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Samsung - Gear Sport Smartwatch 43mm - Blue

Model: SM-R600NZBAXARSKU: 6115437

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great performing smartwatch, plenty of features!

    Posted
    Steph
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    This Samsung Gear smartwatch purchase followed the purchase of a Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro. Make no mistake, I loved the gear fit 2 pro!!... I love this one better. The Fit 2 Pro's smaller rectangular thin screen was the reason to switch to the Gear Sport 42mm. Beautiful display on both and even though the Pro 2 fit perfectly under my boxing gloves, the screen was just a bit too small for all I wanted to use it for so I waited until the Gear Sport was on sale for $279(normally $300 which is about a $100 difference between the two) and upgraded! Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! First of all, in the pictures, the Gear Sport seems like it has a cheaper looking material for the bezel... It does not! It moves beautifully and the screen and apps responds with ease...The only minor issue with the actual build for me is that there's a tiny little gap in the bezel and small pieces of lint and dust from clothes and towels and what not get trapped into. Still trying to find a way to safely(without scrathcing anything!) get something thin enough to clear those pieces out. Again, not a big deal... Especially if you don't have OCD like me. It's just, If your paying close to $300 for this thing that's going to display on your body, I'd like it to be lint ball free! The features here, compared to other non-apple smartwatches or fitbits I've been able to get my hands on is surprising! Still learning everything this bad boy can do. While this does NOT have a speaker(you'll have to pair with wireless headphones), this watch does have the ability to hold and play songs straight from the gear. The watch also has a built in microphone for features we'll get into later! Of course, the Gear Sport comes with your basic fitness watch features that you'd expect at a price point like this; steps, stairs/floors, heart rate, daily and weekly summaries, and various syncable apps like myfitnesspal, a map my run, and many more/etc. The gear does have a built in GPS and having owened both older model samsung watches, other branded android based watches, and various fitbits(Loved my fitbit Charge HR!) in the past, I'm going to go ahead and say The Gear Sport is accurate in these departments, even the heart rate sensor. A good trick to know(which they explain in the manual... Your manual is your best friend people!) for the MOST accurate heart rate reading, place the watch with one finger's gap between the wrist and the hand, and THEN take the reading. Even without doing this, it is still more reliable than most smartwatches at this price point. As far as steps and floors, unless you're actually wearing the strap sensors around your chest, these watches will never be 100% perfect, but you can tell the Gear Sport definitely is strong here. The amoled display is stunning for a smartwatch, what you should expect from a Samsung product. You can recieve notifications for calls and can initiate a call on the watch, but will have to switch over to your phone as again, this device has no speaker. Now, here's where some of that extra money spent comes into play. Not only do you have preset texts sentences ready to fly upon recieving a text, but you can ACTUALLY reply back manually! A couple different ways in fact. You can use a drawing tool to wright out letters to form your sentences, you can use the old style cell phone ABC reply method, or remember that build in microphone? ...You can speak your reply! The gear has S voice so it is a basic assistant. Setting alarms, initiating a call, asking about the weather, etc., but also replying to a text message. Now, on the other hand, here's my second issue with the watch, S voice can be tricky and stubborn. Sometimes it doesn't hear you and sometimes it just plain outright doesn't understand. Always check the spoken text message replies before confirming to send because S voice can have some discrepancies, but as you use it more often, you start to get a rythem with it and figure out what works. Overall, it's pretty neat. The gear does come with Samsung Pay, which I believe only the apple watch and the higher end Fitbits have they're own form of transaction method built in, so that's a huge convenience when a store accepts it(look for the samsung pay symbol at the register and card reader). This watch is also water resistant up to like a hundred something feet which is wonderful to not have to worry about swimming, shower, rain, etc. Just make sure to set the water lock accordingly and properly dry the watch and band afterward. This is something Samsung's higher end model the gear3 is missing. No water resistance, but it does have it's own built in speaker. For me, with it being a fitness watch(and so much more) the water resistance is a no brainer. The thing with any of these watches is that they're ALL expensive, some more than others, so it's just a matter of what features are most important to you that matter. Samsung makes great quality products and that's not different when it comes to their watches. The band is smooth feeling and comfortable... The box comes with two. I use the smaller one because I have a smaller wrist and no hair pulling. For as big as this watch is, you don't really feel it's weight either. Another really cool feature that is purely aesthetic, is the ability to download about 200 pictures onto the watch itself, and then from there you can actually choose a handful of your own downloaded pictures to become your watch display. I have a collage of about 8 different Star Wars pictures that cycle through whenever I pick my hand up to look at the watch, or anytime the screen turns on, it becomes a different picture in my collage. Of course, you can choose from hundreds of beautiful downloadable watch displays for free or for a small fee for with the gear app on your phone. Overall this watch has everything one can hope for regarding the price. Sporty and geared toward fitness/on-the-go, and more fashionable then most(especially with the many customizable faces and the purchase of different style bands) which means you can wear it in a business and professional setting too. Excellent purchase so far!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Samsung finally gets it right

    Posted
    techytalktalk

    Samsung Gear Sport review In short: this is a really great smartwatch and fitness tracker for those who thought the Samsung Gear S3 was too bulky and find all the other options in the market (Asus, Motorola, Garmin, Fitbit, and Huawei) lacking. My needs: Receive notifications, track steps, track jogging and cycling workouts, sync calendar, send texts, control music, good battery life and be comfortable. Warning, long review ahead. Notifications The Samsung Gear Sport can receive any push notification your phone receives. You can choose which ones you want to turn off and only focus on certain ones. Just because you receive the notification for a certain app on your phone doesn’t mean you need the same app on the watch. Step Tracking From my day of use, tracking of steps seems to be fairly accurate. It will be accurate if I’m walking with my arms to the side, while pushing a stroller or shopping cart, or if my hands are in my pocket. In theory, this should be able to count the number of floors as well but I haven’t had a chance to test yet. From the Gear S3 reviews, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be the most accurate feature here. Track Jogging and Cycling Using the built in GPS, tracking my runs and bike rides is pretty accurate. I like how I can leave my phone at home, start a workout and the GPS kicks in and starts tracking me. Given that I’m a very data centric person, I really appreciate being able to go back on my phone and see all the data points from my workout, including a map of what I’ve done. Obviously initiating the workout will drain the battery quicker but if I keep it under two hours then the Gear Sport will still last me an entire day. Unfortunately, this doesn’t track how many times I pick up my baby who gets heavier by the day, but that’s kind of wishful thinking. Heart Rate The heart rate can be triggered on-demand so you can check your pulse whenever you feel like it. During a workout, it is triggered automatically throughout the workout so you know where you stand. I can’t speak to how accurate it is, but rather than focusing on the accuracy of the number itself, I like to use it in relation to where it was when I started, middle and end. For example, if the watch says my initial BPM is 70 and in the middle of the workout it’s 140, then my workout is being effective. I don’t care if it’s actually 151 instead of 140, but rather my BPM has doubled since my workout started. Sync Calendar Living the corporate life, I’m constantly bombarded with meetings followed by additional meetings. To some degree, these meetings are the vain of my working existence but a necessary evil at times. So I need a way, at any given moment, to very quickly check the meetings coming up in the next few hours. Since I’m this watch with my Samsung S8+ (and by extension the Samsung Calendar App that connects to my Google Calendar), then I can look at all my meetings immediately on the watch. I’ll also get the reminder alerts 15 minutes before my meeting starts which is a life saver. Send Texts (SMS, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, KakaoTalk) Here’s the deal, if I’m getting a text from a friend and I want to respond really quickly with “OK Thanks” or a more lengthy response, I don’t want to take out my phone every single time. It’s much easier to configure a canned response that I can choose from or speak to the watch to respond, have it transcribed and once approved, send the text. This makes it really convenient in so many levels. By the way, this works with all of my messaging apps. NOTE – there is no speaker on this watch so you will not 1. Be able to get audible notifications and 2. Make phone calls. Control Music I’m a Spotify Premium customer, have been for quite some time. So when I heard that this watch was going to let me sync my playlists (up to 4GB) for offline play, that got me excited. But honestly, most of the time I use the Spotify app on the watch to control the music that is playing on my phone, which is being sent to Alexa that is connected to my studio monitors. Even if I’m not listening to music on Spotify and got a podcast instead, no problem, the regular music app works just fine with that. NOTE – there is no speaker on this watch! Battery and Comfort There’s no sense in having all the features in the world if 1. The watch doesn’t last me a day and 2. It’s not comfortable to wear. This is why I’ve kept my Pebble Time for 2.5 years and no other smartwatch in the market could replace it. I’m glad Samsung has figured out that customers want to have our cake and eat it too, meaning we want all the functionality in a form factor that’s very light, thin with a battery that lasts days. Battery wise, I can go 2-3 days on a single charge with medium use. I check notifications when they arrive (about 4-10/hr during the working hours), check for meetings (1-2/hr), control music from time to time and have one (maybe two) 1 hour workout in the 3 days. I do leave the watch face off until I bring it up to look at it, so it’s not always on and saves some battery. Comfort wise, it’s light, slim and the watch face is just the right diameter. I’m 5’10” 175lb and my wrists aren’t particarly small or large. My medium sized hands (whatever that means) can wrap around my wrist so that my middle finger and thumb are touching. If that gives you an idea, at all, of how big my wrists are, I can tell you that this watch is really comfortable and most of the time you don’t notice it. I’ll post pictures compared to my Pebble Time, but they’re equally comfortable even though the Pebble is significantly smaller. So this can do a lot more than what I’ve written about, such as auto tracking workouts, swimming, have tons of other apps installed, change watchfaces, etc. I don’t really use those that often so I can’t comment on it but I’m glad it’s there. Build quality – you’re paying $300 for a watch it better be well built, especially if it’s going to be waterproof up to 50M and used for workouts and swimming. Good news, it is. OK that’s a long enough review. There’s plenty of value for me to highly recommend this to anyone looking for a smartwatch. If all you want is track workouts, perhaps consider a Fitbit or something similar. If you want an inspector gadget mini computer from the future on your wrist, this is it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Smart and Sporty

    Posted
    aob90
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The Gear Sport is the perfect combination of Smart and Sporty. Samsung has made improvements over the Gear S3. The most important thing for me is that the heart rate sensor is protruding out of the watch instead of flat. The Gear S3 had very inaccurate readings during high intensity workouts and the protruding heart rate sensor fixes that because it's the closest thing to your wrist at all times. As far as looks, it is the perfect size for a watch in my opinion. I am 5'10 with average sized wrists for a man and it fits great. The size matters to me because, while running, I don't want the watch slipping everywhere because it is too heavy. This actually happened with the Gear S3 because of how big it was. The display is as beautiful as you would expect, and the default watch faces are great. Battery life seems great so far. I charged it to 100 at 2AM last night and it is 8AM so it's been 6 hours. It has gone done 5%. Most of that time, I was sleeping. However, I set the heart rate sensor to always be reading, so it seems to be lasting pretty well. I will update this review after some workouts and GPS use. Connectivity is as you would expect from a 2017 Samsung watch with an Android phone, and even better with a Samsung phone. I use Textra for SMS and I can read my texts and answer them via the Gear Sport by typing or speaking to my watch, which is a great feature. I can take make/take calls from it as well. It is a wonderful thing not to have to pick up your phone to do certain things that your watch can now do. This watch is extremely easy to use thanks to it's practical functionality. Everything is so easy to get to thanks to the rotating bezels. The wake up gesture (moving your wrist like you are looking at your watch) works very quickly and has not failed for me once. I love Samsung pay. Ever since I've used it on my Galaxy S8, I've been saving my points that I can use for gift cards. Although this watch doesn't have MST, most of the places I go have the NFC capability so I will be able to use the Gear Sport to pay for things. It's actually faster for me to use the Gear Sport because I just have to hold one button and there it is. I pick my credit card and hold it up to the reader and I'm done. I am a premium Spotify user and the offline listening is a very convenient feature. I can load songs onto the Gear to listen to while I'm on a run without my phone. I just bring my Bluetooth headphones and take off. Another upgrade from the Gear S3 is the water resistance. I can safely go 50m underwater with this watch and that means I don't have to take it off while swimming. This was an issue with the S3 because it was only IP68, so it was not safe to go swimming with. There are many options for working out and customizing the watch screen while working out. There is even heart rate functionality while swimming. There are, however, many more options on my phone than on the watch, so I need to see if I can get those on my watch. On the S3, there was not a way to do so. Overall, the Gear Sport is an all around wonderful smart watch. The improvements in fitness tracking have brought it closer to the perfect balance of Smart and Sporty. I would highly recommend this. Update 10/30/17: After the first charge to full, this lasted exactly 40 hours so not a full 2 days, but my heart rate was on always, so I'm not surprised. I am a little surprised though that I charged it fully at 9PM last night and it is now 10AM (13 hours later) and it's already at 56%... This is after turning heart rate to every 10 minutes which should have improved it. I will continue to test. Now Samsung Pay. I read that some people had problems with their cards disappearing from the Gear Plug-In for Samsung Pay. I added my cards twice and activated them. They were already there because I have a Galaxy S8+ but needed to be activated. They have disappeared twice now. I have a call into their tech support but it will be useless if they disappear every 24 hours and I will just use my phone instead. Update 11/2/17: I updated this two days ago and for some reason it didn't go through... Battery: I was able to get over 48 hours of battery and still had 25% left. This is with heart rate every 10 minutes and a bunch of notifications. I will attribute this to turning Spotify to "remote" only and not "stream over wifi", unless you want to actually use your watch to stream over wifi. I'm not sure of the point of that if you already have a phone to do so. If you're around wifi, you probably have a phone. Workout: I worked out to test heart rate accuracy. Did 30 minutes of squats and bench press and HR went up to 140 which is normal for me. I then went to the elliptical and chose "elliptical trainer" on my watch. For some reason, the HR would not go above 110 when I know it was around 160 since I tested it on the elliptical and I was going pretty fast. I tightened the watch on my wrist and waited a minute and it seemed to have fixed it. I went another 20 minutes and the watch was within 1BPM of the elliptical most of the time which is much better than my Gear S3 was. After tightening it, it was on par with my Vivoactive HR. To compare, I went a full 30 minutes with my Gear S3 showing 80 BPM when it was about 160-170... Samsung Pay: I have not tried this again since I am sure my cards will be deleted and I haven't had time to add them. I will try to add them today but there is bound to be an issue with the Gear Plug In for Samsung Pay and hopefully it will be addressed soon. Update 11/7/17: Battery Still going strong. I got 60+ hours and still had 15% left. This is with my settings mentioned above. 10 minute heart rates. Includes a workout (more on that below) and lots of notifications. Heart Rate and Wok Out The heart rate sensor did the same thing on the Elliptical workout; however, instead of changing to a different workout as I did before, I just left it and saw if it caught up. It took about 3 minutes but it caught up and was very close to what the elliptical was showing. Verdict: High Intensity workouts will show a lower heart rate at first until it catches up and it takes about 3 minutes. The rest of the workout (20 minutes) was perfect. I did notice on "Other Workout" that the calories are counted much slower for the same heart rate range. For example, 60 calories every 5 minutes was my average for the "Elliptical Trainer" going about 165BPM for 20 minutes. Choosing "Other Workout" gave me about 30 calories per 5 minutes using the same amount of effort. Also, I use "Other Workout" when I'm lifting weights and it seems to be on par with my Vivoactive HR. Not sure what this means but it's info for you. Samsung Pay Here is where I deducted 1 star. If you read above, you would know I called Samsung about my cards disappearing from the Gear Sport and they have not got back to me. The available cards to "activate", which are cards that the system knows you have but you have to verify again, completely disappeared. I added them all manually, which was the first time for manual but the 3rd time altogether. They actually stayed on for about 3 days I think. I even tested it and it didn't work at one NFC reader but did at another. Both were grocery stores. Basically, I have my Galaxy S8+ on me anyway and it's not worth trying the watch when it's hit or miss. On top of all that, I tried it today at a Trader Joe's and all my cards were gone again. For a main feature, it is really pathetic that this kind of thing is happening. I did some reading and it looks like this happens to Gear S3 watches as well. Side Note: I am taking my watch back to BB today since the price came down to 269 and doing a price match after the fact. I suggest you do the same if possible. Cheers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Albert
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    After days of researching smartwatches, I landed on this one and it had everything I wanted in a smartwatch except an Android OS. I was very nervous about trying Tizen but after owning this watch for a few days, I'm in absolute love. A few of the things I really researched were: Apps. They are limited but there are apps for almost anything you need. Not everything but close. I have yet to use the GPS apps (yes apps -plural- because there's more than just one GPS app unlike what most of the reviews I read caused me to believe) but I will be trying that app out in the next week. Faces. There are so many watch faces that I'm not sure where to begin. I've used Mario, Zelda, and Goldeneye (I love my video games). Any watch face I've searched for, I've also found. Some may cost $0.99 and up but there are a ton of free ones to choose from. I haven't paid for any faces yet. I'm very happy with the free ones available. Watch Bands. I wanted the Android OS so bad that I almost bought the Moto 360 Sport. This would have been an incredible mistake. You can't change the band on the Motorola but you can on the Samsung. I've already got a new watch band on the way. Battery Life. I've had this watch for 3 days. I received it, synced it, played around with it, then I fully charged it (I received it with 67% battery life). I just had to charge it for my first time. It lasted me maybe an hour short of 3 days with average use. I'm thoroughly happy with this considering I was used to the Fitbit Blaze which didn't last more than 1 day. The difference is that the Fitbit's heart rate sensor stays on all the time. The Samsung Gear Sport has 3 settings for this. Off, frequent, and always on. I left mine on frequent so it checked my heart rate every 10 minutes instead of constantly. Water resistance. I'm not a sporty individual. I work in the medical field though so I wash my hands a lot. I also give the occasional shower to help my patients. So this was important. It's lasted through at least 4 showers in 3 days and my continuous hand washing. So far, no issues whatsoever. Steps. I love seeing how many steps I can get in a shift. A lot of my friends like to see who can get the most. This makes the day fly by so the step accuracy is nice. After using this a few days, I noticed my step count dropped a bit compared to the Fitbit. Then I learned why. I can shake my Fitbit and get steps (almost like an old school pedometer) but the Gear Sport isn't fooled. It knows when you're getting steps verses painted a wall or just shaking your watch. I LOVE that it knows the difference. A few bonuses I've noticed: it tracks my sleep and how well I rest at night. My fitbit did this and it was a feature that wasn't easy to give up so having this on my new Gear Sport too was a huge bonus. I also love that I can keep up with my water/coffee intake straight from my watch instead of having to use my phone. Healthcare management doesn't care for Nurses pulling their phones out at the desk or the hallways. I can also reply to texts and emails straight from my watch. The handwriting thing is pretty nice but it needs a bit of work to be perfect (it's constantly changing my words into all caps). Although you can't make a call from the watch, you can accept and ignore calls straight from your wrist, as well as, send the caller a quick text saying that you're at work or busy, etc. There's so much more that I haven't discovered on this watch yet and I can definitely tell this is my first real smartwatch but I've already had a ton of compliments on it. And just for the record, the bezel makes navigating the Gear Sport so easy! So yes, I give this watch 5 stars. But I also know that things can change so my review may change but as of right now, I'm in love!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I Love this watch! Motivates me to go exercise

    Posted
    miaNJ
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Just the right size for a woman's wrist, my husband has the S3 and it is big for my wrist, mind you...I have a big wrist and arm. It doesn't have a speaker but it vibrates to let you know when you have a call, for alarms, when you're done with the repetitions for your exercise and more. You can call and send a message using your watch, you can respond with emojis, using a keyboard or write text by hand. The watch tells you your heart rate, steps, stairs/floors you climbed. When you download Samsung health to your phone and after you linked it, the watch automatically transfers daily data/exercises to your phone so you can keep track of your health. There are a lot of exercises you can choose from your watch. I also know that you can connect your phone/watch to your Samsung TV and it will show you the exercises in your TV and also your heart rate and other details, although I have not tried this one yet. You can download different watch faces too on their website. Your watch acts as a remote too, when you are listening to music from your phone, you can use your watch to skip, pause and control it. It is waterproof, you can use it in the pool, while bathing and under saltwater. I just love it. I bought different 20mm watch bands, and it looks really good. I did not include all the specs of the watch in my review, because that you can find on the watch's description on the website, I just wanted to write down my review. My husbands S3 frontier is nice but it is just too big for me, so this one is perfect !!! I will include a picture of the S3 frontier and the Sport. ( I am using this watch face for both of the watches just to show the differences) We also changed the watch bands, they are both not the original.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Waste of Money

    Posted
    Brian
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    My wife and I went in with the intention of getting a couple new Fitbits and were talked into getting two of these instead. This watch is certainly not something you should buy if you're looking for something functional. I have a Galaxy S9 phone, and I can make that battery last a day and a half (just to give you an idea of how little I'm on my phone) and the watch would need to be charged at least once per day, sometimes more if I wanted to actually track a workout. I had it set to wake up with the bezel, it never did. It didn't track sleep or heart rate correctly. Unless sleeping from 1pm to 6pm actually is 101 hours of sleep, and my heart rate actually did reach 240BPM. Swimming or showering with it is a joke. You absolutely have to lock it to do either of those things or the water will select all kinds of things. Sleeping with it is nearly impossible because even though during the day I couldn't get the thing to wake up to the bezel or buttons, it sure lit up like fireworks at night whenever you'd make the tiniest movement. It would freeze constantly, lag like it was being paid for its time, and was just generally buggy as all get out. We took them back for store credit and left with the fitbits we orginally wanted. If you're looking for a fitness tracker, get literally anything else. If you're looking for a smart watch. Again. Get literally anything else. This is the worst of both worlds.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fitness/Exercise access better than Apple

    Posted
    Ejel
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    Purchased this after owning an apple watch for two years, so comparing the two is easy. I have the blue Samsung Gear Sport watch. Loved it so much that I bought one for my husband for Christmas. Pros: -Fitness/Exercise options are great. I can even choose Yoga. So many options for recording my exercises. - Ease of use, once set up - Battery Life - At least 2 days at average use and watch face not on all the time. -Water resistance (tested in my shower) -Can be used with iphones Cons -NO SPEAKER (Cannot receive phone calls through the watch without having bluetooth headphones - Storage space is too small. They should make them 10 Gigs minimum in all phones. After Apple destroyed my 6S Plus with the 11 upgrade, I went back to Android. The Android I chose was a Note 4 so it is NOT up to the most recent Android Version. Therefore my microphone option is quirky. So cannot review that. Otherwise, this watch works as described. While I cannot use my Apple Watch (which I LOVED) with Android, I can use the Samsung Gear Watch with an iphone. My husband uses his with his iphone. The fitness options are better than the apple. Having to scroll or turn the bezel to access the apps is kind of a pain on the Gear BUT you can organize them to make access to your most frequently used apps, so that makes it faster to get to what you want. There are interactive watch faces so you can get to what you want with a touch of the finger. More choices for watch faces than apple watch too. Processor is fast enough. Haven't used the bluetooth so not sure if it is problem free. Overall, very pleased! Love the water resistance. I am brutal on watches. Have had it since December and wear it about 5 days out of 7 per week and haven't damaged it at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything I wanted without too much

    Posted
    SkepticTurnedBeliever
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    For starters, I am the type of person that researches something entirely too much before making a purchase. I'm not overly picky, I just have a hard time spending money. So I end up researching products for months before making the purchase. I had looked at getting the Samsung Gear s3 Classic, but the price tag and some of the features kept me from pulling the trigger. I have always been worried that having a smartwatch was a recipe for disaster if it wasn't waterproof. When the Gear Sport came out, it was like a dream come true. The price was more reasonable, it was waterproof up to (if I remember correctly) 163 feet, it had all the great features of the s3 but cut out things I didn't need (like LTE network access). It still took me a little while because I wasn't sure if I wanted to commit to the blue or the dark metal of the Gear Sport. I decided on the dark metal and it looks really nice. The only downside for me was the black sport band that comes with it. I love it for working out, but my skin gets irritated if I wear that band all the time. I ended up ordering a dark metal band that matches the watch metal so that I had a dressier option for work. I am so incredibly please with my purchase. The heart rate monitor is awesome, the different apps and their functionality are phenomenal, the bezel it so satisfying to use, and all the different watch faces are so fun for customization. Overall, this is probably the best electronics purchase I have made in the last few years. Also, looks great on a lady's wrist.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    If you don't own a Samsung phone, forget about it.

    Posted
    Chadallen

    Let me get this out of the way first: I really, really wanted to like this watch. It's a gorgeous device. The hardware is top notch....but the user experience is absolutely garbage. I'm on a non-samsung phone and, despite what store associates told me, the watch experience is less than acceptable. I get text and email notifications, but that's it. The email and messages app that comes with the phone is completely inaccessible. When you pair your device, those two apps simply vanish from the app drawer. Being those are among the most important apps in a smart watch, Samsung is clearly just holding your device hostage to force you into buying their phone. It's underhanded. I can reply to texts from the notification window, but the watch holds zero record of the conversation, again, on non-samsung phones. Tried it on the OnePlus 5, pixel 2 and the new lg. And the app store is an even bigger rip off. If you are buying this because of Samsung's boast of "thousands of apps" be warned. Sure, there's a lot of apps, but a large majority of them don't even work....and you have to pay for them with no hope of a refund. When I say they don't work, I mean they don't do anything at all. I've yet to run across a single 3rd party app that doesn't have a very long list of "misleading" or "doesn't work" comments. I've tried several myself and the commenters are right. 90% of the apps are rip off garbage. Here's the kicker: several of these non functional apps are on the editors top pick list. Samsung picked those apps to be among the best and they don't even work.....and Samsung only has like 3 or so devices to support. Garbage. Then there is Svoice which I can't even review because I only ever got it to work once, every other time I would get an error message. Svoice is useless. Honestly my old Fitbit blaze was more reliable than this one....and it's BARELY a smart watch. Limited functionality, holding essential apps hostage for non Samsung phone users and paid apps that do absolutely nothing except take your money. Classic Samsung. Make beautiful hardware and then screw you on the software side. This will be my last Samsung device. Apple holds their devices hostage too, but at least the apps they offer actually work.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Heigh Quality, Low Functionality

    Posted
    GreeneGiant
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    I bought this watch after having the LG Urbane for a couple of years. I have always liked Samsung Products, but the cost of their watch was always more than I could pay. I found this one on sale and finally could afford it. As far as comfort, there is no contest between it and the Urbane. The Samsung is so comfortable. It's not too big. It's light. The band is much more comfortable than I expected. I have to remember to loosen it at night, or it will get very tight while I'm sleeping. But other than that, I have not problem wearing it day and night. The battery life was not up to what I was expecting, but turning off the "always-on display" gives me a good day and half to two days that I don't need to worry about charging. My main disappointment is with its functionality. My LG Urbane worked with just about any app on my phone. When I was using google maps for navigation, a small map would pop up on my watch--and it didn't burn a lot of battery. On the Samsung, all I can get is a black screen with the next turn on it. And that burned through half the battery in a couple trips. When I was playing music on my phone(no matter what app I was using) the controls would pop up on my watch. Now, I do not have a Samsung phone, so maybe it would work better if I did, but, in order to compete with the many watches coming out that are running Google's system, Samsung really needs to up their game and get their watches to work with more apps. To be fair, the phone and texting functionality on the Samsung are much better than the Urbane was.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Competent Device

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    Valden
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    I purchased the Gear Sport Smartwatch to replace a Gear Fit2 Pro due to poor battery life with the Fit2. I needed a device that could last overnight to monitor my sleep and be ready for my morning workout. Thankfully, the Gear Sport has more than enough battery for the task. Overall the Gear Sport does everything it is designed to do without much fuss. The only two issues I had was adding a credit card for Samsung Pay and loading music. Adding a credit card seems to be a common problem based on the number of Google responses I found when looking for help. The solution was simple enough, needed to clear the Samsung Pay app’s cache and reset the smartwatch. The problem I encountered with loading music was due to adding too many play lists at the same time. The lists and tracks were scrambled. Easy solution is to add one playlist at a time. Loading is easy thanks to the Samsung music app. It was able to import my play lists from Media Monkey without any prompting. The most pleasant feature, which is unique to me, is S Voice working when using Android Auto. I have a hideaway deck, no steering wheel controls and no cabin mic, so when the deck is retracted I have no interface. Also, obviously, without a cabin mic and can’t make phone calls. Just for because, I wanted to see if S Voice would work. It not only worked with Android Auto I was also able to use the mic on the watch to make phone calls. Despite the two hiccups I had with loading music and adding a credit card, I am more than impressed with the functionality of the Gear Sport Smartwatch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Upgrade to My 5 Year Old Samsung Watch

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    Jake
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    I've had this watch almost a month and have to say it exceeded my expectations. First the fact that you can reply via doodle, voice and quick replies/emojis gives you many options. Also, unlike my older watch, this one can reply to WhatsApp messages with great ease. The only thing I miss is the square screen and sounds/speakerphone features. It's kind of odd to look at square photos on a round screen. Dick Tracy element of talking into my watch and having phone conversations was a cool feature but I guess not many people had any use for sound from a smart watch. The vibration alerts are very strong and health/activity prompts are very useful and provide motivations and reminders to be active throughout the work day. Also, the heart rate monitor automatically measures every hour. My older watch would not measure unless you remembered to press the button. Another new feature for me is the floors climbed meter. The screen automatically dims and adapts to lighting conditions in the room or outside. My old watch used to annoy people when it would randomly light up often too bright for conditions. It's nice

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Highly disappointed with Gear Sport Watch

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    sixshot77

    We had the Samsung Gear Sport watch for nearly five months before the screen went out and refused to charge. I sent the watch in for repairs and it was denied for what they claim to be water damage. This was a surprise to us as the Gear Sport watch is water resistant. According to their website, the Gear Sport has a water-resistant rating of 5ATM or 50 meters. They even have a picture of someone swimming with the watch! The only time my wife got the watch wet was while playing with the baby in the kiddie pool. Certainly not an activity that would be too stressful or exceed the watch's capabilities. I explained this during a follow-up phone call and was told to send the watch back and Samsung would repair it. A few days later I was told again Samsung will not repair the watch for water damage. The Samsung Gear Sport watch should have been able to withstand some light water use. Very disappointing!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for runners and everyday life

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    medicguy88
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    Its been 3 months since I upgraded from my gear fit 2 to the Gear Sport and its been great. I'm an avid daily runner that switches between casual street running and half marathons and this is a must have. This pairs well with s health (as it should) and provides a great deal of analytics on my runs including but not limited to Heart rate, cadence, and average mile time. For someone my size (6'2") the weight and size is perfect. Its hefty enough to know its there but not too much to be considered intrusive ...however ..it does take a few days of wearing to become completely used to wearing this especially upgrading from something smaller. As a watch there is no foreseeable shortcoming.It tells the time, displays texts, and is snappy with responses. Its rotational sensors are sensitive enough to know when I turn my wrist to view the time the first time everytime (gear fit 2 often wouldn't recognize this). Another big plus is that the battery life is LONG and I can go a full day or 2 on a single charge. The charger is simple and effective. Toss it on for 20 minutes and you should be aalmost refully recharged for the next day or 2. The apps offered aren't terrible but there could be more to them. There isn't a speaker for music or phone calls which isn't a deal breaker but would be a nice consideration in future iterations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Well Worth the upgrade. Excellent smart watch

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    dardengw
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    I will start my review by saying that I had the S2 for almost 2 years until my band broke. Looking online this seemed to be a common problem with them and I started looking to upgrade. I wanted to stay with Samsung since all my devices are Android based. I was looking between the S3 and the Sport what set me on the Sport was the price and a sale on it at the time I was looking. I have had the Sport for over 3 months now and have loved it since day one. The only thing that I can find fault with is the auto dimming setting. The S2 had a brightening feature instead of dimming. I liked this better as I could set the the lower limit of the screen brightness instead of the top limit and it dimmed. To conserve battery life you can not set it to the max that would be needed in direct sun light and get good life. This may be simply user error. On the battery life I am noticing that the life on my S2 was about 3 days where I am only getting currently about 2 days on the Sport. This is not a deal breaker by no means. I use mine kinda heavy with alerts and messages, light audio control usage, and average activity tracking. This continues to be a great watch for everyday usage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice hardware, but Samsung software...

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    nodaicrag

    I've left the Apple bandwagon lasr year, but I found myself struggling to find a good Android watch. I initially purchased the LG Sport Watch, which was bigger, but nice design. The problem with the LG Sport and why I returned it is because I couldn't swim with it. I returned the LG watch and bought the Samsung Sport from a BestBuy store. The hardware is very nice and more importantly Incan swim with it. Download the Speedo On app and you have a great swim coach and heart rate monitor all in one! The major issueand why I don't recommend this watch is the Samsung OS called Tizen. The apps are far less than Google Play store. Samsung all uses their Samsung pay instead of Google Pay. If you love the hardware and won't use too many apps, this watch is for you. Otherwise, wait for a few good, swimable watches due in Fall of 2018 which will use Google's WearOS.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good overall tracking, but not good sports watch

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    Andreas
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    This a very nice and comfortable watch. It is very good looking too. I have it for a few months now and I enjoy using it (with an android phone). The rotating bezel is a pleasure to use and the user interface is excellent. So overall is a good smartwatch and a good fitness tracker. But this is where it stops, because as a sports watch is not good. Problems: Very bad and inaccurate GPS. And I mean very inaccurate. The current pace that is displaying is for laugh. In order to correct the problem you need to carry the phone with you and get the phone's GPS (which defeats the purpose of the watch). Battery life is...not great. Effectively i need to charge it every night because if not, it is going to die half way through the next day (you can get better life if you switch off always on display and continues HR monitoring). The problem is that charging is slow (even if the charger is very slick and nice). Third party apps....are so so. The only one I use is endomondo...but i have to say it is not very well designed. HR monitoring is good...but sometimes overestimates your HR (when at rest) and you manually need to stop the HR tracking in order to get a better reading. As a conclusion, a great smartwatch, comfortable, with good step, sleep and HR tracking...but if you want a 'Sports' watch, look elsewhere

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Tizen

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    mnguyea
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    Firstly, this review is coming from a non-Samsung phone user (Pixel 2XL) and coming from AndroidWear. The watch is a good looking one. Solid build quality. The rotating bezel is handy. The screen is beautiful. The silicone strap is actually very nice also. Battery life is pretty decent depending upon usage. Everything about the watch is nice. So the amount of 'S' apps you have to install to run this watch is ridiculous if you don't own a Samsung phone. The amount of redundant apps you have to install to get this watch to work is again ridiculous. It doesn't even sync to Google Fit which again you have to install another 3rd party app. Tizen is a perfectly decent OS if you live in the Samsung ecosystem. The weakness is the lack of compatible apps made for Tizen is some to be desired. I would say only ONE of my app from AW was even worked on Tizen. My favorite heart rate/workout monitor didn't work on Tizen. You have two hardware buttons which you can't even map something different too. That said if you live in the Samsung/Tizen ecosystem you probably don't know what you are missing. Coming from AW the lack of apps is noticeable. If you are hardcore gym goer this watch is okay. If you are one of those casual gym person and walks a lot it probably is perfectly fine.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall good smart fitness watch

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    Ckreview
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    This watch is replacing a fitbit surge which is had for a number of years. The gear dial option is great and lows quick scrolling through things. BTW you can also swipe past most things as an alternative. The options for apps are thin but I can say I'm not missing much as of today. Notifications work great and are highly programmable as to what notifications can actually alert you on the watch. The voice activation works pretty well but not perfect. The fitness side of the watch works great for heart rate and step count but the stairs counter hardly updates correctly, usually way low. The Samsung pay didn't work originally and I needed to contact support which was very helpful and resolved the issues. In terms of battery, the charger needs to be wireless because if the waterproof rating and by being wireless it is limited to the fairly slow charge time. I have found ways to reduce battery time to maybe get two full days out if it. But then you're without it for hours so I just charge it nightly and ignore the sleep tracking. I do think that this watch is overall well worth having and for the price had the right mix of technology and performance to justify the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love my watch!

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    Eileen
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    I really didn't want to give up my Gear S, as I loved it! But I was on its 4th charger and I didn't know how much longer it would last. I didn't want the normal S3 as it seemed to big and bulky. I decided to try the Gear S3 sport as it is slightly smaller. I also wanted it to charge by just setting it on the charger, not attaching like the Gear S. My next requirement was that I could pay using just the watch and this one does that and more. It does everything I loved about the Gear S and more. Still learning more about what it can do. I am very happy I purhcased the S3 sport! I changed out the band (which was really easy). I got a more feminine band off of Amazon, which makes it definately more of a ladies watch!

    I would recommend this to a friend