Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band Review

Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band Review

Introduction


Whether because it's part of its corporate DNA, or simply the result of lessons learned, Samsung has consistently done its best to hedge its bets. When smartwatches first became a thing, the company was quick to market with the Galaxy Gear. And when VR started trending up, Samsung was again at the forefront, offering its own vision, and quickly forging strategic alliances.

Fitness trackers are no exception, and this is no news in the context of Samsung's product portfolio. The first proper, standalone gadget for the maker was the original Gear Fit, featuring a curved display, lending it a rather Sci-Fi look.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band Review
It's no longer the early days of wearables, however, and the fitness tracker's refresh in the Gear Fit 2 no longer feels otherworldly, nor does it enjoy a relatively free reign of the market. With competition mounting, Samsung better have come up with some worthwhile improvements over the past two years and a half.

Let's see if they did.

In the box:

  • Gear Fit 2
  • Charging stand with USB plug

Design, weight, and fit


Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band Review
Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band Review
Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band Review

If you need an example of changing fashion—even in tech—then the Samsung Gear Fit 2 is the perfect one. Featuring a curved display and a sporty, rubbery band, our unit feels decidedly more mundane in today's climate compared to its predecessor, which felt wonderfully geeky. The aura of nerdy mysticism having worn off, the Fit 2 actually comes across as a far more conventional, purposeful gadget.

It doesn't all have to do with our changing understanding of wearable design, however, for Samsung has made the good decision to downsize the display—from 1.84 inches to 1.5 inches with the Fit 2. It's still the centerpiece, but it's now less pronounced and conspicuous.

Other improvements include a less busy back, whose integrated heart rate sensor is now flat instead of protruding, helping with the fit. The included band is also pretty decent in terms of feel, and comes in two sizes depending on your needs. Obviously, expect it to get awfully sweaty when exercising, but you needn't worry about damage to it—the whole thing is water-resistant, and we've had no issues washing our hands with it on. In fact, it's real easy to forget you have the wristband on since it's so lightweight.

In all, kudos to Samsung. The Gear Fit 2 feels and looks great, and its sporty design DNA ought to resonate well with buyers into their regimen.


Display and outdoor visibility


Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness band Review

As mentioned, Samsung traded down the 1.84-inch display of the original Gear Fit for a smaller, but still perfectly adequate, 1.5-inch Curved Super AMOLED panel. In doing so, and having upped the resolution to 214 x 432 pixels, the image has visibly improved, with a density of 322 ppi (versus 245 ppi for its predecessor). Seeing as how you'll be mostly looking at the display from up close, this is more than sufficient for an extremely sharp image.

This being a fitness tracker, outdoor activity is assumed. Thankfully, the screen is bright enough for when you're trekking along a sunlit path, or comfortably dim for those midnight jogs.

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16 Comments

1. FlySheikh

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Awesome review of a great device. Might have to import it might not be available here.

2. Man_Utd

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Chris, What trackers do the same thing as the Fit2? I'm not aware of any other tracker at that price. I'm sorry but comparing the Alta to the Fit2 is comparing apples to oranges. Garmin trackers are much more expensive. I think for the money, it is the best tracker. But I'm cheap, I'm waiting until it drops to $100.

3. JC557

Posts: 1914; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Pretty nice especially since those ordering from Best Buy, be it 2yr contract or retail, and some of the carriers are giving you one of these watches free with the Galaxy Note 7.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30681; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Own it, and it's awesome, but the lack of a speaker sucks.

6. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

The Samsung Gear S2 doesn't even have a speaker, so I wouldn't expect it on a cheaper fitness band

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30681; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The cellular model does.

5. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

How's the fitness prowess?

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I love the fir 2. About as good as the Microsoft fitness band.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30681; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's got an amazing interface, but I still think the Gear S is their best overall watch.

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Xaomi Mi band 3!!!!

11. RH234

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 21, 2013

For a Fitness Tracker, it's kind of odd not to have a Stop Watch and Timer as Default App in the Gear S2. Kind of inconvenient to download, if any, from the Samsung Store

12. RH234

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 21, 2013

Correct that. I found the StopWatch and Timer at the bottom of the App tray

13. Muckylogun

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 15, 2016

If you get the Gear Fit 2 keep in mind the watch strap is poorly designed/ has a design flaw and can/will unsnap and fall off your wrist while sleeping or just shifting your wrist. I got mine with the Note 7 offer from Best Buy and it fell off more than a handful of times with the last time being when I lost it 4 days later.

14. smspiegs

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

I have had this watch for 7 months and the band keeps unattaching from the watch. I sent it back to Samsung and the replaced the band. I have worn it for 2 days and everyday it falls off at least once! The first time I was turning the screen on and it popped off, the 2nd time I was in a warrior yoga class. Since it is a fitness watch you'd think it could stay on in through heat and sweat! I'm very frustrated and thinking of returning it and switching watches.

16. Muckylogun

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 15, 2016

I'm assuming you mean the watch falls off and not the band separating from the face of the watch. You should get something like this "MDW Security Fix Clasp for Gear Fit Band" on Amazon, or buy a different band, I bought this for my Aunt after I lost mine and she hasn't had any issues.

15. Muckylogun

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 15, 2016

I'm assuming you mean the watch falls off and not the band separating from the face of the watch. You should get something like this "MDW Security Fix Clasp for Gear Fit Band" on Amazon, or buy a different band, I bought this for my Aunt after I lost mine and she hasn't had any issues.

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