Samsung Gear Fit2 Review: More Than Just A Fitness Wearable

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Samsung Gear Fit2 Intro And Specs

Wearable devices today generally fall into two categories: fitness trackers or smartwatches. Since many people are looking for different features and functions, the fact that there are so many different devices with varying features is not surprising. Samsung’s latest Gear Fit2 finds itself somewhere between these two primary device categories since it offers more than your average fitness tracker but something less than a full smartwatch experience.

Samsung Gear Fit2 colors

Blending some of the best features from a fitness tracker, including the ability to measure activities using an embedded GPS and heart rate monitor (HRM), it’s clear Samsung had fitness enthusiasts in mind when it developed the Gear Fit2. But Samsung also recognized there are many people who want more than just the basic features of a fitness tracking wearable, so the company added a few smartwatch features like the ability to read and respond to text messages (albeit in limited form) or see who is calling. In addition, you also get Bluetooth audio connectivity now as well. 

The Gear Fit2 is also designed to detect the type of activity you’re doing—whether it be walking, running, cycling, or using an elliptical trainer or rowing machine—and track your progress. The Gear Fit2 has the ability to monitor 15 different activities. Given that many people like to listen to music while working out, Samsung also gave the Gear Fit2 the ability to act as a standalone music player. For some, this will be a must-have feature since it lets you leave your smartphone at home while still having music and fitness tracking functions.

Samsung Gear Fit2 wrist

In the coming pages, we’ll take a hands-on look at this wearable to see what the Gear Fit2 has to offer. First, let’s take a look at the specifications of the Gear Fit2:

Samsung Gear Fit2
Specifications & Features

Processor
Samsung Dual-Core Exynos - 1GHz
OS
TIZEN
Memory
512MB
Storage
4GB
Display
1.5-inch Touch Curved sAMOLED, 216 x 432
Sensors
GPS, heart rate, Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer
Audio
Supported audio formats include MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, M4A, AMR, AWB, OGG, OGA, and 3GA
Bluetooth
version 4.2
Battery
200mAh - Typical usage time: 3-4 days
Standby time: Up to 5 days
GPS battery time: Up to 9 hours
Features
IP68 water resistant
Dimensions
51.2 mm x 24.5 mm
Band sizes
Small: Fits wrists 125 - 170 mm
Large: Fits wrists 155 - 210 mm
Colors
Black, Blue, and Pink
Compatibility
Android 4.4/ 1.5GB RAM
Pricing$179.99 Currently on Amazon

The Gear Fit2 is compatible with smartphones running Android 4.4 and above with over 1.5GB of RAM. We tested it with both a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge as well as a Samsung Galaxy S4. The Gear Fit2 comes in three colors (Black, Blue, and Pink) and two sizes (Small and Large). I chose the more lady-like small version, which is designed for wrist sizes 125-170 millimeters. The larger size is designed for wrist sizes 155-210 millimeters.

Samsung Gear Fit2 tracking

At the time of this review, the Gear Fit2 is selling for $179.99. In the box, you’ll find the Gear Fit2 along with a USB charging cradle, quick reference manual, Health & Safety and Warranty Guide, and other documentation.


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