Galaxy Gear S2 Available Friday 10/2

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There’s been a tidal wave of smartwatch goodness pouring over the Android community lately, and that isn’t going to stop just yet. Samsung announced the new Gear S2 at IFA last month, and we now know that the watch will be available from this Friday 10/2. Samsung posted the availability information this morning along with pricing-you’re looking at $299 for the S2 and $349 for the S2 Classic. You’ll recall the S2 is the sportier of the two watches, while the S2 Classic adds a refined touch, perfect for work or a more formal evening out. Both watches are Tizen-based and feature 1.2-inch AMOLED displays, 4GB storage, 512MB RAM, dual-core processors, NFC, WiFi, and wireless charging. Samsung claims we’ll see 2-3 day battery life, and both watches are water resistant in case you live in a rainy area.

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The biggest feature that distinguishes the S2 variants from Android Wear watches is the rotating bezel that allows easy navigation throughout the suite of available apps. Samsung mentions that the watches will initially be available from Samsung.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, and select Macy’s stores. It appears Macy’s is ramping up their effort to bring Samsung Experience shops into some of their biggest stores. I’ll definitely look to get my hands on one of these as quickly as possible, so look out for a comparison to the Huawei Watch and Moto 360 2nd Gen on my Youtube Channel! Will you pick up either of Samsung’s new watches?

 

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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