13 things to know about the Samsung Gear Fit

25 Apr 2014
13 things to know about the Samsung Gear Fit

The Samsung Gear Fit is an innovative fusion of a smartwatch and a fitness tracker. The Gear Fit includes only a few apps, particularly those that track health and fitness. Here are some of most important features and things to keep mind as you decide whether or not purchase a Gear Fit.

1. The Gear Fit can run apps in both vertical and portrait mode, making it easy to read information even while wearing the device on your wrist.

2. Each health tracking feature must unfortunately be initially be enabled. Rather than monitoring steps or distance traveled automatically, you have first start an activity on that Gear Fit to start tracking. This is certainly a potential improvement for the next generation of Gear Fit.

3. The Gear Fit does not have internal storage, meaning that music cannot be transferred to it from a connected phone.

4. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy S5 handset, you can track your heart rate with the small sensor on the underside of Gear Fit. While an innovative feature, the Gear Fit does not monitor your heart rate continuously. You receive only a single reading that is saved to a history file. Adding to the difficulties of this feature, you cannot be moving when checking your heart rate.

5. Luckily, many third-party accessories rectify many of the problems with the heart-rate monitor. There are many supported heart-rate monitors, such as Wahoo.

6. App notifications work easily and effectively on the Gear Fit. You can read notifications from Gmail, Google+, Facebook, or Twitter and then tap the Gear Fit to open full messages.

7. The Gear Fit has 6 brightness levels, but the default setting is extremely bright. Level 3 is much more appropriate for daily usage.

8. The Gear Fit works on either wrist and you can use the settings to inform the device on which arm you are wearing the Gear Fit.

9. For consumers that use S-Health, there is the option to track your food intake on the Gear Fit. However, there is no bar code scanner in the Gear Fit software.

10. The Gear Fit is charged through a small piece that attaches to the back of the device. The charger is somewhat bulky and is your only charging option, as the Gear Fit does not come with a USB port.

11. Samsung has recently announced that it plans to collaborate with other third-party software companies, so there is certainly the potential for sensor integration with other exercise trackers.

While there are certainly several areas for improvement, the Gear Fit is certainly a strong entry into the quantified self market. It also seems likely the many of these flaws can be easily fixed with software updates. This well-designed device seems poised to become a necessity in many peoples’ workout routines.

Posted by Anthony Katz