Samsung Galaxy Fit: a bit Fitbit, and Nike bit
Sarah Tew / CNET
9690044] Samsung Galaxy S10 event back at Samsung Galaxy S10 event. I've been wearing the $ 99 tracker on my wrist for over 24 hours. How do you compare it to cheap Fitbits or to Samsung's other new fitness watch, the Galaxy Watch Active ?
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 bit unreliable / confusing), automatic sleep tracking, automatic activity training tracking
Galaxy Fit vs. Fitbit Inspire HR
The Fitbit Inspire HR is the Fitbit Inspire HR which also costs $ 99. The Inspire HR also has water resistance for swimming, sleeping, heart rate, and notifications. It has a black and white screen instead of a color screen.
The Galaxy Fit band is thin, feels like firm rubber, and has proprietary connections. It felt comfortable 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 comes 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 start and workout when pressed and held: this is my favorite thing it does that, weirdly, the Fitbit Inspire HR does not
I also like Samsung fitness devices' automatic tracking of walks and workouts, and how stats instantly appear onscreen. He and a brisk walk, I'm suddenly in training tracking mode without doing anything
Loading a limited set of five customizable watch faces is pretty easy, even on iOS through 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 not 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. Watching faces is faster than Fitbit Inspire HR, but Fitbit's a lot better with adding more stat access
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 is no step climbing feature, though. Galaxy Watch Active
The Galaxy Fit does not have music storage or playback, any mobile payments, GPS, dedicated swim tracking, or integration with third party fitness apps like the Galaxy Watch Active has. That's where the Fit becomes a weird choice. The Galaxy Watch Active is really, really good, and does not cost all that much ($ 200).
The Fit feels pretty basic compared to Watch Active, which is my biggest concern with it. Battery life is assumed to last up to a week (versus about 4-5 days on Inspire HR). I have not worn it long enough to know what the real battery life is.
If you want to buy it
If you're a budget conscious and want a smaller band design, and like Samsung hardware, the Galaxy Fit may be a good choice. But I still think the Fitbit Inspire HR hooks into a far better social fitness ecosystem with Fitbit, which is why you'd be best off with that instead. (If you're a huge Samsung S-Health fan, Gear Fit may be something you'd prefer.)
Samsung's biggest advantage tends to be unique hardware features, and those are mostly on Watch Active. More to come in a full review