Review: Samsung Smartwatch Clock Gear 2

Wearable devices are here to stay and many manufacturers already investing heavy in this segment. Samsung, current market leader with Android smartphones, launched together with the mobile Galaxy S5 the smartwatch clock Gear 2, more robust version of your smart watch.

The idea is to offer consumers a smart watch and completely connected to the smartphone in order to make easier some day-to-day tasks, but is it worth investing in the newest 1,299 R$ launch of Samsung? That’s what you find now in this analysis.

Compatibility

Initially, only Samsung’s devices will be compatible with the Gear 2. At launch, only the Samsung Galaxy S5 is compatible with the model. The list of devices will be expanded gradually, contemplating at least 16 appliances, according to the list released by Samsung.

The models will gain compatibility are as follows: Galaxy Grand 2, Galaxy, Galaxy Note 3 Note 3, Galaxy 2 Galaxy S4, Note, Galaxy, Galaxy S4 S3, S4 Galaxy Zoom Active, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy Mega, Mega 5.8 6.3 Galaxy, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, 12.2 TabPRO Galaxy, Galaxy and Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 TabPRO 8.4.

Design

Different from the Gear Fit, Gear 2 looks more like conventional clock than with a bracelet. Interchangeable rubberized strap (availability in black, Brown and orange), the unit has a pretty neat aluminum finish. The touch screen of 1.63 inch is Super AMOLED and Gear 2 has a heart rate sensor on the underside of the appliance. There is also a power button, the lens of a camera and an infrared sensor.

Software and Synchronization

The operating system that the team Gear 2 is the Citizen, SO owner of Samsung. Initially, the device is only compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the communication between the devices is made via NFC or Bluetooth. To use the smartwatch clock, you need to sync it with your smartphone.

This process is done through the app Gear Manager, you must download and install on your phone. The first configuration passes are made on the own smartphone. In the application, you can choose which icons will be present in the watch as heart rate, pedometer, exercise, and sleep timer.

Using the Gear 2

Most of the functions present in the Gear 2 are same Gear Fit existing, already addressed in the analysis of the product. Custom digital clock, timer, message notifications and functions towards who play sports are among the resources made available by the smartwatch clock from Samsung.

The media control feature allows you to control music from the clock and can listen to them via a Bluetooth headset. This includes audio stored on the smartphone or on the clock and music performed via other services. If you prefer, you can listen to the songs saved in the watch through the smartwatch clock speaker. The audio quality for music, in this case, is median, but the feature works well for the links.

The pedometer function measures the amount of steps you take during a run or walk. When you’re standing, you can use the feature of heart rate, which measures your heart rate. All results collected are sent to the smartphone and can be analyzed through the application’s Health.

Finally, the unit also has a feature that can be enabled before you sleep. The sleep function measures how much you move at night, indicating in the form of a chart as is the quality of your rest.

The differential Gear 2

The more robust version of the smart watch from Samsung brings other differentials. The Gear 2 has a 2 megapixel camera which allows you to take pictures in the style spy. However, the sound of the gunshot of the photo cannot be disabled, which makes the least invasive. The image quality isn’t the best, with high degree of granulation and little focus I need.

Besides the camera, Gear 2 has a dialer, being possible to make and receive calls for him. To your Rolodex and history of notifications are also available and may be accessed by specific icons. You can even record voice memos or use resources-Voice. Finally, you can retire your TV remote control since the Gear has 2 infrared sensor to take command of your small screen.

Battery Duration

Equipped with a 300 mAh battery, the Samsung Gear 2 has a low level of consumption. Most of the spent resource by Bluetooth and NFC, which remain active for most of the time. Despite the low screen resolution, also influences directly the consumption, once you can determine the duration and intensity of your brilliance.

In our tests, it was possible to use the bracelet on average during 3 or 4 days without the need of recharging the battery. Already in days with more pronounced, as in the case of those in which the Gear 2 was used for the practice of sports, in 2 days the unit showed signs that would need to be reloaded.

Is It Worth It?

Unlike fitness tracker described on MEDICINELEARNERS, the smart watches are still a luxury accessory to the Brazilian consumer. Although the look of Gear 2 is very elegant, almost 1300 R$ investment is still too high for what the product offers. If the money is not a problem, it is possible to take good advantage of their duties.

Remember that you must have some specific models of smartphones from Samsung, as the Galaxy S5, in order to enjoy the features. Receive notifications on the smartwatch clock while working, for example, can make you more productive, eliminating the need to check the phone all the time.

The 2 megapixel camera works more as a curious item than as some effectively useful. Make and receive calls by the clock is weird, but becomes practical over time. The unit also has IP67 certificaçào, which makes it Hardy to water and dust. However, just as the Gear Fit, are functions focused on who play sports that are your greatest differentials.

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