The last time you heard about Gear Fit was around 2 years ago, and then jump forward to today, when Samsung announced the Gear Fit2 which is not only bigger than the original Gear Fit but also better.
The original Gear Fit was great but it miserably failed at achieving its potential and with Gear Fit2 Samsung hopes to crush the fitness wearable markets. The updated wristband has a built in GPS, new design, ability to recognize certain activities by itself to name a few of new features.
The first thing you will notice is the bigger screen o the Gear Fit2. The screen is not only bigger but is curved. It’s a 1.5 inch super AMOLED screen that displays everything vertically.
The Gear Fit2 is also equipped with a 512MB RAM and 4GB on on board storage. This beast is powered by a Samsung made 1GHz Dual Core Processor. The Fit2 is powered by 200 mAh battery. The final piece of puzzle is the Tizen IS which binds everything together and runs the device.
The advantages of in built GPS is that you don’t have to carry your phone around everywhere when running or working outdoors. Your running or biking route will be conveniently displayed on the 1.5 inch screen.
Fit2 also keeps a track of your heat rate closely when your are working out, and checks on your heart rate every 10 minutes to give you a full picture of your heart rate. Keeping with the new trend of auto-tracking, the Gear Fit2 will be able to auto-detect and track steps, calories and sleep, along with being able to recognize when you’re doing squats, riding a bike, using a rowing machine, or doing yoga which it will then log accordingly.
Notifications include text, calls, email, apps and calendar. Similar to most smartwatches and the Band 2, you can also send per-written quick replies and emoticons to anyone who calls or messages you.
Since it’s a fitness band, it is unsurprisingly IP68 certified meaning you can stick in 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes. New to the device is a standalone music player which is probably what the 4GB of storage will be used for. Now, Samsung says you can leave your phone behind for workouts. You’ll need Bluetooth supported headphones to connect up to the Fit2 which is probably why Samsung is also conveniently releasing Gear IconX wireless earbuds.
The audio formats its able to play are MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, M4A, AMR, AWB, OGG, OGA and 3GA.
Gear Fit2 Compatibility, Pricing and Availability
While the Fit2 isn’t tied down to Samsung devices, it’s still only compatible with Android 4.4 handsets. Sorry, no support for iOS as of now. We are still not sure if it will support in the future or no.
The Fit2 is even more appealing when you figure in its $180 price tag, which sets it a bit under the $250 Microsoft Band 2 and well under the Apple Watch.
You can per-order Samsung’s Gear Fit2 online from Amazon, BestBuy, and Samsung, or wait to buy it at retail on June 10.