Gear 2 would have Maxwell Smart drooling
WHEN it comes to turning heads at a party or in the office, Samsung's Galaxy Gear 2 packs plenty of tricks under your sleeve.
With its built-in camera to shoot photos and video and ability to keep track of texts or emails, the Gear 2 is the sort of device you could imagine Maxwell Smart drooling over.
Add to it the ability to make and receive phone calls (without the shoe) and listen to music via the phone or Bluetooth headphones, you can see how wearable technology will become popular in years to come.
The fitness applications, which include pedometer, heart rate monitor and exercise app, make it a handy tool at the gym.
And yes, it does tell the time as a bonus - a feature made super cool by the fact that the display remains off until you turn your wrist to look at it.
And it's certainly a watch that gets noticed.
A flick of the wrist at a party and you will have fellow gadget lovers asking an array of questions while kids think it is super cool to have their photo taken with a watch.
The Gear 2 is designed as the ultimate companion for Samsung's Galaxy devices - but importantly many of its functions work without a phone or tablet next to it. With a built-in IR blaster, you can even use your watch as the TV remote for compatible Samsung smart TVs.
The camera built in to the main body of the Gear 2 is a 2.0-megapixel auto-focus variety. It takes a little while to get used to getting the angle right for shots but it's useful for close-ups or short videos, which can be synched with your phone or tablet later.
The camera is hardly noticeable on the phone itself, making it an ideal spying tool, especially if you were dealing with a bullying boss or suffering workplace harassment.
You can record voice memos - a handy tool if you wife gives you a shopping list on the go.
If you're not happy with the basic black wrist band, there is a range of interchangeable and more colourful varieties, sold separately, including Titan Silver, Gold Brown and Wild Orange for the Gear 2 and Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange for the cheaper Gear 2 Neo which is minus the camera.
The Gear 2 is certified as dust- and water-resistant. It should survive up to a metre of water inundation for 30 minutes - but we didn't test that.
The home screen and clock face is customisable. Change it according to your mood - or the function you are attending.
With little use of its apps, the watch can last up to six days but with heavier use you are more likely to have to recharge every two to three days.
The slimmer Gear Fit model has a RRP $249, the Gear 2 has a RRP $369.95 and the Gear 2 Neo a RRP $249.00.
It's not yet in the "must have" list of devices, but if you're into gadgets, you'll probably want one.