Excerpt: Several months ago, at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced a range of new wearables . While most of the releases were rehashes of what was unveiled the previous year, the Gear Fit was a little different. It immediately caught my eye, with its slender screen and unique curved display.
Summary: At $200, the Gear Fit is just expensive enough to make for a legitimately regrettable purchase. It tries to be a smartwatch and a fitness tracker, but it's really not very good at either, and just ended up being a fancy wrist vibrator with a pretty screen to let me know someone's calling me or sending a text. That kind of functionality isn't worth $200, even if it does look cool. Hell, that kind of functionality is barely worth $100.
Excerpt: When Samsung revealed the Galaxy S5, they also unveiled three other products, all of which were wearable’s. These make up the new Gear range, and while two are all-out smartwatches, the other is focused more towards fitness. However, unlike similar devices, Samsung has given its cheaper wearable a few added features, along with a very pleasing design.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Gorgeous curved Super AMOLED screen, Notifications work for all apps, Silky smooth scrolling, Easy to use software interface, Cool heart-rate monitor
Cons: Long screen is awkward to use, Plastic strap is cheap, Charging dongle is awkward, Pedometer is inaccurate, Fitness features are half-baked
Conclusion: Samsung’s Gear Fit leaves us torn. On the one hand, it’s the most space-age and glamorous of the wrist-worn wearables we’ve tested so far, with the genuinely pleasing curved AMOLED display seeing us tapping and swiping for their own sake. It makes Pebble look pedestrian, and the not-quite-a-watch aesthetic means you can wear Fit on one wrist and a regular watch on the other, and not look like you’re doubling up ridiculously.
Samsung Gear Fit Review: Beautiful Watch, Not Geared for Fitness
15 April 2014
Excerpt: The Samsung Gear Fit looks amazing and is something I want to love, but it has so many shortcomings that I simply can’t recommend this device to anyone that’s looking to use it as part of a fitness plan.
Excerpt: When Samsung announced its ultra-sleek Gear Fit device in February, tech journalists heralded the fitness tracker-smartwatch hybrid as the wearable we've been waiting for — something that's easy on the eyes in a space filled with clunky products that only sort of hit the mark. Now that we've spent some time with the Gear Fit, which goes on sale Friday, April 11 for $199, we're pleased to say those expectations line up with the real story.
Samsung Gear Fit review: A half-step forward for the future of smart bands
7 April 2014
Summary: The Samsung Gear Fit is a great-looking wearable, but doesn't successfully reconcile its dual roles as activity tracker and smartwatch.
Pros: The Gear Fit has a forward-looking design, many more extras than the average fitness band, and the ability to measure heart rate. Its curved AMOLED display looks fantastic, too.
Cons: The long display means text reads awkwardly on your wrist. The Fit only works with certain Samsung phones. Can’t load apps, so you’re stuck with the features included. And the price is high, so much so that you might consider a cheaper alternative or the same-priced, more full-featured Gear Neo.
Excerpt: Wearable technology seems to be the next big thing, with more and more Âmanufacturers joining the fray. Last year, Samsung released its first Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and now it has three more. The new lineup doesn’t run on Android like the original, which is probably why the new models don’t carry the Galaxy name. For the uninitiated, the Galaxy series by Samsung is used exclusively for their devices that run on Android.
Pros: Beautiful screen; great Âbattery life; good for tracking fitness.
Cons: Weird viewing angle when on wrist; limited functionality.
Samsung Gear Fit review: Aesthetics take precedence over keeping you fit
5 January 2014
Summary: As a fitness band, the Samsung Gear Fit is definitely the most stylish out there but is also quite expensive and most of the functions seem half-baked. To top it off, you’re still tied down to the Galaxy family of devices if you wish to buy this. Samsung should have made at least the Gear Fit compatible with any Android phone, considering it doesn’t use S Voice.