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Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit: Beautiful tech is marred by shoddy software

The Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit wants to replace your dedicated fitness tracker, and be an extension of your phone, but it doesn’t do either thing well enough to warrant the $199 price tag.
by Richard Hall Published: June 3, 2014

Samsung’s plan with its smartwatches is simple: be the first company out of the gates with devices, and learn from mistakes made in the past. While the Galaxy Gear Fit is a step up from last year’s Galaxy Gear watch, it’s far from perfect.

Samsung is attempting to capitalize on the successful market that is made up of fitness bands and trackers, like the Fitbit, by introducing the Galaxy Gear Fit. The company figures if people are buying these devices anyway, why not give them something they can use with their phones and apps, and doubles as a smartwatch?

It’s a fantastic idea, and one that Samsung can realize if they do two things: keep things competitive and keep things inexpensive.

Unfortunately the Fit doesn’t do either.

The Fit is a sleek and beautiful device. While the long screen won’t be for everyone, its thin and compact profile makes up for it. It sits tight on the wrist, it looks good and it’s comfortable. The only drawback is the plastic band, which is off-putting because the Fit costs $199.

Setting up the device is easy enough: Linking it via Bluetooth to a compatible Android device took seconds. And once that’s done you can customize the Fit by changing its background image, clock design and notifications.

The Fit has an absolutely gorgeous Super AMOLED touchscreen, so much so that it’s kind of difficult to believe it was born out of the original Galaxy Gear. While it can’t display photos or videos, it’s just great to look at.

Samsung allows users to view the screen in a vertical orientation, because the default horizontal just doesn’t work. I had to curve my arm awkwardly to read the screen when it was horizontal, but once I learned how to change the screen orientation everything felt right.

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by Richard Hall
Digital Media Specialist
Richard Hall is an award-winning newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.
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