This will be the first time I’m reviewing a wearable device and there will be more to come. Having owned a wearable device before this, I kinda know what to look for and what functions do I want in a smartwatch. So this time I’m reviewing not one, but two variations of a smartwatch from the same brand.
Samsung has been making smartwatches for a few years now since the Gear series. Now they are focusing on the fitness series at a much lower price tag. Fitness enthusiast will now be able to own a new fitness smartwatch without tearing their wallets.
Now we have a look at the first variation of the said smartwatch, the Galaxy Fit.
Samsung Galaxy Fit (2019)
The Galaxy Fit is a small sized fitness smartwatch that feels really light at only 24 grams that I hardly feel it being strapped on my wrist. It came in a small box that still able to store the watch itself plus the wireless charger and the user manual/warranty booklet.
- .95-inch full-color AMOLED
- 120 x 240 resolution
- 5ATM water resistance
- 18.3 x 44.6 x 11.2mm
- 24g (with strap)
- 120mAh battery, NFC charging
The look and feel of the Galaxy Fit is similar to most of the fitness smartwatches in the current market but with a nice polycarbonate shell around the watch, making it feel sturdy and durable. It has a physical button on the left that acts as a power/home button. The heart rate sensor is located at the back of the watch.
The Galaxy Fit is a simple yet intuitive little gizmo to have on your wrist. While it tracks your fitness level, it also provide some useful information such as the current weather forecast and temperature, notifications from your phone that you can read and scroll through, pre-written quick replies for messages (WhatsApp, SMS, Messenger, etc) and it tells the time too. Scrolling through the messages and functions of the watch is easy, just swipe and tap. Yes, it’s a touch screen. So browsing through is easy.
The strap is a durable silicon based material that has a unique clasp that is similar to Apple Watch style, but it takes a little practise to take it out quickly. Putting it on is easy. That means it’s not that easy to come off especially when you’re doing some active sports.
The AMOLED display on the Galaxy Fit is awesome. At 282ppi density, reading some text is pleasing to the eyes. You can even see and read with ease when in bright daylight and under the sun. So outdoor use is good. Allow me to point out that it is a colour display as well. Colours are punchy and clear. So that’s a plus point.
Samsung claims that the battery can last for about 6 to 7 days on a single charge. Well, they are not wrong. I managed to use the Galaxy Fit from 100% to 10% in 7 days before I had to charge it. And I love the NFC wireless charger that comes with it. It holds onto the watch with magnets and it charges quickly. It uses NFC based charging so you can’t use any Qi wireless charger with the Galaxy Fit. But it’s ok.
The main usage of the Galaxy Fit is the fitness tracker. The accuracy of the fitness tracker is on point. You have to sync it with the Samsung Health app on your phone to fully utilise the smartwatch. With it, you can keep track on your daily heart rate, calories intake, sleep monitoring, daily and hourly steps, running or walking and much more. Of course you can also use other third party health tracker app with the Galaxy Fit for better and more detailed health tracking.
Bottom line is, the Galaxy Fit is a great little smartwatch that you can have for good fitness tracking wearable device and also as your first smartwatch.
Samsung Galaxy Fit(e)
Enter the basic entry level fitness tracker and smartwatch in this series. The Galaxy Fit(e) is the most basic fitness tracker you can get at a very affordable price. It is even smaller and lighter than the Galaxy Fit, but it still get the job done.
This cute little (e) is extremely light that when I have it in my wrist, I hardly feel that it’s there. It’s like an invisible little gadget on your wrist but still manage to track all the informative fitness details plus notifications from your phone too.
While the Galaxy Fit is a touch screen, the Fit(e) is not. The way you scroll through each function is by tapping on the screen or on the body. As you tap, you can see all the items being displayed one by one. And that’s about it. You have to see the full detail of the function, for example the heart rate, on your phone. It only shows the current heart rate on the display, not all the history of it.
The display is a basic monochrome 0.74″ in size but you’re able to view what’s on the screen while outdoors. It turns off when idle, but it can turn on at a flick of your wrist to show the current time and stats. The only thing you will miss is the touch screen.
The strap is silicon based similar to the Galaxy Fit, only the clasp is a little different. Putting it on is easy and it fits snuggly.
Charging the battery on the Fit(e) is a little different. It does not come with NFC wireless charging dock but instead it comes with a standard clip-on charger. It’s not that difficult to clip it on and taking it off so it is not a struggle at all. In-fact, it locks on really well that you don’t have to worry about it coming off.
Every single one of the fitness tracker on the Fit(e) is similar to the Fit. So what you’re getting is a simpler version at a cheaper price, obviously. The battery on the Fit(e) can last you for about a week or so, depending on your usage. I managed to get it last slightly more than a week because I only use it for basic stuffs.
And so the Galaxy Fit(e) is what I would call a basic fitness tracker that does its job while keeping your wallet thick.
If you’re looking into getting your first fitness tracker a.k.a smartwatch, you can look into the Galaxy Fit. It has all the essential function of a fitness tracker and as a smartwatch at an affordable price tag. The display is lovely and you can view notifications and reply to messages quickly using the pre-determined quick replies. You can also customised your own replies.
If you’re looking to the most basic fitness tracker that does the job while being durable, you can opt to the cheaper Galaxy Fit(e). Although it has less functions than the Fit, it still works like a charm.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit is retailed at RM369 while the Galaxy Fit(e) is retailed at RM139 from the official Samsung web store.