Samsung Gear Fit 2 Review

You could say that wearables as a commercial product are on their way out this 2017, having been around for years now and failing to become a household name. That said, wearables wonderfully do their functions - tracking steps taken, hours slept, calories burned, heart rate, and the like - such as the Samsung Gear Fit 2.

Descending from a plethora of Samsung wearables - from the first Gear Fit to the most recent Gear S2 - the Samsung Gear Fit 2 takes healthy to a slightly higher notch in execution, while pushing other fronts further. Here's our review.

Design and Display

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 takes on the design of the original Gear Fit and improves on it. For starters, the Gear Fit 2's curved display is slightly smaller (1.84" vs 1.5") than its predecessor, but it packs a higher resolution and pixel count, so that it looks larger.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Review

Design-wise, the Gear and the Gear Fit 2 look very similar, though one would be hard-pressed to mistake the latter from the former. The comfortable elastomer bands now come in three colors, and in two sizes, so it'll fit even the smallest of wrists while remaining stylish

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The Gear Fit 2's display now comes in an intuitive vertical format rather than the previous horizontal one, ending the action where you need to awkwardly position your wrist just to view what's on the display. The watch face also comes flushed within the strap instead of the previous popped-up iteration, which overall looks nicer. Lastly, it's now Gorilla Glass 3.

Performance

The Samsung Gear Fit 2, needless to say, is a very far cry from the original. It now comes with the hardware of an entry-level smartphone: 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and operates on the Tizen OS. It also now comes with GPS, a barometer, and IP68 certification, and a dedicated music player feature, which we'll be breaking all down in the next paragraph.

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With 4GB of internal storage available and Bluetooth to boot, you can just dump 4 gigs of music o the device, pair a set of Bluetooth headphones with your Gear Fit 2, and start listening without your smartphone. With also a built-in GPS - this up to now is one of the more "prized possessions" you can have on a wearable, so to speak - you'll be able to track your activity and route directly on the display itself, and again, without a smartphone. Imagine doing rounds on the park with just this on your wrist, viewing your calories burned and tracking your distance.

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And lastly, staying true to its sporty nature, it now comes with IP68 cerfication, meaning it can withstand dust and water up 1.5m for 30 minutes, which is perfect for swimmers, marathoners, and other similar activities. The barometer meanwhile will track your elevation, meaning the device can now track the flights of stairs you went up to. It's not perfect however, as it read my 5-flight climb as 11 flights - now that's tiring.


After you exercise or spend your day, of course you'll take rest and sleep. The Gear Fit 2 will be able to track your sleep - what time you started, how long you slept, and even if you wake up in the middle of the night. It'll then be able to rate the quality of your sleep on the average via the S Health app, which can be viewed on your paired device. It oowould've been nicer - at least for me personally - if the S Health app was able to give recommendations on how to further improve your sleep, and other health items. For what it's worth, the device does notify you to get up and be active after 50 minutes of inactivity.

Aside from the sportiness and sleep tracking, you'll be able to directly read your SMS and emails on the Gear Fit 2. You'll also get notifications from Twitter, Facebook, Viber, WeChat, and other compatible apps (and get vibration to boot, too). This is one of the features I liked the most since I don't need to grab my smartphone out of my pocket for every notification. I'll just look at my wrist, see if the message warrants immediate attention, and go about my way if it doesn't.

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Other Features

Aside from the above-mentioned features, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 can also measure your coffee cups and glasses of water intakes, and even track your phone via making it ring loudly, remotely.

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Another feature you'll love is that you'll be able to change watch faces via the Samsung Gear app. Most of the nice-looking watch faces are free, but some of them are for sale. It's not that you're going to need it anyway.

There are also multiple partner apps support with the Gear Fit 2, and in general the whole Samsung S Health environment, specializing in specific health objectives, such as if you want to eat healthier, have a more active lifestyle, and the like. Just download the S Health app (if you haven't already), explore a bit, and check out what you want to achieve.


Battery

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 has a 200mAh onboard battery, which, depending on your usage and settings, can last anywhere between 2 to 3 days. If you've enabled much notifications, flip your wrist too much, and have a long display timeout, you'll most likely get 2 days.

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Charging is a jiffy at 2 hours from 0 to 100% via its proprietary USB charger.

Verdict

If you're looking for a wearable that is very competitive with other brands, specs, performance, and price-wise, with the added benefit of being from a reputable international electronics manufacturer, then you should consider getting a Samsung Gear Fit 2. It's got what you need and more, with a very functional app to boot - the S Health.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Review

The Gear Fit 2 is priced at PHP 8,490 retail, a steal if you'll ask me. It's available at Samsung Concept Stores and major electronics outlets nationwide.

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