Whenever we think of fitness wearables, we think of FitBit. FitBit has created quite a buzz among the fitness users. But after using Samsung Gear Fit 2 for a week, we think FitBit should watch out for its competition. Gear Fit 2 feels like a hybrid of Blaze and Charge 2 – taking the performance of the former and the design of the latter.
Initially it wasn’t available for iOS but recently Samsung released it for iOS users too which makes it all inclusive and hands down the best fitness tracker from Samsung so far.
Samsung Gear Fit 2: Design, build and comfort
Gear Fit 2 looks more watch-like than Samsung Gear S2 and its own predecessor. It has a 1.5 inch curved super AMOLED display with 432×216 pixels resolution. So there is a slight upgrade from Gear Fit here. Also the screen is made from corning Gorilla Glass 3 so it should be scratch proof – which is so needed for a fitness gear.
The band is made from IP68 water resistant elastometer which you can get in black, blue or magenta and pink colors. This means that it can be immersed in 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes without any harm. This doesn’t mean you can go swimming with it. But it shuns your worries about sweating through the workout while wearing it. Also, the strap tends not to become grubby or mucky after a workout.
There are two buttons on Gear Fit 2 – one takes you to apps and another is to navigate back. It now comes in two variants – small (125-170mm wrist size) and large (155-210mm wrist size). So it fits snugly on the wrists of even the small wristed people.
Samsung Gear Fit 2: Features, software, apps integration
Samsung Gear Fit 2 features the same 1.6 GHz dual-core Exynos 3250 that was found in Samsung Gear S2. This gear is very much upgraded from its predecessor and has got a lot of features in it. Gear Fit 2 comes with 512MB RAM and 4GB ROM, while Samsung Gear Fit only came with 8MB RAM and 16MB ROM.
The software used is Tizen – Samsung’s own operating system. But once again as with Gear S2, this does not make the smartwatch exclusive to only Samsung mobile phone users. Any Android users with 4.4 or above can use this phone. Now even iPhone users can sync this to their mobile.
The UI is simple and the notifications can be customized according to your preference. S Health is the inbuilt app that you need to track your health properly on this device. The entire app section can be divided into two parts – first where the stats are shown and second where you can add a friend and see their activity. You can also add and remove features like walking stairs, running, calisthenics, etc.
Samsung Gear Fit 2: Performance aka fitness tracking
Fitness tracking is a smooth experience on Gear Fit 2. Samsung has made a lot of improvements for this smartwatch and it is visible. But it has retained some of the features from Gear Fit whereby it sends push notifications on your smartwatch. Apart from that the Samsung Gear tells you when it detects a lack of movement. Also the GPS is built in so you don’t have to carry your mobile phone to use it.
This Samsung Gear auto-detects your workout. But you can also manually select the workout. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the accuracy is pretty on point. The gear fit was able to detect when I stopped running and when I started running at a good pace. Even it will tell you when you weren’t wearing it. So you can keep a track of the time when it wasn’t detecting your activity.
Gear Fit 2 also tracks your water and caffeine intake. For me it was quite convenient because I didn’t have to go to my phone every time to track my beverage intake. All could be done with this one Samsung Gear itself. There were a lot of health stats at the end of the day which was quite good to get an overall assessment of your fitness.
Samsung Gear Fit 2: Battery life and compatibility
Gear Fit 2 comes with a 200 mAh battery which according to Samsung should last for 5 days straight. But we used it with brightness set to 6 and it lasted for about 2 days. Although it must be mentioned that we did not go for heavy usage – the notifications for social media was turned off. Only calendar, calls, messages, etc. were on. I think the battery may last for 3 days by keeping the notifications toned down.
It takes about an hour to completely charge Gear Fit 2. Coming to compatibility, we think that since Android Nougat 7.0 is already in the market, it makes sense that this phone is compatible with 4.4 and up versions. Even iOS users can find enough sync through their apps which makes it quite far reaching.
Samsung Gear Fit 2: Final verdict
Samsung Gear Fit 2 can hands down be called the best fitness watch out there. If you want your fitness watch to be really smart you have got to have this on. Priced at Rs. 11,000 it is well worth the investment if you are really on a strict fitness regime. Yes, it is for those that are looking for tracking every activity so that they could optimize their productivity and health.
If you are looking for a Samsung gear upgrade, we say, go for it blindly.