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Samsung Gear Fit 2 vs Fitbit Charge 2: Which is the best fitness tracker?

Samsung Gear Fit 2 vs Fitbit Charge 2: We compare Samsung and Fitbit’s latest fitness trackers to see which is best for you. The Charge 2 or the Gear Fit 2, which has the better specs and most useful tracking features? Here’s all you need to know.

Two of the best fitness trackers that you can buy in 2017 are the Samsung Gear Fit 2 and the Fitbit Charge 2. These wearables boast a range of sensors for tracking your exercise sessions, including accelerometers and heart rate sensors, although only one has built-in GPS support. However, they both have full-sized displays, so you can check your progress in real time.

So what’s the difference between the Gear Fit 2 and the Charge 2, in terms of specs and features? And which is best for you? Here’s our full Charge 2 vs Gear Fit 2 comparison review to help you decide.

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Samsung Gear Fit 2 vs Fitbit Charge 2: Specs

Fitness tracker Fitbit Charge 2 Samsung Gear Fit 2
Removable bands? Yes Yes
Screen OLED 1.5-inch Super AMOLED
Sensors Accelerometer, altimeter Accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer
Heart rate sensor? Yes Yes
GPS? No (needs phone) Yes
Water resistant? No (splash proof only) Yes (IP68)
Battery life 5 days 200mAh, 3-4 days
Compatibility iOS, Android iOS, Android

Samsung Gear Fit 2 vs Fitbit Charge 2: Design

The Gear Fit 2 and Charge 2 both boast removable straps which can be swapped out for another design at any time. In both cases you can get a range of colours, to suit your every mood and occasion.

Those rubber straps are quite tough, although the Charge 2 has a better mechanism for fastening to your wrist. The Fit 2 actually popped off my wrist at one point during testing, without any warning. That said, the Charge 2’s grooved strap picks up dust and debris all too easily, while the Fit 2 stays relatively clean. We prefer the overall look of Samsung’s fitness tracker, which looks that little bit sexier.

The Gear Fit 2 is also fully water resistant, so you can take it swimming without worry. The Charge 2 is only splash proof, so water is best avoided.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 vs Fitbit Charge 2: Screen

Both of these trackers have a full-sized display for checking your stats on the go. However, while the Charge 2 sports a simple black and white OLED screen, the Gear Fit 2 has a gorgeous Super AMOLED panel. You can expect rich colours and pin-sharp visuals, which the smart interface really makes the most of.

The Charge 2 and Gear Fit 2’s screens are both touch sensitive, so you can flick through menus and tap options to kick off the trackers’ features. In the case of the Fit 2, this is a responsive touchscreen panel that works well even when you’re a bit sweaty and sticky. But the Charge 2’s touch panel is rather unresponsive and distinctly unimpressive.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 vs Fitbit Charge 2: Sensors and features

Both trackers are reasonably accurate at measuring your daily steps and activities, although they pack in different sensor tech.

The Charge 2 has an altimeter which is good at measuring the number of floors climbed throughout the day. The Gear Fit 2 uses a barometer instead in conjunction with the gyroscope, which is a lot less accurate. Still, both trackers are quite good when it comes to steps thanks to their accelerometers.

The Gear Fit 2 is the only tracker here to feature built-in GPS. The Charge 2 supports GPS tracking only when paired with your phone, so you can’t leave your mobile behind when you go for a jog if you care about accurate distances and mapping.

In both cases you get a heart rate sensor which can measure your pulse, again quite accurately. Both trackers can automatically track your heart rate throughout the day, so you can see when your more stressful moments are. The Gear Fit 2’s HRS is faster in action, however, which is good news when checking out your recovery rates.

Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 has 4GB of storage built in, so you can connect a Bluetooth headset and listen to music as you pound the pavement. With the Fitbit Charge 2, you’ll once again need to carry your phone to do the same.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 vs Fitbit Charge 2: Compatibility and apps

The Charge 2 and Gear Fit 2 work with either iOS or Android devices, complete with a free app that you can download to record your motions. These include social features for sharing your successes and competing with friends and family.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 vs Fitbit Charge 2: Battery life

Fitbit’s Charge 2 is the winner here. We regularly managed a full five days of life from the Charge, even when regularly making use of the various features. By comparison, the Fit 2 made it through a maximum of four days and occasionally just three if we hammered it. That’s most likely down to the built-in GPS and that colourful screen, which sap the 200mAh cell.