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The differences - Fitbit Charge 3 vs Samsung Gear Fit 2 ProIt is important to mention that both fitness trackers have a pulse sensor. Both also measure 24/7, which means that both devices are well operated and usable in terms of heart rate measurement. So we can't depend on the pulse sensor which fitness tracker is better. Let's take a look at the differences.
GPSA big criticism of Fitbit is the GPS point. The Charge 3 only offers the possibility to use the GPS via the smartphone. This is called Connected GPS. If you want to use the GPS, you must have the smartphone with you.
The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro has a built-in GPS. So you can also record routes without your smartphone.
Personally, I don't mind the point on Charge 3. The Connected GPS also works very well and reliably for me. The power saving mode on the smartphone should be deactivated, however, so that there are no gaps in the recording.
Battery lifeThe Fitbit Charge 3 is ahead in terms of battery life. The Fitbit charge is up to 7 days. With Samsung, on the other hand, it is only up to 4 days.
Of course, the usage depends strongly on the benefit of the Fitness Tracker. In training mode, both devices consume more battery and need to be recharged faster. GPS in particular consumes a lot of power and significantly reduces battery life.
DisplayAlthough both Fitness Trackers have an OLED display, only the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro has a color display. Charge 3 only has a grayscale display. Nevertheless, the Charge 3 offers a lot of space on the display and also allows a lot of operation via the clock itself.
Samsung offers us a display size of 38.6 mm in diameter. With Fitbit we have 39.83 mm in diameter. Thus we have only a small difference in the display size. Both are within the range of 1.5".
Contactless payment (NFC)You can pay contactless with the Fitness Tracker only with the Fitbit Charge 3, but only in the Special Edition. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro has no NFC and therefore offers no possibility to pay contactless.
A small and nice bonus for the Fitbit Charge 3. From my point of view this should not be the decision factor for the purchase. Of course the contactless payment is practical, but can also be realized via the mobile phone via Google Pay or Apple Pay.
Memory for musicSamsung offers a memory for music, which is not available with Charge 3. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 can also be connected to Spotify.
Fitbit doesn't connect to Spotify with any of its fitness trackers. On other machines, however, Fitbit works with Deezer, an alternative to Spotify. This is for example a difference between the Fitbit Charge 3 and the Versa.
At this point Samsung again trumps that the Fitness Tracker can be used without a smartphone.
Fitbit is generally ahead of its competitors with its "women's health" function. This function is also built into batch 3. This allows women to monitor their cycle, among other things. Samsung does not offer any such functions with the Gear Fit 2 Pro.
Similarities between Fitbit Charge 3 and Samsung Gear Fit 2 ProAfter the differences, let's take a look at the relevant similarities of the two trackers, which are decisive for the purchase.
This can also be easily illustrated in a list:
- Pulse sensor (24/7)
- Waterproof up to 50 meters (suitable for swimming)
- sleep analysis
- motion memory
- Notifications on the wristband
- Interchangeable wristbands
Interesting is the point wristbands, since these can be changed with both devices. So you can change the Charge 3 and the Gear Fit 2 Pro with little money optically strongly. A thing that is becoming more and more popular and from my point of view extremely practical.
There are also a lot of imitated, cheaper, bracelets under 10 euros. There is always worth a look.
Fitbit or Samsung - Which Fitness Tracker is better for you?A big plus for Fitbit is the focus. Fitbit is a manufacturer that has made Fitness Trackers bigger and more optimized. With Charge 2, the manufacturer has made a very good and big name for itself. With the Charge 3 Fitbit created the most popular Fitness Tracker in 2018.
Samsung, on the other hand, moves in completely different areas. The manufacturer is known for smartphones and televisions, which it does well.
In general I am a supporter of Fitbit and this case the Fitbit Charge 3*. Fitbit's app is also very user-friendly and has become better and better to use over time. Samsung works with Samsung Health.
Both devices have a pulse sensor and are waterproof. The wristbands of both devices can also be changed. So both Fitness Trackers are not a bad choice.
All in all, the question is not which tracker is generally better, but which fitness tracker is better for you.
If you are looking for a Fitness Tracker with integrated GPS and music memory, you have to choose the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro*. Here you have the advantage that you can work without a smartphone. Compared to Charge 3, the Gear Fit 2 Pro has a color display.
Charge 3* is the more elegant choice. Fitbit trumps with experience and continues to evolve. As a bonus, Charge 3 gives you contactless payment and the function of women's health.