After jumping on to the fitness wearables bandwagon back in 2014 with the Gear Fit, Samsung unveiled the much-awaited successor to its fitness tracker in March this year in the form of Gear Fit2. Equipped with a heart-rate sensor, and built-in GPS, the Gear Fit2 is a pretty feature-packed fitness tracker. At the India launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note7, the company launched the Gear Fit2 as well, and we got some time to play with it. Scroll through this slideshow for our intial thoughts, and a quick look the wearable.
Look and Feel
Software and Hardware
Fitness Tracking and S Health
Pricing and Availabilty
The 1.5-inch AMOLED display of the new Gear Fit2 sits in a silicone strap. Despite the large display and the metal trim around its sides, which make the build seem solid, Samsung has succeeded in keeping the wearable pretty light-weight, which works in its favour for you're meant to keep a fitness tracker on 24/7. The Gear Fit2's straps can be pulled through a loop and closed by a simple push clasp, and you get a bunch of notches to adjust the fit to your liking. The overall look of the wearable allows it to go well with most outfits.
Like most fitness trackers, the Gear Fit2 sports a silicone band, but unlike most fitness trackers, this one sports a rather big display. However, since the display is curved, it follows the contours of your wrist and sits comfortably. Being wider than the Gear Fit, it allows you to see more on the screen, but could look out of place on smaller wrists. If you have a wrist the new Gear Fit2 doesn't look ungainly on, the device can be easily worn throughout the day.
The Gear Fit 2 runs Tizen OS. The wearable can connect to Samsung devices with at least 1.5 gigs of RAM, and running Android 4.3 or above. For other devices you need the same RAM capacity, but Android 4.4 or above. Powered by an Exynos 3250 chip and 512MB of RAM, the Gear Fit2 offers 4GB of internal memory, and comes backed by a 200mAh battery, which should make it last at least three days on a single charge. Sensors on the device include a heart-rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer.
Apart from the usual Bluetooth connectivity, which every fitness tracker offers, the Gear Fit2 comes with built-in GPS. While it might not seem useful to people who have their gyms nearby, or for people whose everyday commute is their workout, it could really help people who go hiking, or on long bicycle rides, or such expedition-based fitness activities.
The tracker is capable of providing real time updates on your fitness without you having to sync the data with any app, and it handles notifications as well, when paired with a smartphone.
The new fitness tracker from Samsung does a lot. It can count your burnt calories, heart rate, floors climbed, your water and caffeine intake, and monitor your workouts. There's also a leaderboard that helps you compete with your friends. For a fitness enthusiast or a sports person, all these features might be an everyday thing, but for regular people, this data may get a little overwhelming. However, teaming it up with the updated S Health app from Samsung could make it easy to sort all the data, and deduce relevant results.
The Gear Fit2 has been given a price tag of Rs 13,990, and it comes in three colour variants viz black, pink and blue. The fitness tracker will go on sale by the end of August.