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October 4, 2018

Best Alternatives to the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

by John_A

If you’re looking for a fitness tracker that doubles as a smartwatch, there are plenty of options other than the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro. In fact, there are probably many better options available to you, some of them for even less. For example, the Fitbit Versa is Fitbit’s latest smartwatch/tracker and features tons of apps and Fitbit’s excellent tracking capabilities.

Our pick

Fitbit Versa

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The Fitbit Versa is a great-looking, fitness-focused smartwatch that features all the awesomeness of a Fitbit tracker plus great third-party apps to round out the smartwatch experience. It comes in great colors, there are a ton of stylish band options, and it’s swimproof!

$200 at Fitbit

Samsung upgrade

Samsung Gear S3

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If you like Samsung fitness tracking but want even more smarts, then the next best thing is the Gear S3 — Samsung’s full-fledged smartwatch. It knows when you’re out for a run or walk and will automatically start counting your steps, and there’s even an LTE model, so you don’t need your phone on you to make calls.

$250 – $350 at Amazon

Accurate tracking

Garmin Vivosport

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The Vivosport is Garmin’s answer to the Geart Fit2 Pro, with swimproofing, built-in GPS, smart notifications, music playback control, and much more. Garmin’s trackers are meant for the rugged life, with well-made, durable wrist bands, and tracking for strength training and cardio, as well as cycling and “Intensity Minutes”.

$170 at Amazon

Budget pick

Xiaomi Mi Band 2

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There is not better fitness tracker for under $50. The Xiaomi Mi Band 2 tracks steps, sleep, distance, pace, calories burned, and active minutes, and it even features call, text, and social media notifications (like Facebook), including caller ID. While not swimproof, the Mi Band 2 has an IP67, making it impervious to sweat. Plus, the battery life is unreal — my wife went five weeks on a single charge, and that’s with daily wear.

$27 at Amazon

Next best Fitbit

Fitbit Charge 2

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If you don’t need an outright smartwatch like the Versa, then the Charge 2 is the best you can get. In fact, it’s the best fitness tracker for most people (until we review the Charge 3, of course). It features Fitbit’s accurate heart rate monitor, smart notifications, guided breathing sessions, and lots more. That being said, you might want to wait for the Charge 3, which is only $20 more.

$130 at Best Buy

Next best Garmin

Garmin Vivosmart 4

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If Garmin’s $170 Vivosport is a bit pricey for you, then check out the Vivosmart 4. Aside from built-in GPS, it has the same feature set, including heart rate monitor, and it even has something the Vivosport doesn’t — the Pulse Ox sensor. Pulse Ox estimate blood oxygen saturation while you sleep and can spot-check during the day. Stress tracking is also included, and it can even tell you when you’re at your most energetic.

$130 at Amazon

If you’re interested in a fitness tracker with some features, there are alternatives, nay, better options that the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro, and for the price, the Fitbit Versa is your best bet, with a suite of smart features and excellent fitness tracking at its core.

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