Back when the original Galaxy Gear was launched, Samsung was touting it as the most advanced smartwatch to date. Of course, the awkwardness of implementation, kitchen sink approach, and expensive price tag made it a flop with consumers. Now, Samsung has come around with a couple of much-improved updates in the form of the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, not to mention another wearable fitness tracker, the Gear Fit.
Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo
You might notice that Samsung has decided to drop “Galaxy” from the naming scheme of this latest batch of wearables. That’s likely because the new Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo don’t run on Android, but on Tizen OS. Superficially, it still looks the same, but the software running underneath the UI is completely different.
Anyway, both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have a 1.63 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320. They’re powered by a 1GHz dual core processor and manage to fit in a 2mp autofocus (lolwut?!) camera that’s capable of recording HD video. They can also be used as standalone music players and you can simply transfer music from your phone to your Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo.
Both of them have built-in heart rate sensors, pedometers, sleep monitoring sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes. Despite the number of sensors, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo can last up to 6 days of light usage, which is a huge improvement and likely due to the switch to Tizen OS. They also allow support for up to 16 Galaxy devices at launch, whereas the original Galaxy Gear only supported the Note 3.
Unlike the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the Gear Fit is a completely new wearable that patterns itself after other smartwatches like the Pebble, which is much more simple to use. It comes with the same sensors as on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, but comes with a smaller curved Super AMOLED display. It’s compatible with 20 Galaxy devices and allows for two-way interaction with your Samsung phone. You can do things like receive or reject calls, or send pre-set replies to SMS messages.