Samsung Gear Sport

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  • Very good
    3 months ago
    I was eager to try out a smartwatch, having read plenty about them online. From an aesthetic point of view, I really like the Gear Sport. It looks cool and is easily passable, whether in the gym or on a night out. The materials used in its construction feel premium. I’ve read lots of other people commenting on how big and clunky smartwatches can look. I’d have to say though, the Gear Sport fits perfectly on my (admittedly) dainty wrist. Syncing the watch with my Samsung smartphone was relatively trouble free, a few hiccups here and there but nothing major. You can see the effort Samsung have made for the Gear Sport and a connected smartphone to work together seamlessly. I’m really enjoying having the various notifications of calls, texts and emails on my wrist. Getting notifications on the wrist while on the bus, on a bike or out walking (and without having to fish out my phone) appeals to me. I’m also really enjoying the music feature. It’s very easy to sync a playlist over to the Gear Sport and head out the door rocking to some new tunes, once you get past Spotify's fairly twitchy app. I'm a regular gym-goer, and I was eager to see what difference the Gear Sport would make when in the zone. I found the watch really helped to keep me engaged with my workout. Having interval timers and heart rate readings kept me focused and pushing, and I found myself not just drifting mindlessly through a workout, which I often can do. I was initially concerned about battery life on the Gear Sport, it seems to be a bit of issue for all smartwatches. That said, I’m regularly able to get two to three days of life per charge. For sure, if you’re actively using the watch (i.e. using the GPS to track a run while listening to music) the battery level will drop quickly. My advice though, when not actively using the watch (e.g. during a workout say) - knock the watch into power saving mode. This will still allow you to receive the all important call and messages notifications but at the same time leave you with enough battery power to get through the day. The tech companies are pushing smartwatch technology, yet the buying public seem totally underwhelmed by them. In the end, a smartwatch is just that, a smart watch. You strap it on, it tells you the time and buzzes occasionally. I can see why people might be unimpressed, but the Gear Sport's features are useful to me, so I'm keeping mine :)
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    I’ve always been impressed by Samsung's ability to innovate and refine its products in its attempt at perfection. So I laid down my existing no frills exercise tracker and allowed the Gear Sport to be my trusted companion whilst training for my a big 2018 trekking adventure in the Himalayas.

    The aesthetics: Its a real looker. A slick metallic bezel that looks and feels both robust and expensive. I really love the stealthy dark looks which makes this a timepiece that looks awesome at the gym and doesn’t feel out of place whilst wearing with a suit at the office.

    The silicone strap is so comfortable that you don’t even notice. Samsung have packed this watch with plenty of tech. It has a friendly smooth user interface that has made this watch a joy to use. A quick scroll of the bezel and a click of one of the side buttons and you are ready to explore and make use of the widgets and apps and do anything from pay for your bills at the supermarket using Samsung Pay, to finding out exactly how many calories you have burnt doing your favourite sports activities. It felt good to be able to leave my mobile in my pocket (mobiles are rather big these days!) and instead use my watch to do various things such as listen to music, check email or monitor my heart rate.

    The watch worked like a charm at my local swimming pool, and I have been using the Gear Sport to monitor my performance during early morning runs and whilst at the local rowing club. The auto-detect is remarkable with the watch taking just a couple of seconds to pick up activities. The Samsung S Health software does an excellent job of presenting the data captured by the watch and provide you with meaningful information for you to analyse. Sleep patterns, routes taken during walks or whilst jogging, type of sport played and for how long, calories burnt at different times of the day are just a few of the many things that the watch analyses and thus enables me to make adjustments to my day, in order to achieve my health objectives, accordingly.

    Is there anything missing? It would be cool to be able to receive calls using watch for those moments where its inconvenient to reach for your phone. I would also like to see a bigger selection of apps considering the powerful hardware that makes up this awesome piece of kit. With so many smartwatches to choose from, I think a sports enthusiast would be hard pressed to find a watch more visually appealing, multi-functional and as easy to use as the Gear Sport.
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    Updated: 3 months ago
    What an excellent smart watch! So much to say.....impressed with everything it does, from letting me know whos calling me to tracking my sleep. Definately has made me become more active everyday. Makes me want to meet my fitness targets.
    The look and feel of the watch excelled my expectations. No extra weight compared to a standard watch. Would highly recommend.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    Updated: 3 months ago
    This smart watch come fitness tracker really does manage to exemplify the best features of each. The features of each, combined in to one device are complimentary in a way that genuinely makes a big difference in day to day use. For example, the water proofing feature needed to track swimming means not having to worry about taking the Gear Sport off in the shower or doing the dishes. The notification system of the smart watch is used to remind you to keep active and stretch.

    Having used the device for approximately a month I have found it's vivid and responsive display the best I've seen on a smart watch, with the bezel mechanism the most intuitive way to control the UI. The watch manages to balance a great size and weight with a reliable battery size and screen area. Crammed in to the body there is also 4GB of space for offline Spotify downloads, GPS, a heart rate sensor and every other fitness sensor out there. The waterproof metal body has turned out to be excellent at rebuffing scratches and signs of wear as it looks as good as new after multiple knocks and bumps.

    The complete control over alarms, notifications and reminders means the Gear Sport can match exactly how connected you want to be, ensuring you'll never miss a message or news story or blocking out everything except your morning alarm, depending on our preference. Tizen can certainly rival any other smart watch operating system and this impressive development acheivement by Samsung means they will be able to tailor the OS to their hardware choices, maximising efficiency.

    Charging the watch is easy, just drop it on the magnetic wireless charger. The battery lasted 4 days on average in my experience.

    Overall I would highly recommend this smart watch to anyone interested in a good looking, well proportional and comprehensively featured smart fitness device and smart watch in one
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    After a week of using this device, it's safe to say this will settle straight into the smart watch market and has the potential to dominate the fitness tracker sector. The sleek design is comfortable in any setting whether its day to day in the office, pumping it out in the gym or a night on the town. I like the variety of watch faces which helps the watch to blend seamlessly into any environment. The functionality of the watch is limitless with a wealth off apps by market leading companies and developers alike who can fully open the potential of the Samsung Gear Sport. Just when you think 'I wish it had x-function', low and behold, there's an app. Smooth transition between watch and phone is excellent. I am using mine with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. The rotating bezel allows quick and easy navigation. The waterproof feature allows you to track swimming and sweat producing sports including cycling, running and it also recognises whenever you do any exercise and marks this as dynamic. Slightly disappointing is the fact that there is no speaker on the Samsung Gear Sport not necessarily to play music but to allow for audible cues, notifications and to take calls. A very brilliant device from Samsung with great improvement from their last foray into the fitness tracker market with the Gear fit. Definitely a must have gadget for the tech savvy who like to be active.
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    I have been testing the Gear Sport for a couple of weeks now. I had been looking for something between a fitness band and a smart watch and this really does fit the bill. You can record your workouts with either S Health or Map my run and they sync to your smartphone. Both apps include mapping of the activity and you can view the map during your activity, so you can at least retrace your steps if you get lost. I found the GPS on map my run a bit hit and miss, which was annoying as I had tested it earlier and it had worked fine but at the start of my event, it couldn’t locate a GPS fix and when I tried to switch to using S Health, it displayed an error message saying another mapping app was already running. Other fitness features including constant HR monitoring, water and caffeine intake etc. Plus it is waterproof so you can use it when you are swimming. It also has Spotify built in so you can listen to music and your playlists with Bluetooth earphones.
    It terms of its SmartWatch functionality, the Gear Sport alerts you to calls, text messages, messenger and WhatsApp. You can also get email notifications, however I haven’t set that up. You can respond to messages with predetermined answers such as yes, no, thanks etc and some emojis or you can write your own response using the mini keyboard. You can also initiate a call from the watch although you can’t use the watch to talk into, but that’s fine with me. A lot has been made of Samsung Pay and the functionality to pay with your phone. Unfortunately neither of my main banks support Samsung Pay so I can’t use it, which is a bit disappointing.
    I am pleased with the battery life, it lasts a good couple of days between charges. Other bits and pieces include a barometer and altimeter, the former has an alert setting to warn you that bad weather might be on the way, which as I spend a lot of time outdoors walking, could be useful. The bezel is really handy for flicking through the screens and widgets, allowing you to get to what you want quickly.
    Having tried both the Samsung Gear S3 and the Gear fit 2, the Gear Sport definitely combines the best of both, but in a more compact version than the S3. If you are looking for a fitness watch with smart features then you can’t beat it. The only drawback, as with most Samsung wearables, is the lack of 3rd party apps.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    If only was summer and not Christmas period! I was lucky enough to give this piece of tech a go and I was extremely pleased with some functions that I didn't get to experience before on my fitness watches. It has a nice slim design with a contemporary, almost elegant feel to it, especially with all the face changes available. Scrolling through apps and options is very easy, the display is bright and love the bezzel although I kept forgetting is there. The music function I didn't really use but I was totally impressed with the notifications! At first quite reluctant about having calls and responding to mesages on a watch, i absolutely loved the fact that I can respond by voice, especially when having a strong European accent...and it always understood me! The sport modes are the basic ones of any sport watch but with extra data like cadence of steps etc similar to a high performance watch, however I think it might be a glitch with the GPS reception or connectivity to Bluetooth as the location of my runs/walks was quite inaccurate and on few occasions it showed as a straight line. I am currently travelling on roaming so not sure if that would be the issue. Another feature that I absolutely love is the Pay function as now when I go for a run I don't rattle anymore with all the coins in my pockets for my end treat to the coffee shop:) Working at a desk over 10h/day became less sedentary as the watch keeps giving me reminders to move and i am always excited to see what is the next exercise recommended as they often change. My new gadget was straight away noticed by colleagues and friends and I didn't need to be asked twice to show it off. The battery I wish would last longer but it's pretty good once is in battery saving mode. The watch I have it paired with a Samsung phone and the pairing works like a dream, seamlessly, used the food log a couple of times but I wish would be upgraded as I got bored to add all the details. The sleep log is definitely better than with other apps/ devices and I hope the calorie counter is accurate when exercising especially with all the Christmas meals and parties going on. Overall a stunning watch with a sleek but sturdy design with good sport and lifestyle features but it needs some fixes for location accuracy as is using the phone's GPS. Extremely pleased I got to use it and I look forward to put it to new challenges in the new year!
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    The Samsung Gear sport is a smartwatch that anyone can live with. It looks and feels like a traditional watch but is packed with technology that generally enhances your life with smart features and excellent health tracking. The rounded design is both elegant and attractive while being reassuringly sturdy. The screen itself is an AMOLED touchscreen which by nature produces rich colours and very deep blacks giving excellent contrast, brightness as expected is fantastic. General navigation through the Tizen software that runs on the Gear is done by either using the touchscreen or rotating the clever bezel, there are also two side buttons located on the right side of the watch that act as a back button and a menu key. The experience is fast and smooth all the time which is more than I can say for many of its rivals. Receiving notifications and calls is handled reliably with the only downside for me being the watch is only able to show the very last message you receive from each person that contacts you via any chat application apart from the Samsung messages app. Health tracking is great on the watch, It accurately tracked my run workouts both indoors and outdoors as well as indoor rowing all without me even touching the watch, I simply stopped my exercise and the watch quickly gave me a detailed and accurate summary of what I was doing. The Gear Sport is a pleasure to use and wear, its the perfect size for most wrists in my opinion and provides genuinely useful information quickly and accurately which is ultimately the most important role in a smartwatch.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    Was well pleased I had been chosen to take part in this Samsung Gear Sport campaign. For a while I have been on the look out for a smartwatch but the watches I have seen previously have either been too bulky or just a plain eye sore, all i was looking for was just a simple but sleek sports that would help me along with my exercise regime, yet act as a phone so as i could actually leave my phone alone for 5 minutes without that feeling I might miss a message or email or changing a track on Spotify, well the Samsung Gear Sport could just be the one. The watch is light yet comfortably fitting with the silicone strap, within the box there was a spare silicone band which was more compatible in size with my wrist, easy to just change over. The strap is quite cheap looking but I suppose its more durable for fitness purposes. I have ordered myself a leather strap which I can use if stepping out for the evening. The set up with my Samsung S8 was straight forward by following instructions from phone and pairing them together, I found using the rotating magnetic bezel a doddle easy to change to different home screens, this also helps you from not constantly touching the actual face itself and leaving smudge marks. After only having the smartwatch a couple of weeks I have noticed the rotating bezel has become slightly loosened. The tracking of activity has been an awesome help with keeping me moving, tracking my steps heart beat and also the amount of times i'm actual taking the stairs, hence why I try not to use the lifts at work if possible. I have yet to get swimming, but have worn it whilst in the shower. The notifications alerts that pop up if I'm idle for a period is also a good factor. Yet there seems like a shortage of actual apps for this smartwatch. The battery life has been quite acceptable, even with all the activities I am tracking and the GPS. I'm quite pleased with the Samsung Gear Sport, and have already informed several of my friends and colleagues and would definitely recommend this product for someone who wants to keep a track of their activities.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    The Samsung Gear Sport is up there with the best smart watches you can buy, and made with premium materials. Samsung have carried on from where it left with a premium build just like the Samsung Classic/Frontier Smartwatch, but this is lighter (50 grams) and waterproof up to 50 metres for those who swim.

    Samsung has again used the rotating bezel which works seamlessly with touch screen. The buttons are all in the right place and the right size even for someone like me with big fingers. The interface as very similar to the one on the Samsung Gear Classic, although when using the bezel, I like how it gives you instant info on calories steps walked, heart rate and steps climbed. All this at one bezel turn.

    Having had the Samsung Gear Classic, I was looking forward the added feature of GPS. The really helps when jogging, swimming you don’t need to have the phone to track your workouts. The S health app really benefits in built GPS as you get more accurate data. It has an auto workout detection which tracks whether you’re playing football, tennis, cycling which is brilliant if you’re as forgetful as me to set it up. If you want more accurate results a manual setup can also be setup. NFC allows payments to be made via Samsung Pay, although I do find using my phone a lot easier.

    To the technical side of the watch, Battery (300mAh) on average lasted 3 days without charge which is cool. The Wireless charging is very convenient. It has a stunning 1.2” 360 x 360 AMOLED display. The patch packs 4gb

    Overall a brilliant smart watch, but could do with making some minor software tweaks to enhance people's experience. 3rd party app support also needs to be improved, saying that for the features I needed it was perfect. The S Health is awesome, the auto tracking detection gives up to date information on whatever work out you have completed. For a person who is active and is looking for Smart Watch, this is for you.
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    As always amazed at the packaging! My first impressions of the watch are that it looks very sleek and promising!

    Upon taking the watch out its clear to see that it’s a very solid design and looks like it made to use every day. The watch has a very good finish on it and fits my wrist perfectly, compared to its predecessor it is smaller and has a very compact design and looks like it can pack a punch and going through the basics it looks like it has all areas coved. The bezel just glides when rotated which is very nice when trying to get to something quickly, I would say Samsung have incorporated the looks of both of their pervious watches to come up with the design of this watch.

    The smart look of the S3 Classic and the rugged tough look of the S3 Frontier and I would have to say it’s a stunning combination. The Samsung Gear Sports is instinctive! The watch knows what activity you are doing and goes straight in to that mode to track your progress and starts giving you updates as you go and once your done it will give a digital “pat on the back” Love it! Alongside all of the information supporting time, calories burnt, distance if applicable etc. I also love that the watch has so many fitness functions so you can choose in detail what you are about to do if needed e.g. running, swimming, climbing, treadmill, squats, jumping jacks and the list goes on and on, truly an all-rounder!

    This watch is truly designed for a person who is into fitness and at the same time has that classy look that will go with anything you decide to wear on that day, the changeable straps means that you can customise your look as you wish to suite what you are wearing for work and at the end of the day when its gym time you just get straight into it without any worries.

    There are some awesome features on the Samsung Gear sports one of the ones that stood out for me was the videos tutorials, as your watch and your phone are connected they both work together to give you the best workout possible like your own trainer! You can download tutorial videos from the Samsung Health app and use smart view to see it on your TV, as you follow the videos step by step for the time set your watch tracks all your movement to give you the best possible work out with all the feedback you need to get the best all round picture of how you are doing. I would recommend this watch as I think it is outstanding in what you can achieve with it on your wrist!
  • Good
    3 months ago
    Being an owner of the Samsung Frontier I was very excited to compare the difference with the new Samsung Gear Sport. The build quality is certainly very good however the strap is thinner than the Frontier. The menu is very easy to use and similar to the Frontier. The wireless charging is one of the best functions for me as I got fed up taking off the battery to charge on previous smart watches. The Sport has a good display which could be seen easily from a wide angle. The best app for me was spotify as I could listen to it via Wi-fi when I was in the gym. If you don’t Wi-fi available there is 4gb of internal storage available for music. In summary it is a good gadget with good battery life however I think the price is a little on the high side.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    My wrist has seen a plethora of wearables across the years from Samsung's competitors and what has been what I consider the best wearable experience I’ve had with the Gear S3 last year. Samsung released this year a more sport-oriented watch based on what the S3 is, which features a smaller display and impermeability to up 50m underwater. If you are familiar with the Gear S3 family then you know how Samsung is able to make beautifully designed and assembled watches. Imagine an S3 with a less thicker body and a more squared designed around the circular bezel and you get the Gear Sport. The 1.2” display is more subtle than the bigger S3 and the quality of the display is top notch. You just can’t get a better display on a wearable device these days. The silicone band (you get a replacement band in the box in case of larger/smaller wrists) is nice and the mechanism just makes it really easy to replace with other bands. The experience in terms of speed on Tizen OS and this Gear Sport is a breeze. Managing the notifications is quite easy from the companion app on the phone, similarly to what happens on other OSs where you can block certain apps from ever sending notifications to your watch. One department where the Gear shines is as a fitness tracker. The Sport can actually aspire at being a replacement for other fitness trackers and depending on many aspects, it does the job. It tracks not only steps but also sleep and other sports automatically. Samsung claims the Gear Sport can last 3-4 days with a single charge. I haven’t been able to replicate this performance. Even with the display always-on being disabled, 2 days is more realistic. The power saving mode is quite effective and can help you stretch the usage time in case you need it. Ultimately, if you’re into sport and you want to swim with the watch and prefer a slimmer design - get the Gear Sport. If you don’t mind a bigger display and prefer a more solid battery life, get the S3.
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    I own the Gear S3 Classic so was very interested to compare the two.

    Let me start by providing my thoughts on the watch itself.
    I found the unboxing experience pretty underwhelming, the box or contents doesn't seem as if too much thought or design had gone into it. I think at this price point we deserve better as consumers.
    I love the colour, size & classic circular design of the Sport, the rotating bezel feature is the best way of navigating through screens & apps that exists on any smartwatch.
    The form factor of the watch is perfect too, the case & weight itself isn't too thick to make it feel uneven when being worn. The pushers on the side are well designed in shape & size with a raised dotted pattern giving a tactile & responsive feel.
    The rubber strap is pretty nice too, not fantastic but good enough.
    The wireless charging cradle works well enough & charges from 0-100% in roughly 1 1/2 hours, i was surprised to find out that the watch doesn't charge wirelessly on my Samsung Qi charging pad.
    The watch runs on Samsung's own Tizen software, now for the purposes of just running the native installed apps it works great. Doesn't seem to lag & performance is snappy, i received over 2 days of before needing to be charged.
    The syncing with my Galaxy S7 is quick easy & gives me most of the notification features that i would wish to have (whatsapp, sms, gmail, etc) apart from a speaker & microphone to receive the calls. This works greats with Samsung pay but only has NFC built in & no MST capability.
    However i find that the software is potentially the biggest stumbling block for this watch or any in Samsung's range running Tizen, the "app store" is terrible! 90% of the apps are useless & the remaining are just blah. I haven't seen much development or new apps over the last year so i don't think many developers are on board to design an app for a small user base.
    Comparing the Gear S3 Classic and Gear Sport it feels like the watch it should have been, or a step towards the S4?
    If i could merge the design, shape, size & build quality of the Sport & take the internal additional features of the Classic then this would be a 5 star watch.
    This could & should have been an investment into Samsung's S4, however it seems they have built a watch as a stop gap to capture a small market.
    I mark Samsung down for building a watch to lesser spec than it could be.

    So overall i rate this watch good with a few features lacking & software which fall short of 5 stars.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    Having owned the Samsung Gear S3 Classic for over a year, which I found to be an excellent smartwatch, the Sport only improves on that. The biggest improvement is the watch now being waterproof, which I found was a bit of a loss on the Classic. The watch works really well for running outside, quick GPS lock, and equally so on a treadmill. I also find the size to be much more agreeable, the classic was slightly too big. This is kind of a cross between the Classic and the Frontier. The screens are all really clear, but display all the information required. The connection with my Samsung phone is also flawless and handles notifications well. The Spotify app also works well, something which I never used on the classic. I can't really find fault with the watch itself. Maybe there could be a few more applications available and a few more better watch faces ( although the're are a good number). The strap can be slightly irritating if worn over a prolonged period, however this has been the case with every smartwatch I've ever owned. Overall, I would 100% recommend this.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    I have been wearing this watch for a few weeks now and im still blown away...I Love it! It looks great on my wrist and ive had loads of compliments and interest around friends, work colleagues and gym buddies. It feels such a light weight watch and so comfortable to wear whilst exercising. The features of this watch are fantastic. The rotating bezel enables me to interact with the device ( this is also possible with the buttons on the side) with ease whilst exercising and even in the water preventing the display screen from getting smeared and dirty. The screen is on the smaller size than some other devices on the market but I think for me as a women the screen size is prefect as I wouldnt want something large and ugly on my wrist....its the perfect fashion accessory. The samsung pay feature on the watch is fantastic if your at the gym and dont want to carry any cash then this watch makes paying for drinks, treatments and classes with ease. It is so easy to charge with the wireless charger and can last me upto a few days. The wireless charging is superb, just stand it on the supplied charging stand to top it up! I loved the fact that I can play music from the watch on my wireless headphones whilst running does it get any better.......well using the device in water was the icing on the cake. To say im in love with my watch is an understatement......get one now!
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    I hadn't had a watch since I was a teenager but recently I had been on the look for a smartwatch that would allow me to track my daily activities and exercise regime and, ideally, to leave my phone safely in my bag when travelling.
    Most watches were either too bulky or plasticy, or lacking the features I was after and I, finally, settled on the Samsung Gear Sport when it came out.
    The watch itself is small and light, yet comfortable, simple yet stylish. The black silicon strap, perfect for the gym or swimming, can be replaced by fancier ones. The rotating bezel and 2 buttons are intuitive, the display crisp and easy to read.
    Pairing with my Samsung S8 was a breeze and, once done, you get all notifications for texts, e-mails, WhatsApp, calls, notifications that can be disabled overnight with the “do not disturb” setting. The Samsung Health App, present on all Samsung phones, takes an other dimension with the watch, continuously monitoring your heart rate, steps, activity and sleep and notifying when you have stayed idle for too long. You can also download other health apps for free: Speedo ON and Under Armour but I have still yet to try then.
    It is water-resistant, perfect for swimming but also, very convenient as you can keep it while showering.
    Battery life may be on the short side, with less than 4 days but the watch can switch to various power saving modes to give you time to reach home. Samsung Pay is easy to set up and use.
    Overall, I am very pleased with this watch. It hasn't left my wrist since the first day.
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    having previously owned an earlier Samsung smartwatch and wearing a rival smartwatch for the last 2 years I was ready to give the Samsung watch a run for its money.

    The screen design is great, the bezel to navigate all the apps is a fantastic feature too.

    Having tested it on a couple of cycling road sessions, the inbuilt GPS is a great feature to avoid taking the phone, it did measure my heart rate at 220 bpm at one point which was obviously a misreading, overall I like the fact it exports some data to other apps is fine... now here's the downside..

    Some of the data does not export to other apps, heart rate information for instance is locked to the Samsung fit app... why!? I can see the need to encourage users to use the Samsung app, but why lock the data to that app !??

    Thats my only gripe. I enjoyed messing with the custom watch faces, logging cycling trips and hiking and overall its a great watch... unfortunately due to the data being locked to the app, I am going back to my other smart watch even though it has less features!

    It would be great for most people, but it isn't for me.
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    Updated: 3 months ago
    Still lovin’ the bezel.

    Samsung have done a great job with the Gear Sport. It’s smaller / thinner and lighter than the outdoor styled Gear S3 Frontier that I was fortunate to evaluate for the Insiders. This hadn’t been off my wrist ‘til I swapped it out for the new Gear Sport.
    Looks are very discreet and can stay that way, depending on the watch face chosen.
    The rubber straps included cater for every wrist size and would be perfect for swimming.
    The major downside is that it doesn’t have an onboard speaker so I can’t listen to calls through the watch as I can with the Gear S3. This is very handy when my phone is on charge, as I can speak into the Gear S3 and hear the conversation through its speaker.
    Notifications for texts, e-mails, twitter and facebook are just right and can be disabled overnight with the “do not disturb” setting.

    Pros :
    Connects seamlessly to my Galaxy S8 mobile.
    Plenty of free watchfaces to choose from.
    Here direction app works well for directions on foot.
    Samsung Health app works well.
    It’s waterproof.
    Smaller / lighter – a better option for a unisex watch.
    Samsung Pay app works well – no need to have my mobile or cards on me.

    Cons :
    No onboard speaker – So, you can’t answer calls from the watch as I can with the Gear S3 Frontier. Maybe this was a compromise to make it watertight. Apparently you can answer call with a bluetooth headset without the need to get the phone out to talk.
    Battery life – Not as good as the Gear S3 Frontier. 2 days, as opposed to 3 days for the Frontier.
    Strap – as the Gear S3 Frontier, the rubber strap supplied irritates my wrist so I’ll be changing it for a leather one.

    Conclusion :
    If you are into swimming then the Gear Sport is for you. If not then the Gear S3 Frontier is a still a great watch (plus you can make calls), although it’s a chunky outdoor watch. The Gear S3 Classic is a more discreet option. Somewhere between the 3 smartwatches in Samsung’s range, there is a watch for everyone.
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    I already own the Samsung Gear 3 Classic, so knew what to expect with this latest model. The Gear Sport is aimed at the sports user, is waterproof and perfect for the gym. It's simple to pair with your phone, and set-up. All of your notifications for texts, calls, emails, whatsapp etc. then come via the watch, and you can also reply via the watch, either using the short messages or, by typing in, or by dictating your message to the watch. You do feel a bit James Bond when you answer the phone on the watch and speak in to your wrist, and I think it's a really cool piece of tech. In terms of functionality, the screen is touchscreen, and it also features a rotating bezel which is the main way I've been using the watch. Then you have two buttons on the right hand side of the screen. My favourite part of this watch is that it's waterproof, so you can use it swimming, surfing, or out in the rain. And it has excellent tracking ability. It syncs with the Samsung Health app, so you get read-outs of steps, activity, floors walked up, heart rate etc. It even tells you to get moving if you sit still for an hour, prompting to you to stretch. The design of the watch makes it the best looking out there today, and with the functionality and link with your Samsung phone it really is excellent. I also link it to Spotify to control my music via the watch, and have even called myself an Uber cab using the watch and the associated app. These really are the future, I highly recommend it.
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    Having spent some quality time with the Samsung Gear Sport, I have experienced a rugged, lightweight technological marvel with only a couple of things missing. The product itself does practically everything it can do with aplomb - comfortable, relatively easy to figure out, lightweight and visually subtle. The only two limitations down to Samsung's decision to favour lightness over cramming in every piece of tech.

    Unboxing it was simple enough, and my smartwatch experience was up and running within mere minutes. It worked excellently with my Samsung Galaxy S8 (although this can work with pretty much any phone out there). The only things that may initially slow you down are things like having to create a Samsung Health account (but I've already been using one for a while).

    There is a quick on-board tutorial and once you get to Samsung's app store, you can browse the limited selection of apps (there are plenty of free watch faces, though). For my personal use case, I prefer fewer apps, as I don't want a mini-smartphone on my wrist - simply a good health/fitness tracker which handles notifications intelligently. The Gear Sport accomplishes both very well, and can easily go 3-4 days on a single charge (with Always On Display turned off).

    There were two main drawbacks: some of the software can be a bit clunky and actually needed a Reset after certain functions stopped working (post-reset, it's all fine); and the lack of a speaker/microphone to take calls. I can understand Samsung's decision, but it still would have been lovely to have on.

    In conclusion, the Gear Sport is almost ideal for most people. Yes, the price is a tier above what many would be willing to part with, but you get what you pay for. This is a true smartwatch, yet it doesn't weigh down your wrist, is just about fashionable enough and robust enough to wear when working out, swimming, playing football... It's a great motivator, and got me looking at my phone less - which is always a bonus when spending time with friends and family.
  • Good
    3 months ago
    Samsung have done a great job with this watch following on the DNA/design it put in place with the Gear S2/Gear S3 models.

    Out of the box the device is very easy to use with the rotating bezel being possibly the easiest and most intuitive control system I have found for use on a smartwatch and the display is fantastic, clear, crisp and easy to read.

    Not having a Samsung phone I did find that you need to download several applications before the full functionality of the watch can be realised. Again the watch/software makes this very easy to do prompting you on the watch itself and your handset to download the relevant programs.

    The supplied rubber watch strap is comfortable although I did find some irritation from it to begin with. This has subsided over time and positioning of the strap holders to the point that now due to the lightness of the watch I barely notice I am wearing it until that familiar notification buzz alerts me.

    Speaking of notifications the watch is a fantastic addition to be able to simply check messages, emails etc that have come through on my phone without me having to have the phone with me at all times. The bluetooth performance seems strong with my handset and keeps a connection almost everywhere within the house/office.

    The fitness and sleep tracking aspects of the watch are fantastic, although bring out a unknown competitiveness and sense of accomplishment for hitting the required amount of steps per day or sleep efficiency score being as high as possible.

    The automatic workout training while very useful and often very accurate did sometimes stop the workout tracking in the middle of a session for no obvious reason before starting up again but overall I was very impressed with it and the automatic reminders to get up and move around if you have been sitting for too long are a welcome surprise. I think fitness is a very big selling point of this watch and does a very good job.

    The battery life is good at 2-3.5 days max.

    S-Voice needs work when compared to competitors - possibly Bixby introduced in a software update might solve this.

    The amount of useful Tizen apps is limited and something that really needs to be improved, however saying that this watch has all of the essential elements pre-installed and has easily become my favourite smartwatch.

    I would definitely recommend this watch if only at a slightly lower RRP coming closer to the Gear S3. If you need waterproofness go for this, if not the slightly bigger Gear S3.
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    Updated: 3 months ago
    When I received my Gear Sport I had very high expectations given I also own the Gear S3, which has been a great addition to my Samsung collection. So upon opening the box I was very pleased to see my two major problems with the S3 were solved, the weight and the size making this a great start to my review. However the device falls short if you are looking for a smart watch that looks like a conventional watch (like the S3), as well as the charging dock not housing the watch as securely as the S3 does.

    Turning on the device you are met with a similar loading screen to the S3, however the loading time to get to the home screen takes about 6 seconds longer despite both having a duel core 1 GHz processors. Another noticeable difference if the quality of the default watch faces, non of which have the shimmer effect or stopwatch short cut like the S3 (though they can be downloaded). As for other reduced functionality compared to the S3 such as; smaller battery, smaller screen, no built in speaker and Samsung pay only via NFC (no MST), though I have not found any of these a problem allowing me to use the gear sports as I would the S3.

    Fortunately I have found many positives with the device in addition to the reduced size and weight as previously mentioned, such as a better designed strap included as standard, which is now ribbed instead of being smooth on the inside (like on the S3 which becomes uncomfortable on a hot day or after exercise). With the smaller and lighter design the watch is far better for exercising with, and I am yet to find an activity where I have needed to remove it, also with the increase water resistance it can now also be used for swimming. A nice new software change included is the new drop down menu with considerably more functionality than the S3 making it easier to change some important settings, as well as having a better performing activity auto detecting compared to the S3 (which I had to turn of due to the cycling detection coming on every time I was in the car).

    Overall I really like the Gear Sport as a every day watch and find it better as a sports watch than the S3, so it will come as no surprise that I would definitely recommend buying the Sport over the S3, however the S3 is still my favourite despite its imperfections.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    Love the watch overall ! Great that I can pick up and respond to both messages and emails without picking up my phone. I have found that during workouts it has stopped recording a few times, for instance I was doing a spin class and it only recorded stats to 20 mins of a half hour session, I thought this could be because I was bending my wrists but It also happened in a body step session where my arms are pretty stationary. The battery life is very short, around 1 day, and you don't really get much notice before it just shuts down. The different watch faces are great and I love the fact you can use your own pictures as your watch dial. The recording of calorie burning is a lot more accurate than my previous fitness tracker, my old one regularly recorded my step class as well over 600 calories but the gear records as nearer 300. I have found the bezel has loosened somewhat after only a couple of weeks but as it has a two year warranty I am not overly concerned. The voice control also works intermittently which is frustrating. There isn't many options on the work out section, no step or weights option to record which I know other have mentioned. Overall really pleased with the look of the watch and also the vast range of gadgets such as the find my phone option ! Have used that many a time. Off swimming today to test the underwater feature
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    Love the watch, very impressed.
    Love the fact you can check text & WhatsApp messages without having to check your phone. The benefit of vibrating when the phone rings has saved me from missing useful phone calls as I keep forgetting to switch my phone on loud. The ability to choose different watch faces including seasonal & your own pictures is a nice touch. If only it could also do the same with facebook messages.

    In regards to the fitness tracking I found it quite accurate overall as long as you move your wrist it’s not so good if you happen to be carrying things. I usually carry my phone at the same time which will keep track for those occasions. The health app can track both steps on the phone and the Gear Sport which will help track any missing steps. I haven’t tried it in the water but found the automatic tracking quite good.

    The battery lasts about 3 days and when it is dying it is nice that it can go into battery saving mode to keep alive until you can get to charge it.

    As I don’t normally wear a watch I was a bit worried about it being bulky and getting fed up of wearing a watch but it isn’t and I haven’t.

    Smitten and very impressed.
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    ++++++ PROS ++++++
    + Elegant design
    + Quality feel
    + Razor sharp screen
    + Wide range of apps
    + Intelligent and intuitive interface
    + Good battery life
    ---------- CONS ----------
    - LED on charging dock too bright!

    I love my Gear Fit 2 - to the point where I really thought I had found my ideal watch. When the Gear Sport campaign caught my attention I was in two minds: do i *really* need this as well? I was sold, though, on the fact unlike my Fit 2, this watch would be able to cope with a good soaking in my local pool, which I attend at ridiculously early hours a few times a week to help me maintain at least a semblance of shape. It turned out to be a good decision.

    The Gear Sport is a superb example of technology that is both useful and well-engineered. It's not small but sits on the wrist elegantly without looking overly blingy, helped by the understated but classy dark grey finish. The bezel, which controls access to some of the functions and apps, has a reassuringly high quality feel that you would expect from a high end analogue timepiece rather than a smartwatch. So first impressions are good.

    And they get better as you use it. The OLED screen is summed up in one word: stunning. It's sharp, clear and colourful, and the navigation to apps and system features is so simple the manual is mostly redundant. I especially love the way you can find all your messages with a simple twist to the left, and all your fitness info to the right. Someone clearly spent time on shaping an intuitive user experience. There's pretty much every app you need out of the box - yes, even one for PowerPoint presentations! - but there's hundreds more if you feel adventurous. I have started using the Speedo swimming app as it has more depth than the default swim software.

    You can also use it as an off-line music player if you have the appropriate Bluetooth buds, although I cannot seem to find any reference in the manual or online as to how large the internal memory is - that would be a useful thing-to-know.

    So what prevents a perfect 10-stars? Well, I have a major gripe - why oh why do manufacturers put such a bright LED on the charge base, knowing that a fair percentage of users will charge their devices by their bedside overnight. The Gear Sport's green lamp seems supercharged to the point it actually casts shadows and there's no escaping it unless you're lucky enough to have a closed cabinet to hand (which I don't). No doubt the light is useful during the day, but surely it's not beyond their capability to include a sensor that measures ambient light and adjusts output accordingly?

    But this aside, it's desirable tech at its best.
  • Good
    3 months ago
    Pro’s Great build quality feels solid and the weight is what you would expect from a quality watch, Crisp and clear screen Ample data point for every type of activity Multi ways to control the screen Good quality strap Stylish
    Con’s Short battery life (2-2.5 Days) Limited colours The price other premium brands and other more dedicated sports watches such as the.

    I have had the watch for just over a couple of weeks and first impressions was for a sport watch how good looking it is. When I compare it to my dedicated multi-sport watch the build and feel of the watch is so much better, the watch feels solid and not plasticky which a lot of other sport watch seem to.

    What I have noticed was the battery life is limited to 2-2.5 days which is considerably shorter than other dedicated sports watches.

    The screen is crisp and clear and easy to see when you’re out for runs or rides. When comparing with other devices the speed and accuracy is on par with these dedicated devices.

    The watch is very customisable when using the app on your phone which give you a lot of options and the apps store again has a lot more options that other app store which allows you to reflect your personality with your watch.

    The connection with you Samsung health is slick which your steps and your calorie intake displayed as you update you the apps Samsung health apps with what you have consumed. While out walking over 10 minutes the watch updates your time and acts like a cheerleader for your pace.

    The app is very good with nice functions like find my gear and adding track to your gear. There various faces to download both free and paid. The additional benefit for this watch is it is now water resistant to 5 ATM (50 Metres) when used with the Speedo On App this offers all the functionality of other multi-sport.

    The Watch can be used with Samsung pay with or without your phone. However, the take up of Samsung Pay by banks in the UK is limited.

    Another cool feature it the ability to controls your phone with the watch and if you want to see things on a larger screen you can select Show on phone and it will bring your emails etc up on your phone for you.

    If I was to give this watch a rating out of 10 it would be a 7 as the battery life could be better and the availability of other colours would make it more appealing to everyone. To counter this the functionality and the clarity of the screen is excellent.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    I am simply in love with it. In fact I was smitten in the first few days. It's sleek, stylish and comfortable. It has all the aspects of a fitness tracker you could want and appears to be very accurate. It is easy to connect to your phone and syncs effortlessly once set up, which is not hard to do. You can set it to receive notifications from pretty much all apps on your phone and can respond to messages, etc. Having no speaker means making calls has to be done on your phone but can be initiated/answered using the watch. It has all the features you'd expect from a high end smart watch. The rotating bezel makes access to apps quick and easy, and there are plenty of apps to download. The fact is waterproof makes using it even easier, espescially if you're like me and forget to put things back on after taking them off for water based activities. There are a wide variety of watch faces to choose from and download so you can personalise it (I currently have Christmas snoopy and it's adorable) and have it fit for any occasion I have no doubts that by the time this is finished I won't want to give it up. Having no previous experience with Samsung Gear I can't personally compare, but apart from adding a speaker I'm not sure what else you could want, that this device doesn't have. It's a perfect all rounder for those who want both a fitness tracker and smart watch.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    First Impressions were extremely positive, Samsung have put together a very good looking smartwatch, no flat tire, it feels exactly the same as wearing a standard analogue watch, and looks extremely smart. Pairing to my s& edge was obscenely simple, just a case of firing up the Samsung Wear app once the watch watch powered up, and they almost immediately found each other, with just a quick prompt to check that they were both communicating with the right device, it connected and synched up. A quick tweak of the settings and I was on my way. The use of the bezel to switch between screens and select apps is absolutely inspired, and makes controlling the watch very intuitive. After only a few uses I was finding it really easy to navigate the screens and find the apps that I wanted Changing watch faces is super simple and I quickly found a couple of christmas themed ones in the app store and my watch ended up with a Christmas Jumper face that was admired by many. The activity tracking needed almost no set up, it managed to spot that I was on a walk and started telling me that I was at a good pace and monitoring my heart rate. It also started prompting me to move about a bit more as I was sat at my desk at work, with a suggestion of torst twists, which I thought was a nice touch. My only complaint as I was trying to use it in the gym was that the health tracking screen would go off after 20 secinds to conserve battery, which was annoying as I was trying to use it to time my HIIT activities, and I couldn’t find an option to keep it on, although having it show my heart rate and calorie burn as I was exercising was fantastic. I also found some super useful apps to load up, as well as the music player which was brilliant for controlling my tunes, the powerpoint remote is very cool and definitely made me look badass giving presentations, I was basically Tony Stark. In all Samsung have done an amazing job. In fact after showing it off to my friend and showing it synch up to a golf app, he is demanding one for Christmas from his wife (Sorry Bec).
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    A great watch with the latest version of Samsung’s own operating system Tizen on it Not to big and not to small but allows you to do everything you need a smartwatch to do while being relevant with a great design. The design is a gunmetal casing with the swivel bezel that has become synonymous with Samsung watches. The watch itself is waterproof up to 50 meters which is quite surprising as most usually aren’t. The Samsung gear sport comes with a wireless magnetic charger which has a very good hold so cant become easily disconnected. The screen itself is a thing of beauty and just works as it should, it’s a 1.2 inch screen with 360 x 360 screen resolution It has 2 buttons in it, 1 as a back button and one as a menu button. The navigation of the menus is fantastic with a swivel design around the bezel, swivel left for any new notifications and swivel right for all the apps that have been put onto the watch (lots are available from the app store). The feature list is quite impressive with GPS built in bluetooth and wifi connections. A heart rate monitor, step counter, altimeter and NFC. This is an impressive list for an impressive watch. It charges in about 1 hour and 45 minutes and with my needs lasts about 2 days without a charge. I usually check when I get a message every 15 minutes while also having the display on constantly to avoid having any issues with the face coming on. It has a specific mode if you do wanna use it underwater, this effectively locks the touchscreen to avoid any mishaps from the water touching it. With the increase of fitness trackers its hard to become unique in the market, with this watch you pair with earphones and also transfer your music to it. This means you can leave you watch at home while your out on a run and be able to flik through your music with ease. The watch has all the usual other bits by swiping down from the top it displays quick access such as turning the screen off till you flick your wrist (better for battery life), power saver mode, water mode, do not disturb (great for at night) and a quick link to the settings. Everything on the watch works as it should with a variety of different apps through the gear app however I feel myself wanting more from it.
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    Historically smart watches have looked less watch and more small phone screen on your wrist. This is great for younger audiences but less appealing for others. Having had the Gear S2 and original gear fit the new Gear Sport is the smart watch I’ve been waiting for. The look and feel is high quality from the second you take it out of the box. The metal bezel feels nice under touch and the straps are interchangeable and also feel nice. From a distance this doesn’t look like a smart watch which I like, it’s less overt than other smart watches but packs a punch. The screen is fantastic and appears larger than previous models without enlarging the actual watch. The look and feel with apps circling the screen is still present but this works and i’m glad Samsung haven’t changed this. This is pitched as a sport watch but I feel even the less sporty would use this. The step and stair counter are nice reminders during a busy day as is the prompt to stretch if it feels you’ve been sat down for too long. As is the same with other versions the app count is still rather slim as I suspect developers have struggled to utilise the round screen – however I hope this will change in the future. My thoughts are that the out of box apps are sufficient. This isn’t a watch to use instead of a phone but an extension to enhance your phone experience. The nice buzz and flick of the wrist to check an email, a quick swipe right to check the weather or the world clock for those of us working with colleagues in other countries. So far so good with this one. It’s pricey at around £300 at the time of writing however it’s a beautiful looking thing, a super useful fitness product and an extension of phone which I use all day. 5/5 from me.
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    Having lived with and used the Samsung Gear Sport for just over a week I have to say that Samsung have surpassed themselves once again.

    I've been using the Gear S3 Frontier for almost a year now and would feel lost without it but this Sport version raises the bar. Setup, as I'd expect from Samsung, was a cinch. I've synced my with my Galaxy S7 edge. You're helpfully guided through the process with a series of onscreen prompts. Once setup the app upgraded the GearSport to the latest version and I was good to go.

    In it's most basic form. as a watch, it's light, comfortable, easy to read and fully customisable. I love the fact that it's so easy to change the watch face to suit your mood or feeling. It's as quick as a few swipes of your finger and there it is, voila! I tend to use the "always on display" and the battery gets me through a whole day with plenty left in the tank should I forget to pop it on charge and the end of the day.

    When taking it off charge in the morning i'm greeted with a friendly Good Morning and 100% charged infographic. Very friendly. It's great to be notified about emails, Facebook, text messages and the like with just a quick twist of the wrist to decide if it's worth getting the phone out. This has become second nature to me now. The ability to answer (or reject) calls from my wrist is a great feature, very Star Trek! No fumbling in my bag to find my phone to answer a call, fabulous!

    As a fitness tracker it works very well. Step tracking is on point. I run on a treadmill every other day and it "knows" I'm running and provides a detailed report on heart rate, steps taken and a plethora of other information. Out of the box the Samsung Health workouts are great and encourage me to push myself just a little further which is like have a personal trainer on my wrist. The pictorial instructions and count in are very useful along with the vibrate to rest and start function.

    All in all I'm really enjoying using the Samsung Gear Sport on a day to day basis and gaining insight into my health along fitness journey.

    I would highly recommend it to anyone who either loves tech or fitness or even better, both!
  • Very good
    3 months ago
    I've had a number of Smartwatches over the years my last being the S2 classic which I went back to after the S3. The S3 was a great watch, just too big and chunky for me. I love the S2 Classic but the Gear Sport is the best Samsung has designed yet. It's size is a little larger than the S2, but smaller than the S3 which is perfect for me. The battery life is on par with the S2. I do love the styling of the Sport and find the new prompts/animation to do stretching etc. When sitting for too long to be a nice addition. But overall it's a very similar watch to the S2 classic which is no bad thing. Just wanted to update my review with some additional feedback ... I love the new buttons! They are so much easier to press than on the S2, especially with the grippy feeling. The dial also has a very satisfying click to it now and doesn't feel like cheap plastic. I have found manually selecting the exercise I am doing to be much better than the auto function, but the watch does detect generic exercise when washing up or making the beds like the S2 did.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    I am enamoured with this watch! Great style, great design and great functionality! The silicone strap is much comfier than the strap on my previous S2, and so much better suited for exercise. I love the design, there are hundreds of free watch faces to get, but the standard face is stylish and suits the watch design perfectly. And I'm finding the battery life much improved compared to the S2. Heavy use daily and I only need to charge it every 4 days on average. I was charging the S2 every 2 days at a push, usually daily. I'm on a super weight loss and health kick at the moment and the watch is a great help with my motivation. To be able to see at the flick of a bezel how many steps I've done, log my water intake and be reminded if I've been inactive for too long is a godsend. It really helps to keep me focused on otherwise hectic and stressful days in the office. The only gripe I have is that when I take my son for a walk and I'm pushing his pushchair, the activity tracker will count this as cycling! Understandable due to the motion, but for someone so intent on getting my step count up, it is frustrating to say the least! I think it would be the same for any fitness tracker though, this is not an issue unique to the Samsung product :) On top of the fitness aspect, this watch is the perfect lifestyle companion, a little buzz on my wrist to notify me of incoming email, messages or calls is so handy, I feel lost without it now. When I first heard of this product I thought it may be better suited to men but I can assure you that's not the case, even on my child sized wrist it doesn't look too big or overpowering. Overall I find this to be an indispensable bit of tech that I would definitely recommend.
  • Excellent
    3 months ago
    The first thing you notice about the watch when you unbox it is that it's stunning, it looks really smart and the jog wheel has a really smooth feel to it. It feels comfortable to wear, and is not overly bulky like the s3. It was quick and easy to set up with the app, and I had it connected within a minute or two of opening the box. Battery is very respectable at about 3 days without a charge. Obviously it does all the usual phone notifications, and it's very easy to set up which ones you do want to go the watch and which you don't. You can also use it as a smart lock to keep your phone unlocked while it's connected which is great. Where it really shines is in the fitness tracking though. It will automatically detect and sort of exercise and log it for you without having to touch a button, it can even tell the difference between running and cross training! it also logs your sleep for you, all without you doing a thing. All in all a great product!
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    I previously owned a Samsung Gear Frontier S3 and the only thing I was disappointed with was the fact I couldn't go swimming, so was very excited when I saw that the Gear Sport had that functionality.

    This watch is definitely more sporty and less stylish than the Frontier, but if you are using it for sport then it's a terrific device with a wide range of functions to help you get fit and stay fit.

    Connecting to your phone (I have a Samsung Galaxy Note8) was as simple as could be, as long as your device and phone are connected to the same wifi it's a simple and seamless process.

    The packaging is solid, without being too flashy. The instruction are as detailed as they need to be to get the phone set up.

    It comes with two different size straps for big wrists and small wrists, so whatever size wrist you have you should be able to wear the watch securely.

    There are so many watch faces to choose from it is crazy almost.

    The number of apps continues to grow as well, so whatever you are into there is likely to be an app that is suitable.

    I really like that the step counter and calories burned are always on show, so no need to tap any buttons to see how close you are to your goals.

    The bezel is smooth. That was the one thing I didn't like about the Frontier, was the bezel would often get cotton caught underneath the mechanism and I was always pulling it out with tweezers, the Gear Sport bezel seems to be a lot tighter, so less likely to happen, but we shall see.

    Overall, this is a great sport watch that I am delighted to own.
  • Perfect
    3 months ago
    After owning the Gearfit and Gearfit2, i had to try this. It comes with a small strap as standard (as well as the fitted large one) so no need to buy a new strap. Its fine in the shower, the GPS is spot on on it, and the altimeter was spot on while climbing to altitude ready for a 13000 foot skydive

    Itll sync with your fitness app, and when you dig deep into the settings, itll also draw data from your fitness apps to give you a load of detail on your wrist

    Theres HUNDREDS of free watch faces, from bog standard 2 hands, to full blown linux data displays

    The Gear sport is the best smartwatch ive owned, and ive already convinced one friend to buy one too
  • Perfect
    4 months ago
    Once i had worked out how to remove my other device was simple setup, so many apps to choose to use from watch faces to helth apps... Am still working my way through them.
    Looks: the watch is a professional smart looking. With 2 strap lengths, in comparison to my gear 2 there are similar in size and weight. It fits well on my wrist, i needed the smaller strap. I found these straps more comfortable that the other and only occasionally irritated my wrist.
    Functions: it has many functions... Bright screen easy to see, good sensitivity to touch. It was sensitive at recognising workouts running walking ect... Even my driving is a work out.. Oops! Swimming, what a fab function, really liked this. The fact you can put it in water mode so its not knocked or has a mind of its own is fantastic.
    Music, love the function of adding music to it and not needing my phone on the gym floor, so just my wireless headphones needed.
    Easy access to email, whats app, notifications means i dont always have to get my phone out of my pocket too see. Draw back you can answer the call but need to actually have your phone to talk.
    Do not disturb function which can be custom set is really good. It means if you want to track sleep it can be done without being disturbed by email notifications. My sleep pattern was an interesting viewing.
    Samsung health app enables you to track lots of things, calories, workouts, water n food intake, weight ect... Helps for tracking as an exercise plan. I found this more useful on the sport than my gear 2, being able to add water on the sport it a nice function to it.
    Charging is the same as my other device and has the annoying light to let you know its connected and how charged it is. Battery life of this is awsome, lasting me at least two days with workouts and sleep recording. Charging doesnt take too long either so doesnt need to be off too long.

    In summary this is a very nice smart watch, with great functionality. Has many features that i like.
  • Excellent
    4 months ago
    This watch is presented beautifully in its box and set up is a painless affair - download the Gear app and you’re walked through every step with simple tutorials and explanations. Within minutes I was up and running.

    The build of the watch really is excellent. All metal, it draws the eye while remaining minimalist and reserved. The strap feels comfortable and holds up against sweat and water when exercising. Front and centre however is the rotating bezel, which can be used to scroll through the various menus and answer calls. The bezel is truly addictive, providing incredibly satisfying clicks when turned. As a smartwatch the Gear Sport ticks all the boxes. It receives notifications which can be replied to straight from the watch. The screen is bright and easy to see. The software the watch is running is great as menus are simple to navigate without stuttering. Battery life is as good as promised, I easily got 2-3 days on a single charge. Various apps can be used such as Spotify, Uber and Samsung Pay. If this was just a smartwatch it would be a good buy, however it’s the suite of fitness trackers onboard that really makes this watch worth it. I used it for multiple workouts, at home and in the gym. There are preset options to track specific exercises or the watch can automatically detect when you’re exercising. It counts how many steps you’ve taken and encourages you to meet targets and push yourself, can measure heart rate and is waterproof meaning you can track swims or wear it in the shower. The accompanying Samsung Health app on the phone provides an overview of stats. When it comes to fitness the possibilities seem endless, leading to what is a solid smartwatch and a fantastic fitness tracker.
  • Perfect
    4 months ago
    Updated: 4 months ago
    Nice bit of tech...
    Having trialled the S3 I didn't think I would be that impressed with this one but actually I like it more. The design is elegant, the weight perfect for my wrist when training and when swimming I wasn't encumbered by it at all. I was actually glad it is water resistant so I didn't have to take it off! I won't be testing the temperature variants, however living in London means it could get wet a lot and my current watch isn't waterproof (despite claims to the contrary) so now I have a great watch/tracker/training buddy that I never need to take off. The bezel is the now used to format, and why change something that isn't broken in my opinion I love the design. Messages are a bit small to see with my old eyes but unless you have a smart watch the size of your monitor that will always be the case, nevertheless messages came through quick when I tested this part of the functionality and after getting to grips with it was able to respond easily. I would have preferred a better strap however, the one it came with has a bit of a plasticy feel which is a shame as the watch itself is of such high quality that it deserves something better. Still, if I keep it they are easy to swap over for something more to my liking. the heart rate monitor works really well, as does the GPS which is great for tracking my running routes and proving to my running mates that I didn't cheat :-) The spotify connectivity was also a joy and made those long runs in the rain (waterproofing again!) a little more bearable. The main downside for me was the battery life. Until such time as there is a quantum leap in battery tech I guess that reduced battery life will always be the price to pay for the apps etc. built in, however by turning off the wi-fi this should extend the life for a bit more...marathon anyone???
  • Perfect
    4 months ago
    I have to admit at the start of this review I am a very big Samsung fan, however, I hope you find this an unbiased and helpful review. I have to take my hat off to those clever people at Samsung for achieving the almost impossible feat of creating a new watch that out performs the already impressive Gear S3 Frontier. Having had the watch for a couple of weeks I feel I can fill out my earlier review in a bit more detail, having owned the Gear S3 Frontier as a comparison. Firstly the design is very similar with a gunmetal body, toothed bevel, rubber strap and two button on its leading edge, the only real difference is that the chassis of the watch tapers to a slightly thinner watch strap, however, that’s where the similarities end. The 50m (5 ATM) water resistance & US military standard means that its good in just about all weathers conditions even diving. When I went running in the rain previously I would cover up my earlier Gear S3 Frontier out of fear of soaking and breaking it this one seems far more robust, although I have to admit I haven't left it in the freezer overnight as I am not that into winter sports! The reason I bought a smart watch in the first place was in order that I could leave my phone at home when I go for runs and use the watch as a data recorder, however, I found Gear S3 Frontier lacking in GPS accuracy, please don't get me wrong I still think it’s a brilliant watch, however, the Gear SPORT seems far more accurate. I went running after disconnecting the Bluetooth from my phone so that it was standalone, after a 5km run the difference was only 0.1km which could be my phone! Whether a techie like myself who likes to run for a bit of relaxation or a couch potato who likes some bling the Samsung Gear SPORT has something for everyone a great present for yourself or some in your good books. As it a smart watch its uses are only limited by imagination, connect a Gopro use it as a smart remote (as its now waterproof), it has onboard storage store songs and listen to them on your Bluetooth headphones and therefore leave the bulky phone at home, freedom at last….
  • Excellent
    4 months ago
    I have been interested in owning a smartwatch since the pebble was released back in 2013 but there have always been issues with them that stopped me purchasing.
    The issues included short battery life (most initially only lasted a day), limited functions, no waterproofing, and pricey for what it is.
    The gear sport has won me over through removing most of those issues ( it is still quite pricey but it could now be argued that it is more worth the money); the battery lasts up to 5 days, you can do most of what you can do on your phone, and it is fully waterproof.
    For someone that is active and does a lot of sports, I would fully recommend this smartwatch. It can fully track sports further than what a phone can, and with phones getting bigger this watch makes it much easier to leave the phone at home.
    Whilst you cannot phone people on it; you can track your activity with GPS, download playlists from Spotify and stream them to Bluetooth headphones, track your heartbeat throughout the workout, all in something that I have barely felt on my wrist.
    I have found that it sometimes does not pick up the motion of me twisting my wrist to view the clock so I do have to occasionally press a button to wake it up.
    It mainly uses a numpad style keyboard (like on the old nokias) for text input but you can use your voice or handwriting if that suits you better. I've found it okay for short messages but you will want to grab your phone for anything longer than a sentence.
    I would have liked to see better sleep recording on here but that's not a big issue.
    I have found all of the tracking to be very accurate and it is a very good companion on those early morning runs.
    Away from workouts, it is very useful to quickly see what notification has just popped up on your phone without taking your phone out.
    Overall I would recommend this to someone that is active or wants to become more active for the activity functions but would hesitate to recommend this to someone wanting to replace their watch.
  • Perfect
    4 months ago
    I have not found any cons for Samsung Gear Sport watch. It is light, smart and looks expensive. The size is very good – it would suit both men and women. There is abundance of watch faces and I match them to suit my clothing style. The watch looks equally good with a costume or sportswear. Silicone strap is comfortable and sweat resistant. The most important things for me are tracking my fitness activity and listening to e-books and Samsung Gear Sport watch fulfils these needs. I pair up the watch with Samsung Bluetooth headphones and enjoy music and e-books. I no longer need to carry mp3 or the phone or get tangled in headphones when I am walking my dogs or exercise. It is very easy to add widgets and re-arrange them to suit my needs by dragging and dropping them using touch screen. I also like the rotating bezel - it is very easy to navigate through screens and feels natural on round watch. I do a lot of exercise and some exercises such as running, walking and cycling are recognised instantly. I also customised it to track other workouts. Most importantly, I do a lot of swimming and it is easy to track swimming with this watch. It performs well in water and tracks accurately. I am still learning about possibilities of Samsung Gear Sport watch, but at the moment I think this is the best smartwatch.
  • Good
    4 months ago
    The gear sport is by far one of the best fitness based smart watches on the market. I was surprised on how comfy and still smart looking the rubber strap was and felt on my wrist, definitely not what I expected.

    I have linked the watch to my Note 8 and synced up with apps like Samsung health, Samsung pay. The fitness tracking is really impressive. Whether you have just gone for a stroll at lunch time to a full blown run, it tracks it effortlessly and can even plot your run on a map to view on your phone. The heart rate sensor seems to be accurate as well as the step count.

    Another big plus point is the watch being waterproof. I have tried it with the swimming tracking mode and it great. The screen still works well with water droplets after getting out the pool.

    Drawbacks:
    The watch would be perfect if it was
    1) running android wear - the watch lacks the ability to fully integrate with android apps/phone
    2) had a loud speaker - it would be great to be able to take calls from the watch
    3) no decent map application for navigation

    Overall I would hugely recommend the watch to people that want to track their fitness and also sleep but still have a great looking watch that you could wear on all occasions.
  • Perfect
    4 months ago
    I have loved getting to know how my Samsung Gear Sport. It is has a sleek, stunning look and is very stylish. It is easy to use and operate. It has clear and concise features and functions. It is very easy to set up and has great apps and features available. The watch can be uncomfortable over long periods of wearing and the strap seems to be of a cheap material. The wireless function is not necessary as you still need to take the watch off to charge it. The sleep app installed is too sporadic and doesn't seem to record full nights sleep.
  • Good
    4 months ago
    Firstly, I am a fan of Samsung and so I was disappointed I felt I had to mark this product down, however I had to remember that I was rating a 'Sports Watch' and not 'just' a 'Smart Watch'.

    The watch looks really stylish and suits me as an office worker both in the workplace and in the gym. The number of different watch faces available is great, and it's easy to switch between them at the touch (well, hold and swipe) of the home screen.

    You can use your phone to specify the apps that send notifications, you can read emails/texts/WhatsApp messages on the device and even quick reply to some of them. One plus is that when you 'deal' with a notification on either your phone or watch, it clears it from the other device - you don't get this with cheaper watches.

    There are some great features packed in too! The ability to locate your phone or watch from the other device, and even send SOS notifications discretely (with location tracking) from the watch if needed. The watch can also connect via WiFi networks that you have pre-saved just in case the phone is out of range.

    Probably the most useful feature for the gym is the ability to use the internal memory to store music and photos. You can connect Bluetooth earphones directly to the watch and then play the music through the headphones without your phone and if you subscribe to something like Spotify you can load the app and stream it via WiFi!

    You can also use Samsung Pay; although similarly to both the phone app and the earlier Gear devices, bank support for Samsung Pay is still limited over Android Pay.

    The voice recognition is 'S Voice' which is a shame, I would have preferred the other ones available on Samsung's own smartphones.

    Battery life is good and I can get a couple of days from it easily with only a tweak of a couple of settings. I haven't needed to use the battery saver yet either, which lengthens it's life a little bit more. The only shame is that I can only charge it using the enclosed stand, and my existing wireless chargers don't support it, so for someone like me I might want to purchase an additional 'dock' for work.

    Sleep tracking is also really helpful and detailed. The watch can track light sleeping and motionless sleeping, and gives you an 'efficiency' percentage... now I know the secrets of why I am tired all the time!

    Unfortunately for me there were a couple of key things that brought it down for me as a 'Sports Watch'. The watch has the ability to be able to identify the workout you are doing automatically, which is handy, or you can select it manually; however the data it gave me didn't match what I expected. The step count is okay and isn't too inaccurate, but for actual workouts such as running and using rowing machines, I felt the calorie counts were well off. Given that this is the main purpose for the Gear 'Sport' I was disappointed.

    In summary though, I am a fan of the Gear Sport as a smart watch, but I think there is more work needed to allow this watch to really compete with the likes of the specialist sports watches, particularly around the accuracy of workout data. For me, as a 'techy', I prefer the smart watch capabilities over the sports tracking which is just a nice to have, so overall I am happy.
  • Excellent
    4 months ago
    Updated: 4 months ago
    This is a fantastic watch which I highly recommend.

    I had resisted getting a "proper" smartwatch for a very long time because there always seemed to be an issue with the ones I was looking at and reviews were usually middling to poor. I was also even further disinclined to get a watch with the Tizen operating system as I was apprehensive about app choice etc. however having a Samsung phone was some incentive.

    Along came the Samsung Gear Sport and I took the plunge. Reviews were great, people are raving about it and I had the opportunity to get one at a discount, so I thought why not. I was not disappointed.

    This review is for the watch connected to a Samsung phone (it is advertised as working with other operating systems and watch makes, but I cannot comment on that.)

    As I see it, the pluses for me are:

    1. Very clear, bright screen, easy to read in sunlight.
    2. Great battery life at 2 days good enough for me. There are options if you are caught out with low battery.
    3. Great selection of real quality watch faces many of which are interactive. The one I have gives me touch screen access to lots of useful things like my calendar.
    4. The bezel is just great, it is such good quality, no play and instantly responsive without being over sensitive. It allows scrolling through watch functions, apps etc. It's a cinch to learn. Buttons are buttons but well-made and responsive.
    5. Connection with the phone is constant. A competitor's watch I had previously was terrible at keeping a connection and I constantly had to disconnect and reconnect to re-establish communication - not so with the Samsung, it just works.
    6. The notifications are ace, I never miss one now and especially phone calls which I regularly missed because my last watch's constant lost connection. There is a wide range of controls, so you only see what you want to see.
    7. The app choice is good enough for me. I cannot see myself using loads of apps on the watch, it's mainly to receive (e.g. whatsapp) and check information (e.g. calendar), rather than interacting. I do not think the app choice, while much better lately, tops Android though. I have used myfitnesspal, Spotify and various Samsung apps and they all work as advertised. The Samsung store makes it easy to pick apps and the settings screen even links you to the app store to make things easier.
    8. It fits perfectly (it comes with a different size strap although I did not need it), is light, has a low profile and feels good on the wrist. Some people complained about the silicon strap it came with, I find it perfectly good but if you don't like it, it is easy to change out - I have two alternative straps already for smarter occasions.
    9. It is easy to put the watch in and out of do not disturb at night and it tracks your sleep very accurately which is great. It also has an independent alarm which wakes me up perfectly and does not wake my partner like my phone ringing used to.
    10. The Sports functions (after all what the watch is all about) are great and work just as advertised. It detects any exercise you do, like a brisk walk to work, running on a treadmill (my two main forms of exercise), it does many more, including swimming which is a boon because it can even detect your heart rate under water. I know my father got a much more expensive watch which had this function and now it's available for a very reasonable price on this watch. It can also auto-detect your route if you want but I turned this off to help with battery life. The Samsung health app keeps a record of it all for later reflection. You can also keep track of your calorie and water intake and the watch even helpfully suggests exercises if you have been sitting too long. There is a more formal coaching service as well but as I have a personal trainer I have not used this.

    Overall, I can honestly say that it is a great watch I enjoy wearing and I think you will as well.
  • Perfect
    4 months ago
    I bought this watch as a extra part of my s8 plus and am extremely happy that I did it is really easy to use and has a lot more features than I expected,well worth the money
  • Excellent
    4 months ago
    I like the watch it's very robust and fully packed with lots of top features which we require these days in the smartwatches.
    It has lots of features for people who want to balance their normal life and fitness life. I like how it tracks my swimming distance and keep count of my calories burned during workouts which is always helpful.