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I have been sold on the concept of wearable devices, so much so that I got my sister to gift me a Pebble watch late last year. It was around the same time that I got to review the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the first smartwatch from the Korean tech giant. I did a comparison of the two watches and came to the conclusion that Pebble was the better watch, while the Gear was smarter. Now, I have a review unit of the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2, the second generation of the smart watch. It is not a simple upgrade as the device comes with some big changes. I decided to discard my Pebble for a four-day trip to cover the Computex in Taipei and here are the results.
The most noticeable change in the Gear 2 is in the design. The watch no longer has the camera bump which made the first version a bit awkward to use. The lens is now incorporated into the bezel. It also feels a bit lighter without this protruding lens and stays stable on the wrist. You still need to add an appendage to get the phone to charge. I feel Samsung must be desperately trying to shed this with the next version. Or they have a problem. I had to carry this charging dock with me for the trip and had to be extra careful to ensure that I did not forget this small piece somewhere. This appendage also takes away the ability to charge using a Micro-USB cable on the go. The strap is very comfortable and you don’t have to be bothered about keeping the watch safe as it is water and dust-proof. My review unit was black and with a metallic bezel, much more sober than the orange strap of the first Gear I used.
24 hours with the Gear
It was a Sunday and I had the Gear all charged up for what was going to be a long trip to Taipei. The first Gear was not very great in the battery department and I was not going to take any chances. But in the end I got more than what I bargained for. With an unusually delayed connecting flight in Kuala Lumpur, I actually got 24 hours of hard core time with the Gear 2.
I started noticing the advantages of wearing a smartwatch like this on my way to the airport