Samsung’s Latest Wearable Lets You Leave Your Smartphone Behind
This lightweight workout device includes a fitness tracker and music player
Wearables have always been a sort of extension for the phone. Samsung is trying to change that with its newest duo of fitness wearables that work well on their own. The Gear Fit2, a smartwatch, and the IconX earbuds are planning to change what it truly means to be a wearable device.
All about fitness, the IconX is built for the run. While the IconX works perfectly as Bluetooth earbuds, they are far more than that. In its diminutive form lies not just good sound but also an array of fitness tracking tools. It can time runs, and track heart rate, distance and calories burned. It relays all this to the wearer using a dedicated voice dictation software.
For listening, you can forget about streaming services; the device flies back to the era of MP3 files. With 3.5 GB available, users can save up to a thousand songs. A weird rule says that 1,000 tracks is the absolute limit, notwithstanding leftover disk space, but that’s more songs than a runner would ever need. Multiple taps and gestures control the IconX.
The Gear IconX can be stored in a box/charger/power bank. The case can charge the earbuds twice — at 3.5 hours playtime per charge) — and stores them safely away.
The smartwatch, Gear Fit2, has built in GPS. Still with pedometers, heart rate monitors, accelerometers and fitness-oriented software, the addition of GPS makes it a full-pledged fitness tracker. Still Bluetooth compatible, it can function just as well without a smartphone. Without having to carry a phone, you can log trails, activity time, steps and other workout stats. If you want to view your information closer, just sync it via Bluetooth once your phone is back in reach.
Introducing a capable fitness tracker in an entirely new form like tiny earbuds as well as making devices fully independent from the smartphone are bold steps from the Korean tech giant. Samsung is a key player in the Android Market but with this new line of wearables, it could be looking into starting a new category for wearables that are complete devices by themselves.