Each health tracker at all times appears to have a couple of limits. Some can’t observe your depth correctly and others can’t observe you into the pool. Some make streaming and importing music a headache, and others don’t play good together with your favourite third-party apps.
After which there’s Samsung’s Gear Fit2 Professional. It’s the corporate’s third attempt at a fitness-focused good watch, and Android fitness center followers want look no additional. The Fit2 Professional does the whole lot you possibly can want in a user-friendly manner, and a few new bits of integration enable it to supply even deeper particulars about each your exercise and your day basically.
The look doesn’t change a lot from final 12 months, though the show is barely smaller, 1.5 inches diagonally, down from 1.58 inches. The change in dimension is barely noticeable, although, particularly as a result of the display screen remains to be shiny and lustrous.
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Samsung modified up its strap, although, choosing a standard buckling strap. It’s a welcome change from final 12 months’s toggle, which wore down with extended utilization. The attachments to the watch face are additionally sturdier; a 12 months in the past, if I tightened the strap sufficient, the attachments would often disconnect close to the watch face. I’ve had no such points this 12 months.
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The physique of the Fit2 Professional can be now extra helpful. The show is once more Gorilla-glass-coated, so you may bang your Professional round on the fitness center and it’ll nonetheless perform nicely. Even higher, as an alternative of merely being waterproof, the Fit2 Professional is now match to take for a swim, one of many largest difference-makers this 12 months. A 12 months in the past, the Fit2 Professional was of no use when you had been into swimming exercises.
Now, it may be your finest underwater good friend, monitoring your coronary heart fee and distance traveled within the pool. Higher but, when you by no means wish to take off the Fit2 Professional, you virtually by no means should, besides when you might want to cost it, which, in follow, will wind up being about each different day.
The opposite exercise elements of the Fit2 Professional are additionally a lot stronger than they’ve been up to now. There’s GPS inside, so you may take a run with solely your Fit2 Professional and have it observe your path as an alternative of needing to tote your cellphone round.
At instances, you’ll virtually want Samsung outfitted the Fit2 Professional with 4G LTE just like the S3 Frontier smartwatch. Had that been the case, you possibly can simply go for a run, then pay for a bottled water on the comfort retailer with out having your cellphone anyplace close to you. Not you could blame Samsung: It labored to craft an ultra-slim, ultra-light, fitness-focused system right here, and that 4G tech would have made this factor greater.
Samsung needs the Fit2 Professional small, however massive on helpful options as an alternative. And hardcore coaching people will discover loads of helpful exercise options right here due to good app integration. MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun integration is right here, making a fuller app ecosystem, and UnderArmour’s UA Report app will shine in nearly any exercise scenario.
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UA Report isn't unique to Samsung or the Gear Fit2 Professional, nevertheless it works nicely right here, benefiting from all of the Fit2 Professional’s capabilities. Set it earlier than a exercise, and it’ll repeatedly observe your coronary heart fee (as an alternative of intermittently checking your coronary heart fee, because the earlier Gear Fit2 would do). By the tip of the exercise, you've gotten a wealth of information to check about how intensely you’re coaching, and the way laborious (or simply) your coronary heart is working.
It’s a well completed app, though watch out for chasing a excessive “Willpower” stat an excessive amount of; this proprietary quantity from UA is basically pushed by your skill to work close to peak coronary heart fee capability for a lot of a exercise, and that’s tremendous for, say, a HIIT class. Simply don’t chase excessive depth once you’re making an attempt to construct muscle in a standard fitness center exercise scenario, for instance.
The Fit2 Professional, nonetheless, handles its job with the UA Report app nicely, delivering near-instant coronary heart fee information that’s pretty correct and constant. The system additionally delivers good music options and an intuitive, easy-to-use offline Spotify integration and 4GB of room on your tunes, greater than sufficient for a couple of hours of afternoon coaching.
The built-in music participant is sound. Relating to music, the one knock on the Fit2 Professional is that you just nonetheless can’t sideload your tunes onto the system from a pc; you’re locked into wirelessly transferring your songs out of your cellphone. Samsung dealt with the whole lot else this 12 months, although, so possibly it may possibly get to that subsequent 12 months.
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