Samsung is rolling out its new pair of Gear smartwatches for 2014 (the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo) it clearly sees a lot of potential in the more humble fitness band.So with that in mind it’s also pushing out a third Gear sibling in the form of the Gear Fit, a wearable band that aims to be big on style but a little less function-heavy than its brothers – no camera, no remote control, no storage for music – leaving it as a halfway house between fitness device and smartwatch that comes in at $199/£180 (around AU$212).
The Good The Gear Fit has a forward-looking design, many more extras than the average fitness band, and the ability to measure heart rate. Its curved AMOLED display looks fantastic, too.
The Bad The long sideways display means text reads awkwardly on your wrist. The Fit only works with certain Samsung phones. Can’t load apps, so you’re stuck with the features included. And the price is high, so much so that you might consider a cheaper alternative or the same-priced, more full-featured Gear Neo.
The Bottom Line The Samsung Gear Fit is a great-looking wearable that doesn’t quite successfully reconcile its dual roles as activity tracker and smartwatch.