If you can live with the lim­ited apps avail­able, the Gear S2 is one of the best smart­watches avail­able.

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - JamesLu


Mem­ory 512MB RAM, 4GB in­ter­nal stor­age // Con­nec­tiv­ity Blue­tooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, NFC // Sen­sors Ac­celerom­e­ter, gy­ro­scope, heart rate mon­i­tor, barom­e­ter, am­bi­ent light // Bat­tery 250mAh // Di­men­sions 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4 mm (Gear S2), 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4 mm (Gear S2 Clas­sic) // Weight 47g (Gear S2), 42g (Gear S2 Clas­sic) // URL www.sam­sung.com/my pre­de­ces­sors; there isn't a cam­era and you can't make phone calls via speak­er­phone. What you do get: mes­sage no­ti­fi­ca­tion, in­for­ma­tion apps, fit­ness track­ing, play­ing mu­sic via the in­ter­nal 4GB stor­age through a paired Blue­tooth wire­less head­set, and re­spond to mes­sages or trig­ger voice­ac­ti­vated ac­tions us­ing a built-in mi­cro­phone. The watch vi­brates but there's no speaker.

Still, Sam­sung has done a re­ally good job of stream­lin­ing the UI and mak­ing it in­tu­itive and easy to use. Turn the bezel to the right from the main watch face and you can scroll through in­for­ma­tion wid­gets like your phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity for the day or the weather, and turn it to the left to see your no­ti­fi­ca­tions. No­ti­fi­ca­tions can be fil­tered and are in­ter­ac­tive, just like on An­droid Wear. You can re­spond to in­com­ing mes­sages with pre­set re­sponses, voice dic­ta­tion, or tap out a re­sponse on a minia­ture key­board.

Two but­tons on the side of the watch also aid nav­i­ga­tion, the top one is a back but­ton, while the bot­tom one acts as a home but­ton and brings you back to the watch­face.

The big­gest draw­back to the Gear S2 is the lack of apps. Run­ning on Tizen re­stricts it to a lim­ited li­brary of com­pat­i­ble Gear apps, and many of the big names are miss­ing right now. Nike has its own watch face, and there's an ESPN app for sports scores, but you won't find Face­book, Twit­ter or Uber here. One move Sam­sung has made to­wards get­ting more de­vel­op­ers on board with Tizen is mak­ing the S2 com­pat­i­ble with any phone run­ning An­droid 4.4 KitKat or newer with at least 1.5GB RAM.

Both the stan­dard Gear S2 and the S2 Clas­sic are equipped with a 250mAh bat­tery. On both watches, bat­tery life was bet­ter than ex­pected, and you can eas­ily go two days of light use with­out a recharge.

Over­all, the Gear S2 is wellde­signed, stylish, in­no­va­tive, el­e­gant and easy to use. It has the best dis­play I've seen on a smart­watch and it has, by far, the most nat­u­ral and in­tu­itive way of in­ter­act­ing with your smart­watch so far. It's the best round-faced smart­watch I've used; but not the best over­all smart­watch. The apps just aren't there right now, and with­out that ecosys­tem back­ing it up, it's miss­ing a huge part of the smart­watch ex­pe­ri­ence.


The Gear S2 Clas­sic has a knurled bezel, sim­i­lar to a div­ing watch.

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