‘So you have a computer on your wrist? Wow, you are futuristic’. Yes, we got that comment from one of our friends and that kind of made us happy. While we were extremely critical of smartwatches and could not find a use case for one and even ranted about it here saying we will not purchase one from our own money, we have sort of developed some positive feelings towards the concept by spending some more time with the Gear 2. While we stand by the fact that we will still not purchase one for ourselves, we could think of some justifications if you were to go ahead and pick the Gear 2.
A quick intro to Samsung Gear 2 in case you did not know about it. The smartwatch is a successor to the Original Gear and was launched at MWC in Barcelona earlier this year. The watch has an sAMOLED display with a resolution of 320×320 and has a 4 GB internal memory and 512 MB of RAM. There is an 800 MHz processor that powers the device to help you run through all those complicated tasks efficiently. There is a 2 MP Camera as well as a HeartBeat Monitor that is built into the device which has a battery capacity of 315 mAh giving it a standby up to 150 hours.
Now that you are familiar with the specs of the device, let us discuss how you could justify purchasing the Gear 2:
It is Futuristic, it adds to your coolness quotient
No doubt the Gear 2 looks like something that somebody from a Sci-Fi movie would use. The device is basically a computer on your wrist and it is not even a matter of debate that wearables are the next big trend. Yes, the Gear 2 may not be the best implementation ever but it if you wear it on your wrist and take a walk, you will turn heads and grab attention. It is to the smartwatch world what the Note I was for the phablet world. An object of attraction and immediate attention and an early mover in the space that will be important.
You can use the watch as a Spycam
How often it happens that we are stuck in a place where we would like to grab a picture but cannot because it would be rude to take the camera out? It happened last week, where we were involved in an accident and wanted to grab a quick discreet picture of the number plate of the car. While it may have been suspicious doing that before the police using a cell cam, we quickly grabbed the image with our Gear 2. Yes, we have been critical of using Camera on a smartwatch and we still have not taken to the whole idea like duck to water, but we can see a utility like we did when involved in the accident.
It does track your fitness routine
Owning a Gear 2 means you do not have to spend on a dedicated fitness tracker ala Fitbit, Nike+ Fuelband etc as the watch has the ability to measure your footsteps, calories burnt, exercise details and more. It may not work as well as may want and S-Health is a rather poor software with terrible sync, like we mentioned in our review of the Gear Fit here but there is hope. Given Gear 2 runs Tizen, we feel it deserves time with the developers to add on to the utility list and surely Samsung would bring updates to S-Health for an experience that is seamless and informative at the same time. The HeartBeat sensor on the watch is not very accurate nor precise, but it does exist and work reasonably well.
It handles Notifications from third party apps very well
One of the major drawbacks of Pebble, a close competitor to the Gear 2 has been that it does not support third party app notifications at least with the native setup. This is not the case with the Gear 2. The device handles notifications, be it from a Samsung built app or a third party app seamlessly. Virtually every single third party app is supported, and as long as you have a supported Samsung device to sync with, you will not miss another notification thanks to the Gear 2. It is also worth noting that once you dismiss the notification from the watch, it is sync’d with the device and cleared from your notification bar too which is neat. You can this way just get done away with all the stuff you do not need without even touching your smartphone.
Implementation of S-Voice
Yes we know nobody likes S-Voice, but if you are in a car driving or busy, this is a useful add on. The app allows you to utilize S-Voice and perform some basic functions on your smartphone. You can send a text message, make a phone call or know the weather of a place without having to touch your smartphone and let it rest in the pocket. Now, just imagine if Samsung could bring Google Now on board too just like S-Voice. There, right there we would have a winner. Given that Samsung is one of the OEM partners of the Android Wear, we would not be surprised to see some of the features from that to come to Gear 2 which would be an exciting thing. But for now, S-Voice surprisingly works better than what we expected which was absolutely nothing and found ourselves using this feature more than we thought we would initially.
So, those were the 5 justifications we would give if we were to pick a Gear 2. However, despite racking our brain to come up with those five points, we stand by our original judgement to wait and see what the competitors have to offer before jumping the queue with the Gear 2.
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