When the Galaxy Gear smart watch first launched, it failed to impress critics and consumers alike. Many thought the device felt more like a beta product than a proper release. Well, now we have a more mature, more streamlined offering in the Galaxy Gear 2. The most notable change is that Samsung has moved the camera and speaker — which used to exist in the strap itself –onto the face of the watch. This means that users will now be able to swap out the strap for a new one of their choosing. As well, the design is a little bit more refined and a little less bulky, which is a welcome addition. Another nice addition is the inclusion of an infrared transmitter built into the watch, which will allow you to use it like a remote control with any TV out there. It’s a feature we saw in the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, and one that we are big fans of. Also added to Samsung’s lineup is a much slimmer, much more fitness-oriented wearable, the Galaxy Fit watch. The Fit weighs in at just 27 grams, and is the first wearable device on the market with a curved AMOLED display. It will be compatible with over 20 Galaxy devices, which is a lot more than the original Galaxy Gear, but still not as open as many would prefer. This device will also have a removable strap, and will come in black, gray and orange colorways at launch. Also included is ANT+ support, allowing the Fit to communicate with most of the other fitness tracking devices on the market.

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