Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3g Vs. Bluetooth
Rating (Out of 5 stars):
Classic 3g (Black): ★★★★
Bluetooth (platinum, Black, Rose gold):★★
I have the 3g black classic version of this watch from verizon and its paired with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I also had the Platinum bluetooth version that I bought as a gift for my boyfriend for about 2 days. I love this thing. As I said in my about me section I am a kitchen designer which means I sit for 2 hour sessions with my phone and don’t have the chance to look at my phone very often. This watch gives me the ability to glance at my wrist and check my text messages and screen calls to make sure that I’m not missing an emergency call from my sons daycare or ignore a call without having to dig my phone out of my purse in the middle of an appointment. At first I thought OMG why did I spend this much money on a watch?!?! but after one day forgetting to charge it and going without it I make sure I charge it every night. It has its limitations… very few apps and an onboard keyboard that could use a little help to be more intuitive but overall that is much outweighed by the fact that I can take a call while cleaning my house without having to worry about something falling out of my ear, and it has a find my phone app that will let me find my phone when I invariably misplace it. This watch is basically a pared down version of a phone on your wrist. It is a little bulky but still looks good on the wrist, and is hand over fist better than the bluetooth version.
Pretty much the only thing the bluetooth version (especially the platinum and rose gold) has going for it over the 3g version is in the looks department. Overall it has pretty much the same functions, with a smaller battery and with the not so little minor detail that it is missing the speaker. You can use the voice to text feature but all phone calls have to be made directly from the phone. This meant that I took the bluetooth platinum version back in exchange for the unactivated version of the 3g watch from AT&T. You don’t get the 3g capability, but you can do all the other things that it does without it, like make or take a call on the watch.
Classic 3g (Black):
(taken from http://www.anandtech.com/show/10059/samsungs-gear-s2-classic-3g-4g)
US versions of Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G/4G with eSIM are using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC Runs at 1 GHz, coupled with Adreno 305 graphics and integrated baseband capabilities. The smartwatch is equipped with 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB NAND flash storage, 300 mAh battery as well as 3G/4G, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC wireless technologies. The wearable gadget sports accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate, ambient light and barometer sensors to enable various health/fitness tracking applications. The Gear S2 Classic features 1.2-inch circular display with 360×360 resolution (302 ppi density). Like the rest members of the Gear family, the S2 Classic 3G runs Samsung’s proprietary Tizen operating system. The 4G variant is identical to the 3G variant, but for US markets only, and so it’s still just HSPA+ rather than LTE.
Bluetooth (platinum, Black, Rose gold):
(taken from Amazon.com)
Where to find it:
Your wireless carrier (in the US, with the exception of sprint) and Amazon, Best Buy, etc. for the 3g version and the same for the bluetooth version.
I would NOT suggest getting ANYTHING from Samsung directly. This was how I bought the platinum version the first time, and they sent me the notification that it was shipped at 8:00 at night after it was already supposed to have been delivered (Fedex tracking said that it had been delivered to “mailbox” at 1:45 pm since no signature service was requested by samsung on a $449 dollar watch and the $70 watch band I bought ) Long story shot I spent 5 days fighting between the two of them to get my money before I gave up and just filed a claim with Paypal to get my money back.
Pricing (At the time the article was written):
As low as $249.99 with a 2 year contract from certain providers and as much as 399.99 w/o the 2 year contract from others. I suggest buying the unactivated version from a place like best buy where you can still purchase a protection plan.