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Samsung’s New, Enhanced Wearables – Gear Sport, Gear Fit2 Pro, Gear IconX – Combine the Best in Smart Fitness and Health - Samsung US Newsroom

Ridgefield Park, NJ – August 30, 2017 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today introduced three new devices to its industry leading wearable portfolio: Gear Sport, a sleek and versatile fitness-focused smartwatch that is water resistant; Gear Fit2 Pro, an upgraded GPS fitness band with smart features; and Gear IconX, a second generation of the company’s cord free earbuds. Samsung’s new Gear devices were designed to let consumers get the most out of their day, and help them live a healthier and well-balanced life.

The new Gear devices assist with a range of activities – from robust fitness tracking to nutrition and sleep monitoring, as well as motivational coaching as a lifestyle companion. By introducing new smart capabilities, easy-to-use features and by partnering with leading names in tech and fitness, Samsung is helping consumers go beyond fitness and accomplish big things.

“At Samsung, we celebrate the everyday athlete – whether you’re going for a light jog, or training for your next triathlon. We have a long history of embracing choice and innovation, and our wearables are designed to help consumers of varying fitness levels meet their goals and aspirations. We want to help remove the stigma that fit can only mean one thing and that fitness trackers are complex and for only the most intense of workouts,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Our new Samsung wearables help consumers ‘go beyond fitness’ and enjoy an active, balanced and fulfilled life in a smart and seamless way.”

As part of this updated line, Samsung created new capabilities for Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro:

  • Water Resistance and Swim Tracking: An ideal companion for any swim – from laps to playing in the pool – these devices are 5 ATM[1] certified for water resistance. Now with Speedo’s latest swimming training app, Speedo On, the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro also allow you to easily track key swim metrics including lap count, lap time, stroke type and more.
  • Top-of-the-line Heart Rate Monitoring: With improved accuracy, the devices offer advanced real-time heart rate monitoring. They help you continuously monitor your heart activity – whether it’s enjoying a stress-free nap or an invigorating cycling class.
  • Premium Partnerships: Daily activity can be supplemented with updated Under Armour and Spotify partnerships. Both devicesprovide access to Under Armour’s fitness apps including UA Record™, MyFitnessPal®, MapMyRun® and Endomondo™ for activity, nutrition, sleep, and fitness tracking functions – these apps provide users with a holistic picture of their health and fitness.
  • Auto Activity Detection: Automatic activity detection built into the devices keeps you in tune with your body and can recognize the following categories of activities: Walking, Running, Cycling or performing Dynamic Activities that could include dancing to basketball.
  • Personalized Motivation: You can customize your own wellness plan with tailored goals and alerts.
Gear Sport: A new versatile smartwatch to support an active and balanced lifestyle 

Gear Sport is stylish, yet practical with a minimalistic, circular bezel, Super AMOLED 1.2-inch display and improved user interface, making it easy to view information – even on-the-go. With Gear Sport, users can work to achieve health and wellness goals, and receive nutrition management alerts and activity recommendations even when they are offline.

Samsung Gear Sport

Designed with military level-durability, it can handle a wide-range of environments.[2] With its sleek, ergonomic form that can be worn in a variety of colorful and easily changeable standard 20mm straps, it is perfect for any occasion so you can effortlessly transition from the gym to a night out with friends. Gear Sport will be available in Blue and Black and also includes Gear foundational functions:

  • Control of compatible Samsung IoT-enabled devices through Samsung Connect
  • Act as a remote control, whether for a PowerPoint presentation or Samsung Gear VR headset
  • Pay for goods with a flick of the wrist via Samsung Pay (NFC Only)[3]
Gear Fit2 Pro: An advanced GPS fitness band
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

In addition to the new swim and heart rate monitoring capabilities, the new Gear Fit2 Pro features advanced built-in GPS tracking to capture your run or ride with accurate activity tracking. Gear Fit2 Pro’s Super AMOLED curved 1.5-inch display and a high-resolution color touchscreen make real-time updates and notifications easier to read. The all-new secure, ergonomic band is light weight and comfortable to use for all activities. Available in Black and Red, its versatile design also makes it a stylish accessory.

Gear IconX: Comfortable fit, cord-free earbuds

IconX cord-free earbuds let you effortlessly listen to your favorite music – making your daily commute more enjoyable or helping you get more from your workout. Music can be enjoyed on and offline by transferring songs from a Samsung smartphone[4] or PC, or accessing your favorite tunes through Bluetooth connectivity. The earbuds are also your newest connection to Bixby.[5] With a simple tap and hold of the earbud you can use your voice to control your music or your phone – without even having it in your hand.

Samsung Gear IconX

The updated design comes in Black, Gray and Pink and is even more ergonomic and lightweight so they are effectively secure, comfortable and stylish to use. For the fitness enthusiast, the Gear IconX automatically tracks your running routines, and also features standalone Running Coach which can be activated by simply tapping the earbud to provide in-ear audio[6] exercise status updates – in real-time and without your phone. With an improved battery life of up to five hours of streaming and up to six hours of standalone music playing, and up to 4GB of internal storage, you can enjoy a seamless and fully standalone music listening experience.

Get a first look at Samsung’s new Gear wearables in the official trailer:

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Gear Fit2 Pro will be available for pre-order on August 31, 2017 at 9:00am EST for $199.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Macys and Samsung.com. Those who pre-order the Gear Fit2 Pro from participating retailers[7] are eligible to receive a free pair of Samsung U Flex wireless headphones, redeemable at Samsungpromotions.com. Gear Fit2 Pro will be available on September 15, 2017 through Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Macys, Samsung.com, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.

Samsung Gear Sport Specifications

Gear Sport
ColorBlack, Blue
Display1.2” Circular Super AMOLED
360 x 360, 302ppi
Full Color Always On Display
Corning ® Gorilla ® Glass 3
APDual Core 1.0 GHz
OSTizen
Size42.9(W) x 44.6 (H) x 11.6 (D) mm
50g (without band)
Strap20mm
Memory4GB Internal memory, 768MB RAM
ConnectivityBluetooth® v4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
SensorAccelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient light
Battery300mAh
ChargeWireless charging
Durability5 ATM water resistance
MIL-STD-810G
Compatibility Samsung Galaxy: Android 4.3 or later
Other Android: Android 4.4 or later
iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus, SE, 5 *iOS 9.0 or later

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro Specifications

Gear Fit2 Pro
ColorBlack, Red
Display1.5” Curved Super AMOLED
216 x 432, 310 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
APDual Core 1.0 GHz
OSTizen
Size25.0(W) x 51.3(H) mm
34g (Large), 33 (Small)
StrapSmall (Size of the wrist: 125~165mm)
Large (Size of the wrist: 158~205mm)
Memory4GB Internal memory, 512MB RAM
ConnectivityBluetooth® v4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
SensorAccelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM
Battery200mAh
ChargePogo type
Durability 5 ATM water resistance
MIL STD 810G
Compatibility Samsung Galaxy: Android 4.3 or later
Other Android: Android 4.4 or later
iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus, SE, 5 *iOS 9.0 or later

Samsung Gear IconX 2018 Specifications 

Gear IconX 2018
ColorBlack, Gray, Pink
SizeEarbud: 18.9 (W) x 21.8 (D) x 22.8(H) mm/ Case: 73.4 (W) x 44.5 (D) x 31.4(H) mm
WeightEarbud: 8.0g per earbud / Case: 54.5g
Memory4GB (per earbud)
ConnectivityBluetooth® v 4.2
SensorAccelerometer, IR, Capacitive Touch
BatteryEarbud: 82mAh / Charging Case: 340mAh
Play time: up to 6 hours (Standalone Mode) / up to 5 hours (Bluetooth Mode)
Talk time: up to 4 hours
※ The charging case provides1 extra charge on the go
USB2.0 & Type-C
Speaker5.8pi Dynamic Driver
CompatibilityAndroid 4.4 or later
RAM 1.5 GB or above
AudioAudio Formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, WMA (WMA v9)
Audio Codec: Samsung Scalable Codec, SBC
Voice Guide LanguageEnglish (U.S.), Chinese (China), German (Germany), French (France), Spanish (U.S.), Korean (South Korea), Italian (Italy), Russian (Russia), Japanese (Japan)
[1]Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro have ISO 22810:2010 certification for 5 ATM rating of 50 meters (165 feet) under specific conditions. This means that both devices are safe to wear while walking in the rain or showering, and may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.
[2]Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro are MIL-STD-810G certified. 
[3]NFC support only. Service availability may vary by country.
[4]The Gear IconX is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 and above.
[5]Limited to Samsung devices with Bixby voice capabilities including Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
[6]The Gear IconX voice guide supports nine languages including U.S. English, Chinese Mandarin, Spanish, German, French, Korean, Italian, Russian and Japanese.
[7] Pre-order promotion not available at Macys.

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review

How do you follow up the Samsung Gear Fit 2, a wearable that was one of the best fitness trackers around? If you're Samsung you bring out the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro, and take some very tiny steps forward.

So what’s so “pro” about Samsung's latest fitness tracker? Not much, really. The battery is the same size. The processor, screen size and general design features haven’t changed and you’ll still be treated to built-in GPS to track your runs and walks, too.

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What is different? Well the Gear Fit 2 Pro features pre-installed fitness-centric apps, such as MapMyRun, Speedo Go, UA Record and Endomondo. The main benefit being that you can get moving just a bit faster. 

And Samsung has doubled-down on the original’s IP68 rating to add MIL-STD-810G certification, which means this wearable is more durable. It’s more swim-friendly, too, with the ability to withstand 5ATM of water pressure.

For most, the main draw for this wearable is that Spotify’s sought-after offline mode works here, meaning it can act as a standalone music player that pumps tunes to your wireless headphones. Indeed, this is an awesome perk.

Unfortunately, not all that has changed is for the best. In fact, many of the tweaks simply highlight longstanding issues. The pre-installed apps, for instance, seem like a time-saver given the nightmare that setting up and navigating through Samsung’s Galaxy app store is. But two things: Spotify, which offers arguably the coolest feature here, isn’t pre-installed. Second, you’ll also need to download most of these apps onto your phone to even get started. So for those hoping for a ready-to-go device out of the box, this change is meaningless.

Next is its price. The Fit 2 Pro launched at $199, that's $20 more than the original Fit 2 at launch. This doesn’t seem like an egregious price hike, but it’s dead simple to find the previous year’s Samsung Gear Fit 2 for around half the price and the Gear Fit 2 Pro’s new features, of which there are very few, aren’t worth nearly double the money.

Of course, the Gear Fit 2 Pro has now dropped in price too (more on that below), but it's still more expensive than the Gear Fit 2.

After testing out the Gear Fit 2 Pro, I’m not confident that the changes made turn this into the best choice if you’re jumping in for the first time. In fact, not only are there too few reasons to incentivize those who own the original Gear Fit 2 to upgrade, it makes the previous year’s wearable even easier to recommend because of its lower price.

Sometimes, a total overhaul just isn’t necessary. But as it turns out, a bit more of an overhaul would have gone a long way in making the Gear Fit 2 Pro worth it.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro price and availability

  • On sale now in the US and UK, not in Australia
  • Launched at around $199/£209
  • Can be found from around $130/£150

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro launched across several regions for $199 (£209, about AU$370). 

However, it has since dropped in price and you can now find it for around $130/£150, putting it roughly in line with the newer Fitbit Charge 3.

For perspective, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 launched in 2016 for $179 and can now be found for around $100/£100, though isn't as widely available any more.

Design

  • Traditional strap clasp is a good improvement
  • Absolutely nothing has changed, but that's not so bad

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 was – and still is – one of the best-looking fitness trackers around, and this model reiterates the same statement.

Around the front is a curved Super AMOLED that shines brighter and with far more detail than you’ll find in the average wearable. The interface is oriented vertically, meaning all of the metrics can easily be read without tweaking your head to the side, like we saw with the otherwise fantastic Microsoft Band 2.

As far as controls are concerned, the screen offers touch functionality, but its two buttons on the side control the Gear Fit 2 Pro’s main interface features: one for waking the wearable and jumping into the main app menu, and the other, which is designated as the “go back” button. To put it to sleep, simply place your hand over the screen.

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The biggest physical difference here is that Samsung has introduced a standard watch strap clasp instead of a latch strap. It’s a subtle change, but a big one for those who stick with tradition. Thankfully, this strap is also compatible with the original model, though it isn’t available for purchase separately.

Flipped over on its back, this wearable rocks the same hardware, including a heart rate sensor and a few pins to charge when rested on the included USB-powered charger.

Speaking of the charger, charging the Gear Fit 2 Pro is a breeze thanks to its fail-proof magnetic charging mechanism. No matter which way you align the device, it’ll start charging without any fuss. This is how you make proprietary chargers work in the favor of the user.

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The new Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro and Gear Sport are aiming for the fitness crowd

As Samsung said it would last week during the Galaxy Note 8 launch, the company has used its IFA 2017 press event in Berlin today to formally introduce two new wearable products. Most of the details about the Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness tracker have already leaked, but Samsung also introduced a new smartwatch, the Gear Sport, today as well.

Don’t miss: Hands-on with the Samsung Gear Sport, Gear Fit 2 Pro, and Gear IconX 2018

Gear Sport

The Samsung Gear Sport comes with a 1.2-inch circular screen with a 320 x 320 resolution and Gorilla Glass 3, a water resistance rating of five atmospheres, as well as a focus on nutrition, with the ability to monitor your calorie balance throughout the day. The Gear Sport will include access to fitness programs, along with a way to help you complete your weight loss goals.

This new smartwatch will also be able to connect to Samsung’s smart TVs via the Samsung Connect app, and will support the company’s Samsung Pay service with its NFC hardware.

Samsung Gear Sport specs

Below you’ll find a quick rundown of the Gear Sport’s specs:

  • Display: 1.2-inch Super AMOLED circular screen at 320 x 320 resolution
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.0 GHz CPU
  • RAM: 786 MB
  • Storage: 4 GB
  • Battery: 300 mAh
  • Dimensions: 42.9 x 44.6  x 11.6 mm, 50 g (without band)
  • OS: Samsung Tizen

Compared to the earlier Samsung Gear S3, the new Gear Sport will have a smaller battery (300 mAh for the Gear Sport, compared to the 380 mAh for the Gear S3), so on the surface, the new watch looks like it will have a shorter battery life on a single charge. The 1.2-inch display on the Gear Sport is also smaller than the 1.3-inch Gear S3, and will have a smaller screen resolution. There’s also no indication that the Gear Sport will have an LTE model, like the Gear S3 has. However, the Gear Sport does have the stronger 5 atm water resistance rating, compared to the IP68 rating on the Gear S3.

Gear Fit 2 Pro

As we stated earlier, many details for the Gear Fit 2 Pro have previously leaked, but now it’s finally official. The fitness tracker will have a 1.5-inch curved display, a 5 atm water resistance rating and features specifically made for swimmers, including ways for the wearable to track a user’s stroke type, stroke count, and lap count. It will also have a continuous heart rate monitor.

In addition, the Gear Fit 2 Pro will come with a built-in GPS, as well as a handy automatic workout detection feature.

What’s more, Samsung’s new wearable will also come with a one year free subscription to Under Amour’s online service, along with partnerships with Speedo and Spotify. The wearable will come in black and red colors and in large and small sizes. The large version will have a strap that can handle wrists between 158 and 205 mm while the small version is for writs between 125 and 165 mm.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro specs

  • Display: 1.5-inch Super AMOLED curved screen at 216 x 432 resolution
  • Processor: Dual-core 1.0 GHz CPU
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Storage: 4 GB
  • Battery: 200 mAh
  • Dimensions: 25.0 x 51.3 mm, 34g (Large) and 33g (Small)
  • OS: Samsung Tizen

The Gear Fit 2 Pro shares many of the same hardware specs as the older Gear Fit 2, which was first announced in June 2016. Both have a 1.5-inch display, a 200 mAh battery, 4 GB of onboard storage, and 512 GB of RAM. However, the Gear Fit 2 Pro seems to be a bit bigger than the Gear Fit 2 (25.0 x 51.3 mm compared to 24.5 x 51.2 mm) and a few grams heavier (34 and 33 grams for the large and small models compared to 30 and 28 grams). That may be due in part because the Gear Fit 2 Pro has a 5 atm water resistance rating, compared to the IP68 water resistance rating for the older Gear Fit 2.

We’re taking a closer look at the new Gear Sport and Gear Fit Pro 2 in our hands-on. What are your thoughts on the new Gear devices? Let us know in the comments!

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review: a solid fitness wearable, although not a big leap on from the standard Gear Fit 2

You’d think that if the Gear Fit 2 Pro was to beat anything, it’d be the Gear Fit 2. Nope! Its predecessor costs less and does much the same thing, and that means it’s hard to recommend this later model. It’s a shame, because it’s pretty. But it’s pretty unnecessary too.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review: design

We’d love to tell you about the incredible design changes Samsung has made to the already pretty Gear Fit 2, but we can’t, because it hasn’t made any. The screen is the same size and the design is the same as before. That’s not a bad thing – the Gear Fit 2 looks fine, and boasts a fairly spectacular OLED display, showcasing a usefully vertical interface – but there’s nothing new to see here.

The change you can’t see is better durability and water resistance. The previous model’s IP68 dust and water resistance has been boosted to military standard MIL-STD-810G certification, which means it’s a tougher cookie, and capable of withstanding water pressure of up to 4ATM. Not an outdoor swimmer? Chances are you don't need this.

The other big draw is iOS compatibility, which the Gear Fit 2 lacked. As usual with Samsung devices, it is still a somewhat smoother ride if you're an Android guy or gal.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review: features and usability

The big draw here is support for Spotify’s offline mode, although it doesn’t come pre-installed; like the other apps such as Samsung Gear, the Gear Fit applet and Samsung Health, you need to download it. Hardly the best “take it out of the box and you’re good to go” experience. 

That said, more apps are pre-installed than on the previous version, so you do get MapMyRun, Speedo Go, UA Record and Endomondo. Also, the non-offline Spotify app is still in the Galaxy App Store, so you need to make sure you don’t download the renamed Spotify Old app. The 4GB of onboard storage is handy to have, especially for that Spotify soundtrack.

There’s a nice touch in the Speedo On app: it has “water lock”, which turns off the touch sensitivity so the screen isn’t activated by the force of water when you’re swimming.

In terms of your basic step-counting and GPS tracking of more vigorous activity, the Gear Fit Pro 2 does a stand-up job of feeding data into your pick of the aforementioned apps. GPS reception is particularly fast and accurate. 

The way it constantly prompts and praises you for doing practically any exercise at all is something you'll either find ever-so-motivating, or a continual pain in the ass. More seriously, the fact that it stops the clock when you stop running (at traffic lights, for instance) is a feature we'd prefer to be able to switch off.

Auto-detection of various physical jerks is handled pretty well, but as with similar functionality on Fitbit and Garmin devices, we still prefer to use manual activation.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review: performance

Like its predecessor, the Gear Fit 2 Pro runs well without lag or connectivity problems. As before, the battery life is two to three days unless you’re using the GPS, in which case you’ll struggle to get more than a day out of it. 

The charger isn’t a fast charger but a full charge only takes an hour and a half and the device works with standard phone chargers. GPS is smooth and accurate and the various stats are tracked well, too.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review: verdict

In isolation the Gear Fit Pro 2 is a good looking and useful wearable, even if non-swimmers would be just as well off with a non-Pro Gear Fit 2, which is notably cheaper.

Unless you really crave offline Spotify support, most tech-assisted fitness enthusiasts looking in this kind of price bracket would be better off with a Fitbit Versa or Garmin Forerunner 235.

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro hands-on: Tiny changes, big improvements

Perhaps the most important update is the Fit 2 Pro's water-resistance. Rated at 5 ATM, the Pro can survive being submerged in up to 50 meters of water, like the Gear Sport smartwatch, which Samsung also unveiled today. With that underwater capability, the Fit 2 Pro can track your swims with the company's own S Health app or a new Speedo app that's launched alongside the new Gear wearables. The difference between the two is that S Health can track your heart rate during your swim as well, something the Speedo version can't do. When it detects that you're underwater, the Fit 2 Pro will go into something called Water Lock Mode, which prevents water bubbles from activating or interacting with your screen. When I tried plunging my wrist into a tank of water while wearing the Fit 2 Pro, its screen simply went black until I pressed a button on the side. Then, the display turned on to show it had been running the swim tracking app that I had launched before dunking my hand.

The Fit 2 Pro now comes in small and large sizes, which will both sport a 1.5-inch curved Super AMOLED screen. That's a smaller display than last year's Fit 2, which measures 1.58 inches. Still, the Fit 2 Pro's bright, colorful screen felt adequately roomy during my preview and it was responsive as I swiped through widget after widget on the band's Tizen-based OS.

Samsung also unveiled a few new features for this year's Gears, which I've described in detail in my hands-on of the Sport here. But just to give you an overview -- the devices now continuously track your heart rate (they only checked it in intervals before) and automatically detect your workouts once you've been engaged for at least 10 minutes. Both the Gear Sport and Fit 2 Pro now also let you enter your calorie intake from your wrist, saving you from having to dig around for your phone after a meal. They'll also show you your net caloric intake for the day and advise you on how to reach your goals. In short: Move more, eat less.

The two devices have 4GB of onboard storage, too, which will let them support a new Spotify offline playlists feature. I tried this out during my hands-on, and was impressed with how intuitive it was to save a playlist, since the process is largely similar to that on a smartphone. You can then stream the music to a pair of Bluetooth headphones.

The Fit 2 Pro now features a buckle clasp instead of the slightly unwieldy peg-and-hole closure from before. Thanks to this change, it was relatively easy to put it on during my demo. Like the Fit 2, the Pro has built-in GPS to make it possible to map your runs and bike rides without your phone, as well as get more-accurate calculations for your running pace.

Many of the updates for the Fit 2 Pro are incremental or software-heavy, but when taken as a whole they make the device a much more useful band for a wider variety of situations. Having Spotify playlists offline makes the Fit 2 Pro a better running or long-distance workout companion, and the new water-resistance and swim-tracking apps add swimming to the list of activities you can monitor with the band. For $200, the Fit 2 Pro is a compelling activity tracker for those who want a full-featured fitness band with smartwatch-like characteristics as well as a brilliant display. It will be available for preorder on August 31st, so you won't have to wait long to get one. Those who want something that looks more like a traditional watch and more apps should hold out for the Gear Sport smartwatch.

Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review

  • Now compatible with iOS
  • Built-in GPS is brilliant
  • Setup couldn't be more clunky

Just as much of this wearable’s design has gone unchanged, the same can be said of its user interface and general performance. 

As such, the Gear Fit 2 Pro is a solid performer in various use cases, whether you’re a fitness enthusiast, the occasional jogger or simply someone who fancies wearing a competent fitness tracker. 

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Compared to most of the devices in our list of best fitness trackers, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro (and again – it’s predecessor, too) are among the smartest options available. 

Once connected to your phone, you’ll receive and send texts, accept or deny calls and be able to easily control your music through the device’s native music player. More on the latter, this Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-connected wearable can stream Spotify wirelessly and connect to any set of Bluetooth headphones or speaker.

The offline Spotify functionality worked flawlessly during our testing, though I accidentally downloaded the wrong version of Spotify from Samsung’s Galaxy app store. The “wrong” version, also known as the “right” version for the original Gear Fit 2, is now called “Spotify Old”. This is obviously confusing for users, but also just not a good look for both Samsung and the streaming giant.

If you want the full experience offered by this Samsung wearable, which enables much of what we discuss in this review, you’ll need to download the Samsung Gear app on Android and iOS. Not just that, you’ll also need to download an additional Gear Fit applet as well as Samsung Health to get the most out of your fitness metrics. This is obviously a lot of steps and it’s a shame that Samsung hasn’t streamlined this process in the slightest.  

As this device’s knack is fitness, you’ll likely be putting it to task on the go. But no matter what you use it for, you’ll find plenty of reasons to enjoy having it on your wrist. Despite the winding road of setting up the device, being able to load music files onto the 4GB of onboard storage is a nice perk in case you don’t want to use your data plan on the go.

Battery life

  • Will last somewhere between two to three days with limited usage
  • If you have high usage expect this to last on average a day

Just like the previous device in the Gear Fit 2 family, you’ll be looking at an average battery life expectancy of two to three days before needing a refill. Even if you barely use this wearable’s workout functions, some of them automatically trigger once you start moving, though you can adjust this in the settings if you want to preserve battery life.

On the flip side, if you take advantage of every feature and are training for, say, a marathon, asking for more out of the wearable will shift the battery life down to about nine to ten hours – the target that Samsung aimed for with GPS firing on all cylinders.

The Gear Fit 2 Pro comes with a charger, though it lacks an power adapter for fast charging. Plugged into a USB 3.0 port, it takes around 90 minutes to charge fully. That said, if you have some phone chargers laying around, you’ll be waiting far less time: only about an hour.

Fitness

  • Can auto-detect several workouts
  • Even more swim-friendly thanks to Water Lock feature
  • Suits fitness enthusiasts and casual weekend warriors

The experience provided by this wearable scales well between serving hardcore fitness folk and more passive health groups because it gives users the freedom to manually begin exercises, set goals and pilfer through well-presented metrics, or simply just let the software automatically detect what it is you're doing so you don’t have to do the work.

No shame, I put myself in the latter grouping. If a wearable has the capability to begin tracking without any input, then why would I waste precious calories on toggling with it rather than reaching for the remote? Kidding aside, whether you prefer granular control over the tracker or to put it on auto-pilot, the Gear Fit 2 Pro does a commendable job at tracking and displaying your stats on the touch-friendly interface. Not just that, if you’re performing well, this wearable showers you in accolades, which is always a nice feeling.

In terms of customizing the interface blades, we’ll call them, this wearable makes it simple to personalize. Care about counting calories, checking your heart rate and monitoring the amount of water you’ve had in a day? You can limit the wearable to show you only these things. Of course, there are more options to add, with some of the pre-installed apps like UA Record offering their own view of your fitness. You’ll always get more detail viewing metrics on your phone, but Samsung handles navigation wonderfully given this device’s small, but color-packed display.

As I stated earlier, I like for the wearable to do the driving, so to speak, if it can. And while auto-tracking with the Gear Fit 2 Pro during a walk, I really enjoyed the gentle nudge of encouragement it provided after each ten minutes of continued activity. And should you take a pause to catch your breath or while you wait for the light to turn in your favor, Samsung’s latest automatically pauses the tracking, taking about three seconds to activate and then disable to continue tracking. This is something to keep in mind if recording every second of your workout is crucial.

One of my favorite features in the Gear Fit 2 family is its built-in GPS function. Unlike some devices, this one detects signal almost immediately, it’s reliable and although it’s a drain on the battery, seeing your journey charted on a colorful map on the screen is undeniably satisfying.

Although you’ll need to download many of the fitness apps on your phone, the Pro’s enhanced water resistance is free to take advantage of once you take it out of the box. The pre-installed Speedo On app might be rather basic in execution, though it makes tracking your swims simple and works to introduce a brand new feature called “water lock”. 

This isn’t as fancy as the Apple Watch 2’s hardware feature that spurts water out of its speaker. This one just turns off touch functionality, thereby locking the screen from being turned on by the force of the water rushing against it. To turn it off, you’ll need to press and hold the main button for three seconds.

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10 best fitness trackers 2019 If you want or need a new fitness tracker but feel the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is not the right choice for you, check out our handy guide to the best fitness trackers and you'll find one that's a better fit.

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The main goal of the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is to make working out easy and fun, even if it's in a pool. By and large, it succeeds, though so did its predecessor for the most part. 

For most, the new model’s enhanced durability for the elements won’t be reason enough to broaden their fitness expeditions, though it does add some peace of mind. The fact that fitness apps are displayed front and center on the Gear Fit 2 Pro’s app screen provide more of a nudge to start burning calories than before, though this wearable’s painstaking setup and sync process might deter those who are looking for a device that’s ready to go out of the box.

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Aside from the Gear Fit 2 Pro’s addition of the stellar offline Spotify support, most of its so-called improvements don’t make this a tempting purchase. That’s because they only act to call out a low-point somewhere in the platform that hasn’t been remedied. 

Who's it for?

Decent fitness trackers are simple to come by, though ones that are equipped to handle the rigors of rapid breaststroking in the pool are far and few between. While Samsung's latest definitely doesn't shake up the previous year's formula all that much, it's a very solid option for those who want to do some aquatic exercising.

Moreover, this device's offline Spotify support keeps things fresh when you're on the go sans smartphone.

This wearable isn't the best value for those who already own the Gear Fit 2, but worth looking into if other waterproof options, like the Apple Watch 4 or the Samsung Galaxy Watch are too expensive or haven't worked to your liking.

Should you buy it?

Issues with this wearable's value aside, this is still a good product and easy enough to recommend from the outside looking in. It has a beautiful screen, buttery smooth touch interface and a surprisingly decent app selection. But this comes with a big disclaimer: that you can get 90% of what Samsung’s new smart wearable offers in the much cheaper Gear Fit 2.

It’s disappointing, though understandable why this iteration is so similar to its predecessor. The wearables market as a whole is no longer an arms race, with many of its major players, like Jawbone, Pebble and TomTom dropping out. With one of the best wearables around, there was less of an impetus to shuffle the formula. 

But not only do we deserve better, Samsung’s Gear Fit line was on a sharply positive trajectory through the years, though now it seems to have plateaued.

Even if the Gear Fit 2 and Gear Fit 2 Pro had launched side by side, their few differences would act to confuse the public, as they do today, though the price gap wouldn’t put Samsung’s new device in such a fragile position at launch. 

Given that the previous year’s Gear Fit 2 is considerably cheaper and fits the bill for most, it’s tough to recommend the Gear Fit 2 Pro outright.

 Need an alternative?

10 best fitness trackers 2019 If you want or need a new fitness tracker but feel the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is not the right choice for you, check out our handy guide to the best fitness trackers and you'll find one that's a better fit.

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