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Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 (SM-R380)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 235 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability. The design also gets good comments, whereas there are some critical comments about the size and value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Healthcare the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 (SM-R380) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Samsung Gear 2 review: Limited support makes it really hard to recommend

 

Samsung cracked open the seal on premium smartwatches with the introduction of the Galaxy Gear. In typical Samsung fashion, the company tried cramming in everything but the kitchen sink, resulting in quite an expensive product that ironically lacked a...

The Samsung Gear 2 is available for a sum of Rs 21,550, which is about the same as the Galaxy Gear launch price. Compared to its predecessor, the Gear 2 offers much more value in terms of features and performance. It looks and feels better, has a...

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Samsung Gear 2

 

The Samsung Gear 2 has a sleeker design than its predecessor and a built-in heart-rate monitor, but it doesn't save you enough time for the price.

Good call quality; Durable attractive design; Colorful display; Loud and clear voice calls; Convenient remote-control app

Screen doesn't stay lit; Expensive; Few apps; Difficult wrist strap; UI requires too many swipes

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Samsung Gear 2

 

The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch is a vast improvement over the original, but it's still too expensive and limited to appeal to most users.

Beautiful display. Doubles as an activity tracker. Heart-rate monitor. Works with standard watchbands

Pricey. Compatible with Samsung devices only. Lacks apps. Camera is mostly superfluous

This is more like it. Whereas the Samsung Galaxy Gear felt as if it were still in beta, the Gear 2, Samsung's second smartwatch, is a much improved, more fully realized concept. It takes all of the activity tracking features of the Samsung Gear Fit,...

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Samsung Gear 2 review

 

With the recent reveal of Google's Android Wear initiative, and upcoming devices built around it, like the Moto 360, wearable tech may get a lot better soon.

Less bulky than Galaxy Gear ; Stable, snappy performance ; Still the best screen on a smartwatch ; Much better battery life

Tizen OS means fewer apps ; Only works with some Samsung devices ; Screen doesn’t turn on fast enough ; Annoying charging dongle required

The Gear 2 is a solid improvement over Samsung’s original smartwatch. But considering the asking price and app selection, most should just wait to see what devices hit the market based on Google’s Android Wear platform.

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Samsung Gear 2 review: much improved, but that doesn't mean you should buy it

 

2013 was the year of the smartwatch. In promise, anyway -- maybe not delivery. Of the many, many different, colorful and unusual timepieces that would

Longer battery life ; New heart rate monitor and IR blaster ; Improved design

Very few apps ; Some software features feel superficial

The Gear 2 is generally a solid improvement over the original, with a nicer design and longer battery life. Even so, it doesn't perform well enough to fully justify the $300 asking price.

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Samsung Gear 2 review

 

This is the year of the smartwatch. This is the year when all of our wrist-mounted computer dreams are going to come true. Or at least that's what's expected based on the hype surrounding wearables. But for Samsung, it's actually year two of the...

Much improved design ; Great display ; Can change straps

Interface is still clunky ; Battery life isn’t great ; Only works with Samsung devices

Samsung has turned the smartwatch into a commodity

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Samsung Gear 2 Review

 

We'll be taking a look at the Gear 2 – in an attempt to assess whether Samsung learned from the first Gear. At $299, it is still one of the most expensive smart watches out there, but a precursory look does indicate that Samsung has improved its...

A more refined, lightweight design that is dust- and water-proof ; Interchangeable straps ; Navigating the software is very simple ; Display is visible even under direct sunlight ; Controlling your TV with your smartwatch is a geek's pleasure

Incompatible with anything other than a Samsung smartphone ; Suffers from a very poor app ecosystem ; The price premium over competitors makes it hard to justify the little functionality if offers ; Heart rate monitor is slow, quirky, and serves little...

Samsung has carried out a number of improvements with the Gear 2, and pretty much all of them were for the better. We definitely like the design more, as the watch is both less bulky and lighter, but also less sporty with its looks. With the exception...

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Samsung Gear 2 review

 

There's a revolution in wearable tech and Samsung is in the thick of it, fighting for elbow room, along with just about every other tech manufacturer out there. Its second-generation wearable device, the Samsung Gear 2, is a new generation of...

Nice looking premium design, stacked full of features, customisable user interface, great display

Locked to Samsung devices, battery life isn't great, Gear 2 Neo undercuts price, might be obsolete due to Android Wear devices, sports features aren't executed as well as sports watches

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Samsung Gear 2 review

 

A cool watch - but it's already been outshone

Swappable bands ; Longer battery

Neo is a better buy ; Expensive ; Glitchy software

The Gear 2 is a big step forward for Samsung, and revisiting the smartwatch game a few months later made me realise that I do really long for a wrist-based accompaniment to my smartphone.

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Samsung Gear 2 video review: Tizen smartwatch offers style and substance at a price

 

Samsung wants you to buy one of its devices and as such the Gear 2 smartwatch is only compatible with 17 Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The firm isn't doing itself any favours here so we're not off to the best of starts.

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