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I just turned 36 in mid-September and I'm trying to get back into shape.  (Pray for me ya'll.)  I'm gonna start off slow by just running to get back into the swing of things.  I thought this would be the perfect time to check out 2nd-generation Gear Fit 2 by Samsung.  The original came out in 2014 and it wasn't that great.  But they didn't quit as they beefed up the S Health app and learned about what works in their wearables.  Enter the Gear Fit 2.

Samsung made sure to put as much inside & out as possible to create an ideal fitness tracking experience.  You got a 1.5inch curved Super AMOLED display w/ 432 x 216 resolution, powered by a dual-core 1GHz CPU (I would guess Exynos but not exactly sure which brand), 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, IP68 water-resistant rubber body, heart-rate monitor, GPS, barometer, accelerometer, and a 200 mAh battery inside.  This isn't bad on paper but time to see how the sum of its parts actually held up.  



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Mind you, this is my 1st real fitness tracker as I wouldn't count the previous Android Wear smartwatches as one.  The Fit 2 is pretty damn comfortable.  Although it's made of rubber like damn-near every other fitness band, you won't have to worry about rashes and such from sweating w/ it on for a few days.

According to the Fit 2 & S Health, I averaged around 66 bpm heart rate and just under 7 hours of sleep for most nights.  The sleep tracking has been mostly accurate.  There were maybe a 2 or 3 days where it recorded less sleep than I actually got.  But other than that, its been in the ballpark number.  As far as the heart rate goes, I doubt it's only 66 bpm on average.  But since I don't have anything else to compare it to, I won't really argue its accuracy or lack of.

This is probably gonna be for people getting started than the fitness junkies.

With the 200 mAh battery, I got an average of over 48 hours per charge instead of the 3-4 days Samsung suggests.  This is with not too much going like the screen brightness at 7 and only viewing instead of responding to notifications.  When you add in running w/ GPS tracking every other day for 15 minutes or so, the battery life will shrink down to just over a day.

Going back to S Health for a bit, I haven't used it in a while and have been quite impressed w/ it.  You can track your oxygen saturation, stress, heart rate (as mentioned previously), food/water/caffeine intake, blood pressure, create challenges w/ your friends, and much more.  It even works w/ partner apps like Health Mate, Coach by Cigna, Smart Gym, and more.  Good job Samsung!  S Health is now available in Play Store for non-Samsung Android devices BTW. 

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The Gear Fit 2 is the perfect mesh of a fitness band w/ smartwatch capabilities.  



TG 2 Cents

Samsung made a great entry-level fitness band or activity tracker or whatever you want to classify this as.  Even w/ it running Tizen, I really had no issues w/ the Fit 2.  Now I won't even argue saying that there aren't better trackers for a more accurate heart rate, etc.  

Keep in mind, this isn't a one-trick pony as you monitor your health data as well read/respond to notifications.  Not bad for only $180, right?  So this will be fine for the average consumer looking to better record their fitness data.  Not so much for the fitness enthusiasts, though.  Overall, the Fit 2 is a much better vision of what Samsung thinks a smart band should be.