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The Samsung gear S2 and the technically identical gear S2 classic are great in many ways. The operation by rotating bezel, the sharp display when at the same time subtly watch, look and feel, all succeeded. A killjoy is but the short battery life and the low number of available apps for it. Best price on the Internet: 179.00 euro * this product at Amazon Pro simple operating concept good display fitness functions order not only for runners Pulse counter short battery life a few apps (Tizen) available voice control little functional test note of the editorial 2.73 satisfying user rating now to review update (February 11, 2016): the Samsung gear S2 classic comes in Germany this month in two additional housings on the market : in 18K-Rosegold and in Platinum. Both models cost around 480 euro. The Rose Gold version of the new gear S2 Samsung provide an off-white real leather bracelet, a black real leather bracelet belongs to the Platinum version.
Samsung gear S2 and S2 classic: First impressions
With the incredibly clunky design of former Samsung gear Smartwatches gear S2 has nothing absolutely nothing more common. It seems as if Samsung would create S first half a dozen comfort monsters such as the gear, to embrace in the successor model S2 of a radically different idea. The gear S2 will no longer be a complete Smartphone on the arm, but a convenient, not even particularly large clock with some snazzy extras. The metal housing is pleasantly light and flat on the arm, the bracelets are changeable and inflated with hidden electronics. The spy camera, one of the gimmicks in gear and gear 2, disappeared because it was just not more than that: a gimmick. In addition to the normal Samsung gear S2 in a simple design, there are also the gear S2 classic with classic decorative bezel and an optional leather bracelet. The classic can use any 20 mm straps, the sportier S2, however, relies on a proprietary connection. The tapes can be but here be removed. The processing is at a high level, clearances are top and the materials used give no reason for complaint.
The Samsung gear S2 reinvents the bezel
The operation is the most important progress but. So how, Apple reclaimed has from a new feature to the classic Crown, Samsung is the edge of the housing is now the so-called bezel. A simple twist of the bezel made of ceramic goes left or right to scroll through the menu, or to move open apps between various display areas. The advantage is the same as for Apple’s Rotary wheel: during operation the finger cover the comparatively tiny screen not (1.2 inch diagonal with 360 x 360 pixels). In addition to the bezel there is a back and a home button and a touch screen. Some functions you can trigger both touchscreen and button, others not. How to reach a step back in the menu only by key, vice versa are to launch touchscreen apps at your fingertips on the. Especially the exchange between buttons and the touch screen is partly getting, overall the operating concept works but clearly coherent than the Apple Watch with their numerous hidden gestures.
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Despite Wi-Fi: Without a cell phone is
To set up, you must install a matching app (gear Manager) on your Smartphone. Special feature: Is it for the first time not only for Samsung – but also for other Android Smartphones (Android 4.4 and with at least 1.5 GB RAM) will be available. Thus, Samsung’s new Smartwatch now practically available to a wide community of Android. Currently but there is still the appropriate Manager app to the coupling in the play store, but is only on Samsung developer device available. Therefore, the connection with a Sony phone was so far not to test. The necessary software had Samsung Galaxy S5 but easily on the Samsung Appstore download. Germany is the gear S2 only without built-in mobile radio module in the sales in the United States and in Korea, it is also a simplification version with private mobile radio chip. Background: So far still no European provider supports virtual SIM card technology built-in for the 3 g model (eSIM). Thus, many functions are available even after the device only with Smartphone coupled (via Bluetooth) available. After all: The gear S2 has Wi-Fi. This is not really useful. Because even when enabled Wi-Fi gear S2 is not independent. The S2 uses the Wi-Fi only if it can build a Bluetooth connection to your Smartphone. For example, if one has forgotten his cell phone at home, it is connected but still with the network and to hang at the same time with the clock on the wireless network, for example, the company. The clock gets then not about the information queried by itself via Wi-Fi, but seeks only to make the Smartphone connection with his mothership. Then get the info and send them on the long journey to the clock – which is slow and often just as useful as a small steak. Some apps have to be started even on your Smartphone, otherwise nothing stirs. This applies particularly to the not preloaded apps. The music player, however, works with music that is stored on the mobile phone, as well as with music directly in the nominal 4 GB large memory of the watch, but only about 1.9 GB are free. This is great music without a Smartphone (it’s the only way) want to hear during his jogging round with the Bluetooth headphones. Not so good but: Who would like to re-record an entire album at the time, must be patient: In the test that lasted at a minimum distance of clock and Smartphone beaten 20 minutes.
E-Mail and other notifications
Coupled with the phone to land new SMS, E-Mails, Google hangout, Facebook or WhatsApp notifications in the notification area, which can be reached by the standby time mode by turning the bezel to the left. Doing it the subject of the latest E-Mail first displays, including the number of new unread messages. Tapping on the number, you can browse via bezel through the list of subject lines and sender. Tapping on a mail, the clock fully displays the contained text. But here is why a round display for a Smartwatch is actually far from ideal: the text does not fully fills the screen, but appears only in a narrow range with many breaks. It looks strange and giving away display space. After all: You can also reply. Either you choose some predefined reply phrases such as Yes or no, typing text on a tiny on-screen keyboard or dictated texts via speech recognition (S-voice) a. She work generally quite well, as long as the background sounds are not too strong and of course only works with an active Internet connection of the mobile phone. Actually very convenient: You can wake up the language assistants in the gear S2 via magic word (such as OK Google at Google now) from half-asleep, hands free to operate the clock. To do this you must set advance a personal voice command. In the test the gear S2 turned on here but slightly bitchy: so the S2 understood even short commands only in very quiet surroundings and rarely immediately. You should resist that converting a voice memo to text, because this takes a long time.
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S-voice, SMS, and more
SMS can customize per language. You just tap the S-voice-icon in the menu and must speak a command such as send message to Gaby. The contact is properly fished, from the address book you can then speak the text and send over the existing mobile network of mobile phones. It worked perfectly in the test. Also S-voice dominates the usual knowledge dialogues that we already know from Siri: on the question of who is the Mayor of Berlin? the gear S2 in the blink of an eye called the Wikipedia entry for the Berlin Mayor. To the disappointment of the tester but he knew on the question of who is the Mayor of Bremen? offered no answer, just do an Internet search. Important difference to S voice on the phone: the answers are made not by speech, but on the screen. Because the gear S2 has no speakers (audio output allows only via Bluetooth headphones). Memories made in the test by commands such as remember 16:45 properly via voice command set up me. Enter a date in the calendar but is not possible and also not provided. Who are pressing the keys for voice commands to save, can set a magic word to wake-up the speech input. This is not advisable but rather as continuous listening of watch on a possible wake-up command costs valuable Akkusaft.
The advantages of the phone connection
Coupled with the phone, the watch as a remote control for the Smartphone can be operated. So you can control the music player in the mobile, trigger calls or accept. The actual phone call but continues to run the clock rather than hands-free phone on the Smartphone, unlike the Apple Watch work. It moved his cell phone, goes a tip on the app find my phone and the phone’s ringing even if it was actually silent. An active Wi-Fi connection the clock can enter into some sort of remote relationship to their paired phone: is the mobile home (or one level deeper on the desk), the clock continues to display SMS or E-Mail notifications with Internet connection via Wi-Fi. Disadvantage: The Wi-Fi connection swallows a lot of power at least to the used copy of prior series, let the battery charge in the test within one hour to two-digit percent numbers shrink.
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Smartwatches have two core functions: a display of notifications, without that you have to take the phone out of your pocket. And on the other hand the built-in features of fitness. Here the gear S2 offers a solid equipment: in addition to the normal pedometer there is similar as at Apple Watch also color-coded feedback, how active or athletic, you’re straight. And on request the clock measures pulse similar to how the Microsoft tape even continuously throughout the day at regular intervals. The results of the measurements can be then in the S-health app on the phone. The Watch provides training measurement programs for multiple sports: some like jogging and running succeed even without a paired mobile phone, others need the GPS function on the phone such as cycling because only the 3G-Variante not planned in Germany, the gear S2 has built an own GPS chip. After all, the clock in the fitness mode can more than just step-based sports.
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In two watches working a 1 gigahertz faster dual-core processor, the memory is 512 megabytes. The first test models have responded quickly and without delay. Gross, 4 gigabytes (GB) of internal memory are available to store music, images, et cetera. Samsung Tizen instead of AndroidWear on that, for example, sets the Moto360 uses as an operating system. There are but very few apps, with much benevolence rather 100 as the announced 1000 apps. Most of the apps are currently watch screens. Offshoot of great Smartphone apps are, however, rare. The clocks radio with Wi-Fi (802.11 b / g / n), Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. Notifications of the Smartphones over Wi-Fi reach on the go the clock if the Smartphone at home. For mobile payment, NFC in turn wants to use Samsung could replace but soon the keycard in the hotel or the ticket. May, as a practical application in Germany is not in sight. The battery running low, goes to charge wirelessly the S2, what is required according to Samsung at least every three days. This is usual optimistic: In the test, the battery enabled Wi-Fi alarm command for voice control and the bright display held just a day. On Bluetooth pure and without continuous active voice control service time remain just two days before the clock automatically goes into the power saver mode (black and white display and limited functionality). Recharging the watch with the practical inductive charger (with widespread QI standard technology) in the test lasted around two hours. Overall, the S2 perseveres classic longer than, for example, the Apple Watch.
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Do the usual amount of sensors has packed Samsung in the watches: gyroscope, accelerometer, pulse – and light meter and a barometer. About the position sensor activates the screen when the flip of the wrist. Too bad but that also the gear S2 allows no linking to external sensors (some pedal for the wheel) that is unfortunately typical of Smartwatches. The round AMOLED screen solves with 360 x 360 pixels quite fine to very brilliant and measures about 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) for two clocks in diameter. They are even 0.1 mm mops-based than the klobiger acting Huawei watch 11.4 millimeters thick and thus. The case of the classic is but slightly smaller than the sports version gear S2.
The gear S2 and S2 gear classic come in trading in October. The gear S2 is available from 349 euro, the gear S2 classic from 379 euro.
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