Hands-on with the Gear Sport

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Earlier this week, Samsung took to the stage in Berlin to unveil its latest smartwatch, the Gear Sport. Since then, a number of news outlets have shared their experiences with the device, comparing it to the Gear S3 classic and Gear S3 frontier—but we aren’t going to go down that route.

You see, the Gear Sport isn’t intended to be a timepiece. Samsung didn’t enlist the help of any esteemed watch designers when creating it. Instead, it’s supposed to be a fitness tracker that’s topped off with the smartwatch functionality of the
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and Gear S3 frontier.

Let’s not forget that the Gear S3 classic was created for the typical businessman who’s after a traditional-looking timepiece with some added features, while the
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is aimed towards those in need of a more durable variant that can withstand the odd knock and bump.



But neither device was designed for fitness-tracking. Sure, they ship with a version of S Health that records steps—among other things—but that’s a mere drop in the water when compared to a waterproof watch-based fitness tracker like the Apple Watch Sport.

The Gear Sport was created to fill that void.

Heavily influenced by the design of the
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, the Gear Sport features a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Exynos 3250 dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 300mAh battery. It’s also equipped with built-in GPS as standard and a slew of unique watch faces.



The pièce de résistance, according to Samsung, is the Gear Sport’s water resistance: Apparently, the device can be submerged in up to fifty meters of water for around two-hours, which is more than enough time to swim two-hundred lengths at a somewhat respectable speed.

When the
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hits the shelves in the not-too-distant future, it will be available with two different color straps—black and blue—though if you’re in the market for something a little exotic, you can switch them out for any standard 20mm watch strap.



To be completely honest, we can’t fault the Gear Sport. It’s a fantastic device. That said, we only used it for a couple of hours before writing this piece. We’re sure once we play around with it a little more, we’ll develop some qualms—so be sure to stay tuned for our full review.

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