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Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 (SM-R380)

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 (SM-R380)
alaScore 86

238 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 238 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability. The design also gets good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the size and value for money.

usability, design, reliability

price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Smart Watches the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 (SM-R380) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good 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 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

Better, faster, smarter... but not enough

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Samsung Gear 2 Review


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

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.

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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 ( Silver/Black)


Watches are simple devices that do a few things well. The dream of a great smartwatch, of going beyond just a device on your wrist that acts like a pager, should be something that does a good handful of extra things: a Swiss army knife of clever...

The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch delivers an improved design, better notifications, a heart rate monitor, and basic fitness tracking offer a lot of extras. It's water-resistant, too.

Limited number of apps; poor S-Health fitness app syncing; can only be paired to Samsung phones; camera is an unnecessary extra for the $100 it costs over the Gear 2 Neo.

Samsung has made strides with the Gear 2, but this smartwatch is on its own island with few apps and Samsung-only device compatibility. At this point, you're better off waiting for Android Wear.

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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


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


Wearable devices are set to take center stage in the mobile market this year, and Samsung has a trio of smartwatches on offer: the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. In this review, we take a look at the Samsung Gear 2.

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Review: Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch


Samsung's new fitness tracker, the Gear Fit, is easily the most eye-catching wearable the company has released. But it isn't the only one. Samsung also just launched a new pair of updates to the Galaxy Gear, dubbed the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Join...

The Gear 2 is available now, for $300, from a variety of online and brick & mortar retailers. Its sibling, the camera-less Gear 2 Neo, rings up for $200. And for more on Samsung's fitness-focused wearable, you can read our full .