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The Samsung Gear Fit ($199): one of three new Gear wearables.

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Back view of the Fit: It looks more like fitness band than watch.

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With Samsung Galaxy S5. The Fit needs a Samsung device to pair with.

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You can reject incoming phone calls, and send a canned message back.

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The media controller has basic controls, plus volume, and works as a remote for your Samsung phone.

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The curved AMOLED display is eye-poppingly bright.

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You can check missed calls, but there's no dialer or speakerphone.

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A heart-rate monitor checks resting and active heart rate.

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Your wrist needs to be positioned properly for heart-rate monitoring to work.

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Four exercise modes let you record targeted sessions.

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Running mode also coaches you based on heart rate.

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You can set goals to achieve: distance, calories, time.

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Speed up, slow down, or keep pace based on heart-rate measurement.

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Pedometer mode, with a daily 10,000-step goal (or whatever there goal you'd like to set).

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The Gear Fit is thicker than you think.

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A green LED heart-rate monitor on the back.

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The Fit pops out of its band. There are other colors available.

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Fitbit Force, Gear Fit, and Nike+ Fuelband SE (left to right).

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Nike Fuelband and Gear Fit: similar long displays.

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The Gear Fit wristband is similar to the Fitbit Force's.

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The Gear Fit next to the original Galaxy Gear (2013).

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A snap-on charge dongle connects with Micro-USB.

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Syncing with Gear Fit Manager. There are many notifications you can push to the Fit.

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Samsung's S Health app isn't always easy to use, and doesn't sync data as effortlessly as you'd expect.

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One of the other cool watchfaces to choose from.

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Gear Fit and foliage.

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Gear Fit next to Pebble Steel.

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Notice the glare in daylight.

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I just called myself.

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The Gear Fit Manager app allows some watch-screen customization on the Fit: putting a kid photo on as the wallpaper.

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Sleep tracking mode doesn't give a lot of detail, and it has to be manually started and stopped.

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Texts and tweets get compressed on the Fit's vertical display.

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The Fit's sub-features are presented as icons. You can swipe and tap on the display, and icons look equally good in vertical and horizontal mode.

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A vertical-view mode makes the Fit a much cooler and more useful watch, but that stretched-out display isn't good for everything.

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