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.