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Samsung Gear Sport initial impressions

The Samsung Gear Sport officially launched this week and Samsung is hoping that this could be your new smartwatch of choice.

I got the Samsung Gear Sport from Lazada for Php 14,990 a couple weeks back, ahead of the initial launch here in the country. I got it as a package deal with a free Samsung U Flex Bluetooth earphones which have never left my ears since I got them.

I am still rocking my Gear frontier so I was not all too eager to take the Sport out of the box just yet. But after having attended a fitness event over the weekend it got me into thinking, would a fitness focused smartwatch do the trick for me?

Let’s see and find out.

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Inside the box: watch, charger, extra strap and literature guides

 

The Samsung Gear Sport came in a sleek black box and inside you’ll find the watch, charger, guides and an extra strap. I got the blue one because I wanted something a little bit – ehem – sportier.

The Sport, much like the S3 Frontier looks stylish and durable. I hope as durable because the Frontier is built like a tank. I can’t remember how many times it has had unfortunate bumps into solid objects and it’s yet to receive its first dent. Hoping the Gear Sport emulates much the same resilience.

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The Samsung Gear Sport has a smaller body without sacrificing screen size

The watch is a bit smaller than the Frontier and noticeably lighter. Even the strap is less wide. For fitness purposes, Samsung hit it out of the park. The display is a 1.2 inch 360×360 Super AMOLED full color screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3. It sports the signature rotating bezel that everyone loves about the frontier. It remains and still is the best implementation out there for interacting with your smartwatch.

The 20mm blue strap is the right shade of blue for my taste and the watch body is a sort of blue/black finish that is not as dark or as shiny as a piano black finish which compliments the strap really well. It has a storage space of 4GB so you can store music or photos and it has a 768MB RAM with a dual core processor to help run things fluidly. It’s using Samsung’s own Tizen OS which in my experience is zippy. I know some would say it does not have as many apps compared to Android Wear, but come on folks, do you really want to play games or check Instagram on an itsy-bitsy screen? Your pocket is not that far away for you not to be able to whip out your phone and do those stuff.
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Battery is a reasonable 300 mAh and has Bluetooth 4.2 to help you stay connected. Of course the heart rate sensor is there to help give you better activity and sleep tracking. It is water resistant up to 50 meters and yes, it is sweat and dust-proof.

I will go test this baby out and give you guys my experience review and compare it with the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. As of writing, it is now available at Samsung stores so go visit one to check it out. Hopefully, this will be the new standard of Filipino time.

Stay tuned and Mabuhay, Manila!

Photos by Kadin Tiu

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