Samsung Gear Fit Review
Samsung, the South Korean multinational conglomerate, is the world’s largest information technology company. They are a leader in the mobile phone market and are establishing a strong foothold in the fitness tracker / activity business.
Samsung’s flagship activity tracker is the Samsung Gear Fit. In this article we will provide an in-depth review of the Samsung Gear Fit. We will also take a close look at the Samsung mobile app. And we’ll put the Samsung activity tracker head to head with the best of the rest.
Samsung came out with the original Gear Fit in 2014. The Gear Fit 2, released in early 2016, is the upgraded version of this product. It is a cross between a sports watch and an activity tracker. Samsung have made some major improvements on the original, including a much faster central processing unit.
The display of the Samsung 2 is wider than the original. This makes it more useful for reading texts. The Gear Fit 2 is a very comfortable watch to wear. It doesn’t look as bulky as a lot of other devices on the market. It has a curve display which contours to the wrist and the device is very light weight.
The band is very supple and is available in two different sizes. It is also available in three color options: black, blue and pink. The band is removable so you can swap them out as you desire. The band is also hypoallergenic, washable and very soft. It is very easy to put on take off with a snap system.
The Gear Fit 2 has Smartwatch capabilities, but they are not really emphasized. It has a few apps, including a music player which offers 4 gigs of internal storage. This allows you to store music locally and stream into Bluetooth, so you don’t need to take your phone with you when you go for a run. There is no built-in speaker, however, so you will need head-phones. Apps include exercise, step monitor, floor monitor, and heart rate monitor. You can also track water and caffeine intake. It also has a timer, alarm and stopwatch.
There is a Spotify app on the Gear Fit 2. However, Spotify will stream from your phone. This means that you will have to take your phone with you if you want to use that feature. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 will work with any Android phone, but it currently does not work with the iPhone range. The device will inform you of phone notifications.
The default watch face includes data on how many stairs you have climbed, steps you have taken and calories you have burned throughout the day. You can, however, choose from a range of watch faces. The device has a 200 milli-amp battery. Samsung say that the battery will last for 3-4 days. This is not very impressive in comparison to competitor fitness tracker models. However, this is very good for a Smartwatch (it’s about twice as long as you’ll get with the Apple Smartwatch).
To charge the Gear Fit 2 you need to use the proprietary charging system that comes with the device. It works well but you’ll need to carry the charger with you if you are traveling away. If you lose the charger, you’ll have to buy a new one. This is a negative compared to some other brands which allow you to charge directly into your computer’s USB port.
There are a number of sensors located inside the Gear Fit 2. A small green light emits into your wrist to determine your heart rate. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth 4.2. It also has WiFi and can use WiFi direct to transfer data to your phone. The Gear Fit 2 also has built-in GPS. That means that you don’t have to have your phone with you when running in order to map your route. It does take a while, though, for the device to acquire a signal.
The Gear Fit 2 has the ability to auto sense a variety of workouts. However, it does take a little time to pick up on what you’re doing. If you don’t want it to miss the first minute of your activity, you are still best to manually input your exercise information. You can set your exercise duration, along with interval markers, which you can set to vibrate. To move begin screens, you simply swipe the face of the device.
There are two apps that you will use with the Gear Fit 2. The Gear Fit 2 app allows you to choose your watch faces. You can also control the notifications that you’ll get on the Gear Fit. You will also have access to the Gear store for apps. The other app that you will want to install is S-Health, Samsung’s fitness app. On this app you will be able to go in depth on your health stats. It will measure your oxygen saturation level for your blood, as well as your normal fitness tracking information such as steps taken, distance traveled, floors climbed, calories burned and heart rate.
On the watch itself, you are able to view your 24 hour log. It will provide you a full breakdown of your activity for today. You can also view yesterday’s activity. The Gear Fit 2 will track your sleeping activity, so long as you are wearing it at night. The device is pretty comfortable to wear when you are sleeping. However, if you get up in the middle of the night to visit the bathroom, it may have problems working out when you go back to bed.
The Gear Fit 2 provides a large, 1.5 inch display. It is 216 x 432 pixels. It is bright and very reflective, allowing you to clearly see it in all light conditions, both indoors and outdoors.
The Samsung Gear Fit 2 does a good job of tracking your workout activity and general health parameters at a very fair price point. It is less expensive than the Microsoft Band 2, and the Fitbit Surge. It also not as bulky as either of those products. The battery life, relative to a Smartwatch, is very good.
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The Samsung Fitness App Review
The app that pairs with the Samsung Gear Fit 2 is the S Health app. This app is very interactive and user friendly. It is more interactive and more comprehensive than the FitBit app. It tracks everything you can imagine, right down to your daily caffeine consumption and you daily food intake. You can also download training sessions for various types of workouts.
This app provides a great visual motivator to keep you on track to achieve your health and fitness goals. You can involve your social media contacts to provide challenges and competitions to ramp up the interest level.
A highlight of the S Health app is the eat healthier section. This where you track your food intake for the day. It will track your calories and make sure that you are eating all the right macronutrients. It also gives you a nutrient balance score. You can either log your meals as you progress through your day or you can log your meals up front. This then serves as a plan for your eating throughout that day. You can also set your calorie goal for the day.
Over time the eat healthier section will remember foods that you commonly eat, so that you don’t have to re-enter them. There is a search section where you can bring up new foods. The app will break down your total calories, along with the number of grams of carbs, fat and protein for each meal. At the end of the day it will break out your macronutrient percentages. It then breaks down you micronutrient intakes for the day, giving you your intakes of such things as Vitamin A, Potassium and Iron. It will also tell you if you are overeating on a particular micronutrient.
The trends tab on the Eat Healthier portion of the app will allow you to compare your caloric intake day by day. This is a useful way to assess how well you are going with your current eating plan. The Rewards section provides badges if you have a perfectly balanced meal day or achieved your goal for that day.
The S Health app is one of the best on the market when it comes to tracking your food intake. However, it does a lot more than that. Overall, it is a very intuitive, user friendly app with more features than you’ll find on most other fitness tracker apps.
Samsung Gear Fit VS FitBit Flex
The Samsung Gear Fit has more of a stylish appeal than the FitBit Flex. It borrows some Smartwatch features. The curved display looks great on the wrist. The Fitbit Flex favors a more reserved tone, with its slimline design. However, the Flex has a very nice wrist strap. It is available in more color options than the Samsung Gear Fit.
The FitBit Flex has a minimalistic look and feel to it. It has a display, but it is nowhere as elaborate as the Gear Fit. Double tapping the Flex screen lights up the LEDs. Both devices are water resistant, though you do get a little more protection with the FitBit Flex. The Flex allows you go down 10 meters, as opposed to just one meter with the Gear Fit.
The modules of the two devices are very different in size, with the Gear Fit being much larger. They both rely on proprietary chargers. And advantage of the Samsung Gear Fit is that it allows you to see all of the information that it gathers directly on the unit. With the FitBit Flex, you have to rely on the app to view your information. The Gear Fit has such Smartwatch functionality as notifications, a media controller, timer and stopwatch.
When it comes to exercise, the Gear Fit allows you to choose from running, walking, cycling and hiking, among other options. This provides a little more accuracy to the results. With the FitBit Flex, it is all based on motion, making it hard to differentiate what type of exercise you are doing.
The FitBit Flex works with both iOS and Android devices. However, the Samsung Gear Fit is only compatible with Android. The Flex also has a more comprehensive sleep analysis than the Gear Fit. The Gear Fit will simply tell you how many minutes you’ve been sleeping, whereas the Flex breaks that down to tell you when you were in light, deep or REM sleep modes.
If you don’t need all the bells and whistles that come with the Samsung Gear Fit, the FitBit Flex, at half the price, is a great option. If you’re after a more stylish watch that really stands out and provides you with Smartwatch functionality then the Samsung Gear Fit is the device for you.
- Very comfortable to wear. I barely feel it on my wrist
- Great Battery Life
- Fantastic Display
- Can see the screen even when running
- Can detect a run in 7 seconds
- Bank is improved and easy to adjust
- Can be used as a standalone device (no phone needed)
- No alarm function on the gear itself
The Samsung Gear Fit and its update, the Gear Fit 2, provide an amalgamation of Smartwatch and fitness tracker functionality, combined into a very stylish design. It will track your workouts and general activity very effectively, but is pretty poor when it comes to sleep monitoring. The mobile app is excellent, providing you with a wealth of detailed analytics, especially when it comes to nutrition.
Unfortunately the Samsung Gear Fit is currently only compatible with Android devices.