Samsung Gear Sport: Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker in One

Gear Sport is not just a smart watch, but Samsung also equips the clock with all kinds of fitness gadgets. The Gear Sport therefore combines both categories: Smartwatch and Fitness Tracker. We could already put the clock on and are quite pleased. A feature leaves Samsung’s Smartwatch in Germany but still miss.

In the run-up to the IFA, Samsung also presented the SmartWatch Gear Sport in sky addition to the Gear Fit2 Pro . Compared to the Gear S3 there are among other things new features: a sportier, but still noble appearance; Water protection according to the norm 5 ATM, which according to the manufacturer allows to go with the watch itself in seawater swimming; as well as a more sophisticated assessment of calorie intake and calorie consumption. Users not only get an overview of their performance, but also sports program recommendations that fit their eating habits and sporting goals. Since the Gear Sport also with features smart TVsby Samsung, they instruct aerobic fans on request in the domestic living room with proper video instructions. We just miss Jane Fonda.

Gear Sport With Smaller Battery Than Gear S3

Samsung cooperates with the Spotify, Under Armor and Speedo services to bring some premium features to Gear Sport, such as offline playlists in Spotify. Buyers of the watch get these premium services free of charge in the first year.

The clock hides under its 1.2 inch touch screen with 360 x 360 pixels, a two-core processor with 1 GHz clock, 4 GB of memory, 768 MB of RAM and a battery with 300 milliameters. Optionally, the system is controlled by the rotating bezel. This is reminiscent of the Gear S3-only the battery is slightly smaller and should last for one or two days when using the sports functions. The watch is wirelessly charged and is compatible with most Android devices and iPhones from model 5 (or iOS 9). The Gear Sport runs with Tizen 3 and can also be used as a controller for the Gear VR or as a payment medium using Samsung Pay.

No Phone Function Without Mobile Phone

The measurement functions work self-sufficient and can be synchronized with the smartphone after work-if you pair it with Bluetooth. Then you can also control other mobile phone-typical functions, such as making calls. In the demo, the language control (in English) worked very well. Samsung’s digital assistant Bixby does not yet understand German, but alternatively, the Google Assistant helps.

Promising Gear-Sport Features

The range of features sounds solid, and we also find that Gear Sport automatically recognizes what kind of sport the user is doing, whether aerobic, swimming, biking or hiking, for example-and can estimate the calorie consumption and the maximum oxygen value of the user. Thanks to GPS, it also records the user’s routes.

Is There A Change To Gear Sport?

The watch makes a very well processed impression, but is still somewhat powerful. However, the Gear S3 is still somewhat larger, so Samsung goes the right way and is more oriented to the measure of the Gear S2. Users can personalize the Gear Sport not only with different dials, but also with all kinds of bracelets. How reliable the measurement functions are, we can judge only after a detailed test, but already the Gear S3 belonged to one of the best Smartwatches of its class. For users of the Gear S3, which receives some features as an update, there is hardly any reason to change-apart from the improved water protection.

The Gear Sport is expected to be available from the end of October for 349 euros (RRP).