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Samsung Galaxy Fit Review

The Galaxy Fit is a so-so budget fitness tracker that is great with a Samsung phone but otherwise unremarkable
Samsung Galaxy Fit
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Price:   $100 List | $80 at Amazon
Pros:  Good display, fairly inexpensive, accurate step counter
Cons:  No stair tracker, limited community compare functions
Manufacturer:   Samsung
By Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Oct 17, 2019
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  • Fitness Impact - 30% 7
  • Health Impact - 25% 6
  • Ease of Use - 20% 7
  • Ergonomics - 15% 6
  • Display - 10% 8

Our Verdict

Scoring in the middle to upper portion of the pack, the Samsung Galaxy Fit did fairly well across the board in our tests. While it is a fairly minimalistic fitness tracker and doesn't have a ton of features, what it does do it does well. We found the workout tracking to be fairly accurate and it has a solid set of smart features, showing notifications and even some quick responses for messaging apps. It is fairly stylish and even water resistant with swim tracking abilities. It isn't the best tracker we have seen but is a solid middle-of-the-road option at a reasonable price, especially if you aren't a fan of the Fitbit ecosystem or already have a Samsung phone.

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Pros Good display, fairly inexpensive, accurate step counterExcellent display, great health and fitness capabilities, ergonomicEasy to use, accurate step counter, excellent smartphone appGood value, great fitness tracking ability, excellent battery lifeGreat display, good fitness tracking capabilities
Cons No stair tracker, limited community compare functionsRuns on the pricey sideNot the most comfortable, so-so cycling trackingCould be more convenient to use, doesn’t have the most smart functionsExpensive, harder to use
Bottom Line The Fit is a good option for anyone who wants a basic set of fitness, health, and smart features in a slimmer package than most smartwatchesThis wearable is one of our favorite options, delivering top-notch performances across the majority of our tests and easily earning our recommendationOffering great all-around performance and a budget, we think this wearable tracker is a fantastic option for any bargain-conscious shopperThis watch has plenty of smart features and functions, as well as being a very capable fitness tracker, all at a great priceOne of the newer models from Garmin, the Vivoactive 3 this model has a great display but just can’t quite compete with the top models
Rating Categories Samsung Galaxy Fit Fitbit Charge 4 Fitbit Inspire 2 Fitbit Versa 3 Garmin Vivoactive 3
Fitness Impact (30%)
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Health Impact (25%)
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Ease Of Use (20%)
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Ergonomics (15%)
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Display (10%)
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Specs Samsung Galaxy Fit Fitbit Charge 4 Fitbit Inspire 2 Fitbit Versa 3 Garmin Vivoactive 3
Heart Rate Monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter (stair tracking) No Yes No Yes Yes
Battery life Up to 7 days up to 7 days no GPS
up to 5 days w/ GPS
Up to 10 days 2-5 days Up to 7 days; up to 13 hours with GPS
Charge time 1-2 hours 3 hours 1-2 hours 2 hours 1-3 hours
Memory 2MB (RAM) / 32MB (ROM) 7 days of detailed motion - minute by minute; daily totals 30 days 7 days of detailed motion - minute by minute; daily totals 30 days Saves 7 days of detailed motion data; Saves daily totals for past 30 days 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
Water Resistance 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM 5 ATM
Operating Temp N/A -4 - 140 F -4 - 140 F -4 - 140 F 14 - 140 F
Notifications Text, call, push notifications Text, call, push notifications Text, call, push notifications Text, call, push notifications Text, call, push notifications
Vibration Motor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GPS Tracking No Yes No Yes Yes
Multi-Sport Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Music Control Yes Yes, with Spotify Premium and phone nearby No Yes Yes
Sleep Tracking Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silent Alarm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Galaxy Fit is available with a black, white, or yellow silicone band to match your personal preference when it comes to wearables, whether you are trying to make a style statement or keep it more discreet.

Performance Comparison



The Galaxy Fit is a low-profile minimalistic tracker.
The Galaxy Fit is a low-profile minimalistic tracker.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Likes


We found the Galaxy Fit to be quite accurate when it came to counting steps in our test, only having an average discrepancy of less than 0.5% over a mile-long walk. The distance estimate also appeared to be fairly accurate but the Fit does lack an internal GPS, so it usually won't be as accurate as GPS enabled models unless it is paired to your phone. It also did well with a cycling workout, showing top speed, average speed, distance, time, and elevation. The stats matched up fairly well with a phone and other trackers

The Fit counted our steps very accurately in our tests.
The Fit counted our steps very accurately in our tests.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Fit can also track swimming, running, and "Other Workout" and you also have the option to add more workout types from the Galaxy Wear app. It also provides fairly comprehensive swimming metrics, including SWOLF. The Fit is marketed as water-resistant to 50 meters or 5 ATM.

The Fit's companion app shows you all of your recent workouts, even...
The Fit's companion app shows you all of your recent workouts, even the ones that it tracked automatically.

The app has an integrated food tracker if you are monitoring your caloric intake and you have counters for the amount of water and coffee you ingest right on the tracker itself. It did fairly well at estimating resting metabolic rate and measuring heart rate, though there were the occasional giant discrepancies when measuring an active heart rate. The tracker will also notify you if you have been sedentary for too long and has automatic sleep tracking.

The integrated calorie tracker is a handy way to help stick with a...
The integrated calorie tracker is a handy way to help stick with a diet.

This tracker has a solid battery life and pairs quickly with your phone to sync your data. The app is also decently intuitive to use and it is easy to navigate menus on the tracker itself.

The Fit has a decent battery life, so you can probably get a few...
The Fit has a decent battery life, so you can probably get a few days out of each charge.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Galaxy Fit has a great display that is easy to read in bright light and shows plenty of information. You even have the option for quick responses to some message notifications, which you can edit in the companion app.

We thought the Galaxy Fit is fairly lackluster in terms of looks.
We thought the Galaxy Fit is fairly lackluster in terms of looks.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dislikes


While the screen on this tracker looks great, the overall appearance of the Fit is a bit plain. It's sleek with a low profile but it's a bit of a stretch to call this fitness tracker stylish. The band can also be a bit of a pain to put on and off, as the Fit forgoes a typical watch-style clasp. This does maintain a lower profile and holds the heart rate sensor flush against your skin but it is much more difficult to use.

This type of clasp can be a bit finicky.
This type of clasp can be a bit finicky.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

It also requires multiple apps to use to its full potential, with your data and settings spread throughout the Galaxy Wear, Samsung Health, and a few others. This tracker also lacks the ability to count the number of stairs climbed in a day.

Value


Overall, the Fit is a fair value. It doesn't have all the features the top models do but it is priced accordingly.

Conclusion


We would recommend the Fit for anyone who wants to keep basic tabs on their health and fitness and wants a few smart features but isn't willing to pay the price for a full-featured smartwatch or fitness tracker. It's especially good if you have a Samsung phone but does work with other Android and iOS models.

Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman