Gear Fit 2by Samsung

  • Gear Fit 2
  • Gear Fit 2
  • Gear Fit 2
  • Gear Fit 2
  • Gear Fit 2
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
75%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • This is an unambiguously beautiful fitness band with an attractive and functional large curved display.
  • The Gear Fit 2 has gotten many key upgrades, including compatibility with most common phones (Kit Kat 4.4 or higher).
  • It comes with many sensors, including on-board GPS so it knows where you are even without your phone.

CONS

  • Android users only need apply; there's no support for the iPhone.
  • The battery life is somewhat short, only able to muster perhaps three days between charges.
  • Strangely, there's no alarm feature.
The Samsung Gear Fit 2--not to be confused with the Gear 2, which is a smartwatch--is Samsung's fitness tracker that combines a large, curved color screen with a wealth of sensors, limited protection from water, and compatibility with Android phones for wrist notifications. This is certainly one of the most attractive fitness accessories on the market thanks in large part to the curved display that wraps to the contour of your wrist. The Fit 2 notably includes a barometer to track vertical height (such as stairs) and GPS so it can track movement without your phone. In case you leave the phone behind, it can also play music from on-board memory.
NameGear Fit 2Vivosmart HRLoopFuseMicrosoft Band 2
ManufacturerSamsungGarminPolarMioMicrosoft
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This rectangular display is now wider than before, offering more screen real estate for fitting in additional information. That means extra …

This rectangular display is now wider than before, offering more screen real estate for fitting in additional information. That means extra words in a notification, a more robust media player, and a full map of your run provided by the built-in GPS function, to name a few use cases that take advantage of it best.

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The coolest feature on the Gear Fit 2 is automatic workout tracking. In other words, the device knows when you start running, biking, or wor…

The coolest feature on the Gear Fit 2 is automatic workout tracking. In other words, the device knows when you start running, biking, or working out on the elliptical. It automatically detected that I was walking to work, and let me know everything from my speed and distance travelled, to the calories I’d burned. It did the same for runs, which proves that it can identify different activities.

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Thanks to its onboard storage (and vastly more functional OS), the Gear Fit 2 can also send locally stored music right to your wireless head…

Thanks to its onboard storage (and vastly more functional OS), the Gear Fit 2 can also send locally stored music right to your wireless headphones. It can also control music stored on your phone, and it can tap into Spotify through your phone as well. Basically, if you prefer to run completely unencumbered, or with your phone, the Fit 2 has you covered.

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The Fit 2 is like a slimmed-down version of Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch. It has the same fitness features and notifications (and those feat…

The Fit 2 is like a slimmed-down version of Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch. It has the same fitness features and notifications (and those features are both very good), but it's missing app support.

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You can customize the watch face on the home screen using the Samsung Gear app for Android (and Android only). I dug the one with a funky ’7…

You can customize the watch face on the home screen using the Samsung Gear app for Android (and Android only). I dug the one with a funky ’70s vibe. Other options let you keep chosen stats on the main screen. The screen, by the way, is off most of the time to conserve energy, but it comes alive with a twist of the wrist.

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I liked the lightness of the Fit 2; at 1.06 ounces, it's a touch heavier than the Fitbit Charge HR (0.8 ounces), but about half an ounce lig…

I liked the lightness of the Fit 2; at 1.06 ounces, it's a touch heavier than the Fitbit Charge HR (0.8 ounces), but about half an ounce lighter than the Garmin vivoactive HR (1.67 ounces). Just as important, its thin profile (0.47 inches) meant I had very little trouble fitting it under my long-sleeve shirts.

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After wearing it in the shower several times, I noticed that the Gear Fit 2’s sensors were telling me that I’d walked 30-50 flights of stair…

After wearing it in the shower several times, I noticed that the Gear Fit 2’s sensors were telling me that I’d walked 30-50 flights of stairs in a day. Dang, I wish I had, but that information just wasn’t accurate. Samsung explained that this can happen if the Gear Fit 2 is exposed to water, which is a kind of bizarre trade off.

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For its $179 price tag, the Gear Fit 2 has a lot of features commonly associated with trackers that cost $200 or more. It tracks daily steps…

For its $179 price tag, the Gear Fit 2 has a lot of features commonly associated with trackers that cost $200 or more. It tracks daily steps, calories, distance, floors climbed, and sleep, while delivering all of your smartphone's notifications to your wrist.

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The Fit 2 looks rather gargantuan on smaller wrists, however. Samsung does offer both a "large" and "small" size ... but that's a bit of a m…

The Fit 2 looks rather gargantuan on smaller wrists, however. Samsung does offer both a "large" and "small" size ... but that's a bit of a misnomer, as the only difference is the length of the band.

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As a fitness tracker, the Gear Fit 2 pretty much does it all. You get step tracking, calorie burn counts, floor climbs, and heart rate monit…

As a fitness tracker, the Gear Fit 2 pretty much does it all. You get step tracking, calorie burn counts, floor climbs, and heart rate monitoring, automatically. It also tracks your sleep automatically, even though I still have to find a setting anywhere on the device to control this.

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The GPS lets track you workout without lugging your phone along, and it works delightfully well. It understood exactly where I was in Austin…

The GPS lets track you workout without lugging your phone along, and it works delightfully well. It understood exactly where I was in Austin and tracked my path from the east side, under the highway, and over to the west side with no fuss. It also stores 4GB of your music for streaming to Bluetooth headphones (if that’s your bag) or it can sync Spotify playlists (that’s more my bag).

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I would even argue that the Gear Fit 2 is the best looking wrist wearable I’ve put on in some time, if not ever. Those are big words, I know…

I would even argue that the Gear Fit 2 is the best looking wrist wearable I’ve put on in some time, if not ever. Those are big words, I know, but look at this thing.

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However, the Gear Fit 2 has one drawback that those other aforementioned bands don't have: it only works with Android smartphones (4.4 or hi…

However, the Gear Fit 2 has one drawback that those other aforementioned bands don't have: it only works with Android smartphones (4.4 or higher), whereas Fitbits, Microsoft Band, and even Garmin devices work with a variety of mobile platforms as well as desktop software.

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The Gear Fit2 has a waterproof design too. With an IP68 rating, the band can be plunged underwater for ~30mn at a depth of 1.5meters (~1.5 y…

The Gear Fit2 has a waterproof design too. With an IP68 rating, the band can be plunged underwater for ~30mn at a depth of 1.5meters (~1.5 yards). In practice, you can swim or take a shower/bath with it (it’s easily sweat-proof of course).

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