Smartwatches

LG Watch Style vs. Samsung Gear S2

A spec-by-spec comparison of the LG Watch Style and the Samsung Gear S2 
A spec-by-spec comparison of the LG Watch Style and the Samsung Gear S2 
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A spec-by-spec comparison of the LG Watch Style and the Samsung Gear S2 
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A spec-by-spec comparison of the LG Watch Style and the Samsung Gear S2 
Heart rate sensor
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Heart rate sensor
Cellular connectivity
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Cellular connectivity
Always-on display
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Always-on display
Android/iPhone compatibility
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Android/iPhone compatibility
Starting price (full retail)
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Starting price (full retail)
Software
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Software
Release
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Release
Battery capacity
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Battery capacity
Water resistance
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Water resistance
Scrolling navigation
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Scrolling navigation
Display type
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Display type
Display resolution
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Display resolution
Display size
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Display size
Band
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Band
Color (watch face)
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Color (watch face)
Build materials (watch face)
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Build materials (watch face)
Dimensions (watch face)
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Dimensions (watch face)
Mobile payments
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Mobile payments
Built-in GPS
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Built-in GPS

The new LG Watch Style may be sporting the latest version of the Android Wear operating system, but it has much in common with some of the leading older smartwatches. Here's how it matches up with the Samsung Gear S2.

Note that in this comparison, we're including both the Samsung Gear S2 and the Gear S2 Classic, which are very similarly equipped. In areas where there is no difference, only the Gear S2 is pictured.

Size

Dimensions (watch face)
Dimensions (watch face)

These official dimensions can be a little misleading, since each manufacturer seems to measure its watches a little differently. The LG Watch's horizontal measurement includes the crown butting out from its side, while the Gear S2's vertical measurement seems to include some portion of the area where the band meets the face.

Either way, these watches are very similarly sized, and the Samsung watches are on the thicker side, meaning they'll jut out from your wrist a little bit more.

Build materials (watch face)

Build materials (watch face)
Build materials (watch face)

Both watch cases are stainless steel with Gorilla Glass 3 display coverings, though the back of the LG Watch Style is plastic.

Colors

Color (watch face)
Color (watch face)

Since smartwatches are somewhat jewelry-like, color options might be more important than they are in other types of tech. This lineup includes a few different neutral and metallic color ways.

Band

Band
Band

Similarly, these watches have quick-release bands, so you can buy additional compatible bands and swap them out as you please. The LG Watch Style and Gear S2 Classic ship with leather bands, but the Gear S2's band is plastic.

Display size

Display size
Display size

The LG Watch Style and Samsung Gear S2 have matching 1.2-inch round displays.

Display resolution

Display resolution
Display resolution

They also share the same 360 x 360 display resolution, but presumably due to rounding up or down of screen sizes, the pixels-per-inch measurements from each maker vary by a few pixels. Regardless, they have nearly identical resolution.

Display type

Display type
Display type

The LG Watch Style opts for P-OLED (plastic OLED) while Samsung has remained loyal to AMOLED technology for some time.

Always-on display

Always-on display
Always-on display

Both have always-on display options, so you don't need to "wake up" the watch in order to view time or key notifications.

Scrolling navigation

Scrolling navigation
Scrolling navigation

We appreciate it when smartwatch manufacturers include an additional physical method for navigating the watch, apart from taps, swipes and voice control. It makes it easier to access and move through the watch's content.

In this case, the LG Watch Style has a rotating power button similar to the Digital Crown on the Apple Watch. The Gear S2 has a more novel approach – the whole bezel rotates.

Water resistance

Water resistance
Water resistance

Both watches can withstand splashes and brief immersion, though the Gear S2's IP68 water resistance rating designates a slightly higher level of protection.

Cellular connectivity

Cellular connectivity
Cellular connectivity

The Gear S2 is available in a 3G/LTE variant, but it's a separate option that costs more.

GPS

Built-in GPS
Built-in GPS

Only the 3G/LTE models of the Samsung Gear S2 are equipped with GPS, for mapping routes and workouts right from your wrist.

Heart rate sensor

Heart rate sensor
Heart rate sensor

The Gear S2 has a heart rate sensor, but the relatively minimal LG Watch Style does not.

Mobile payments

Mobile payments
Mobile payments

The Gear S2 supports Samsung Pay, for making mobile payments with a swipe of the wrist. The LG Watch Style does not contain the requisite NFC technology.

Battery

Battery capacity
Battery capacity

The Gear S2's battery capacity is slightly larger, but many factors go into the equation of overall battery life. The Watch Style dropped a bit quicker than we would have liked, requiring the always-on clock face to be turned off to make it through a full day.

iPhone/Android compatibility

Android/iPhone compatibility
Android/iPhone compatibility

Either watch works with both Android and iOS devices, though the Gear S2 watch gets along best with Samsung phones.

Software

Software
Software

The LG Watch Style sports the latest Android Wear operating system, which includes favorable recent additions like an onboard version of the Google Play Store and Google Assistant. Samsung's Tizen operating system is decent, but we do find it a little chintzy at times, and its voice control features are more limited.

Release

Release
Release

The LG Watch Style has just hit the market, while the Gear S2 has been around since the end of 2015.

Starting price

Starting price (full retail)
Starting price (full retail)

The LG Watch Style's starting price is lower than that of either Gear S2 model, but the Samsung watches can easily be copped at a discount these days. We definitely advise against paying full price for the Gear S2 at this point.

If you want to upgrade your Gear S2 but the LG Watch Style isn't cutting it, consider the LG Watch Sport, its more well-equipped cousin, or the comparable Samsung Gear S3.

For a deeper look at each watch (and the type of information that can't be found on a spec sheet) check out our reviews of the LG Watch Style, Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic.

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