Samsung Galaxy S5
I love the Samsung Galaxy S5 – I think it’s the best phone you can buy, and it only gets better when paired with something like the Gear Fit or Gear 2.
Starting with the case and the back cover, the S-View flip cover has a cutout that lets you see the top portion of your screen, where you can have a widget, and it’s a nice, soft material that feels good in your hand. The back cover of the phone has a gasket inside it which provides waterproof qualities for submergence for a half hour in a meter of water. The S-View cover has the same gasket. It also works with Qi wireless charging.
Samsung s7 Galaxy has a 16MP rear-facing camera that gives you great high-resolution shots. In front is a 2MP camera that gives a wide angle view. The camera app has both fast focus and selective focus. It’s a really nice app that gives you a lot of options. You can even shoot 4K video – on a phone!
The screen is a 5.1” Full HD Super AMOLED Display that gives 1080p resolution; it looks great and is very energy efficient. The battery is a 2,800 mAh size, that you can change out, allowing you to carry a spare battery, or replace it with an even higher capacity one that will come with its own case back. There’s also an ultra power saving mode to help you get an amazing life-boost if you need it. The S-Fit app has has a walking tracker that I’ve found good for everyday use.
Samsung Gear 2
The Gear 2 is a companion device that works with 17 Samsung devices – but only those. The band is easy to adjust, and very comfortable. The size of the watch is almost identical to the Pebble – it doesn’t feel too big or too small. It’s got some nice fitness features like a pedometer and a heart rate monitor that measures through the skin of your wrist.
On the top edge is a 2 MP camera that may not be your primary go-to camera, but it’s there, and easy to use when you need it. According to GalaxyS6 Samsung website, Company will launch their upcoming phone on May 2015 with 20MP Camera.
The face of the watch will display notifications of texts, calls, tweets… all the things you might normally get notifications for on your phone.
Samsung Gear Fit
The Gear Fit is the little brother to the Gear 2. The Fit has a narrower, but taller, screen, and you can adjust viewing orientation between portrait and landscape modes – whichever you find more comfortable. You get the whole range of notifications, like on the Gear 2, as well as weather and short messages like texts and tweets. It can take a heart rate measurement, but like the Gear 2, it’s not real time, and can be thrown off by activity, so not so good while exercising.
I wish there was better integration between the Fit, the phone, and an external heart rate monitor. The problem is if you start tracking on one device that’s where the info stays, rather than being shared freely between the Fit and the Galaxy S5.
Garmin Premium Soft Chest Strap
You really need a chest strap monitor to get accurate heart rate measurements. I’ve had good luck with the Garmin Premium Soft Chest Strap.