Samsung Gear 2 Review.
Samsung’s refresh of their popular entry into the wearables market the Gear smartwatch has arrived, although noticeably this year it is void of the word Galaxy and is just called the Samsung Gear 2, this is down to Samsung dropping the Android OS for Tizen. The watch has a new heart rate sensor and a new simplified interface, but unfortunately loses a lot of third party apps.
Performance, Display and Battery
The Gear 2 differs quite a bit from the Galaxy Gear of last year, it has a way more customizable interface, you can arrange different functions to appear for quick access, to save you endlessly swiping to find the app you’re looking for. The screen is the same size and resolution as 2013’s Galaxy Gear coming in at 1.63 inches and a resolution of 320 x 320 all crammed into a Super AMOLED screen.
Under the hood of the Gear 2 is a 1GHz dual-core Exynos processor which keeps everything running along pretty smoothly, using the heart rate and other fitness features always worked perfectly well, as well as the media player. The media player is built directly in the Gear 2 and can be used as a music player, with any music playing directly out of the watches speakers, alternatively it can be connected to a bluetooth speaker and music can played through the speaker.
Like most Samsung products there is a physical home button on the front of the Gear 2, this can be pushed once simply to wake the device or double tapped to bring up shortcuts to apps that you have selected, such as the heart rate monitor etc. You can also double tap the screen of the Gear 2 to wake it or double tap with two fingers to show information on the remaining battery life, tilting your wrist like you would to view time on a normal watch also wakes the device.