In this article:

  1. Why I switched from Android Wear to the Samsung Gear Fit 2
  2. What works on the Gear Fit 2 when paired with an iPhone
  3. What doesn’t work when paired with an iPhone
  4. More about synchronizing to Samsung Health
  5. How to transfer music to the Gear Fit 2 if you’re an iOS user
  6. How to control music playing on your iPhone, on your Gear Fit 2
  7. UPDATE: new update in July 2017

Since I had an iPhone, I was hoping that my Sony Smartwatch 3 would get Android Wear 2.0, so I could install apps on it. Unfortunately, Sony decided not to give the smartwatch an update, so I was stuck with a smartwatch that just gave me notifications. I wanted something more. Something that could track my activities. I didn’t want to pay more than 400 euros for an Apple Watch, so I decided to have a look at the FitBits. But then… I came across the Samsung Gear Fit 2. I fell in love with its screen, the amount of information that can be displayed on it and the fitness capabilities it had. The only thing that worried me, was how compatible this Samsung product is with the iPhone? Well, here’s my review, as of June 2017, using the iPhone app which had its last (big!) update in March.

2. What works when set up with an iPhone?

First off, Samsung is warning that it’s only compatible with iPhone 5 or higher. This also means that it’s not compatible with the iPad, even though you might be able to run it.

The good news is, that most features work when you have an iPhone. I can even say that it does more than Android Wear 1.5, as it syncs fitness data to Samsung Health, something you can’t do with Google Fit on AW 1.5.

List of features, all displayed on the Gear Fit 2 itself:

  • Timeline tracking: get an overview of all your activities of the past 24 hours, including important info (all on the watch itself!):
    • time
    • type of activity
    • heart rate
    • burned calories
    • automatic sleep tracking
  • Step count
    • set a goal
    • view average step count of each day and of the past 4 weeks!
  • Calorie count (in timeline)
  • Floors count (dramatically improved in the March update)
    • set a goal
    • view average step count of each day and of the past 4 weeks!
  • Heart rate monitoring:
    • measures your heart rate approx. every 10 minutes
    • manually measure your heart rate
    • view your lowest and highest heart rate in the past 24 hours
    • get an overview of your lowest and highest heart rate of the past 4 weeks!
  • Activity logging:
    • automatically detect workouts
    • manually start a workout
    • set a goal
    • GPS tracking
    • constant heart rate monitoring during an activity
    • autopause
    • notification intervals
  • Caffeine intake count
  • Water intake count
  • Change and customise watch faces

All of this can be read on the watch itself. This means you don’t need a phone to register or to read your activities. This vast amount of information made me buy this Gear.

What works in the Gear Fit 2 app on iPhone?

These are the features of the Gear Fit app, last updated on March 16, 2017:

  • Sync with the Gear Fit
  • Download free apps/watch faces onto the watch
  • View all of the above in S Health (steps, floors, water, caffeine, sleep, heart rate and activities) – in numbers and graphics
  • Notifications:
    • Receive notifications from your phone on your Gear Fit 2
    • Block apps from which you don’t want to receive notifications
    • Turn on or leave screen off when receiving notifications
    • Display details of notifications (like reading texts)
    • Display an orange indicator, indicating that you have notifications
  • Rearrange apps
  • Automatically update apps
  • Set up what happens when you triple-click the home button of the Gear Fit 2 (I set it on ‘record workout’)
  • Weather location
  • Back up
  • iPhone app update
  • Find My Gear: lets your watch vibrate so you can find it

3. What’s not possible (yet) when connected to iPhone?

I’ve also reset and set up the watch with an Android phone to see the differences. Here they are:

I’ve found only two limitations on the watch itself:

  • After an activity, you can’t view the map on the watch itself: you can see the route, but not the map itself.
  • You can’t reply to notifications, besides answering/declining/redialling phone calls. My guess is that it’s Apple that doesn’t allow this.

In the iPhone app however, there are a more limitations:

  • You can’t view maps of activities
  • You can’t sync record activities to external services such as Runkeeper, etc.
  • You can’t save the .gpx file of an activity (but there’s a workaround)
  • You can’t compete with friends on S Health
  • You can’t download paid watch faces
  • You can’t download apps that were originally designed for the Gear Fit 2 before it became compatible with iPhone. This basically means that you can’t download apps such as Spotify and Endomundo. The only app I downloaded, was Samsung’s Alarm clock (which I find a very pleasant way to wake up with).

Personally, I can live with these limitations, but I really hope Samsung will continue updating the software!

4. Syncing with S Health

Your activities are synced with S Health, which means that if you have an old Android phone or tablet, you can sync your activities and view more detailed results on it and even save the .gpx files. It’s a workaround, but it works.

5. How to transfer music to your Samsung Gear Fit 2

6. How to control Spotify on your Gear Fit 2

7. Software update in July 2017

Future?

Samsung doesn’t want to tell us if and when they’ll add more features, but I really hope they will update the app soon! And when they do, I’ll make a new video and blog about it 🙂

Posted by FJRDSTRM

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