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Not yet rated ByJoe Osborne, Gareth Beavis05 January 2016

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Where the Samsung Gear S2 proper proves the concept for the firm"s impressive sixth – yes, its sixth – take on the smartwatch, the Gear S2 Classic proves it can make a chic watch you"ll honestly want to lớn buy.

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How the Gear S2 Classic looks và feels

Being aimed more at nailing the traditional watch look, the Samsung Gear S2 Classic"s looks are a far cry from the more tech-heavy, sportier look of the Gear S2 proper. That said, the S2 Classic is slightly smaller – 40mm lớn the S2"s 42mm – & uses a different, more traditional mechanism for how it attaches to lớn bands.

Speaking of which, the S2 Classic comes with a sharp, genuine leather đen band to match its black, smoothed (and glossy) metal case. There are no other customization options here, save for compatibility with nearly any 20mm watch band. But you shouldn"t need many more options when the watch looks this slick already – it should match with almost everything in your wardrobe.

Despite being slightly smaller, the S2 Classic still manages khổng lồ fit the same 1.2-inch, 360 x 360-pixel Super AMOLED touchscreen as its chunkier mate. Và it looks just as sharp and vibrant – much more so than what I"ve seen from last year"s moto 360 (2014), for instance. However, Samsung"s largely white-on-black approach to its fonts within Tizen, the firm"s proprietary operating system (OS) for these smartwatches, is a bit over the top.

Overall, the S2 Classic feels much lighter and looks less imposing on our wrists than its larger, more rubbery counterpart – though the difference on paper seems minimal. But when it comes to lớn this type of technology, it"s those minute details that can make the difference between a must-buy product & something doomed to the shelf.

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How the Gear S2 Classic works

Save for the S2 Classic"s rotating bezel featuring a notched thiết kế for more tactile grip to the S2 proper"s smooth ring, the former operates in exactly the same way. All versions of the Gear S2 feature a trang chủ button at the bottom right of the case & a Back button on its đứng đầu right.

The former returns you lớn the watch face, of which there will be 24 loaded into every Gear S2 at launch, while the latter bumps you back one menu selection per press.

Turning the rotating bezel to the left takes you khổng lồ the essentials: your gọi log và your text messages. Each click to lớn the right takes you to lớn one of the widgets you"ve selected. What really makes it all click is just that, a satisfying click as you turn the bezel that not only makes navigation easier, but somehow more enjoyable.

Is it needed? Perhaps not, as the mặc định impulse was lớn flick the screen with a finger (which works fine) - it remains lớn be seen whether using this for longer will yield a desire to lớn start flicking the outer rim.

Samsung preloads a number of widgets onto the device, lượt thích a quick settings panel, the S Health step counter, more detailed weather info & a weird tracker of your water và coffee intake that depends entirely on your input. However, all of these widget spots are customizable - and you can even showroom in your own apps into this spot.

On paper, it may sound lượt thích Samsung loaded this tiny device with too many inputs. But in practice the two buttons và rotating bezel make for an elegant control solution on a smartwatch.

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The Gear S2 Classic"s message layout is mighty clean

What about the apps?

The million dollar question. With Samsung sticking lớn its own Tizen OS for the Gear S2 line, a common worry was that the watches would be left wanting for apps. The good news is there will be around a thousand at launch - with some really cool things in the pipeline, lượt thích unlocking your oto or house with a flick of the wrist.

Key launch partners include a robust Uber phầm mềm that will surely be the only way lớn hail a cab by 2018, a focused CNN news ticker app và a highly customizable Twitter tiện ích among others. But perhaps the most important Gear S2 tiện ích is the updated Samsung Gear Manager on the Google Play Store.

Why"s that? Because the Gear S2 line is compatible with many phones running game android 4.4 or later through this very app. We can"t be the only ones who were worried that the new Gears would be a Samsung-only ordeal, considering that was the case with their predecessor, the Gear S.

That said, certain Gear S2 features will not be compatible with just any android phone, namely Samsung Pay, which makes heavy use of the company"s proprietary firmware for security purposes & it"s thẻ reader-spoofing technique, MST, or Magnetic Secure Transmission. Whether the Gear S2 will work with apk Pay is yet lớn be seen.

This is weather at a glance on the Gear S2 Classic

What else is packed in there?

The brains of the operation is an optimized, dual-core 1GHz processor. (Samsung wouldn"t specify the make of it, but our money"s on a variation of its own Exynos chip.) That"s backed up by 512MB of RAM, plenty for such a tiny device, & 4GB of storage for (some of) those 1,000 or so apps.

Rounding out the spec sheet is a gamut of sensors – an accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, ambient light sensor and barometer – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, bluetooth 4.1 và NFC.

The Gear S2 Classic can also automatically join a Wi-Fi network that you"ve saved, without a phone, something that the táo apple Watch won"t be able to vày until watchOS 2 lands later this year, although apk Wear has had the same trick for a while.

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Early verdict

Where the standard Samsung Gear S2 proves the concept for the firm"s impressive sixth – yes, its sixth – go at the smartwatch, the Gear S2 Classic proves that it can make a chic watch, too. We don"t foresee many people leaping at the rubbery Gear S2, but this watch is no doubt one to, well... You know.

The Gear S2 Classic captures everything that wows about the Gear S2 – namely the rotating bezel and subsequent interface – và puts it into a design that many would honestly be comfortable having peek from under a cuff. & while that sounds mighty shallow, that detail makes all the difference when considering whether it"s worth your hard-earned dough.

The interface và lack of apps bởi vì cast something of a shadow on the device, so the main thing it has going for it now is aesthetics, with the ridged bezel and leather straps making it look highly premium... But that"s no bad thing.

It hasn"t even been six months since the táo Watch launched & already it has the Samsung Gear S2 Classic nipping at its heels. Well, at least at first glance. We"ll save final judgment on that point for the full review, so keep it locked here when the Gear S2 Classic launches this October.