I get lots of notifications during day. Probably more than average).
I got the S2 Classic and like the look. The band is just OK quality but the watch body itself is high quality.
There are a few criticisms but none are deal breakers for me. I'd like to see Google Now integrated and Samsung toss S Voice and instead use Google's voice solution. Honestly, don't expect much from S Voice. I find its often frustrating just trying to ask watch to dial a phone number. So, I no longer bother.
For anyone interested in a smartwatch and mostly needing it to provide notifications, the S2 is a winner.
16 out of 17 found this review helpful.
First smartwatch I enjoy wearing daily.
Posted by: Yuriy from: on
I had few smartwatches. Original Samsung Gear. LG G watch, etc. This is the only watch I want to wear daily. It is not perfect. It could be bigger. App selection is beyond abysmal. And questionable notifications if you do not use Samsung's email and text client. But These are minor. Overall it's a great watch. Works well, 2 day battery, charges fast, and does not sit on your wrist screaming "LOOK AT ME, I AM A SMARTWATCH!" unlike one from certain company named after a fruit.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great improvement from the Gear 2
Posted by: BeeMO from: on
I love my Gear S2. I upgraded from a Gear 2 (the one with the camera) and I'm glad I held off from the first Gear S watch. The round design and bezel really does make the gear look like a watch and with the rotational bezel it's so easy to navigate through the widgets. Yes, it is still a touchscreen so you can still use your finger to swipe across the screen. Originally, I used my Gear 2 for notifications, calls, photos and the occassional fitness. But with the Gear S2 not only can i read my notification but I can text back as well (yes, voice to text works). There's no speaker on the S2 unless it's the 3G version but that's fine. I rarely use the speaker on the original gear. I do miss the occassional time when I wipe my gear out to take a quick pic but I can live without it. This watch made me more aware of my fitness since I use the face with the guy sitting and another one running. if I sit too long the sitting icon enlarges or vice versa for the running icon. It pushes me to get off my lazy butt to work out even more. It has events widget too so it's so much easier to look at my calendar on my wrist then having to dig into my pocket for my phone, unlock then search for the calendar icon and load it up. just a flip of the wrist, navigate with the bezel with 3 ro 4 clicks to the right and BAM my events are there. Easy. Not much of a learning curve if you already had a Samsung Gear.