Samsung Gear 2 vs Gear 2 Neo vs Galaxy Gear

The key features and differences between the two

Fitness

From that list above you'll see that the fitness apps are missing – well, don't worry, as Samsung is making a big play into the fitness space (and there should be a couple on the way from third parties too.

The move is likely triggered by the impending iWatch, but the new Gear 2 range comes with some huge new hardware: an optical heart rate monitor, like that seen in the Adidas SmartRun MiCoach watch.

Galaxy Gear 2 vs Gear 2 Neo

This is a really killer feature as it will allow for more of a controlled fitness program, one that can really help you improve as you monitor via the heart rate. On top of that Samsung has allowed for running and walking and as a cycling and hiking companion.

Although hiking does sound a lot like walking.

There's sadly no GPS on board as rumoured, which makes the running apps a little redundant, but being able to fill the 4GB of storage on the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will help a lot as the device can function as a standalone music player on your runs.

There's even a sleep and stress sensor package to download – although it begs the question of when you're going to charge it.

Battery life

This is an odd one: while Samsung has shrunk the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo over the original and in doing so dropped the battery capacity from 315mAh to 300mAh, it now reckons you'll get 2-3 days of power from a single charge – six if you use it in 'low usage' mode.

Galaxy Gear 2 vs Gear 2 Neo

Compare that to the 25 hours quoted for the original, and you can see that Tizen must be kinder to the power pack – with that extra heart rate sensing too the Gear 2 must be pretty efficient.

Verdict

We sadly don't know the price of the Gear 2 range as yet, but we'd wager that the Neo will be around 15% - 20% cheaper than the main Gear 2.

Both need to cost a lot less than the original, which was one of the main problems that consumers had with a largely pointless device.

The new range is definitely a step forward, and brings a new flavour in the shape of fitness abilities that put it head and shoulders above the other smartwatches on the market – although that's still not enough to entice most people.

The price is key here – if it's the same as before, Samsung is going to have a really hard sell. At least there's a degree of autonomy on offer, allowing you to wander away from a phone from time to time.

In terms of recommendation, the Gear 2 Neo seems like a much better option out of the two new devices. Shorn of the pointless camera and being a little lighter, there's a lot more to love if you're after a new watch.

They're still not perfect, but the Gear 2 brothers are a big step forward over the original, and could be just enough to keep Samsung relevant in the impending war with Apple.