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A messy merger of fitness band and smartwatch

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We'll give Samsung credit where it's due: It's one of the first companies to blend a fitness tracker with a smartwatch, and there is indeed a market for such a device. In terms of hardware, the company did a fantastic job crafting a curved device that feels comfortable and looks good, to boot. Samsung also included a heart rate monitor, a beautiful display and interchangeable bands -- all good things.

Where Samsung failed is in the software. The user interface is confusing; the display is awkward to read; the heart rate monitor and pedometer aren't accurate; and the sleep tracker only logs a couple important stats. Ultimately, the company tried so hard to integrate a fitness tracker with a smartwatch that it ended up half-baking both almost every feature. As is, it's not worth the $200 asking price.

History, too, would suggest it's not a good idea to buy this right now. As we mentioned in our review of the original Galaxy Gear, the device felt more like a proof of concept. Samsung clearly agreed, since it pushed out an improved sequel less than six months later. Now, the Gear Fit appears to be in the same position: great on paper, but poorly executed. It's best to wait this one out, but hopefully Samsung will push forward, listens to feedback and comes out with a much better version before long.

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Critic reviews

6.9
18 reviews
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    6.0
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    8.5
  • Battery life
    6.8
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    6.5
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    8.4
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    8.2
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6.0
Engadget Apr 21, 2014

We wanted to like the Gear Fit, which features beautiful hardware and promises to combine the best of a fitness tracker and smartwatch. However, its software and performance were poorly executed, making it impossible to recommend.

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7.0
PC Mag Apr 8, 2014

The gorgeous Samsung Gear Fit is part fitness tracker and part smartwatch, but it's mainly an accessory for recent Samsung devices; if you want either an activity tracker or a smartwatch specifically, you can do better.

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7.0
CNET Apr 7, 2014

The Samsung Gear Fit is a great-looking wearable that doesn't quite successfully reconcile its dual roles as activity tracker and smartwatch.

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7.0
Ars Technica Apr 20, 2014

If Samsung were to fix its app and drop the Gear Fit to $100, I could see myself putting up with its awkward horizontal-first design and enjoying that watch's quality battery life, solid notifications, bright screen, and simple, light design.

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9.0
Mashable Apr 9, 2014

It's aesthetically stunning, easy to use and is the best fitness tracker on the market. And with a sprinkling of smartwatch capabilities, it truly offers the best of both worlds.

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8.0
Wired UK Apr 14, 2014

It passes the test as a smart-looking and smart-acting watch, but also packs in a range of health-related data gathering, including an exercise tracker and heart rate monitor.

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7.0
SlashGear Apr 13, 2014

Limited compatibility with only a subset of Samsung’s own devices, software that’s not quite ready for primetime ... mean waiting to see quite how much the Gear Fit can be refined is the sensible option for most.

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5.0
TechHive Apr 14, 2014

Half activity tracker, half smartwatch, the Gear Fit shows Samsung understands addition by subtraction. Sadly, though, its exercise tracking is inaccurate. Let's hope a firmware update fixes this soon.

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8.0
Digital Spy Apr 8, 2014

The Gear Fit sits right at the top of the cool pile, delivering just enough functionality to justify its purchase. Decent battery life, a quality screen and some fitness functions that are actually useful, complete the package.

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8.0
phoneArena Apr 11, 2014

The Gear Fit is one of the first devices that gives us a taste of a sci-fi dream we’ve all been dreaming ... We’re not there yet, but with the Fit, Samsung is on to something, and we finally feel we’re on the way towards that dream.

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7.0
TechRadar Apr 11, 2014

Combining fitness band and smartwatch, the Gear Fit is beautifully designed. It just lacks a bit of substance right now.

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6.0
The Telegraph Apr 8, 2014

Like the original Gear it feels like a great product that is not yet ready. With a music player built in, for instance, it would be rather more persuasive.

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8.0
Business Insider Apr 8, 2014

If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone and really want a smartwatch, the Gear Fit is your best choice. But most people should probably wait until something better comes along.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Apr 11, 2014

It might not be able to match a dedicated fitness band when it comes to exercise tracking, but the Gear Fit is still one of the most comprehensive wearables we've used.

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8.0
The Next Web Apr 16, 2014

The Gear Fit is a pretty impressive device that’s extremely useful for those keen on tracking their fitness activities — it’s lighter, cheaper and has just the right amount of features a person needs while on the go.

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First Looks

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CNET Feb 24, 2014

The Super AMOLED screen is gorgeous and the form factor feels fresh and well suited to the fitness focus. If the price is right, the Gear Fit could lay waste to many of the other wrist-bound fitness trackers out there this year.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 24, 2014

Samsung's first step into the fitness tracker market measures heart rate, and has the potential to do more, thanks to that screen. As with the Galaxy Gear, options are limited now but the potential of the Fit is huge.

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SlashGear Feb 24, 2014

We certainly found it appealing on our wrist, the combination of the ticker-like display aspect ratio, the gentle curve which is easy to swipe a fingertip across, and the overall responsiveness making for a particularly tactile gadget.

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SlashGear Apr 10, 2014

Pebble's lingering advantage is that it works with iPhone, iPad, and most Android devices. In contrast, the Gear Fit comes with a list of compatible phones and tablets, but they're all from Samsung: the company has no plans to embrace any other manufacturers.

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TechRadar Feb 24, 2014

The design is cool and quirky enough to be proud to wear it on your wrist, and the extra smartwatch-style functionality makes it a real contender in the wearables market.

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T3 Feb 24, 2014

Given decent battery life and your choice of app partners this could be the best sports band by far. However, the accuracy of the HR and the partners will be vital.

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TrustedReviews Feb 25, 2014

The fitness tracker is well designed, comfortable and features a stunning display. If it was made compatible with rivals’ phones, Samsung could have stolen the market.

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ChipChick Feb 24, 2014

Unlike most fitness trackers with their dull displays, its AMOLED display is bright and colorful, and very responsive to touch. The user interface is also very intuitive and easy to navigate without any instruction.

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TechRadar Apr 8, 2014

Combining decent fitness features with a beautiful design, the Gear Fit is shaping up to be a device that you'll wear proudly on your wrist.

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Stuff Feb 24, 2014

The Gear Fit is aimed at those looking for a cheaper, lighter alternative to the Galaxy Gear 2 models, and it's smaller, lighter and less intrusive, making it the better choice for people who don't care about the extra bells and whistles.

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8.0
PercyJ PercyJ

I traded "up" from the Pebble and im happy. I honestly think the pebble is a better watch, but I was sold on the display and design of the FIT. I have yet to hear of any 3rd party apps out for it or in the pipeline, but I bet the functionality will be great if or when they do.. One small issue is...

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