One of the pioneers of the wearable device technology, Samsung, recently came out with new versions of the Galaxy Gear.
Rather than provide one wearable device with a plethora of features that would in turn confuse the user, Samsung has targeted different users with different models of the Galaxy Gear. The Galaxy Gear Neo is a wearable device that can be considered as a new generation of the original Galaxy Gear, while the Galaxy Gear Fit is primarily intended for those looking to maximize their fitness using such devices.
It is very clear from the start that the Galaxy Gear Fit and the Galaxy Gear Neo are two very different devices. The differentiation starts with the design. The Galaxy Gear Neo does not deviate a lot from the original Galaxy Gear, as it continues with a rectangular touchscreen display that is held together by a strap. Unlike the wearable devices launched by Apple and Motorola, it becomes clear from the offset that Galaxy Gear Neo is intended to look funky and modern. The Galaxy Gear Fit also attempts to achieve such a status, but by offering a wrist band like style that looks much more modern than the Galaxy Gear Neo.
The use of a very rectangular display has its advantages and disadvantages on the Galaxy Gear Fit. Even though the screen size is a very comfortable 1.84 inches compared to the 1.63 inches on the Galaxy Gear Neo, the Galaxy Gear Fit suffers from the lack of high pixel density. This is partly down to the lower resolution of 128 x 432 pixels. This offers almost half the pixels of the 320 x 320 resolution on the Galaxy Gear Neo. To make matters worse, this poor resolution is present on a large display. Yet, it may not be much of a concern since the Galaxy Gear Fit will not be a media consumption device.
Samsung appears to have gone away from the Android operating system on its wearable devices for good. Both the Galaxy Gear Neo and the Galaxy Gear Fit come with Samsung’s proprietary operating system known as the Tizen OS. Of course, it lacks in many aspects in terms of the Android counterpart with the most important being the support for apps and widgets. However, battery life is also very crucial in a wearable device and the Tizen OS appears to have been modified on this basis.
The focus on fitness means that the Galaxy Gear Fit is likely to be used when working out. Aware of the suspect, Samsung has tried to keep the weight as low as possible. The Galaxy Gear Fit is an incredibly lightweight device at just 27 g. This is in sharp contrast to the Galaxy Gear Neo, which will be a media consumption device to some extent. Hence, it has features like IR blaster that can be used to control televisions.
Prices of the Galaxy Gear Neo start from $199, while the Galaxy Gear Fit is comparatively cheaper at $149.