Key Specifications

Review Price: £2091.5-inch curved Super AMOLED displayTizen OSDual chip core CPU34g (large) 33g (small)200 mAh batteryWorks with Android and iOSBarometerHRM4GB storage

What is the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro?

The Gear Fit 2 Pro is Samsung’s latest flagship fitness tracker, taking over from the older Gear Fit 2. It aims to lớn take on super-swish fitness-focused smartwatches such as the táo bị cắn dở Watch 3, as well as more dedicated trackers, by offering cutting-edge hardware coupled with Samsung’s Tizen software.

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The Gear Fit 2’s hardware is generally top-notch and easily matches, if not beats, the hãng apple Watch 3 when it comes to fitness. But there are issues with its battery life – & its ridonculous asking price makes it an expensive luxury.

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro – Design

Unlike the more smartwatchy Samsung Gear Sport, the Gear Fit 2 Pro is unashamedly a fitness tracker first.

The wearable comes with a rubberised strap (available in small và large) & has a slightly curved, rectangular, 1.5-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen main body. Two physical control keys lie on the body’s right side. The end result is a device that looks like a refined version of the Garmin Vivosport – which in my mind is no bad thing.

The slick, unassuming kiến thiết makes the Gear Fit one of a select few fitness trackers I’d happily wear on my wrist 24/7. It also ticks all the right boxes when it comes to hardware & ruggedness. Unlike the original Gear Fit 2, the Gear Fit 2 Pro comes with the same 5 ATM water-resistance as the táo khuyết Watch 3. This means it will survive down to lớn 50m underwater.

Elsewhere, hardware changes have been kept khổng lồ a minimum. The Gear Fit 2 & Fit 2 Pro’s AMOLED screen remains one of the brightest và sharpest I’ve seen on a wearable. The high brightness and vivid colours make navigating the Gear Fit2 Pro’s menus a doddle, ensuring it remains legible in the bright lighting conditions that render many competing trackers illegible.

I also remain impressed by the amount of tech Samsung has managed lớn stuff into the Gear Fit 2 Pro’s small frame. The main body is roughly 1cm thick and weighs a modest 34g.

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Despite this, you get 0.5GB of RAM, 4GB of onboard memory (2GB usable) plus an accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, HR sensor and GPS. The inclusion of onboard memory remains a particularly nice touch, since it means you can cache songs from compatible apps such as Spotify directly on the Gear. This removes the need lớn carry a phone or MP3 player with you if you want khổng lồ listen khổng lồ music while exercising.

My only minor quibble is that, despite the lack of significant upgrades, Samsung is charging £210 for the Fit 2 Pro. This feels a little extravagant when you can pick up a Fit2 for £180 at most stores. You’re basically paying £30 for waterproofing.

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro – thiết lập and software

In the past, Gear wearables have always been let down by their Tizen OS. The Linux-based OS has a track record for being more than a little buggy, and used lớn feature a fragmented, slightly confusing user interface. Fortunately, these issues have largely been fixed on the Gear Fit2 Pro.

The Gear Fit 2 Pro works on both apk (tested) và iOS. The pairing process is pretty simple, requiring you to tải về Samsung’s Gear app then follow a series of on-screen prompts to connect the wearable to your phone. From there you pick which fitness and entertainment apps you want to lớn install on the Gear Fit 2 Pro. Options include Samsung’s own Health app, plus popular third-party services including UA RECORD, Endomondo, MapMyRun và MyFitnessPal among others.

I’d lượt thích to have seen support for Strava & Runkeeper, but the suite of apps is more than good enough khổng lồ meet most people’s needs, và generally covers the exhaustive list of sports that the Gear Fit 2 Pro can track. These include basic cardio, such as running, swimming & cycling, plus more specific activities such as tennis and basketball.

Tizen’s UI has also radically improved since Samsung first started loading it onto its wearables. The OS comes with a multitude of watch faces that let you pick the information you want on your homepage. From there you can swipe through left or right to lớn scroll through notifications và activity data pages. The information shown is fully customisable và includes everything from your heart rate reading and current step count khổng lồ the local weather. The top physical key acts as a trang chủ button that returns you to your primary watch face.

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The lower physical key opens up a vertical danh sách of installed apps và shortcuts lớn the Gear Fit 2 Pro’s settings. The interface isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s intuitive enough lớn enable most people to find the service or ứng dụng they’re after without too much trouble. Even if you vì struggle, the Gear Fit’s auto-detect features should cover most people.

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro – Tracking and battery

The Gear Fit 2 Pro can auto-detect when you’re exercising and auto-log the activity, removing the need for you to lớn manually select this option when you head out for a run.

I’ve always been a fan of auto-logging trackers, and this remains the case with the Gear Fit 2 Pro, which does a decent job detecting basic exercises such as extended walks and park running.

Testing the Gear against the Garmin Vivosport and Vi Personal Trainer, auto-detected run distances were never more than 0.2-0.4km out of sync. The gap reduced lớn only metres when I manually informed the Gear of starting và stopping my run. The Fit 2 Pro also did a decent job of auto-detecting treadmill runs, something the majority of wearables struggle to do.

Like the regular Gear Fit 2, the Gear Fit 2 Pro’s heart rate monitoring is pretty decent for a wrist-based wearable. The readings remain uniform, which isn’t something I can say about all wrist-based trackers. It’s still nowhere near as accurate as ear-based monitors such as the Jabra Elite Sport, nor a dedicated HRM strap.

Step và stair-tracking was also suitably accurate: the Gear’s end-of-play reading was pretty similar to that of the Vivosport. Auto-tracking was a little more hit và miss with more complex sports, however – and, on occasion, was a little too sensitive for my liking.

Activities the Gear Fit 2 Pro can’t identify – working a boxing bag, for example – are logged as nebulous “other” workouts. These record the distance travelled, average heart rate & the estimated calories burned – which aren’t terribly accurate or helpful.

Normally I wouldn’t mind the lack of specifics, but the Gear had a tendency khổng lồ record even minor activities as workouts. Three times over the past week the Fit 2 Pro has tracked me preparing my dinner – trust me, I’m not a very animated chef.

The mixed battery life is a bigger issue. Samsung quotes the Gear Fit 2 Pro’s 200mAh battery as offering three khổng lồ four days of use from a single charge. I’m yet lớn see it consistently last even two days. Doing a quick half-hour workout most mornings & a 5km lunch run every other day, and with notifications on & the screen at 50% brightness, I generally had to lớn charge the Gear Fit 2 Pro every other day.

Two days use isn’t terrible for a smartwatch, mind. But considering this device’s focus on being a fitness tracker that’s meant to monitor your daily steps, heart rate, sleep and exercise habits, 24 hours a day, these figures aren’t good enough. Also slightly odd was the fact that we got much better battery life out of the older Gear Fit 2 đánh giá unit.

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Why buy the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro?

If you’re after a solid fitness tracker with a sprinkling of smartwatch services, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is a good choice. This unassuming wearable offers the solid activity tracking và reliable notification services that made the Gear Fit 2 great, but with the added perk of waterproofing.

However, issues with its battery life & a lack of significant changes beyond its ATM rating make it an expensive choice for fitness fans. If you’re not a swimmer, the original Gear Fit 2 is a more cost-effective option. Plus, there are cheaper dedicated trackers for people unconcerned about smartwatch functionality.

Verdict

A solid fitness tracker/smartwatch hybrid, but it’s a smidgen overpriced.