Fitness and the music lovers gear up with the Samsung Gear Sport and Gear IconX headphones
The Samsung Gear Sport watch and Gear Icon X headphone were released last year by Samsung Australia. Fitness and the music lovers gear up for this newest devices and the combination proves wonderful as most of the sports lovers really love music to be streaming through headphones to keep up the sporty mood. Also both the $549 Gear Sport and the $329 Gear Fit2 Pro have upgraded heart-rate tracking on previous models, with Samsung claiming they would be top of the line. Here let’s review Gear Sport, Gear S3 and compare them as well as know about Gear IconX headphone.
The Gear Sport
The Gear Sport tracks your fitness and diet, keeping you on the right path to reach your goals. It’s as stylish as it is functional. Gear Sport comes in two colors, choose from a timeless black or a striking blue to accessorize your style whether you’re at the gym or going about your day. Set health and diet goals on your phone and start tracking your progress right from your wrist: Gear Sport makes it easy to keep your calories in balance and track calorie intake. It also offers tips and insights that you can use to stay on track. Get the most out of your exercise with the training guide app on your phone.
You can select from over 60 workouts, with more to come, and the Gear Sport will guide you through the motions as it measures your heart rate.
Even when you are swimming or get caught running in the rain, the Gear Sport has a water-resistant rating of 5ATM or 50 meters, meaning even in the deep end at a swimming pool, your activity is recorded. Also you can sync with Speedo On, Speedo’s new Swim Tracking app, and dig into the details.
Note that the Speedo On app must be downloaded separately. Availability of the Speedo On app may vary by country or region.
If you are travelling on an airplane, Gear Sport adjusts accordingly, suggesting stretches that you can do from your seat. When you’re driving, it’s also smart enough to know that you’re focused on the road, not just inactive, so won’t ask you to stretch your muscles. hanging settings or replying to notifications is as simple as a swipe on the screen or a turn of the bezel.
Swipe up or down from any screen to access the Customized Moment Bar and adjust the volume, check the battery level, and more. Reply to a text message with a turn of the bezel.
Note that it requires Bluetooth pairing with mobile phone to receive texts.
You can also make purchases with a tap on your Gear Sport thanks to the NFC-based Samsung Pay compatibility. Samsung Pay requires pairing with mobile phone prior to use. Availability of Samsung Pay may differ by country or region.
Also use your Gear Sport as controller to open files on a big screen and turn the pages on your presentation document.
The Gear S3
The Gear S3 is most everything you could want in a wearable fitness tracker: water resistance up to 50 meters, built-in GPS, activity and calorie tracking plus the fact that it acts as a personal fitness coach on your wrist, the kind of stuff runners really care about. However, all fitness features aside, the powerful device also falls into the smartwatch category.
The Gear S3 has the aesthetics of a truly premium watch with advanced features built right into the watch design. That’s why it’s so easy and effortless to use the Gear S3. It’s also built for you to go days without needing your phone or to recharge. With the Gear S3, enjoy receiving and responding to calls and texts, one-tap payment with Samsung pay, real-time monitoring and control of compatible smart devices like appliances, locks, and lights, and access to all of your favorite apps all in one place. All this is compiled into a compact device that actually looks like a classic round watch.
Note that the Bluetooth model of Gear S3 requires a paired smartphone to make calls.
Setting up is as easy as using it. Open the Samsung Gear app on your smartphone to pair your Gear S3 and you’re ready to go. The Gear S3 also works with a wide range of smartphones. Compatible with Android 4.4 and higher with over 1.5GB RAM, iOS 9.0 and later, and smartphones iPhone 5 and newer. Though Samsung’s proprietary features may not be available for non-Samsung smartphones.
The Gear Icon X
The second generation Gear IconX headphones are the wireless earbuds you really don’t want to lose. Bluetooth streaming as well as the capacity to store up to 1,000 songs will keep music-lovers happy. You can also swipe through tunes or answer a phone call just by tapping an earbud.
Like the Gear S3, these little buds track your speed, distance, calories, and will whisper sweet running tips right into your ear. The earbuds also support Bixby voice commands, so feel free to ask your headphones to call your mom or tell you the weather. With battery life lasting up to seven hours and a carrying case that holds one extra charge, the Gear IconX 2018s appear to be a pretty neat upgrade.
When Gear IconX’s Auto Tracking mode detects walking or jogging, it logs your time, distance, and calories burned. To stay focused while running, long press to start the built-in Running Coaching feature. Afterwards, sync your Gear IconX with the S Health app on your phone to log your progress.
Note that the 1,000 tracks can be uploaded within the usable memory of 3.4GB. This headphone is compatible with devices that run Android 4.4 KitKat and above, and have a minimum of 1.5GB RAM. Galaxy phones users can transfer music files to Gear IconX either from the Galaxy phone or a PC via USB connectors or USB cables (not applicable to some Galaxy phones). Non-Galaxy Android phone users can transfer music files to Gear IconX from a PC via USB cable.
You can simply tap to control play playlists, navigate tracks, and turn up the volume. It’s all easily done with taps and swipes—without having to take out your phone. With a single tap you can play or pause a track. With double tap you can play the next track, Triple tap lets you play the previous track and if you tap and hold you can hear the menu readout. Also double tap and hold to play next playlist and swipe up and down to control volume.
The cost of Samsung Gear Sport and Gear Icon X headphones at the time of writing was between the range of AU$299.99 – 199.99