Samsung Gear S2 endurskoðun: sjöunda sinn heppinn að smartwatch kóreska fyrirtækisins

Samsung Gear S2 review: seventh time lucky for Korean firm’s smartwatch
  • One the seventh attempt Samsung has finally cracked it. The Gear S2 is the best smartwatch the Korean firm has made – and by miles. It’s also one of the best available, introducing genuinely better ways of interacting with a smartwatch.


KeyrtÞessi grein sem heitir “Samsung Gear S2 endurskoðun: sjöunda sinn heppinn að smartwatch kóreska fyrirtækisins” var skrifuð af Samuel Gibbs, for on Monday 9th November 2015 11.26 UTC

Samsung has finally cracked the smartwatch with its seventh design: a round watch compatible with almost all Android smartphones and with a rotating bezel that’s not just for show.

The world’s biggest smartphone manufacturer has quite a lot of experience making smartwatches. Its first was launched in 2013, but since then the South Korean firm has made six different models, though none of them have quite got it right.

The Gear S2 is Samsung’s seventh try and it was worth the effort.

Umferð og aðlaðandi

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The alltaf-á skjánum rofi til a lágmark-máttur skjánum þegar ekki virkur notuð, svipað því sem notað af Google Android Wear klukkur. Loftmynd: Samuel Gibbs fyrir Guardian

Ólíkt öllum fyrri Samsung smartwatches, sem Gear S2 er grannur, umferð og aðlaðandi. Það kemur í tveimur gerðum "klassík" og staðall. Ég prófa staðlaða Gear 2.

Það lítur út eins og nútíma umferð horfa með ryðfríu stáli líkamanum og mótað hvítt eða svart plast ól. A snúningur bezel hringir skörpum 1.2in AMOLED skjár, sem hefur hæsta pixla þéttleika enn fyrir umferð smartwatch á 302 punktar á tommu. Næst umferð hennar keppandi er 286 pát Huawei Watch, sem þýðir að Samsung slær öllum en veldi 42mm Apple Watch, sem einnig hefur 302ppi pixlafjölda.

The skjár er frábært: skörpum, skær með mjög dökkum járnsmiður, sem gera dökk horfa andlit sérstaklega gott að leita. Líkur á Android Wear það getur skipt til grundvallar hvítt-á-svartur andlit þegar það er ekki virkur. Það er ekki eins hárri upplausn og helstu andliti, en ekki þjást alveg svo mikið ljótt pixelation heitið sem er notað Moto 360.

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The horfa á er 11.4mm þykkur, en lítur grannur þegar borið þökk sé boginn líkama og tapered hönnun. Loftmynd: Samuel Gibbs fyrir Guardian

Horfa situr þægilega á úlnlið. tapered líkama hönnun líkir sem hár-endir vélrænni áhorfandi og felur sumir af þykkt 11.4mm vaktinni er. Það er einnig vatnsheldur að IP68 staðla, sem þýðir sturtu með henni á er ekki vandamál.

The gúmmí ól er öflug og ekki gera úlnlið svita mínum eins og sumir Casios hafa í fortíðinni. It’s held in place by a proprietary push-button clip, which makes it easy to remove, but means you’ll be limited to straps offered by Samsung.

There are two in the box, one large and one smaller strap that reduces the depth of the watch on the wrist. The Gear S2 Classic has traditional watch lugs for standard straps.

The back of the watch has a heart rate monitor, like most other smartwatches, which can be manually triggered to record your beats per minute, or used as part of an exercise tracker. I found it accurate to within around one beat per minute.

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The straps are easy to swap out, but you’re limited to what’s on offer from Samsung thanks to a proprietary clip system. Loftmynd: Samuel Gibbs fyrir Guardian


  • Örgjörvi: Samsung Exynos 3250
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Screen: 1.2in sAMOLED (302Vísitala) sapphire
  • Bílskúr: 4GB
  • Tengingar: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, loftvog, heart rate sensor
  • Mál: 42.3 x 49.8 x 11.4
  • eindrægni: Android

Snappy for one day and a half

Samsung Gear s2 endurskoðun
Þessi litla segulmagnaðir ákæra standa gjöld þráðlaust úrið, með möguleika á að sýna watchface eða hleðslu framfarir. Loftmynd: Samuel Gibbs fyrir Guardian

The Gear S2 finnst glefsinn og móttækilegur í rekstri. Það tengist við snjallsíma með Bluetooth eða yfir Wi-Fi, einu sinni net hefur verið stillt. Ólíkt öðrum Samsung Tizen smartwatches, sem Gear S2 mun vinna með öllum nútíma Android smartphone, með nokkra Gear stjórna apps.

Það eru nokkur föll sem krefjast Samsung tæki, þ.e. Samsung Borga sem gerir notendum kleift að greiða fyrir góða og þjónustu með NFC vöku. Samsung Borga á enn eftir að ráðast í Bretlandi, en er í boði í Bandaríkjunum og Suður-Kóreu.

The Bluetooth tengingin var sterk þegar tengt við Nexus 6P, en Wi-Fi var auðvelt að setja upp með því að slá inn lykilorðið með furðu nothæfur T9-stíl skjályklaborðið. Notifications were delivered instantaneously over Wi-Fi, which is not always the case for all smartwatches.

The Gear S2 lasted 36 hours on a charge with the screen on all the time. The watch comes with a wireless charging dock, which charges it in under two hours.

Tizen, not Android Wear

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The selection of faces is good, and most can be customised. Loftmynd: Samuel Gibbs fyrir Guardian

The Gear S2’s software is simultaneously its greatest strength and its biggest weakness. Unlike other Android watches that run Google’s Android Wear, the S2 runs Samsung’s own Tizen operating system.

The custom software and rotating bezel makes the S2 one of the fastest and easiest to use smartwatches. Twist to the left for notifications, right for widgets for things like music control, heart rate, calendar, weather updates and fitness tracking. Swiping down from the top goes back one step, or pulls down a quick settings shade on the watch face.

A little three-dot menu tab appears on the right of anything that has further actions, while the smaller button on the side takes you to apps and the bigger button to the watch face. Covering the watch with your hand puts it to sleep. It all works smoothly and intuitively.

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Turn the bezel to select the app. Loftmynd: Samuel Gibbs fyrir Guardian

Other apps are held in a circular list, but apps are the biggest issue. Because of the Tizen operating system there basically aren’t any beyond the included ones. You’ve got CNN, Bloomberg, Here maps and a collection of Samsung apps, including S Health and voice recorder.

The apps that are included work fine, but the lack of choice isn’t going to be fixed any time soon as Tizen’s relatively small user base means there isn’t as much of draw for developers to actually create them as there is for Android Wear og Apple’s watchOS.

There are odd quirks to the system. Til dæmis, some watch faces are active and can be tapped to perform functions. Tapping the top of bottom of chronograph face sets off a stopwatch, but you can’t start a timer or set an alarm. The timer also doesn’t have a widget for some reason, where the alarm does.

Samsung’s S-Voice works well for setting timers and other quick activities, but I struggled trying to dictate a reply to a Hangout. The on-screen keyboard works for quick things, while the rotating bezel makes it easy to select a quick emoji to reply.

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Samsung’s S-Voice system works well enough for setting timers and alarms, but isn’t quite as good as Google Now or Apple’s Siri. Loftmynd: Samuel Gibbs fyrir Guardian


The Samsung Gear S2 costs £249 in dark grey or silver. The Gear S2 Classic costs £299 in black. Both are available for pre-order, skipum á 12 nóvember.

They are on the high-end of the price bracket for Android-compatible watches. The Pebble Time costs £180, að Moto 360 £229 and the Huawei Watch £289. The Apple Watch costs £299.


One the seventh attempt Samsung has finally cracked it. The Gear S2 is the best smartwatch the Korean firm has made – and by miles. It’s also one of the best available, introducing genuinely better ways of interacting with a smartwatch.

It is held back by Tizen’s lack of app support by developers, which is unlikely to change, but its support of more than just Samsung Android smartphones is a step in the right direction.

What it does it does well, it’s just not quite as versatile as some other smartwatches.

Kostir: þægilegt, excellent rotating bezel interface, wide Android compatibility, vatnsheldur, mikill skjár, NFC

Gallar: limited app support, proprietary straps, S-Voice inferior to Google Now, no cross-platform support

Samsung Gear s2 endurskoðun
Music controls can accessed quickly by double pressing the small button, as can any other app by changing the setting. Loftmynd: Samuel Gibbs fyrir Guardian

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