Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro Review



Today’s fitness tracker market feels oversaturated with devices of various shapes, sizes, and feature sets to the point where simply choosing which one you want to get becomes an exercise much tougher than the ones you’ll be doing once you actually buy it.

But despite this, last year Samsung still managed to position its Gear Fit 2 as one of the best options on the market, thanks to its inclusion of almost every major feature you can think of — and then some. So it’s not exactly surprising that, rather than release an all-new entry in its Gear Fit series this year, Samsung instead chose to simply give the Fit 2 a better water resistance rating, slap a “Pro” at the end of its name, and call it a day.

But as it turns out, not many other fitness trackers possess the ability to be used while swimming; so while this addition may at a first glance appear superficial, it could actually prove to be a game-changing feature for an otherwise quite iterative product.

Design



Being a near-clone of its predecessor, the Fit 2 Pro takes no significant liberties with the already established design: it’s a tiny bit wider, but otherwise has the same lightweight and unobtrusive ergonomics of last year’s model.

But when it comes to the straps, there are a couple of changes. Firstly, they now come in two new color options: a black and a red one, which are both arguably better-looking than last year’s options.

But secondly, they also offer a significant functional advantage: better clasps. Where last year’s model was prone to accidentally unclasping and falling to the ground, the Pro circumvents such problems by using the same traditional clasping mechanism you’ll find on your everyday wristwatch.



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5 Comments

1. ehsanjoon365

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 02, 2017

Please test Nokia 8 and Sony Xperia XZ1. Thanks.

3. stephenyost

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

As a point of reference, Spotify integration is not unique to the Gear Fit 2 Pro. It was also recently enabled on the original Gear Fit 2. If your Gear Fit 2 is up to date you can delete the old Gear Spotify app and install the new one. If you then disconnect from Bluetooth, connect to Wi-Fi, and use the app to login to your Spotify premium account, you will have the option to download playlists from your music collection for offline use. Turn off Wi-Fi, turn Bluetooth back on, connect to a pair of Bluetooth headphones and you will be able to listen to the downloaded Spotify playlist without your phone and without a Wi-Fi connection. I have downloaded a 2GB playlist and can confirm it does work.

4. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

So this is a fitness wearable. I am curious as to how not having a mic and speaker is a con? It is a fitness tracker. That is all it does. It is not even designed to answer calls from your smartphone, which is why it doesn't have a speaker or mic. Why would it need Samsung Pay support? Its a fitness tracker only. Do all wearables that support Google Wear, do they also support Android Pay? NO! 3-5 days of battery life is a con? It only tracks fitness. How much battery you think its gonna use. It lasts 3 days by your own admission and that's dismal battery-life? Then please enlighten us to what is better battery-life. What fitness tracker with ALL THESE FEATURES last more than 3-5 days. Your claim that 3 days is the absolute max is likely false. How long ti last depends on what or how you use it So lets see, if I swim on Monday for 2 hours, and just run on Tuesday for 2 hours and then workout at the GYM 3 hours on Wednesday, you are claiming it won't be avail to use Thurs or Fri unless I charge it first? I don't believe that one bit. It will vary and you claim 3 days is the absolute max is simply like false. If Samsung is saying up to 5 days. then they got a consistent 5 days of usage in their tests which I will believe before any PA test

5. bsginns

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 05, 2017

I just got mine Christmas Day... I'm taking it back tomorrow (and I very seldom return items. I made sure to charge it before ever wearing it. I volunteer at a local food pantry twice a week for a little over 2 hours. I made sure to set brightness to 2, changed the hr monitor off of always, turned off wifi, etc to save battery. (I of course kept bluetooth on since afterall one of the important features is to at least receive text/call notifications & also to track my exercise/steps.) I received about 7 notifications & 0 phone calls in the time I was volunteering, and I walked about 1 1/2 miles. Though I checked the notifications on the watch, I never even responded via its quick text. BEFORE I was done working (a little less than 2 hours later, I noticed it was at 39%! I turned on power saver which even turns off bluetooth to your phone. STILL less than an hour later (approx 50min later) it was dead. I'm sorry but with such awful battery life I don't see how it could be useful to ANYbody, and especially at it's price. I'm usually a Samsung fan but in my opinion they dropped the ball with this one. :(

7. bsginns

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 05, 2017

sorry for double post. I cant seem to be able to delete it. My apologies.

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