Re­view: Sam­sung Gear Fit

What do you get when you mix a fit­ness band and a smart­watch? Wear­able tech gold

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Sporty and smart, Sam­sung’s Gear Fit is aim­ing to ap­peal to all by com­bin­ing smart­watch fea­tures with fit­ness track­ing and a heart-rate mon­i­tor to boot. But is this wrist hy­brid a hero?

Well, the 1.84-inch curved AMOLED screen is cer­tainly strik­ing, with a se­lec­tion of watch faces avail­able and a home but­ton that can be as­signed to take you straight to your favourite apps. It’s ar­guably bet­ter look­ing and more func­tional than its pure smart­watch cousin, the Sam­sung Gear 2 (re­view on p75).

As well as the heart-rate tracker on the screen’s rear, which mea­sures your pulse pretty ac­cu­rately us­ing LEDs trained at your veins, the Fit also sports a pe­dome­ter, sleep tracker and ac­celerom­e­ter for to­tal move­ment anal­y­sis. With­out built-in GPS, though, the lat­ter’s uses are limited to the ba­sic S-Health app – want to use fit­ness apps like En­domondo (right) and you’ll need to keep your phone close by for now. There is use­ful, if ba­sic, smart­watch func­tion­al­ity, such as SMS, calls and email alerts, plus mu­sic con­trols, al­though they only work with Sam­sung’s own soft­ware, so for­get con­trol­ling Spo­tify playlists.

The Gear Fit bat­tery lasts a solid four days and Blue­tooth 4.0 sync­ing is oh-so sim­ple, but it cur­rently only pairs with Sam­sung phones, which gives you a choice of 18 An­droid de­vices but is far from com­pre­hen­sive. Is this the per­fect mix of sport and smarts? Not quite, but it’s a strong op­tion in the wake of FuelBand’s farewell, and a per­sonal best for Sam­sung. $249, Sam­sung.com/au Love AMOLED screen. Heart-rate track­ing. Bat­tery life Hate Only works with Sam­sung de­vices. No GPS T3 Says Slick-look­ing smart­watch with solid fit­ness fea­tures. A thor­oughly mod­ern time­piece

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