Tizen OS means it's no longer a Galaxy, but Samsung's Gear 2 offers many improvements over the original

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Samsung recently announced the first Tizen-powered wearable device, the Gear 2, moving away from the Android-based Galaxy Gear. But arguably the Gear 2's software is its least noticeable change — the UI is a dead ringer for Samsung's first wearable, and it functions just the same as that device. The larger changes come in the device's physical hardware, as you'll see in our quick comparison video. The Gear 2 is slimmer and lighter, with replaceable watch straps and a built-in heart rate monitor. And the movement of the camera, microphone and speakers onto the body of the watch allows the strap to be less bulky, too.

Check out the video above, and click past the break for a comparison of the Galaxy Gear and Gear 2's internal hardware.

More: Hands-on with Samsung's Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches

  Samsung Gear 2 Samsung Galaxy Gear
Display 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320) 1.63” Super AMOLED (320 x 320)
Dimensions Gear 2: 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g;
Gear 2 Neo: 37.9 x 58.8 x 10.0mm, 55g
36.8 x 56.6 x 11.1mm, 73.8g
Processor 1.0GHz dual-core processor 800MHz dual-core processor
Memory 512MB + 4GB storage 512MB + 4GB storage
Battery 300mAh internal;
Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days
315mAh internal;
Up to 25 hours typical usage, 150 hours standby
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0, IR Bluetooth 4.0
Water resistance Rated IP67 (one meter for 30 minutes) Rated IP55 ("Splashproof")
Camera Gear 2: 2MP;
Gear 2 Neo: No camera
2MP
Software Tizen Android 4.2.2
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Colors Gear 2: Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange;
Gear 2 Neo: Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange
Jet Black, Mocha Gray, Wild Orange, Oatmeal Beige, Rose Gold, and Lime Green
 

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Quick comparison: Samsung Gear 2 versus Galaxy Gear

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I still have no idea if this works with anything other than something like the Note 3 or GS5. I suppose if it isn't making the news that means it is probably still limited to a few Samsung phones.
Thanks for the video.

My understanding is it will be with anything newer then the galaxy S3. That is the same with the galaxy Gear 1. Basically anything that had or got upgraded to Android 4.3

Posted via Android Central App on my Note 3

List of supported devices:

- S5 / S4 / S3 / S4 Zoom/ S4 Active / S4 mini
- Note3 Neo / Grand2 / Note3 / Note 2 / Mega6.3 / Mega 5.8 /
- Note 10.1 2014 / Note pro 12.2 / Note Pro 10.1 / Note pro 8.4 / Tab pro 12.2.

Gear Fit: Above devices + Tab 3.

Do we know a release date for these yet or any kind of pricing?

@Hmmmmm they gear 2 works with 17 Galaxy devices

"Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo work with 17 Samsung devices. Gear Fit works with 20, with the extra three coming from Samsung's Tab 3 tablet series."

i like the look of the OG Gear far better. best looking smartwatch so far by far. the screws make the look.

I must agree. The screws combine a bit of an industrial look into a refined modern watch. I kind of like the placement of the camera on the strap. And I'm ok charging every night. Any watch I've worn lays beside my phone on my night table at night anyway. Would just like more apps. Ive seen the Galaxy gear rooted and bluetooth tethered for full data.. Running any app.

You should add to your article that samsung anounced they are going to upgrade the original Gear to the Tizen platform. I appreciate that; I was worried we were going to be left out in the cold.

Really? Well, that's cool, I suppose. Does that mean we'll get some actual useful apps? Guess that might be asking a bit much.

I have my running like an actual phone, internet and all. You just have to root it, load custom recovery then flash a new rom. You can get any app you want. It will also work with any phone, even an iPhone, not that I'd ever want an iPhone but is an option for those who like using a smartphone lite.

Thanks for that info. Could you post a link re. original galaxy gear moving to Tizen?

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I won't get it because it only works with Samsung devices.

And I don't want a Samsung device.

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Sent from inside a cave. Yes, T-Mobile covers caves. N5

With tizen the rumor is it will work with any phone. But Samsung hasn't said anything yet which is annoying.

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I'm really interested in the heart rate monitor feature and I'm wondering between the gear 2 and the Fit which will be best to have when running and doing cardiovascular activities. I knew the fit had the HR monitor but now that I know that the gear 2 has it as well, I guess I'm going to have to try them out in person to make my decision.

Yeah, I'm wondering if the 'Fit' fits loose like a bracelet or is it a tight/snug fit. I would assume that it should be a tight/snug fit in order for the HR monitor to work well. It does have a weird look like it won't fit right though, I agree, lol!

I don't think it is. That is something they would have announced just to get more people interested in it. Also do you mean gear 1 or 2, cause the 1 for sure wasn't.

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It is water resistant and has an IP55 rating, the gear that is. The gear 2 is water proof up to 1 meter, up to 30 minutes and is IP67 certified.

Gear 2 is on my "must have" list. It looks amazing, smart, slick and awesome

Posted via Android Central App Runnning on Samsung Galaxy Note 3

I find it really hard to get excited for smart watches. What do you do with them? Why did you buy one? What is the point? Why are we alive? WHY AM I YELLING!?

The heart rate feature is cool. It really is valuable to know what your heart rate is. This makes it easier to track your heart health. Also, the improved battery life is a big deal.

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Still just an accessory then. I would have thought that with 2 models, 1 would have been the cheap and cheerful dumb accessory type of smartwatch and the other a full blown smartphone on ya wrist kind of device.

Looks like the X3 will steal the show at the technology show in a couple of weeks in London UK.
At least for those who do want a full on piece of kit.

Don't know if I can place a link here but i'll give it a go.
http://www.orsto.com/what-is-a-smartwatch.html
This a real eye opener.