HARDWARE AND SPECS
Let’s talk specification; the Samsung Gear S2 boasts a 1.2 in AMOLED screen with a resolution of 360×360, which would sound better if Huawei had not announced the Huawei Classic Watch, which features a 400×400 resolution, and is only $20 more pricey than Samsung’s offering. Although with this being said the Gear S2 has a fairly suitable pixel density of 301ppi, so it’s far from a low-res display screen. It’s secured by Gorilla Glass 3 too, which is relatively basic for current smartwatches and must assist safeguard your wearable from scratches and basic damage.
The Samsung Gear S2 includes a 1GHz Exynos 3250 processor combined with 512MB of RAM along with 4GB of on-board storage, which offers a fairly responsive experience, and we didn’t come across any lag throughout our time with the watch. It likewise has an IP68 rating, which implies its dust and water resistant to a particular degree and will absolutely survive being caught in the rain.
The Gear S2 also includes not only Bluetooth, but NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities. Wi-Fi connection is specifically excellent as it allows users to utilize the smartwatch when not connected to your phone when in your home, work, or anywhere else with Wi-Fi.
Samsung has consisted of a host of sensing units to allow the Gear S2 to track your activity throughout the day and present it to you in a watch-style layout. Rather of just determining calories (it still does, don’t worry!) it’ll measure the amount of activity you’ve done throughout the day and present it to you in blocks – green areas were areas where you were rather active (and the watch will inspire you when it identifies this), yellow areas where you’ve taken it easy, and grey areas for when you’ve not moved at all.
It’s a great way to motivate yourself to get fit, however we discovered that it had not been really accurate at times. There were a handful of events where we ‘d be sat at our desks working, and the watch would count it as ‘light activity’. Although with this being stated, we like the circular layout when you haven’t been active for a while, you’ll get a little nudge to motivate you to obtain moving. You can also monitor your exercises with only a few taps, and we discovered it to be more precise than its basic tracking capabilities.
In regards to battery life, the Gear S2 boasts a 250mAh battery that Samsung claims should last around 2-3 days on a single charge, with the use of Samsung’s built in battery conserving mode. Without the battery conserving mode on, you can anticipate a similar battery life to the Apple Watch, which gets you through the day and night without concern, however will usually lack power eventually throughout the second day.