Samsung Gear 2

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  • Samsung Gear 2
  • Samsung Gear 2
  • Samsung Gear 2
  • Samsung Gear 2
  • Samsung Gear 2

Specs / Features


Seamless Communication: Samsung Gear 2 allows you to make and receive calls and read more on a large sAMOLED display making communication smooth and seamless. | Instant Notification: Samsung Gear 2 enables you to receive instant notifications from your phone and apps plus a variety of 3rd party apps which you can view clearly on a sAMOLED screen. | Everyday Captures: With the built-in camera, Gear 2 equips you to easily capture and record day to day moments as they happen with its FHD stillshot and 720p video recording. | Personalized Fitness Motivator: Samsung Gear 2, with its built-in Heart... More

Seamless Communication: Samsung Gear 2 allows you to make and receive calls and read more on a large sAMOLED display making communication smooth and seamless. | Instant Notification: Samsung Gear 2 enables you to receive instant notifications from your phone and apps plus a variety of 3rd party apps which you can view clearly on a sAMOLED screen. | Everyday Captures: With the built-in camera, Gear 2 equips you to easily capture and record day to day moments as they happen with its FHD stillshot and 720p video recording. | Personalized Fitness Motivator: Samsung Gear 2, with its built-in Heart Rate Sensor, S Health features, and pedometer, track your daily pattern of exercise to give you customized real time coaching to help you achieve your goals. | Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S5 / Galaxy Grand 2 / Galaxy Note 3 / Galaxy Note 3 Neo / Galaxy Note 2 / Galaxy S4 / Galaxy S3 / Galaxy S4 Zoom / Galaxy S4 Active / Galaxy S4 mini /Galaxy Mega 6.3 / Galaxy Mega 5.8 / Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) / Galaxy NotePRO (12.2) / Galaxy TabPRO (12.2/10.1/8.4) [Compatible device models to be further expanded]

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Specification

Brand Samsung
Model SM-R3800VSAXAR
Size 3 cm (1.2 in)

Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)


A very capable and tech filled smart watch

from UnleashThePhones

Samsung’s Gear 2 is definitely up there with the most functional of smart watches, though its design may not appeal to everyone. It is undeniably the best offering Samsung has available to date*. The only things that would probably stop you from purchasing the Gear 2 is the battery life, an... More

Samsung’s Gear 2 is definitely up there with the most functional of smart watches, though its design may not appeal to everyone. It is undeniably the best offering Samsung has available to date*. The only things that would probably stop you from purchasing the Gear 2 is the battery life, and its smartphone compatibility.

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Excellent build quality and design but pricey

from Hothardware

The Gear 2 is not a must-have device. It’s still very much an accessory, albeit a mostly excellent one for all the reasons mentioned above. And then there’s the price tag of $299.99, which is high enough to turn off throngs of on-the-fence users.

However, if you really want... More

The Gear 2 is not a must-have device. It’s still very much an accessory, albeit a mostly excellent one for all the reasons mentioned above. And then there’s the price tag of $299.99, which is high enough to turn off throngs of on-the-fence users.

However, if you really want a smartwatch and have one of Samsung’s compatible devices, the Gear 2 is a fine machine that you’ll be happy to own. We’ll be curious to see what the next generation of Samsung smartwatches has to offer.

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Plays the companion part just right but it’s price is quite steep

from GSMArena

The Samsung Gear 2 would have made a great first attempt by Samsung. There could be more to ask of number 2 but the truth is that Samsung has practically redesigned the Gear smartwatch from scratch this year – switching from Android to Tizen now seems the least of the changes.

The Samsung Gear 2 would have made a great first attempt by Samsung. There could be more to ask of number 2 but the truth is that Samsung has practically redesigned the Gear smartwatch from scratch this year – switching from Android to Tizen now seems the least of the changes.

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The best smartwatch of a bad bunch

from PCWorld

The Gear 2 is at best a second-generation experiment in the nascent wearable category. The design is off-putting — we tried to hide the watch in public — and although it has a suite of features, none of them satisfy a clear need. Some people might value one of its plethora of features... More

The Gear 2 is at best a second-generation experiment in the nascent wearable category. The design is off-putting — we tried to hide the watch in public — and although it has a suite of features, none of them satisfy a clear need. Some people might value one of its plethora of features, but most people won’t — and that's a big problem.

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Better, faster, smarter but not enough

from The Verge

I have to give Samsung credit where credit is due: it has addressed a lot of the problems of its first generation smartwatch with the Gear 2. It’s sleeker, faster, lasts longer on a charge, and lets you easily swap the band. The addition of step tracking and fitness coaching are also nice i... More

I have to give Samsung credit where credit is due: it has addressed a lot of the problems of its first generation smartwatch with the Gear 2. It’s sleeker, faster, lasts longer on a charge, and lets you easily swap the band. The addition of step tracking and fitness coaching are also nice improvements. It’s the best smartwatch Samsung has created, and it’s definitely better than the Galaxy Gear or the fitness-focused Gear Fit for pretty much everything.

But it’s still far from perfect, and the nagging issues with the interface and notifications and suboptimal battery life give me pause. Not to mention the fact that in order to use the Gear 2, you have to already own another Samsung smartphone or tablet, which keeps it out of the running for a lot of people.

It feels like the Gear 2 is a stopgap, a holdover until the real smartwatches come later this year. If you’re already in Samsung’s mobile ecosystem and want a smartwatch right now, the Gear 2 is likely your best bet. But for the rest of us, we’re probably better off waiting.

Essentially, Samsung has turned the smartwatch into a commodity, a product that can be pumped out every few months with little apparent effort. And it’s done this before the majority of its competitors have even entered the market. Other companies have already adopted Samsung’s strategy of releasing subpar wearables with the idea that they will just iterate on them over time. Acer’s CEO Jason Chen recently told Engadget that its wearable strategy is “get the product [out] and see how it goes,” indicating that quality isn’t of the utmost concern.

Samsung is one of Google’s many partners for the promising Android Wear project, which is expected to launch formally in just a few weeks. Samsung’s wearable strategy isn’t entirely clear yet — it could ditch the Gear platform and put its full weight behind Android Wear. Or it could offer both options at the same time — being the world’s largest electronics company affords those luxuries. If it’s able to take the best of the Gear 2 — the step tracking, IR blaster, and display — and mate it with Google’s platform, we might have something interesting on our hands (and wrists). Until then, it might be wise to hold on to your cash and see what’s coming in the near future. 

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An expensive product hindered by an impractical design and redundant features

from What Mobile

The design needs a rethink but the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 provides decent fitness tracking features and a good music player. Trimming down on other functions, however, would have made for a slimmer and sleeker product.

The design needs a rethink but the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 provides decent fitness tracking features and a good music player. Trimming down on other functions, however, would have made for a slimmer and sleeker product.

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Seems somewhat pointless, like most smartwatches

from The Inquirer

For £250, the Gear 2 is cheaper than its predecessor, which retailed for £300 when it launched in the UK, but it is still rather pricey for what it does. The fitness tracking features are a nice bonus, but the Gear 2 offers a feature set limited by the Android phone it is attached to,... More

For £250, the Gear 2 is cheaper than its predecessor, which retailed for £300 when it launched in the UK, but it is still rather pricey for what it does. The fitness tracking features are a nice bonus, but the Gear 2 offers a feature set limited by the Android phone it is attached to, although it saves on fishing the phone out of your pocket to take calls.

We didn't like the idea of talking to a watch when taking a call, it felt too unnatural, but for those who don't mind doing this, or having yet another device to charge every other night, then the Gear 2 is one of the better, if not inexpensive, smartwatches on the market. 

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Not a very smart watch

from International Business Times

The Gear 2 might be an attractive proposition for someone who already owns one of the compatible Samsung smartphones.

Yes Samsung has made the new watch lighter and slimmer, as well as improving the interface and performance, while making a decent-looking wearable.

But the p... More

The Gear 2 might be an attractive proposition for someone who already owns one of the compatible Samsung smartphones.

Yes Samsung has made the new watch lighter and slimmer, as well as improving the interface and performance, while making a decent-looking wearable.

But the problems remain. It is very expensive, has poor battery life (though admittedly better than the Galaxy Gear) and its best functions are easily replicated by a fitness band a this of its price.

Samsung clearly wanted to get to the wearable market first, and it succeeded. But even the second generation of smartwatch from the company has just got too many problems to recommend it. 

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A smartwatch that tries to be everything

from Cnet

Too weird, too feature-heavy, but undoubtedly a big improvement: Samsung's Gear 2 shows, if nothing else, that Samsung has impressive hardware expertise. We already knew that, though. The Gear 2 feels more like a demonstration of technological prowess than a product worth buying. If you're dead-s... More

Too weird, too feature-heavy, but undoubtedly a big improvement: Samsung's Gear 2 shows, if nothing else, that Samsung has impressive hardware expertise. We already knew that, though. The Gear 2 feels more like a demonstration of technological prowess than a product worth buying. If you're dead-set on getting a smartwatch now, the Gear 2 is a better bet than last year's Galaxy Gear. But -- if you must have a Samsung smartwatch -- I'd save $100 and get the Gear 2 Neo instead.

That said, if you own a Samsung phone, there's no need to get a Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo. Future Android Wear watches will work too, and could be even better. It would make sense to wait a few months and see what comes next. 

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Doesn't do enough things well to justify its price

from Tom's Guide

Design-wise, the Gear 2 represents a nice refinement of Samsung's first smartwatch, but a lot more needs to be done to the software to justify the high $299 price. For one, there is a paucity of compatible apps, and with Samsung's announcement of its plans to develop an Android Wear smartwatch, w... More

Design-wise, the Gear 2 represents a nice refinement of Samsung's first smartwatch, but a lot more needs to be done to the software to justify the high $299 price. For one, there is a paucity of compatible apps, and with Samsung's announcement of its plans to develop an Android Wear smartwatch, we're not convinced that developers will embrace the Tizen OS.

If you like the design of Samsung's smartwatches, the Gear 2 Neo costs $100 less and only lacks the camera on the Gear 2. Either way, though, we suggest waiting until Samsung's Android Wear watch debuts, to see if more apps are developed for that platform. While it lacks a color screen and voice capability, the Pebble Steel has a greater app library and longer battery life in an equally attractive body. 

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

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941 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Samsung Gear 2. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.3 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8.6/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

8 from Amazon.ca

8 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Samsung Gear 2. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.6 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

9.2/10

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