The wearable market is proliferating and has been estimated to continue that trend for the next few years. Most smartwatches of recent have been known to provide fitness and health monitoring features, and with the appearance of the Fitbit Ionic and Apple's smartwatch series, the competition is fierce. The Samsung Gear Sport was released alongside the Gear Fit 2 Pro the other variant at this year's IFA.
The smartwatch offers a transition from the traditional smartwatch from Samsung; it is a line between sporty and stylish watch. The Gear Sport is a rationalising of big and bulky Gear S3 with a more decent design and some new features. The smartwatch offers features like multi-sensor, GPS, fitness tracking and is waterproof up to 50m alongside depth pressure resistance. It can also sync Spotify to play music offline, pair with the like of Endomondo, MyFitnessPal and Speedo.
There are customisation options for other straps like a great leather, rubber combo strap which is fit for a gym workout. It also maintains some body design of the Gear S3 with a rotating bezel that is a nice way of navigating apps and menu just like before. A military standard dust and water resistant MIL-STD 810G to replace the former aluminium grade material previously used which means you can take it to sea, pool and basically any water you seem fit.
A heart rate sensor is also present and protrudes from the case to get a better fit for accurate reading which is the opposite in Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch. In terms of display, there is a powerful screen which is common to Samsung devices. There is vibrant 1.2-inch 360 x 360 Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 302ppi which s better than most devices. There are 23 watch strap options with a range of silicone, fabric and leather material although a little stiff makes it a nice option for customisation.
However, regarding fitness based feature, there are a few upgrades to the Tizen powered smartwatch with auto exercise tracking. Although, Samsung has been guilty of adding tech feature without the necessary software installed to back it up. The new collaboration is a real booster here providing the necessary software support. In monitoring swimming the Samsung Gear Sport tracks strokes (freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, front crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke), lengths and estimate SWOLF to gauge efficiency. You could also put in the size of the pool and analyse the performance of each of your stroke and length type.
Another feature of this smartwatch is the calorie tracking. You can manually add calories using the rotating bezel. It then subtracts the calories burned at the end of the day from that total figure. There is also built-in GPS, so you take it along for outdoor runs with Spotify offline support that allows you to listen to music on the go. In addition, there is a built-in 4GB internal memory along with with a dual-core chipset and a 768 RAM. There are also good third party running and workout ecosystem and a 300mAh battery inside.