Along with the Gear VR, Samsung today also launched its Gear S2 smartwatch in India. Unlike other smartwatches that run on Android Wear, the Gear S2 runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS. The smartwatch is kind of unique with its sharp circular display and a fun rotating bezel UI. We spent some time with the Gear S2 today and here’s what we think about it. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
One of the first things that strike about the Gear S2 is its superior display fitted in a circular dial. The display has quite impressive indoor legibility, courtesy the 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 360×360 pixels resolutions which converts into a pixel density of 302 ppi. Unlike some other smartwatches, the colors really pop out on that tiny display. It comes with Gorilla Glass protection and is available in dark grey and silver stainless steel cases. Replaceable straps in multiple colors are also available. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
Though there are already quite a few round-dial smartwatches such as the Moto 360 , Huawei Watch, LG Watch Urbane, Samsung has cleverly added a rotating bezel around the dial, which forms the primary user interface for operating the smartwatch. The rotating bezel is actually quite interesting and can come very handy at times, for an example you have to go through long emails. On the Gear S2, you don t need to swipe up or down on the display but just rotate the bezel.
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The circular UI looks quite optimized for the rotating bezel interface, and worked smoothly during our brief usage. There are two buttons on the side of the watch, one of the buttons brings up the app icons, while the other is a back button for returning to the home screen.
Besides a near-excellent design and UI, the Gear S2 comes with a slew of applications. For fitness, it comes with heart rate monitor, activity tracker, S Health, Nike+ Running app among others. It has sensors such as accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate, ambient light and even a barometer. For connectivity, the wearable supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. It also has IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.
Like Android Wear-based smartwatches, the Gear S2 lets you respond to messages and calls. You can also use S Voice for voice-based actions. You can also use the smartwatch to listen to music loaded on the smartwatch (it has 4GB of built-in storage) through a paired Bluetooth headphone.
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The Samsung Gear S2 is compatible with non-Samsung smartphones running on Android 4.4 or above, and have at least 1.5GB of RAM. A 250mAh battery powers the smartwatch, which the company claims is good to last at least two days.
During our brief usage, we were quite impressed with the Samsung Gear S2 and its features. We liked the design, especially the innovation with a rotating bezel. But we will reserve our final verdict until we have thoroughly reviewed the smartwatch.