Samsung announces the Gear S2: The epitome of smartwatch design

A wearable should first and foremost look good. That seems counter intuitive when it comes to gadgets in general, but wearables are the exception.

You won’t wear a watch if its hideous, would you? Wearables, by definition, are as much a means of expression as they are gadgets. Many companies are realizing this and are announcing better-designed wearables.

At this IFA itself we found two beautiful smartwatches: The Huawei Watch and the Moto 360 (2nd gen). Now Samsung is getting into the art of smartwatch design and has announced the Gear S2.

Its highlight, of course, is the design. It looks really good, having a 1.2 inch AMOLED display that is perfectly circular (Unlike the Moto 360).Due to the outer glass and the display being a bit curved, it looks surreal.

It runs Tizen, rather than Android Wear and has a rotating bezel that can be used for navigating through the OS. This is one of the better smartwatch navigation-implementations out there: It is easy, adaptable and doesn’t rely on your fingers, which block out a large portion of an already-small display.

The display has a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, and inside it has 512MB of RAM and 4GB memory. It is water and dust-resistant, and has a multitude of sensors. It has WiFi and NFC built-in, with a 3G variant coming soon.

Samsung claims over 1000 apps would be available at launch. The best part is that it is compatible with any phone running Android 4.4 and above having more than 1.5GB of RAM. That is a relief since previous Galaxy Gear smartwatches were compatible with a very sparse selection of Galaxy smartphones.

It is available in Dark Grey and Silver colors, along with a slightly smaller leather-endowed Classic variant. The pricing starts at EUR 349 for the base model.

We for one are really impressed with the Gear S2. Good design, intuitiveness and compatibility? Check, check and check. Samsung could be on to something with this one. The only hindrance could be the lack of developer support with TIzen.

What do you think? Would the Gear S2 be successful?


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