Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro hands-on review

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro hands-on: A souped up Gear Fit with swim tracking

The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro is a more familiar face for those truly into fitness, sporting a curved 1.5-inch touch screen not unlike other fitness trackers.

To its credit, Samsung hasn't messed around with the Gear Sport's controls, which are still the best on any smartwatch to date thanks to its rotating bezel and the two buttons built into the right side of the device.

Samsung's new Gear Fit2 Pro will be available for preorder beginning tomorrow, August 31st, at 9:00 AM ET. All that's pretty exciting stuff even for a non-athlete such as myself - and to hear Samsung tell it, that's kind of the whole idea. Samsung says 10mins of charging through the case will give you battery enough to last you 1h of exercises. The trio emphasize fitness features such as the ability to swim in salt water with the Gear Sport and Fit 2 Pro, but they do not include the Bixby voice assistant technology.

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With instant access to new tracking app Speedo On, the Gear Sport (pictured) and Gear Fit2 Pro become the ideal companion for any swim. The sporty and colorful design of the changeable 20 mm straps denotes the military-level durability of the wearable. It's not meant to replace that watch, but it's a smaller and you might say more fun wearable with an assortment of band options and numerous features that have made Samsung's wearables notable.

Made for folks planning on going for a run, it features a Global Positioning System to track where you've been running to, not to mention support for Android and iOS. Another nifty feature of the Gear Sport is that it lets you control Powerpoint presentations directly from your wrist (Windows 10 only).

The announcement follows much gossip that rival Apple will also be announcing a new smartwatch on September 12, along with the hotly anticipated iPhone 8.

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The Samsung Gear Sport inherits the key design feature of the Gear S3 from previous year, with a rotating bezel surrounding the display.

The Gear Fit2 Pro uses the Super AMOLED 1.5-inch display to provide real-time updates and smartphone notifications. The new Samsung Gear Sport pushes further into fitness, adding some features that were overdue.

Samsung's wearables family gets a little bigger today with the addition of the Gear Sport. UnderArmour, on the other hand, will focus on sporting apps that will run on the tablet, while a version of Spotify will be able to be run on the new bands, providing a way to take Spotify music offline if you go running. Along with fast charging capabilities, the new Gear IconX headphones can offer continuous music playback of five to seven hours on a single charge.

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