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Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: A great fitness wearable, but with a little extra

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The quick take

Samsung learned a lot of lessons with its Gear S2 smartwatch and applied them smartly to the Gear Fit 2, its newest fitness tracker. The light, comfortable, powerful and nice-looking wearable handles all your fitness and activity tracking needs, while also adding in a little bit of the experience you'd expect to find on a fully fledged smartwatch. The software can be a bit more than some will want to deal with, and not everyone wants to use S Health for their data tracking, but the price is right and Samsung has put together a great total package.

The Good

  • Dedicated GPS
  • Smartwatch-like notifications
  • Great display
  • Solid hardware

The Bad

  • Too big for small wrists
  • Screen shape isn't ideal for notifications
  • Less battery life than other fitness bands
  • Some won't want to use S Health

Samsung Gear Fit 2

Time for a successor

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Full review

With a seemingly infinite number of smart wearables in the world today, we're quickly getting into situations where we have more tech than body parts on which to put it. On your wrists alone you might have a smartwatch on one arm and a fitness tracker on the other ... with overlapping functions that quickly turn into an annoyance.

The smartwatch certainly looks nicer, has a bigger screen and lends itself to interaction, while the fitness tracker is more comfortable, gets better battery life and has vastly better activity tracking. Rather than fully giving into our cyborg future by having connected doodads on both our wrists, why not try to split it down the middle and get just one device? A single wrist-bound wearable that tracks your activity every single day, while also allowing you to receive notifications and get other information on the same display.

Samsung is attempting to do just that with the Gear Fit 2, a refresher to the fitness-focused Gear Fit of 2014 and a sibling to the Gear S2 smartwatch of last year. The Gear Fit 2, as the name would suggest, is designed for fitness tracking first and foremost. But what the name doesn't reveal is what else you can do with its 1.5-inch screen — it also offers notifications and interaction features you'd expect in a smartwatch.

So does it strike the balance of fitness tracker and smartwatch perfectly? Or does it come up short trying to do too much? We answer these questions in our full Samsung Gear Fit 2 review.

About this review

I (Andrew Martonik) am writing this review after six days with the Gear Fit 2, connected to a Galaxy S7. The Gear Fit 2's software version was R360XXU1APE4, and was not updated during the course of the review. The Fit 2 we used was a review unit provided to us by Samsung.

Samsung Gear Fit 2

Fiitness tracker, with a little smartwatch thrown in

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Hardware

It's easy to see a lot of the design DNA from the Gear S2 in the Gear Fit 2, despite the end result being a different form factor than the thin-and-round smartwatch. It's sleek, understated (at least in the black color I have) and put together amazingly well — just as we've come to expect from Samsung in the past couple of years. You'll even find the same button layout, with a small home button and larger back button together on one side.

Samsung's expertise in display technology is clear to see here, with the rectangular 216x432 resolution, 1.5-inch curved SuperAMOLED display taking up a large portion of the front of the Gear Fit 2. The display is expectedly great, with colors that really pop off of the primarily black interface — it's even visible in sunlight, though you'll have to crank up the brightness to see it.

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The display is covered in Gorilla Glass 3 that flows smoothly into a nice bit of anodized aluminum. The main portion of the body around the sides and back are hard plastic. At roughly 12 mm thick, 25 mm wide and 52 mm long, the Gear Fit 2 lands near the top of size amongst fitness trackers — larger than something like an Under Armour Band, but notably smaller than a Fitbit Surge. But with its curved design and rectangular form the Fit 2 sits on my wrist nicely, and is quite a bit sleeker than a round smartwatch.

The Fit 2 looks rather gargantuan on smaller wrists, however. Samsung does offer both a "large" and "small" size ... but that's a bit of a misnomer, as the only difference is the length of the band.

It's like they took a Gear S2 and squeezed in the sides — in a good way.

The band is attached to the body using the same proprietary connector found on the Gear S2, meaning it can be swapped out (for another color or size) later on down the road, but only for those approved and designed specifically for the Fit 2. That's a smartwatch-like perk that you don't find on most other fitness trackers, even if most people aren't likely to swap bands. The included band is a very soft and comfortable elastomer material with a classy carbon fiber-like pattern on the outside and some bumps on the inside to hopefully keep it from sliding around too much.

You attach the band to your wrist by looping one end through a hole in the other, then securing a metal plug into one of 10 holes to fit just the right size. The loop helps the Fit 2 stay on your wrist even if you happen to snag it on something while you're working out and pull the plug out of the hole — safety first.

Samsung Gear Fit 2

Gear S2 lite

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Software

The Gear Fit 2 is running Tizen, and not Android. That's been Samsung's Samsung's operating system of choice for wearables — and pretty much anything that isn't a phone or tablet. Just like the hardware, it's clear that the Gear S2's software evolved to the Gear Fit 2 — and that's not a bad thing at all.

Samsung quickly figured out with the launch of the original Gear Fit that a screen of this size and orientation actually lends itself better to a vertical screen rather than horizontal. It takes a little getting used to, but if you've spent time interacting with a smartwatch you'll feel right at home here — and once you use it for a bit, you realize it's much easier on the eyes.

The software will be familiar if you've seen a Gear S2, and easy enough to pick up if not.

Just like the Gear S2, the Gear Fit 2 has a set of horizontal-scrolling "home screens" of sorts, with each one corresponding to a built-in function (or app, if you will). Without the rotating bezel of the Gear S2 you simply swipe between the panels, with your only other interaction paradigm being the "back" and "home" buttons on the side of the body. You can also cover the screen with your palm to turn it off.

The main screen is your watch face, flanked by notifications on the left and then a set of user-defined screens on the right. You can swipe down from the top of the display to reveal a screen to see your battery and Bluetooth connection, as well as quickly toggle Do Not Disturb, change the brightness or launch the music player. As for the customizable screens, there are eight you can add and organize in any order — here's the quick breakdown:

  • 24-hour log: Shows a linear progression of your activity for the past day — periods when you were inactive, active, sleeping or didn't have the Fit 2 on at all.
  • Exercise: Lets you explicitly start an activity or workout — set your activity type, time goal and a few other parameters, then start tracking. You can also view a log of previous activity.
  • Steps: Shows your step count, and how close it is to your daily goal.
  • Floors: How many floors of elevation you went up/down today, with the ability to view historical data for the week.
  • Heart rate: Displays your most recent heart rate reading and when it was taken, as well as your high and low heart rate for the day. Tap to view historical heart rate data for the week.
  • Water: Record how many cups of water you've consumed today.
  • Caffeine: Same as water, but for caffeine.
  • Together: Set up step count challenges with friends, and see how you're doing compared to them today.

Beyond those screens, you can press the home button while on the clock to pull up Music Player, Find My Phone, Timer and Stopwatch apps, which are about as basic as you can get. Samsung has chosen to keep a rather kludgy amount of settings available to tap and scroll through on the tiny screen, which is where you have to go to find things like GPS, Wi-Fi, vibration and more.

The Fit 2 does everything you expect, and displays more than the competition.

Despite many similarities the Gear Fit 2 understandably does less than the Gear S2, but in this case that's a good thing — I was rather critical of the Gear S2 for trying to do too much, even though it did less than the Gear S and Galaxy Gear. When you're inside each of the pre-installed apps you aren't going to go more than two levels deep into the interface, and at the time of writing the only third-party apps available to install are three weird watch faces, and a Spotify app that can sync playlists over to your Gear Fit 2.

One thing that was roughly translated over from the Gear S2 is the notification experience. The Gear Manager app can monitor for notifications on your phone and pass them to the Gear Fit 2. You can choose which apps from your phone send notifications to the wearable, which is important because you can only act on a select few of them.

Apps like Gmail and Samsung's own text messaging app have options to archive email or reply to messages, but most apps simply will show you content to read and give you no options to act. Part of that is due to the small and narrow screen, but also because of the lack of a microphone for any sort of voice commands or dictation. Unfortunately the situation in the end is a lot of buzzes that aren't all that useful, so it's worth your time to be very selective with which apps can send notifications to your wrist. It's definitely useful to have the option (hey, you could turn off notifications altogether, too) but this isn't a full smartwatch-like notification system.

The Gear Manager app

The Gear Manager app is the conduit for connecting your Gear Fit 2 (or previous Gear wearable) to your phone, and it's available for pretty much every Android phone running Android 4.4 KitKat and higher. (Though because Samsung had yet to update its app in the Play Store to work with the Gear Fit 2 during my review period, I used it in conjunction with a Galaxy S7 instead.)

It may not be pretty, but Gear Manager does its job.

Gear Manager is a simple tool, and while it may not be as pretty as the Android Wear app from Google, it gets the job done. In Gear Manager you can hit all of the big tasks you wouldn't want to manage just on the Fit 2, and a few others that you can do on the Fit 2 but are easier on a big screen. You can manage which apps can send notifications to the Fit 2, change your quick message replies, switch and customize watch faces, change the layout of apps, and install more apps when they become available.

You can also use Gear Manager to pull local music files from your phone for local playback without your phone when you're working out, which is important when you consider the standalone fitness tracking (including GPS) on the Fit 2. If you happen to misplace your Gear Fit 2, you can also use Gear Manager to vibrate it so you can find it, or remotely lock it from being reactivated with another device until it's found.

Samsung Gear Fit 2

What did I do today?

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Tracking and fitness

Even with some of its smartwatch-like features, the Gear Fit 2 is focused on tracking your activity, and doing it just as well as products from Fitbit, Jawbone, Under Armour or any other company out there — that means it's doing a whole heck of a lot more than your average smartwatch.

It's always tracking, and is ready for additional input from you as well.

At the base level, the Fit 2 is always paying attention to your movements, automatically tracking your steps, flights climbed and heart rate throughout the day to determine your calories burned. Because it is always tracking movements, it can automatically categorize your activity level throughout the day — so even if you don't explicitly start tracking a workout, the Fit 2 can categorize that movement as a "healthy" portion of your day.

Of course for the best tracking you'll want to explicitly start a workout, which can be accomplished with just a couple of swipes and taps. You can choose the usual workouts like walking, running, hiking and cycling, but you can also choose things like step machines, exercise bikes, rowing machines, ellipticals, lunges, crunches, squats, pilates and yoga — and if none of those categories fit your workout, you can always do the general "other workout," which would be best for something like a varied gym regimen. Unfortunately there's no defined workout choice for wearing the Fit 2 while playing team sports — or, more specifically for me, soccer — so I'm using "other workout" for that.

After you select a type of workout, you can select what you'd like your goal for that workout to be. The choices vary depending on which type you choose, but for example if you're going on a run, you can set your target to be a certain pace, duration, distance or calories; you can also choose to have no goal, if you're going to just be taking it easy. Once you start a workout, the Gear Fit 2 gives you a surprisingly high density of information — a heads-up display of sorts so you can track your progress. The Fit 2 can even read out status updates to your headphones at a pre-determined interval.

Speaking of headphones, the Gear Fit 2 has local storage (I had about 2.1GB free) available for storing music (or, maybe podcasts) to play directly to Bluetooth headphones. After transferring music over from Gear Manager, you can browse tracks or make playlists and listen locally without a phone. The Fit 2 connected quickly to my Bluetooth headphones, and worked flawlessly with play/pause and volume controls as well.

You can do everything independent of your phone, if you wish.

At just 30 grams the Gear Fit 2 weighs one-third less than the Gear S2, and less than a beefier tracker like a Fitbit Surge. It's also rated IP68 water- and dust-resistant, just like the Galaxy S7, meaning it's good for 30 minutes spent in up to five feet of water — in other words, get it as sweaty as you like, or take a shower with it, but it isn't advisable to go for a long swim with the Fit 2 on.

Being used to wearing a light and comfortable Under Armour Band it was a little bit of a step up to having the larger Gear Fit 2 on my wrist 24 hours a day, but I quickly got used to it. Even though the Fit 2 is rather thick, it's so light that it didn't bother me.

Getting into S Health

Samsung Gear Fit 2 and Galaxy S7

Though you wouldn't know it when first setting up a Gear Fit 2, setting up the S Health app on your connected phone is a huge part of the experience of this wearable.

Once connected, S Health can display everything that the Gear Fit 2 collects, and also open up even more possibilities for data input — like your weight and food intake — through the phone. The S Health app is quite good and displays information well, but this is perhaps the one area that will be a sticking point for some — if you've previously owned a fitness tracker and have a wealth of data stored elsewhere, you may not want to transition to S Health. There's no way to import.

S Health is good, but some people may not want to switch services.

The only thing that's somewhat confusing here is the separation of functions between the Gear Manager app and the S Health app. While you could use the Gear Manager to manage the connection of your Fit 2 to your phone and never touch S Health, there's very little chance you'd do so ... conversely, few people are going to use S Health without a connected wearable of some kind, so why not bake the device management into S Health?

Because the Gear Fit 2 is designed to work independently and not necessarily rely on S Health on a connected phone (despite the few people who would do so), it creates an odd disconnect between what you're doing on the wearable and how you check it in S Health. For example when I set up my Gear Fit 2, there was actually no mention of S Health in the setup process — I was only instructed to download Gear Manager.

Keeping charged

Samsung Gear Fit 2 charger

Samsung claims you'll get three to four days out of the 200 mAh battery in the Gear Fit 2. There are lots of factors here that can have huge impacts on battery life, though — how bright you set the screen, how often you're using it for workouts, if you turn on GPS, whether you use the always-on display mode and so on. With screen brightness set to 8/10 and leaving always-on display off, but turning on GPS, auto heart rate monitoring and notifications from 20 apps, I was averaging out to getting three days of battery life out of the Gear Fit 2.

Battery life isn't spectacular, but at least it charges quickly.

That's not quite as long as other dedicated fitness trackers that push closer to a full week, but then again most of those don't have a 1.5-inch display or give you notifications and lots of interactive experiences. If you want to take things extremely easy on the Gear Fit 2 (including the "Power saving" mode) you could probably get five days out of the battery, but then again there's no real reason to hamstring its capabilities just to do so.

The Gear Fit 2 comes with a somewhat-large USB charging dock that you rest the wearable on, aligning it horizontally with magnets to press onto two gold contacts on the back. A recharge takes just 90 minutes, which is yet another reason you shouldn't be too worried about its battery life. The charging dock is kind of cumbersome, meaning it isn't totally ideal to carry around if you travel a lot. Even though the charging dock presents the Gear Fit 2 nicely on the table, I'd prefer a smaller charger — and considering you may be using the Fit 2 for sleep tracking you aren't likely to leave it displayed on the charger all night, either.

Samsung Gear Fit 2

A whole lot done right

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Bottom line

Though in some respects the Gear Fit 2 tries to masquerade as more of a general-purpose smartwatch replacement with its larger screen, it doesn't quite fit the bill — and that's right in the name; this is the Gear Fit 2. It can show more information on the larger-than-average screen, pull in notifications from your phone and in some cases let you interact with them, but the display size and shape don't lend themselves well to these sort of tasks. Further, the baked-in software doesn't reach beyond fitness applications.

For those who want a wrist-bound wearable focused on looking like a watch and providing you with more information and potential for interaction, the Gear S2 is available amongst a slew of other smartwatch options.

Instead, the Gear Fit 2 should be judged for how it handles all of the fitness and activity tracking functions you expect from a wearable nowadays. It can track every aspect of your movement throughout the day, including regularly checking your heart rate. If you want to go further, the Fit 2 is also equipped with a nice display, standalone GPS and constant heart rate tracking for runs and all sorts of other activities without the assistance of a phone. Together with a little bit of your own input, the Gear Fit 2 can give you a really solid picture of your fitness in S Health, so long as you're okay with building into that ecosystem.

Should you buy it? Yes

At a retail launch price of $179, the Gear Fit 2 considerably undercuts the top-end Fitbit Surge, and competes strongly with sub-$200 fitness trackers that don't offer a full screen or possibilities with non-fitness functions. At the same time, the Fit 2 checks all of the boxes when it comes to a fitness tracker. Not only can it track everything you want, it can display a whole lot more than the competition while you're using it. If you're willing to give S Health a try, the Gear Fit 2 is a fitness tracker to look at.

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Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

124 Comments
  • I want this. Looks bomb. Sent from a Galaxy.
  • I'm really interested in this but a few questions (I didn't see these addressed in the review). Can you track fitness using an outside app like RunKeeper?
    Can you sync data to Google Fit?
    Does it work with android phones besides Samsung? I just keep saying "Works with android phones 4.4.4 or higher." Edit: Sorry I see in the future it will work with any android 4.4.4 or higher. Thanks!
  • I would assume your first two questions would depend on whether or not S-Health integrates with them, and, as of now, I don't believe S-Health has integration with RunKeeper or Google Fit.
  • That sucks. This looks like an amazing replacement for my Gear Live but...eh...if I can't use RunKeeper it's not worth it to me. I'll just wait to see what the next round of Android Wear watches bring!
  • If you want an extremely good fitness tracker that syncs, get the MS Band 2. It by far is one of the best fitness trackers out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am more interested in the smart watch side vs the fitness tracking side
  • The only positive side to smartwatch is fitness tracking and notification. I've used them all. The MS Band 2 is more than a fitness tracker but less a smartwatch if that makes sense. It's a great balance of getting a lot that's not over done. Posted via the Android Central App
  • My only smartwatch experience has been the MS Band2 and I have really enjoyed it, but I had a hardware failure on mine and though I had an extended warranty @ Best Buy, they don't have any more stock. If you've spent some time with the Gear fit 2 can I ask you some questions? Does the fit have a horizontal mode so that I can wear it on the inside of my wrist like the Band? That is how I prefer to war my watches. Secondly, does the fit do music controls for more than just Samsung's suite of apps? Do you have any idea of the limitations that go along w/ using the Gear fit 2 with a non-Samsung Android? I guess worse case scenario, I take it back. But I'm still debating whether I want an S7 Active or something like the Axon 7, and this could potentially influence my decision.
  • Sorry to say I cannot answer your questions very well. I do not believe it has a horizontal mode at all. I did not use it for music. I used it with my S7 Edge. I can say I did not like it vs a traditional android wear watch and returned it. It is a beautiful device and works well for what it is supposed to do, but it didn't do everything I wanted a smart watch to do (it can't listen to voice commands, notifications were extremely weak, etc).
  • Hey CJ it looks there may have been some updates to SHealth. I saw you can now have connected services to RK. So that changes everything for me and worth checking out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does anyone know how tho? I looked in the S Health app, "partner apps" section and cannot find RunKeeper. It it truly can, I'll most likely buy this.
  • Settings. Connected services I literally just bought it Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow I just did it! Thanks a ton. I'm excited for this watch now!
  • Likewise.! Posted via the Android Central App
  • It came out today didn't it?! I think I'm gonna stop at best buy and check it out. I'd order it on Amazon but I don't know what size to get. I have tiny wrists from running but I'm a guy so...
  • Yeah. I got the large. They told me they didn't have the small there. Worth checking out first though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Latest S Health can export exercise data to Jawbone, RunKeeper, Strava, and a few others. Don't ask me how well it works because I haven't tried it. Seems almost like something that might be covered in a *gasp* product review.
  • Exporting is not the same as sync now is it? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Again, I've got no idea how it works. I know it's recent, I know there's something there to connect to other services that wasn't there before the latest update. Don't get too hung up on me using the word "exporting".
  • You're right. I just found the update. Thanks! Posted via the Android Central App
  • You're welcome.
  • No, S Health doesn't sync with google fit. In a roundabout way you can get it to work though. I use my gear 2 to track my steps on S Health, then I sync that with "Withings Health Mate" app. That app will then sync with google fit. A little bit of work and extra apps, but it works if that's what you're going for...
  • SHealth is very resteicted. It doesn't sync to none of its competitors apps. No Google Fit, RunKeeper, MFP FitBit, etc. It does have several but non I use. The only one I see worth mentioning is Nike+ Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would love this but the fact there's no MyFitnessPal integration kinda keeps me away from it. Plus I use RunKeeper to log all my activity since 2010. But I guess for me that's ironic I say that cause I use a Polar A300 to track my fitness and it doesn't yet have MFP integration for its Android app. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Polar --> Strava --> MFP equals problem solved?
  • Too big for small wrists
    Less battery life than other fitness bands It's not true. Check out other fitness bands.
  • When your fitness band is getting you a maximum of 3 days of use, and depending on GPS use less than 3 days, it falls below the top fitness trackers.
  • Love the look of this watch, very similar to my Garmin Vivoactive HR. But the Garmin has much better sport and fitness tracking and actually works with 3rd party apps like Strava and others. I like Samsung products, I just don't want to use all of their apps and software all the time. Make it communicate with other companies and you'd have me sold.
  • S Health does sync with Strava.
  • No mention if the device is waterproof?
  • "It's also rated IP68 water- and dust-resistant, just like the Galaxy S7, meaning it's good for 30 minutes spent in up to five feet of water — in other words, get it as sweaty as you like, or take a shower with it, but it isn't advisable to go for a long swim with the Fit 2 on."
  • A 200mah Battery and 3 days with GPS on? If this is true Google has to step up and fix Android. They launch all kinds of features that rely on the position (Nearby, Google Now etc) but the location services on Android still use way too much battery. The Gear Fit 2 looks pretty nice.
  • Gotta remember all of the other stuff that Android Wear watches have and are running all of the time that the Gear Fit 2 isn't doing. Most of the time, the Gear Fit 2 is just sitting there dormant simply firing up the heart rate sensor every once in a while and counting steps — that doesn't use much power.
  • Does anyone at ac know if the bamd for this would fit on a gear s2? I figure same connector so there's a shot? I like the texture and clasp Posted via the Android Central App
  • Different size at the end, even though it's the same type of connector.
  • One thing I've been looking for in all reviews and have not seen mentioned, the Gear S2 has the Nike app. Can I use the Nike app with this?
  • Yes you should? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does anyone know if you can set alarms on the device? I'm seriously considering replacing my Garmin Vivoactive but a vibrating alarm is a must have. A phone alarm notification might work but prefer it to be a function of the GF2.
  • Nope, there's no independent alarm that you can set on the Gear Fit 2. Only thing you can do is set an alarm on your connected Galaxy phone, and the Fit 2 will vibrate along with the phone when the alarm is up. Kind of annoying — wouldn't have been hard to give the Fit 2 it's own alarm system considering its being marketed for sleep tracking. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's disappointing but something to think about. Thanks, Andrew!
  • actually it does have a separate alarm. and the vibration is strong enough to wake the dead!
  • Maybe not 2 months ago but as of this writing yes Samsung gear has an alarm app that can be added to the fit2. There's also a timer and stopwatch. I woke up to a buzzing wrist this morning. :)
  • It has snooze and dismiss options on the face too which is nice.
  • Anyone know of a chain store or online retailer in the U.S. that carries the pink version in the large size? Seems like my only option is to order this directly from Samsung and wait two weeks. Hoping to find an alternative. Thanks
  • Best Buy should have them.
  • I'd call all the local Best Buy's by you, I was in one yesterday and they didn't have the pink. I'm sure one of the local stores probably have it though.
  • Thanks but I had checked there before I posted.
  • Amazon finally had a few today and I was able to order the pink in large.
  • Something else to note that while it's not on the Fit 2 but if paired with a Samsung phone you have the ability to add in ANT+ components for additional tracking in conjunction with the Gear Fit 2 such as cycling cadence and speed, chest heart rate monitors, etc.
  • Is the Spotify integration supposed to come to Gear S2? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It is. And it's great Posted via the Android Central App
  • How do you get it working? I looked for a Spotify app in the gear store and didn't see it Posted via the Android Central App
  • a few reviews are stating you can use the fit2 to control pandora on your phone. i chatted with online support who told me the fit2 wont do any Android phone control. does anyone know which is the true statement here? i'd love to replace my garmin vivosmart but one of the key features is being able to control music on the phone while connected to speakers, while im in water.
  • I'm using it to control Google Play Music as we speak.
  • does it let you control volume too?
  • Yeah it allowed me to lower the volume on my bluetooth headphones. It also shows track info.
  • Yes. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What if I want to share the device? i.e., let me wife use it on runs. Can there be different profiles?
  • Anyone know if it's possible control Play Music, Soundcloud through the Gear fit? I think the first gear fit had the ability.
  • I'm using it to control Play Music once it start it from the phone. I just noticed it lets me skip through my YouTube playlist as well. I was skip from one playing video to another.
  • Okay, three questions Andrew: 1. Accuracy. How accurate did you find the GF2 to be over six days for heart rate, steps taken, and sleep measurements? Were you wearing any other trackers to compare? 2. Bit of a silly question, but, does the GF2 have any sort of built in Weather app or something similar? 3. Will the GF2 allow interaction/notifications from Hangouts?
  • 1. Not sure yet
    2. No
    3. Yes, it will allow canned replies to Hangouts
  • So you it can't run apps available for the Gear S2?
  • Gear fit 2 specifically. I'm assuming apps could be updated to support GF2? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wonder how this is compared to the ms band 2? Hopefully it has better quality that the band 2 as I'm on my 4th one in just 5 months. Anybody know if the GPS will work as a golf GPS like the band 2? That for me is the best part of the band 2. Posted via the Android Central App
  • There's a golf app in the Gear Store so maybe? Posted via the Android Central App
  • How is battery life if the screen is always on to serve as a watch? Would love to be able to leave it always on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's my question to . Does the watch have always on .would like to replace my gear fit 1 if it does Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for the quick response Posted via the Android Central App
  • Have you made use of it with always on? wondering what the battery life would be like.
  • Always on battery life is terrible.
    I can get three days with everything off (screen off, HBM, GPS, etc.). Samsung says 4 days......there is no way 4 days is possible if you intend to actually use it.
    It is a great device and does everything for the most part I want it to...really needs an independent alarm though.
    But because of the poor battery performance I am seriously considering returning it.
  • Will it work with Lenovo Zuk Z1 running Cyanogen OS? Please reply Posted via the Android Central App on my Zuk Z1. Loving it.
  • I'll work with any android phone with at least jelly bean 4.3 Posted via the Android Central App
  • If it doesn't work with myfitnesspal then it's worthless. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have it sync to RunKeeper as the middle man for MFP and am satisfied. MFP is my hub for everything. Although I can't track food to SHealth, I'm ok with that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Looks nice, but I find Samsung's software lacking. I'd love to get able to use this device with other software the way I can with my Fitbit.
  • Other software ? It'll work just fine with most android phone and if you ever owned a Samsung watch of any kind you'd know it's one of the most feature rich ecosystem. It's basically a smart fitness watch . But to each there own Posted via the Android Central App
  • Too bad I have over a month's worth of data into my Fitbit Dashboard. There are certainly a lot of head scratcher shortcomings on the Fitbit HR (why do I have to use the app on my phone to check the battery level?). But for the most part it does what I bought it to do and it is comfortable, even while sleeping. Just wish it worked seamlessly with Strava and Google Fit.
  • Swipe down from the home screen, battery is in the top corner.
  • One the Fitbit HR? What "screen" there is a small strip of plastic that acts as a display. It is not a touch screen.
  • Sorry, thought you were talking about the gear.
  • I just got back from bestbuy with one.I had a 10% off coupon and applied $60.00 in bonus points toward it.I walked out the door with it for $110.40,time to check it out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Fill us in on your new watch. Went ahead and traded in my gear fit 1 and will get black fit 2 tomorrow. The fit and finish is so much better then most fitness watches I've seen and are played with .like the fact that is wireless charged Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hi Phillip,
    Is there a place that will let you trade in your Gear Fit 1 for a 2?
  • Will do.Not this weekend,but the next,I'm going to see how it does on 3 1/2 day weekend trip w/o using gps,battery wise,that is . it's charging fully now,before I do an initial setup. I hope it doesn't present a problem disconnecting my gear s2 classic 3g and simply hooking this unit up without a lot of silly resetting and that sort thing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • anyone know if their is a watch face market place for this watch like the gear s2?
  • there are no watch faces on galaxy apps yet...
  • Yes, there are a handful of watch faces. I would expect that more will be available in the near future.
  • It looked like a nice device, I purchased it but there are too many problems that I just didn't like. Felt more of a just a fitness tracker then a smart watch, you can't speak to text, can't answer calls, just wasn't for me. My moto 360 is still king in my eyes. So I brought it right back
  • It's obvious you didn't read the memo it clearly stated that it's a fitness tracker . That happens to be a lot smarter the most fitness watches . Not sure want you where expecting. And in my opinion if you have the first generation moto watch ....well my gear s2 and gear S would clean the floor with that dimly lit low battery low resolution watch ...just saying Posted via the Android Central App
  • Do you need it attached to your cellular plan? Or can you just sync it up to your phone Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's not a phone.
  • Not too much information out on the web yet, but there are a few short comings that I see coming from a Fitbit. Auto Heart Rate monitoring is not constant, it will do it only at intervals when you are not moving. Also will only be on constant when exercising. Step counts. Will not count steps if arm is not moving like carrying or pushing something. The good part is that the Large is big enough to go around my ankle. Stairs. Not accurate at all. Gear Manager / S Health. Clunky. Cannot disable S Health Phone monitoring. Phone has to be on too and will then estimate step calculations between both devices. Would be nice if they would sync backwards from phone to gear fit 2 with the steps and everything else. Wish you can do more settings on the app. Also a windows based or web based S Health would be nice instead of using just the phone. Will give this a shot for a few days, or else it will go back to Best Buy. Was looking for a more comfortable solution vs. the Fitbit HR.
  • that´s right!
  • May i check if it can use Nike+ app with the watch as a standalone app?
    That means, I can check the distance and heartbeat rate using nike+ app @ watch while I m running and the record will be synchronized to the mobile nike+ app while finished as well? Thanks. I think this is 1 big point for customer to buy this watch~~
  • I am still trying to figure out on how to sync my run from my Gear Fit 2 to Nike+ app
  • Thanks for the reply. I checked with promotors at roadshow. They mentioned no nike app for the watch but can sync data to nike+
  • Hello. So how to sync the run from Samsung Health to Nike+ ?
  • There is an alarm app available now. Popped up in galaxy apps today Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks for the info. I can't seem to find it, what's it called?
  • From what I can tell no apps or watchfaces beyond what was available at launch are showing up in the "store" for non galaxy devices so if you don't have a Samsung phone that might be your issue.
  • Just make sure you stay in range of your phone. My phone dock is in my office, which is a few walls away from my bedroom. Last night(first night with the gear) it ate the battery looking for the phone all night. I made it till about noon before the gear went into power saving mode, which made it back to home at a little after 5. Put it on the dock and had 8% battery left. We'll see how well it does tonight.
  • Man, now I'm torn between this or the MS band 2. Can this be worn with the screen on the inside of the wrist like the MS band?
  • The only problem (and it's a big problem) is that the MS Band2 does not handle moisture well at all. Sweat will cause the clasp (that's where the charger is too) to fail and MS will not warranty or repair due to "water damage". This is a fitness tracker but sweat will cause it to eventually fail and there is absolutely no support from MS about this.....insane.
  • Thanks for letting me know! Maybe I'll just end up with Mi Band 2 lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • My wife has a Gear S2, so I don't think having the same proprietary strap is "pro" list feature. The latch system is glued to the rubber strap and the adhesive rips off too easily. I think she's gone through 3 sets of watchbands already and they aren't cheap. Disappointed in that, but the rest of the device is great.
  • I'm very interested in buying one, but I use a lot Runtastic for my running. I noticed that the Runtastic can pair with Samsung Gear; does Gear Fit 2 pairs with Runtastic and can it be used in Runtastic?
  • I would not call it fitness tracker, till Samsung update their Software. Try to choose one type of excercise, e.g stationary bike and do first light warming training and than same time period hard workout, The result of burnt calories will be the same. Gear fit 2 doesnt consider intensity ( heart rate) by calories burnt as e.g Polar, what I tested. It is very frustrating, such a good looking device, with many options and such a big failture for tracking... For fitness is it useless, you can count your calories at excel with dame result.
  • I think Fitbit (Blaze) also has this problem. I have used both, and they both tell me almost the same amount of calories burned.
  • Agreed. The software is very much "beta" like. It often fails to update. Their UI is all over the place between the 3 required apps. Basic functions like calorie burn calculating do not work. My BMR is 1740, and it estimates that I burn about 1800-1850 per day, with a workout. Mind you, a 55min workout averaging 138bpm burns only "36 calories" according to the watch. This device has potential to be a great smart watch/fitness tracker - a sector the MS Band 2 sits in - if they stick to it and improve their software. Heck, pull an Under Armor and either acquire a good fitness software company or partner with someone. Samsung has always been hardware and never been that good on the software side of things.
  • Can't edit. But for reference, that same 55min workout w/ avg. 138bpm gave this data on other devices (I was comparing). GearFit2: 36cals
    Band2: 658cals
    Scosche Rhythm+ & iCardio: 680cals Their math is clearly messed up.
  • if you are running or on a threadmill, make sure u select running as the exercise. it will calculate it similar to those readings.
  • Okay, so after a week's worth of use, my Gear 2 lasts about a day and a half on battery. I have wifi and gps off, but keep bluetooth on. Screen brightness set to 6, but have wake up gesture off. Notifications are on for gmail, exchange, and phone.
  • Is there a way to display battery life on the main default clock face of this device. I like the default face but dont see any battery indicator unless i switch to a custom clock face (most of which i dont like)
  • If you go to Watch Faces on the app, and hit the complications tab at the bottom, you have the option to switch to battery, or heart rate, etc. instead of steps.
  • The compatibility is not always that clear. Samsung says you can only use it if your phone runs Android 4.4 or higher AND 1.5 GB or higher. I guess we need to use Samsung as the main reference but I've read/seen quit some reviews where they mention you can also have your watch paired as long as its 4.4 (almost regardless the memory you have).
    Did someone tried to pair this with a phone that has 4.4 but only 1 GB for instance?
  • I like the look and screen... what makes me completely regret buying this band is the fact it does not track well. It does not have a continuous HR monitor. So.... how does it know what I'm burning? I had it off for a whole night and it said I burned 300 calories. So it just assumes what I'm burning. When I'm at the gym... warming up, lifting weights and doing cardio... it doesn't track my HR because I'm moving, so it has no idea what I'm burning. It tracks my time and stats at the gym at a generic calorie burn rate. I tried to trick it and put it on the "walking" activity for 2 hours, because in this activity it has continuous HR... but it said I burned 63 calories in that time even though my HR was 130 or higher for 2 hours! All that this band needs is continuous HR to be a homerun... But, it doesn't and fails to do the one thing that I really want it to do, which is report specifically to what I'm doing throughout the day. Pissed!
  • Considering the gear fit 2, my question is.my. if I want it to track my fitness during the day, and sleep patterns at night, yet it needs to be charged daily... when do you charge it? Does it takeeps a while to charge?
  • That was one of the first questions that came to mind when I got the Gear Fit 2. I quickly realized that I spend enough time in the bathroom each morning with shaving, doing abhyanga, showering, etc. that this is the perfect time to charge the Gear. And every other day is sufficient. I might not always charge to 100% (this takes 90 minutes), but I've never run out of charge.
  • I have one. I loved the functionality. Unfortunately the screen is incredibly fragile. A short drop (12 inches / 30 cm) onto relatively soft asphalt shattered the screen. I'm also a Note 7 customers so needless to say I'm pretty frustrated with the lack of product quality coming from Samsung these days.
  • Given the price of $0 with my recent purchase of the Galaxy Note 7, this watch has been the deal of the year for me. I have been wearing the original Galaxy Gear (as my smartwatch) and a Mio Fuse (as my fitness tracker) for a couple of years, and this hybrid smartwatch/fitness tracker is a welcome replacement. Yes, it does have shortcomings. The hard glass makes it dangerous to wear when I play basketball; the soft Mio Fuse is much safer. And I can't seem to get continuous heart rate on the "Other workout" exercise setting (continuous HR shows up fine on running, cycling, etc.). That's a second reason to wear the Fuse while playing basketball. Also, I am frustrated by the inability of my most often-used apps (Mio Go, S-Health, MapMyRun) to communicate with each other. On the bright side, I think this watch does a lot for a compromise between a smartwatch and fitness tracker.
  • Is it compatible to most of the contemporary headphones available in market like crossbeats, soundpeats etc ?
  • I already own a gear s2. And today I won the gear fit 2 from using Samsung Pay 👍