Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Gear Icon X hands-on
Samsung took its time in crafting the second generation of its fitness wearable, and it shows. The new Gear Fit 2 just premiered alongside the company's Gear Icon X earbuds, and the two years that have passed since the first Gear Fit arrived haven't gone to waste: Samsung's cleaned up the wearable's design with more appealing lines, added advanced features like GPS tracking, and continued to refine its software – all with the aim of delivering a holistic experience centered around the Samsung Health hub.
That emphasis on reliability continues with the Fit 2's band design, which now includes a loop to help it remain securely in place, even during strenuous activity.
We didn't have a chance to take the Fit 2's music-playing abilities for a spin, but it sounds like a welcome improvement for users who'd rather not lug around a smartphone just to keep themselves entertained on a run.
While you won't get quite the same fitness-tracking experience without a screen to interact with, voice prompts can still give you some much-needed feedback, and the Gear Icon X does manage to pack an optical heart-rate monitor and store its own music.
You're going to have to wait a little while to get your hands (or rather, ears) on the Gear Icon X, with sales not beginning until sometime in Q3. The Gear Fit 2, meanwhile, has already opened for pre-order, with the hardware landing in just one more week.