Samsung unveils Gear Fit 2 wearable and IconX totally wireless earbuds
Samsung has had a long journey in wearables. Since the Gear Fit, unveiled way back alongside the Galaxy S5, the company seems to have placed little focus on the dedicated fitness wearable market. That’s all changed now, though, as Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 looks promising to fitness enthusiasts. To complete their fitness package, Samsung also launched a pricey pair of fully wireless earbuds.
The Fit 2 is covered in a beautiful 1.5 inch Super AMOLED display, which is far more alluring than the screens of nearly all other fitness trackers. The display should help make navigation more intuitive than other fitness bands.
The Fit 2 has been designed to get three days of battery life, better than what we’ve seen on most smartwatches. Most runners may also appreciate the addition of GPS, but unfortunately, the device does not have cellular connectivity, so it looks like we’ll need to keep our phone around anyway. And as with many fitness trackers, it can monitor your heart rate and the usual metrics. Four gigs of onboard storage enable enough songs for many an intense workout.
While it’s already compatible with nearly any Android device running 4.4 or later, Samsung says that iOS compatibility is in the works. The Fit 2 costs $179 and will be in stores on the 10th.
The IconX earbuds are expensive, they get poor battery life, and their sound quality isn’t the best. But at least they’re wireless, right? Samsung’s IconX fully-wireless earbuds can do much more than just play music. The earbuds can take your pulse, help you reach the right-intensity workout, and measure how many calories you’ve burned and how many steps you’ve taken – impressive considering their size. The IconX’s pitfall lies in battery life, which ranges from 1-3 hours depending on usage. Ouch. And unfortunately, their price is pretty steep, coming in around $200 – possibly a better buy than most fully wireless earbuds, but you may want to stick with the more conventional type for now. Or maybe check out Vi’s fitness wearable offering.