• Display: 1.2-inch sAMOLED
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, NFC
  • Chipset: Exynos 3250
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Heart-rate monitor, Ambient light
  • Water Resistant: Yes (IP68)
  • Port: Proprietary wireless charging dock
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Weight: 47g
  • Pros:
  • Notifications viewing
  • Highly customisable
  • Cons:
  • Slight heart-rate variation

Gear Up With The Gear S2

Smart wearables are currently gaining traction in the mobile devices market, especially since fitness has become much more popular among young adults these days. Smart wearables designers know that designing a device that goes with fashion is an important step, and many smart wearables in the market at the moment are stylish and fashionable.

Enter the Samsung Gear S2, Samsung’s latest smartwatch which is also a fitness tracker. The small yet stylish device comes with a 1.2-inch sAMOLED display and a slew of other features that will help track your fitness and lifestyle. Using the proprietary Samsung app on your phone you can sync your Gear S2 and Android device through Bluetooth to receive notifications, browse through messages from apps like Whatsapp and sync your SHealth app with each other. Lest we forget, the Bluetooth connection can also be used to control media on your phone, allowing you to use your Gear S2 as a remote control.

The Gear S2 looks incredible and comes in both Dark Gray and Silver. The Silver comes from the bezel that is used to navigate through the menus and apps. Rotating the bezel gives a satisfying tactile click and seamlessly browses through the menus with ease. The wristband is removable and additional wristbands can be bought to customise the look and feel of your Gear S2.

Notifications are decently timely and navigating the messages can be done by swiping and tapping the display or turning the bezel. The Gear S2 is highly customisable, from look and feel to applications inside. Be it nstalling additional apps or downloading additional watch faces, there is so much that you can do if you try. Going back to the fitness tracking part of the Gear S2, the Gear S2 has a built in accelerometer and heart-rate monitor that helps keep track of your activity.

Tracking of steps, we believe is accurate when running, jogging or taking a brisk walk. Whereas the heart-rate monitor when used concurrently with a heart-rate monitor of gym equipment had a slight variation of 5-10bpm higher than shown on the gym equipment, which is still within a good range and shouldn’t affect your statistics too much. The Gear S2 also reminds you if you have been inactive and will vibrate slightly to let you know it’s time to get moving.

Battery life with Bluetooth on constantly is about 2-2.5 days and can be extended to 3 days if you use the power saving feature that pops up when your battery is low. Charging is quick and within a few hours the battery is full and ready for gearing up.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Stylish and small, the Gear S2 is something a techie would enjoy. Customisable with apps there are plenty of things you can do with it, and the fitness tracking capabilities of the Gear S2 is something you can rely on.

(previously published in issue January 2016)

Samsung Gear S2 Sport