On Monday Samsung released a few new devices that belong to their signature Galaxy product line. Samsung also surprised us with the release of their new smart / health monitor watch the Gear Fit.
It was a welcome and unexpected surprise (at least for me) when the GearFit was unveiled. It looks like most of the fitness bands and health style watches on the market right now but what’s to separate it? That remains to be seen, but from what I did see the competition just got fierce.
I did get a chance to play around with the Gear Fit while I was there and I must say I really did like the look and feel of it. I thought it was sleek and lightweight, has a beautiful curved super AMOLED touchscreen, not too bulky (although some would disagree with me), different available color bands and a nice fit. It’s running a version of the Samsung OS and it was very smooth. I also got a chance to play with the functions of the Gear Fit a little bit. I was able to change my wallpaper, clock face, there was a function to activate my notifications, the pedometer, stopwatch and media controller. It’s a really nice piece of hardware to have for the fitness buff or the person that wants a smartwatch without the bulk of the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo.
Overall, I didn’t get to spend as much with the Gear Fit as I would have liked but from what I did see I’m very impressed. The Galaxy Gear 2 was impressive but for some strange reason I was more so drawn to the Gear Fit as a lot of people were as well. Although most people at least at this moment are wearing the FitBit and the Nike Fuelband, the GearFit now adds a legitimate contender to fitness watch arena. With the Gear Fit its still unclear on a price point but I imagine it’ll be comparable to the FitBit and the Nike FuelBand. I look forward to the release of the Gear Fit and as it gets closer to release we’ll find out more and update you.
The specs according to the Samsung press release are as follows:
With a 1.84 inch curved Super AMOLED display and interchangeable band, Gear Fit has an athletic design that’s functional whether active or asleep. The Gear Fit tracks your steps, monitors your heart rate on the go, and provides notifications of incoming calls, texts and emails.
Display:1.84” Curved Super AMOLED (432×128)
Connectivity:Bluetooth® v4.0 LE
Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyro, Heart Rate
Dimension:23.4 x 57.4 x 11.95 mm, 27g
Battery: Standard Battery 210mAh
Additional Features: Pedometer, Exercise, Heart Rate, Sleep, Stopwatch, Timer
Notifications (SNS, Call, E-mail, Apps)
Schedule, Smart Relay, Media Controller
IP67 Dust and Water Resistant
Typical Usage 3~4 days, Low Usage up to 5 days