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Topic # 179329 4-Sep-2015 10:39
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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has announced the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, the company’s latest offering as a result of many years of progressive innovation in the wearables category. The Samsung Gear S2 comes in a versatile, circular design with an intuitive, custom UX and advanced features that enable users to enhance, personalize and bring more fun to their mobile experience.
 
The Gear S2’s unique rotating bezel, along with the Home and Back buttons, ensures users will have a quicker, more precise method to comfortably access notifications and applications.
 
Introduced in two different options – the Gear S2 and the Gear S2 classic – Samsung designed the Gear S2 to appeal to two distinct consumer preferences. The Gear S2 classic is made for users who prefer a more timeless watch design, offering an elegant Black finish with a matching genuine leather band. The Gear S2 is ideal for those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design.
 
“For the past several years, Samsung has pioneered and advanced the wearables category, bringing brave new concepts to the smart wearables market,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Business. “The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung’s most progressive innovation. It is the perfect complement for any occasion, easily taking you from day to night, from work to workout—and ensuring that you get more out of every moment in your day, by making it smarter and ultimately more personal and fun.”
 
A mere 11.4-millimeter thin, the Samsung Gear S2 brings a light and compact design to your wrist. It offers an incredibly vibrant viewing experience for a smartwatch, thanks to its 1.2-inch circular screen and its 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi). The applications on the Gear S2 can be viewed with amazing clarity so that users don’t miss notification pop-ups. Also, with the latest Tizen OS and an optimized 1-GHz dual core processor, the Samsung Gear S2 can perform tasks easily and efficiently.   
 
Users can stay connected with at-a-glance notifications to check calendars, e-mails, news and can even send important texts directly from their wrist. Users can choose the Gear S2 with 3G connectivity which incorporates the first-ever e-SIM with voice capability, to perform quick functions without being closely tethered to their phone.
 
New fitness functions on the Samsung Gear S2 will encourage consumers to stay healthy and active. The 24-hour activity log lets users view daily activity progress and patterns at a glance. It will also send reminder updates to motivate users to stay on track with their fitness goals.
 
For the ultimate convenience, the Samsung Gear S2 comes with NFC technology. Samsung is working with a wide selection of partners across different industries to expand the usability of wearables and streamline consumers’ mobile lives in a variety of ways, including smart car keys, residential room keys, and remote controls to manage a connected home.
 
All of these connected features will be supported by a battery that can last up to 2-3 days, allowing consumers to stay connected without the hassle of constantly having to recharge. To charge, simply place the Samsung Gear S2 on the wireless charging dock right out of the box.
 
The Samsung Gear S2 reflects Samsung’s commitment to openly collaborate with developers and partners to bring increased customization and applications to its devices. Samsung is working closely with partners to offer a range of watch faces and watch bands so that users can have a variety of ways to express their personal style and mood. Users can easily change the band with one click, and change the watch face for a more personalized and sophisticated Gear experience depending on the time, place or occasion.
 
A variety of apps optimized for the Gear S2’s circular user interface will be available at launch. Through open collaboration with developers and partners, Samsung is continuing to enrich its wearable ecosystem and provide users with a more optimised and unique smart wearable experience.
 
The Samsung Gear S2 will be available in a Dark Gray case with a Dark Gray band and Silver case with a White band. The Samsung Gear S2 classic will be available in a Black case with a Leather band.






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  Reply # 1380362 5-Sep-2015 18:35
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Keynote if anyone interested http://youtu.be/pyNm-Kr-62E

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  Reply # 1380414 5-Sep-2015 20:39
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Hmm, looks a bit boring compared to the gear S.




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  Reply # 1380429 5-Sep-2015 21:03
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richms: Hmm, looks a bit boring compared to the gear S.


I thought this is more classy...





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  Reply # 1380430 5-Sep-2015 21:06
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if by classy you mean old man would wear it, then yes. Would prefer they got their inspiration from a gshock or similar rather than something from history.




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  Reply # 1380761 6-Sep-2015 20:15
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All it needs now is a transreflective display so I can read it in direct sunlight.

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  Reply # 1380928 7-Sep-2015 09:28
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Samsung is all about AMOLED so the chances of a transreflective display are virtually zero, more's the pity. I like the offerings. I haven't seen the Classic in stainless steel but hope that is an option.
The departure from Wear has its good points and bad. It isn't tied to the 'one button plus touch' configuration of Wear, two buttons and the bezel allowing for a lot of manipulation without having to touch the face. And Samsung's slightly Apple-eske approach of using its own operating system means tighter control and more optimised performance, and hopefully timely updates as there isn't anyone to blame but Samsung for delays. But it will need third party app support, what makes my Wear devices really hum at the moment is the third party apps. I want to be able to build my own watch faces and run Tasker from my watch.
Wireless charging is good in a fixed location, but a PITA on the move. I don't want to have to carry a wireless charger around with me on the road. At least my phone has an either/or option with mUSB. And my SW3 uses mUSB.
It's great to see that they will work with other Android devices (and even some speculation about iOS eventually), Samsung having finally given up on building too high a wall around it's ecosystem. Ironically I have just got an S6 so that is no longer a concern, but it always irked me in the past when I used HTC phones. Reports suggest it will still work best with Galaxy phones, which I guess is only fair.
Remaining questions are, how long will it really last on a 250 mAh battery, is it waterproof, and how much is it going to cost?




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  Reply # 1381596 8-Sep-2015 10:12
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I see a German retailer (Saturn.de) has announced its pricing for the S2 and Classic. 379 and 449 euro respectively. That equates to $675 and $800 South Pacific Pesos (NZ).
Yeah, Nah.




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  Reply # 1386010 11-Sep-2015 22:53
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richms: if by classy you mean old man would wear it, then yes. Would prefer they got their inspiration from a gshock or similar rather than something from history.


I like the rotating bezel but I don't see what the obsession is with round watches.  They seem old fashioned to me, like a clock on a wall.  They were round for a reason (round gears etc).  Doesn't make sense to continue that into the digital age which is why so many digital watches are not round.  

But choice is good, hopefully they will make an Android version that anyone can use.

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richms: if by classy you mean old man would wear it, then yes. Would prefer they got their inspiration from a gshock or similar rather than something from history.


I like the rotating bezel but I don't see what the obsession is with round watches.  They seem old fashioned to me, like a clock on a wall.  They were round for a reason (round gears etc).  Doesn't make sense to continue that into the digital age which is why so many digital watches are not round.  

But choice is good, hopefully they will make an Android version that anyone can use.


I thought this was android wear compatible but with reduced features? 




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  Reply # 1407183 15-Oct-2015 12:12
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I thought this was android wear compatible but with reduced features? 


Unfortunately no, it runs Tizen with few apps available, not Android Wear.

Lots of Android smartwatches out there though.

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  Reply # 1407185 15-Oct-2015 12:16
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richms: if by classy you mean old man would wear it, then yes. Would prefer they got their inspiration from a gshock or similar rather than something from history.


I like the rotating bezel but I don't see what the obsession is with round watches.  They seem old fashioned to me, like a clock on a wall.  They were round for a reason (round gears etc).  Doesn't make sense to continue that into the digital age which is why so many digital watches are not round.  

But choice is good, hopefully they will make an Android version that anyone can use.


Why are watches round? Because that's how a clock works - with the hands......

I know it's a personal choice thing, but I think a round watch in black or metal looks about eleventy billion times better than a square screen on my wrist. I think that square smart watches look ridiculous. How many digital watches do you see people in suits/fashion magazines wearing (excluding deliberate retro).

Watches are still very much fashion/dress items (unless you are using a diving or sports watch and even then a lot of them use attractive designs). Unlike phones, you are trying to replace something with a long history and sense of style with something new and digital. Noone thought that their Nokia 3110 was a great fashion statement, smart phones were a major step forward in every way. Currently smart watches are focusing on cool tech stuff first and only this latest generation seem to be putting a lot of effort into delivering something that is also an attractive watch.

I wear a standard watch - metal band for work and black rubber for casual. I am keen on the Withings Activite Pop - as it is an attractive watch first, with some fitness tracking smarts. Having to charge my watch daily seems utterly ridiculous.

As usual Apple can could sell a bright orange triangular "watch" that required charging every hour and they would still be heralded as the bringer of the future and sell eleven billion units. The fact they are selling a square watch is a joke.



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  Reply # 1407194 15-Oct-2015 12:25
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As usual Apple can could sell a bright orange triangular "watch" that required charging every hour and they would still be heralded as the bringer of the future and sell eleven billion units. The fact they are selling a square watch is a joke.




Thats a bit harsh isn't it?  Square watches are not new and predate the digital watch by a longshot.  There are lots of classic watches with straight sides and some even have corners.  Some styles look better squareish IMO but I respect your preference.  I also have a few round watches and didn't see a smartwatch looking good at all, but after looking at an Apple watch, I think they nailed it.  Its a beautiful design and the best looking smartwatch right now, the only one that doesn't look like plastic IMO.  

The round smartwatches are crap for the most part, but I agree the Withings one is very nice.  Given its price though, I think it should do a lot more.  Slimness is something they need in a wearable, and that will come in the future.  



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As usual Apple can could sell a bright orange triangular "watch" that required charging every hour and they would still be heralded as the bringer of the future and sell eleven billion units. The fact they are selling a square watch is a joke.




Thats a bit harsh isn't it?  Square watches are not new and predate the digital watch by a longshot.  There are lots of classic watches with straight sides and some even have corners.  Some styles look better squareish IMO but I respect your preference.  I also have a few round watches and didn't see a smartwatch looking good at all, but after looking at an Apple watch, I think they nailed it.  Its a beautiful design and the best looking smartwatch right now, the only one that doesn't look like plastic IMO.  


yeah - I guess that's where the personal preference comes in. I don't think the Apple Watch is an attractive watch at all. Square/Rectangular watch faces have been around for ever sure, not a big fan but can see the attraction. 

I think for me I can appreciate the Apple Watch design and it's appeal as a digital device like an iPhone, but I don't think it is a good looking watch. The same criticism I level at the Pebble and other non watchy looking smart watches and what I was meaning about trying to replace an existing dress item with a new digital version - you either try and retain the class and style of a traditional watch or do your own thing as Apple/Pebble do. For me personally if I got a smart watch I would want it to look like watch first.

But maybe I am just getting old/get off my lawn. Also - not a fan of Apple hardware/software or their design language, so fair bit of bias there too.



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But maybe I am just getting old/get off my lawn. Also - not a fan of Apple hardware/software or their design language, so fair bit of bias there too.




Well who isn't biased?  Apple deserves some of the flack it gets because its the leader and it should lead and usually doesn't.  It just perfects, markets, and scoops the bulk of the profits.  Seems like cheating.  Personally I gave up on the hate and bought shares instead.  Now I cheer for their marketing instead of getting riled up.

I think we can agree a watch is not about telling the time, its about looking nice.  Its jewellery.  Its a bracelet.  

Apple understood that by making theirs really shiny and high quality.  The other smartwatches seem to be trying to be watches, which they are bad at. The AW looks much nicer in person than in the pictures, which is the opposite of the smartwatches I've seen.  Maybe the S2 will look nice too I'll reserve judgement on that.  Reading email on a round screen seems silly though.

So right now, the Apple watch is the only smartwatch I'd wear in public (ok, the Withings Activite is pretty nice too).  The new Pebble Round could be nice too, I'll have to see it up close. Historically their watches look like an 80's calculator watch so I have my reservations about Pebble.






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