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Choosing from Samsung’s range of fitness wearables

Samsung is a global conglomerate with multiple subsidiaries in a wide range of industries. Headquartered in South Korea, the company operates in over 75 countries.

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In the wearables market, Samsung offers a number of smartwatches and activity trackers, as well as their Tizen open-source operating system. The most recent addition to its range is the Galaxy Watch 3.

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Samsung fitness trackers

Gear Fit2 Pro

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Gear Fit2 Pro is a high-end version of the Gear Fit2 rather than a totally new, third generation device. The main news here is waterproofing. The tracker is water-resistant down to 50 meters. This means you can leave your Samsung wearable strapped to your wrist while you take a shower or bath.

If you decide to dive headfirst in the pool, the Speedo app will record your stats (stroke type, stroke count, and lap count), and show them in easy-to-read summaries. It will also provide you with “SWOLF”, which is a measure of stroke efficiency.

At 33 grams, Gear Fit 2 Pro weights only only slightly more than its predecessor. It is also slightly bigger. There is now a new and improved buckle strap to ensure the tracker stays on your wrist while you’re swimming.

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Galaxy Fit / Fit e

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This duo succeeds the Gear Fit range. There’s a higher spec Fit model and a lower Fit e version.

The bands have the fitness side of things pretty well covered thanks to a heart rate monitor, accelerometer and gyroscope. This combination of sensor allows it to track workouts from a list of over 90 activities, and keep tabs on heart rate, sleep, stress and more. Users will also get notifications and a few other smart features.

Fit e is missing the Gyro sensor and NFC as compared to the higher spec model. It also comes with a 0.74-inch PMOLED panel instead of the 0.95 inch curved AMOLED touchscreen of Fit. Both come with a 5 ATM water-resistance rating and battery life of around a week

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Samsung smartwatches

Galaxy Watch

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Samsung Galaxy watch is the company’s best selling smartwatch. It has now been succeeded by Watch 3.

The original comes in two sizes – a 42mm variant and a 46mm one. Both sport a 360×350 pixel OLED display. The 46mm version comes with a 1.3 inch screen versus 1.2 inches on the smaller version. The 46mm also houses a larger capactity battery that can keep going for 7 days on a single charge. The cell on the 42mm is enough for 3 days, which still gives Apple something to aim for.

This is primarly a fitness focused device. Its slew of activity tracking sensors includes an accelerometer, heart rate, gyro and barometre. So expect the usual steps, distance, floors, calories, stress, sleep and activity stats. This includes keeping tabs on up to 40 different exercises – and swimming thanks to 5 ATM water-resistance. An interesting addition is the ability to log your food and water intake.

To round everything off, the feature packed devices comes with built-in GPS for phone-free exercising, NFC for payments and there’s a LTE version that allows you to stay connected and stream music on-the-go.

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Galaxy Watch Active

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The successor to the Gear Sport is a sportier take on the Galaxy Watch. The stylish device is smaller than its predecessor and lighter (25 grams) due to a new type of aluminum. A company spokesperson even compared its weight to a single strawberry! The swappable strap has been redesigned using a soft durable material and the whole thing is 5 ATM water resistant.

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This is primarily a fitness focused tool. It will monitor the standard gamut of metrics thanks to a built-in heart rate sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope. Around the clock stress tracking is on this list and, more interestingly, so is blood pressure monitoring through an experimental app. The watch can track 39 different workouts, all with daily goals and progress monitoring.

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Galaxy Watch Active 2

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More interestingly, Samsung has added size choices this time around. The original Galaxy Watch Active only come in a 40mm variant. The second generation comes in an additional 44mm option.

There’s also now an LTE variant in addition to the standard Bluetooth version. You can expect just over a day’s worth of battery life on either of these.

In addition to all the fitness tracking usuals this device comes with an ECG sensor, it can monitor blood pressure and has fall alerts. The first two of these are yet to be enabled in most countries but this should happen in the months ahead.

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Galaxy Watch 3

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The latest addition to the Galaxy Watch range goes under number 3, rather than 2. This is because it comes a year after Watch Active 2 and Samsung wants to make sure that is clear.

The company has largely retained the design of the original watch but the size options are now 45mm and 41mm instead of 46mm and 42mm.

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While the smaller iterations on both watches are 1.2 inches, the larger version of Watch 3 comes with a 1.4 inch screen versus the 1.3 inches of its predecessor. This is impressive as it means Samsung has managed to squeeze a larger display into a smaller body by slimming the bezel on the side. The latest range is also thinner.

The improvements under the hood include a better accelerometer, heart rate sensor with 8 photodiodes and blood oxygen sensor. The timepiece can also measure ECG and blood pressure. As with Watch Active 2, this is yet to be enabled in most countries.

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Older Samsung wearables

 

Charm

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Charm is a lifestyle band designed to look like a piece of jewellery. It uses a small LED to make you aware of incoming or missed calls and messages, as well as push alerts from applications that you can select via the smartphone app. Color-coded notifications display information about charging, connectivity status and battery level.

Charm also doubles up as a basic activity tracker. Simply sync it with a smartphone via Bluetooth and pair it with the accompanying app to see how many steps you’ve taken, how much distance you’ve covered over the course of a day and how many calories you’ve burned. The device sports on-board memory, so even if you don’t have your smartphone with you, the wearable will continue to gather fitness data.

To suit both men and women the tracker comes in two versions, bar and square-shaped. There are also three colors to choose from, Rose Quartz, Gold and Black.

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Gear Fit2

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Samsung’s popular second generation fitness tracker uses a range of sensors to keep tabs on your activity levels including steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, and sleep quality. It can even automatically identify the different types of physical activities such as running, cycling, working out on the elliptical, and more.

In terms of design, Gear Fit2 features a beautiful curved full-color Super AMOLED screen that displays real-time activity stats along with texts and other alerts from your iOS or Android smartphone. The fitness tracker boasts 0.5 GB RAM and 4.0 GB of internal memory, while under the hood you will find an accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, heart rate sensor and GPS for mapping your runs.

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Gear Fit

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Gear Fit is a 24/7 fitness tracker that will keep tabs on your activites throughout the day. There is also an optical heart rate sensor and Gear Fit will provide you with real time coaching to help you achieve your fitness goals. You’ll get smartphone notifications too, and can reject calls with messages, quick reply to messages and control alarms.

In terms of looks, you’ll find an advanced curved Super AMOLED touchscreen display with interchangeable bands so you can make it your own. There is also a variety of background colours, wallpapers, and clock designs for you to set to customize it further.

This is very much an entry level device now, that has been superseded with more advanced models. You might be able to pick it up at a sizable discount though.

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Gear S2

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This is a sleek timepiece that comes in a number of different designs and a choice of materials. And with its stylish variety of bands and watch faces, you are sure to tailor it to your taste. The device features a circular interface and a unique rotating bezel that lets you navigate through notifications, apps and widgets quickly.

With Gear S2, you can track your daily activity levels, heart rate and water versus caffeine intake through the app. The device will spit out motivational messages, notifications, texts and news from your phone right on your wrist. There is also offline storage for up to 300 songs.

Samsung has partnered up with a growing portfolio of apps. This includes everything from fitness apps, to software to keep you home secure.

On the minus side, the battery life is not that great. Gear S2 will only run for 24 hours which means you will be charging it every night.

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Gear S3

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Gear S3 comes with an upgraded design, built-in GPS and much better battery life. This is also Samsung’s first watch that comes with a Bluetooth only version and one with LTE connectivity.

Again, the bezel, the crown and the crystal, can be turned, pressed or tapped to navigate your way around the screens. It comes in a variety of different designs all featuring the always on 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display.

Gear S3 has a built-in GPS for more precise data and mapping your runs. The fact that it has built-in storage for music too, means you have freedom from your phone when you go for those runs. And with its 72 hour long-lasting battery, you only need to set it down for a charge every few days.

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Gear Sport

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The hint is in the name. This is a very sporty looking gadget that has been designed to offers a blend of fitness tracking and smartwatch functionality in one slick, water-resistant package.

In terms of design, Gear Sport certainly doesn’t disappoint. Its full colour, always-on, 1.2-inch circular screen with a 320 x 320 resolution is very vibrant and colorful. The numbers are displayed in large and easy to read fonts.

Under the hood you will find quite a bit going on. There is an accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, heart rate sensor, ambient light and built-in GPS. Samsung says its new wearable benefits from improved accuracy when it comes keeping tabs on your ticker.

In addition to tracking your fitness, the timepiece will support the company’s Samsung Pay service with its NFC hardware. There is also offline support for Spotify, which means you can download music and store it directly on your watch.

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