It’s only been six months since Samsung released the original Galaxy Gear Smartwatch. It was rushed to market and whilst it showed some promise it was ultimately too flawed for the Daily Tech Whip team to recommend it.
Samsung have been heavily criticized for their liberal ‘borrowing’ of other companies design concepts. Sometimes that criticism has been justified. Sometimes not. We think that criticism is partly the reason why Samsung rushed to market with their first smart watch (to beat Apple et al) and it’s no surprise to us that they’ve released their second offering so quickly. Samsung iterate products at a faster rate than any other company on the planet. It’s the opposite of Apple’s approach and it leads to both hits and misses but their business model is to keep refining their misses until they have a hit. Over time it eventually seems to work, as evidenced by the eventual success of their smart phone range.
It’s too early to say whether their second generation smart watch offering will be a hit or a miss but we can say they’ve definitely lifted their game. Notable upgrades including dramatically longer batter life, the move of the camera and the microphone onto the watch (allowing you to swap bands) and the biggest change away from Android to their Tizen operating system. The new watches wil be compatible with dozens of Samsung devices. Another big improvement over the original galaxy gear.
Here’s a full high- res gallery of the new devices. The primary difference between the Gear 2 and the Neo is the absence of a camera on the Neo.