On April 11, 2014, Samsung took the wraps off their new Gear Fit smartwatch. The Gear Fit came with a 180 MHz ARM Cortex M4 CPU, a curved AMOLED display, 47 mm (1.84 in) diagonal at 432 x 128 pixels. It is powered by a 210mAh lithium-ion battery and uses Bluetooth Low Energy tech for connectivity with compatible Samsung smartphones and tablets.
The Gear Fit is all about fitness and it comes with the tech to support this, it can: Monitor you heart rate, track your exercise activities (Hiking, Cycling, Walking, Running and your sleep). You can use the Gear Fit to control and play your music, view notifications (SMS, email, and social media), and you can also install third party apps on the Gear Fit to extend its functionality.
My Thoughts After A Year Of Usage
When I first got my Gear Fit as a gift from Samsung Jamaica on release day, I was super excited. To this day I have worn it everywhere: to work, parties, the park, on the bus, off the bus, and just about everywhere I go outside of my home. When you get a new device, you tend to use it a whole lot in the first few months, then after a while, it kind of fades into the background, this was true for my Samsung Gear Fit. In the last few months I have mainly used only two features of the device, the watch for telling the time, and the pedometer which automatically tracks my steps as I go about my daily activities. I rarely use the music control and only on occasions do I change the watch face or use third party apps.
The Gear Fit is a smartwatch built specifically for fitness. The pedometer has an automatic goal set for 10,000 steps daily and it shows a half mark goal when you reach 5000 steps. I walk to work in the mornings and back home in the evenings. Usually at lunch it would vibrate showing me that I have reached 5000 steps, and on a normal day I would have reached 8000 steps when I get home. Once or twice a week if I am up to it, I would exceed 10,000 steps. The largest number of steps that I have recorded with the pedometer was just over 13,000 on a single day.
What is great about the Gear Fit is that you don’t have to turn on the pedometer more than once, even if the battery dies, after powering it back on it automatically counts your steps each day. This is great for me because I love seeing the amount of steps that I take each day and I would never remember to turn it on.
The pedometer however, is not perfect, critics have said that it is a bit off and I have proved this a few times. On more than one occasion, the watch has vibrated showing that I have exceeded 5000 steps while I was actually seated. If I stand and move my hands back and forth, the Gear Fit would also record a step, but not all the time.
The battery life is great; I always get four full days of usage from a single charge.
The Gear Fit is made entirely out of plastic. This is also true for the shiny bezel surrounding the display. For a fitness tracker that has to endure wet environments, the plastic body of the device did very well; I still have the original strap that came with the device. Like most Samsung devices, the Gear Fit is not scratch proof, and the silver coated plastic bezel is proof. On some parts of the bezel, the silver has been scratched so bad that all you see is the black plastic that is underneath the silver. The display also has scratches, but it still looks and functions well.
Did the gear fit replace my risk watch?
Absolutely! Simply being capable of tracing my steps and make me look cool at work is more than enough for the Gear Fit to earn a place on my risk, and it does that and more.
Will Samsung make a Gear Fit 2?
Unfortunately, this is a question that not even Google can answer. In my opinion, it all comes down to whether this device was profitable or not. Initial reports are that Samsung had between 200,000 and 250,000 Gear Fit smartwatches when the device was released in April last year, and within 10 days they were sold out. Through 2014, top technology websites gave the gear fit good reviews all round, so it is fair to say that the device did well and wasn’t an absolute failure.
But it is now a year after the First Gear Fit was released and we haven’t heard a single word of a possible successor. It is still possible that there might be a Gear Fit 2, but it seems unlikely.