Samsung Gear Sport 2018 Test Review and compare with Garmin and Polar
The Samsung Gear sport is even smarter than before, with pulse heart rate measurement, activity tracking, GPS and of course the extensive communication with your Android phone. As a combination between the old Gear S3 and Gear Fit 2, you choose with the Samsung Gear Sport the best of Samsung in 1 smartwatch.
A smart and beautiful smartwatch with the best of Samsung
The round, smart clock of the Samsung Gear Sport gives you the freedom to forget your phone. Not only does he measure a lot, you also use it for messages, social media, calling and much more. View the Gear Sports offer!
They had to pull out all they had in mind for the Samsung Gear Sport to keep going/running ahead. He had to be smarter, more comprehensive, more comfortable, easier to operate, more reliable heart rate measurement and a better processor, working memory and storage capacity had to be expanded. In fact, Samsung had to adjust everything to beat the intense competition from Garmin, Polar, Fitbit and of course the arch enemy Apple (Watch).
The Gear Sport has just like the old Gear S3 GPS in the clock so you use it for running, cycling, skating, etc. This frees you and you can also record your ride without bringing your phone on your favorite bike ride or your other sports workouts (as of course also running).
This GPS unit ensures that you can keep track of all routes while exercising, without having to bring your phone. That makes sports freer and therefore more beautiful!
Not just for Samsung
Your phone does not necessarily have to be a Samsung, because the Gear Sport connect with all newer Android phones. Do you have an iPhone? Then it is a shame and you do not have much. This ‘stand-alone’ use is ideal for my running tours, many smartwatches do not have this. With this, he really has an advantage in my eyes.
A good smartwatch starts with a faster and better operating system than the old S3. For this, the Samsung chooses with its smartwatch its own operating system Tizen. The developers are given the opportunity to indicate which resolution their app will run. For example, you can choose 216 by 432 pixels (just like the Gear Fit 2 Pro) or 360 by 360 pixels for example. If you opt for the latter, you can then opt for the Sport.
Using the screen gives you a lot of information such as sports apps, calendar appointments, e-mails and much more. On the home screen, you can see the main app icons that lead to the more extensive applications. The fitness tracker has no control buttons on the side.
It is good to know that the Gear Sport (SM-R600) supports both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This allows you to pair it with your phone. This allows all information from your phone to be displayed on your Gear Sport. You can even call this smartwatch and pay via MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) or NFC (Near Field Communication).
Samsung and Under Armor are a good addition to each other’s products, services and knowledge. In this case, this resulted in a large number of advanced fitness and sleep registration apps, the activity detection and automated motivation notifications.
A comparison of the Gear Sport goes up with a number of other smartwatches. The Garmin Vivomove HR for example.
Versus Fit and S3
The Samsung Gear Sport is a combination of the best of the Gear Fit and the Gear S3 from Samsung. The watch plate of the Gear Sport is just like that of the Samsung Gear S 3 round but a bit smaller.
The S3, however, was ridiculously large and that is the Sport fortunately less. The diameter of the plate is still very large at 42.9 mm, but it is still an important half inch smaller.
The smartwatch is available in black, but also in bright blue. So you can choose a nice twist on the timeless, round watch plate.
The Gear Sport has an improved water resistance compared to both comparison models. As long as there are no major temperature differences, you can take a shower and even swim (water resistance rating: 5ATM). Another nice aspect is that each watch strap of 20mm fits this watch. Are you tired of blue or black? Then you just choose another band.
On the Go
Health and safety have received extra attention in this watch. For example, there is not only a airplane stand (where you get advice for stretching and stretching exercises), but also an car driving mode (where you do not get any information at all while you are on the road).
Samsung Gear Sport Specifications
Body Dimensions 48.8 x 42.3 x 10.4 mm (1.96 x 1.67 x 0.45 in)
Weight 43 g
Build Stainless Steel
Samsung Pay Yes
IP68 certified Dustproof and water resistant over 1.5 meters and 30 minutes
Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1.2 inches (~43.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 360 x 360 pixels (~302 PPI pixel density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Always-on display Yes
Rotating bezel Yes
Platform OS Tizen-based wearable platform
Chipset Exynos 3250 Dual
CPU Dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A7
Memory Card slot No
RAM Internal 4 GB, 512 MB
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jack No
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Features Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, heart rate, barometer
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
Qi wireless charging Yes
S-Voice natural language commands and dictation Yes
Sound formats MP3/M4A/AAC/WAV
Photo viewer Yes
Voice memo/dial/commands Yes
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 250 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 48 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 48 h (mixed usage)
The big question now of course arises: Do you have to buy it? Contrary to what you might think, I do not consider it a resounding yes. Because my answer is twofold: No, certainly not if you now have the older Gear S3. I would not buy it if you are a half or full marathon runner and really want to get all the info to improve your performance. The (admittedly more expensive) Garmin 935 or Polar V800 are really better.
Are you still there?
If you want more information on your sports watch PLUS also want to get a lot of running and sports information, then I am positive. So yes he is fine, if you do not have a (good) tracker and want to keep track of all your activities every day! The predecessors already had quite a few fans who faithfully check their stats every night and quickly walk around to get the daily 10,000 (or more) steps!
My personal opinion
When I bought the Samsung Gear Sport, I was still enthusiastic after having seen the first images and videos before. The appearance was already on and the features turned out to be a lot more than the narrow activity trackers from Garmin, Polar and Samsung itself. The fact is that no brand can compete with Samsung when it comes to a super-sharp screen with a lot of information on the large round screen.
This information will also be shown to you in a user-friendly way. This is quite a problem with the other brands and then it is all too difficult. After buying and home delivery of my Gear Sport I continued to use it and that tells me enough. He is not only beautiful on your wrist but also really super fine!
Buying something new for your hobby is always fun. Personally, I can really look forward to the postman if the package is not there yet. I now know what time he is at the door. Then I really make sure I’m there to tackle him, walk straight to the kitchen for a razor-sharp knife, pull the box open and admire the packaging. This does not take long and after some fiddling, with the opening of the box (getting rid of the sticker, leaving packaging intact) I can finally see my new purchase.
Best buy offer
This Samsung Gear Sport is even better than its predecessor. Better and nicer; you want to be seen with that!
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