Health and fitness is a massive market for smartphone manufacturers to target, especially with our reportedly unhealthy lifestyles making the headlines with more and more consistency over recent times.
This market hasn’t seen much success for mobile phone companies though, but this could be set for a change, after Samsung announced its latest piece of wearable tech, the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit.
But how does this latest smart watch work besides the latest Samsung smartphones? Will it actually get us up and off our sofas and working out? Let’s take a look.
What is the Galaxy Gear Fit?
Essentially, the Gear Fit is a standard smart watch, with some added fitness based features, designed to work in tandem with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other Samsung smartphones.
It features a beautiful 1.84” curved display that not only looks great, but fits perfectly on your wrist with a responsive and fast touch screen.
It is designed to help you get to the gym or go for a run with a bunch of handy and easy to use fitness features.
Gear Fit Features
There’s a very healthy supply of fitness features to be found on the Gear Fit, each of which does a great job of getting you donning some of your old PE kit in an effort to get fit.
The first of which is a simple heart rate monitor, which gives you a detailed look at just how many beats per minute your ticker is working at, giving you a decent look at your current level of fitness.
This of course gives you some measurable results to help track your fitness, as if you get fitter, your resting heart rate will lower.
The Gear Fit boasts a simple pedometer as well, that manages to keep a track of just how many steps you’ve taken that day, which often stands at around 4,000 paces, something that the kit aims for you to improve.
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The smartwatch also sports a calorie tracker, which takes a look at your movements and gives you an estimate of just how many calories you’ve lost through the day, thanks to your hard work.
Finally, the Gear Fit is topped off with its very own personal trainer type coaching feature, which gives you a hard time if you’ve decided to skip a couple sessions in a row, and tells you when to slow down when out on a run.
Obviously you can ignore this coach simply enough, but it’s pretty persuasive, and gives you a nice large dose of guilt when you decide to skip your run for a couple of hours catching up on your latest TV show.
How does this link to the Galaxy S5?
Your Galaxy Gear Fit links seamlessly to the Samsung Galaxy S5, along with plenty other Samsung Smartphones and it does this via Bluetooth, giving your phone access to all of the information that the smart watch has recorded.
Once it has all of this information, you can go onto the phone’s S Health app, which allows you to get a full view of just how well you happen to be doing over the past days, weeks and months.
The phone will be able to give you all of these results and translate them into simple, easy to understand stats, giving you estimates of how many calories you have burnt, and how many you should be burning.
You can also upload your own background to the watch to give you some nice customisation if that’s your cup of tea.
Crossing the Finishing Line
Overall, if you invest your hard earned cash into the Gear Fit, you’ll not only be getting a smart watch capable of viewing your latest smartphone notifications, but also a superbly built fitness tracker that helps you manage your general health.
So, if you struggle for motivation when heading out for a run, or just want a fancy piece of kit to help you out with regular workouts, the Gear Fit could be your ideal fitness partner.