Even though Smartwatches are catching up now, Samsung has been working on them for 2 years now, albeit with little success thanks to shaky performance, less than appealing designs and other challenges.
However, the company may have hit a home run with the recently announced Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch on account of several factors, all of which we will be summarizing below.
Beginning with the design of the Gear S2, it is probably one of the best looking smartwatches in the market today, and actually looks like a watch instead of a mini computer thing you strap onto your wrist.
Not only is the watch round, it also has a reasonable size and comes with both rubber and leather straps that look great and are comfortable.
Apart from the watch’s design, one new feature is the way you navigate through the operating system using the bezel or dial around the watch. You can just rotate the bezel to scroll though the apps and lists etc, which is a much more convenient way than tapping on the small screen.
That being said, the display on the Gear S2 is quite bright and looks great overall, just like Samsung’s high-end phones. You can easily view the time on the watch, even in direct sunlight thanks to the ambient mode.
Surprisingly however, the Gear S2 does not run Android Wear and instead features Samsung’s own Tizen platform. However, the watch is officially compatible with any Android phone with Android 4.4 KitKat and 1.5 GB RAM or higher.
Features like Samsung Pay etc however will only work when the watch is paired with a compatible Samsung phone. Other than that, while Samsung has provided developers the tools needed to create apps for the Gear S2, it will be difficult initially to get many developers on board because they’d rather invest time into iOS and Android.
In terms of pricing etc, there are no real details available, but Samsung has said that the Gear S2 should have a good battery life and will work with almost all Android phones.
What do you think of the Samsung Gear S2 watch? Will you be buying one when it comes out? We’d love to hear your thoughts on it so please feel free to comment below and let us know.