I have been a Samsung Gear user and fan ever since the first one came out, and I bought it on the day it was released. As soon as the Gear 2 came out I upgraded, then I upgraded to the Gear S for T-Mobile, even though I regretted the upgrade as it felt more like a downgrade. Now I have given up on my Gear S and upgraded for real this time to the Gear S2 Cellular for T-Mobile and after only 4 days with it, I can honestly say I’m in love with it.
The Gear S2 is the first Gear watch that actually looks like a watch, and while I would get comments about my previous Gear watches, such as “Oh is that the Apple watch and Cool the Samsung Watch”, now I get “Oh Shit that’s a hot watch” and “Where’d you get that watch, I want one”.
One of the newest features in the Gear S2 is the Bezel. With the new bezel on the Gear S2, you can turn it counter-clockwise and clockwise, to navigate through the various apps you have installed. The combination of the Touch Screen and the Bezel makes the watch a lot easier to use than any previous Gear smartwatch that I have used. Just an FYI the first twist of the bezel takes you to a quick access screen, where you will have access to settings, buddies, all apps, and S-Voice.
Another key feature that I love about the new Gear S 2 is the ability to swap the bands, this makes it more customizable and if you are a fashion freak like my girlfriend you can now accessories your watch to match your outfit. Sadly I only have one band, the gray one that came with my watch. (Actually two bands came with the watch, a Large and Small band).
But let’s get on with the real features everyone wants to know about.
The first thing I did on my Gear S2 answered a text, which was a lot easier than I remember it to be on the Gear S., In fact, I did not like answering the text on the Gear S that I never did. I would always grab my phone to reply, but the Gear S2 makes it so easy that everyone is getting templates that were pre-programmed into the watch by Samsung. (You can add additional templates to the watch.)
Typing on the screen isn’t that hard either. What’s funny is the Samsung Gear S had a larger screen than the Samsung Gear S2, yet typing on the S2 is a lot easier in my opinion.
Speaker sound quality was the second thing I experienced, as soon as I connected my Gear S 2 to the phone, I immediately got a call. Unlike the Gear S which at times was hard to hear when on a call, the Gear S 2 actually has fantastic call quality. The first time I used it my friend Francia who was actually a booth babe at the Samsung booth during the NYC comic con said it sounded better than the speaker on her Note 5. While I did not think the sound quality of the speaker was better than the Note 5, it sure was a hell of a lot better than the speaker on the Gear S.
So is the watch comfortable to wear? Yes, it is very comfortable. With the original Gear watch and the Gear S, I found myself and a friend of mine (Kyle from Best Buy and now T-Mobile) we found ourself peeling the skin on the right side of our wrist. We eventually got use to the watch and the skin peaking stopped but with the Gear S2 no peeling of skin and no in comfort.
S-Health sensors have also improved greatly with the S2. Any slight movement triggered a step with the Gear S but on the Gear S2 if you aren’t actually walking it knows, and bouncing around in a car does not trigger it to record a step like the Gear S did. Also, you can work with the app more than before with the Gear S2.
S-Voice has also improved, but it took me a while to figure out how to enable the voice feedback. I think voice feedback should have been enabled by default. The cool thing about S-Voice is the ability it gives you to talk to the watch, an example I can tell my watch to send a text, call someone or even show me my calendar by simply saying “Hey Watch, Text Mom”.
So what don’t I like about the Samsung Gear S2? It works with Samsung Pay which I love and use a lot, but the Samsung Pay app for it is not available yet. Come on Samsung make it available!!!
Let’s not forget that the Samsung Gear S2 works with most Android powered phones, so don’t feel left out if you don’t have a Samsung phone.
Overall the Gear S2 is amazing, and I recommend you get it and if you already have the Gear S upgrade as soon as possible!
For those interested, I am selling my Samsung Gear S for T-mobile. If you are interested click over here.