During the past two years, wearables technology has reached the market and Samsung is trying to be the best. Were they able to accomplish the feat this year?
Samsung has just introduced their newest wearable, the Samsung Gear Fit 2. According to reviews, this is the best Samsung has produced so far. With the Samsung Gear Fit 2, the tech company was able to find the perfect balance between stylish design, functionality and features.
Unlike the Samsung Gear 2’s circular screen, the Gear Fit 2 has a curved rectangular display. The comfy wristband also makes it more fitting for athletes and sports enthusiasts.
Before we go to the specs, let’s speculate on the top-of-the-line Gear Fit 2 design. While the Samsung Gear 2 is made with multiple customization options, the Gear Fit 2 has a fixed design.
But, it does not make the wearable less competitive. In fact, the new design allows the user with more movement. The rubber band also allows the wearable to be sweat resistant. At the same time, the rectangular screen just offers a bigger navigation to the user.
Moreover, the flexi style of the band is perfect for workout activities since the user would not need to worry if the Gear Fit 2 is hit by a paraphernalia in the gym. It also has a hi-res display feature that makes the display clear and visible during sunlight.
Running, GPS and Spotify
Samsung Gear Fit 2 is also packed with more than just a heart rate censor. Though criticized for its inconsistency during workouts, its fitness tracker package is almost complete. It has the heart rate censor and the GPS for monitoring distance and pace when running.
What makes it more alluring is the integration of other features that makes it more than just a fitness tracker. It has the ability to show idle notifications from the user’s Android smartphone. At the same time, it has a built-in Spotify app. However, the Gear Fit 2 is not compatible with iPhone. So far, Samsung has no comments on future iPhone integration with the Gear Fit 2.
Unlike the rotary design for other wearables, the Gear Fit 2 offers two buttons on the side for more navigation. Its AMOLED display is touchscreen, but the side buttons help a lot in the selection process.
The Gear Fit 2 is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Exynos 3250 processor with a 512MB of RAM. It also has a built-in 4GB storage for music and barometer sensors.
For the software, it has a Tizen OS, which was also used for the Samsung Gear 2. The new improvement with the new Gear Fit 2 is its wide compatibility with any Android 4.4 and up smartphones. With the Gear 2, only Samsung smartphones are allowed to connect.
The Gear Fit 2 also offers 15 different workout types including running, pilates, yoga, cycling and more. Though some argue that the GPS monitoring to measure pace, speed and distance is somehow erratic and simplistic, the Gear Fit 2 is actually linked to Samsung’s Health app.
“While you can view some basic post-workout details on the Gear Fit 2, you’ll have to turn to Samsung’s S Health app for a more detailed view. It’s a fairly clean-looking app: The home screen highlights your most recent workouts, heart-rate readings and steps.”
So far, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 is the best Samsung has produced in the wearables department. However, it might still be a little bit behind the wearables super brands like Fitbit.
Samsung Gear Fit 2 is available for $179.
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