Gear S2: Samsung’s Attempt To Remain In The Smartwatch Business

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The smartwatch business is risky business. There are quite a few players in the market and most are still striving to find the perfect match between ‘smart’ and ‘dumb’ watches to ensure that their devices will be popular among consumers. On that note, Samsung has just announced their latest smartwatch called the Gear S2 which sports a circular dial.

The new watch will be Tizen powered and come in two models – the regular Gear S2 and a Gear S2 Classic. Information regarding the pricing and release date is yet to be revealed by Samsung but we will tell you what we know so far.

Among the two devices, the Gear S2 Classic has a black finish and a matching leather band and it is aimed at competing with high end devices such as the LG Watch Urbane and the Apple Watch. The regular model will come in a dark gray case with a gray band or in a silver case with a white band. Much like Apple, Samsung also claims that the package options can easily be swapped for different styles.

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The watch looks quite neat, but we wouldn’t say it is the best looking watch out there. It has a 1.2 inch circular display with a resolution of 360 x 360 and is surrounded by a rotating bezel

The watch looks quite neat, but we wouldn’t say it is the best looking watch out there. It has a 1.2 inch circular display with a resolution of 360 x 360 and is surrounded by a rotating bezel.

This provides a means for control while home and back buttons can also be used to deal with notifications. In terms of services, Samsung says that it will be able to make mobile payments in the future through Samsung pay but no confirmation has been made regarding that. Battery life isn’t extraordinary and ranges from between 2-3 days.

The biggest drawback of the Gear S2 is that it will not have access to Android Wear’s growing collection of third-party apps.

However, the company claims that it will keep you in tune with your text messages, emails, calendars, news and fitness goals. You can monitor your fitness progression with a 24 hour activity log and the watch will remind you to work towards meeting your targets. Regardless of the perks from built-in apps and Samsung’s statement of working with developers to expand the ecosystem, it still has a long way to go as it is up against Android Wear and the Apple Watch.

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