Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch: Stay connected even when you're away from your phone with this smartwatch, which receives texts, e-mails and notifications and features S Health and Nike+ Running integration to track your health and fitness. The 1.2" Super AMOLED touch screen makes it easy to navigate apps and Web pages.
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I LOVE this watch. Didn't even know I needed it
Posted by: HeyVic66 from: Newport News, VA on
I love my Gear S2. Over about a week, I have physically tried out the Gear S2, the Asus ZenWatch and the Moto 360 2nd generation. The only watch I loved was the Gear S2. After doing my research on which smartwatch to get, I had made my decision on the Asus ZenWatch. Unfortunately Best Buy didn’t have one of those available for me to try out or even put on my wrist. (Bad sales move Best Buy.) While I was going back and forth about buying something that I hadn’t even seen in real life, the in-store Samsung representative got a hold of me. While in the store I was having an airhead moment and couldn’t remember the main reason why my final choice was the ZenWatch (the Android Wear OS) so I ended up being swayed. He showed me the watch, let me put it on my wrist. Demonstrated how it worked and all it could do. Before I knew what happened, he had paired my phone and I was out the door with a beautiful new watch (at twice the price) on my arm. Although I loved it, once I got home, I remembered why I wanted the ZenWatch, the Android Wear operating system. Well I couldn’t spend that much money without being completely sure that’s what I wanted so 2 days later I bought the ZenWatch. I wore both of them for one day but never really formed an affinity for the ZenWatch. It was heavy and slow and not as easy to use. (My full review of the ZenWatch is available under that product.) I returned the ZenWatch and exchanged it for the Moto 360 2nd gen. Since I was already in the $300 range for a smartwatch, why not compare apples to apples (no pun intended.) [Both the Gear S2 and the Moto 360 2nd gen have a heart rate monitor; the ZenWatch does not.] After forcing myself to wear the Moto 360 for one full day, I finally decided the keep the Samsung Gear S2. I was skeptical about why to get a smartwatch but I was bored with the standard watches I had and wanted a fitness tracker so I thought I’d treat myself for my birthday. O. M. G. Life is so much easier with a smartwatch. You’re not so tied to your phone (in your hand) when the key functions are on your wrist. At my job, I turn off my ringer and put the phone away in the drawer. I may hear the phone in the drawer, but with every vibration being the same instead of unique notifications, I don’t know if I’ve received junk mail or an important text. With a smartwatch, I can glance at my wrist and know if action is needed. I can quickly send a short response without opening up my phone. (Isn’t that what the middle age working generation is all about? We know it’s not professional to have our phones glued to our hands as an extra appendage but we still want to respond to certain things in real time.)
I’ll start with the cons of the S2 just because there are fewer of those. I really didn’t want a sports gadget on my wrist on a daily basis. I wanted something that looked like a normal (dressy) watch. I didn’t want to try the Tizen operating system. I’m skeptical of trying a new operating system before it becomes well established. Tizen doesn’t have as many apps as Android Wear. How reliable is this rotating bezel going to be? I’ve found the rotating bezel does get moved (activated) when putting on or taking off shirts and jackets. It is slightly heavier than an everyday standard watch. In spite of all those cons, the Gear S2 is still an amazing device.
First and foremost, the S2 is easy to use! I like that is has 2 buttons on the side instead of one single button. Sometimes you need to go BACK but not START OVER. At other times you’re done with working with an app and want to go back to the watch face. Very smart! Using the bezel you can scroll through the apps not just one at a time but the face of the watch has a circle of apps to choose from (so time efficient!) It’s easy to choose which apps to be able to scroll through AND you can reorder them very easily from your phone. You can easily edit the texts and missed calls/missed texts that you send. The voice recorder for sending texts, etc is super sensitive and accurate. The heart rate monitor is fairly accurate. I personally don’t use the watch as a fitness tracker, mainly because the watch is a little heavy and I don’t wear my watch 24/7 but it did make me aware that I’m not as active as I thought I was and I do need a fitness tracker. It also alerts me to get off my backside if I’ve been sitting too long (an hour or more) and praises me when I do get up. It's helpful when I’ve gotten home from work but I’ve forgotten to take my phone out of my bag or forgotten to turn the ringer back on, the phone still alerts me that I have a call, text, etc. It’s kind of ironic. With this smartwatch I’m more connected to my contacts, including my on-line world but I’m less connected to my physical phone so it feels less intrusive. One last con - I tend to talk with my hands. The watch does light up repeatedly while I’m talking which is a little distracting to the conversation; the person you’re talking to sees the watch light up as our eye is drawn to flashes of light. I’m sure I can figure out how to minimize that little problem. I still which I could change out the watch band and that it didn't look so much like a sports device. (Theoretically there will be interchangeable watch bands but they’re not out there yet.)
63 out of 63 found this review helpful.
One of the very best smartwatches.
Posted by: kodos78 from: on
Got mine today. This watch is very impressive. It feels authentically digital. It doesn't feel like it is trying to impersonate a "real" watch. It feels like a 21st century wristwatch. It is very well built (though, perhaps a notch below a Stainless Steel Apple Watch), and doesn't feel bulky like the Moto360 or Huawei or Apple Watches. It is very light, the weight disappears on your wrist. These are all issues I've had with smartwatches in the past.
The display is gorgeous. Very nice pixel density. And the rotating bezel? Genius. It is a great user interface choice for a watch. Gone are the endless swipes of Android Wear. This also allows the watch to be smaller since you don't need a large watch face to interact with. Well done, Samsung.
The only potential downsides are the lack of Google apps since this runs Tizen and not Android Wear. Of course since it doesn't run Android Wear, it doesn't feel like a cartoon watch either (those cards, Google? Those are awful). It is very sad seeing a high end Hauwei watch run Android Wear, and seeing those way too bright and loud cards pop up on a beautiful stainless steel watch. Ouch.
But this thing so far is very nice. I am very pleased, and I cannot say I've ever not had buyer's remorse after buying a smartwatch. This is the first smartwatch I think I'll want to wear for a long time. Well done, Samsung.
I use this watch with my Note 5, and it has been seamless so far. If you want a Smartwatch on the Android platform, this is the watch to get.
42 out of 43 found this review helpful.
I love it
Posted by: Stosh from: on
As a faithful samsung customer I had high hopes for the gear s2 and I haven't been too disappointed. The features in the samsung gear app allow for every app on my phone to be allowed to send notifications and even receive feedback via the gear. Tizen may have been a weakness but I can get all my Google services notifications: hangouts, Gmail, and messager. I can even reply right into those apps!
Testing the 2-3 day battery claim right now and I hope by using Google reminders I will update after I find out.. if I actually find the time :) as of right now, get the gear, you will love it!
25 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Yllek from: on
I have a difficult time hearing/ feeling my phone ring when it's in my purse and have been looking for a smartwatch to bridge to my phone for a while. After researching online, I decided to wait until this watch was released. Today. So glad I've waited. The setup/ connection to my Samsung phone was seamless (once I figured out what app to download- I got a Spanish one first!). Download direct from the Samsung site. It's a much easier go. Pleased with the look and functionality. Still having fun playing with features. No disappointments yet! Nice round box design, too!
25 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Better then expected
Posted by: MH10215 from: on
Previously I used Samsung Gear 2neo, Gear S and Gear S2 now, it is far better then those I had, much nicer and easier control with the new rotating bezel. Extremely happy!!!
26 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Victor from: on
Samsung Gear S2 is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally years ahead of any other smartwatch in the market. Samsung reinvents the smartwatch with Gear S2, period !!
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Best SmartWatch in my opinion out of all others!
Posted by: BIGROB6000 from: on
I have owned every smartwatch from Samsung since they started making them. Gear 1 batter life bad, Gear 2 was Awesome until they released the Gear S & that was by far my best Smartwatch until now. I also owned the Moto 360 & now have the Moto 360 2 & it's awesome as well but not much different than the Moto 30 1. What is so good about the Gear S 2 over the other Samsung watches is the Wireless charging dock. The battery life is as advertised...... It last for 2 to 3 days easy & that's with my brightness all the way up! It's fast in between moving screens & it's size is perfect! The Gear S was very noticeable & it gets a lot of attention because it's so big on the wrist. The Apple watch is WAY TOO small!!!!! The Gear S2 size is is just big enough & it's round like it should be. No speaker to talk on like the last but you can use voice text to send messages. The way you text is on this watch is a little different from previous version. You can speak it, emoji it which is really cool & the part I don't like is if you want to type you have to use T9 word which sucks!!!! I only type when I have to like in noisy areas or church. You can still use S Voice but it's still not perfect yet on this watch but I'm sure Samsung will fix it on a firmware soon. Overall it's the watch you want & it barely has weaknesses so in my opinion it's worth the $300 or if you can wait, get the 3G version which has a standalone phone #. Hope this rating helps.........
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Posted by: seb15 from: on
The gear s2 is a great smartwatch! I've been using it every day since it was released on 10/02. I'll go over my experience with the watch and what to expect:
+The watch is comfortable to wear for long periods of time and it's not too heavy on the wrist.
+The screen is not very big, but it is big enough to be able to read your notifications and use your apps. The screen is gorgeous to look at and visible in direct sunlight
+ The rotating bezel is a joy to use and it's very intuitive. This makes the gear s2 easier to use than android wear watches or even the apple watch.
- There are not many apps on the app store for the watch at the moment, but many are being developed at the moment and will launch soon (including many presented by samsung when they announced the watch.
+The watch is a great fitness tracker, it tracks your steps and automatically detects whenever you are doing light activity(walking or running) and logs it in the shealth app. This feature is GREAT and is not present in android wear devices or the apple watch. However, do not expect it to be better than Polar fitness trackers.
+You can control the music that is being played on your phone from the watch(yes, this includes spotify - haven't tested it with pandora or google play music yet).
+ The battery life on this watch blows out of the water the battery life on many other smartwatches: Been using it all day to read my notifications, look at the time and control my music and I am at 86 percent of battery (9am to 9pm).
- There is NO speaker on this watch model, and you CANNOT talk on the phone with this watch. Yes, that is unfortunate, but no.. that doesn't mean the product should be rated 1/5.
+ There are two vibration levels, and the strongest one is definitely strong enough for you not to miss it, but not too strong.
+ This watch is also IP68 certified water and dust resistant, which is a big plus.
- The S-Voice assistant is definitely not the best voice assistant, but is not too bad. You can place calls or dictate texts relatively easy with it. I have not been able to make reminders for some weird reason.
- Google Now or Google Maps have no available apps for this watch. This is definitely a con. However, Here maps (owned by nokia) is a very decent maps app that can be used on this watch.
As a summary, yes I would recommend this to a friend. But, as any product, it has its limitations. Most people that rate it 1/5 or 2/5 did not do their research before purchasing this product and were expecting something that was never advertised by Samsung.
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Gavin from: on
this smart watch is the next big thing and a great competetor with the apple watch. If you are looking for a smart watch the samsung gear s2 is my choice hands down. this product is a great gift to any one who loves tec or if you love them. the price might seem expensive but every penny whas worth it.
Best smart watch ever!!
33 out of 39 found this review helpful.
It does what they claim, with a Samsung Galaxy S5
Posted by: JW55901 from: Rochester, MN on
I watched lots of youtube videos prior to purchase so I knew what I was getting. I bought two. The on surprise was how automatically it connects to WiFi when the link to the phone is broken. It must get the WiFi password from the phone and remembers it after the link is broken. This is key because the watch and phone can continue to communicate as long as they are on the same Wifi Network.
Setup was super easy and pairing was effortless.
battery life was at 50% after 24 hours. However, this is on the weekend when my email alerts are sparse. I get 100 emails per day on the weekday so we'll see how long this battery lasts then.
One comment about alerts. My email alerts weren't coming through for some reason. To solve the problem, I disabled the feature in the Samsung Gear app at Notifications-->Limit notifications. Apparently, this feature, when on, prevents alerts to your watch if your phone is on. It's a reasonable feature since you don't really need alerts to your watch if you're looking at the phone.
All other details were as described in youtube videos.