Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch available today from $499

classy design and functionality

The race is really on now for Smartwatch dominance and of course market-share.  With the Apple Watch stealing most of the headlines the question is – what are the options?  Today Samsung makes available its latest contender the Samsung Gear S2.

I’ve seen a lot of Smartwatches, and frankly they are all excellent, they’ve just evolved a lot over the years and we’re now seeing a move back to a traditional watch design and a new emphasis on apps and functionality over just notifications.

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This is the Samsung Gear S2 – simple, classic watch design, vastly different to the previous smartwatches from Samsung which have tried to re-define the watch.

I liked the look of it from the get-go.  But this Video I shot at IFA in Berlin was what convinced me Samsung was on to something.

That twisting dial around the face is genuinely intuitive, and that’s something everyone has struggled with – including Apple.

For some reason Samsung have gone it alone though, opting for their own Tizen software to power this thing, which will prove interesting from an App support perspective, but if the market share of Samsung has the influence that it should, then the App developers should follow – and fast.

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Compatibility is not limited to Samsung Devices, with the Gear S2 able to b activated from Android-powered devices via the Gear Manager app which is in the Google Play store.

One feature of note that’s unique to the Gear S2 is WiFi, with a known WiFi connection you can stay connected even when your smartphone isn’t in the same room.

Available in Dark Grey with a Dark Grey band, and Silver with a White Band as a “S2 Classic” and “S2” while the “S2 Classic” is also available in a black case with a leather band.

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The Classic is a slightly smaller device, with a 39.9mm face, while the S2 standard has a 42.3mm face.

You can buy them from today at Samsung Experience stores in Melbourne and Sydney, with availability more widely in November.

The Gear S2 will be $499, the S2 Classic $599, with watch bands available from $59 to $89.

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7 Comments on this post.
  • Stephen
    14 December 2015 at 9:47 pm
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    First look: cheap and class less. The “Merry goes around” dial doesn’t do it for me as intuitive. Doesn’t have anything to make me want one.
    Price wise is close to the Apple Watch but that’s it, with nothing else come even close.

    • Haydn
      19 December 2015 at 2:42 pm
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      This week’s Apple Fanboy award go to………Stephen.

    • isheep
      20 December 2015 at 1:17 pm
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      UBA (unpaid brand ambassador) alert. Warning warning beware the apple i-sheep chiming in. The notion of an “smart” watch is ludicrous at best. Both apple and samsung.

    • Combi1955
      24 December 2015 at 4:29 pm
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      Really, $400 plus for a sports watch that is not water proof?

  • Nev
    15 December 2015 at 10:03 am
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    Love the ability to select functions via the outer bezel. So tired of tapping through screens and swiping leaving finger prints all over the screen. Only issue is the size of the “classic”. Smaller is not better for a display if you want to easily read what is being displayed (we don’t all have fantastic eyesight). There is no mention of battery life. End of the day it is still a watch and like many other so call smartwatches, having to take it off each day to recharge is not all that smart.

  • Chris
    22 December 2015 at 10:47 am
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    Moto360 still looks better in terms of look and interface.

  • Chalk
    27 December 2015 at 10:09 am
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    A $500 watch that you have to take off and charge every day and cant wear in the water?? Yeah nup.

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