Gear 2 Neo-- Samsung has been working on it’s mobile tech brand for sometime, and with the smartphone and tablet industry with a solid footprint they have been focusing more on the wearables. The Samsung Gear 2 Neo is probably the best bang for the buck in the wearables department as long as you are a Samsung smartphone owner or at least willing to root your device, otherwise you will be limiting yourself from utilizing all the features when it comes to using the the Neo.
Having been out for sometime now the apps and watch-faces have really grown in number and quality, as long as you look in the right places. You can find some by going through the Gear application menu and in the official gear app on your smartphone or tablet, you can also head on over to GearFaces.com and find and bunch of free watch-faces too.
As for the Samsung Gear 2 Neo design, it comes in at a modest size that wouldn't be too big for a small or narow wrist. The stock band and clasp are made of rubber and metal, which secure just fine around the wrist but can always be replaced by any standard 22mm band found at Amazon or other shops.
The watch itself is waterproof* and on AT&T’s website it states,
*Water-resistant and dustproof based upon IP67 rating. Submersible up to 1 meter (3 ft.) of water for up to 30 minutes. Rinse to remove any residue. Not shockproof. Covers must be tightly closed.
With that being said, I have taken a shower with it a dozen or so times just fine, the only recommendation I have is to turn off the sensor that turns on the screen with motion, as warm water can act like a finger. There is also a speaker for music and voice commands that are utilized through Samsung's S-Voice, in which you can also make voice calls with a connected phone to name just a few features.
The heart rate monitor works pretty good, but you will need to play with it for a bit to see where it registers best for you on your wrist, be it on the underside or top side of it. What I found to be really useful is to take advantage of the 4GB of storage and add some music, then pair Bluetooth headphones to the Neo and go workout. You wont need your phone and you still have the option to track your fitness, the data will just sync to your smartphone or tablet once you re-pair back to it upon your return.
You can find the Samsung Gear Neo at one of the links below and if you can find one for around $130, then I think for that price it is still worth it for at least another 6-8 months.
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