The Samsung Galaxy Gear S – Compared with the Gear 2

Samsung is at the LEADING THE EDGE OF INNOVATION ON WEARABLES … especially with smartwatches. In addition to the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo which was released barely a few months ago in April, Samsung has just released the all new Gear S smartwatch, and I think it is just amazing. The Gear S comes with its own 3G connectivity that allows it fully replace the functionality of your phone, and it comes with a rich plethora of apps that meet entertainment, utility and health needs. Here is a quick comparison of its specs and how it stacks up (or outclasses) the Gear 2 line of devices.

Galaxy Gear Live vs Gear 2 vs Gear S

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Samsung Gear Live Samsung Gear 2 Samsung Gear  S
Screen Size 1.63 inches 1.63 inches 2.0 inches
Resolution 320 x 320 320 x 320 360 x 480
Network Nil Nil 900/2100 or 850/1900 (3G) 900/1800 or 850/1900 (2G)
Connectivity Bluetooth® v4.0 LE Bluetooth® v4.0 LE, IrLED WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS/Glonass Bluetooth®: 4.1 USB 2.0
Screen Shape Square Square Curved (Rectangle) Super AMOLED
Dimensions 1.49 x 2.2 x 0.35 1.45″ x 2.29″ x .39″ 39.9 x 58.1 x 12.5T
Weight 59g 68g 67g
Mobile OS Android Wear Tizen Tizen
Processor 1.2 GHz processor 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor 1.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
Battery Life 300 mAH 300mAh, 2-3 days typical usage 300mAh Li-ionTypical Usage 2days
Storage Space 4GB 4GB 4GB
Color choices Black, Wine Red Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange Black, White
Other sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Heart Rate, Ambient Light, UV, Barometer
Price $199 $199 $524
RAM 512 MB 512 MB 512MB

Verdict

Many people are skeptical regarding the long term stickiness of wearables. Would people be interested in using the heartrate monitor, taking calls from their wrists etc? I think the technology is here to stay, and with the right kind of apps that cater to appropriate use cases, these devices hold great potential to improve life , and encourage habit formation. Samsung is undoubtedly leading the frontlines of innovation and with additional sensors for pressure, uv, ambient light on the Gear S, there’s even more opportunity for a health applications and the quantified self.

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Yes, the Gear S, is bigger and possibly more niche (and for ladies too) as a fashion ornament, but it is very powerful, and represents major progress in the evolution of capabilities of smartwatches and wearables in general. And for developers, more sensors, means more use cases and more flexibility to create! With this device, Samsung has also demonstrated the feasibility of developing truly connected, independent wearable devices and I believe this is the beginning of more smart wearables which will have 2G or 3G connectivity modules . How do you like the Gear S ? Weigh in with comments below.

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