Samsung S2 Gear Classic

After the Sport version, reviewed in the last few months, arrives on our wrist even the “classic” version of the Samsung S2 Gears, platform-based UI Tizen smartwatch “circular” developed by the Korean company. The classic approaches to traditional Gear S2 wrist thanks to its design, the materials used and the ability to use standard 20 mm straps. The hardware characteristics remain unchanged. Let’s find out in the full review.

Hardware, Materials and ergonomics:

How about the “Sport” version also on Gear S2 Classic is a dual core 1.2 GHz processor , 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of onboard memory for music, apps and photos. No shortage of NFC connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1. As sensors have an accelerometer, gyroscope, overhead lighting and barometer.

Very nice display, a Circular Super AMOLED by 1.2 inches with a resolution of 360×360 pixels and a definition of 302ppi. High visibility even outdoors and wide viewing angle. By good AMOLED, the colors are a bit saturated and blacks.

The drums from 250mAh lithium (300mAh on 3 g version) offers about one day of heavy use but you also get a couple of days when using more moderate. For charging is present in packaging a induction charger.

The Gear S2 is IP68 certificate and is resistant to water and dust. As sensors have accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light, pulse and barometer. The smartwatch is characterized by a new user interface that can be handled by the rotation of the bezel and side keys.

The dimensions are 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4 mm 42 grams of weight. In my opinion, the ideal size for a watch. Unlike the sportier model, the classic we can replace watch band with a classic by 20 mm. Provided we have a good quality genuine leather strap with a second strap for smaller wrists.

  • Display: Super AMOLED, circular display 1.2 “, 360×360, 302ppi
  • Processor: 1.0 GHz Dual core
  • Memory: 4 GB internal memory/RAM: 512 MB
  • OS: Tizen optimized for wearable platform
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n-Bluetooth 4.1-NFC
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heartbeat, Brightness, Barometer
  • Dimensions4 x 43.6 x 39.9 mm
  • Weight: 42 grams
  • Battery:250mAh Li-ion Wireless charging
  • Other: IP68 Certification (resistance to water and dust)

The Classic Metal Gear case S2 is, the plastic base. On the right side are placed into a “back” button and a “home” button. Also a microphone but the speaker is absent. On the bottom is placed on heart rate monitor heart rate detection.

The construction is quite good and the design is nice and elegant, with fluted rotating bezel that allows navigation in the menus of the user interface.

Software, Use and autonomy:

The Gear S2 Classic is based on operational platform Tizen OS with the new UI “circular” which is particularly simple and intuitive in use via touch combined with the rotating bezel. As each new interface, however, it will require some practice before you start familiarize yourself. In General, the system is fast, responsive and fluid.

On the left hand side of the screen on the clock we find the area dedicated to notifications. By turning the ring or swipe to the right side, instead, we access to widgets and application shortcuts. Many notifications are fully visualizzatili, some you can even respond. The commands can be given also by S-Voice.

The possibility of connecting the smartwatch at a Wi-Fi network that will allow you to receive notifications, view calls and respond to messages even without the phone is within coverage of Bluetooth. Customization level we find several preinstalled dials and many more downloadable Samsung store. Also increasing third-party applications.

The Gear S2 Classic incorporates a battery from 250mAh that covers a day of heavy use.With a limited use mainly to displaying notifications you can reach even a few days. The induction charging is definitely comfortable though makes it necessary to bring the charger if prolonged absence. At the moment there is a function “night table” while charging.

Conclusions:

Gear S2 sports version, classic, as mentioned is the absolute best smartwatch realized until today from Samsung. Good materials, a pleasing and elegant design, and a wide range of customization make this smartwatch a viable alternative to many Android Wear on the market.

Unlike its predecessors, the Gear S2 can also be used combined with Android Smartphones from other manufacturers which wide definitely the catchment area. The retail price is € 379also will you easily find on 350 euros.

A particularly aggressive but not list “in line” with that of competitors considering hardware and materials used. Only real fault, and we’re back in repeating ourselves, it is impossible to answer calls directly from the watch in the absence of a speaker.