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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.
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.