Earlier this week we found out that Samsung will be moving towards Tizen instead of the traditional Android for their Gear range of wearables, and while the news caused some stir, now that the device is out and about we can see how well it handles. While here in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, we had a chance to play around with the Gear Fit and put it through its paces.
We saw a lot of potential in the device, but at the same time we noticed some aspects of the device which still need improvements, but overall, Samsung seems to have done a good job with their fitness-oriented wearable device. For more information on the Samsung Gear Fit, including its UI (user interface) and features, check out the video below.
Samsung Gear Fit: One of the best sport-oriented wearables this year
After seeing so many wearables these last few days, it’s hard not to put them side by in our minds. Comparing it to Huawei’s TalkBand and Sony’s SmartBand, which was a favorite for many bloggers, the clear advantage of the Samsung Gear Fit is its curved touchscreen display which allows users to select different apps pre-installed on the device.
The design of the Gear Fit is awesome. The display looks good, even though it has some shortcomings when it comes to touch sensibility. The information shown on the display is well presented, text and images are sharp and easy to see. The material of the device is soft and smooth to the touch, but the locking mechanism, even though Samsung reassures that it is strong and reliable, feels a bit flimsy.
As far as compatibility goes, the Samsung Gear Fit will work with most Samsung smartphones (around twelve of them to start with), and with future update to its software, we might see better compatibility with other Android devices. In terms of price and availability, we don’t know too much, but we expect the device to be available as soon as possible and to be priced competitively.