- Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, HR Sensor
- Usage Time: 3 ~ 4 Days
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS,
- Display: 1.5-inch Super AMOLED
- Storage: 4GB
- Dimensions: 51.3 x 25.0 mm
- Weight: 34 g
- Offline spotify
- Great display
- Short battery life
A Band In Disguise
Recently Samsung released the Gear Fit2 Pro, and we managed to get our hands on it. The Fit2 Pro comes in Black and Red, and helps you with tracking a plethora of activities on a daily basis. For the looks, it opted for a sportier design, similar to other fitness bands in the market. With only two colours, it might not suit everyone’s tastes. It also gives off that plastic vibe and might not fit your attire if you are wearing a full suit for a fancy dinner and so on. If you do not mind its looks, you are getting one of the best fitness bands around right now.
Watch faces and apps available to the band can be configure and customise easily using the Samsung app. It’s also fortunate that Samsung has improved and added more support to Apple devices, this time around. However, there will still be issues with apps and so on. To squeeze out every feature available for the Fit2 Pro, your best bet would be to use a Samsung device, or at least an Android Wear capable device.
The benefit of using this device over other fitness bands is that it can replicate some of the features that are only available on smart watches such as notifications and built-in storage for music. You can also have Spotify running on the device. Simply download the app, turn on Wi-Fi, and you can download your playlists from your smartphone onto the band. A definite plus for someone who doesn’t want to go through their storage to rummage for music. You can also push notifications from your phone to your band, so you don’t have to pull out your phone every time it rings. Instead, with the 1.5-inch Super AMOLED display on the watch, you have ample space to read your notifications without needing to squint.
As for tracking, there’s Heart Rate Monitoring that tracks your heart rate constantly, Speedo On for swimming, Steps to track the number of steps you take when wearing the band, Floors to track the number of floors you go through and so on. However, with all these tracking and notifications, the band will use up battery faster, and during our tests, it lasted an average of two days before needing a charge. If you wear it to bed, the battery will drain faster as it is constantly monitoring your heart rate while you sleep.
Overall, if you are in the market for a fitness band and is an active person who does plenty of different exercises, this is the perfect fitness band for you. As long as you do not mind the aesthetics, the somewhat short battery life, and if you are already using an Android device.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A great fitness band that comes with plentiful features, but not made for everyone since you can’t swap the bands easily for personal aesthetics, and battery life is short.
(previously published in issue December 2017)