Samsung's Gear Fit 2 packs GPS, onboard music storage
I got to spend some time with the Gear Fit2 this week, it's the latest smart fitness tracker from Samsung.
Overall, it's pretty similar to the original model from 2014, so it can track daily activities, and display notifications from your smart phone.
Although the model has a more ergonomic design and a few new features like GPS, for example, it also isn't limited to only Samsung devices and will now work with any Android phone running kitkat or higher, but iPhones still aren't supported.
The coolest feature, though, has to be the on-board music storage.
There's four gigabytes so you can load songs right to the device and stream them to a pair of bluetooth headphones, which pretty much means the fit two has everything you need to just go out for a run, since there's also a heart rate sensor on the back and built in GPS for measuring pace and distance.
This is of course an addition to normal fitness tracking features.
Things like measuring steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and your sleep at night.
It can also automatically record and recognize various activities like rowing or when you are on an elliptical.
Sort of like what FitBit does in its new devices.
Samsung has said that with normal usage you will get between three to four hours of battery life and up to nine hours with an active GPS signal, which is pretty good.
But, unfortunately, the tracker isn't fully waterproof.
You can submerge it in up to three feet of water, and it will do just fine out in the rain and during workouts, but it's not recommended that you shower with it or swim with it.
The Gear Fit 2 will be available for 179 dollars on June 10th.
For more information check out my write up on Cnet.com and be on the lookout for my full review in the coming weeks.
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