Posts tagged with: Gear Fit
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    It's been a couple years of silent squats and burpees for Samsung's fitness-dedicated wearables. That's not to say that the company has ignored fitness. Not by a long shot. But if the chaebol wants to keep battling the likes of Apple and Fitbit, it needed to get its fitness right. Did it? Well, the Gear Fit 2 is giving it a shot. It keeps the wide AMOLED display from its predecessor, though it's gotten a bit wider — 216 x 432 at a 38.1mm (1.5 inches) diameter — that can show live stats as well as messaging notifications. The display is shy of the 24.5mm profile of the ...

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    While the vast majority of today’s popular activity trackers highlight the number and precision of their sensors, battery endurance, build quality, water resistance and connectivity as key selling points, you shouldn’t be very surprised if the next wave of low-cost wearables takes a cue from smartphones in engaging in spec wars. The Samsung Gear Fit 2, for instance, is tipped to pack a homebrewed 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, and 2GB internal storage space. That’s in stark contrast to the meek 180 MHz ARM Cortex M4-based CPU inside the original Gear Fit model, whereas RAM and ...

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    They say seeing is believing, so although we’ve heard an awful lot about the surprisingly advanced specs and features of the upcoming “entry-level” Samsung Gear Fit 2 wearable lately from rock-solid sources, it’s certainly nice to also get some visual confirmation. The activity tracker is once again pictured in black, blue and pink, with a much more ergonomic design than its predecessor, comfortable apparent fit on any wrist, curvy body, and a sharp screen that feels like a smooth continuation of the strap instead of two different puzzle pieces not able to come together very ...

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    After failing to thrill in the low-cost wearable space with the slightly-too-pricey, not-sufficiently-ergonomic-or-sensor-packed Gear Fit back in 2014, Samsung pressed the pause button on prospective sequels and spin-offs, instead throwing its weight behind the Gear S2 smartwatch. But now it’s (also) time for a fitness tracker resurgence, as Fitbits, Jawbones and Xiaomi Mi Bands prove you don’t need the heftiest of profit margins to be considered a success story. Before the Gear Fit 2 and Gear IconX can go official however, Samsung wants to tap into the fashion sense of the thriftiest ...

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    We had the feeling Samsung wouldn’t hold off on the announcement of its intriguing next duo of activity-tracking wearables until fall ever since the Gear Fit 2 and IconX were first pictured and fleshed out by prominent leakster Evan Blass. After all, it makes a lot more sense to unveil the Galaxy Note 6 alongside a full-blown Gear S3 smartwatch in advance of IFA 2016. Also, the original Gear Fit is in dire need of a hardware upgrade, and the Gear IconX is the first hybrid device of its kind, thus escaping typical release cycles and timeframes. Last but not least, with so many of the ...

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    When it rains, it pours. The old saying checks out as far as Samsung Galaxy Note 6 gossip goes, including recent word of an unexpected, unusually powerful “Lite” derivation, and it’s especially true for Gear Fit 2 rumors and visual leaks, which have been flooding the interwebs for the past ten days or so. Pictured next to the innovative 3-in-1 Gear IconX activity tracker/stereo earpiece/digital music player the first couple of times, this long overdue follow-up to the 2014 Gear Fit wearable finally flies solo today to reveal a trio of snazzy paint jobs. There’s no reasonable doubt ...

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    With all its R&D, advertising and distribution resources invested in the Gear S2 smartwatch of late, Samsung disregarded the thriving low-cost fitness tracker market for a little too long, leaving Fitbit and Xiaomi to share worldwide domination, while Garmin and Jawbone battle for scraps. Then there’s also Microsoft, which continues to struggle turning its sensor-rich Band 2 into a mainstream box-office hit, as the design and price feel somewhat lacking. But Samsung apparently sees a lot of potential there, working on a very similar Gear Fit 2 activity tracker. Almost too similar. ...

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    It used to be that Samsung was king of the wearables market, cranking out new models faster than most of us could keep up. But lately we've really seen the company start slowing things down: last year's Gear S2 is still coasting along steadily, and sometimes it feels like Samsung's let VR's rise distract it a little from other wearable pursuits. But we've still heard whispers about where Samsung's efforts could be headed next, and today we score a major breakthrough as a leak outs a pair of upcoming wearables from the manufacturer: the second-gen Gear Fit tracker and the all-new wireless ...

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    Apple hasn't jumped platforms very well. But everyone else has — which only serves to reinforce the idea that the iPhone is the phone to have forever and ever everywhere. Microsoft and Google have come to play, now there's word that Apple's largest competitor in the mobile space will bring its software over to the App Store. Samsung may be planning on bringing its S Health, Gear Fit Manager and Gear Manager apps to iOS. This would open up the company's Gear wearables to iPhone compatibility. It also plans on bringing Remote Control and the Family Square apps for use with the the ...

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    Plenty of that smart wearable tech we have in our offices are equipped with heart rate monitors of some sort. If those little sensors do anything else, we can't tell — all we can tell as that they measure heart rate to varying degrees of accuracy. But what if you could learn more about what your body's doing at all times? Yep, that includes exercising. Fear not, fitness fans and fatty friends, as Samsung is now ready to mass-produce an "all-in-one" bioprocessor chip that it will plan on implanting into health-focused smart devices within the first half of 2016. In addition to heart rate ...

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    Even though Samsung can be credited for being one of the first companies to believe in wearables as a category, it's hard to praise the company for its efforts. While some products have proven to be quite popular during their buzz periods, it's hard to not notice how quickly people have stopped caring about them. Such is the case of the Samsung Gear Fit, which promised a lot in the fitness category, but didn't really deliver, and today we learn of some future plans. Sources claim that Samsung is working on a model number SM-R150, which is actually a couple of numbers bellow the SM-R350 ...

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    Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Because if not, you're already way behind schedule, and no one on your list has any shot of getting what they want. OK, OK, so the situation isn't anywhere near so dire, but retail heavyweights aren't about to let you off so easy. You may still have a few weeks to go before Black Friday (and Cyber Monday, and Just Buy Some More Stuff Please Tuesday), but holiday sales creep means that we'll likely be seeing all sorts of deals landing between now and then. This weekend, Best Buy taps in to everything we love and hate about holiday sales with some ...

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    If there's one thing about us geeks, it's our capacity to be super-critical about every little thing you can imagine. Sometimes that's a good thing: it prevents us from being bamboozled by every piece of techno-trash a company tries to shove down our throat, and it prompts the more vocal among us to shout out loud until those firms refine their offerings. Criticism, on the whole, can have a net positive effect. But sometimes it feels like we complain just for the sake of making noise. Publications like ours are as guilty of this as any other, but on the whole, most of us try to keep our ...

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    Wearable devices are increasingly popular among technology enthusiasts. However, the smartwatch is just one of the products in the wearables category, and, apparently, it is performing worse on the market than other wearable solutions. According to a Digitimes report based on numbers from ABI Research, the activity tracker is outselling the smartwatch. The ratio is four-to-one in the activity tracker's favor. 2.35 million activity trackers were shipped in the first quarter of the year, meaning that those who bought a smartwatch were less than 600,000. "Activity Trackers are currently the ...

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    Though many of us argue that Pebble tends to make better smartwatches than Samsung, the Korean company's marketing prowess is doing its thing again. Thanks to Samsung's incredible marketing of their smartwatches (by means of celebrity endorsement and otherwise), the company has reportedly sold 500,000 wrist-wearables in the first quarter of 2014. The half-million figure seems even larger when last year's numbers come into play -- over the course of the entire year, Samsung only sold about 1,000,000 smartwatches. This year, they are already on track to sell a handsome 2,000,000, though the ...

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    Got a new Samsung Galaxy S5 or Gear Fit? You may be on the hunt for accessories to go with it. Samsung has just announced a collection of crystal accessories from Swarovski for its Gear Fit and Galaxy S5. For the Galaxy S5, crystals are integrated right into the back cover, and there is an extra design feature where two crystal effects are merged -- neat. Two colors will be made available of the new cover, Vibrant Blue and Mystic Black. Moving along to the Gear Fit, the Charm Sliders are positioned by Samsung to give users "ultimate versatility in their wearable technology experience." ...

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    While Samsung's fashionable Gear Fit smart watch/fitness accessory saw plenty of action in our recent exercise adventure with S Health, our coverage of the device itself has been limited to just an initial hands-on and an unboxing as Editor-in-Chief Anton D. Nagy waits for his Galaxy S5 review unit to complete the long trek to Romania (our full Galaxy S5 review can be found here). On the bright side, Samsung was good enough to provide us a Gear Fit for review use here in the States as well. The tricky part: our window with that device was quite short, just about two days in all. That's not ...

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    Nimble hops between short subjects, or longform plumbing of deep depths? We don't like to make you choose with our podcast, so we occasionally hop across formats between episodes. This here is one of the deeper variety. This week's special guest is Myriam Joire (aka tnkgrl), Engadget alum and current product evangelist at Pebble. She brings her considerable expertise in optics and audio to a discussion ranging from the best high-end headphones to buy (to help replicate the "special" acoustic experience promised by the Harman/Kardon HTC One M8) to what camera settings to use for capturing ...

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    The desk. The keyboard. The chair. If you're a technology blogger in 2014 (or really any kind of white collar employee) these are very likely the tools which dominate your workday. So when a company like Samsung decides to make fitness a priority with its new flagship smartphone, it can be tough to fully evaluate those features unless you get out from behind that desk. Today, that's just what we're doing. While we've already given you a glance at Samsung’s S Health suite in our Galaxy S5 review –and the Galaxy S 4 review before that– we're taking a much closer look in this video. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how the Samsung Gear Fit is now sold-out, despite its crazy price tag. LG follows the news as we find some official photos of the two variants the company plans to launch. Microsoft follows the news as the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview has exceeded user install-base expectations. Amazon then takes over as we learn more about a new tilting feature in its probable smartphone. We end today's show as we learn why the iPhone 6 phablet might be delayed. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Samsung Gear Fit sells out, despite $200 ...

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    If you're looking to pick up a fitness tracker, you probably have more options than you know what to do with: Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike, or even a general-purpose smartwatch like Pebble. This year, we saw Samsung introduce a couple new models to its Gear family, including the Gear Fit, a stripped-down wearable that sort of bridged the gap between display-less trackers and more flexible smartwatches. We weren't sure if the band's $200 price tag might scare a lot of shoppers away, either driving them to more affordable or more full-featured offerings. Now early reports of sales are in, and it ...

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    Just under one month ago, Google turned the smartwatch and wearables industry on its head. As I was writing an editorial about the then-rumored Google smartwatch, Google pulled a fast one on us and announced something much more than just one smartwatch; it announced an entire, dedicated platform for smartwatches: Android Wear. I immediately changed the tone of my editorial and wrote what was on my mind that very moment. I regretted ordering Pebble Steel just one week before. To this day, though the Pebble Steel shipped and arrived before I definitively decided to cancel the order, I regret ...

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    Welcome to our Samsung Gear Fit unboxing! You will have to wait however, until our Samsung Galaxy S 5 review unit lands on our doorstep. We'll review the smartwatch, then, because we want to take advantage of the added features of the S5, we'll also review this futuristic wearable. We also want to experience the complete 2014 line-up UX, as Samsung intended it at the Barcelona launch event. What about the Gear Fit? It's a completely new product, it has nothing to do with last year's Galaxy Gear or the Gear 2 line-up. It is also, according to Samsung, the first product in its class to ...

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    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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    We just spent a few minutes touching base with LG and its upcoming G Watch, so let's stay in this wearables lane for a little while longer and check in with Samsung and the Gear Fit. Compared to the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the Fit is a bit of an underdog, but it's not without its own stand-out features, including that curved OLED screen. While everything we've seen so far has depicted the Fit using that display in a landscape orientation, today we learn about a software update for the wearable that will bring it a portrait-mode view. Considering how very narrow the aspect ratio of the Gear ...

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