Hello guys now i am talking about the samsung gear fit 2, the company new activity-tracking wristband.samsungs first try at this kind of smart band.which shipped in 2014,launched with flaws,only worked with samsungs galaxy phones and initially only tracked a few activities - and it cost$200.the new $180 gearfit 2 wristband works with all phones running newer versions of android,has built in GPS,and tracks aboatload of fitness activites -so many that i couldnt try even though i have been wearing it for three weeks.this is not your basic step counter.
Since the first thing you all notice will be its display lets cover that first.the gear fit 2 has a 1.5-inch super AMOLEDed touch screen. this display with its black background and punchy colors,is glossy,rich,and responsive.it has a slight curve to it,like the first gear fit,but lacks the weird bezel of its predecessor.
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samsung has opted to display all of the data vertically on the band,which means you dont have to twist your wrist to read things like notifications. there only one bad thing i have to say about the display ;it is difficult to see outdoors,even with brightness set to yhe highest level.for some people this is not a deal breaker,but for me it is.when i am cycling in traffic,the last thing i want is to have to strain to see the info on my wrist.when i am running outdoors,i am usually eyeing the minutes until i am done with the damn run. wearable with transflective or monochrome LCD displays are a better option in these cases.but again -those trade offs. large display also means the gear fit 2 is big.no one would describe it as delicate and it doesn't fit the narrative thread of wearable maker creates something it looks like jewelry. that fine,but just know that its going to look like a clunky fitness wearable.
has also tried to display the data in an intresting way on he band itself,so you dont have to open the mobile app for everything.for example a 24-hour timeline view of all of your activity,which reminds me a little bit of the moves app that was acquired by Facebook to years ago.if you are doing outdoor sports that utilize GPS you can see a map of your workout right on the wristband.
i have worn the gear fit2 to bed most nights over the past few weeks,and generally felt like it was a little too generous.93% sleep efficenacy the band would show me almost like it was proud, after a shitty nights sleep.heart rate tracking was much better.in stable workout enviornments,like when i was on aspin bike, the heart rate reading on the wristband often matched the reading i was getting from a chest strap or was only a couple beats per minute.even during less stable activites like running, there was little to no latency in displaying my heart rate when i raised my wrist,and it showed my heart rate in zones.
ALL of the settings for these notifications are handled by a samsung mobile app, and thats where things get a little confusing.theres the gear manager app,which determines settings not only for the gear fit 2 but all of samsungs gears smartwatches.within the directly with S health or have open APIs that samsung taps into.despite that the gear fit 2 has worked its way into my life over the past few weeks,and in a positive way.the only reasons why i would not call it best-in-class are the inconsistent battery life, its barely -visible display outdoors,and the fact that it only works with android phones,unlike,say,a fitbit or garmin or microsoft band2.but if those things are not deal-breakers for you,then the gear fit 2 is a strong choice.