I wish Samsung's Gear Fit worked with more devicesEvan Selleck - Contributing Editor
I remember, when I was just a kid, my dad letting me pick out my first watch. I'm pretty sure it was orange. I loved it for a long time, until I lost it sometime later. My dad picked out my next one, and I loved it. I hung onto that accessory for a long time, and from that point on I've always been a big fan of the wearable timepiece.
A watch can make us picky even if we're aware of it or not. We may have a cheap one on our wrist at some point, but we still picked it over another one. And when someone dives into the expensive designs out there, well, that stingy behavior just gets amplified. For me, a watch is unlike anything else in this regard. I know a lot of people who don't wear them anymore, but more than that I know a lot of people who have stayed away from things like smart wearables and smartwatches because they haven't found them interesting enough. Or worth the money.
That "worth the money" is going to be markedly specific per person, obviously, but I can understand where they're coming from. A lot of the technology-packed watches and wearables out there that cost a pretty penny are comparable in price tags to "expensive watches," but those watches just look, feel and work better. No need to worry about connections or battery, either.
I'm still waiting for the perfect smartwatch, too.
I've tried a lot of different options out there, and plenty of different wearables, too. Nothing's stuck with me, yet. There are accessories out there that offer to let you switch out bands, which is nice, but it's still just a small gesture. I've still yet to find a smartwatch, or smart wearable, that really grabs my attention.
And then the Gear Fit came into my life.
Right now, the battery's at 46%. That's the amount left while I write this article. When I was using the original Galaxy Gear, that could have easily meant I had the device on my wrist for only a few hours. It was one of the (many) reasons that particular smartwatch didn't take off. But, the Gear Fit is a different story. I'm just under 50 percent, and I've had the device on, and in use, since Friday, May 9, from 8:00pm EST. That includes plenty of time where my daughters wanted to make the screen move back and forth, and touch the different options.
What's more, it's just super comfortable. You'll notice it's lightweight right when you take it out of the box, but once you put it on your wrist, it's kind of incredible how nice it feels. The band doesn't rub, and the curved display just fits nicely there on the wrist.
I can't help but think this thing just looks futuristic. When I saw the new ads for Samsung and their new devices, including the Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit, I noted that the inclusion of the smart wearable in the ad would lead someone to ask, "What's that?" and I've heard that question so often since Friday due to this accessory. I've had a lot of people ask me about the different devices I've used while out in the wild, especially the devices with big displays, but the Gear Fit really stands out. People want to know what it is, and once the display comes on their eyes go wide. I've wanted to try out the Gear Fit since its debut, and I'm glad I'm enjoying the experience so far.
There are some parts I don't like about the Gear Fit, and I'm going to get into those in my next article on the device, but I can say that I've been overall pleasantly pleased with the wearable over the last few days. Is it perfect? No, but nothing ever is. It's just incredible that I haven't already taken it off.
Have you had a chance to check out the Gear Fit yet? If so, what do you think? Let me know! Are you considering picking one up, or does Samsung's lockdown of the device to just their smartphones prevent any kind of purchase? Let me know!