Updated 10 Dec 2015

Samsung

Gear S

Snapshot: The Samsung Gear S smartwatch has a plastic band and weighs 66g. Does it have all the features you need?

Gear S
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$499

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Test results

Overall score
61
Performance
?/10
Display
?/10
Telephone
?/10
Notification
?/10
Smartphone control
?/10

Good points

  • Performed well.
  • Easy to use.
  • Is water resistant.
  • Has a touchscreen display.
  • Can display and reply to text messages.
  • Can make phone calls.
  • Can run social media.
  • Can control audio.
  • Can display and write emails.
  • Has audio alarm.

But

  • Poor battery life.
  • No NFC.
  • Is restricted to a particular smartphone type/brand.

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How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Performance (30 percent) includes display, telephone, notifications, smartphone control and health functions.
  • Ease of use (40 percent) includes operation and settings
  • Battery (15 percent)
  • Durability (5 percent)
  • Versatility (10 percent)

Key data

Model

Price guide
$499

Specifications

Weight (g)
66
LxWxD (mm)
58 x 40 x 13
Band
plastic
Width of band (mm)
24
Max/Min diameter of band (cm)
20 / 14.5
Shape of watch back
curved back side fits to wrist
Shape of screen
curved
Physical buttons
1
Security
PIN

Features

NFC
×
Accelerometer
Water resistant
Colour display
Touch display
Clock can always be displayed
USB plug
Restriction to particular smartphone type/brand
Read/Reply to text message
Yes/Yes
Phone call
Calendar
Social media
Fitness motivation
×
Music control
Mapping/navigation
Read/Write Email
Yes/Yes
Phone camera control
×
Alarm (Audio/Vibrate)
Yes/Yes
Integrated heart monitor
Sleep tracking
Step counter
Distance travelled