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Samsung Gear Fit 2 review: Must-buy for all fitness enthusiasts

The fitness band offers a lot for the price. It’s got style, comfort, performance and a ton of usability.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Nov 17, 2016, 09.19 AM IST
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The band shows you notifications from your phone, offers heart rate tracking, add-on apps, a barometer.
The band shows you notifications from your phone, offers heart rate tracking, add-on apps, a barometer.
PRICE: Rs 13,990

SPECIFICATIONS: 1.5-inch curved super amoled touchscreen (216 x 432 pixels), dual core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage, heart rate monitor, Bluetooth, GPS (route, distance, speed), barometer (flights of stairs), IP68, 200mAh battery, removable bands.


Fitness enthusiasts have a lot of bands to choose from now. But a dilemma still remains: fitness bands need to be worn through the day (and night, if you want sleep tracking) — should you ditch the wristwatch in favour of the fitness band? Should you wear both? What if you have a smartwatch?

That’s why there exist devices like the Gear Fit 2 — it can be everything you need: it’s a fitness band, shows you notifications from your phone, offers heart rate tracking, add-on apps, a barometer (to count stairs), 4GB built in storage for music, different watch faces (you can add more) and it now includes GPS. With GPS, it can show your running route, distance and speed in real time.

Like the first gen Gear Fit, this too has a curved amoled touchscreen— it still remains one of the design and usability highlights of the device. This time, it’s a slightly smaller (1.5 vs 1.8-inch) screen but it’s wider and higher resolution. The screen is bright, shows vivid colours and is visible outdoors. It’s also quite resistant to scratches but it can be very reflective, remedied by using an easily available matte screen protector. We liked the new colours and the fact that it’s really comfortable to wear, thanks to the curved design. Performance is very snappy too, thanks to a fast processor and 512MB RAM.

It comes with a proprietary charging cradle but it’s really easy to use: just place it on the cradle in any orientation and it magnetically snaps into place. It’s Android only (for now) — you need to download the Samsung Gear app for it to work.

Battery life is about two to three days at best when you’re using it for both fitness and notifications. All being said, the Gear Fit 2 offers a lot
for the price: it’s got style, comfort, performance and a ton of usability.
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