| Reviewed by Chris Carra |
I had always toyed with the idea of purchasing a fitness tracker, although it took until October this year to actually take the plunge and buy one.
With many watches vying for my attention, it was the new Samsung Gear Fit Pro 2 that caught my eye. Primarily due to a few factors such as offline Spotify playback and a completely waterproof design, but generally because it seemed pretty solid.
I’ve decided to share a few of my observations on the watch, having worn it every day for over a month. Some good, some bad. I’m not going to go through the full specs, as so many other sites have done that, but here are my general opinions.
Design and Build
Wearing the watch is very comfortable. It’s incredibly light (34g), wrist-hugging and features a pretty slim profile, so after a few minutes you actually forget it’s on. So wearing it daily, both in work, casually, and at the gym/running/swimming is very easy.
The app store for the Samsung Gear Fit Pro 2 is pretty limited from what I’ve seen. They say there are more than 3,000 apps, although I’m not exactly sure how they came to this number.
However, I installed Spotify and MapMyRun and that was pretty much what I needed. Perhaps the 3,000 also includes the various watch faces, because there seems to be loads of these. If you really like to pimp your watch in the aesthetics department, there’s enough to choose from.
The built-in user interface is great and easy to navigate. Your standard home screen will display your daily step count, last checked heart rate, calories burned and a floor counter… oh, and the time (it is a watch after all!).
The main app I use is actually Spotify, which I use offline. This is great for the gym or running, as you don’t need to take your phone with you. Same goes for the MapMyRun app – you can go for a walk or a run sans smartphone and it will track your route, syncing with the phone when you return.
Generally I’ve found the step counter is very accurate when you are actually walking – I’ve tested it a few times by manually counting my steps and comparing it to the watch readout. In fairness, it’s usually bang on. However, sometimes it will count steps when steps have not been taken. For example, washing my face – which is technically zero steps – will sometimes register around 100-200 steps! Not the end of the world, but it can be a bit annoying.
A good feature is the automatic exercise detection. However, twice in one week, the watch congratulated me on a ‘good cycle’ when I was actually driving. It registered I had been ‘cycling’ for ten minutes, and even after I noticed the error I was unable to remove the calories burned/miles cycled from my daily stats. I believe I have turned this detection off for cycling, so hopefully that will remedy the situation.
Another thing that annoyed me – and it’s only happened once – was when the Spotify app refused to open. I was in the gym, ready to go, clicked Spotify and… nothing. It just froze on the home screen.
Otherwise I find very few negatives with this watch.
Take away a few little mishaps and this is a very solid fitness watch. It’s not cheap, but then it’s not as pricey as Samsung’s Gear Sport, which is that little bit more feature-packed. For the general fitness enthusiast it’s perfect – whether running, cycling, swimming or just going to the gym, the Gear Fit Pro 2 is your fitness mate, and a good one at that.
The Samsung Gear Fit Pro 2 retails at around £200 at Amazon.