THIS IS HOW YOU MAKE A ROUND SMART­WATCH

Sam­sung Gear S2

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There are plenty of round­faced smart­watches out there, but what makes them dif­fer­ent from square-faced watches? Noth­ing, the round­face is all for show. Sure, they look nicer, but be­cause An­droid Wear is the same OS across all devices, the UI and fea­tures can't take ad­van­tage of the form fac­tor.

The Gear S2 is dif­fer­ent. Sam­sung's own Tizen OS lets it stand out from all the An­droid Wear-based smart­watches out there. The Gear S2 ac­tu­ally takes ad­van­tage of its shape, from its cir­cu­lar ro­tat­ing bezel all the way down to how you nav­i­gate through the in­ter­face.

There are two mod­els of the S2 avail­able, the stan­dard model, which has a sleek mod­ern fin­ish, and the Gear S2 Clas­sic, which costs RM200 more and has more tra­di­tional styling, with a leather strap and a knurled bezel.

Fit and fin­ish on both mod­els is top notch, with a matte, stain­less steel case on the Stan­dard, and a glossy stain­less steel on the Clas­sic. One dif­fer­ence be­tween the two mod­els is that the Stan­dard ver­sion uses Sam­sung's pro­pri­etary straps, while the Clas­sic will take any 20mm watch strap.

The star at­trac­tion of the Gear S2's de­sign is its ro­tat­ing bezel. The ce­ramic bezel ro­tates left or right with a light tac­tile click, and acts as your main in­ter­ac­tion point with the watch, let­ting you eas­ily nav­i­gate from app to app, or to scroll up and down when you're in­side an app it­self. On the Clas­sic, the ridged edges let you grab onto the side of the bezel and ro­tate it like you would a div­ing watch, whereas on the reg­u­lar model, you use your fin­ger to ap­ply pres­sure to the top, sort of like an iPod scroll wheel.

Nav­i­gat­ing with the bezel is in­cred­i­bly in­tu­itive and it just feels so right for a watch, I'm hon­estly amazed that no one has thought of it be­fore. Com­pared to smart­watches with touch­screen-only in­put, or even the Ap­ple Watch's small ro­tat­ing crown, the Gear S2 feels a lot less fid­dly to use.

Both mod­els use the same 1.2-inch cir­cu­lar Su­per AMOLED dis­play with a 360 x 360 pix­els res­o­lu­tion, re­sult­ing in a pretty sharp 302ppi. Col­ors look bright and vivid, easy to read both in­doors and out, has ex­cel­lent view­ing an­gles, great con­trast and deep blacks.

The Gear S2 isn't as fea­ture-filled as its

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