Samsung Gear Fit, Analysis

Samsung is the company’s consumer electronics which has devoted more efforts so far to the subject of the smartwatches. Their new Gear with Tizen is a significant improvement on the first generation, and this wave of new models in a different device, the Samsung Gear Fit sneaked this time.

The entrance of the Korean giant in the market of quantifiers has not made it either discrete or Basic. Your model Gear Fit, which we will offer you a full analysis (video included), is an ambitious product that meets globally but there are still aspects to improve. Maybe you know what us has seemed to wear the Bracelet/Watch advanced Gear Fit?

Bracelet cuantificadora and smartwatch: Gear Fit has not chosen

To understand and be able to advance in this analysis of Gear Fit, I have to warn that Samsung has not chosen to offer a bracelet cuantificadora to use. Classic models which you have both spoken on Engadget or the recent Sony Smartband are devices wearable focused exclusively on measuring our activity.

Samsung has been – perhaps – too ambitious and the Gear Fit is not limited to a cuantificadora any bracelet

The Gear Fit takes these values into account, takes Pedometer, but it is much more than a bracelet. We can in many respects regard it as an advanced clock or smartwacth with all its letters display that incorporates, the touch control on the same and connectivity and features that has earned the company’s Galaxy devices.

If we start with a? video analysis where to see the Gear Fit in action?

Design: excellent balance with the screen as protagonist

I have no doubt that bracelet cuantificadora and smartwatch will end up resulting in a single device. Samsung Gear Fit we can say that it is the first to try it seriously… and also get it… with enough shades.

If we compare the Gear Fit with other models of bracelets quantifier, the work of Samsung has been more than excellent. It is a model that weighs only 27 grams and it is not thick or wide in excess. Look at the image below and try to locate the Gear Fit. You can not do it by dimensions, and that is one of the best achievements of this device.

Least screen, there isn’t much difference of dimensions of the Gear Fit with other bracelets much simpler quantifier

Logically obvious that cannot compete with the Jawbone or the Sony Smartband in comfort or design, but with the extras that bring, believe me when I tell you that it is worth the sacrifice… If you are looking for something else to quantify in a single device.

The Gear Fit is comfortable, discreet but screen stays off and we can’t use it as a clock visible all the time

The Gear Fit belt has finished in plastic with a successful and elegant metal frame, and the closing system is the usual in these bracelets: two protrusions that fit in the holes of simple but at the same time reliable way. Or a scare have given us. It is therefore reliable at the same time to quickly remove and replace. And bracelets, are interchangeable because the screen is removable.

The Gear Fit, when you have the screen turned off, is discreet, comfortable to wear and does not bother at all. But when the screen OLED lights, attract – in positive – all eyes.

It includes only one physical button, power or shutdown. Here you must take into account that although it can operate as a clock, the screen shuts off shortly after and there is no possibility of fixed leave time. We have the option to activate the screen automatically to turn up the arm making the gesture of looking at the time, but has not seemed sufficient.

Here I believe that Samsung could have integrated the function of the mode saving that we saw in the S5 Galaxy and that put the screen in black and white to save energy. To see if they think it is and they can improve this aspect. It’s not by asking.

Another aspect that we ask Samsung think is next time is related to the charge. At the bottom of the bracelet are the connectors to charge its internal battery of 210 mAh, but to do so We need an accessory that attaches to it and enable us via microUSB charging. Not the microUSB port have directly integrated into bracelet makes that we we must take with us adapter if we are going to be a couple of days away from home or has forgotten us charge before leaving, and also the consequent (very likely) risk of losing that adapter and with it the possibility of recharging the Gear Fit.

This we felt it vital in a team that has given us an average of between 2 and 3 days autonomy If you use it to run daily, control music or many applications. Perhaps lowering this use to reach the four days, but has not been our case at any time.

Finally, in the part of design have to speak of the resistance to water and dirt from the Gear Fit. The profile that has is IP67, leaving us wet it without problem when we shower, in the rain or even wash it without fear. On the role would bear submerged half an hour to a meter deep, but Nonetheless it is intended nor you should wear it swimming in a pool. We do not recommend it.

Screen OLED touch, the true raison d ‘ être of this bracelet

An element that is worth mentioning Yes or Yes Gear Fit design, and in fact is the key to understanding this product, is the screen. Or it ink electronic sizes or technologies half. Samsung has not hesitated to offer a screen technology OLED and size of 1.84 inches.

This Panel is curved to adapt to the shape of a bracelet, and is appreciated. The resolution has been set at 128 x 432 pixels, enough but nothing impressive in that section. We do obtain the best technology OLED indoors, where the display is excellent.

Screen OLED is absolutely fantastic… indoors

Outdoors is also quite successful, but is not a technology that allows you to enjoy it when there is plenty of light. The maximum brightness is not default set, question of autonomy, so, if we want to improve the display of the OLED when Sun pressed on it, should be done manually, with several steps and Furthermore, that maximum brightness is reduced back to the value by default after five minutes. There is no way to extend that time, something that would be perfect when we are going to be a long time in the street at noon.

The display is great indoors, and quite accomplished outdoors, although it is advisable to adjust the brightness to the maximum. What they did not like us is that that adjustment be cancelled automatically after five minutes. Like it or not.

The Gear Fit screen is touch. With a single physical button to turn the screen on and off, the challenge that was important. And pretty well has solved it. In general there will be problems to manage bracelet through our fingers. The interface support, and have only noticed lack of precision when the icons are the ends, or we are running. In those instants meet the constraints of having to control a small screen touch and also that the brightness will not be probably the most. Here, a light sensor that works would be necessary.

Something that we like is being able to configure the double-tap on the screen as a concrete action, for example to know the steps that we have been given.

Clear Samsung: only for your team, but you have not done your homework

In the purely practical part, we started the analysis with what should be the real reason for a team like the Gear Fit if we take into account that already exist smartwatch more advanced as the Gear 2 with Tizen.

Very difficult to have Samsung sell this Gear Fit as meter activity when that function is not well executed, we need one of their Galaxy smartphones and over software is fought with bracelet

To be considered a bracelet as cuantificadora, the least is to correctly measure the values that we want, and that the application that is responsible for collecting those data add and not subtract. None of this is met with the Gear Fit.

As steps of input meter should enable this feature or non measured nothing at all. If we also started an activity and mark it, the system crosses data and not just clear about what to do and what each of them.

The reliability of the data is in the middle that we expected. It is not more precise market bracelet but not the worst. With an average of 10,000 steps per day, the deviation from a calibrated model and a reliable GPS system has been 15-20% less. With how easy having Samsung include a GPS and make more accurate market bracelet. Price deserve it and the battery should not be feared because it is something to substantially improve.

Not just clarify steps going to actual distance. Again, a simple function of calibration would have solved.

But the biggest problem that has the Gear Fit as a quantifier is not in the hardware as such but in the software. Only Samsung allows you to take advantage of with their smartphones and tablets Galaxy more current, but it is that integration with S Health, the platform’s health that have in place, isn’t exactly a help.

Anyone would say that the integration of Gear Fit with S Health has made your own Samsung

In our case the Gear Fit has been our pedometer header along with the S5 Galaxy, which by the way unfolds functions also integrating pedometer and heart rate monitor, so the first thing to do is mark it clearly which device will be which will have to take the data S Health or the chaos of data can be important. Indeed, commonplace as he is leaving home to work out with your smartphone, is the worst nightmare for measuring our steps.

We told you that take into account firstly the Gear Fit. This bracelet and smartphone synchronization can be configured I happen often that we want, always at least 3 hours.

But the software S Health is not mature, and once collected data, if you do well, does not duplicate it, or gives us more or less (it is always a surprise how will resolve it S Health), there is a plan to clear or decided on what to do with them. Imagine if we join him that that information can come from the own smartphone and its sensors or now teams like this Gear Fit….

It is something that occurs with the measurement of sleep, It is not nothing achieved with the combination of Gear Fit and S Health. I told you that under my extensive experience with these devices, the Sony Smartband, after a long time, had managed to give the key to make the measurement of sleep work: own bracelet know when we go to bed or we wake up. In the case of Gear Fit, if you forget it, you have nothing to do.

Despite 3,000 steps already given today, the Gear Fit has not been given hint and for it we are still in bed. What else would like to.

The extra of the heart rate monitor that Gear Fit integra is a good idea in theory, but data not just be reliable if there is noise or you are moving.

For this reason, runners who want to monitor your heart rate during exercise will find almost a toy beside a tape of chest or an advanced sports watch. This Gear Fit is put in continuous measurement mode to activate the start of an exercise session, and these data serve the system to set up a kind of virtual trainer that again is far from what we offer specific solutions. In addition, it is not possible to stop the exercise and continue.

This heart rate monitor will then serve only to control the heart rhythm at certain times (for example to start or finish a race, walk or bike, as well as in the gym March)

After all this only remains to hope that the vast majority of problems detected in the Gear Fit as activity meter may be solvable since it is software-related errors in principle. And since the communication of the bracelet with your smartphone is via BT 4.0, It wouldn’t be too bad that Samsung opened the possibility to synchronize with other Android handsets. Seen the chaos at home, the same suits Gear Fit.

Compensating for its validity as basic smartwatch

We take air and continue reflecting on this analysis what has seemed the Gear Fit. With this spectacular AMOLED display, use as smartwatch is not a possibility, is almost an obligation because, without being a large, meets fairly well the interaction level of receiving notifications and small actions with them.

That no one should think that it will be able to manage the mail or your active Twitter account from the Gear Fit, but avoid to get many times the Pocket terminal. For example for not answering a call, which can reject or manage with a direct message from own bracelet.

Samsung has gone from Tizen for operating this Gear Fit system, and the interface is simple, I believe that suitable to the ambitions of this device in its functions of smartwatch.

On the screen we can have a maximum of three related functions of the Gear Fit icons. Look no more than those that exist because There is the possibility of installing anything from third parties. We simply change the order (Gear Fit Manager) they appear to slide “desktops”.

The maximum that we can configure the functions of the smartwatch is with applications that let to send us notifications. Depending on each application, we will make more or less with them, but in general, don’t expect much more to discover them and remove as much. And can not have all the notifications that you want, there are limitations in number.

If you’re going to give you much use to the topic of managing notifications, better set the screen so that it shows all in portrait mode. It should be less content, it is less intuitive to read, but more comfortable for your neck, because in landscape mode, the tendency is to turn back and neck little naturally.

No possibility to install third-party applications, that has been most useful has been that lets us control the music from the smartphone from the AMOLED display of the Gear. It is extremely comfortable to do so when you go by train, bus or even making sport.

See complete gallery» catch application GEar Fit (18 photos)

Samsung Gear Fit, the opinion of Engadget

In favour

  • Amazing form factor
  • Discreet and very comfortable
  • Screen OLED Interior
  • Operation as a smartwatch


  • Battery could be better
  • Screen outdoors without automatic maximum brightness
  • S Health and Gear Fit seem not made by the same company
  • Disappointing sleep mode

Samsung, which already has smartwatchs with their Gear 2, it risked trying to offer a two-in-one with his Gear Fit and the mixture has not finished you go round.

At the level of design, comfort and that screen, Oh that screen, can not put stick to Gear Fit. Perhaps in autonomy, but the display of such quality you have to pay it somehow.

But If the purchase of this Gear Fit is as activity meter, there are better solutions. The bad thing is do not include tempting smartwatch features incredible design.

Then Samsung has given, for me, on the nail, and is a great approach to the idea that in the coming years we will see of the smartwatch If we speak of it as a companion of our smartphone.

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