Before we jump into my well-researched Samsung gear fit 2 Pro review, I really want to ask you something here. ”How can you make something better than it already is?” well, I found that if you are Samsung, just adding a “pro” to the end can get the job well done. A successor to the last year’s awesome Samsung gear fit 2 smart trackers, the Gear Fit 2 Pro pretty much retains all the things that made its predecessor a hit and then brings its own set of new twists to the tale to better warrant its glossy new “pro moniker. But, is it worth any salt? Can it live up to its former’s legacy? How good is it really? – In this Samsung gear fit 2 pro review, I am going to answer all that and more. Interested? Keep on reading to find out more about it!
A true flagship in every sense, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review model here aims to take on battle-hardened fitness smartwatches such as Apple watch, as well as the more dedicated trackers, by serving up bleeding edge hardware coupled with Samsung’s own home-brewed Tizen software. Adding to that impressive resume, a built-in GPS system, the ability to stream music, and a new rugged water-resistant design, all come together to make the Gear Fit 2 Pro a solid improvement over its now legendary predecessor.
But, in a field where it is getting increasingly more and more crowded by great new fitness trackers like the Ionic, fitbits, and pebbles, is the Gear Fit 2 Pro is a useful way to spend 200$, and worth renting out a space on your wrist? My Samsung gear fit 2 pro review aims to answer that very burning question.
- Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review: A Quick Overview
- The Samsung gear fit 2 pro review – Here’s everything you need to know about it
- Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro Review: Watch Video
- Should you buy it?
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review: A Quick Overview
Sporting a new curved 1.5-inch AMOLED display that molds to the shape of your wrist, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review modeled here is arguably the trendiest fitness tracker you can now buy at the moment. But then again, just because it looks like one, calling it a fitness tracker will probably be a huge understatement. running on pretty much the same software and spec sheet as its elder cousin, the Gear S3, the Gear Fit 2 Pro can also be synced with your smartphone to access and interact with notifications and do many other smartwatches like functions while you are on the on the go.
As far as its internal guts go, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review model comes with an unspecified Exynos dual-core processor that is ably supported a healthy dose of 512 MB of DDR4 RAM and 4GB internal storage tucked right behind it. Moreover, the Gear fit 2 pro also comes packed with a GPS unit, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi system and a 200-mAh lithium polymer rechargeable battery that Samsung claims (more on this later) will last you for 5-6 days on a single charge. As far as sensors are concerned, the Gear fit 2 pro is no real slouch and comes packing with a barometer, Heart rate sensor, ambient sensor, compass and even a gyroscope unit added in for good measure.
- Superbly convenient user interface
- New water resistant rugged build
- Music streaming capability
- Auto sports and workouts detection
- A brand new vibrant AMOLED display
- The battery life isn’t that good
- Rather cumbersome initial setup process
- No iOS support
The Samsung gear fit 2 pro review – Here’s everything you need to know about it
Samsung gear fit 2 pro Design
Don’t try to fix what’s not broken – I think that is what the designers at Samsung had in mind when they drew this out. Sporting an all too familiar design, which is still rather identical to its predecessor, the Samsung gear fit 2 pro is still one of the most gorgeous wearables you can now find in the market. The only caveat? There are only a few color options available this time around, a flame red and a midnight black, however, since they look rather awesome anyway, it’s a crime well worth forgiving.
Around the front, we have that amazing curved touch-sensitive AMOLED display that is bright, vivid and exudes an insane amount of detail than any other wearable you can now find currently. Apart from that, there are two separate physical buttons on the right – the top one is for back and the bottom one is dedicated to access the menu. While the more premium Gear Sport came with the ability to swap out bands, the same is not the case with the Gear fit 2 pro. With this one, you are pretty much stuck with choosing in between a black variant or a more eye-candy flame red one.
Samsung gear fit 2 pro Wearable Experience
My favorite thing about the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro price model is that it didn’t really felt like clinging to my wrist like many others. More often than not, a device with an HRM tends to have a sort of death grip so that they can get a good heart rate reading. For example, if you have ever worn the Fitbit charge, you’d probably be familiar with its insanely tight grip that can literally wear you out after long periods of use. With the gear fit 2 pro, however, I had an experience that was completely charming.
It is so comfortable to wear that I often forgot it’s there on my wrist until it had vibrated or it alerted me of an incoming notification. Much of this tracker’s awesome comfort could be attributed to its lightweight elastomer band, it’s not only super soft but also had a nice suppleness to it that allowed it to sit on my wrist almost unnoticed throughout the day.
That said, strapping on the Gear fit 2 pro on someone who has a small wrist can make the experience a rather bit cumbersome. I don’t really think it’s a major deal breaker though since its predecessor too had that exact problem but become a huge hit nonetheless.
Samsung gear fit 2 pro Features
Like any other gear product, the Fit 2 pro to comes running on a customized Tizen software platform. You may already know this, but Tizen isn’t the most polished wear OS system available out there. Infamous for being more than a little buggy, and known for its confusing and fragmented interface, fortunately, such odd and annoying issues have mostly been rectified on the Gear fit 2 pro.
Supporting both Android and iOS platforms, The GPS-enabled device can auto-detect a bevy of different workouts and activities and can even auto log it to offer better convenience. Moreover, the Fit 2 pros heart rate monitoring too is pretty rather decent considering that it is a wrist-based wearable. While the accuracy level is still nowhere near as good as the Jabra Elite Sport or a dedicated HRM strap-on, the readings remained rather uniform, which isn’t something that I could say about all wrist-based trackers out there.
The step and stair tracking systems work pretty well, and its performance too could easily be considered rather equal to what the Vivosport boast under its hood. It’s no small feat considering that the latter is literally the best in the game. Auto tracking is not really the strongest part of gear fit 2 pro, and its hit and miss nature can often render it rather unreliable. That said, it’s not really something that you should be fretting over, especially if complex sports aren’t really your Jam.
Water resistant up to 50 meters, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review model is a perfect choice for a lap in the pool. However, since it is more of a device built for the roads, the accuracy of the metrics while underwater may be a tad bit underwhelming, to say the least. Despite running on a haphazard platform, the smartwatch/tracker can easily support most of the mainstream fitness apps like Strava, Endemoto, MyRun and the likes. It’s not anywhere nearly as good as a WearOS device – mind you. But, even then, a support for web clients is not a feature worth missing out on either.
Samsung gear fit 2 pro Battery Life
In terms of backup, the 200mAh battery can easily last you for two to three days with moderate usage. But, that’s only if you turn off all the gas-guzzlers like Wi-Fi, HRM and just rely on basic features. In real life usage, however, I managed to clock around 2 and a half days of service, which really is not that bad considering is small and light stature.
The wireless charging option that comes with the Fit 2 Pro is one of the best we have ever seen. Snugly held in place by a set of magnets, the device can be topped in just one hour. The only gripe that I have about it is that Samsung literally forgot to add an AC adapter with the gear Fit 2 Pro; therefore, you either have to make do with a USB cable or plug it into a mobile wall charger. Slapping it on to a USB cable can charge the device in about 90 minutes while relying on an AC adapter can do it in one hour.
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Moreover, the premium options like the Apple watch 3, Garmin Fenix 5, and Fitbit Ionic may still be able to provide stiff competition for the Gear fit 2 pro. However, they are rather more expensive and that’s pretty much the only reason why they are better featured and more powerful. Another thing to note about them is that they are all true blue smartwatches, whereas the Gear Fit 2 Pro could still be considered a fitness tracker even with all its features.
Should you buy it?
Final verdict Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro Review
Prized at around 200$, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro review models the closest competitor will probably be Fitbits awesome Versa smartwatch, aside from being capable of doing much of what the Fit 2 Pro does, the Versa also boasts a better screen and a much powerful sleep tracker function and processor.
That said, the Fit 2 pro slightly edges out the Versa with its more convenient and roundabout design. Decidedly sleek, minimal yet stylish, I hardly felt as though I was wearing a fitness tracker unit. While I am not saying that the versa is inconvenient in any way, the Samsung’s attempt at the genre just feels more sincere and better than the former.