Samsung is among the first fitness tracker developers to offer a tracker + smartwatch. The Gear Fitness Tracker and Smartwatch is a sharp-looking tracker that is designed to be worn 24/7 to continuously monitor your activities.
1. Tracking fitness and keeping track
The Gear Fit gives fitness enthusiasts real-time coaching and heart rate monitoring. It tracks steps with the pedometer; it also tracks the time, distance, and calories used for your workouts. Use the Exercise app to set your workout for cycling, running, walking, or hiking. Pair the Fit with your Samsung smartphone and use the S Health app to set goals for yourself and access feedback about your progress.
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The heart rate sensor is located on the back side of the device and remains in contact with your wrist, continuously monitoring your heart rate.
To monitor your sleep, set the Fit to sleep tracker mode. Switch the sleep mode off when you waken next morning and Fit will tell you how long you slept and how much movement you made during your sleep.
The Gear Fit syncs wirelessly with your Samsung smartphone and can be set to receive notifications (alerts of incoming calls, emails, alarms) from the smartphone. Send a message, end a call, or create a customized “do not disturb” message by using the Gear Fit Manager on your phone.
2. In the box
Your Gear Fit purchase includes the Samsung Gear Fit, wall adapter, charging cradle, and Quick Start Guide.
1. Battery life:
The Fit operates on one Lithium battery (included) and a full charge lasts approximately 3 days.
The Fit does a basic job of tracking activity day and night. The display is bright and colorful. Despite the attractive appearance and swiping ease with which the user can switch between functions, there are a number of challenges.
Some users find the rectangular display difficult to read in bright light and awkward for reading messages or viewing more than one function display at a time. Users also question the accuracy of some functions such as the step tracking and heart rate. Although the Fit continuously displays steps counted, the user must remember to activate the pedometer function every time.
The Fit operates with only a limited number of Samsung apps and syncs to only some later models of Samsung smartphones and tablets. Because of the Fit’s proprietary operating system, it does not allow for installation of other apps. The user’s health data is tied to Samsung’s S Health app. The software is limited in parsing data and providing easily understandable interpretation of results with charts and graphs.
Fit has an attractive curved super AMOLED display with colorful readout, a vertical orientation mode, and watch face customization. The tracking unit fits into a rubberized plastic band that wraps around the edges of the device and holds it in place on the wristband. The basic wristband is black plastic that can be easily switched out for one of 4 other color choices.
Setup starts with the user’s Samsung smartphone. Download the Galaxy Fit Manager using Galaxy Essentials to access the free GFM app. Once downloaded, the new app will scan for nearby devices. The phone display will show the user’s new Gear Fit on the screen; the user must tap on the phone screen to continue the setup/sync process.
The charging cradle is small and features a micro-USB port and wing-like tabs that secure it to the sides of the Fit. Connect the Gear Fit tracker to the charging cradle/dock. Plug the small end of the charger cable into the charging dock’s multipurpose jack and the other end of the cable into a wall outlet.
3. Final verdict:
The Gear Fit offers basic tracking functionality in an attractive display. It may be best suited to users who appreciate simpler feedback and generalized (rather than precise) tracking functions.