Samsung Gear S – Price, specs & features review

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  • Pros: Great battery life, simple to use.
  • Cons: Chunky, needs to be paired with a phone.

Why should I buy it? If you’re looking for a smartwatch to pair with your Samsung smartphone, the Gear S has a host of cool features.

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The Samsung Gear S has a unique look that makes it stand out from the crowd. With a big, chunky and curved design, streamline and svelte are two things this watch certainly ain’t. The distinctive curve of the two-inch AMOLED screen is framed in metal, with a rubbery strap joined around your wrist by a large clasp.

Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, and you’ll most likely hear a variety of opinions as to whether the Samsung Gear S looks super-cool or is just too big and ridiculous. With this in mind, your own view will be influenced by the size of your wrist and just how the Gear S looks on your arm.

It does, however, look quite futuristic and is surprisingly comfortable despite its size.

Key features


  • 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Samsung Gear S is effectively a phone for your wrist, allowing you to make and receive phone calls and messages even if you are away from your phone. There’s even an on-screen keyboard to allow you to send instant messages, while email and Facebook notifications are also available.
  • Apps and utilities. Connect your Gear S to a compatible Samsung smartphone to enjoy turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation to help you get where you’re going. You can also play music, check the weather and plan your day with an organiser.
  • Display. The big, bright screen on the Samsung Gear S is a 2-inch curved Super AMOLED.
  • S Health. Samsung’s S Health app allows you to track your personal fitness progress and achieve your weight loss goals. In addition to monitoring things such as cholesterol and weight levels, an in-built pedometer, barometer, the Nike+ running app and GPS tracking allow you to treat your Gear S as your personal fitness companion.
  • Great battery life. The Samsung Gear S features a 300mAh battery, which gives you one to two days of typical usage and up to four days of low usage time.

Ease of use

While the big screen does cause design issues for some users, it does have the benefit of making it easy to navigate menus – there’s no need to feel like your fingers are too big for the job with the Samsung Gear S. A 480x360 screen resolution also ensures that everything on the screen is easy to see and read, while an ambient light sensor adjusts the brightness of the screen to suit the conditions.

Just like earlier iterations of the Gear, the Gear S runs on the Tizen operating system. If you’ve used the system before you’ll adapt to the Gear S straight away, but for new users it’ll take a little getting used to.

In terms of sending and receiving calls and texts, the Gear S is simple and intuitive to use. However, while it does feature some pre-loaded apps, to load new ones you’ll have to pair the watch with a compatible Samsung smartphone. In fact, to use most of the features of the Gear S you’ll need to pair it with a Samsung phone, which is something to be aware of before you lay down your hard earned.

The final word

A watch that gets its own phone service and data is a great idea. The Gear S even has its own SIM card slot, which goes even further to making it seem like a phone in its own right.

However, the unfortunate fact of the matter is that to get the most out of the Gear S, you really do need to team it up with a compatible Samsung smartphone.

While it’s great to be able to make and receive calls on your watch, keep in mind that a Samsung phone is a must-have if you’re thinking of getting a Gear S.

But with its unique design and that big, beautiful screen, there’s still plenty to like about this innovative smartwatch.


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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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