Samsung Gear Fit2 Review: More Than Just A Fitness Wearable
Gear Fit2 Design, Comfort, & Battery Life
Regardless of which size band you choose for the Gear Fit2, the watch face remains the same size. The small version of the Gear Fit2 weighs 28 grams while the larger version weighs 30 grams.
During our time with the Gear Fit2, the textured band felt comfortable and secure and we were never concerned with it falling off of our wrist. After threading one end of the band through the loop at the other end, press the small fastener into one of the holes on the strap. Even on my small wrist, there were still two notches that were unused. As you can see from the photos, the Gear Fit2 covered the entire front of my arm. The device is about 3/8 of an inch high.
You’ll find a 1.5-inch Super AMOLED curved display that supports a resolution of 216 x 432 on the front of the device. There’s a good-sized bezel surrounding the top and bottom of the display. A 1GHz Samsung Exynos dual core processor powers the Gear Fit2 combined with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage. There’s a 200mAh battery inside the Gear Fit2.
Gear Fit2 Battery Life:
Samsung claims the Gear Fit2’s battery will last for 3-4 days of typical usage or up to 5 days on standby. The GPS battery time is up to 9 hours. During our time testing this wearable, we feel these claims are reasonably accurate. On multiple occasions, we were able to use the Fear Fit2 for three days between charges. Of course, battery life will vary depending on how you use the device and GPS tracking will drain the battery more quickly.
The Gear Fit2 has a slightly curved design. As a result, it won’t sit flat on your desk. It does however, sit very nicely on the charging cradle with the bands circling behind.
On the right edge of the Gear Fit2, you’ll find the Back button and the Home / Power button. The charging connectors sit on the underside of the Gear Fit2, touching your wrist.
The Gear Fit2 uses Bluetooth version 4.2 to connect to your smartphone. Sensors include an accelerometer, gyro, HRM, GPS, and barometer. The Gear Fit2 is IP68 certified, which means it can withstand up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5 meters of water -- generally enough for you to go for a quick dip, but not intended for diving.
In comparison to the previous version of the Gear Fit, the Gear Fit2 has a higher resolution display at 311ppi (216 x 432) compared to the previous version’s 245ppi (128 x 432). The Gear Fit2’s display is also slightly smaller, measuring 1.5 inches compared to 1.84 inches in the previous version. Other notable improvements include the bump up from 8MB of RAM to 512MB and 4GB of storage from 16MB. Samsung also added GPS and Barometer sensors to the Gear Fit2. The original Gear Fit had a 210mAh battery while the newer version has a slightly smaller 200mAh battery. Given that the battery on the Gear Fit2 was able to last multiple days between charges, the slightly smaller battery shouldn’t be an issue for most users. Clearly its significantly updated processor platform is significantly more power-efficient as well.