The Samsung Gear Fit is a lightweight fitness tracker coming to stores this spring. This new device is already on the top of many techie wish lists. Here's a quick primer to introduce you to the benefits of this fitness band.
1. Samsung Gear Fit Price and Release Date
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The Samsung Gear Fit will hit stores on April 11. TechCrunch notes that, depending on the price, this could be a big hit for Samsung. They note: "If the Fit was priced under $200, say, $179 or $149, Samsung could have a big hit on its hands."
UPDATE: The Verge reports that the Gear 2 and Gear fit will retail for $299 and $199, respectively.
Both watches will sync with the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone, which is also expected to drop on April 11. The Galaxy S5 will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract.
2. Designed to Work With Samsung Galaxy Phones
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As we discussed in our Samsung Galaxy S5 Features and Specs article, the Samsung Gear Fit is designed to place nice with Galaxy phones. The Gear Fit, along with its sister products the Samsung Gear 2 and the Samsung Gear 2 Neo, work in tandem with the S Health app on the Galaxy S5.
3. Gear Fit Gets High Marks For Comfort
Samsung Gear Fit looks really nice. So why exactly do we need the Gear 2 and Gear Neo?
— Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) February 24, 2014
CNET went hands-on with the Gear Fit, and praised the device for being comfortable and adhering to the curve of a person's wrist.
"The Gear Fit sits comfortably against your wrist, with the curved design holding snug against your skin — which itself is important to maintain good contact for the constant heart rate monitoring feature. It doesn't feel strange or uncomfortable, and the curved screen also ensures the design feels well conformed to its function."
4. Samsung Gear Fit Is Water-Resistant
Samsung Gear Fit - the first bearable wearable? http://t.co/FQeFUaKhny
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Resistant to both dust and water damage, the Samsung Gear Fit can be worn in a variety of situations without fear of damage. The device monitors steps, sleep quality, and heart rate, so you can wear the Gear Fit in all kinds of indoor and outdoor weather conditions.
5. Gear Fit Battery Life
Samsung announces Gear Fit fitness band with heart rate monitor, pedometer and 1.84” display http://t.co/PhijfwiqRH
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CNET has the product specs, as well as the lowdown on battery life. They write:
"For those who love a good spec, the Gear Fit is 23.4mm by 57.4mm by 11.95mm and weighs in at a tiny 27g.
Battery expectation is three to four days "typical usage" and five days of "low usage.""