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How Do You Lose All Your Friends At A Go?

With the gorgeous new Samsung Gear S2, your eyes will no
longer be where it is supposed to be at social functions

A
technology boom could either be a social bane to some, or a glorious new world
for others. For me, I would definitely fall for the latter. Samsung’s latest
Smartwatch the Gear S2 is a sight to behold, with its elegant design and
functionality.

Answer
phone calls, receive social media notifications, reply messages (it is possible
because precision is key, since it is by means of a keypad dial), measure and
keep a log of your heartbeat and browse your calendar on the Gear S2, without
the hassle of whipping out your Smartphone from your pocket or bag. 

This
review focuses on the Gear S2 Classic version – which is the classy looking
Black leather strap version. Versatile for everyday wear and yet formal enough
to attend black-tie functions. It is light, with a simple design and will not
cramp your wardrobe style. For around 10 days, I traded in my classic analogue
watch for a Smartwatch for a first-hand experience with the Samsung Gear S2
Classic.

 

The Good

Up-To-Date: Being a Smartwatch, the Gear S2 gives you
the latest up-to-date notifications on your wrist without having to whip out
your Smartphone.

Easy Navigation And Setup: Controls and features available are not
difficult to navigate if you are familiar with Android controls. Setup is
pretty simple too, just a quick download of its companion mobile application
and you are pretty much ready to use the Gear S2.

Sleek Design: When I was using it, no one could tell that
it was a Smartwatch. Which could be a good thing for the techy-inclined who are
looking for something under the radar for everyday wear. However, many around
me were giving me weird looks – most likely wondering why I was constantly
staring and smiling at my watch.

Battery: The battery life is pretty awesome for a
Smartwatch that has a sAMOLED display. On a full charge it is able to last around 1.5 to 2 days with a little higher than average usage. 

The Bad

FoMo (Fear of Missing out): After using the Gear S2 for some time,
subconsciously you will wonder why your Smartwatch is no longer notifying you
of updates (in my case, my Bluetooth connection was wonky). It came to a point
where I felt like I was enslaved by it, because it is only since wearing the
Gear S2, have I been somewhat conditioned to constantly check for notifications –
which I know is not exactly the problem of the Gear S2, but a personal one.

Leather Strap: The Smartwatch under review is the Gear S2
Classic with the Black leather strap. Although there are many options for
straps, the default Black leather strap feels a little poorly made. It wrinkles
up and looks set to crack if I were to be rougher when strapping it on.

 

Final Say

The
Samsung Gear S2 serves its function of a Smartwatch rather well. Notifications
from messaging, social media notifications and keeping your life in check.
However, it would be good if it had an inbuilt camera (just because) and its speech control functions could do with a little tuning.

So, if
you are looking for a disruptive piece of technology for your wrist that might
render you friendless or be the subject of a party, this could just be it.

 

Availability & Prices

The
Samsung Gear S2 is already on sale. The regular sporty Gear S2 comes in a Dark
Gray case with Dark Grey band, or a Silver case with White band. The classic leather Gear S2 only comes in
Black and retails at US$391 (SG$548).

For a more detailed look at
Samsung’s new Gear S2, read all about it
here.

 

 

By Geralyne Kaye / October
22, 2015 11:10AM GMT+8

 

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