Wellness trackers and smartwatches come very common; however, is it not possible to feature the best of both. Presently, notwithstanding, Samsung proposes it has the ideal arrangement in the Gear Fit, a heart rate monitor, a beautiful curved screen, a lovely fitness band, pedometer and a few smartwatch features in this Samsung device.
Display and hardware
A sleek look. This and more ran through my head when I first held the Samsung Gear Fit for the very first time. For the most part, it was the display that got my attention; a curved Super AMOLED screen that measures up to 1.84-inch and feels comfortable when wrapped around the wrist. It helps this fitness/smartwatch band hybrid feel and look more comfortable, and it’s considerably more stylishly satisfying compared to a significant portion of its adversaries as well. The screen has some lively colors, making it satisfying to gaze at even when it is not in use. It’s barely lucid in daylight, but when you’re outdoors, you need to bump it to free mode. It stays that way for just five minutes after it reverts to the previous settings. Furthermore, since there’s no encompassing light sensor, there’s no auto-brightness feature to make it less demanding the screen to function much better when used outdoors.
Moving past the screen, the Fit is a thin plastic module that accompanies a compatible wristband. It’s sufficiently pure to swap colors. However, you won’t have numerous alternatives initially – only available right now. It is agreeable enough that it’s not a weight to wear for drawn-out stretches of time, which is something I can’t say in regards to many rival watches. It’s an energetic looking gadget if you catch my drift, which implies anybody is searching for something prestigious ought to try other alternatives.
The Fit’s home button, which you can likewise serve as a shortcut to specific applications when double pressed (this can be customized in the settings – just set to an application you use most of the time or daily).
Functionality and software
I won’t try mincing words here: The software isn’t great, but the hardware is perfect. It is not running the Tizen OS or Android, as most of the other Gears from Samsung. Instead, it utilizes a specific practical framework that is constrained in usefulness and doesn’t permit applications in the device (I know they will consider changing this in the future, but they would have to sell tons of this gadget to justify the idea in the first place).
You can change this board to one of a few different preset choices: You can make it show the second clock from an alternate time zone, your next calendar appointment, the local weather or pedometer. If you need to energize your timer past that, you can pick from 10 different preinstalled themes. You can likewise make your wallpaper by trimming a tight strip out of any picture in the device.
Besides the clock, the UI comprises of 10 menu options (You can make that 11 if you chose to count App Connect which shows up as a Fitness application like Strava on a Samsung Galaxy phone). In case you’re okay with little content display, you can fit up to three application icons on screen at once; but if you love your images more significant, then you’ll have to make do with having one symbol displayed at a time. Gear Fit Manager is an application that you install on your Samsung phone that allows you rearrange the menu as you like it.
At long last, the menu can be part up into two areas: applications that let you utilize the device like a smartwatch and apps that allowed you use the tool as a fitness-tracking watch.
Battery life and performance
There’s one other issue with utilizing the Fit as a smartwatch: The screen itself might be enjoyable to look. However, the actual contents of the screen are not fun. That is because the board is narrow to the point that I needed to strain my neck each time I had to read the content of the Fit’s display when set to landscape mode. Portrait mode takes care of this issue, but that also has a problem of its own: You can just read a couple of characters of content on each line, constraining you to scroll significantly down the screen just to get to the finish of the message or whatever it is you’re reading.
On the brighter side, scrolling down the screen to get to all the content isn’t such a tedious task and this possible, all thanks to the very responsive screen. In any case, unless your mobile phone is in another room and you’re not ready to get up and get it, utilizing two hands to look through a notice on your watch practically nullifies the point – it’d be quicker to get the mobile phone merely.
In the interim, I never had any problems pairing the Fit to my Samsung phone, nor did I have any issues making sure the Bluetooth connection stays active. Likewise, the built-in accelerometer makes it conceivable to wake the show up when I raise my arm, yet the execution here is all in or all out. On different events, I got myself shaking my hands because just a little shake of the sides didn’t wake the device up. For runtime, Samsung stated the Fit’s battery would run for up to 4 days. In the wake of spending barely seven days with it, I need to concur. I just needed to completely charge the unit twice all through the time I had to write this review, and each time I did that, it stayed on for up to four days. However, the battery may have presumably drained quicker if I was a more eager sprinter, which implies the standard caveat here is: Your mileage may differ.
I ought to give them credit where due: bring one o the very first organizations to piece in together both a smartwatch as well as a fitness tracker, and there is undoubtedly a business opportunity for such gadgets. Regarding hardware, the organization completed a phenomenal job creating a bent device that feels great and looks great, to boot. Samsung additionally incorporated an interchangeable set of bands, a heart rate monitor and so much more.
Where Samsung fizzled is in the product is in the UI which is befuddling; the display is confusing to read; the pedometer and heart rate screen aren’t precise, and the sleep tracker logs a couple of important details. At last, the organization made a decent attempt to coordinate a wellness tracker with a smartwatch that it wound up presenting just a portion of both techs. As it seems to be, it’s not worth the $200 purchasing price to me.
History, as well, would recommend it’s not a smart thought to purchase this device at this point. I’m very sure the sequels to this device will make up for all the downsides of this one and in the end, present a more sophisticated 2 in 1 tool. But until then, try to make the best of your Samsung Gear Fit 1.