The first smart watch or “Samsung gear” as it is commonly called, was launched way back in September and it seems that the company is not willing to be a one-hit wonder. It has already come out with more gears that are dedicated to specific applications. Things have gone much ahead since the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Gear. But how do they stand out when compared against each other. Check out the comparison of the original gear with Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit below to get a proper understanding of each.
All the gears have notification facility and it was rather obvious because the main purpose of such gear is to provide better accessibility to the notifications that are received on the smartphone.
Non Samsung Device Compatibility
Well you are most probably out of luck if you don’t own a Samsung smartphone because all of these devices are exclusively compatible with them. You can get it to work with any other phone. You can use other features though such as activity tracker. All such features which are independent from the phone will be able to work even if you don’t have a Samsung device. However, for enjoying all of the features, including call and notifications, you need to have a galaxy series smartphone.
Only the Gear Fit is excluded from this segment. While you can still get notifications about calls in it, you have to answer / make the call from your smartphone as this device lacks a microphone. But for others, you don’t have to worry as you can easily place / take calls from the device itself (these devices do have good call clarity).
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have the same AMOLED display that is available on the original gear. The Gear Fit stands out again with its narrower display which is slightly curved to suit the contour of the device.
Heart Rate Sensor
It seems that all of the latest devices have the heart rate sensor which is a pretty awesome addition to the device. The original version does not have the sensor.
The original gear is again left out in this biometric sensor category. However, the gear 2 watches do not have this feature by default. Even though these devices support the feature, you need to download it from the online marketplace.
It seems that everyone has a pedometer. That’s nice. It wasn’t such a complicated feature to be left out as even budget phones and simple mobile devices have it.
Resistance (water and dust resistance)
While all of the gear devices have adequate protection in terms of water and dust resistance, the new variants have been given a tad bit more protection just in case the users decide to get adventurous and forget that they are wearing a digital gear and not a regular watch.
The Gear Fit is probably the only one in the lot that does not appear or feel bulky. It is rather slim and looks nice and trendy. The others, however, have to deal with the bulk that is added for managing the operation of so many features and functionalities.
The Gear Fit is the lightest of the lot but the Gear 2 devices are also lighter than the original watch. It seems that Samsung is working hard on cutting down the weight of the device without cutting down on the features.
All of the new variants have the same colour options while the original gear is the clear winner with 6 colour variants to choose from.
The camera is just another addition to the gear and offers quick snapshots instead of those visually appealing configurations that you find on smartphones. So if you need a camera then you should go for the Gear 2 or the Original Gear. The Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit is excluded from this feature.
As is common with the latest devices, you tend to get better options. All of the latest models have removable band where you can replace them with the ones that appeal to you. For the Gear 2 and Neo, any standard 22 mm strap will do the trick. But for the Fit, you might want to get a custom band.
Voice Control Features
S Voice is definitely present on all models except the Gear Fit but Samsung is used a watered down version of the S-Voice where you can dictate text messages or check the weather and this is about the maximum benefit that you get with the voice features.
Infrared support is missing for the original gear and for the Gear Fit. The Gear 2 variants have this connectivity option. The IR Blaster (a funky name for the infrared support) hooks up to Samsung’s WatchOn app to let you change channels on your TV.
Home Button in Interface
The Gear 2 variants each have a home button placed just under the screen and it can be rather handy to come back to the home screen in one go. However, on the original gear, you can navigate backwards by swiping down on the screen.
Samsung is improving upon the battery life for the latest variants and we can only expect it to be better in the coming days.
Samsung has been smart enough to use its own operating system, the Tizen, which is known for maximizing battery life. The only exception in this category is the Gear Fit which does not run independently, and in fact simply runs by pairing with the phone.
The new variants might have got a little kick with the processor as the speed was increased slightly and the transition was made from mono-core to dual core. As of now, we are not pretty sure about the Gear Fit.
There has been no change in RAM capacity since the original gear came out.
Storage is pretty much the same on all devices even though not much is known as of now for the Gear Fit but we are estimating something in line with the other gear.
Only 6 months into the introduction of the original gear, the company has managed to come out with not one but three different gear models. How cool is that!
The Neo and the Fit have the same price tag even though the Neo has all of the fitness features that are integrated in the Fit. It seems that customers are paying extra for the slim factor in the Gear Fit model.
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