The Samsung Galaxy Fit has finally arrived today, after being announced back at Samsung's Galaxy S10 event. I've been wearing the $99 tracker on my wrist for a little over 24 hours. How does it compare to affordable Fitbits, or to Samsung's other new fitness watch, the Galaxy Watch Active? It feels, in a lot of ways, like it falls right in between.
The Galaxy Fit feels more like a lightweight, budget fitness tracker than the round, higher-design Galaxy Watch. It's an evolution of Samsung's longer-display bands going back to Gear Fit. Despite its lower-key look, it has some impressive specs: it's 5ATM water resistant, has onboard heart rate (and Samsung's "stress level" tracking, which seems a little unreliable/confusing), automatic sleep tracking, automatic activity workout tracking (for walking, running, biking, rowing, elliptical) plus phone notifications.
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Galaxy Fit vs. Fitbit Inspire HR
The closest parallel in Fitbit-land is the Fitbit Inspire HR, which also costs $99. The Inspire HR also has water resistance for swimming, sleep tracking, heart rate, and notifications. It has a black and white screen instead of a color screen. Otherwise, it's pretty similar.
The Galaxy Fit band is thin, feels like firm rubber, and has proprietary connections. It felt comfy on my wrist and attached firmly, but maybe it was a bit too slim. The included (proprietary) charger magnetically attaches to the back of the Fit.
Navigation on the Galaxy Fit happens through touching and swiping: it works fine, but it's not always easy to do when moving (the text is small). A side button goes back to the main watch display, or quick starts a workout when pressed and held: this is my favorite thing it does that, weirdly, the Fitbit Inspire HR doesn't.
I also like Samsung fitness devices' automatic tracking of walks and workouts, and how the stats instantly appear onscreen. On a brisk walk, I'm suddenly in workout tracking mode without doing anything.
Loading a limited set of five customizable watch faces is pretty easy, even on iOS, via a watch face gallery that feels like what the Apple Watch has. Steps, heart rate, weather and a few other stats can appear on the watch faces, but you can't cycle through them or see more than a couple at once, which is annoying. Also, only watch face can be on the Galaxy Fit at a time. Watch faces are faster loading from the phone than Fitbit Inspire HR, but Fitbit's a lot better with adding more stat access.
Much like Fitbit Inspire HR, you can swipe to see a quick dashboard of daily stats: heart rate (and resting heart rate), steps, calories burned. There's no stair climbing feature, though.
Galaxy Fit vs. Galaxy Watch Active
The Galaxy Fit doesn't have music storage or playback, any mobile payments, GPS, dedicated swim tracking, or integration with third-party fitness apps like the Read More – Source