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Samsung Gear Fit review

A pricey but premium fitness tracker and smartwatch in one
Thu Apr 24 2014, 14:40

Product Samsung Gear Fit
Website www.samsung.com
Specifications 1.84in curved Super AMOLED touchscreen display, IP67 certified for dust and water resistance, accelerometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor, Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, 3-4 days predicted battery life, 23.4x57x11.95mm, 27g.
Price £169


COMBINING A FITNESS BAND with a smart teller of time, Samsung launched its Gear 2 smartwatch in the UK earlier in April, claiming it's the "world's first" curved wearable device that's more comfortable when wrapped around the wrist.

Taking tips from Nike's Fuelband, but unlike traditional fitness-focused wearables, the Gear Fit displays notifications from Samsung smartphones such as the Galaxy S5, in the same way the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear Neo 2 smartwatches do, such as Facebook messages, emails and text messages.

Costing £170, it's not the cheapest fitness device on the market, but it is definitely one of the premium models available that is aimed at helping you keep tabs on your health.

Samsung Gear Fit review - time on arm

Design
As you will see from our video review below, we were impressed with the feel and design of the Gear Fit. It's as light as a standard watch, weighing just 27g, it's comfortable to wear and it has a unique look thanks to its curved 1.84in rectangular Super AMOLED touchscreen display, which Samsung claims is the first of its kind in such a device.

The curved design means the watch face follows the contours of your wrist, thus feeling more natural when worn. However, not everyone will be a fan of the Gear's distinctive design, as it does look very different than a conventional watch. Wearing it, we were often conscious that we seemed a little flashy.

Samsung Gear Fit review - prongs on strap

The strap is held together with just two small prongs. We were worried when we first unboxed the device that this wouldn't be secure enough to keep the Gear Fit on our wrist. Although it can prove a little tricky to get on at first with one hand, the device didn't fall off our wrist once during our testing.

The Gear Fit's design is very minimalist. The black rubber strap, which can be removed and changed for different colour alternatives, is juxtaposed nicely against the chrome metal bezel of the watch face. Samsung has also kept most of the user controls on the Gear Fit as touch commands, giving it just one physical button on the right hand side to make it all the more minimalist in design. It looks and feels modern and expensive.

Samsung Gear Fit review - fastener

Although the design and build of the Samsung Gear Fit make the device feel very high end, which it should for £170, the Fit is also IP67 certified to be waterproof and dust resistant. Its main disadvantage, however, is that it needs to work along with another Samsung Galaxy device, meaning that the device is only going to appeal to those that already have a Samsung smartphone.

Display
One of our favourite features of the Samsung Gear Fit is its 1.84in Super AMOLED display. It fits brilliantly with the overall premium feel of the smartwatch and feels smooth to the touch.

Samsung Gear Fit review - curved screen

Not only is it a very bright and crisp display - much more so than the display on the Pebble smartwatch, for example - but it is also satisfyingly responsive to commands.

On close inspection of elements on the screen, there aren't any jagged edges to the text, with it displaying numbers and letters very clearly.

Next: Setup, features, apps and performance.

 

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