​samsung gear fit2 pro review

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The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro arrives at a weird time. It"s an tăng cấp khổng lồ the Gear Fit2 but entering a world where fitness trackers are seemingly losing steam to lớn more capable smartwatches, which are getting better at, và focusing more on, health & activity tracking.

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Both Garmin & Fitbit are doing this, with Garmin edging more towards the smartwatch end of the spectrum with the Vivoactive sầu 3, and Fitbit recently launching the Fitbit Ionic, its first official smartwatch.

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While the big players are moving on up into lớn the smartwatch game, the low-end market is being moved on by companies like Huawei, who are creating more compelling, affordable fitness trackers lượt thích the Huawei B& 2 Pro, while Xiaomày continues khổng lồ dominate in sales.

Can the Fit2 Pro measure up in this brave sầu new world? Read on & find out.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro: Design

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The Fit2 already had a fairly sliông xã design, & the Fit2 Pro ain"t fixing what ain"t broken. There are fewer colour options, with just blaông chồng or blaông chồng & red rather than the three alternatives with the Fit Pro. The heart of the experience is still that beautiful 1.5-inch, 216 x 432 Super AMOLED display. It"s bright & filled with colour; as far as fitness trackers go, you won"t find better.

However, it"s variable when standing up khổng lồ sunlight. For instance, taking it for a run in the afternoon was absolutely fine, with all the information perfectly digestible, but when I was out early in the morning it was a lot more difficult to lớn see what the screen was showing me.


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The solution here is outdoor mode, which will boost the brightness up lớn 11 (seriously, that"s the maximum setting), which lasts for five sầu minutes before reverting bachồng, so it doesn"t suchồng too much battery power.

You"ll be swiping that screen side-to-side a lot khổng lồ get through the various modes. The main trang chủ screen can be customized with all sorts of faces, and you can tải về more via Galaxy Apps. Our favourite was actually the mặc định, which cleanly gives you a look at all the big metrics of the day, from heart rate to lớn steps to lớn calories.

Swiping to lớn the left will get you to your individual modes, from running to lớn cycling to swimming. There"s enough space for eight screens, though it defaults to five. You can add weather, coffee và water trackers by clicking a big old plus button at the kết thúc. Swiping to the left will take you to the notifications pane, where you"ll be able to lớn see all your incoming alerts.

There are two buttons on the right side of the device. The top button acts lượt thích a baông xã button, taking you lớn the previous thực đơn or trang chủ screen. The bottom button takes you directly to the thực đơn, where you can get into settings and launch apps not in your vertical – and swipeable – carousel.

On the baông chồng of the device you have sầu some latches where you take off your straps & a heart rate sensor. The whole package is waterproof khổng lồ 5ATM và is durable. Trust us, we accidentally dropped it on concrete & it came away with nary a scratch.

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Our favourite part of the Gear Fit2 Pro is that it doesn"t feel lượt thích it"s clinging to lớn your wrist. Devices with heart rate sensors have khổng lồ really hug your wrist so they can get a good heart rate reading. Often, when wearing the Fitbit Charge 2, you can feel the band"s tight grip after long periods of use, and we just wanted to rip it off & let that arm không tính phí. With the Gear Fit2 Pro, however, we found the exact opposite. We slept with it with no problems and never once wanted lớn rip it off & give the wrist some air.

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Basically, if you"ve sầu seen the Fit2, you"ve seen the Fit2 Pro. Samsung still understands that the display is the star of the show though, and that"s what steals the spotlight anytime someone looks at it. We were surprised that a couple of people saw it & instantly commented on how sleek it was. We don"t blame them, though, it"s a pretty impressive sầu screen.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro: Features

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Like the Fit2, the Pro also has the Galaxy App store to lớn tải về apps. This includes the entire Under Armour suite, including MapMyRun và Endomonbởi. This, alongside running on Samsung"s Tizen, makes the Fit2 Pro feel a little more smartwatch than fitness tracker – but just a little. It"s more Fitbit Ionic than Apple Watch or Android Wear, but it"s still a welcome treat that gives it a leg up on the competition.

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There"s also now Spotify offline playback, so if you have a Spotify tài khoản you can sync over albums và playlists & listen lớn music on your run (as long as you"ve got a công nghệ Bluetooth không dây headset). This is supposed khổng lồ be preinstalled, but it isn"t really as you have lớn install the Spotify app in Galaxy Apps on your phone. There"s 4GB of space for you to store your music và you can also transfer your music over with Gear Music Manager. This works a little differently depending on your phone. If you"ve sầu got an Android phone, you simply use the app to transfer over music. If you have an iPhone, however, you have sầu khổng lồ use a web browser on your computer.

You have lớn make sure your Pro and computer are on the same Wi-Fi network, then you initiate the process on your Pro, which will give you an IP address lớn type into your browser. Once you"re there, you can manage your tracks và transfer them over. It"s very convoluted, & makes us not want to lớn deal with it at all. If you"ve got an iPhone, Spotify might be a better option – và that"s a big thing Samsung is able to lớn laud over its rivals right now.

Speaking of, the other big feature with the Gear Fit2 Pro is iOS compatibility. In using the Pro with an iPhone, we found a mostly seamless experience. It was a bit of a mess getting the Fit2 Pro to connect to the iPhone during the cài đặt process, but after a couple of forced restarts we got there. The music process, described up above sầu, was also a pain. What was worse though was the syncing process, which was just too often a hassle on iPhone. On Android our experience was much better, so we hope Samsung can make life a bit easier for iOS users in future.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro: Fitness & activity tracking

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The story of the Gear Fit2 Pro"s sports tracking abilities is one of entrenchment. Samsung is doubling down to give you more options and, hopefully, make it even easier to lớn work out how và when you want.

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The two big examples of this are improved waterproof rating and pre-installed apps via Galaxy App integration. The Gear Fit2 held an IP68 water resistant rating, which makes it good for rowing or running and cycling out in the rain, but not enough for swimming. The Pro holds 5ATM waterproofing, which means you can rest easy & go for a swim without worrying that you"ll need to lớn put your tracker in rice later on.

Also making it easier for swimming is a new water lock mode. You access it by swiping down to lớn bring up the settings pane, and then clicking water lock. This pretty much locks the screen so that it doesn"t confuse water drops for finger touches. Samsung has tied up Speevày On lớn traông xã swimming, just like on the Gear Thể Thao. This allows you khổng lồ get metrics lượt thích distance, strokes, lap time & that ever-present favourite SWOLF khổng lồ measure swimming efficiency.

Samsung wants lớn make getting into lớn a workout as easy as possible, which is evidenced by how well the Gear Fit2 Pro automatically tracks workouts. If you"re cycling, it"ll recognise that you"re cycling; if you"re walking it can tell. Generally we"ve sầu found the tự động hóa detection lớn be very accurate.

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That"s sadly more than we can say for some of the other workout features. Heart rate is still iffy on the Fit2 Pro, & it"s the same problem we see time and time again. When running, during steady increases và decreases of intensity it managed to keep cthua trận when put against the Polar H7 chest strap, but if we abruptly piông xã up the pace, or start pushing up a hill, getting that heart rate up into the 175-180 bracket, we found the Fit2 Pro dragged behind, sometimes by as much as 10bpm. Same for when we were coming bachồng down again. In fact in once instance it was reading an alarming 199bpm, while the Wahoo Tickr had us at 177bpm. This was obviously way too high, but it didn"t happen again, so we"ll put it down to lớn a glitch.

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Even so, the sluggish optical readings are too consistent to ignore. For casual runners the Fit2 Pro will probably be enough, but interval training is off the menu here – it just won"t keep up. The GPS is nice and accurate though, and connects impressively fast. With the auto-tracking you don"t even need khổng lồ think about it, as Samsung just automatically finds a loông chồng in the background.