Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review

7.7/10 AVG.
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  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
  • Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro

Specs / Features


Specification

Tech Spec
Display Size 1.5
Display Type Curved Super AMOLED
Display Resolution 216 x 432 pixels
Specification
Brand Samsung
Model SM-R365
Warranty 12 months
Size 5.13 x 2.5 cm (2 x 1 in)
Weight 33 grams
(1.16 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Water resistant up to 165 feet
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Onboard storage
  • Bright, sharp AMOLED screen
  • Excellent battery life

What's bad

  • Somewhat bulky for smaller wrists
  • Bad value compared to Gear Fit 2

Not all of us need fancy smartwatches. Fitness trackers remain popular as a simplified -- and more affordable -- alternative. Samsung hopes to ride this trend and capitalize on the success of the Gear Fit 2 with the Gear Fit 2 Pro.

If you liked the Gear Fit 2’s design, then you’ll feel right at home with the Gear Fit 2 Pro. It’s practically identical, apart from the new band design with two color options.

That isn’t a bad thing. The curved design makes it comfortable to wear for a long time and while not exactly stylish, it is attractive. However, some reviewers point out that its large size might be awkward if you have smaller wrists.

It comes with the same 5 ATM water-resistance as the Apple Watch 3 -- meaning it can survive down to 164 feet underwater. So you don’t have to worry about taking it off when swimming or showering.

A Super AMOLED display curves around the front of the watch. Samsung took comfort into account by orienting the interface vertically. This means you won't need to tilt your head to the side to read the screen.

Many reviewers also find the display one of the brightest and sharpest screens on the market, making it super simple and easy to navigate the menus in any lighting situation.

So what about the hardware? The biggest update from the previous model is the addition of onboard memory. While it's not a ton of space, it allows you to cache songs from an app such as Spotify. This means you don’t need to bring your phone with you if you want to listen to music while exercising. Although the specs list storage at 4GB, only 2GB or so is available after accounting for the space taken up by software.

Aside from that, it comes with an accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, heart rate sensor, GPS, and 512MB of RAM. It performs admirably and offers some “smart” features too -- such as sending and receiving texts, accepting or denying calls, and controlling your music.

Its fitness tracking is also accurate. It provides a wide variety of exercises and everyday activities. At a glance, you can see daily steps, calories burned, flights of stairs climbed, and heart rate. You can swipe further for a deeper dive into your daily activities.

Regarding battery life, experts got three full days of life on a single charge.

Unfortunately, while the Gear Fit 2 Pro offers an excellent experience, critics have a hard time recommending it over the much cheaper Gear Fit 2 as it has most of the same features.

Tech Radar states, “... you can get 90% of what Samsung’s new smart wearable offers in last year’s much cheaper Gear Fit 2.” Trusted Reviews adds, “... the original Gear Fit 2 is a more cost-effective option. Plus, there are cheaper dedicated trackers for people unconcerned about smartwatch functionality.”

Critic Reviews


ZDNet

Tougher and more waterproof

from ZDNet

It's well designed both in terms of usability and features, the screen and user interface are both superb, and the well-designed (if proprietary) charger is a real plus point. Battery life may be an issue for serious users, who will probably need to charge the device daily.

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It's well designed both in terms of usability and features, the screen and user interface are both superb, and the well-designed (if proprietary) charger is a real plus point. Battery life may be an issue for serious users, who will probably need to charge the device daily.

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Gear Patrol

A great fitness tracker

from Gear Patrol

It’s a slightly less capable fitness tracker, but, because it’s also significantly cheaper, it’s probably a better value for the dedicated Spotify runner.

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It’s a slightly less capable fitness tracker, but, because it’s also significantly cheaper, it’s probably a better value for the dedicated Spotify runner.

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The Inquirer

It is on the pricey side considering the device doesn't exactly scream luxury

from The Inquirer

The Gear Fit 2 Pro isn't Samsung's most interesting wearable to date, but it looks simple and feel comfortable on the wrist. The screen is great and the onboard fitness features are intuitive and easy to use.

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The Gear Fit 2 Pro isn't Samsung's most interesting wearable to date, but it looks simple and feel comfortable on the wrist. The screen is great and the onboard fitness features are intuitive and easy to use.

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NDTV

Shows construction quality, ease of use, and feature list

from NDTV

The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro isn't a game-changer compared to its predecessor, but waterproofing and continuous heart tracking are welcome additions, especially since they come without a price bump.

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The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro isn't a game-changer compared to its predecessor, but waterproofing and continuous heart tracking are welcome additions, especially since they come without a price bump.

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BGR

When you take fitness seriously

from BGR

Where the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro succeeds is being an effective combination of both types of smart wearables. It offers decent activity tracking, great functionality as a second screen for your smartphone and effective handling and display of notifications.

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Where the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro succeeds is being an effective combination of both types of smart wearables. It offers decent activity tracking, great functionality as a second screen for your smartphone and effective handling and display of notifications.

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TrustedReviews

A solid fitness tracker with a sprinkling of smartwatch

from TrustedReviews

This unassuming wearable offers the solid activity tracking and reliable notification services that made the Gear Fit 2 great, but with the added perk of waterproofing.

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This unassuming wearable offers the solid activity tracking and reliable notification services that made the Gear Fit 2 great, but with the added perk of waterproofing.

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Tech Advisor

Tries to bring together simple fitness tracking with smartwatch functionality

from Tech Advisor

The Gear Fit2 pro is a solid choice if you want a slim GPS fitness tracker that works well on Android or iOS. It has more features and a vastly better screen than the similarly built Fitbit Charge 2, but costs £90 more.

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The Gear Fit2 pro is a solid choice if you want a slim GPS fitness tracker that works well on Android or iOS. It has more features and a vastly better screen than the similarly built Fitbit Charge 2, but costs £90 more.

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Android Central

The best fitness tracker for most people

from Android Central

I really like the Samsung Fit2 Pro. Yes, it's not as robust a smart thing as some other trackers out there, but at its current price of $170, it's a steal. The screen is out-of-this-world good, and the tracking is fantastic for those who'd rather be reinforced with kind messages and...More

I really like the Samsung Fit2 Pro. Yes, it's not as robust a smart thing as some other trackers out there, but at its current price of $170, it's a steal. The screen is out-of-this-world good, and the tracking is fantastic for those who'd rather be reinforced with kind messages and automatic number crunching than to-the-millimeter perfection.

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Alphr

Brilliance refined

from Alphr

For £20 more than the suggested price of its predecessor, the Gear Fit2 Pro is a no-brainer, even if you only swim once per year. For £100+ more, you should stop and think. It’s still a five-star product but it’s a hard one to fully endorse when last year’s model is still so good.

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For £20 more than the suggested price of its predecessor, the Gear Fit2 Pro is a no-brainer, even if you only swim once per year. For £100+ more, you should stop and think. It’s still a five-star product but it’s a hard one to fully endorse when last year’s model is still so good.

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The Wirecutter

Heart-rate plus smartwatch features

from The Wirecutter

The ultra-sleek, swim-proof Gear Fit2 Pro has accurate heart-rate monitoring, optional GPS, and a robust notification system, plus all the activity tracking you desire. It’s a particularly good pick for Android users.

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The ultra-sleek, swim-proof Gear Fit2 Pro has accurate heart-rate monitoring, optional GPS, and a robust notification system, plus all the activity tracking you desire. It’s a particularly good pick for Android users.

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