Samsung’s first Tizen wearable device seems to be quite well received. A few teething problems, but no big show stoppers. I’ve had people ask for a comparison between the Samsung Gear 1 and the new Gear 2, but without access to a Gear 1 at the moment I’m not able to do a full video review.

One of the most notable one for us is the switch from Android to Tizen, which we fully intend to dive straight into. Physically the Gear 2 is slimmer and lighter, and now have replaceable watch straps and a built-in heart rate monitor. In the Gear 1 the camera, microphone and speakers were actually built into the strap, and hence why you couldn’t change them.

For a quick comparison, heres a table of specifications and also a video.


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