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Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are Samsung’s second-generation smartwatches. They’ve lost both the Android operating system and the "Galaxy" brand, but gained Samsung’s own Taizen. What exactly that means will take a while — and a series of reviews — to figure out. Jerry Hildenbrand for Smartwatch Fans:

There are some substaintial changes since last year’s Galaxy Gear, but at first glance they look very similar. We’re OK with that, because we want the Gear to keep it’s unique style and exceptional build-quality. The software, while completely different, also has a familiar look and users should be comfortable with the changes.

When Samsung announced the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch, I joked that it was a study of what an Apple iWatch wouldn’t be. That part at least doesn’t appear to have changed. If the Pebble is the Palm V of smartwatches, this feels like the Windows Mobile. That’s not a bad thing, it’s simply a reminder of just how new the entire category still is.

Apple, for their part, seems content to be patient as usual. They weren’t the first smartphone and they weren’t the first tablet. They don’t care a flying flip about first. They want to be best.

In the meantime check out the new Samsung Gear 2 family and let me know — what do you think?