The Samsung Gear S2 model is one of the best mainstream smart watches out on the market. It doubles perfectly as a casual and dress smart watch, where its versatility on the outside is as excellent as the technology on the inside.

With the ease of use of a Pebble smart watch and a slick design that makes this model so unique, the Samsung Gear S2 is leaps and bounds beyond most smart watches on the market today and is in a high functioning category of its own—and shared by few. Wearable technology has never looked so good and performed more admirably.

Brand: Samsung
Type: Gear S2
Model: SM-R7200ZWAXAR
Samsung: http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/wearable-tech/SM-R7200ZWAXAR

Specs/Size/Design

The Gear S2 is so popular because not only is Samsung well-known and respected for its smart phones and other technology, but their wearable technology has had the top of the line design, functionality, as well as great versatility.

The main display was designed in a traditional circle but with elegant curves that make the overall look a sleek and high-quality design. This model has a screen size of 1.2 inches and a resolution of 360 x 360 x 302ppi. With the Tizen based platform, the Gear S2’s operating system is compatible with Android devices.

Samsung has announced that in the later part of 2016, the Gear S2 will begin working with devices running on Apple’s iOS software, such as iPhones and iPads, in addition to its Android-based compatibility.

With an Internal Memory of 4 GB and RAM of 512 MB, the amount of information the wearer can transfer, download, and keep on the Gear S2 is immense. From contact information, social media apps, text messaging, music, health and fitness apps, and much more, this elegant smart watch can do it all.

The traditional but revolutionary design of the Gear S2 has been a huge hit among smart watch users—with its elegant figure and use of premium finishes, the style of this model cannot be denied. The user can wear this device in a variety of ways. They can personalize not only the finish, but the display face. There are endless options to choose from to create the digital watch face that is unique to the wearer.

From digital, digital minimalist, analog-style face, traditional designs, and even a diver’s watch style—the Gear S2 can be transformed to look like an entirely different watch with an easy selection by the user.

The bezel can be rotated for easy access and selection, which has been a user favorite. You can receive notifications with a glance and receive texts, send messages, manage your time wisely, utilize applications, and more.

Rotating bezel makes it easy to rotate between icons

Rotating bezel makes it easy to rotate between icons

    The Tech Specs:

  • Unisex design
  • Display Size: 1.2 inch, Super AMOLED
  • Case Dimension: 42mm x 49.8mm
  • Case Depth: 11.4mm
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Resolution: 360 x 360 x 302ppi
  • Android-based, with Tizen based wearable platform
  • Will become compatible with Apple’s iOS Software beginning in late 2016
  • Case Crystal: Gorilla3
  • Rotating Bezel
  • 4 GB Internal Memory
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1 lb. in weight
  • Battery Type: 250mAh Lithium-Ion
  • Wireless Charging
  • 11 b/g/n 2.4 GHZ
  • Bluetooth v4.1
  • Processor Speed/Type: Dual Core, 1.0 GHz
  • NFC enabled
  • Features: S-Voice, Power Saving Mode, Privacy Lock, Voice, Voice Memo, Find My Device, S Health, Nike + Running, Gear Manager, Application usage, Schedule, News, Maps and Navigation, Weather, Contacts, Notifications, Messages, Email, Preset Text, Emoticons, Keypad, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Monitor, Ambient Light Sensor, Barometer.
Samsung Gear S2

Samsung Gear S2

Battery

Battery life is 2 to 3 days with normal use, and around 24 to 36 hours for users who spend more time on the watch. For all of the technology, vibrant colors, functionality, and connectivity, this is an excellent battery life.

With the wireless docking station, you can simply slip the watch on the docking station when you need to, without any extra wires hanging around.

Gear S2 Wireless Docking Station: Quick and Easy Charging

Wireless Charging Dock

The Good

One of the most popular features of the Gear S2 is the circular face and rotating bezel that allows you to navigate the watch face effortlessly and without covering the display. With a sharp Super AMOLED display with an Ambient Light Sensor, your display will always be at the best brightness level so you can use it inside and out without having to manually change the brightness.

The respectable battery life lasts anywhere from 1 to 3 days depending on usage and the interchangeable straps offers a variety of looks, colors, and designs that will make the Gear S2 unique to every user.

The variety of watch face designs to choose from is immense and can be changed at any time by the user. This makes the watch face extremely versatile in design and perfect for any occasion.

And with the wireless charging, there are no bulky cords to worry about when charging up for the day.

The Bad

At the present, the lack of iPhone and iOS compatibility is something many users are wanting. However, towards the end of 2016, the Gear S2’s that will be rolling out will be compatible with Apple iOS.

Some want a longer battery life but since the Gear S2 is essentially a wearable computer with outstanding technology and limitless options, notifications, and functionality, the battery life is quite good in my opinion. We will have to see if Samsung begins using a stronger battery than the 250mAh Lithium-Ion they are currently utilizing.

Overall, there is nothing bad about this smart watch. User reviews have spoken for themselves and the Samsung Gear S2 has been an overwhelming success.

Highlights

The rotating bezel seems to be the highlight of the Gear S2. It is easy to take for granted the S2’s incredible technology, versatility, and functionality. Once connected, users have become obsessed with the bezel. Most users immediately prefer using the rotating bezel rather than using the touchscreen to check notifications and open applications. With the ease of use and the smooth turn, it has become an addicting feature that allows the display to remain uncovered while offering greater tactile options for the user.

The Gear S2's Additional Bezel Display Control

The Gear S2’s Additional Bezel Display Control

Functionality

The speed of the operating system is extremely impressive and is faster than the Apple Watch. There are no complaints as far as responsiveness goes and waiting time for applications to open or notifications to arrive is essentially zero.

Samsung is a powerhouse that has excelled in Android operating systems and Android compatibility for years. Their expertise has allowed them to create the Tizen-based OS for this wearable tech, and exceed in all areas of wireless usage.

Functionality on the Gear S2 is outstanding. Its application functions, display responsiveness, voice activation, notification system, wireless charging, health tracking, display face functionality, and voice calls, are just some of the features the Gear S2 does with speed and ease. The OS is quick and responsiveness does not lag, even with multiple notifications coming in, streaming music, using applications, and more.

The tactile functionality is also top notch. With the versatility in watch face design, the wearer has a ton of options for appropriate wear. This watch is perfect for casual wear, fitness wear, business use, work, as a professional, and even at dress events.

Pricing

Depending on where and when you buy, you can buy the Gear S2 from its retail value of $299.99 to only $249.99, on Samsung’s website. After using all of the outstanding functions that the Gear S2 offers, as well as the amazing speed, vibrancy, and highlight features, this smart watch is without a doubt, worth the price. It is even cheaper than the Apple Watch and is more functional, attractive, and user-friendly than Apple’s smart watch.

There are many other smart watches with less features, inferior functions, and lack of versatility that go for more on the wearable tech market. The Gear S2 is absolutely one of the best smart watches available and for $299.99 or less, this is a smart watch you will not regret buying.

You can purchase the Samsung Gear S2 from a variety of retailers due to its popularity, including directly from Samsung at http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/wearable-tech/SM-R7200ZWAXAR.

Overall Impression

The Gear S2 has it all: a battery life that exceeds most mainstream smart watches, the best technology available, and all of the remote functions that a smart watch user is looking for. All of this, for the same price or below other smart watches that dare compete.

The design of the Gear S2 is attractive and catches the eye right off the bat. Whether the user has the watch face in digital mode, analog-style, traditional, or other countless face options, this watch can blend in to any environment with the attractiveness and ease that most other smart watches cannot boast.

My overall impression is the eyebrow raising technical specifications followed by its outstanding retail price. With future promise of iOS compatibility, soon, Apple users are also going to be enjoying the Gear S2 in droves.

The functionality of the Gear S2 gives me the impression of immediate trust. I would not hesitate to buy this smart watch. This is unusual because there is always some doubt after researching, whether one should commit to and buy something. However, due to the overwhelming functionality of this watch in every way, and the lack of major issues, this is one of the only smart watches that is so well rounded that it inspires faith in functionality almost immediately.

Rating Comments

The Samsung Gear S2 is so well rounded that it is difficult to find any faults despite digging deep. With an excellent price that is extremely competitive for the product, a design to kill for, limitless design options, nearly perfect functionality, and an overall quality that is enviable, the only very small fault is the battery life.

Most individuals wearing the Gear S2 are likely to be semi- to heavy-users of the watch on a daily basis. If used normally every day, you can get realistically around 2 days of battery life. However, for the tech users that this watch attracts, they will be using the features and functions of this watch far more often—this makes the battery life closer to a fully day, if not a little longer. For most users, this is not a problem considering the sheer power and features of this watch, and with the wireless charging dock, charging up this smart watch will also be easy and worth it in the end.

Included in the purchase box is the Gear S2, a Large and a Small size watch strap, Travel Adapter, the Wireless Charging Dock, and a Quick Start Guide.

Rating
9.8Overall Score
Price10
Battery Life9
Design10
Functionality 10
Overall Quality 10