Samsung Gear 2 Neo

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

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Smart Notification: Samsung Gear 2 Neo 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. | 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. | Enjoy Music On Th... More

Smart Notification: Samsung Gear 2 Neo 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. | 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. | Enjoy Music On The Go: Gear 2 Neos Standalone Music Player connects with Bluetooth headsets to bring musical enjoyment to your fitness routines without the need to carry around a smartphone. | 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] Devices must have the following criteria to be compatible: Android version 4.3, Jelly Bean or higher / WVGA or higher screen resolution / 1.5GB or higher memory

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Specification

Brand Samsung
Model SM-R3810ZKAXAR
Size 3 cm (1.2 in)

Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)


TrustedReviews

Cheaper and slightly better value than the Gear 2

from TrustedReviews

The Gear Neo 2 is definitely an improvement on the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but it's still a deeply average product. Yes, it does have a better battery life, a more intuitive interface and some interesting fitness-based features, but it’s let down in so many other areas.

The app support is a bit laughable at the moment. There needs to be less of a focus on the ridiculous nature of making calls on a watch and a greater emphasis on running apps and offering the kind of bite-size information that will be at the heart of Android Wear smartwatches...

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The Gear Neo 2 is definitely an improvement on the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but it's still a deeply average product. Yes, it does have a better battery life, a more intuitive interface and some interesting fitness-based features, but it’s let down in so many other areas.

The app support is a bit laughable at the moment. There needs to be less of a focus on the ridiculous nature of making calls on a watch and a greater emphasis on running apps and offering the kind of bite-size information that will be at the heart of Android Wear smartwatches.

While the battery life is better, it’s still not close enough to a week that we feel ought to be the minimum for any smartwatch.

It doesn’t have the metal design of the Gear 2, but the plastic look it’s not terribly cheap or as unattractive as we thought it might be. Omitting the camera is not such a big deal when you read what we had to say about its performance on the Samsung Gear 2 as well.

There’s not a great deal of alternatives to consider but the Pebble smartwatch provides the most compelling argument for a wrist-worn device at the moment. It’s cheaper at £129 and while it only has an e-ink display, it works with the iPhone and Android phones and has greater app support.

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Wareable

The best full-featured smartwatch from the biggest of the big tech companies

from Wareable

It's £70 cheaper than the top-end Gear 2 and only missing the questionable camera and the superior metal finish. It still looks good, has a superb screen and brings all the notifications away from your phone and straight to your wrist in a very effective and usable manner. If you’re a...More

It's £70 cheaper than the top-end Gear 2 and only missing the questionable camera and the superior metal finish. It still looks good, has a superb screen and brings all the notifications away from your phone and straight to your wrist in a very effective and usable manner. If you’re a Samsung Galaxy smartphone user looking to jump into wearables, the strong features and performance here will see you right.

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Forbes

The mainstream smartwatch for the summer

from Forbes

What the Gear 2 Neo provides is a mainstream smartwatch at one of the most competitive prices on the market. Yes, the Pebble smartwatch system is slightly cheaper, and the geeks and hackers are probably going to appreciate the Palo Alto based upstart more than any others, but for the mainstream u...More

What the Gear 2 Neo provides is a mainstream smartwatch at one of the most competitive prices on the market. Yes, the Pebble smartwatch system is slightly cheaper, and the geeks and hackers are probably going to appreciate the Palo Alto based upstart more than any others, but for the mainstream users the Gear 2 Neo is one of the most accessible and practical smartwatches at the moment. Android Wear may turn out to be a more competent system by Christmas 2015 after eighteen months of iterative improvements, but out of the respective boxes the Gear 2 Neo is probably the best smartwatch for the mass market.

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PC Magazine

Ditches the camera for a less expensive price tag

from PC Magazine

The Neo has the same general measurements as the Gear 2, at 1.49 by 2.31 by 0.39 inches (HWD), but the lack of a camera makes it even lighter, at 1.94 ounces (not counting the adjustable strap). The Neo comes in three different colors, including black, orange, and a brownish gray. The display is surrounded by the same brushed metal design as the Gear 2, but the rest of the face is made of polycarbonate instead of metal. It doesn't make for a dramatically different look, and in the case of the orange model, I actually prefer the brightly colored polycarbonate to the subdued metal model...

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The Neo has the same general measurements as the Gear 2, at 1.49 by 2.31 by 0.39 inches (HWD), but the lack of a camera makes it even lighter, at 1.94 ounces (not counting the adjustable strap). The Neo comes in three different colors, including black, orange, and a brownish gray. The display is surrounded by the same brushed metal design as the Gear 2, but the rest of the face is made of polycarbonate instead of metal. It doesn't make for a dramatically different look, and in the case of the orange model, I actually prefer the brightly colored polycarbonate to the subdued metal model.

The only other difference is that the Gear 2 Neo lacks a camera. That's no big deal. While the Gear 2 features a 2-megapixel sensor at the top, photos taken with the watch can't compare to even basic smartphone cameras. It also has a non-suppressible sound effect every time you take a shot, and video recording is limited to 15-second clips, both of which limit its utility. Considering you need a companion device to use the Neo in the first place, you're better off using the camera on your connected smartphone. 

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Cnet

Offers the best balance of features and price among Samsung's three 2014 smartwatches

from Cnet

The Gear 2 Neo is the best Samsung smartwatch yet, but it's not yet an essential smartwatch.

The biggest problem with all of Samsung's current wearables are their dependence on Samsung phones to pair with. If the Gear 2 Neo worked with more phones, I'd like it more. It's priced lower than the Pebble Steel, and losing the Gear 2's camera and metal design are well worth it for the extra hundred dollars in savings. There are clear hardware advantages to the Gear 2 Neo's many extra features, but they're collectively a jumble versus being a coherent wrist-worn whole...

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The Gear 2 Neo is the best Samsung smartwatch yet, but it's not yet an essential smartwatch.

The biggest problem with all of Samsung's current wearables are their dependence on Samsung phones to pair with. If the Gear 2 Neo worked with more phones, I'd like it more. It's priced lower than the Pebble Steel, and losing the Gear 2's camera and metal design are well worth it for the extra hundred dollars in savings. There are clear hardware advantages to the Gear 2 Neo's many extra features, but they're collectively a jumble versus being a coherent wrist-worn whole.

On the eve of new Google wearable devices, due possibly as soon as at Google's developer conference in late June, you're better off waiting. Samsung may have improved its wearable hardware, but the software it's running could be a lot better. And, by the end of this year, Samsung may very well have other watches that are better still. I'd want to see what Android Wear is all about before making the leap to Gear. But if you really want a smartwatch now, and you want one that works with Samsung phones, the Gear 2 Neo is the best bet. It's a very solid leap forward...it's just not fully there yet. 

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Tech Advisor

Impressive and good value for money

from Tech Advisor

At a more reasonable price tag than the flagship model, the Samsung Gear 2 Neo is decent smartwatch with plenty of features - we don't care about the lack of a camera. However, the need for a specific Samsung companion device and a limited amount of downloadable apps detract somewhat.

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At a more reasonable price tag than the flagship model, the Samsung Gear 2 Neo is decent smartwatch with plenty of features - we don't care about the lack of a camera. However, the need for a specific Samsung companion device and a limited amount of downloadable apps detract somewhat.

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Pocket-lint

Beautiful display and looks good with reasonable price

from Pocket-lint

The Samsung Gear 2 Neo does a brilliant job of what it sets out to do: acting a go-between to your Samsung phone. Despite effectively hitting the reset button and ditching Android in favour of Tizen, Samsung has resolved many of the issues with the original Galaxy device.

The display is fantastic and both the design and user interface grew on us the more we used the device. As a watch it's rather accomplished and we're fans...

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The Samsung Gear 2 Neo does a brilliant job of what it sets out to do: acting a go-between to your Samsung phone. Despite effectively hitting the reset button and ditching Android in favour of Tizen, Samsung has resolved many of the issues with the original Galaxy device.

The display is fantastic and both the design and user interface grew on us the more we used the device. As a watch it's rather accomplished and we're fans.

But while the Korean company has been busy improving its system, the impending arrival of Android Wear threatens the Gear's potential success. Samsung has opted to lock the Gear to Samsung smartphones only, which in addition to the limited number of apps on its Tizen platform could be a costly move.

Given its £169 price tag, the Gear 2 Neo delivers a lot of tech and is steps ahead of the original Galaxy Gear. Whether it's for you is another question, however, as you may still find the addition of a "middle man" device a pointless endeavour. Not us, though, as we've been swayed into the camp that finds the Neo an exciting prospect, even if it's one that's not fully bloomed just yet. 

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Android Authority

A worthy offering

from Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy 2 Neo is everything the Samsung Gear 2 is, except for the camera and metal construction. The Neo is lighter, which makes it more comfortable to wear during extended durations. The plastic construction makes it look and feel less polished and premium than its flagship counterpart, however...

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The Samsung Galaxy 2 Neo is everything the Samsung Gear 2 is, except for the camera and metal construction. The Neo is lighter, which makes it more comfortable to wear during extended durations. The plastic construction makes it look and feel less polished and premium than its flagship counterpart, however.

If you’re not so concerned about smartwatch photography and the higher-end feel, then you might appreciate the Neo better, especially with its $199 price tag. Keep in mind that Samsung’s entire current smartwatch lineup is compatible only with Samsung devices, so if you’re not so keen on this particular brand or ecosystem, the Gear 2 Neo might not be the device for you. However, if you’re already using Samsung devices, then the Gear 2 Neo, and likewise the Gear 2 and Gear Fit, do offer added functionality over other brands of smartwatches. 

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TechRadar

The best smartwatch on the market so far

from TechRadar

The Gear 2 Neo is a step forward for Samsung, and one that's very much in the right direction. It's the best smartwatch on the market right now, no question, perhaps only challenged by the Pebble Steel.

It lacks the longevity of the Pebble, and needs more developers on board still to be a truly decent option, but there's a lot going on here to like...

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The Gear 2 Neo is a step forward for Samsung, and one that's very much in the right direction. It's the best smartwatch on the market right now, no question, perhaps only challenged by the Pebble Steel.

It lacks the longevity of the Pebble, and needs more developers on board still to be a truly decent option, but there's a lot going on here to like.

I'm looking forward to an improvement in the fitness abilities, perhaps not with this model but subsequent upgrades from Samsung. Given the speed with which the first Galaxy Gear was replaced, we'll be on version five of the Gear by the end of 2014... probably.

The Gear 2 Neo is a long way from perfect, but whether it's the high quality screen, heart rate monitor, water-resistant capabilities, infra-red remote or just the move of the home button, Samsung has put a lot of thought into how to make the first Gear better.

Some might baulk at the plastic finish, but the Gear 2 Neo looks the part and offers some real benefits if you're willing to spend that much to supplement your Samsung smartphone or tablet. 

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Stuff

A truly geeky accessory for Samsung users but far from essential

from Stuff

Having said all that about the looks, we’d still take the Neo over the Gear 2. Losing the camera really isn’t a loss at all, and while the Neo is less premium, the Gear 2 isn’t that gorgeous to begin with.

£180 is still a load to spend on an accessory for a Galaxy phone, though, and next to the more open, more apptastic Pebble it looks like pretty poor value...

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Having said all that about the looks, we’d still take the Neo over the Gear 2. Losing the camera really isn’t a loss at all, and while the Neo is less premium, the Gear 2 isn’t that gorgeous to begin with.

£180 is still a load to spend on an accessory for a Galaxy phone, though, and next to the more open, more apptastic Pebble it looks like pretty poor value.

Perhaps the bigger problem, though, is Android Wear: Google Now-powered smartwatches are coming from LG, Motorola and more, and they certainly look and sound to be a step-up from the current smartwatch crowd. If you must geek out right now, the Neo is the Gear we’d get. But we’ll be waiting for Wear. 

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1,590 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Samsung Gear 2 Neo. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

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18 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Samsung Gear 2 Neo. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.9 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

7.8/10

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