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
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
There are 42 comments

kpnitrl says:

Is there an MP3 player in Galaxy Gear 2?

tgrant1975 says:


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WolfpacDAR says:

It's just "Gear 2"... it's not an Android ;)

hmmm says:

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.

Andy Yates says:

Same here, I've got a note 2 so probably clutching at straws!

Viktor Prime says:

Most likely any Samsung phone with Android 4.3 or higher

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mavrrick says:

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

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rd_nest says:

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."

Gekko says:

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

mars2304 says:

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.

efrome says:

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.

Same. I actually like the look of the galaxy gear over the gear 2, plus I just bought it.

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Duffin says:

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.

chrishencz says:

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.

Obskure says:

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

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drokssilva says:

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

And I don't want a Samsung device.

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

rj160202 says:

Thanks, because we were wondering if you did or not.

revtech says:

hahaha . . hilarious . . best comment I've read today =D

Ronzdaname says:


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yankeesusa says:

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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GrooveRite says:

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.

Sweeet1102 says:

The orientation of the screen for the Fit is weird...

hmmm says:

Yeah... Looks good in ads but using it would be weird.

GrooveRite says:

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!

revtech says:

duplicate . . .

Bl4ckpheniX1 says:

I am pretty sure the Galaxy Gear is water resistant and has an IP55 rating .

yankeesusa says:

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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Bl4ckpheniX1 says:

I am talking about the Galaxy Gear (the OG) and yes it has an IP55 rating.

chrishencz says:

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.

tburgman says:

wow, slow down on the caffeine, that video was just a blur of hands waving around

MasterElwood says:

I still think the original gear has a single core CPU. No one mentioned dual core in October

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grydlok says:

I like the fit more

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Chris5544 says:

After I just bought the Galaxy Gear in December, this comes out... My luck lol.

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returnfire says:

Just got one from the misses on V day. Thinkn bout taking it back if only for the improved battery life on the 2.

mark0309 says:

Will there be a hangouts app at launch?

aliasuk says:

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

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ryan5609 says:

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!?

Lloyd Dobbler reference. Nice.

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markdowd84 says:

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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D Tindale says:

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.
This a real eye opener.