Samsung Gear S2 Classic

7.9
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The Samsung Gear S2 classic is an intuitive smartwatch that is designed for those on the go. The watch comes preloaded with apps to make the watch in line with some fitness tracking devices, including S Health and Nike+Running. While those looking for a true fitness watch will want more from the Gear S2 Classic, those looking for basic fitness measurements will be happy with the level of this watch. The watch is set up to receive smart notifications from smartphones, including text and email alerts, phone calls, and app notifications, like Facebook alerts. Through apps, the watch is able to track daily activity, including steps taken and heart ate. The watch also has a sleek designed that allows it to be worn for any occasion. Adding to this, is the ability to customize the watch’s face and change its band as needed. Its touchscreen and rotating bezel help the user easily navigate throughout the watch. With a price tag of $299, the Samsung Gear S2 classic is an affordable option compared to other smart watches on the market. With the many added features, as well as the attention to details in the design, the Samsung Gear S2 classic is a watch worth exploring.

Pros

- Affordable price
- Quick notifications
- Comes with voice activation capabilities
- Comes with an extra band
- Wireless Charging Station
- Water-resistant
- Sleek, stylish design
- Large display.
- Rotating bezel

Cons

- Lacking sleep tracking
- Lacking built-in fitness tracking

Activities
Activities

Activities

The Samsung Gear S2 classic is not a fitness watch, as it’s more a smartwatch. So its level of activity monitoring is minimal. The watch is able to track running, biking and walking with an estimated number of calories burned. However, the watch is designed to use apps, like Nike+Running that comes preloaded on the watch and will provide the level of tracking most want to see from fitness devices. Having the ability to choose apps that are appropriate to the activity or user’s preference makes the Samsung Gear S2 Classic an interesting choice for those looking for customization.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

The Samsung Gear S2 classic is able to keep track of the wearer’s activity throughout the day. Some basic measurements that the watch will provide are the wearer’s pulse, number of steps, (done by the watch’s health app), and heart rate. The watch also alerts the user when they have not moved in a while. The watch is also water resistant.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

The Samsung Gear S2 classic, as a smart watch, has the ability to offer a lot of different advanced features, especially with the ability to add apps. The watch is designed to receive smart notifications from the user’s phone, including messages, calls, and email and calendar notifications. The Samsung Gear S2 classic also offers an accelerometer, barometer and a gyroscope. The watch can also provide weather and news updates. The watch, while monitoring daily activity levels, also allows the user to monitor water and caffeine drank during the day. Notifications that come through the phone can also be customized, so that the wearer only sees what he or she wants to see. Some of the notifications, like messages, also allow the user to respond back to the message. Some of the preloaded apps include S Health, Water consumption tracker, Weather, Nike+Running. However, if fitness tracking is an important aspect of what you are looking for, this would not be the watch for you. The Samsung Gear S2 classic is a good option for those looking for a smartwatch.
Accuracy
Accuracy

Accuracy

The Samsung Gear S2 classic, as a smart watch, must rely on the accuracy of the apps that are loaded on the phone. However, reviewers felt that the accuracy of the step tracker was correct and in line with other devices. The heart rate, while not exact, offers a good estimate, like many other models available.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

The Samsung Gear S2 classic connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to both Android and iOS smartphones. Reviewers felt that the connectivity for the phone worked very well, as notifications come through to the watch quickly and accurately. The watch is able to connect seamlessly with little time waiting for items to sync or start working. Compared to other models on the market, the Samsung Gear2 Classic’s connectivity works well.
Apps
Apps

Apps

The Samsung Gear S2 classic comes preloaded with several apps, including S Heath, a water tracker, and weather. However, because it is a smart watch, other apps can be added to suit the user’s needs. Some apps that can be added include Under Armour Connected Fitness, MapMyRun, MyFitnessPal, and Endomondo. By purchasing the Samsung Gear S2 classic, the user gets a free year of premium membership for these apps as well. The included S Health app has health in mind, as it tracks steps, monitors heart rate, and tells the wearer when they need to move.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Samsung Gear S2 classic measures 39.9 x 43.6 x 11.4 mm and weighs in at 1.058 ounces. Reviewers felt that the watch overall feels lighter than other models with rubber bands. While the weight is comparable to other models, in general the watch feels more comfortable than others. The leather band is still breathable and gives the wearer adequate flexibility to move. The band also has suede on its underside providing even more comfort. The Samsung Gear S2 Classic is a comfortable option for users who are looking for an all day option.
Style
Style

Style

The Samsung Gear S2 classic exceeds when it comes to style. Unlike many other models that you can tell are fitness trackers, rather than watches, the Samsung Gear S2 classic does well in hiding a smartwatch in what appears to be a stylish watch for the wrist. The watch uses premium finishes, a leather band and elegant curves to create a timeless piece. The sleek design coupled with the many choices of band color and watch faces, make this a great choice for those looking for a watch to any occasion. Its size also helps make the smartwatch look more like a real watch. Samsung has even managed to work with some big name designers to create watch faces that everyone will find appealing.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Samsung Gear S2 classic is designed to also be durable. By using materials like stainless steel, scratch-resistant glass and leather, the Samsung Gear S2 classic will stand up to everyday wear and tear. The watch is also IP68 rated meaning that it will handle exposure to water, dust and sweat. Reviewers felt that the strong materials made this is an excellent, durable watch. They also felt that no matter what they were doing, the watch also responded quickly.
Face
Face

Face

The Samsung Gear S2 classic has a circular face with rotating bezel. The watch has a display size of 1.2 inches with a resolution of 360 x 360. Reviewers felt that the face is durable and comfortable. While the watch has an adequate display size, it still helps the watch feel small enough so that the wearer is comfortable. Reviewers also appreciated the ability to switch the watch’s face, which is highly customizable and can be designed to accommodate all different types of occasions. Samsung has even managed to work with some big name designers to create watch faces that everyone will find appealing. Overall, reviewers were pleased with the Samsung Gear S2 classic’s face. The touchscreen and rotating bezel help the user operate the watch from the face easily.
Band
Band

Band

The Samsung Gear S2 classic has a leather band that comes in a variety of colors. The strap has a width of 20mm, and comes in two different sizes. The large is 130mm x 70mm and the small is 100mm x 70mm. The bands are also customizable and can be replaced easily depending on the occasion. The underside of the band also uses suede to keep the wearer comfortable in all situations.
Sizes
Sizes

Sizes

The Samsung Gear S2 classic comes in a small and large size. The large is sized at 130mm x 70mm, and the small is sized at 100mm x 70mm. Both sizes have a width of 20mm. Reviewers felt that the sizes accommodate different wrist sizes adequately.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

The Samsung Gear S2 classic is a relatively easy watch to set up and use. Within the circular design, the wearer can find the apps around its perimeter, and by rotating the bezel, the wearer can navigate through every aspect of the watch, including apps and notifications. The watch also utilizes a touchscreen, rather than buttons to allow for easier use. Notifications from smartphones and apps come through quickly and easily. The watch also has voice activation, allowing users to reply to emails or messages, as well as make calls simply by talking to the watch. This hands-free access is ideal for those in the middle of a workout, requiring little setup. Reviewers felt that the Samsung Gear S2 Classic is an easy to use watch that requires little effort to get up and running.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

The Samsung Gear S2 classic uses a wireless docking station to allow the watch to charge wirelessly. The user is able to simply place the watch on the dock, and the watch begins to charge. The Samsung Gear S2 classic uses a 250mAh Li-ion battery. Battery life is adequate for a full day’s use, depending on the amount of time spent using the watch. Typically, though the watch should get 2-3 days’ worth of battery life.
Price
Price

Price

The Samsung Gear S2 classic is priced at $299. This is an affordable price tag for this smartwatch. While Samsung was still working to get access to more apps for the phone, the amount of items that are currently available already make the price a good one compared with other more expensive options on the market. Purchasers can feel comfortable that they are getting a high quality, stylish smartwatch that offers the opportunity to use the watch in many different ways.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

The Samsung Gear S2 classic has the ability to add much of what is needed through downloading apps, however there are also additional accessories available for purchase. Samsung has made available heart rate straps and wireless chargers.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Preloaded Apps for Health, Weather and Activity Tracking
- Smart notifications
- Voice activation
- Wireless charging
- Customizable watch faces
- Changeable bands
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Samsung Gear S2 classic is a smartwatch that goes to the next level. With a comfortable and stylish design, users should feel comfortable in the ability to customize the watch to suit many different occasions. Its light weight, yet high quality, durable materials combine to make a watch that users feel comfortable wearing all day long. Samsung has preloaded apps to make this watch a contender for those looking for a smartwatch with a fitness tracker. While the serious athlete will want more fitness metrics, casual fitness wearers will appreciate the ability to load apps that already work well on smartphones like Nike+Running and MapMyRun. With the ability to sync the smartwatch with a smartphone, wearers can feel confident that they will always get their notifications on the device. Email and text alerts, phone calls, and weather and news updates, all come through to the watch quickly. Users can even use voice activation to reply to messages and make phone calls without using any hands. This is an added plus for users who are in the middle of a workout. Battery life is average at around 2-3 days, with some users getting less depending on how much they are on the watch. Charging is done through a wireless docking station, which can be done at night, since the watch does not have a sleep tracker like other devices. With a price of $299, users can feel comfortable that they are getting a high quality watch at an affordable price. Reviewers felt that this was a great option, they just wanted more fitness tracking abilities and sleep tracking. Overall though, this is a competitive option in the smartwatch category.