Is The Samsung Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch As Clever As Buyers Hope Or A Little Too Basic?
The basic idea of the Samsung Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch is that it is many things in one small device to be worn the wrist. It is designed to be a source of instant notifications from your phone and apps with the easiest of access, a “personalized fitness motivator” that syncs Samsung Gear 2, with a built-in heart rate sensor and pedometer for useful health data, a remote control and many other devices thanks to the apps.
Additionally, this device is protected by an IP67-certified dust-proof casing, is water-resistant and Samsung claim that this watch makes communication “smooth and seamless”. This almost sounds too good to be true so what can we learn from the reviews of real users?
Can the Samsung Gear 2 Neo carry out all these tasks with the performance desired and what advantages have users noted in their reviews?
Let’s start the review with a look at the hardware as there are many positive comments about the style, comfort and the quality of the screen. The watch is good looking, without being too bold and showy, and even comes with the ability to switch the band for a watch strap or simply a better colour.
It seems that users are happy to change the band for aesthetic reasons but do not need to do so for comfort because many say that it is a joy to wear. The main advantage with the hardware, however, is the sAMOLED display because it is a good size, is vivid and easy to read – even in bright sunlight – and has a secure and simple interface.
This leads us to the software because there is also great feedback for the use of voice controls and the connectivity. Users say it is pretty easy to connect the Samsung Gear 2 Neo to their phone – although it must be noted that only Samsung models are compatible – and the device is pretty responsive to commands.
This is seen in the motion detection, which requires just a small movement of the wrist to bring an idle device back to life, but it also noticeable in the use of voice dialling and voice texting – the latter being surprisingly clever with punctuation and easy to use even when the phone is charging in another room.
The software is pretty clever with a decent OS; however, many would prefer that Samsung had chosen Android for its familiarity and options instead of Tizen. For some, this does the job well enough but there are limitations.
What are these limitations with the software and are there any other problems with this Samsung Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch?
The problem that most buyers report regarding the operating system is the lack of apps and the basic functions of the ones that are available. The music app is said to “bring musical enjoyment to your fitness routines” yet the media player offers only minimal commands and information on the music being played.
There are also inaccuracies on the pedometer, a lack of ringtone options, some confusion over how the gallery works and complaints about the remote control. It may control a TV from your wrist as the sales claim suggests but it can only do so in one room. Another flaw that is commonly mentioned is the battery life.
There is some dispute over this aspect as some say it lasts for three days, which is great, and others claim it is less than that and that it is very power-hungry when Bluetooth is activated. These critiques are not helped by the odd design of the charging cradle which buyers would definitely change.
Summary: if the apps are minimal but the rest of the watch is liked, is this Samsung Smartwatch still easy to recommend?
Smartwatches are still in their infancy so the kinks need to be worked out and developments are still to be made but this is a pretty good starting point that Samsung will surely build upon and that users can show off.
It may not have all the flashy gadgets that people might like and the battery could be better but it does a lot of the other basics very well – such as the comfort, cool design, good display and decent operating system. The Samsung smart watch shows that there is room to improve but it is still a highly recommendable first smartwatch for those keen to get in on the trend as soon as possible.