The Gear Fit 2 has a curved screen and a soft silicon band that comes in two different sizes. Using a simple silicon clasp that you can , you can keep your wearable from being lost. Once gain, you'll need to install additional apps and services but instead of having to manually install each one your phone will handle the process on its own. With the default Gear Fit 2 settings I managed to get around three days of battery life. Set it up and start exercising, of course. From there, you can listen to the music through Bluetooth headphones, skip songs, shuffle, repeat, save songs, search for workout music, access playlists by albums or artists and select recently played.
The Gear Fit 2 automatically tracks activities, including cycling, elliptical, rowing, running, and walking, as well as sleep. The band will automatically recognize some activities, too, which is an increasingly common feature in activity tracking devices. You can install the apps ahead of time to speed up the setup process. Comes in three different colors. What are Heart Rate Zones? You can install more from the Samsung Galaxy App Store but you'll have to do that from your phone first before syncing them back to the Fit2.
Press edit or the plus symbol for your own list of customized messages. This is a relatively small update, measuring only 18. Sometimes the order isn't really optimized for your needs - but it's pretty easy to customize. There are some easy ways to help it push a little closer to those three days. Samsung's S Health app, which will receive a major update to coincide with the Gear Fit 2, lets you challenge friends right on the band, too. You can choose up to three stats, including your average speed, calories, heartbeats per minute, floors climbed, intensity zone, steps counted, workout duration, and the weather. Samsung's has taken heat for its limited app selection and general lack of usefulness.
This can be adjusted in the Notifications menu in the Gear app. You're not quite done yet Just before you finish the setup process, you'll need to go through the list of installed apps on your phone and check the box next to each one you want the Gear app to push alerts to your wrist. There are two elements of health-tracking wristbands that are most often the source of doubt around accuracy: sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring from the wrist. That wasn't too bad, now was it? And, as Ars points out, you still can't completely root the Gear. Thankfully you can increase that with just a few taps on your wrist. Fitbit still asks , which I think is too much for what it does. The smartwatch can be tweaked to run a full build of Android 4.
You can also remotely wipe it, and enable reactivation lock which requires your Samsung account info before the Fit 2 can be wiped and set up on a new device. It has a slight curve to it, like the first Gear Fit, but lacks the weird bezel of its predecessor. Soon it will have coaching programs, similar to. There are also non-fitness-focused aspects of this activity tracker. There were certain criteria that had to be met, in my mind, in order to find an acceptable replacement to the Pebble that I knew and loved.
The software is very easy to use and is controlled through touch gestures and two hardware buttons on the device itself. Keep in mind, the core apps Samsung includes out of the box cannot be deleted. You can set goals and achievements, as well as rest days, which you can keep track of on a calendar. Of course, you also get call and text notifications on your wrist as well. I have to give Samsung credit: it went from making a me-too wearable to making something that feels like a serious commitment, something that its intended audience would actually want to use. You can connect it to the Misfit Link app to control your music, take pictures, and interact with smart home devices with a simple touch.
Speaking of, S Health is getting a big update. It does a great job at fitness tracking and at being a smartwatch, which is what I use it as more than anything. The Gear Fit 2 is also smarter. The paired smartphone contacts the Internet and passes notifications to the watch through the companion app, and that's it. And it will also be possible to connect the latest Google Fit service.
If you can't even access the Fit2, backup and restore from your mobile phone through the Gear app's settings. How to switch out widgets Widgets pop up when you scroll left to right from the home screen of Gear Fit2. Like the Gear Fit 2, the Gear Icon X can connect with a phone and stream services like Pandora and Spotify. Samsung has a new fitness band and fitness earbuds, which I tried on for size at a recent event in New York City. I am a male and am using a small size band, but I do have a small wrist. Oh, and if you want to download that Spotify app to the wristband? Sideloaded apps have no access. By continuing to browse our site you agree to our use of data and cookies.
On your phone, you can open the Samsung Gear app and tap on Watch faces. I don't know if the same solution of gear fit2 fits to gear fit, but is extremely simple to connect the gear fit2 to a Non-Samsung phone. In fact, many of the tweaks simply highlight longstanding issues. Note: We will update this best Fitbit alternatives list as more devices hit the market. The Gear Fit2 and the Pro are not very different from each other at face value aside from a few aesthetic changes around the band and housing of the interface.