Which new Samsung wearable should you choose: Gear Sport vs Gear Fit 2 Pro vs Gear Icon X (2018) comparison


Samsung unveiled three new wearables at IFA 2017: the Samsung Gear Sport, the Gear Fit 2 Pro, and the Gear Icon X (2018).

And they are quite different: the Gear Sport is a round smartwatch, the Fit 2 Pro is a fitness band with more sporty look and a tinier display, and the new Gear Icon X are smart wireless earbuds. But they all do some things in a similar way, and all of them are actually able to help you in some way during a work-out. 

So let's look at the three and how they differ, not just in their obvious physical difference, but also in features and functionality.

Gear Icon X 2018: sports features and how does it fit vs Gear Sport and Gear Fit 2 Pro



First, the Gear Icon X (2018). While the earbuds lack the heart rate sensor that was present on the original edition, the new ones support Bixby, Samsung's smart voice assistant, and have a Running Coach mode with real-time, in-ear updates. The big update to the cordless headphones, however, is certainly in battery life: from an hour and a half on the original edition, they can now stream music for five hours, and the case they come in allows you one full recharge. The Icon X also feature 4 gigs of on-board storage, so you can take your music on the go.

The Gear Sport and Gear Fit 2 Pro both up-end the earbuds in terms of functionality, so - of course - there is no comparison in terms of actual fitness tracking.

Both the Gear Sport and Gear Fit 2 Pro support Samsung's new premium partnership with Spotify, Spotify Offline. This new mode allows you take your Spotify songs on the go when you don't have an LTE connection.

Gear Sport or Gear Fit 2 Pro



The two devices that you will have a hard time choosing between are the Gear Sport and the Gear Fit 2 Pro. In fact, the big difference between the two is in the looks and screen: the Sport has a round, 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a 320 x 320 pixel resolution, while the Fit 2 Pro sports a curved, taller and narrower 1.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with 216 x 432 pixels of resolution. Both are powered by an identical 1.0 GHz dual-core chip, but the Gear Sport has slightly more RAM: 768MB vs 512MB on the fitness band.

The difference in size is note-worthy:
  • 42.9 x 44.6 x 11.6 mm, at 50 g weight on the Gear Sport
  • 25.0 x 51.3 mm, 34g (Large) and 33g (Small) on the Gear Fit 2 Pro


Importantly, the Fit 2 Pro is the more comfortable one to wear, it's not as big and you can workout with it no problem, while the watch is more noticeable on the wrist.

In terms of functions and fitness tracking, there is parity: both deliver notifications, both support automatic workout detection and both can be taken on a swim with their 5 ATM water rating. But it's easier to navigate the interface on the Gear Sport: the rotating bezel is a big helper and the Fit 2 Pro lacks this form of input.

There is also the difference in price: $200 for the Fit 2 Pro and $300 for the Gear Sport.

Gear Sport vs Gear S3



And if you are wondering whether to get the slightly pricier Gear S3 or the sportier Gear Sport, you should know that the number one distinction between the two is purely physical: the Gear S3 is a very big smartwatch, while the Gear Sport is big, but it's not that big. The Sport has a 43mm watch face, while the S3 rocks a massive, 46mm watchface. But being bigger, means the Gear S3 has more features in some aspects: it has the advantage of 4G LTE data, so it can operate independently, while the Gear Sport lacks this function and requires you to be tethered to your phone. The new Sport also does not have Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) and it does not support MST payments to older terminals (but is still has NFC). The Gear Sport is slightly thinner and lighter, probably exactly because it does not have an LTE module. Both have a built-in GPS for accurate workout tracking.

The Gear Sport, however, is clearly the better suited one for sports: it features an outstanding 5ATM water proofing that allows you to take it out for a swim at sea or in the ocean, while the S3 series do not support such a feature. 

Gear Sport vs Gear S2



Believe it or not, the good old Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic that were released last year are still on sale and available for lucrative prices of around $250. They still run very smoothly on Samsung's Tizen platform, and are smaller and stylish in a way that the rugged-looking Gear S3 or Gear Sport just aren't.

But they also lack in features: while both the S2 and S2 Classic do have a heart-rate sensor, neither of the currently sold models have independent data connectivity, or GPS. You also cannot swim while wearing the S2 and S2 Classic, as the two only offer very basic level of water protection, nowhere near close to the 5ATM rating of the Gear Sport that you can easily take out for a swim at the pool or even the ocean.

Note the price difference as well:

  • Gear Sport: $350
  • Gear S2: $250
  • Gear S2 Classic: $300

Final words


Samsung has built an admirable selection of wearables and cordless headphones. It has something for everyone: from the big and rugged, and feature-packed Gear S3 at the top, to the slightly smaller and suitable for swimmers Gear Sport, to the Gear S2 series that work great with smaller wrists, and then the new Fit 2 Pro fitness band that is very comfortable to wear.

So which one would you go for?

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20 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I go for the Gear S3, of course.

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1063; Member since: May 27, 2011

Why not Gear Sport?

10. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

coz Bigger watches are cool right! My hands are big, S2 looks like a 1 cent coin on my hand.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not as nice looking.

16. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

Because the Gear Sport is really ugly, I don't understand how they approved that squircle design.

6. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I agree the LTE alone is my reason. I use the LTE so I don't have to carry my phone in the gym.

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I pre-ordered a Gear Fit 2 Pro on Samsung.com and got U Flex headphones for free. I believe that's the only place throwing in a freebie for the Fit 2 Pro.

4. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Gear S2 Classic. Got it for $80 on Craigslist, like new. Still can't beat the thinness, looks and size. Hope the Gear S4 comes in two sizes.

5. Victor.H

Posts: 1063; Member since: May 27, 2011

That's a good price :)

7. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I have s3 frontier for past 6 months. To me is better from all, in design and hardware. Vs. other software, I had android watch and I think Tizen is better! Vs. IOS.. don't know because I don't have Iphone.

8. 10aera

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

No significant changes among versions (gear s2, s3, s4). I have the s2, and still find no reasons to jump for a newer version. Still receiving updates!

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung hasn't released a Gear S4 yet. Where are you getting such information?\ Are you confused by Victor's article? Victor H - You should clarify in the article that the Gear Sport is its own model, just like the S, Fit and Icon X are their own Gear model. The Gear Sport is NOT, a Gear S model. The Gear S is its own line of Gear products and is the flagship model and is the only model that will ever have LTE capabilities.

9. Borrie69

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

The Gear S4, also known as the Gear Sport, was a huge disappointment for me. No stand alone LTE, more of a health tracker then a smart watch. All in all I will not buy the Sport, have zero incentive to purchase it. Overall a disgrace IMO.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Gear Sport is not a Gear S at all. Please so an learn to read. The gear Sport is its own Gear model. It has no relatiosn to the S whatsoever. The Gear S has always had the S in its name and is the top model for the Gear line up. Please go and read, even PA tells you the Gear Sport is not a Gear S model. The distinct difference is the Gear S has cellular capabilities. The Sport is simply a different Gear model.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I have the Gear S2 and S3, but would consider the latest Icons for sure. Not gonna pay $300 again for the Gear Sport, because its a downgrade from the S3 and I have the Frontier so it handles what I throw at it. The Gear Fit Pro 2 is perfect for when I do TriAthlons, I may consider that. Other misinformation in the article is the Gear S2 does not have to be tethered to a phone to use. It only needs to be tethered when you need to offload the S-Health data.

15. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1061; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Just a heads up Victor, You have the Gear Sport Listed as $350 under the S2 comparison

17. acruzlu unregistered

Gear s3 frontier, the features of the sport are cool, but it looks like it isn't worth the price they have it set at.

18. Giovani

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 04, 2017

What I like about the gear sport design is the verity of watch band that is all I like. They would have used the design of the S2 standard or gear S2 sport that would be the best look design .What do you think folks ?

19. Phonejunkie

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I would have preferred if they had just updated the Gear S3 with the 5 ATM and better battery life, more storage, and a bit faster. I like the design of the Gear S3 Frontier better than the sport.

20. Giovani

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 04, 2017

No doubt about my choice, I'll go for Gear Fit 2 Pro

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