Samsung Gear Fit hands-on: a stylish and smart fitness companion


While the Galaxy S5 was the highlight of today's Samsung Unpacked event, it wasn't the only device that got demoed on stage. Along with its new flagship, the Korean company showed off its newest smart wearables, namely the fancy Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, along with the stylish and sporty Gear Fit. The latter, in particular, which is part smartwatch, part personal fitness tracker, caught our attention with its design. Samsung has really focused on making the Gear Fit stand out visually and to achieved the desired effect, the manufacturer has given it a curved profile. The result is a gorgeous wearable device that can easily attract the looks of people around you.

The curved profile of the Samsung Gear Fit is augmented by a beautiful, curved AMOLED display – the first to grace the face of a smartwatch – with high pixel density and vivid color representation. It measures 1.84 inches in diagonal and it has a pixel count of 432 by 128 pixels. And yes, it is a touchscreen, so you can effortlessly swipe from screen to screen as you track your fitness routine or read your smartphone notifications. 

As a wearable fitness tracking gadget should, the Samsung Gear Fit comes with an IP67 rating guaranteeing that the device is impervious to dust and water damage. It gets attached firmly to the wearer's wrist with the help of a rubbery band, but the device itself can be detached from it if needed. 

Feature-wise, the Samsung Gear Fit is built to be your fitness companion, which explains why it has been outfitted with all these sensors that let you monitor the effectiveness of your workout. The device is equipped with a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, and it can even monitor your sleeping patterns at night. When paired with a smartphone, the Gear Fit displays a variety of notifications, such as incoming texts and calls, ChatON messages, alarms, and calendar appointments. 

All in all, the Samsung Gear Fit is an impressive product and fitness junkies are surely going to like it. It is not only highly functional, but also outstanding when it comes to design and we definitely don't mind wearing one of these beauties in public. Needless to say, we're looking forward to testing the Gear Fit thoroughly once it is out on the market. We'll have to sit tight and wait patiently for quite some time, however, as the gadget won't be hitting the shelves before April. 


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16 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I getting one!

2. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Really like the look and design. Looks like it would surely attract a lot of attention. If the price is under $200, I'll definitely be interested in buying it and pairing it to my GNote 2!

3. donphone

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Will it be compatible with non Samsung Galaxy devices? Hope so, this looks interesting

4. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Gotta get this.

5. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Better than the Sony one in my opinion. REALLY STYLISH

6. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

I might get this with my S5

7. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Is it just me, or should this have been the new Gear smartwatch?

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nope, some still prefer the look and feel of a traditional watch.

8. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Will this be operable under water?

9. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yup yup

14. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

So I will be able to go swimming with my active with this? Touching works underwater?

10. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

mmm looks good. i was hoping for google glass like from Samsung. might buy it to go with my note 3 though just for fun

12. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Really looks good. At least something nice from Samsung.

13. jian9007

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Yes, please. I really like this and hope it's reasonably priced. Looks good and has the functions I need (and you can even change the wallpaper, which may be common in smartwatches but not usually in some other fitness bands). It will also last 3-4 days, per Samsung (possibly longer depending on use). This is why I didn't pick up the first Gear last year. The Fit will go great with my Note 3. Is it April yet? I'm ready to get it now.

15. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Damn samsung! You made it difficult for me to choose between this and the gear 2. I'm waiting for the reviews of both devices.

16. lukkiristi unregistered

What's with the orientation? It doesn't make any sense to me, really awkward.

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