Samsung Gear Fit features overview

February 27, 2014
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The Samsung Galaxy S5 wasn’t the only thing that Samsung announced at MWC 2014. As well as a new smartwatch, Samsung also announced the Gear Fit – a hybrid smartwatch and fitness band.

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The Gear Fit is controlled by the Gear Fit Manager app which can be installed on a range of 17 Samsung Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S5. The manager app allows you to change different aspects of the Gear Fit including the clock, the background image and how notifications are handled.

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First up is the type of clock you want displayed on your Gear Fit. There are a number of clocks to choose from including a pedometer clock, a weather clock, a style clock (with the time told in words) and several different types of digital clock.

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The background can also be altered to display just a solid color or a wallpaper. Since the Gear Fit has a curved 1.84-inch,  432 x 128 display, the wallpaper needs to be cropped to fit the screen. The manager app provides all the cropping functionality and once you have selected the portion of the image you want displayed it will be transferred to the fitness band.

In terms of notifications there are several different options including how the data is sent from the Gear Fit to your smartphone, how the Gear Fit handles notifications from your smartphone and which type of notification should be sent from the phone to the wristband. Want missed call alerts but no notifications about new email message? No problem, it is all configurable from with the Gear Fit Manager app.

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On the actual Gear Fit itself you can view you current notifications, control the music playing your smartphone, and send a message to the phone to tell it to make its whereabouts known. Of course there are also fitness related functions including a pedometer, an exercise tracker, and a heart rate monitor.

Overall the Gear Fit and the Gear Fit Manager app work well together and the Gear Fit has just enough extra features to make it worth wearing all the time, not just when you are exercising.

Comments

  • Ben

    An I the only one who wants a smart watch which which is literally a watch?

    • Nick Gonzalez

      What do you mean?

      • Ben

        A watch that doesnt require a phone to pair to etc

        • Nick Gonzalez

          I got ya. That would be nice. But I also am wondering if I could use this smartwatch with a smartphone outside of the Galaxy line. If I could use this with my HTC One, that would be awesome, but would be even cooler to leave my One at home whilst running with the Fit on.

          • Ben

            i doubt it, unless HTC make one, because knowing Sammy, he doesnt like to share software and hardware pairs. >:(

  • Jaime

    Still my favorite Samsung smartwatch from MWC

    • Shark Bait

      Yeah looks better than the standard gear, I think they look dreadful. Here the curved screen makes it sleeker and less bulky . I still wouldn’t buy one though!

  • Jaun Lombard

    Please give me the blue S5 and this Gear Fit!!! Can’t picture my life without them!!

  • DMario

    Do you have to press a button for it to display the time? Meaning, is the display black, or does the time always show, like a real watch?

    • Nick Gonzalez

      Damn good question. Was wondering the same thing.

      • Luis

        Obviously the display is black all the time

        • Nick Gonzalez

          Obviously? I guess you haven’t seen any of the pictures above, or videos from MWC showing off the Fit.

          • Dmario

            The Galaxy Gear 1 is black until you press the button. None of that watches press photos show that fact. Since you know, does the fit work the same way?

            I have a Sony Smartwatch2. It shows the time always.

  • Suthan Sivekumaar

    Quite useful for my daily activites! XD