Price (RRP): $329
Four years ago, Samsung released the Gear Fit – a cross-over between a full-featured fitness tracker and a smartwatch.
The original Gear Fit has been my constant fitness companion and still is – it is reliable, I like the Samsung Health app and a smaller, lighter rectangular device on my wrist is far better than a bigger, bulky round smartwatch.
The two years ago came the Gear Fit 2 with slightly larger screen size, a proper watch band (the original’s clasp system was prone to release), IP68 (5 ATM) and a few very nice additional software features like activity tracking, active minutes, music, calendar reminders etc.
I am pleased to say the next iteration Gear Fit Pro 2 is more of the same – it does not ruin its heritage. Well almost not – Samsung Health now also runs on Android and iOS, adds GPS and it is tougher all around.
In summary a compact, full-featured fitness tracker with most smartwatch functionality.
It is 25mm wide, and 51.3 mm long, weighing 34g, housing a 38.6mm Super AMOLED daylight readable screen. It has an Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor and Heart Rate Sensor.
It also has GPS, not so much for map navigation, but for tracking speed and movement and displaying your route on the smartphone.
It has 4GB ROM and about half that is available for installing apps, and music. In testing, it will hold up to 500 average length MP3 songs and is compatible with the Spotify Premium app.
It is waterproof to 5ATM and now MIL-STD-810 rated. Yes, you can swim in it, and it has Speedo On for stroke management and a swim lock mode.
It has both Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi N 2.4GHz connectivity – the latter allows continuous connection to the smartphone throughout an office or home when the Bluetooth range is exceeded.
Pairing with a smartphone is easy – download the Gear app and follow the prompts. Once Gear is installed you can access hundreds of free and paid apps and watch faces.
A word of advice – if you want good outdoor readability chose a watch face that has thicker lettering, preferably in a solid colour.
The battery gives 2-3 days typical use and recharges in a special USB-A cradle (supplied without charger)
With a 200mAh battery, even the oldest 500mA USB port will charge it in less than 30 minutes. I usually wear it all day and night (sleep tracking) and take it off when I shower (it is IP 68 rated) for charging.