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Samsung’s Gear Fit enters a smartwatch arena filled with blood thirsty, formidable competition. Their previous entry into the fray, the Galaxy Gear, offered notifications only – the Fit provides a hybrid of notifications and exercise-oriented features.

With the majority of smartwatches offering either notifications or health metrics, a smartwatch offering both fulfills an almost untouched niche. While relatively novel, does the $200 Gear Fit match other wearables such as the $199 Basis Health Tracker (our Basis review Basis B1 Health Tracker Smartwatch (2014) Review and Giveaway Basis B1 Health Tracker Smartwatch (2014) Review and Giveaway Want to lose weight and think clearer? You might find help from the Basis B1 Health Tracker smartwatch. Read More ), the Pebble smartwatch (our Pebble review Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway Smartwatches are the new hottest trend in today's tech world, and the Pebble e-ink watch helped start the fire. The most successful Kickstarter project to date, the Pebble raised over $10 million during its 1-month... Read More ) or the $199.99 Sony SmartWatch 2 (Sony SmartWatch 2 review Sony SmartWatch 2 Review and Giveaway Sony SmartWatch 2 Review and Giveaway There are plenty of smartwatches which you can get your hands on right now, so why should you consider the Sony SmartWatch 2? Read More )? It’s certainly among the more affordable of smartwatches, but does it provide a healthy middle ground between fitness watches and notifications watches? Read on to find out.

What’s a Smartwatch?

Smartwatches classify as “wearable tech”, a term coined at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013. In a nutshell, wearables come in the physical form of a watch, while providing some kind of computer-like function. They tend to fulfill one of two niches: fitness tracking or smartphone notifications. Most fitness-oriented devices provide the user with information on their biometric readings — such as heart rate or the number of foot steps taken (pedometer). Notification watches replicate notifications from a smartphone to the display of the smartwatch. The Gear Fit provides a little bit of both worlds.

Initial Impression

The Samsung Gear fit looks and feels like a quality, although mostly plastic, device. samsung gear fit dramatic lighting

Unboxing

Unboxing the Gear Fit doesn’t take long. I popped open the faux-wood colored box and inside lay the watch, a proprietary connector, instruction manual and a microUSB charger. Samsung exercised good design judgement in using a microUSB connector for the cradle, so one can charge either from a computer or from an AC adapter.

Design

The Samsung Gear Fit offers a stylish, but plasticky, build. The weight and heft feel incredibly light. Like most Samsung devices it fuses sleek curves with textured, black plastic. The band feels uncomfortable at first – rather than using softer silicone rubber, the Fit’s plastic band uses a crosshatched texture, making it easy to grip. Connected to the band, the Fit’s display features a curved, 1.84″ 432 x 128 AMOLED screen. Its colors at maximum brightness shine in a vibrant and beautiful splendor. Even within the saturated, fitness oriented smartwatches market, few competitors come close to matching it. While readable in direct sunlight, the display’s outdoor mode won’t glow with the same beauty as it does indoors. samsung galaxy fit direct sunlight

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After powering the Fit on, a tiny linear motor shudders, vibrating the entire device. The Samsung logo then splashes across the rectangular watch-face in a boot process taking approximately 9 seconds. The rear of the device houses the sensor, which emits a green beam of light, scanning the user’s heartbeat when active. Above it rests five square studs, which the charging cradle connects to.

gear fit - rear sensor Specifications

  • 1.84-inch curved Super AMOLED touchscreen display
  • IP67 water and dust-proofing certification
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope and heart rate sensor
  • 3-4 days of use with normal activity; 5 days with low usage
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy Bluetooth)
  • Gorilla Glass 3

Pairing Process

For anyone with a compatible Samsung device, the pairing process only requires downloading and installing Samsung’s Gear Fit Manager app (available in the Samsung Market). However, in order to receive analysis of your health metrics, you’ll also need to install the Fitness with Gear application. Both come directly from Samsung’s App Store, which requires owning a Samsung device. For those of you without a Samsung smartphone or tablet, it’s technically possible to pair with the Fit. However, doing so requires a bit of hacking – XDA Junior Member, nala1908, figured out how to get the Gear Fit working with several other devices, in particular, the Nexus 5 (our Nexus 5 review Google Nexus 5 Review and Giveaway Google Nexus 5 Review and Giveaway Approximately a year after Google released the Nexus 4, the company behind Android has come out with its successor -- the Nexus 5. Read More ). You can find a complete list of instructions on XDA Developers in the original thread. It’s important to note that you can also acquire copies of the Gear Manager software and Samsung’s S-Health app from third party sources – however, these carry a significant amount of risk, as third party apps can contain malware.

Living with the Samsung Gear Fit

The Gear Fit offers three primary features – first, it offers health metrics on its user, such as heart rate and a pedometer, which tracks steps taken. Second, it offers notifications from your smartphone. Third, you can control some apps on your smartphone or tablet. It should be noted that Samsung has locked the Fit to a select number of Samsung tablets and smartwatches (here’s a complete list of Samsung devices compatible with the Gear Fit).

The Gear Fit’s blend of notifications along with health metrics appears to fulfill a highly useful niche within the wearables market. However, in practice, the device excels at neither function. In particular, the Fit suffers from serious usability issues for tracking health metrics. The notification features are also similarly plagued – however, the Fit worked great for locating my smartphone.

Health Metrics

The Gear Fit offers three kinds of health metrics – pedometer (includes jogging, hiking and walking), cycling distance and heart rate monitor. I tested the reported figures against the purely health-oriented Basis Health Tracker. On the positive side, the Gear Fit gave similar readings which we can safely assume are accurate. The accompanying suite of apps (Fitness with Gear, Gear Fit Manager and S Health) can log and track more information, including sleep metrics. Unfortunately, the features available in Fitness with Gear require a Samsung account, which I couldn’t access as I own a Nexus 5.

gear fit - face 3

For all four fitness tracking features, the Fit requires manually initiating each activity. In order to track my own jogging distance, I had to turn on the Fit, find the Exercise feature, then enable the jogging tracker. For comparison, the Basis Health Tracker automates this process, automatically detecting when a run begins and ends. The Fit isn’t alone in requiring manual activation, but it’s still tedious. The cycling distance tracker requires GPS from a paired smartphone or tablet. This causes problems if you work out inside of a gym using a stationary bicycle, as well as incurring additional battery drain. When I wasn’t able to bring my phone along when bicycling, the Fit simply wouldn’t function correctly. Samsung made a poor call by using the GPS for distance tracking as it forces the user to drag a phone with them while exercising – not everyone wants their phone with them while exposed to inclement weather or dust.

On one hand, it’s useful for tracking your weekly workout statistics, since the data pairs with your smartphone over Bluetooth. On the other hand, the system doesn’t compare favorably with competitors’ products, though. For example, Basis’s Health Tracker automatically logs and analyzes behavioral patterns. In short, the Fit absolutely fails at offering convenience and the data isn’t particularly useful for workout nuts.

Sleep Tracking

Samsung’s exercise logging software (Fitness with Gear), which you must download from the Samsung Market, offers a total record of your exercise and sleeping habits. It also includes a feature which tracks sleep data.

fitness tracking software

The sleep tracking portion of the app only gives two data points: Total time spent sleeping and the amount of time spent motionless. To access this information, you are required to create a Samsung account. Judging from the scant few reviews that covered the Fit’s sleep tracking feature, it appears to not really offer practical value. It’s just a meaningless statistic compared to competitors’ sleep analysis tools. Those who want a more sophisticated sleep tracking device, look elsewhere.

Notifications

The Gear Fit by default only provides notifications from email, SMS, alarms, calls and the weather. After bit of configuring through the Gear Fit Manager app, the Fit can also receive notifications from any app. However, you must individually select each application. After enabling notifications for RSS, and instant messengers, I can confirm that it works as advertised. On the downside, it’s difficult finding and enabling third-party app notifications within the Gear Fit Manager. There’s several steps involved and none seem very well laid out or obvious.

Music Control

My favorite feature is the music app, which works with the the native music player of your phone. You can pause songs, adjust volume and skip tracks. This is quite useful for those who don’t want to pull their phone out to listen to music.

samsung gear fit music player

Phone Locator

Ever misplace your phone? If it’s anywhere within Bluetooth range, the Fit can fire up the phone’s ringtone. It will play until the user cancels the app on the smartphone or on the Gear Fit. Overall, this feature makes finding one’s phone much easier. The great thing about the phone finder is its ability to ring it, even if the volume has been disabled or silenced.

Finding my phone with the Fit didn’t require much effort. Simply activating the locator feature in the smartwatch automatically turns on the ringtone for the phone, even if muted. On the downside, falling outside of Bluetooth range will break Bluetooth pairing, requiring re-establishing the connection – but that’s impossible unless you actually have the phone in hand. I found that with several walls in the way, the range is about 20 feet.

samsung galaxy fit media player

Should You Buy the Samsung Gear Fit?

Not everyone should run out and buy wearable tech. Should you buy a smartwatch Should You Buy A Smartwatch Now, Or Wait? Should You Buy A Smartwatch Now, Or Wait? Everyone is talking about smartwatches and other wearables as "the next big thing." So, should you buy a smartwatch today, or wait for the smartwatches to come? Read More ? Right now, most devices offer either health or fitness oriented tracking: the Fit offers both, but does neither well. While it does offer an interesting and useful feature in locating missing smartphones, it fails in most other respects. However, I feel it’s necessary to mention that the display is absolutely gorgeous and eye-catching. It packs enough interesting features, such as the ability to control music, that the Fit will impress at first glance. For those (who own compatible Samsung devices) wanting a shallow, yet gorgeous, smartwatch that offers both notifications and fitness tracking, the Gear Fit will satisfy. For those wanting a more practical and useful device, the Fit falls flat on its watch-face.

MakeUseOf recommends: Don’t buy it. For some users access to health metrics and notifications in a $200 package is exactly what they’re looking for. For the rest of us, buy a device dedicated to either one or the other.

How do I win the Samsung Gear Fit?

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, 23rd May. The winner will be selected at random and informed via email. View the list of winners here.

The Winner

Congratulations, Lisa Castellanos! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before June 11 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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  1. Morrison
    May 24, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I am always disappointed when devices have X, Y features, but not Z, so a smartwatch with all the features competitors have would be awesome!

  2. Corey Olomon
    May 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I love the phone locator!

  3. Daniel M
    May 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    fitness tracking

  4. Helena
    May 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you for this great giveaway!
    I want a solar charging Watch!!

  5. Jacob L
    May 23, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I want wireless charging so when I'm sitting at the desk or in a car it would charge itself without having to take it off

  6. Danny
    May 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I'd love to see solar charging and bio feedback.

  7. Prabhdeep S
    May 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    For me, its the first thing that my normal watch can do,atleast an year of battery life cycle and a real-like watch face, would be the ultimate things I'll go for a smart watch!!!

  8. claudia
    May 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    solar charging would be very useful :)

  9. Mickey G
    May 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    My ultimate smart watch feature is fitness tracking abilities.

  10. Chuck
    May 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Phone locator

  11. Patricia
    May 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    My ultimate watch is one that can keep track of everything!

  12. Waleed B
    May 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Jogging monitor !

  13. Joshua L
    May 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Probably the phone locator! haha.

    Actually, the pedometer would be awesome to have. Work as a CNA so I walk..a lot. And run, a lot.

  14. Cynthia
    May 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Amazing battery life and accurate pedometer, stylish appearance

  15. heather c
    May 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Solar charging, to do list reminders and maybe reward ideas for reaching fitness goals.

  16. Chris
    May 23, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    solar powered or never needing to be recharged would be awesome

  17. David B
    May 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I just want it to be accurate and find a way to make things fun.

  18. Gavin Thomas
    May 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    heart rate monitor would work wonders for me and my condition

  19. Catherine M
    May 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Accuracy would be most important - in everything

  20. west
    May 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    being able to summon my talking car

  21. Amit Konstabler
    May 23, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Eliminate the need of smartphone for most day-to-day uses

  22. Michelle Y
    May 23, 2014 at 4:32 am

    A GPS, I'm always getting lost.

  23. daniel
    May 23, 2014 at 2:50 am

    this samsung gear looks perfect

  24. Alfred Chan
    May 23, 2014 at 2:34 am

    Able to calculate calories burned during the day will be great. :)

  25. Mahesh
    May 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    My smartwatch would have soundrecorder, camera and gps...

  26. Buon S
    May 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    GPS, camera & tracks calories

  27. Heidi E
    May 22, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Ultimate Smart Watch? Would give me superhero powers and ..print money? Cure cancer? This watch is cool too though!

  28. Peter
    May 22, 2014 at 12:48 am

    I want to be fit with this gear!

  29. B. Lerner
    May 22, 2014 at 12:29 am

    GPS, camera & tracks calories burned while you're wearing it.

  30. Suzanne D
    May 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    My ultimate smart watch would need to be locked to my arm for a few months, and shock me with a few volts if I don't exercise enough or if I don't eat healthy. And look nice.

  31. Roberto Rother
    May 21, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    A watch that gives me dynamic programmable notifications on a number of apps, that is customizable to my specific needs

  32. Taylor H
    May 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    It would be as a stylish fashion accessory.

  33. flor
    May 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

    My ultimate smartwatch is the one that has feature like that of mrs. Weasley's clock in harry potter series

  34. vhie
    May 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

    My ultimate smartwatch feature would be the kind that would allow me to teleport myself from one place to another :)

  35. Brijan A
    May 21, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Pedometer and sleep tracking

  36. PrinceR
    May 21, 2014 at 7:20 am

    A watch that instantly would keep me posted . and tells me all the needfull / usefull onformation at precisely the right time

  37. Sadiya
    May 21, 2014 at 4:34 am

    sleek and stylish design! want ittt! :D

  38. Youssef Azza
    May 20, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Indeed want a smartwatch with a GPS.

  39. James
    May 20, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I'd love to check email with it.

  40. Didula
    May 20, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    A watch with wireless charging and a good battery life..

  41. Prayag
    May 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Smartwatch which keeps me informed

  42. izzul faruq
    May 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    GPS BABE!!

  43. Nero T
    May 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

    An activity tracker.

  44. Orlando Aparri Jr.
    May 20, 2014 at 3:39 am

    BP monitorand x-ray vision :)

  45. Erin W
    May 20, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I'd love it to have a gps that is accurate.

  46. Eva D
    May 20, 2014 at 2:15 am

    heart rate and pedometer

  47. Shawn H
    May 19, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    All-in-one smartphone features

  48. Brennan G
    May 19, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    GPS

  49. E
    May 19, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Music, voice recording, hackability

  50. Debbie Bashford
    May 19, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    GPS for sure!

  51. GARRY S
    May 19, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    MUSIC CONTROL

  52. Himanshu S
    May 19, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Feature i like most was the Health Metrics and Sleep Tracking.
    Not only it tracks daily exercises like swimming, cycling it also tracks Sleeping habits and other Data while you sleep.
    Last but not least Phone Locator, how many time it happened with me that i forget where my phone is but not with this, Phone locator makes life easier :)

  53. Nike
    May 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I'd like a GPS

  54. Alyshia
    May 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    The finding phone feature would be used a ton at my home what an awesome feature.

  55. toni
    May 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I'd use the GPS

  56. Carolyn Berg
    May 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Games , pedometer

  57. Toni A
    May 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I want it to keep track of my schedule and places that i will visit through gps also wifi , Health applications and some web applications will make it great.

  58. Svetlana L
    May 19, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Calorie counter! :)

  59. Nurul Azziera bt Mohd Jafri
    May 19, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I want wifi and some games :)

  60. JD
    May 19, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Tracking and games

  61. Scott Hickenbotham
    May 19, 2014 at 8:44 am

    an app to control my home theater and lighting systems

  62. Vaughn
    May 19, 2014 at 8:34 am

    An accurate pedometer, heart rate monitor, and the calories counter as it would all be for the same reason my heart

  63. Irene
    May 19, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Twitter !!!!!

  64. Wes H
    May 19, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I would want a heart rate monitor with GPS tracking.

  65. Herman S
    May 19, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Heart beat sense

  66. fahmi herlambang
    May 19, 2014 at 3:40 am

    add game and maybe awesome lol

  67. Vironica M
    May 19, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I want GPS

  68. yenny
    May 19, 2014 at 2:54 am

    calorie counter

  69. Tina F
    May 19, 2014 at 2:38 am

    An accurate pedometer, heart rate monitor, and the calories counter as it would all be for the same reason my heart

  70. Suresh V
    May 19, 2014 at 1:06 am

    GPS, WIFI, Bluetooth, Pedometer, Camera.

  71. Judy Thomas
    May 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    A tracking ap so I can keep tabs on my kids :)

  72. Carl D
    May 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Notifications

  73. mirka
    May 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    GPS and weather forecast

  74. Stefan Stefan B
    May 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    mobile phone and camera functionality

  75. Anna W
    May 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    GPS

  76. Juliana ALmagro
    May 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    mobile phone functionality

  77. Gimm
    May 18, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Mobile phone functions and heart rate and music ..this gadget.is awesome

  78. Chris K
    May 18, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I would love to know live temperatures. Though anything that I can do remotely from my wrist would be geeky.

  79. Adly A
    May 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    GPS and health related monitor.

  80. zaid
    May 18, 2014 at 8:02 am

    a camera in it and gps and clear black display like on nokia phones which help to operate the smartwatch easily in sunlight!1

  81. Alan T
    May 18, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Time travel :P

  82. Shemp DeYoung (@shempgames)
    May 18, 2014 at 2:32 am

    I'd like to be able to get Netflix on my SmartWatch.

  83. Jacob
    May 18, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Full health scan of various vital statistics

  84. Vija L
    May 18, 2014 at 12:15 am

    mobile phone functionality

  85. Alessio A
    May 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Viewing notifications without needing your smartphone ;)

  86. Melissa K
    May 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Definitely GPS!

  87. Gerald S
    May 17, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Play music.

  88. Moja M
    May 17, 2014 at 4:10 am

    I want music-on-the-go! :)

  89. Chona Gomba
    May 17, 2014 at 3:07 am

    GPS & can connect to my phone

  90. Peter H
    May 17, 2014 at 2:36 am

    Ultimate feature would be for it to take out your phone and start up whatever app. That's what will usually happen anyways.

  91. Caroline Wampler
    May 17, 2014 at 1:12 am

    One that could somehow track my food consumption without me having to program it in! hah

  92. Kim
    May 16, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Viewing notifications without needing your smartphone.

  93. Mishaal F
    May 16, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    music player

  94. sha
    May 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Leap Motion Integration

  95. Raazan M
    May 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Wireless smartphone connection.

  96. Rebecca W
    May 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I love the heart rate monitor.

  97. peppe
    May 16, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    heart rate monitor

  98. Dorothy H
    May 16, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Shoe the time.

  99. Jono M
    May 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

    make my coffee in the morning

  100. mike
    May 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

    would be great to monitor fitness

  101. Valery Ramirez
    May 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

    To control my phone with it!!!

  102. Sue Bou
    May 16, 2014 at 10:01 am

    A GPS would be great.

  103. Przemo Ciesielski
    May 16, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Heart rate monitor and long battery life (or better - recharge from body warmth)

  104. Kelly N
    May 16, 2014 at 7:10 am

    i just need a good running timer..thanks

  105. AlSam
    May 16, 2014 at 1:19 am

    universal remote

  106. Misel
    May 16, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Usefulness

  107. Devi Brookins
    May 15, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Video calls

  108. Stanthur H
    May 15, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Full sync with many devices. holographic video calls.

  109. eva phillip
    May 15, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    the gps would rock !!!!

  110. Alona Young
    May 15, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I would find gps to be the most helpful and useful!

  111. Gaurav K
    May 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Universal remote for controlling all my mobile and home automation devices.

  112. Kateryna K
    May 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    It would have a calorie counter

  113. Craig
    May 15, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    It would be great to have a watch that could give you the correct time while being able to check your heart rate out at the same time.

  114. Natalie Y
    May 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    It would be awesome if my smartwatch somehow could connect to the radio somehow!

  115. Bruce Lamesse
    May 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    A Bluetooth mp3 Player.

  116. FRank M
    May 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    It would be so great to not have a smart phone watch on my hip all the time

  117. Paul- Kristjan Abram
    May 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I would be more than happy, when my smartwatch would let me do common things(messaging, clock). Crazy? No. I like it simple, this offers more than that, which is a bonus.

  118. Rafael Kireyev
    May 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

    measurement of pulse

  119. Milinda A
    May 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Connect with my phone.

  120. Alan
    May 15, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Nice looks like it's useful.

  121. Frederick Bassett
    May 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I think a heart rate monitor that makes suggestions to fix any health problems perceived

  122. Mike
    May 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    My ultimate smart watch feature would be hologram video chat!

  123. Don Shepherd
    May 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Do I want a smart watch? Dunno. I have enjoyed being watchless since having a cell phone to tell me the time!

  124. Alexey P
    May 14, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Connectivity with my other devices

  125. Julian
    May 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    smartphone notifications, pedometer, whatever helps it track flights of stairs, sleep monitor, pulse, easy music access, syncs with smartphone navigation.. excellent display and battery life

  126. Ted W
    May 14, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    a laser beam

  127. Kel G
    May 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    A longer lasting battery and full sinc with my other devices.

  128. Ajith Sen
    May 14, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Connectivity across my devices!

  129. Dmitriy S
    May 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Heartbeat monitor.

  130. nitin hassija
    May 14, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Apart from the existing features, it should have the best Touch less Control system (like jarvis in iron man) and a long lasting battery which would probably last for at least few years.

  131. Gord
    May 14, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    A very good music player.

  132. Harish A
    May 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    to be in-sync with my phone's notifications and also provide good information of weather!

  133. David Taylor
    May 14, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Full interactivity across all my devices - Phone(s) tablets, smart TV, Computer.

  134. Johanne LaurinCastonguay
    May 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Bluetooth connectivity to wireless headphones

  135. Rick
    May 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    full day battery charge minimum

  136. Denis K
    May 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    radar, glonass

  137. Ashwin
    May 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    A long lasting battery.

  138. Jason P
    May 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Voice recorder!

  139. Simone M
    May 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    A detachable bt headset and solar powered

  140. Laureen M
    May 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    health features and easy connectivity

  141. http://ptab.it/16v3W
    May 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Blood glucose monitoring

  142. Amine D
    May 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Ir really want a GPS and a long battery life

  143. Mahmoud
    May 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Help me in my sports tracking :)

  144. Paul V
    May 14, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Affordability

  145. Athena
    May 14, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I would love the ability to find my things with a mix of dots and the smart watch.

  146. phil
    May 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

    solar powered

  147. paulie
    May 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

    GPS

  148. vince
    May 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

    i want a smart watch with GPS to detect the locations one to another

  149. thiagu
    May 14, 2014 at 9:45 am

    finding out and guiding to locate where things are like - keys, mobile, vehnicle parked, remotes etc

  150. Alex
    May 14, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Easy handling and good battery life and conectivity

  151. Kelly R
    May 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

    It would be great if it had a blood pressure monitor so those with high blood pressure could monitor there BP.

  152. Tejash C
    May 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Video calling would be nice!

    • panos
      May 14, 2014 at 8:47 am

      it would be nice but for now you can call kitt if you want

  153. Nicole H
    May 14, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Calorie counter & GPS.

  154. Mihir C
    May 14, 2014 at 8:33 am

    GPS for sure!

  155. Beh H
    May 14, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Super long battery life!

  156. Tomas P
    May 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

    An automated emergency alert system. It will call 911 in case of medical emergency and give all the data needed - GPS, symptoms, etc.

  157. Christopher
    May 14, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Hydration monitor, conversing with the phone! :D

  158. Vitaliy P
    May 14, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Nice

  159. Shaun Robertson
    May 14, 2014 at 6:34 am

    GPS location and directions

  160. LINDSEY CLARK
    May 14, 2014 at 6:29 am

    GPS & a Satellite phone option.

  161. Majelle de Guzman
    May 14, 2014 at 6:11 am

    GPS and Video Phone :D

  162. Maryanne
    May 14, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Seamlessly link to my smartphone

  163. El C
    May 14, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Ability to chat with me to remotely use my phone or tablet, so I don't have to get it out of my bag.

  164. Vic L
    May 14, 2014 at 5:21 am

    I agree with others, a teleportation will be a bang...

  165. Ionut B
    May 14, 2014 at 5:07 am

    shocking me when i fall asleep while driving

  166. Mai Tran
    May 14, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Ultimate smartwatch should include GPS, weather station and multiple time zones.

  167. Junil M
    May 14, 2014 at 4:16 am

    for now i think android wear looks pretty good. it still needs to get released so waiting for it.

  168. Chris Arthur
    May 14, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Love the idea of a hydration moniter :)

  169. Matthew W
    May 14, 2014 at 4:01 am

    GPS

  170. ann
    May 14, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I'd like one with a band that doesn't make my wrist sweat in the middle of a humid/hot summer day!

  171. Jo-anne P
    May 14, 2014 at 3:41 am

    A cloaking device or a BS detector. Either would be awesome

  172. Gaurav Bhargava
    May 14, 2014 at 3:34 am

    GPS and a built in phone

  173. Aaron
    May 14, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Full smartphone integration - especially running any app.

  174. bold
    May 14, 2014 at 3:02 am

    weather forecast

  175. Daniel V
    May 14, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Can do popular features without the need of a smartphone handy.

  176. Johnna Rhodus
    May 14, 2014 at 2:53 am

    The ability to answer phone calls by voice without a bluetooth device;like it just recognizes your voice and follows your commands

  177. John C
    May 14, 2014 at 2:48 am

    I like the teleportation idea, Bill mentioned lol.

  178. Larry
    May 14, 2014 at 2:40 am

    Even vaguely possible? Automatic defibrillator.
    From fiction? A Dr. Who style time travel device.

  179. cheridene boucher
    May 14, 2014 at 2:35 am

    music and gps

  180. Shane H
    May 14, 2014 at 2:33 am

    I would have to say a hydration monitor so I know if im becoming dehydrated or not.

  181. Andy L
    May 14, 2014 at 2:31 am

    long lasting battery life

  182. Arie W
    May 14, 2014 at 2:30 am

    GPS, remote control, video call, and how about electro magnetic super barrier for protection :D

  183. Patrick Miller
    May 14, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Not sure - it looks like it can do so much!

  184. Eric G.
    May 14, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Long battery life!!!

  185. Mehul Boricha
    May 14, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Full voice control....

  186. Vivek Nath R
    May 14, 2014 at 2:08 am

    To be frank, just show off.

  187. Sampath S
    May 14, 2014 at 2:04 am

    First comes Battery then it comes taking phone calls directly from smart watch

  188. Bienvenido C. Masaluñga Jr.
    May 14, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Hollogram Effects. ?

  189. Bill
    May 14, 2014 at 1:37 am

    teleportation would be cool

  190. MickH
    May 14, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Complete thought control of device. No voice required.

  191. Philip Y
    May 14, 2014 at 12:56 am

    The ability to answer like an LCARS in Federation ships!

  192. Jessa P
    May 14, 2014 at 12:52 am

    the ability to use music during my workout

  193. em
    May 14, 2014 at 12:46 am

    longer battery life would be good

  194. Harjit Bains
    May 14, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Control household gadgets such as TV, lights, coffeemaker etc.

  195. Leoner G
    May 14, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Solar battery

  196. Marsha Arditti
    May 14, 2014 at 12:23 am

    speaker/microphone so I can use the phone without taking it out of my pocke

  197. Todd greencorn
    May 14, 2014 at 12:22 am

    to be able to send quick responses without having to use a smartphone

  198. Kim M
    May 14, 2014 at 12:19 am

    To be great for me, it would have to work without a smartphone because I don't own one. Tracking the mileage on my bike rides would be awesome!

  199. Zero
    May 14, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Battery is the main thing. I have too many gadgets to charge :D

  200. Robert
    May 14, 2014 at 12:03 am

    make me lunch

  201. Karen V
    May 14, 2014 at 12:01 am

    long battery life

  202. Wesley
    May 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    The ultimate smartwatch feature is that it can work independent of any phone.

  203. Brian K
    May 13, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Waterproof and longer battery life

  204. Ahmed K
    May 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Either as a remote, or vibrator for my phone calls.

  205. Karl D
    May 13, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    speaker/microphone so I can use the phone without taking it out of my pocket

  206. Eric R
    May 13, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    it measuring blood glucose

  207. Deb Crane
    May 13, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Great idea, I would love to test that out.

  208. Keith W
    May 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Not having to be tied to a phone - I guess we'll have to wait a while for that.

  209. Rick
    May 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Longer Staying Power/Battery Life, able to connect to any phone, easy set-up and great music software.

  210. Mike S
    May 13, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Easy set up and the ability to motivate me off my backside and out exercising!

  211. kp
    May 13, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I'd really like to see long battery life and solar or otherwise recharging.

  212. Dave W
    May 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Voice recognition.

  213. l p
    May 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    would love to see more physiological data collected to be downloaded. thanks

  214. Rory
    May 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Time warner app

  215. Ernest M
    May 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    A health monitor that shows your heart rate, blood pressure and such would be really cool.

  216. Dan D
    May 13, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    It tracks my life expectancy.

  217. Va D
    May 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Power/ki/chi levels

  218. Eric M
    May 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    My smartphone feature that I would like most is the music player and watch. That is something some other brands do not offer.

  219. Fred G
    May 13, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    One device to quant everything, and better sleeping functions

  220. Endracion
    May 13, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Should be easy to use and setup, and can control any phone type.

  221. Jeremy D
    May 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    to be able to watch tv by plugging in a small USB key, and to be able to have a phone conversation with the watch

  222. Ahmad Shawki Hasan
    May 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Track sleep pattern.
    Long battery life.
    Better camera.

  223. Darren
    May 13, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    GPS mapping - although the screen would probably be way too small. Maybe someway to project the map onto the surface in front of you (such as a white wall!)

    We can dream!

  224. Brent Sensenig
    May 13, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Would love to see a great display and good battery life!

  225. Mark Larson
    May 13, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    It should be able to be able to take blood pressure, pulse, temperature, also have voice activation and voice annunciation.

  226. Steve
    May 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Oh man.. tracking my spin classes would be a breeze with this tool

  227. Aaron L
    May 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Talk to text !!!!

  228. AM
    May 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Audio search, sync all google apps and work as a phone!

  229. Aman Shah
    May 13, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Just be like a wristphone.

  230. simona
    May 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    totale devices integration!

  231. Gina G
    May 13, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I want to be able to have"friends" so we can challenge each other

  232. Juanita
    May 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Track my sleep patterns

  233. Dumitrache Jenica
    May 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Easy to use and long battery life.

  234. Cameron Arsenault
    May 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Voice activated Google search with audio responses.

  235. Mandip D
    May 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    My ultimate smartphone feature will be controlling my boss via it!!

  236. g harbison
    May 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Tricorder functionality

  237. Alex J
    May 13, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    play music, specially through bluetooth

  238. Antonio R
    May 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Some kind of not too much intrusive reminder.

  239. doe smith
    May 13, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Vital Signs Tracker

  240. Luis Alberto Scandurra
    May 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Easy to use and long battery life.

  241. Ed
    May 13, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Long battery life.
    Maybe a roll out display for texting, watching movies, skype.

  242. Sam K
    May 13, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    it should be a complete body checker.

  243. Quentin Brown
    May 13, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Samsug gear

  244. Leanne
    May 13, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    long battery life (6+ days) or solar powered.

  245. Dan V
    May 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    An ergonomically usable camera.

  246. Derek
    May 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Call support

  247. Catherine
    May 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Heart rate monitor and blood pressure monitor

  248. John P
    May 13, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Ultimate feature? Not sure. Feature I would like right now? Pinch to choose instead of swipe and scroll.

  249. Dmitry Y
    May 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    That will be just great to have and experience a new modern device. Connection with a smartphone may be useful!

  250. Elizabeth V
    May 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Easy to use. And a manual to go with. GPS, heart monitor and music are essential. Thanks

  251. Cristina Mocanu
    May 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    My ultimate smartwatch feature would be a personal AI to remember everything for me and remind me, guide me, tell me :) Yes, i know! I'm laaaaazy! :)

  252. Mark H
    May 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Distance, pace/speed, benchmarks, routes for both running and biking

  253. JeffC
    May 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    It should be a transporter and phasor combo like Star Trek!

  254. Marc Bellavance
    May 13, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Heart rate monitor, Pedometer and music control

  255. irwin
    May 13, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    seamless connectivity with my phone and accurate health tracking.

  256. Prasadmestha
    May 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    An addition to my smart watch galery

  257. ClaudeM
    May 13, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Ideally, the watch should have GPS itself. Also, would be nice if it had a blood pressure monitor- for example, it could be held tightly against the arm or wrist.

  258. Fritz G
    May 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Have a solar charger built-in and also sync with atomic time.

  259. TRUNG NGUYEN
    May 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I like that it can track my health and daily activities.

  260. Emh-el L
    May 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I want a smartwatch sync to fb twitter and email and since Im health conscious i opt to have a health monitor especially heart.

  261. Raul Jara
    May 13, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    navigation service

  262. Andy W
    May 13, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    the ability to control the phone completely and get notifications of what I want

  263. Alexandru M.
    May 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    A laser projector ! :)

  264. Rhonda C
    May 13, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    My ultimate smartwatch feature? To be truly amazing, it would have to have the ability to do my laundry and make me dinner. ;-) I kid. I'd like my smartwatch to have GPS. Not for distance tracking but, rather, for directions and to show me where I've been. It'd be great for walking the streets of an unfamiliar city!

  265. Michael
    May 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I think a heart rate monitor.

  266. DanQ
    May 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Exercise, Sleep, Email notifications, streamed music and Wallet compatibility.

  267. James
    May 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    It would track my health and daily activities.

  268. rhoni4
    May 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I love the music app. I use an armband while running and this would be so much easier. It's very hard to skip a song using your phone in an armband.

  269. Jerick D
    May 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    If you can listen to music directly (with audio jack) it'd be perfect, for running etc. It's still awesome otherwise.

  270. Luis Gabriel
    May 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Weather forecast and barometer would be nice.

  271. Vala
    May 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    camera and GPS

  272. P Beneban S
    May 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I like the sleep tracking and the phone locator

  273. Robert M
    May 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    That's easy. A watch that completely and simply replaced my phone. It would have to have all the same features and include connectivity to a bluetooth or wireless enabled screen that was tablet sized. I wouldn't need the screen except for when I was traveling, so the majority of the time the watch would be enough for everything I do.

  274. Aaron
    May 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I would love to be able to make voice notes to Evernote from a watch. I like biometrics, too.

  275. Curtis
    May 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    activity tracker with phone control with solar and kinetic charging.

  276. Cin Rupp
    May 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    GPS would be great to have....

  277. Kaushik M
    May 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Should have wifi internet access feature and spy megapixel camera too !

  278. Dany Bouffard
    May 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Biometrics is very important to me.

  279. Rob
    May 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Sleep tracker!

  280. Victoria Ess
    May 13, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I would love if my smartwatch had gps capabilities!

  281. Anthony
    May 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I'd really like a decent sleep tracker, one that doesn't rely on having your phone on/under the matress (not much use with a Tempur matress) - ideally one that doesn't have a phone nearby at all. If it could track your phase of sleep, then it could wake you up at the point between sleep phases - which is meant to make you easier to wake/more alert.

    [just assuming a cycle is 1h30 doesn't work so well - it is unlikely to be exactly right, and what happens if you take a while to drop off or something wakes you up in the night?]

    Adding motion tracking/nagging would also be good - to remind me when I've been sat motionless reading the internet for too long :)

  282. Sayed I
    May 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    activity tracking , charge with kinetic energy

  283. Mklopez
    May 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    An holographic projector display!

  284. MarkTGT
    May 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Fully replacing the cellphone.

  285. Bellina Jacobs
    May 13, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    GPS and alarm interface with s5

  286. Nikhil N
    May 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    My ultimate smart watch feature would be a full voice command . ( Voice assistant)

  287. Ketha R
    May 13, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I would talk with my watch..something like awesome feature like motoX

  288. Jacob
    May 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Monitoring biometric outputs

  289. Antonio I
    May 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    more software functions and enabled apps for the watch itself!

  290. effe
    May 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    sleep quality monitor

  291. Pete
    May 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Ant+ connection for fitness devices

  292. Neil T
    May 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Complete water protection for more than 30 feet of water.

  293. Lucian Cornea
    May 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Heart rate monitor

  294. Jeevan
    May 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Ultimate feature:- Universal Remote

  295. Anonymous
    May 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    auto sync, backlit, calories, steps, stairs, hearrate, map my route, split times, weather - basically my garmin running watch and a smartwatch in one.

  296. Sheila S
    May 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I have an S4, and have been waiting for Samsung to come out with something like this to go with it. I like the fact that they made the face rectangular and curved.

  297. Isaac C
    May 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Notification, heart rate monitor and music player

  298. haravind kumar
    May 13, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Giving instructions on my health

  299. Albert N.
    May 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Morgan Freeman Voiceover

  300. Dustin Wood
    May 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Music player is what I'd use the most.

  301. Matt Otermat
    May 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I would have like to seen a review with someone using a samsung smart phone.

  302. Andrew
    May 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    My ultimate smartwatch feature would be a holographic projector.

  303. Shari Ballon
    May 13, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I'd have to say I like the Sleep Tracking and Music Player.

  304. matthew Alaniz
    May 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Anything Samsung is good. Can't wait to try it if I win

  305. Tony V
    May 13, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    The ultimate smartwatch feature would be independent operation from a smartphone. The greatest innovation a true smartwatch would bring would be to replace the functionality of a smartphone.

  306. Guy in Vic
    May 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Heart Rate Monitor

  307. Siobhan Balkwill
    May 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I think the monitoring of sleep patterns is really cool - I dont sleep well when stressed and talk in my sleep so it could help me monitor when to alleviate stress levels.

  308. Joel
    May 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I like the idea of selective notifications and customization.

  309. Adam W.
    May 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I'd say Sync with PC and other devices. :)

  310. Ciel Harvey
    May 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I think a heartrate monitor and a music player all in one is already pretty cool

  311. Emeric
    May 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Great product! I am willing to try it ;)

  312. Josh Hudson
    May 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Ultimate smart watches would sense all of the following.
    - Heart Rate
    - Blood Pressure
    - Blood Sugar
    - Rate of perspiration
    - External Temperature
    - Body Temperature
    - Altitude (change in altitude)
    - barometric pressure
    - accelerometer
    - gyroscope
    AND they would have to be super durable and really water resistant, not the cheesy level of water resistance that they currently have.

  313. nishant
    May 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    an ultimate feature would be an active monitoring of my health by my device and give a detailed report whenever i would like...also it could be like a key to access all doors and locks owned by me..:)

  314. Neil John Ocampo
    May 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    probably, gps,

  315. Nicholas S
    May 13, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    For me the ultimate smartwatch feature would be complete smartphone functionality.

  316. Nicolas D
    May 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Ultimate smart watch feature: water resistant to about 50m. I am currently not buying a smart watch because they aren't water resistant enough.

  317. Nabil Z
    May 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    A remote for everything

  318. Alexandru S
    May 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I'm not really attracted by smartwatches, yet.

  319. Cassie S
    May 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Selective notifications, plus a wide variety of quick statistics e.g. weather, activity/steps, commute traffic.

  320. R. Harrington
    May 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Remote start my vehicle would be nice.

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