This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Samsung's new fitness tracker Galaxy Fit2, which went on sale in Japan on October 23, is, as its name suggests, a successor model to the Galaxy Fit that was released last year.
Note that the previous model was available in two versions: the Galaxy Fit, which has an AMOLED display, and the Galaxy Fit e, which has a black-and-white display. The current model is only available in the Fit2 with an AMOLED display.
Orthodox fitness tracker Galaxy Fit2
The Galaxy Fit 2's display has been enlarged to 1.1 inches from the Galaxy Fit, which was 0.95 inches. It looks like a larger screen, but it actually has wider bezels on top and bottom.
The bottom of the bezel is a touch button, which acts as a home button. The physical button that was on the side of the previous model has been eliminated, and it's the only button that can be used for anything other than tapping and swiping the screen.
While the Galaxy Fit 2's watch faces can't be added from the Galaxy Store like the Galaxy Watch series, you can choose some of them from the app.
It has a heart rate sensor on the back. Charging is done through the POGO terminal on the back using a special cable.
I didn't actually try it out as it was a rental, but it looks like the core part can be separated from the band. It's available in black and scarlet, but there may be a replacement belt from a third party sooner or later.
The basic function of the Galaxy Fit 2 is to automatically detect five activities: running, walking, dynamic training, elliptical trainer, and rowing machine. Of course, you can also measure other workouts, such as cycling and swimming, but in that case, you need to operate the start of the measurement on the Galaxy Fit 2 side.
In addition, heart rate measurement, stress measurement, and sleep logging are also available. You can set the heart rate and stress measurement on the app to be an automatic regular measurement or manual measurement only. The battery life is likely to be better if you choose the manual only.
To give you a little more detail about the battery life, I kept it on for about 5 days, while also taking a sleep log, and it consumed about 10% of the battery per day. So, it is calculated to last for about 10 days.
The official website says that up to 15 days for standard use, but this is if you don't get a sleep log. If you're probably a frequent runner or walker, you'll probably consume a bit more battery power, so you should expect to need to charge it roughly once a week.
A hand-washing reminder is included as standard, which is typical of today's fitness trackers.
The Galaxy Fit 2 has excellent operability
By the way, speaking of this kind of fitness tracker, Xiaomi's Mi Band 5 is not to be missed. It has the same 1.1-inch display size. The price is in the 4,000 yen range and about half the price of Galaxy Fit2.
Since they are similar in terms of functionality, then you might think that the Mi Band 5 would be fine. However, I found the Galaxy Fit 2 to be better than the Mi Band 5 in terms of display legibility and usability. At the same 1.1 inches, the Mi band 5 has 294 x124 pixels and the Galaxy Fit2 has 294 x126 pixels, which is almost the same resolution. Despite this, I found the Galaxy Fit2 to be easier to read and operate than the Mi Band 5.
So there's a difference, especially in the controls: the Mi Band5's screen changes instantly when you swipe left or right. On the other hand, the Galaxy Fit2 works differently when you swipe the screen, and it is not the specification that the screen display changes instantly like Mi Band5.
It's a very subtle difference, but the Galaxy Fit2 feels more controlled and it's easier to know which way to swipe left or right (perhaps the Mi Band 5 has these detailed settings items, but I couldn't find them).
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