Samsung Gear S2 review
Good fit and finish
Above average battery life
Limited number of apps
No support for iOS
Watches are, and always will be, a highly subjective topic. Kind of like shoes, or a shade of lipstick. The Samsung Gear S2 has done well to break down some of these barriers and make a watch that is not only pleasing to the eye, but highly functional as well. We’re not talking about the functional as in it tells the time. We mean functional like its’ spinning bezel or any other of a dozen little things that just make… This. Watch. Work.
Materials are top-notch, fit and finish is amongst the best. The display is bright and readable and it performs well in a wide range of ambient lighting conditions. Samsung has learned a lot in the field of Smartwatches and they are applying it all to the Samsung Gear S2. There is still room for growth. For example, app selection is very small as it uses Samsung’s own OS (Tizen) for the watch as opposed to Android Wear. There’s no speakerphone, and S-commands are often lagging behind. If you can live without talking into your watch like Dick Tracey, then you’ll do fine. I’m confident that Samsung is moving in the right direction with their design and functions.
Here’s the thing. I don’t need to have 123 different apps on my watch. That’s what I have my phone. I need the essentials in a smartwatch. Fitness tracking, directions, notifications, contacts, calendar and maybe a few others. Does the Samsung Gear S2 have those? You betcha. I would say that it’s a great interim watch. A watch that is going to give you what you need now and tide you over for the next 12 to 16 months until these things get even smarter.
The watch fits well on many different wrists. The weight is just right and after wearing it for a number of days there was no irritation, rashes or anything else. The “why is the watch different” is answered when you start turning the bezel. It just seems the natural way to navigate a watch. Movement on a horizontal plane works a lot more for me than trying to turn a little dial on a vertical one. There’s just more real estate to work with to get the job done. The watch is round, was designed to be round, and its interface is round. It works really well together, and I wouldn’t be surprised that other manufactures start to mimic a bit of the Samsung Gear S2 magic.
I suspect that ultimately Samsung will return to Android Wear and the line of Samsung Gear smartwatches will continue to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack in the near future.