I recently got my hands on a Fitbit Charge 2 to compare to the Gear Fit 2.
The Fitbit Charge 2 is better because…
it has 2x the battery life
its app is generally better
it gamifies fitness better
it is more social
it works with iPhones
The Gear Fit 2 is better because…
Its screen is infinitely nicer looking
It has a touch screen — which allows for a much wider range of interaction
it does a lot more than the Charge 2 — for example, the Charge 2 doesn’t have a timer, can’t answer/reject calls, can’t respond to text, and more.
its sleep tracking is much more accurate
It works with Spotify
You can actually store music on the device and listen via Bluetooth
Conclusion: I like the Gear Fit 2 quite a bit more. It is very annoying that the Charge 2 doesn’t have a timer. This is such a simple feature to add and it is very useful (I use it on the Fit 2 every day). Also, being able to answer or reject calls with the Fit 2 is major. These extra features more than offset the loss of battery life in my opinion.
The Gear Fit 2 automatically pulls your heart rate throughout the day on regular intervals depending on how you set it up. It doesn’t do it every second of the day to save battery life, but it does a pretty good job of gauging how active you are.
It takes heart monitor readings more often automatically if you are working out.
The automatic heart rate monitor is also very accurate.
I was surprised by the usefulness of being able to answer the phone with my Gear Fit 2. It doesn’t have a speaker or microphone, so I would’ve thought that it was pretty useless. Not so!
There have already been 2 obvious examples where being able to answer calls was very useful. 1st, I was charging my phone all the way across my house and my phone was on vibrate (what I always leave it on). I saw an important call coming in that I wouldn’t have otherwise noticed. 2nd, my hands were full and I wanted to answer the phone before it went to voicemail. I essentially answered with my nose and yelled at my pocket successfully! Good times.
Probably the most common use is rejecting obvious spam calls without having to pull my phone out of my pocket.
I’m sure this feature will continue to come in handy.
The Alarm Clock on the Gear Fit 2 is one of my favorite features. The difference between waking up to a blaring, loud, and jarring sound alarm vs a soft wrist vibration is astronomical!
It helps not wake up the wife when I get up earlier. Great stuff. I do know that this feature is on a lot of other wrist smart devices, so its not entirely unique with the Fit 2. However, I can say that it works flawlessly the first and 100th time with the Gear Fit2.
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