Samsung Gear 2 teardown shows skin-deep beauty


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It’s always interesting to see teardowns of a new device. They give us an idea of how well they’re built, and how easily repaired they are should you be clumsy enough to eventually break them. The upcoming Samsung Gear 2 was put through that particular rodeo by the guys at iFixIt ahead of its launch this Friday.

The inner-workings of the device show Samsung’s mastery in being able to tightly and neatly pack all these components into bite-sized form. They did so in a way that makes the device easy to repair, with easily removable wrist straps, a pain-free battery and modular components awarding the device an 8 out of 10 for repairability (with a 10 being easiest to repair).

It didn’t come without one pitfall, though, as the glue-bound display sticks to the chassis like stink on a warthog (sorry Pumba!). While that won’t make a repair impossible, it could make it difficult and expensive.

We’d hope you’d secure this thing to your wrist well enough that it won’t ever fall off so you won’t ever need to perform a repair yourself. Otherwise, it seems like you’ll be able to keep the Gear 2 ticking well beyond its original manufacturer’s warranty. Be sure to pre-order one from Amazon’s site if you’re interested.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I just can’t get over the $299 price tag, especially with Android Wear coming out.

    1. The LG watch is basically the same price

      1. But what about the Moto 360?

  2. I’m getting the Neo 2 on Friday. I wasn’t interested in the camera or “premium” look of the Gear 2.

  3. I’d buy it if it had a curved display….

  4. I think the reason being for the glue might be the IP67 Water and Dust resistant seal. Which means, that is not water and dust resistant anymore?? Not sure lol

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