In last few months, Samsung has faced several ups and downs in the Apple-dominated wearables market. The South-Korean giant had finest resources to offer an exquisite smartwatch range, yetdue to small design setbacks, it lagged behind players like Apple and Motorola. But now, all our perceptions and opinions about Samsung are going to change. The company is back with a bang, and has unleashed the second generation of its premium Gear S smartwatch!

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For those who’re new, Samsung Gear S is one of the best heavy specd smartwatches of all times. Announced in 2014, the power-packed smartwatch made a huge impact in the wearables market, and offered an ideal deal with intuitive features. But this time, with growing competition, Gear S has beenimproved in ways. It looks completely different from the 2014 model, and will be shipping in two avatars (Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic) designed specifically for different smartwatch users!

While the base model of Gear S2 is more of a sporty smartwatch, its Classic variant is a choice for casual makeover. The premium Gear S2 Classic flaunts a sleek profile withrotating bezel, and goes straight against premium smartwatches including the highly impressive LG Watch Urbane!

LG Watch Urbane has been one of the best players in the mid-ranged smartwatch market.The watch packs a perfect look and feel, but with Gear S2 Classic in competition, it will face some serious competition right away. So, taking this ahead, let’s compare the two beauties to pick the best one!

Design and Build Quality

In terms of design and build quality, you’ll find a lot to cherish in LG Watch Urbane and Samsung Gear S2 Classic. Both smartwatches look perfect, and flaunt an excellent design language with round stainless steel dials and sturdy leather bands. They look stunning from every angle, but are still not available withsnazzier steel bracelets, which are the major USPs of Moto 360 and Huawei Watch!

It is also worth noting that Gear S2 Classic has a smaller footprint than LG Watch Urbane. The smartwatch measures at 43.6 x 39.9 x 11.4 mm, and includes a unique rotating bezel, which gives a smart way for navigating through different features without covering up the screen with fingers.On the opposite, LG Watch Urbane measures at45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9 mm, and is slightly bigger than expected. Its software compensates for the enlarged size, but lack of quick-release toggle is something that disappoints the most!

Moreover, along with unique design upgrades, Gear S2 Classic also offers advanced iP68 certification for water and dust proofing over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes. It’s highly durable, and better than LG Urbane which ships with iP67 rating.

Display and Visual Quality

Samsung Gear S2 Classic incorporates a stunning 1.2-inch Super AMOLEDtouch-screen display, while the older LG Watch Urbane sports a slightly bigger 1.3-inch P-OLED touch-screen display. Though they bothoffer a nice visual experience with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, Gear S2 looks slightly better with enhanced pixel density and sharper colour production.It features a screen-resolution of 360 x 360 pixels, which is by far one of the display resolutions in the category, and a lot better than the 320 x 320 resolution of LG Watch Urbane.

Hardware and Performance

Despite housing different processors, LG Watch Urbane and Gear S2 Classic both offer top-notch performance without any lags or thermal issues. They both offer seamless performance, but on paper, LG Watch Urbane looks slightly stronger than Gear S2. The power-packed smartwatch ships with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.2GHz coupled with Adreno 305 GPU. It handles apps and functions perfectly, and is just the right buy for performance lovers.

On the other side, Samsung Gear S2 has been equipped with company’s proprietary Exynos 3250 dual-core chipset clocked at 1.0GHz. The smartwatch looks weaker on paper, but is as good as LG Urbane or any other high-end smartwatch.

Other hardware elements on Gear S2 and LG Urbane are absolutely identical. They both pack 512MB RAM and 4 gigs of built in memory for seamless and lag-free performance!

Software and OS

Although both smartwatches are performance friendly, Gear S2 goes class-apart with Tizen, Samsung light and easy to use OS.The improved yet simplified operating system from the company gives an unmatched user-experience, which is as good as Watch OS or Android Wear. It plays a significant part in improving performance and battery life of Gear S2 and includes a plethora of innovative features such as, S Voice controls, Samsung Pay, fitness tracker, heart-rate sensor, idle alert, and keyboard for instant texting.

On the other side, LG Urbane runs Google’s Android Wear OS that ships with Moto 360 and Huawei Watch.It offers support for native and third party apps, and gives a decent user-experience with gesture support, reminder scheduling, Google Now, and other basic features.

Overall, the situation is in balance as LG Urbane lacks mobile payment system, idle alert, and keyboard, while Gear S2 lacks options for reminder scheduling and gesture support.

Battery Life

On paper, the 250 mAh battery packed with Gear S2 looks weak, but in real-life, it performs as good as the 410 mAh battery equipped with LG Urbane. All thanks to the light and intuitive Tizen OS, which consumes less power and endows one-and-a-half-daybackup without any snags or complications.

Price

In the Indian market, Samsung has launched Gear S2 Classic Edition at a tempting price tag of Rs. 25,800 via Flipkart and Myntra, while LG is offering Urbane at a slightly hefty Rs. 30,000 via official retail outlets located across different parts of the country.

Bottom Line

So, there goes our difference between Samsung Gear S2 Classic and LG Watch Urbane. Both smartwatches offer a nice package with good looks, intuitive OS, and top-notch performance, but if you’re looking for the better one, we’ll suggestGear S2 Classic. It is a perfect piece of craftsmanship from Samsung, and is far better than LG Urbane in terms of pricing, battery-life, and performance!