Samsung is nothing if not relentless. Once again, the South Korean manufacturer is out with a product destined for those professionals that want nothing more than to exercise during breaks. If the Gear Fit didn’t convince them and the Gear S3 was more of a smartwatch than a fitness tracker, the hybrid Gear Sport should fit the bill #objectmagic
Gear Sport is a smartwatch with a rugged vibe and more fitness functions than you’d expect. It’s definitely something you could wear during a run or a swimming session and then keep it on during office hours and client meetings. Samsung has kept the round display, adding a little squared-off bezel, and went with a 1.2-inch touchscreen where you can see notifications, answer to texts and calls, chat with Bixby or control smart-home devices. Why Bixby and not Google Assistant? Well, Samsung is still going with Tizen OS, instead of Android Wear. That means the number of apps you can use is limited, too.
That said, you won’t feel like you’re missing out. Gear Sport can track workouts, including swimming laps via Speedo, play music and download playlists from Spotify (you get 4GB of internal storage). Of course, it will keep your heart-rate under observation and give recommendations based on the apps you’re using and the data collected.
Samsung has taken everything that makes a good fitness tracker and gave it the look of a modern, sleek watch. At 11.6mm thickness, it’s not chunkier than a Rolex, and you can always swap the colored bands for something that suits your taste more. The battery should last you around four days before you have to recharge.
While Gear Sport is definitely their golden ticket when it comes to wearables this year, the company has upgraded the Gear Fit band and unveiled a new and improved Gear IconX wireless earbuds.