We were expecting the Gear Fit 2 Pro, but Samsung’s Gear Sport probably caught some of us off guard. Instead of the thinner fitness band, the Sport adopts a traditional smartwatch design without forgoing any of the durability or fitness tracking tricks that we want from exercise companion gadgets.
The watch is sleek and minimal with user-swappable 20mm straps, but it still has military-grade durability. Gone are the days of rugged devices looking bulky and chunky (well, mostly) without offering high-end features. It’s smaller than the Gear S3, too, which is nice for anyone that thought Samsung’s last smartwatch was a little too bulky.
Samsung also partnered with companies like Under Armour, Spotify, MyFitnessPal, and others to integrate directly with activity tracking and logging.
The Gear Sport handles all of the fitness tracking you expect from Samsung’s wearables, including S Health integration water resistance and swim tracking, and heart rate monitoring, but there were some compromises made. There’s no LTE option, and for whatever reason, Samsung crossed MST off the device’s feature list. That means you can use Samsung Pay or Android Pay, but only with NFC and NFC-enabled terminals. That defeats the one major selling point of Samsung Pay. Go figure.
No word yet on release date or price for the Gear Sport, but with the Gear Fit 2 Pro releasing on the 15th of September, we shouldn’t be too far away.