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Samsung Gear 2 Neo review

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Summary

Our Score:

6

User Score:

Pros

  • Nice, bright screen
  • Notifications work well
  • Easy to use interface

Cons

  • Poor app support
  • Battery life doesn't last a week
  • Average call quality
  • Only works with Samsung smartphones and tablets

Key Features

  • 1.63-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • IP67 dust and water-resistant
  • 2-3 battery life
  • WatchON TV remote
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £169.00

What is the Samsung Gear Neo 2?

The Samsung Gear Neo 2 is the plastic smartwatch alternative to the Samsung Gear 2. At £169, it's £80 and while it doesn’t have a camera or a metal watch face, it’s virtually identical in every other way.

After the original Samsung Galaxy Gear massively underwhelmed, Samsung's second stab at a smartwatch is a big improvement, but we are not convinced this is the ultimate smartphone companion you need to own.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Gear S2 vs Apple Watch: Do you go Apple or Samsung smartwatch?

Samsung Gear Neo 2: Design

The only thing separating the Gear 2 Neo from the Gear 2 is the plastic. One of the cost-cutting measures has been to swap metal for plastic and in all honesty it’s not such a bad thing. The Gear 2 definitely has the more luxurious look, while the Neo 2 is more in the Casio digital watch realms, but it still looks and feels good.

It uses the same plastic strap as the Gear 2 and the Gear Fit, albeit with a slightly different patterned design. There's the same grooved interior and a secure metal clasp that uses a hinge mechanism to pull the strap towards the hole fasteners. The straps are removable via a pin underneath, which means you can swap them with the Mocha Grey and Wild Orange straps. You will have to pay extra for those, though.

It weighs just 55g and doesn’t feel like a heavy watch to wear during the day or to sleep with. Like the Gear 2, it’s water and dust proof to IP67 standardl, which means you can take it in the shower or submerge it in fresh water up to 1 metre for 30 minutes. This is good enough for a bath or shower, but no good for swimming.

Up front, the square watch face has a thin grey touch sensitive bezel with a single plastic button below the screen and the microphone at the top of the screen. Underneath you’ll find the heart rate sensor and the charging pins, which means it does require its own dedicated charging dock. Groan…

Watch lovers might not purr over the aesthetics of the Gear Neo 2, but as a predominantly plastic smartwatch, it’s one of the best looking ones available.

Samsung Gear Neo 2: Screen

The Gear Neo 2 has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with a 320 x 320 resolution that matches the Gear 2, making it not too dramatically different from the original Gear. It’s a beautifully bright display delivering sharp text and icons, making it nice and easy to glance at. Opting against a curved display means it doesn’t suffer from some the glare that the Gear Fit experiences when out in bright sunlight.

It’s not all great though. When it comes to viewing images, it struggles to recreate the clarity and sharpness when viewed on a larger screen. You probably won’t be watching much video on here, but it’s clear this screen is well suited to Samsung’s UI but is an entirely different story when you start exploring other apps.

There’s more reason to be positive about screen responsiveness. There’s little issue registering swipes or launching apps and it holds up well even when you are out running or in the gym where it can be fiddly to quickly check information.

The display is not perfect but is definitely one of the Gear Neo 2’s highlights. It’s elsewhere where the problems lie.

zoltar99

April 22, 2014, 7:34 pm

Just bought one yesterday... OK so far, hopefully more apps will come with time.

Jo Ann

April 23, 2014, 3:54 am

The Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 is so popular in my area that I had to order it at my Best Buy store. They are on sale for $199.00, normally $299.99. Gear 2 boasts a 16mp camera (better than any of my digital cameras) and 2gb more memory than the first Gear, also a much faster processor. . My husband has the first Gear and he loves his watch. He gets news alerts, texts, emails, and phone calls. Gear 2 allows you to read the entire news alert, Much nicer band. I wanted the red band, but my store said it wasn't available in red, so I opted for the black band.

John Burns

April 23, 2014, 12:38 pm

The Gear 2 has a 2mp camera and not a 16mp one. I'm pretty sure a camera of that spec on a smart watch won't be seen for another few years if the requirement for a camera on a watch is still in demand by then. The first gear was 1.9mp so a minute improvement but definitely not 16mp resolution :-)

Dawn

April 23, 2014, 1:56 pm

Can you run outside with this watch and not have carry your phone and the run apps still work?

Jamie

April 23, 2014, 5:43 pm

hey guys... I just got the gear 2 neo and.. well.. how do I get music on the actual 4gb internal memory???

Derrick Amundsen

April 24, 2014, 3:03 pm

Can you elaborate? There's a pedometer and an exercise app on the Gear 2s, they still work, but obviously none of your phone's apps will "work"

Derrick Amundsen

April 24, 2014, 3:04 pm

Yup, definitely not 16 megapixel, that sure would be cool though!

Derrick Amundsen

April 24, 2014, 3:05 pm

Connect to your computer and turn on USB debugging, hope this helps!

Derrick Amundsen

April 24, 2014, 3:06 pm

I have one too, they're cool, but I'm not crossing my fingers for a lot of apps - especially, with it running Samsung's stupid Tizen OS, the talented devs will never make their way over, especially with Android Wear coming out soon.

Dawn

April 24, 2014, 3:21 pm

Thanks Derrick. So the app is on the watch not the phone? Meaning it would still work when away from the phone. I want something like the garman watch but that also works with my phone when close enough.

Alex DeSimone

April 30, 2014, 2:44 am

Go to your gear manager on your phone, then my apps. Next to Music Player there is a gear. Click on the gear and it should say "send tracks to gear".

sgtslick

November 19, 2014, 6:02 pm

Someone told me it also had a GPS feature is this true? Thanks

Edwin Pallens

December 6, 2014, 5:45 pm

I'm so disappointed with the watch you can said open(app NAME ) and you get sorry can find (APP NAME ) on your device and to me that is a small task no Google search WTF I was expecting a litter more from special I have the Note 3

garry

February 25, 2015, 5:07 pm

Hi guys , I would like to purchase GEAR 2 NEO , but I need watch which will give vibration indication when it is out of reach from phone , so that one can never loose ur phone , , this feature available in sony smart band SWR 10 , which vibrate when it leave phone more than 10 meter distance, but this band has no calling facility

as u guys using gear 2 neo , that would be great help for me , as Samsung technical support is silent about this feature

Mrs. Dancy

March 5, 2015, 10:19 pm

I've had the Samsung Gear Neo watch for 6 months and I love it. I am cannot answer my phone while I'm working but it is awesome that I can glance at my watch to see who's calling, view the first line of a text without even touching the watch, send a message to caller by speaking into the watch and etc. HELL IT'S AWESOME :-) nothing is perfect but this is great

Michael W

May 24, 2015, 8:32 pm

Battery lasts only a 3-4 days on medium use - and that's bad? The Apple Watch - which got the same rating... lasts... at best.... less than one day!!! 18 hours maximum and that's it? To me that's an immediate fail for a watch - you can't get the time during one full day. But hey, that gets a 6 rating. "Trusted" reviews? Not really.

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