Samsung Gear Fit

6.3/10 AVG.
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  • Samsung Gear Fit
  • Samsung Gear Fit
  • Samsung Gear Fit

Specs / Features


24/7 Wearable: Always-on activity tracking keeps track of your activities throughout the day and is prepared for any adventure with its dust and water resistant protection (IP67). Light and durable with a curved Super AMOLED display. | Personalized Fitness Motivator: With the Heart Rate Sensor, Samsung Gear Fit gives you real time coaching to actively support and motivate you to achieve your fitness goals. | Simple Interaction: Samsung Gear Fit allows you to easily control basic functions, such as, reject calls with messages, quick reply to messages and control alarms. | Connected Notification... More

24/7 Wearable: Always-on activity tracking keeps track of your activities throughout the day and is prepared for any adventure with its dust and water resistant protection (IP67). Light and durable with a curved Super AMOLED display. | Personalized Fitness Motivator: With the Heart Rate Sensor, Samsung Gear Fit gives you real time coaching to actively support and motivate you to achieve your fitness goals. | Simple Interaction: Samsung Gear Fit allows you to easily control basic functions, such as, reject calls with messages, quick reply to messages and control alarms. | Connected Notification: Samsung Gear Fit equips you with instant notifications of emails, SMS, incoming calls, & 3rd party apps to keep you connected. | Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S5 / Galaxy Grand 2 / Galaxy Note 3 / Galaxy Note 3 Neo / Galaxy Note 2 / Galaxy S4 / Galaxy S3 / Galaxy S4 Zoom / Galaxy S4 Active / Galaxy S4 mini /Galaxy Mega 6.3 / Galaxy Mega 5.8 / Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) / Galaxy NotePRO (12.2) / Galaxy TabPRO (12.2/10.1/8.4) [Compatible device models to be further expanded]

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Specification

Specification
Brand Samsung
Model SM-R3500ZKAXAR
Size 2 x 1 cm (0.8 x 0.4 in)

Reviews (6.3/10 Avg. rating)


TrustedReviews

A cross between a fitness tracker and a smartwatch

from TrustedReviews

In this current state, it’s very tough to recommend the Galaxy Gear Fit. We love the big, bright screen, Samsung’s RTOS UI works well on the display, the heart rate integration for exercise activities is interesting and smartphone functionality works as advertised.

Unfortunately, the hardware and software are riddled with issues. We have to question the heart rate sensor tracking accuracy and the secureness of the strap doesn’t fill us with much confidence that it won’t come off again. The battery life simply isn’t good enough and the S Health app is a bit of a mess in terms of logging data, with the lack of third-party app support a major concern...

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In this current state, it’s very tough to recommend the Galaxy Gear Fit. We love the big, bright screen, Samsung’s RTOS UI works well on the display, the heart rate integration for exercise activities is interesting and smartphone functionality works as advertised.

Unfortunately, the hardware and software are riddled with issues. We have to question the heart rate sensor tracking accuracy and the secureness of the strap doesn’t fill us with much confidence that it won’t come off again. The battery life simply isn’t good enough and the S Health app is a bit of a mess in terms of logging data, with the lack of third-party app support a major concern.

When you factor in that the Fit costs £180 and what it can do compared to leading wrist-worn fitness trackers like the Jawbone UP24 (£125) and the Nike Fuelband SE (£129), a really nice screen is the only the major difference and that’s not enough to buy the Fit instead.

Hopefully the likes of Sony and LG will look at the entire ecosystem and not just the hardware when the Smartband and LifeBand Touch launch. If you really have to buy a fitness tracking band, we’d go with the Jawbone UP24. Despite the lack of a screen it’s nice to wear, has a great app and will help you make better sense of your data.

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Pocket-lint

Great design, beautiful display in right conditions but questionable accuracy

from Pocket-lint

The Gear Fit offers a slim design, beautiful display and a fluid interface that's quick and easy to navigate. As its name suggests, it's a device focused on fitness, but here it's Samsung's way or the highway: the Gear Fit is only compatible with some Samsung devices, utilising Samsung's S Health rather than any other system you may already use. That will attract some and alienate plenty of others...

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The Gear Fit offers a slim design, beautiful display and a fluid interface that's quick and easy to navigate. As its name suggests, it's a device focused on fitness, but here it's Samsung's way or the highway: the Gear Fit is only compatible with some Samsung devices, utilising Samsung's S Health rather than any other system you may already use. That will attract some and alienate plenty of others.

We see the Gear Fit as a successful enough compromise between a smartwatch - for alerts to appear on your wrist - in a smaller, more compact build, coupled with activity tracking elements. The heart-rate monitor is a good feature to have on board, and we've found the pedometer and ability to set goals to be motivating.

But it has issues. As it's not an out-and-out smartwatch it lacks the breadth of apps of the other Gear devices, battery life is so-so when using many of the features, there's no auto brightness feature which can render the display redundant in certain conditions and some of the tracking has questionable accuracy.

Overall the Gear Fit is a tricky one to place on the scoreboard. If you're after an activity tracker and less bothered about receiving notifications from your Samsung phone, then you will find some other activity trackers will offer more when it comes to fitness. But in terms of striking a balance, we've found the Fit to deliver what we've wanted the most from it: step tracking and notifications right on our wrist. 

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Forbes

A combined fitness band and stylish smartwatch for your Galaxy smartphones

from Forbes

The Gear Fit is a competent exercise tracker, and an above-average smartwatch in today’s market, but there are still some areas that need improvement. It’s certainly worth considering if you are looking for a wearable, and while it’s not a complete all-rounder, if you have any i...More

The Gear Fit is a competent exercise tracker, and an above-average smartwatch in today’s market, but there are still some areas that need improvement. It’s certainly worth considering if you are looking for a wearable, and while it’s not a complete all-rounder, if you have any interest in the quantified self the Gear Fit is probably the best, er, fit for your needs.

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Know Your Mobile

Witness the fitness

from Know Your Mobile

Well, one thing which really colours my viewpoint is the price. I’ve seen it go for as low as £150 in a few places online, but Samsung’s RRP of £199 appears to be more common across the web and that’s quite steep for what you actually get here.

If you’re buying a Samsung Galaxy S5 as part of a retailer bundle or a network tariff deal and the seller in question is throwing a Gear Fit into it, it might be worth picking up. Buying it as a separate accessory at full price, however, seems a bit much...

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Well, one thing which really colours my viewpoint is the price. I’ve seen it go for as low as £150 in a few places online, but Samsung’s RRP of £199 appears to be more common across the web and that’s quite steep for what you actually get here.

If you’re buying a Samsung Galaxy S5 as part of a retailer bundle or a network tariff deal and the seller in question is throwing a Gear Fit into it, it might be worth picking up. Buying it as a separate accessory at full price, however, seems a bit much.

If you’re really into your fitness, Samsung’s S Health app suite is pretty good, but although the Galaxy S5’s sensors aren’t quite as accurate as the watch they’re still definitely capable enough and I think I’d rather keep the £200 and use the phone for this purpose on its own. It then becomes about notifications on your wrist, which again I don’t think can justify the £200 price.

In short, the Gear Fit remains as much of a quirky and overpriced novelty as any other smartwatch, with a limited set of uses and poor battery life compared to traditional timepieces. I think the Gear Fit is very well put together, but I still don’t see the point. 

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Venture Beat

A striking but empty beauty

from Venture Beat

Samsung deserves credit for the Gear Fit’s stunning design. Ultimately, it’s a gadget that tries to do too much, and it doesn’t end up doing anything very well.

It’s not nearly strong enough as a fitness gadget, especially when its more capable competitors are well under the Fit’s $200 price (Fitbit’s premium fitness gadgets start at $100, while Jawbone’s Up24 is $150). And while it’s a decent smartwatch, you’re likely better off snagging a Pebble or waiting until something better comes along...

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Samsung deserves credit for the Gear Fit’s stunning design. Ultimately, it’s a gadget that tries to do too much, and it doesn’t end up doing anything very well.

It’s not nearly strong enough as a fitness gadget, especially when its more capable competitors are well under the Fit’s $200 price (Fitbit’s premium fitness gadgets start at $100, while Jawbone’s Up24 is $150). And while it’s a decent smartwatch, you’re likely better off snagging a Pebble or waiting until something better comes along.

On the bright side, all of Samsung’s wearable struggles could lead to something great in the future. Samsung is one of the first partners for Android Wear, Google’s wearable platform, which means it won’t be too long until we see a Samsung wearable that works across any Android devices. 

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Tech Advisor

A smart watch and activity tracker in one

from Tech Advisor

The Samsung Gear Fit is a lightweight and good looking, but has too many drawbacks, including accuracy issues and the fact that it's only compatible with Samsung Galaxy devices.

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The Samsung Gear Fit is a lightweight and good looking, but has too many drawbacks, including accuracy issues and the fact that it's only compatible with Samsung Galaxy devices.

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Phandroid

Clean, attractive design but smartphone integration leaves something to be desired

from Phandroid

The Samsung Gear Fit offers a simplified fitness tracker/smartwatch experience that manages to under-deliver without over-promising. By attempting to cram smartwatch functionality into a basic fitness tracker, and, as a result, neither aspect flourishes. In a rare instance for Samsung these days, design is actually the one area where the Gear Fit gets things right with a nice (if at times hampered by its dimensions) curved AMOLED display and solid build...

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The Samsung Gear Fit offers a simplified fitness tracker/smartwatch experience that manages to under-deliver without over-promising. By attempting to cram smartwatch functionality into a basic fitness tracker, and, as a result, neither aspect flourishes. In a rare instance for Samsung these days, design is actually the one area where the Gear Fit gets things right with a nice (if at times hampered by its dimensions) curved AMOLED display and solid build.

For its price of $199, Samsung gives few compelling reasons to choose their device over cheaper alternatives from FitBit, Jawbone, and others that offer more or less the same fitness tracking capabilities. Even if a user wants the device for its direct integration with Galaxy smartphones, the more advanced Gear 2 Neo can be had for the same price. 

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HardwareZone

A messy merger of fitness band and smartwatch

from HardwareZone

I'll give Samsung credit where it's due: It's one of the first companies to blend a fitness tracker with a smartwatch, and there is indeed a market for such a device. In terms of hardware, the company did a fantastic job crafting a curved device that feels comfortable and looks good, to boot. Samsung also included a heart rate monitor, a beautiful display and interchangeable bands -- all good things...

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I'll give Samsung credit where it's due: It's one of the first companies to blend a fitness tracker with a smartwatch, and there is indeed a market for such a device. In terms of hardware, the company did a fantastic job crafting a curved device that feels comfortable and looks good, to boot. Samsung also included a heart rate monitor, a beautiful display and interchangeable bands -- all good things.

Where Samsung failed is in the software. The user interface is confusing; the display is awkward to read; the heart rate monitor and pedometer aren't accurate; and the sleep tracker only logs a couple important stats. Ultimately, the company tried so hard to integrate a fitness tracker with a smartwatch that it ended up half-baking both aspects. As is, it's not worth the $200 asking price.

History, too, would suggest it's not a good idea to buy this right now. As I mentioned in my original Galaxy Gear review, the device felt more like a proof of concept. Samsung clearly agreed, since it pushed out an improved sequel less than six months later. Now, the Gear Fit appears to be in the same position: great on paper, but poorly executed. It's best to wait this one out, but hopefully Samsung will push forward, listens to feedback and comes out with a much better version before too long. 

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Digital Trends

Beautiful and comfortable to wear, but it’s an average smartwatch and poor fitness tracker

from Digital Trends

The Gear Fit is a gorgeous piece of tech, and has an effective interface, but underneath the shimmer and gloss, it’s a mid-rate smartwatch and a poor fitness tracker. If getting phone notifications on your wrist is worth $200 (and you own a Galaxy phone that’s compatible), it’s...More

The Gear Fit is a gorgeous piece of tech, and has an effective interface, but underneath the shimmer and gloss, it’s a mid-rate smartwatch and a poor fitness tracker. If getting phone notifications on your wrist is worth $200 (and you own a Galaxy phone that’s compatible), it’s not an awful product, but if you expect this watch to help you get in shape, or track your fitness, you’re in for one curved screen of frustration.

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Gizmodo

A beautiful wristable gone to waste

from Gizmodo

The hardware is near-perfect. Really, all it's missing is an ambient light sensor, and maybe a mic for quick replies to email. But the screen is lovely, the band is comfortable, and the whole thing just looks great. Four days of battery life is totally respectable, as is its water resistance. Als...More

The hardware is near-perfect. Really, all it's missing is an ambient light sensor, and maybe a mic for quick replies to email. But the screen is lovely, the band is comfortable, and the whole thing just looks great. Four days of battery life is totally respectable, as is its water resistance. Also, seeing a brief summary of emails, texts, @replies, and Facebook message as they come in is legitimately convenient and helped me stay on task and out of the attention vortex that is my phone. It's nice to be able to control your music player from your wrist.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

2,331 from Amazon.com

2,331 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Samsung Gear Fit. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.6 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

7.2/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

81 from Amazon.ca

81 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Samsung Gear Fit. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.9 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

7.8/10

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