When we asked a Samsung rep to clarify the differences between the Gear 2 Neo and its simply named (but better-endowed) sibling at today’s Unpacked event, we were surprised to learn just how shallow those differences were. The Neo drops the camera, leaving the IR port to fend for itself in its tiny porthole up top, but aside from the accompanying reduction in size and mass, the watches are essentially identical.
That means the Gear 2 Neo packs the same Tizen OS, the same heart rate sensor around back, the same 4GB of local storage, and the same tightened hardware build that allows for customizable 22mm watch bands. (It even features the same home button below the display, an addition we’re not entirely convinced was necessary.)
So, having dropped one of the least-used and most-criticized elements of the original Galaxy Gear, is the Neo a device you might consider picking up to interface with one of 17 compatible Galaxy devices? Have a gander at our first hands-on experience with Samsung’s mid-tier smart watch, including a short test of its heart rate sensing technology, below. Then sound off in the comments letting us know what you think about this second-generation Samsung wearable!