When I reviewed the Gear Fit2 last year, I called it “Samsung’s best wearable yet” but when Samsung introduced the Gear Fit2 Pro, I was interested to see how Samsung could improve it even more.
After using the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro for a few weeks, I would still say that it is one of the best fitness trackers I’ve used but only with slight improvements.
Design & Hardware
The Gear Fit2 Pro has a 1.5-inch curved Super AMOLED display and for the most part, it looks good in all situations. Though I did have some touchscreen issues when swiping left and right to get around Tizen or even some accidental taps would occur when I meant to swipe to the next screen.
The device is being powered by a dual-core processor and has 4GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. For the most part, I didn’t experience any kind of slow-down issues on the device.
New for this year, is the addition of built-in GPS which can be helpful for tracking runs, the device is also water-resistant up to 5 ATM which is great for swimming. The Gear Fit2 Pro also now has a clasp wristband design, to help it better stay on your wrist.
The battery is 200mAh, and I was able to get around 2 days of battery life (without GPS turned on). That’s kind of disappointing, considering that I was able to get 3-4 days of battery life with last year’s model. I feel that wearables nowadays should at least have a battery life of minimum two days, anything less than that is unreasonable. But at least when the battery gets low, there is a battery saver mode that turns the homescreen grayscale.
Just like last year’s model, the Gear Fit2 Pro can track your workouts automatically without needing to specify. You’ll also find a built-in accelerometer, barometer and a heart rate monitor on the back. On the right side of the device, you’ll find the back button and the home/access apps button.
The Gear Fit2 Pro comes in two different sizes, small and large, and comes in two colours, red and black. For reference, I was testing out the large size. All the sizes and colours cost $299 CAD.
The Gear Fit2 Pro is running a version of Samsung’s Tizen and the tracker is compatible with Samsung devices running Android 4.3 or later and other Android smartphones running Android 4.4 or later and now iOS devices iPhone 5 and later with iOS 9 and above. Samsung made it feel like Tizen belongs to run on wearables and the Gear Fit2 Pro is no exception.
On the device, you’ll find the usual step tracking, a number of stairs climbed and other activity tracker and other health information such as inputting the number of glasses of water taken and how much caffeine, you have had over the course of your day. All your steps and other data recorded by the device is sent to the Samsung Health app, which is great.
However, the activity tracking isn’t always the greatest, sometimes I would take the tracker off and set it down for an hour or so. The tracker would count me taking off the device as me sleeping which shouldn’t be the case.
You can also customize your Gear Fit2 Pro, by adding on different apps and new watch faces but you’ll find a limited selection because there aren’t many developers making stuff for Tizen. You’ll also be able to see your notifications from your smartphone on your Gear Fit2 Pro and be able to take action on some notifications.
Overall, Samsung did do a good job with the Gear Fit2 Pro but it kind of feels like a step down from last year. Sure it might be swim-proof, have a new wrist strap design but battery life has actually gotten worse (down to 2 days) and the price in Canada is even higher, at $299 CAD, I feel like it’s not worth it for just a fitness tracker.
Once you start getting into above $300, you’re entering smartwatch territory which can sometimes offer more features (and overall better value) for the same price. I think for fitness trackers, the sweet spot is under $200, anything over that feels overpriced.
- Great look and feel
- Tizen is a more polished OS for wearables
- Bright display
- Lots of activities can be tracked
- Works with Android and iOS
- Battery life is worse than last year’s model
- Price is even higher in Canada
- Touchscreen issues