Samsung Gear S2 review: a giant leap in smartwatch design

by Ahmed Kaludi November 25, 2015 at 12:44 am
Samsung Gear S2

Review Rating

Overall 10 9
  • Features 8
  • Design 10

Good

  • Excellent screen
  • Innovative rotating bezel
  • Slick Tizen UI

Bad

  • Limited number of apps
  • Lacking customisation options
  • Poor voice control

In the past, the quality of Samsung’s wearables was questionable, just look at the Gear 2, Gear Live, and hideous Gear S.

But when the Korean company unveiled the Gear S2 just before IFA 2015, it surprised us with a smartwatch which actually looked wearable.

Has Samsung broken tradition and built a smartwatch worthy of a place on your wrist, or is the Gear S2 destined for the sock draw?

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Design, Build Quality and Screen

We’ll start where we always do, with the design, an area where Samsung has struggled in the past. The Samsung Gear S may have been very smart, with no reliance on a smartphone, but no one in their right mind would want to wear it.

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Thankfully the Gear S2 is much more of a looker, with it’s fully circular screen, clean aesthetics and a futuristic design which pays homage to traditional watches.

The watch feels solid and well made, with durable (if not premium) materials.

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The rubber strap and metal casing is comfortable to wear, and it’s reasonably lightweight, coming in at 47g.

There isn’t a huge number of design options, with the standard S2 only available in black or white.

The Samsung Gear S2 measures 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4 mm, which is larger than some competitors, but due to a less bulky design, it feels smaller.

Interacting with the device is primarily done with the rotating bezel around the screen. It’s not an exaggeration when we say the bezel is a breakthrough in smartwatch interaction.

 

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