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Samsung's Gear S2 Runs Tizen and Can Make Calls

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Sep 1, 2015, 3:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's latest wearable features a circular shape, rotating bezel, and the ability to make phone calls independent from a smartphone. The device comes in two basic models: the Gear S2 has a simpler, more modern look, while the Gear S2 Classic has a more traditional appearance. Both feature a 1.2-inch circular AMOLED screen with 360 by 360 pixels. The Gear S2 is powered by a dual-core 1.0GHz processor and has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Samsung says the 250mAh battery provides up to two days of battery life. Connectivity includes Bluetooth, NFC, and WiFi, and internal sensors include an accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate monitor, ambient light, and barometer for tracking movement and otherl conditions. The Gear S2 runs Samsung's Tizen operating system and comes with a handful of tools for managing email, messaging, calendar appointments, and weather. Other functions include voice commands, S Health and Nike+ Running apps, a media player, and photo gallery. The Gear S2 is also available in a 3G variant with the ability to make calls and handle limited data when not around a smartphone. The 3G version has a larger 300mAh battery and a thicker chassis than the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic. T-Mobile was the first U.S. carrier to voice support for the 3G version of the watch. For $5 per month (when added to a phone plan), Gear S2 owners will be able to make unlimited calls, send unlimited messages, and use 500MB of data from their smartwatch. Pricing and availability were not disclosed.


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Sep 1, 2015, 7:08 AM

TMobile wants $5 dollars more to make calls from a watch when you have a phone plan?

It just seems ridiculous that you're paying about $60 -$100 starting a month for an individual phone plan - much more for family etc. - and companies want to squeeze you for another $5 dollars because you're using a watch instead of your phone but you're not using both at the same time - not two different numbers. Now if it was a $5 separate plan for the watch with its own number that would be a bargain. But let's face it that's not the case here.Phone companies are starting to feel like the airlines charge you for every little thing. We're about to be charge for the entire phone without subsidies.
I'm too lazy to dig around T-Mobile's plans, so I'll just ask - what individual plans do they have that cost $100? I'm just wondering because for my individual plan I pay $79 and that gives me unlimited everything - except tethering of course - I don'...
The watch is connected, it actually does have its own phone number and calls are forwarded from your phone to the watch number. That is why there is an additional cost.
Yes $5/mo ($15 stand alone) unlimited talk/text/500mb of data w/music freedom. When the phone is connected via bluetooth its an extension of you devise. When not connected by bluetooth and as long as its connected through your samsung account you st...

Sep 1, 2015, 1:44 PM


I love it.
I hope it comes to AT&T

Sep 1, 2015, 8:36 AM


Is it like the Gear Live and will work with all 4.4 Androids or all the others that have to be Samsung?
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