Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit - I'm not convinced yet

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As good as the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit are, I'm not convinced they can replace my mobile phone and Endomondo app when it comes to monitoring my exercise workouts.

I love electronic sports gadgets and I've been following the development of smart watches and bands closely over the years. It would be really convenient to have a device worn on the wrist that can track my workout, monitor my heart rate, sync to my wireless headphones, answer or reject calls and text messages, play music, and be sweat proof.

At the moment, I can do all this through my mobile phone and Endomondo app and I've been doing this for the past few years - running with my phone and Bluetooth wireless headphones. Admittedly, carrying a mobile phone or strapping it to the body is a little bulky but it accurately measures my running distance via gps and gives me all sorts of great stats I can view and use to my benefit. Plus, it gives me music, and everything else a mobile phone can offer these days all whilst I'm on my run or gym workout.

What is unconvincing about the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit is firstly you need to have a matching Samsung mobile device and secondly (correct me if I'm wrong) but these devices/smart watches don't track a workout via gps or use a third party app but have an inbuilt pedometer which whilst OK are not accurate and can't map a workout for viewing back later. Unlike my mobile phone, which can accurately map my jogging route and automatically upload this route to the web if I wish for viewing or showing at a later date.
The Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit look cool but I'm not sure they deliver for anyone serious about exercising and wanting their workout monitored by an accurate and meaningful electronic device.

Here's the official Samsung video about the Gear 2 and Gear Fit


I believe they will be avail to purchase soon. You can check out these devices at MobiCity (Aust)
or at Amazon (USA)
 

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Nice bit of kit but I tend to agree with your thoughts Mark.
I love sports gadgets too and have my share.
My preferred running gadget is my Garmin Edge 800. It's designed for cycling but I just rip it off my bike and carry it which I'm used to now. It measures heart rate, everything about the workout and has a full gps system with Australia maps.
My second system I normally use when I'm interstate for work is just my iphone but I use the Strava app to track the wkout. It automatically saves to the website so all my stats are easy to view. The only thing my phone doesn't do is heart rate but I can live with that when on the road.
When I use my Garmin I can upload it to the Strava website easily too when I get back home.
My wife has a garmin gps watch which has been used once but I'm not much of a fan. I like to be bombarded with stats when I run.

Overall I don't think you can beat a phone at this stage if you don't mind carrying it. Having music, phone and gps in one is just the bomb.

Cool article Mark. Cheers.
 

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Strava hey :think:Hmmm, I might have to try that app as I see it's on android too.

Why don't you fit your phone to your bike and just use that for both cycling and running? Is the Edge 800 more accurate or something?

Yes, that's my whole point about the Gear 2 and Gear Fit is why would we want to give up all those extra and accurate stats we can already get from other established devices for the sake of having the convenience of wearing it on a wrist? Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

Before I ever buy a fitness watch (or band) it would have to be fully compatible with a mobile platform either IOS or Android and be able to run any fitness app I like, plus be a phone, plus play my music, plus connect to wireless headsets, plus receive messages, oh... and tell the time. When they square all that away then I'll buy one :p
 

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The Edge 800 is waterproof and shock proof so it takes a good beating on the mountain bike. I do like to measure my heart rate which is something I miss when using the phone. The Edge probably is more accurate but not too noticeable. But the mapping on the gps is far more detailed with 4WD and bike tracks and all the info you get on a topo map. Far better than google maps etc. I am also able to use the detailed maps on my other GPS gadget which is the Garmin Rino UHF. These are the ultimate gps/uhf that can send txt messages between them as well as exact locations. Awesome bit of kit.

I am a sucker for gadgets I must admit.
 

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Being a topo map definitely makes your Garmin far superior than any phone plus being shock and waterproof - sounds like an awesome piece of kit alright. I've never owned a handheld gps (used them for work but that's it).

I imagine how they could also be really handy for bush track running in remote areas etc.
 

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I imagine how they could also be really handy for bush track running in remote areas etc.
Damn straight.
Its piece of mind for me to know exactly where I am when exploring new areas.
I was bought up with a map in my hand and that continued in the Army so to see the lay of the land whilst mobile is awesome.
 

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I once went exploring on my own out at Kakadu in the walking track Aboriginal rock paintings area and got lost - I so could have done with a handheld GPS at that time lol! Even funnier was my lack of preparedness because all I had was a water bottle and my PT gear on as I used the afternoon for an exercise session so I was jogging between rock painting places. Anyway, I eventually found my way back...

My adventure didn't end there though, on the way back to Darwin I blew a tyre in my VK Commodore and my mag wheel nuts were so tightly drill hammered on that I needed all my strenght to get them off and ended up skinning the top of my knuckles off on the bitumen road when I slipped with the brace. By the time I got my spare wheel on it was dark and I was knackered so I ended up staying the night at the Kakadu resort knocking back several well earned beers!