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Samsung Gear S2

Pick a face

Branded clocks

Digital designs too

Samsung Gear S2 vs the Apple Watch

Apps

Get messages on your wrist

Reading messages

Typing out a message

Quick replies

Send an emoji

Calendar events

Menus

Step counts

Heart rate monitoring

The heart rate sensor

Activity monitoring

Track your beverages

Emails

Browse your photos

Voice memos

Summon a car

Samsung's new smartwatch, the Gear S2, has brand-new design that features a wheel around the face of the watch.

Inside, the software gets a makeover too, with new features and upgraded watch faces.

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You can pick from many different designs that mimic physical watch faces.

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Samsung has partnered with some brands for specialty watch faces, like this one from CNN that shows headlines.

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There are digital watch faces too with various designs.

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Here's a side by side of the Apple Watch and Samsung Gear S2. Both watches offer a variety of faces.

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Like many other smartwatches, the Gear S2 has plenty of built-in features that complement your phone. Though it's running on Samsung's Tizen operating system (instead of Android), you'll be able to download apps for the watch.

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 Here, you can read text messages from your phone on your wrist.

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You can read the text and scroll through the message.

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Reply to messages with a keyboard that's designed with the watch's tiny screen in mind.

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Or, if you prefer, you can send a prewritten reply.

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You can send emojis from the watch too.

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The Gear S2 shows you important info at your fingertips, like calendar events.

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Here's a look at the watch's main menu.

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With activity sensors built-in, the Gear S2 can measure how many steps you take everyday and the distance you cover.

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The watch will measure your heart rate and show it on the screen.

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The heart rate sensor is on the back of the watch and measures your pulse using light.

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The Gear S2 will nudge you to move more.

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You can also use the watch to track how much water, tea, coffee or more you drink each day.

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Check you emails from your watch.

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Look through your photos too.

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Record a voice memo for later.

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Apps running on the watch let you do basic functions. With the Uber app, shown here, you can summon a car.

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