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Friday, September 05, 2014

Samsung Gear 2 Neo Review: This Is The Mainstream Smartwatch For The Summer

"Announced alongside the Samsung Gear 2 (reviewed perviously here on Forbes), the Gear 2 Neo can be brutally described as the ‘cut down’ version of Samsung’s Gear 2 flagship smartwatch. By stripping the two mega-pixel camera out of the hardware, and using a plastic exterior on the Gear Neo rather than the metal found in the Gear 2, Samsung has been able to drop the price by £80 in the UK (and $100 in the US).

Given that everything else about the Gear platform is shared between the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo, I think it’s far better to look at the lower priced Gear 2 Neo as the smartwatch for the mass market and the Gear 2 for those looking for a bit more luxury in their smartwatch. Suggesting that someone pays £220/$199 for Samsung’s vision of a smartwatch seems far more acceptable than the £299/$299 asked by the metallic Gear 2.

The other issue around the Gear 2 Neo is personal one, and it’s around timing. I’m looking at this watch after my experiences with the LG G Watch and the Android Wear operating system. Samsung has developed the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo to use a variant of their Tizen operating system, and that means all the decisions in terms of UI, operation, and presentation belong to Samsung."

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