Hands-on with a Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch: Can this unequivocally be my ideal …

December 11, 2015 - running watch


I’m a outrageous fan of wearables, though continue to hunt out for a one device that can do it all. we have found good products for specific functions, such as a Polar V800 for running, Apple Watch for calls, apps, and motivating me to move, and a Pebble Time for providing good presentation triage for about a week between charges.

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I examination reviews of a Samsung Gear S2, such as a one by CNET, and suspicion it looked like a good smartwatch candidate. However, a bottom indication doesn’t embody GPS so it can’t offer as my regulating watch. we afterwards saw a new Gear S2 3G seem on T-Mobile and bought one this past weekend given it ticked off all a boxes and has a possibility to be my ideal smartwatch, activity tracker, and GPS regulating watch.

For my personal needs, we wish a watch that lets me go on runs and marks my lane around GPS, lets me play song to my Bluetooth waterproof earbuds, has mobile use so we can vigilance my family if we go down or have a reserve issue, yield decent presentation triage, lane a other 23 hours of my day, final during slightest a full day, and demeanour good on my wrist. No singular wearable has nonetheless met these criteria, though a Samsung Gear S2 looks like it might usually be a one.

I usually examination ZDNet’s David Chernicoff’s excellent post on his practice regulating a Gear S2 3G for a past dual weeks and was unequivocally speedy to see his prolonged battery life and examination about a arriving NumberSync functionality.

Retail packaging

I picked adult a Gear S2 3G in dim gray from my internal T-Mobile store as a online store was backordered during slightest a week. It is accessible for $359.99 and has a $5/month use price for 500MB of data, total calls, and total content messages. It’s indeed $15/month, though if we have subordinate wireless use afterwards we will see a $10 credit seem any month.

The Gear S2 3G comes in a turn white box, reminiscient of a Moto 360. You will find an A/C adapter, USB cable, additional smaller watch band, and a wireless cradle in a package. The wireless cradle again reminds me of a Moto 360 given a watch sits adult in a nearby straight position with a dual earthy buttons confronting upwards. we examination that it’s a Qi charging cradle, though did not have success charging a watch with any of my other Qi chargers. Wireless charging is unequivocally good and a cradle works good on a nightstand.


I overwhelmed a Samsung Gear S2 in a store before we purchased it and was unequivocally tender with a fit and finish of a watch and pointed watch band. we suspicion we would cite a Gear S2 Classic looks, though with my enterprise for a watch to run with a leather is not a good option.

The Gear S2 3G is done of steel with matte finish silicone bands. The S2 3G is a bit thick during 13.4mm with a weight of 51 grams. This is a integrate mm thicker and includes a 300 mAh battery, compared to a 250 mAh ability on a non-3G model.

It looks grand and feels reward so we have no complaints on a form and design. The arrangement looks great, that is no warn given it’s a Samsung product. The arrangement is turn measuring 1.2 inches in hole and consists of AMOLED shade with 360 x 360 pixels resolution.

There are dual buttons on one side of a Gear S2 3G. The tip symbol serves as a behind symbol while a bottom symbol is a home button. The bezel also rotates 360 degrees to assistance we corkscrew by a UI and by lists. You can also navigate around a hold screen, though a rotating bezel is slick. It’s a opposite underline than we have seen on other smartwatches and so distant we am entirely enjoying it.

There is a heart rate sensor on a behind of a Gear S2 as good and so distant it seems to be tracking my heart rate sincerely accurately.







The Gear S2 3G runs a Tizen handling complement and to be honest we unequivocally don’t caring what OS a smartwatch runs as prolonged as it provides a facilities and apps we wish to use on a tiny screen. we have 20 apps commissioned on a Gear S2 during this time and haven’t found anything blank so far.

I am enjoying a Buddy app that lets we simply call or content your favorites, a S Health app that activates walking mode tracking automatically while we travel a mile to and from a sight to a office, a calendar that gives me a discerning perspective of what is designed for my day, a cold continue app that shows me what to design outside, and a accessible H2O and coffee tracker in S Health.

It was easy to find apps on my Galaxy Note 5 and sync them to a Gear S2 around a Gear Manager utility. There is a ton of settings in a Gear Manager app and on a Gear S2 and we devise to go by all of them over a subsequent week.

The UI is optimized for a watch and so distant has achieved flawlessly. we adore that a watch can mount alone though my phone too and devise to exam this out most some-more over a subsequent several days.First integrate of days

It’s transparent already to me that a Samsung Gear S2 is a best Samsung smartwatch to date. However, if we can’t get a battery to final me some-more than a 10-11 hours it is so far, afterwards it’s meaningless to me. we have a shade liughtness set to a unequivocally low 3 turn so a arrangement shouldn’t be murdering a battery. we also had my Galaxy Note 5 interconnected to a Gear S2 90 percent of a time so distant so a mobile connectivity shouldn’t be murdering a battery either.

Every examination of a non-3G chronicle praises a dual to 3 day battery life so we am anticipating this is usually compared with a break-in period. If not, maybe there is a forsake in my S2 as it should be means to get by during slightest one full day.

I’m anxious with a Tizen OS and functionality supposing by a Gear S2 3G so distant and can't wait to take it out for a run where we will unequivocally put it to a test. The OS is smartly designed with presentation appearing to a “left” of a watch face and apps to a “right”. You can appropriate down to entrance some discerning settings such as brightness, vibrate/ring, and more.

There are a ton of accessible watchfaces and an easy apparatus in a Gear Manager app to customize them to your preference.

You can take screenshots and simply send them to your phone (just check out my picture gallery), we can navigate to destinations right from your watch regulating GPS, we can call and content people with your voice, and so most some-more with a Gear S2.

Testing skeleton over a subsequent week

I’ve usually spent a integrate of days with a Gear S2 3G so distant and have a lot some-more to exam before we strike a 14-day death of a lapse period. we would expected not even cruise a lapse duration after even my singular experiences, though a intensely brief battery life severely concerns me.

Here is what else we devise to test. Please let me know in a comments if there are other things we would like to see me cover in my full examination subsequent week.

  • Cellular use as a stand-alone smartwatch
  • Bluetooth headset performance
  • Run tracking opening with Nike+ and a ability to trade that information to RunKeeper
  • 3rd celebration applications
  • Can we emanate a memo while running? we mostly have good ideas when we run and would adore to record them
  • S Voice performance
  • Daily activity tracking
  • Sleep tracking
  • Can we play song around a streaming use around a T-Mobile use on a watch? If so, that ones?

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