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Hands-on with the Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit

By Adam Zeis on 24 Feb 2014 02:07 pm

Samsung has already announced the follow-up devices to their Galaxy Gear smartwatch — the Gear 2 & Gear 2 Neo — and now has added to the bunch with the Gear Fit as well. The devices are slated to become available worldwide in April, but our pals at Android Central got some hands-on time with all of them at MWC


Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are nearly identical — save for the fact that the Neo lacks a camera. Both devices are slimmed down a bit and since the camera of the Gear 2 has been moved to the watch face, the straps on both are now removable and can be swapped out with any standard 22mm band. The speaker is also moved from the big ol' clasp into the watch face, and a home button has been added to aid in navigation. 

Another big bonus is that the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are now IP67 rated, meaning you don't have to be scared to get them wet. Something that was a big no no with the Galaxy Gear. Obviously the biggest change however is Samsung dropping Android for Tizen, something that will be great for the development community. 



Gear Fit

The new Gear Fit is more fitness tracker than watch, and it looks damn good. The 1.84 inch curved Super AMOLED fits around most of the band and the touchscreen allows you to move around the various menus. It packs in all kinds of fun trackers for fitness and also provides notifications for social networks, phone calls, email and other apps.


Gear up!

So what's your favorite of the bunch? Will you be gearing up with one of the in April? Hit up the comments and let us know! 

Reader comments

Hands-on with the Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit


Adam can the fits display turn? That would be really awkward to use if not. And no one is addressing this so I have to think that someone at Samsung would have caught that.

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Ive been trying to find this info as well, how are you to read the display if it on your wrist ?

the display doesn't turn. there are videos that show the fit being worn on the underside of your wrist (palm face up). if it is worn that way its no longer awkward. i myself wear my watches on the topside of my wrist but some do it under. i think they designed it this way so that the heart rate sensors are actually touching the pulse veins on your wrist. i could be wrong but that makes sense as well.

Did anyone saw actual charging cable / cradle? Is it still that awkward monstrosity that beta Gear has?

I really want the Gear 2...sorry Pebble...you have been great and I love you but this is just too good to pass up. Will keep Pebble too because it's an outstanding device.

I would totally be interested in these but the only thing is that it only works with Samsung devices... Wish they would open it up to my nexus 5...I guess tizen isn't so open source...

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I could be being a total pleb and missing it in all the write ups does the gear fit still have the mic and speaker to allow you to use it to make phone calls or is it notifications only that you get on it?

Hello Adam, I'm brand new to smartwatchfans (long time AndroidCentral follower) and am the proud owner of a Pebble watch (lovin it). Just a quick question on the Gear 2 series: For notifications have you seen whether it is more configurable for notifications? I'm reading that the Galaxy Gear would only notify for texts/emails from Samsung's own apps, and am hoping the Gear 2 series may be able to notify for all types of 3rd party apps (Hangouts, ChompSMS, GMail, etc...). Thanks!

I'm getting notifications for just about everything. There is a setting in the latest version of Gear Manager 2.0 that allows you to configure notifications for just about every app, third-party as well as Samsung, that I have on my phone.

Just hope an android companion app is available with the fit, then hopefully it will be compatible with the Android runtime on the Blackberry z10. This is such a nice piece of technology.

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