Gear Fit2 doesn’t fit in any category – which is why it succeeds

- Sep 13, 2017-

The Samsung Gear Fit2 doesn't really fit the category assigned to it – rather, it's a wearable that falls somewhere between fitness tracker and smartwatch. In other words, it's not quite either. Soon to be surpassed by the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro, the Fit2 has instead taken components from the Gear Fit and the Gear S2 to create something a little different.

What you get is a powerful device all for only $179, making it a tempting offer for those who want a feature packed tracker and don't want to spend more than $200 on a Microsoft Band 2 or the new Garmin Vivosmart HR+.

The Gear Fit2 certainly looks more watch-like than its predecessor, and features a new textured strap that also gives it a sporty style. Beyond that, it still resembles your average, wrap-around fitness tracker. It's really the screen that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Where the first Gear Fit has a 1.84-inch curved super AMOLED display with a 432 x 128 pixel resolution, the second-gen device comes with a smaller 1.5-inch screen, but retains the curved super AMOLED display with a resolution of 432 x 216. Add in the colour touchscreen, squeeze in 322 pixels per inch and you've got a shining, bright and crisp display on the wrist, for better or worse.

The screen is made from Gorilla Glass 3 so it should be pretty scratch and crack proof. On more than one occasion, I banged my arm on the wall moving things around in my new apartment – and there was a moment when I had to hastily throw the Fit2 in a tray at the airport. So far, it's survived everything without a dent.

The strap is made from elastomer that's water resistant with an IP68 certification, which means you can take it down to the watery depths of 1.5 metres for a maximum of 30 minutes. That doesn't mean you can go swimming with it like a Pebble though.

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While the Gear Fit2 doesn't bring anything particularly new to the concept of fitness tracking or smartwatches, it does look to be a cost effective best of both worlds. But is it the best device for you? Let's dive in and take a look.

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