I was trying to avoid spending any money on tech toys for a while. When the frames for Google Glass first came along, I passed. I still have yet to buy an HTC One M8. I saw some high-end earphones that I'd really like, but I passed on them. I have passed on buying a LED television, Roku, a new Wifi router, and more.
Somehow, Samsung broke my will with the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit.
I bought both. I really like them both. Though, I am only going to end up keeping one. When I walked into Best Buy in Atlanta last week, I intended to just grab the Gear 2 (with the camera), as I had been really digging it the previous night, apparently just hours before they were allowed to sell them. Well, at slightly after 11am they had already sold out of the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo (no camera), and had two of the Gear Fit available. Thus, I bought a Gear fit.
I like the Fit for the size, the light weight, the look, especially for the notifications, and for the fitness applications. It is pretty well done, though some other fitness bands are more fully featured for fitness only purposes, the Gear Fit is a far better smartwatch because of the notifications it provides and the ease of accessing them.
Heart Rate, Pedometer, Sleep, and an Exercise application that includes settings for walking, running, hiking, and cycling, then a timer and a stopwatch are all of the Gear Fit's fitness offerings. All of them seem to work well for me. I have read reviews in which others say the measurements aren't accurate, or at least not as accurate as other fitness bands, but it has done well for me. I'm not sure what they are experiencing nor why.
As for notifications on the Gear Fit, they are great. They are displayed almost immediately when they arrive on my Note 3, they are fairly easy to scroll through, and they can then be displayed on the phone with a tap on the appropriate icon at the bottom of the notification.
However, they cannot be responded to in any way. Once I've read a message, I can either view it on the phone, delete it, or...nothing. That's it.
This is where the Gear 2 Neo comes into the picture. I can respond to messages and incoming calls via predetermined replies, via voice using S-Voice, and I can make and answer calls directly from the smartwatch. It also offers every single feature of the Gear fit, plus it adds, S-Voice, a messaging application, Contacts list, a Dialer, a synchronized call log, an Email application, an IR remote control, voice memos the sync with the phone's voice memo application, a calendar application, the ability to connect to a bluetooth headset to playback music, and 4GB of internal storage for that music playback.
It is the same price as the Gear Fit but looks more like the Gear 2.
Taking a call from my wrist seemed like a silly feature to bother with. Seriously, why the hell would I want to bother with that when I have speakerphone? Yet, it actually is convenient. If I am at the computer, I don't have to bother with grabbing the phone, I don't even have to touch the watch, as I can just say "answer" and it does as expected. It is a pretty good speakerphone as well. The audio is good in both directions. I'm happy with the way this has worked.
I love that for text messages, I can reply, and not just with canned responses, but by dictating messages by voice. I think I'd be able to do this with email too, but the security settings on my device appear to be blocking that.
Unlike the Gear Fit, the orientation of the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo is more appropriate to the way most of us check our watches. The Gear Fit requires that I contort both my neck and arm to read it if worn traditionally on my wrist. I also found that due to the curved display, it always makes for glare from reflections, unless the environment is pitch black. If I wear it on the underside of my wrist it is a bit better, both for glare and orientation, but it is still not ideal.
I am not keeping the Gear Fit. Pretty as it may be, it just isn't very good overall.
I am keeping the Gear 2 Neo. I know everyone seems to prefer the look of the Gear Fit, but it is simply not as good a device for anything it is meant to do.