Samsung Gear Fit 2 in-depth review - Fit as a fiddle

While the smartwatch market seems to be in snooze mode, activity trackers have steadily been embraced by consumers. The first Samsung Gear Fit was a well-thought device but with the Gear Fit 2, Samsung are going for gold...

 Samsung Gear Fit 2 Review - Fit as a fiddle
5

Review by Sunetra Chakravati,1/31/2017 12:52:03 PM

10

out of 10

Performance

9

out of 5

Look and feel

10

out of 5

Ease of use

10

out of 5

Features

8

out of 5

Battery life

Pros:

Bright curved Super AMOLED display | tracks with pinpoint accuracy | loads of watch face options | comfortable | flawlessly designed

Cons:

Average battery life | S Health is mandatory | Can't interact using your voice

 

-By Stuart Bonner

 

Announced in June last year, the successor to the popular Gear Fit packs some serious upgrades.  That smooth, curved Super AMOLED display remains, albeit with a higher resolution and smaller size, and this time, it is bundled with GPS, wider device support and Gorilla Glass 3.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 in-depth review: Look and feel

Available in Blue, Pink, and Black, the Gear Fit2 stays around your wrist with a rubber strap which comes in two sizes, although there's plenty of adjustment holes to suit various wrists.

 

The Gear Fit2 feels solid, and the curved display angles naturally round the wrist.  It's IP68 rated, meaning it'll handle up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes, so you don't even need to remove it when you hop in the shower after your run.  Handy too is the fact that it is supremely comfortable, light, and easy to forget about- once it is on.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 in-depth review: Activity tracking

Samsung's Gear Fit2 is a fully-fledged fitness tracker and will automatically track steps, floors climbed, sleep, calories burned, and heart rate; as well as detecting when you've started a workout.  You can also manually record your caffeine and water intake, and all the information is available in the mandatory S Health app.

S Health is great if you're already in Samsung's ecosystem but if you're already using a service to track all this info, like one from your current wearable manufacturer, you'll want to keep in mind that you will need to switch to S Health for use with the Gear Fit 2; and there's currently no way to import data to it from elsewhere.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 in-depth review: Tizen Operating System

Samsung is trying to flog the Gear Fit2 is a viable replacement to your current smartwatch too.  While this is a perfectly acceptable attempt, the screen is just way too small for notifications and Tizen OS's attempt at smart replying, where the watch will suggest replies to text messages that come through on your phone, falls flat.  You can load about 1000 songs directly on to your Gear Fit 2 and listen wirelessly, but you can't talk to into  the Gear wearable like you can, on Android Wear or Watch OS. So you will still have to whip your phone out if you want to text, call, or search.  

Samsung Gear Fit 2 in-depth review: Battery 

Battery life averages a day and a half, not fantastic but certainly not bad.  The issue lies in when exactly you charge the Gear Fit2. If you're hoping to track sleep then you won't be wanting to charge it overnight but charge it any other time, and you're potentially missing other out on recording other vital tracking info.

 The bundled charging dock has a ridiculously below-average cable length meaning you'll want to invest in a new one immediately- if you're planning on sitting in on a bedside table.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 in-depth review: Verdict

When the biggest caveat is a short charging cable then you know there's little else wrong with the Samsung Gear Fit 2.  While it will certainly not be replacing your smartwatch, there's not much it can't do.  

It will track your life with accuracy and speed, without tethering you to your phone, and with the £179.99 price tag, it isn't even going to be the most expensive option out there.  

Samsung Gear Fit 2 in-depth review: Specifications

Display: 1.5” Touch Curved sAMOLED

OS: Tizen

Compatibility: Android 4.4 or above and 1.5GB Ram or iOS 9.0 or above and iPhone 5 or later.

Resolution: 216 x 432

RAM: 512MB

Storage: 4GB

Battery: 200mAh

Sensors: GPS, HR, Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer