Expert review of the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
The heart rate monitor provides insight into your fitness level and the intensity of your workout.
The tracker can also measure your swimming performance.
Thanks to the GPS sensor, the tracker can accurately show you your distance and speed.
The activity tracker doesn't have a stand-alone function, so you always need your smartphone to make phone calls.
The battery drains quickly when you use the smartwatch a lot.
Out of the box
Color, brightness and a rectangular, curved watch case. Samsung has thought carefully about the design of the tracker. The AMOLED screen is long and narrow, so you see your data at a glance. So it is not necessary to scroll a lot. The watch band is made of plastic and has a plastic buckle. You operate the Fit 2 Pro with the touchscreen and the 2 buttons on the right side of the watch case. To turn off the backlight, place your hand over the screen. The box also contains a manual and a magnetic charger, which easily provides the new tracker with new energy.
Sport and health
The Gear Fit 2 Pro is made for athletes and people who want to work on their health. The tracker has an accurate heart rate sensor and all kinds of different sport profiles, such as running, tennis, basketball or even dancing. If I sit still for too long I am reminded that it is time to move around or do a stretch exercise from my chair. I also see my inactive time on the display. This motivates you to get up more often or take the stairs instead of the elevator. All these kinds of notifications are fully adjusted to your own preferences.
Apps and music
A big plus of the Gear Fit 2 Pro is the ability to load music on the tracker. During sports I leave my phone at home and I enjoy my music via Spotify. Thanks to the built-in GPS sensor, I know exactly how fast I run and what my distance is traveled. The 2 Pro also works with handy apps like MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun and Endomondo. For example, if you follow a diet to live healthier, this kind of apps help enormously. No matter what kind of workout I do, with this tracker I'm sure every detail is recorded.
The Samsung Health app for your smartphone is useful for keeping track of my sports sessions and activities. Note that besides this app you also install the Samsung Gear Fit app on your phone. With this app you manage the settings of the tracker. It was in the beginning so a search in the App Store. Incoming messages from your smartphone appear on the tracker, but you can not send messages via the Pro. When you receive a call, you record the call via the tracker, but it is not possible to call from your wrist.
A big plus of the Pro is that the tracker also measures your swimming sessions. You set the length of the pool on the tracker and then select the 'swim' workout. In this way you activate the water seal so that the Fit 2 Pro stays dry from the inside. The activity tracker measures how long I am swimming, how many meters (in lanes) I have already covered and what my beat is. I love to swim so I found this an absolute added value of the Pro.
The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro does exactly what a good activity tracker should do. The device activates me to exercise more, gain insight into my training and analyze it, even in the water. I found the design of the Pro amazingly good. On the clear rectangular screen it is not only easy to read my data, but I also keep wondering about the quality every time. It is a pity that the installation process was so difficult, but otherwise the Gear Fit 2 Pro is highly recommended.