First, Samsung Gear S2 uses a circular metallic ring, in order to navigate menus, to zoom or to scroll. There are also two buttons, one for Back function and one for Home function. The clock is made of stainless steel and has interchangeable straps. It is important to know that there are two versions of the watch, a sport one and a more elegant one that uses conventional watch straps.
Samsung bragged about the many designer watch faces, and developers will be able to make their own watch face. There is a high degree of customization available for users too, who can now customize their watch faces and create new ones themselves.
Gear S2 features 3G connectivity and Bluetooth, and for 3G it uses a eSIM. The good news is that Gear S2 is equipped with Power Saving mode, which I met on the latest smartphones of the company. In this mode, Gear S2 is capable of making calls, receive notifications via Bluetooth, but not to activate applications.
Important to note is that Samsung’s SmartWatch runs on its own OS called Tizen. Although initially we were skeptical on this choice, preferring to see it with the Android Wear, the new Circular UX interface looks promising, and has a number of useful applications.
Moreover, perhaps the most important aspect is that Samsung Gear S2 is compatible with any terminal running Android 4.4 or newer, but also a terminal having at least 1,5GB RAM.
The Gear S2 SmartWatch is a device for fitness and comes with a special application to monitor physical activity, which shows in a simple and colorful mode, how much effort the owner made, and can warn you if you sat down too much. The application will try to motivate owner by all sorts of animations on display.
Gear S2 integrates also the Nike + application, Uber, and Samsung Pay, a service that lets you pay without going through the POS, or searching for cash in your wallet.
The watch is compatible with the new system SmartThings, of which we talked about earlier, and can also be used as a key for your car – the user can check, lock and unlock the car remotely, can turn on the air conditioning and can look for the car position. The watch is waterproof and dustproof (IP68), so you can swim with it. The watch will be available in October.