Wearables are the latest trend among smartphone users. The give you a device worn on the wrist and tethered to your smartphone to make certain data easily available to you. This data generally includes the time, fitness-tracking features, and heart beat monitoring. You might call it a hybrid smartwatch and fitness tracker.

samsung gear fit

Hardware

The Samsung Gear Fit, is a good looking piece of equipment. With its 1.84 inch, curved, touch sensitive and beautiful AMOLED display, it looks in fact like a sexy watch. The display is also quite bright, but not quite enough for bright daylight. You can switch on the “outside brightness” mode temporarily, but an ambient light sensor would have been nice. There is a physical button on the side to switch the device on or off, which can be customized as a shortcut to any one of various apps. On the back of the device there is a heartbeat sensor which monitors your pulse, and a small charging charging/docking port. The charging dock is proprietary, and adds yet another accessory to be carried around.It is too small and easily lost, and looks like it could be easily damaged. The Gear Fit has Bluetooth 4.0, an accelerometer and gyroscope. However, GPS is sorely missed. The device has a decent battery life.

Software

That being said, the hardware level is not too bad, but the software is just not up to the mark. The Gear Fit does not run Android or even Tizen OS, which the other Samsung wearables do. It uses a proprietary system which is quite limited in its functionality. It is unable to run third party apps. Hopefully this aspect will improve in the future.

User Experience

Let’s look at the kind of user experience this device delivers. Once this device is up and running, it shows the Home screen, which of course includes the time. You can change this and you have several options. You can display a second clock set on another time zone, a pedometer, or the local weather. There are 10 different themes to choose from, and there are 10 menu options. It is possible to fit 3 icons on the screen if you are ok with a small text size. You can rearrange the order of the menu, if you have the Gear Fit Manager app installed on your phone. Finally you can split the menu into two groups, thefitness tracking features and the smartwatch related features.

On the whole, the hardware is decent, the software, disappointing, and the user experience, indifferent to disappointing. The saving grace, probably, is the fact that the device is in its first iteration, and therefore likely to improve in the near future, depending on user acceptance. At $200 a pop, we feel the Gear Fit is too expensive.

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