Fitness trackers left the headlines for different reasons. On one hand, many smart watches offer fitness function. On the other hand, consumers are starting to lose interest, prompting some manufacturers to leave this market. But Samsung is not giving up, the Korean company has introduced a new model Gear Fit2. The new fitness tracker to offer much more than the previous generation, so we decided to consider Gear Fit2 in our test lab. However, the fitness tracker is not successful in all.
The price has not changed. In Europe Gear Fit2 can be purchased from 190 euros. The same cost as the previous model. Although today, the first generation of Gear Fit can be found on sale and priced at about 100 euros.
This time, the target audience of the new gadget includes not only the Samsung users. Fitness Gear fit2 tracker will work with all smartphones to Android 4.4 (with Samsung mobile smartphone on Android 4.3) and a more recent operating system, except that the memory should not be less than 1.5 GB.
Despite a very similar appearance, the new model is technically different from its predecessor. Instead RTOS platform used previously, has moved to the Samsung Tizen similarly Gear S2. The operating system, which Samsung uses in its smart watch, requires significantly more resources, but it is more flexible and supports expansion.
Not surprisingly, instead of 8 MB of RAM and 16 MB of internal memory, we get 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of memory. Memory is not only used for the operating system and applications, but also for storage of music, which can be easily transferred from your phone to the tracker using the app companion. Finally, in contrast to the first generation, Gear Fit2 great works offline, so to wear all the time with a smartphone is not required.
Samsung came up very seriously, as shown by the specifications. The body size of 51,2 x 24,5 mm (without strap) is now added even a GPS-receiver. So tracker without having to connect to the smartphone can pinpoint its location, although due to the increase of energy consumption. The same applies to the SoC. The exact name of the chip is not, but in front of us with a dual-core SoC Exynos significantly higher level of performance, but power consumption is also higher.
More surprises us is that in comparison with the Gear Fit the battery capacity is not increased. Instead of 210 mAh now we get 200 mAh. Let us hope that a single charge will last tracker is not smaller than the first generation.
As before, the tracker is equipped with the usual sensors determine the position, acceleration and pulse of the innovations of note barometer. He needed to reliably determine the height. There is also a Bluetooth module (4.2) and WiFi (802: 11 b / g / n), and the body is protected from dust and moisture (IP68 certification).
The body was slightly longer, but has little to do with the new display. Diagonal 1.5 “a little less, but the resolution has been increased to 432 x 216 pixels Samsung still uses a curved panel Super AMOLED, the brightness of which is regulated in eleven steps;. Maximum brightness can be set not more than five minutes, the ambient light sensor is not so. only manual brightness control. But even at medium settings can be a good readability in bright environments. in addition, the display gives excellent detail.
From the side of the display are visible and other changes between the two generations. In addition to the above-mentioned deviations in size, catches no silver display frame in the eye. Thus, the tracker Gear Fit2 on hand will be less noticeable, display neatly built into the plastic housing that helps to protect against dust and moisture according to IP68 standards.
Moreover, the bracelet is connected to the housing is higher than before – it also improves the appearance. Samsung has used an elastic material, which is well encircles the wrist, wearing a tracker comfortable. The bracelet has done ten holes, which allow you to adapt the size of the user’s wrist. Positive impact on the comfort and the rounded heel of the gadget.
Build quality is generally good, although the different shades of the case and bracelet violate uniformity and little lubricated overall impression.
If you look closely to the body, we can see the second button, the previously absent. If the first generation was only available button to go to standby mode at Gear Fit2 via a separate button, you can go back, or call the home screen. Additional button facilitates work with the interface. In general, navigation tracker available in four directions. On the home screen wipe left, you can go to voice calls, and by pressing a button on the main display available applications. Wipe right displays the warning, wipe down lets you know the battery, adjust the brightness of the display, or go to the audio player control. In fact, the player is more convenient to operate through a separate application, there are more opportunities.
Button Home Companion app, you can turn into a button quick start, the selected application will be launched by double-clicking. Conveniently, the list of applications that can now be changed, it is possible to display frequently used applications to the top.
Staffing Samsung has arranged all the basic applications and features. Of course, the main application is a tracking program that determines the type of workout. The application distinguishes between classical jog, bike ride and walk. But there are also more exotic types of activities: yoga, exercise bike, treadmill walking, etc. If you start a workout, you can choose different targets: time, distance, etc.
Data recording starts immediately as soon as Gear Fit2 determines the activity – manual intervention is required. But in our tests impressions were mixed. In all cases, the activity tracker recognize, but often confused the different types, which ultimately led to the incorrect calculation of consumed calories; in particular, if during the walk I was pushing a stroller with a child tracker determines the activity of a bike ride. However, such errors can be fixed with a firmware update.
On the other hand, the tracker is quite accurately determine distance traveled and steps – even without the help of a smartphone. Built-in GPS sensor operates accurately and reliably, but must be activated manually.
But hardware changes lead to a significant reduction in battery life – it is much less than the promised Samsung. With an average brightness for several weeks of tests tracker never stood more than two and a half days, the average battery life was approximately 54 hours. If you activate the GPS, the battery life is reduced by about eight to ten hours. Samsung also promises a battery life of between nine o’clock (with active GPS) and five days (not very active use).
On Gear Fit2 practice it is most often in the charging dock on the second evening. That is, we get the battery life on Apple Watch level, but much worse Gear S2.
The program includes other options. You can see the day passed the floors, the amount of fluid consumed and caffeine, as if to sleep while wearing the Gear Fit2, the tracker will analyze the quality of sleep. If these functions will not be enough, you can download various applications from the Gear Shop, but most of them are paid. The same applies to the dials. However, the Samsung offers a nominally large number of dials, which differ not only in appearance, but also the type of information displayed.
Expandable features distinguishes Gear Fit2 from competitors. Through the use of Tizen OS as the basis, the Samsung was able to achieve a level of flexibility that is not available in many other fitness trackers. However, there is no guarantee that the Samsung and third party developers will be to further develop the ecosystem. Yet the application is still very little that users can confirm Gear S2. But the situation is not catastrophic, not to say that there are no attachments, without which it is impossible to do.
The second generation of fitness tracker provides all the features that one would expect from such a device. Except sometimes erroneous determination of activity data is collected reliably, they are conveniently displayed for analysis on the tracker Gear Fit2 or S Health. Using the interface has been greatly improved compared to the first generation of Gear Fit.
At runtime Gear Fit2 approaches the classic smart watch. And here are the same Sony SmartWatch 3 and Motorola Moto Sport 360 provides comparable functionality but based on Android Wear platform. The first version can be purchased from 130 euros, or by 10.5 thousand. Rubles in Russia, for the Motorola will have to pay 240 euros or by 17.5 thousand. Rubles in Russia. And let’s not forget Microsoft Band 2 with a price of 230 euros, or 16.5 thousand. Rubles in Russia. The camp sports smart watches from manufacturers like Polar or the Garmin, there are no direct competitors. Of course, you can buy different models with GPS-module for the price of 150 euros, but the functionality they lower the heart rate sensor is usually absent.
As a result, smart watches Gear Fit2, despite the exercise of quality, can be called a good choice only if you need the GPS function, and the budget is limited to 200 euros. If GPS is not critical, it is possible to take the first generation of Gear Fit is much cheaper. And if you are willing to pay, then the smart watch Moto Sport 360 will become more interesting option.