Samsung Gear Fit named Best Mobile Device at MWC

Samsung Gear Fit

Samsung surprised people with the Gear Fit, their third wearable announced at Mobile World Congress. The Gear Fit came alongside the Gear 2 and Gear Neo, but was a cross between an LCD panel and fitness band design.

The Gear 2 and Gear Neo had both been leaked prior to the event and we weren’t really surprised to see them show up, but Samsung kept the hidden treasure away from the leakers, the Gear Fit.

The Gear Fit has a curved AMOLED screen and has the same interface as the two other smartwatches. The form factor is what really appeals, where watch-faces can be too big for some users, the Gear Fit strikes a nice balance.

Considering the amount of wearables announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, it is quite surprising Samsung held in all its steam until Mobile World Congress a month later.

Samsung has held details slim on the Gear Fit, only revealing the interface, some of the software features and the design. We have not heard anything about price points, global availability, apps or support.

Support for the Gear Fit may be where Samsung needs to work most, the original Galaxy Gear did not offer much in the way of support, with users having to buy the Galaxy Note 3 or wait for Samsung to update their devices to Android 4.4.

Battery life is another area where Samsung need to improve from the predecessor, the Galaxy Gear could only function for around 8 hours before needing a charge, compared to the Pebble that can last for weeks.

If the Gear Fit comes for less than $149, it may be worth a second look, considering it has the makings to be the best of both wearable worlds and offer the same functionality as a smartwatch.

Samsung has not been the best at pricing, the original Galaxy Gear came from $299, way too much for the average consumer who is only slightly interested in a smartwatch.

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