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Review: Fitbit Versa vs Samsung Sport Gear

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Fitbit delights in calling its items the most prevalent wellness trackers around yet its most recent wearables go past the shortsighted idea of wellbeing and action following. There's currently an unmistakable accentuation on outline however more critically, Fitbit is expanding the extent of its items by making them more like smartwatches.

The all-new Fitbit Versa doesn't simply resemble the Apple Watch, it acts substantially more like a smartwatch than any of Fitbit's past items. In the meantime, the Versa holds an attention on wellness and other wellbeing related following. We put the Versa through thorough testing to check whether its refreshed programming, new look, and general execution surpasses the best smartwatches available to return Fitbit to finish everything.

A natural plan

From a separation, it's anything but difficult to mix up the Versa for the Apple Watch. Very close, we think the Versa looks a little better on account of its chamfered edges. The Versa fits well on all wrists — male and female — and the 1.34-inch LCD screen is the ideal in the middle of size that doesn't look too enormous on ladies or too little on men. It's thin and reduced, not taking up excessively land on your wrist, which implies you can combine it with other gems.

It likewise accompanies two watch ties sizes — little and vast — that you can trade for the ideal fit. With ladies' smartwatches particularly, a greater show regularly implies a watch tie that is too expansive. The Versa's little watch tie fit flawlessly on our wrist without buckling in at the most astounding indent.

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With a 39.36 × 37.65 × 11.2-millimeter case estimate, the Versa looks thin from all points. It likewise at present holds the title of being the lightest metal smartwatch (in the U.S.), which added to the solace of wearing it — particularly when working out. The catches on the sides of the case are pleasant and level, nearly mixing into the case and adding to its smooth wrap up.

We tried the rose-gold Versa with the peach silicone watch band and periodically swapped it out with the lavender Horween cowhide band. The Versa is additionally flexible in feel. Despite the event, we could tweak it to coordinate our outfits.

From a separation, it's anything but difficult to mix up the Versa for the Apple Watch.

We favored wearing the peach silicone band amid the week since it implied we didn't need to take it off before showering early in the day and after the exercise center. It's more agreeable to destroy while working, as the cowhide band chafed our skin when sweat began to develop. We spared the Horween band for dressier outfits when we knew we wouldn't work out.

There are additionally many diverse watch appearances to look over that don't obtrusively show the greater part of your wellness details for the general public's viewing pleasure. You're even ready to modify the shading plan of some of them to coordinate your outfit or state of mind every day. You can likewise spend somewhat more cash for the hardened steel and work groups if cowhide isn't your style.

While the Versa resembles the Apple Watch, we like Fitbit's plan decisions, and in particular, the watch is enormously agreeable to wear throughout the day. The lightweight metal packaging doesn't influence it to feel top of the line, not at all like Apple's wearable, however it's justifiable as the Versa is unquestionably moderate.

Details initially

With a tap on the screen or flick of the wrist — otherwise called "fast view"– you'll stir the Versa's show. These activities aren't generally solid, be that as it may, as the screen would frequently take a couple of taps to perceive our touch and really turn on. A snappy press of the home catch on the correct side reduces the issue.

The perfect interface flawlessly isolates your information into tiles, making it simpler to process.

Swiping up gives you access to the greater part of your wellness and wellbeing information by means of Fitbit's updated dashboard. As opposed to continually utilizing the Fitbit application on your telephone, you can swipe up to see the greater part of your details quickly. The spotless interface flawlessly isolates your information into tiles, making it less demanding to process.

At the best, there are some new tips and traps and in addition motivational messages you'll get each morning (you can without much of a stretch kill these). Beneath that is the progression tally and you can swipe to one side to uncover more information, for example, flights of stairs climbed, miles secured, calories consumed, and dynamic minutes. As you look down, you'll discover the means taken in one hour alongside your present heart rate, resting heart rate, and exercise rundowns.

While the dashboard mostly gives day by day details, you can perceive how your details analyze on a week after week premise, as well. Out of sight of both your progression tally and resting heart rate, you'll see diagram graphs of the most recent seven days. For resting heart rate, just swipe the tile to one side to see the whole week.

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Having the capacity to access inside and out outlines of details on the watch without expecting to always match up to the telephone application is greatly advantageous. We wish Fitbit stretched out this to its rest following information, however, in light of the fact that you can't see anything about how you dozed without grabbing your telephone.

Beginning in May, the dashboard is likewise where ladies can keep an eye on their menstrual cycle. By physically logging when your period happens on the Fitbit application, the Versa will then exhibit how long until your next period, what day of your cycle you are as of now on, and prolific windows. It's a helpful expansion yet we'll need to hold up to perceive how valuable and precise it is the point at which it dispatches.

Strong execution and wellness following

Fitbit utilizes its own restrictive working framework (OS) on its gadgets and the Versa dispatches with Fitbit OS 2.0. It's genuinely responsive, however we've seen some faltering while looking through heaps of warnings. A swipe to one side from the principle clock watch confront is the place you'll discover your applications and by squeezing and holding down on each application symbol, you can drag them around to change the request.

We delighted in utilizing the Exercise application the most, which gives you a chance to look over running, swimming, biking, weights, interim preparing, the treadmill, or a full body exercise. In the event that you need to stack more on to your gadget, you can do as such by means of the Fitbit application which offers more than 19 exercises to browse. By tapping on the particular exercise, you're ready to track measurements like heart rate, time, separation, calories, and steps. Beside matching up to the Fitbit application, this information additionally sits in the dashboard for you to reference initially.

We utilized the Exercise application to fundamentally to track running and the time we spent on the treadmill, yet you can likewise utilize Fitbit Coach on the watch (or your telephone) to take after certain guided exercise schedules. Fitbit OS 2.0 does likewise accompany SmartTrack, which consequently perceives your action following 15 minutes. The drawback is it's solitary followed on the Fitbit application on your telephone and doesn't appear on the watch's dashboard.

In our running tests, we noticed the Versa followed more separation than the treadmill, however this is to a great extent because of the reality we didn't modify our walk length on the watch. While you can include it physically — in the event that you know it — there's additionally the alternative to ascertain it utilizing your stature and sexual orientation. As you keep on going on keeps running with GPS empowered, the Versa will additionally enhance your walk length.

Running with our balanced walk length gave somewhat more comparative outcomes as the treadmill. Strolling for 10 minutes, the Versa was just off in remove secured by 0.3 miles however running was off by around 0.1 miles — far to a lesser extent a distinction than before we balanced our walk. These numbers aren't significant errors with what the treadmill announced however it's essential to note.

The Versa likewise incorporates an implicit heart-rate sensor which created comparable thumps every moment as when we physically followed our heart rate. You can see your current and resting heart rate rapidly on the dashboard. As said before, the sensor additionally tracks rest, however it's solitary distinguishable through the synopsis of your night's lay on the sidekick Fitbit application. It precisely demonstrated to us how much time was spent in light, profound, and REM rest, alongside to what extent we were wakeful.

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The Versa is water safe up to 50 meters however we didn't have an opportunity to take it for a dip. We took a couple of showers while wearing it and found no issues — we even ran it submerged and the show was still as responsive as it was when dry.

Restricted outsider applications

The Versa accompanies 4GB of capacity with 2.5GB of it accessible for music. You can either include your own melodies physically or you can utilize the watch's pre-stacked Pandora and Deezer music applications. Tragically, you require memberships for both, however Fitbit is putting forth a multi month free preliminary of Pandora and a three-month preliminary for Deezer for the individuals who buy the watch.

This is presumably the most noticeably awful piece of the Fitbit Versa. It's monotonous (however sensible) to need to physically download MP3 records and adjust it with the Fitbit application in the event that you would prefer not to pay for Pandora and Deezer. In any case, what's more regrettable is having Pandora One and Deezer as the main two music administrations — Spotify, anybody? We held our teeth and introduced Deezer and the experience of downloading and synchronizing music wasn't excessively troublesome. In any case, we likely wouldn't pay for it for our Versa considering we're as of now on Spotify.

Playing the music we matched up through Deezer on Bluetooth-associated earbuds — without our cell phone — is dependably a superior practicing knowledge, and we didn't have any issues here.
Other pre-introduced applications incorporate Starbucks, Strava, and Weather, however you can download more through the Fitbit application. You likely won't locate some other helpful applications — aside from maybe Yelp or Nest — in light of the fact that Fitbit's App Gallery is genuinely constrained. We do wish there were more applications to browse, particularly ones that could improve the smartwatch's capacities.

Consistently gets all warnings

Particularly titled "Versa" for its adaptability, we were intrigued to figure out how well the watch dealt with as a smartwatch over a wellness tracker. Having worn both the smartwatches and Apple Watch that operates Google's Wear operating system, we were accustomed to getting prompt notices from our telephones on our wrists.

The Versa is fit for giving every one of the warnings you require. It vibrated each time we got an instant message or caution from another application. When somebody calls, you can likewise answer or decay straight from the smartwatch.

Since we associated the Versa to our iPhone 8 Plus, it's vital to take note of the experience is somewhat extraordinary for iOS clients. First of all, Apple keeps its biological community tight-weave — you won't have the capacity to send or answer instant messages from the Versa, simply get them. Android clients, nonetheless, will have the capacity to send brisk answers, with up to five custom or pre-populated answers that are 60 characters or less, beginning in May. Those with an Android telephone will likewise have the capacity to send these snappy answers on outsider applications like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. This didn't trouble us excessively, as we found that we barely ever reacted to a message with our watches at any rate – yet we enjoyed at last getting our warnings on a Fitbit.

What's surprisingly better is you can control which applications let warnings come through on the watch, or you can debilitate notices totally. In case you're debilitating them inside and out, nonetheless, you might be in an ideal situation purchasing a wellness tracker that doesn't offer notices.

Our greatest fuss about warnings is that they don't vanish on the telephone when you see them on the watch. We regularly needed to clear instant messages and warnings on our telephone that we as of now read on the watch, which is certifiably not a decent client encounter.

As a minor note — any emoticons you see on the watch appear wearing sweatbands on the Versa, which we observed to be super adorable.

Strong battery life

Not at all like the Apple Watch and Google's Wear OS smartwatches, you won't have to charge the Versa consistently. Indeed, it doesn't give you an extensive list of capabilities like those gadgets however we could track different runs and get notices, and the watch still figured out how to last approximately three and a half days.

Pressing a minor 145mAh battery, Fitbit said the watch should most recent four days or more. We used it a considerable measure, testing each and every component, which is likely why it about left squeeze amidst our fourth day.

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On the very beginning of testing, we took it off its charger at 11 a.m.. Subsequent to utilizing everything day to track our movement, with just instant message and call notices turned on, it hit 88 percent by 9:15 p.m. In the wake of utilizing applications like Fitbit Coach for a warm-up and the Exercise application to track our keep running on the treadmill, we were down to 64 percent before the second's over night (while additionally as yet getting application warnings). By day three, we were a little stressed the Versa wouldn't endure a night exercise yet it did and we came to 32 percent by 11 p.m. — and that is in the wake of utilizing it to keep running around three miles with associated GPS while playing music through the inherent Deezer application.

By the morning of day four, we got a notice telling us the Versa's battery was low.

Once more, we were utilizing the Versa much more than you typically would, so we can without much of a stretch see it enduring at least four days, particularly on the off chance that you just work out about once every day. Fitbit said the Versa takes two hours to completely charge, yet it just took 90 minutes for us utilizing the Fitbit charging dock and our own particular divider connector.

Cost and guarantee data

The Fitbit Versa costs $200 for the dark with a dark aluminum case, dim with a silver aluminum case, and peach with a rose gold case. The smartwatch is accessible for buy overall by means of Fitbit's own site, alongside retailers in North America, for example, Best Buy, Amazon, Kohl's, Target, Verizon, and Macy's, among others. The Fitbit Versa Special Editions — which incorporates bolster for Fitbit Pay — are valued at $230 and are at present accessible for pre-arrange.

Fitbit offers a 45-day unconditional promise and a one-year constrained guarantee, which covers maker surrenders.


The Fitbit Versa is an agreeable and in vogue smartwatch, with a battery life that endures far longer than contending smartwatches. Its heart rate and inside and out wellness following abilities — matched with warnings by means of Fitbit 2.0 — make it a take for $200.

Is there a superior option?

It relies upon what you need. In case you're searching for a wellness tracker that doesn't surge your show with cell phone notices, the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro offers a couple of more wellness highlights at the same $200 cost. It incorporates a heart-rate sensor as well as implicit GPS so you won't have to utilize your telephone to track your runs.

In the event that you lean toward a smartwatch with less exceptional wellness following abilities, the Misfit Vapor utilizes its own Misfit application to track rest and every day action. Likewise at $200, it incorporates an implicit heart rate sensor and a considerably greater AMOLED show than the Versa. It runs Google's Wear OS, so you can utilize Google Fit or other Android applications with Wear OS support to track exercises.

For Apple clients searching for an iOS perfect gadget, the Apple Watch Series 3 is your most solid option. You'll have the capacity to browse an extensive library of applications and answer instant messages or different notices. While it is more costly at $330, it's the main smartwatch that gives you the most highlights when combined with the iPhone.

To what extent will it last?

The Versa feels solid and it's water-safe, so we figure it should most recent two years or more. We do trust Fitbit keeps on discharging refreshes and incorporate more perfect applications to stay aware of the opposition.

Would it be a good idea for you to get it?

Truly. In any case in case you're a wellness buff or not, the Versa gives you a lot of customization choices and effortlessly changes with your way of life.

The Samsung Gear Sport 
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Samsung's latest Gear Sport watch is the greatest Android smartwatch, and surprisingly, it does not run the Android Wear. Smart watches need to pull at our heartstrings, and in our Samsung Gear Sport survey, we wound up needing to snatch the watch to destroy at whatever point heading. While the Gear Sport isn't the most appealing Android smartwatch — that is saved for the Movado Connect — despite everything it looks extraordinary, it's thin, and the greater part of all, the turning bezel makes it amusing to utilize. 

Regardless we think the Apple Watch Series 3 is the best smartwatch you can purchase, yet Android gadget proprietors can't utilize it. The Gear Sport is a nearby second, yet it's the best alternative in case you're on Android. 

Thin, trendy and agreeable 

Not long ago, Samsung discharged the LTE-associated Gear S3 smartwatch. It's enormous, strong, and massive. Put the new Gear Sport beside it, and it's anything but difficult to see the distinctions. The Sport is slimmer, and has a littler 1.2-inch AMOLED screen, however with the same 360 x 360 pixel determination. The turning bezel is somewhat more inconspicuous with littler edges, and in spite of the screen being completely roundabout, the 42.9mm case isn't — it's a smidgen squarer than round. 

In particular, it's lightweight and agreeable. The drags that hold the tie are less articulated and littler, enabling the watch and lash to sit on your wrist with no holes. The included silicone band helps a great deal as well; it has a delicate, finished feel that is lovely against the skin, and it's anything but difficult to slip on. In the event that silicone is excessively lively, you can simply swap it out with any 20mm band. 

There are just two catches on the watch: A back catch on the upper right, and a home catch on the base left. The home catch additionally opens the rundown of introduced applications, and you can twofold tap it to trigger S Voice, or press and hold it for control alternatives. The back catch additionally serves as an easy route to Samsung Pay on the off chance that you press and hold it. 

The Gear Sport is absolute jazzy. 

You can go for the dark or blue Gear Sport, and we decided on the last mentioned. The case is inconspicuously blue, yet the band is far flashier (it won't conceal the way that you're wearing a smartwatch). Combined with our top pick "Pop" watch confront, the Gear Sport is out and out beautiful. In spite of its "Game" name, you can without much of a stretch wear this watch with most non-athletic outfits. 

The AMOLED screen is sharp, beautiful, with pitch-dull blacks. It gets amazingly splendid — we set the brilliance to 60 percent and had zero issues perusing the screen without trying to hide. 

It's anything but difficult to overlook you're wearing the Gear Sport, while the same can't be said for the stout Gear S3. The Gear S3 feels like a smartwatch putting on a show to be a conventional simple watch, while the Gear Sport totally grasps its smartwatch looks, with a young punch. 

A clicky pivoting bezel 

The trademark highlight that makes Samsung's smartwatches unmistakable from different smartwatches is the turning bezel. It's the external layer encompassing the screen — you can turn it exited or right, and it makes a ticking sound like while pivoting a mix bolt. 

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It's the most ideal method for connecting with a smartwatch working framework. Turn it to one side to see gadgets, and pivot it to one side to see your warnings. You can even utilize it to look through dividers of content. Since you won't have to contact the screen as frequently, it forestalls smears and your finger isn't obstructing the little screen. 

The pivoting bezel is a major motivation behind why we like the watch. Samsung said the material sensation and clicking sound have been enhanced, and it's observable. It's fantastic to turn and hear the snaps, and best of all it works easily. It does, be that as it may, feel somewhat free from the case in light of the fact that in the event that you tap the bezel, it rings with the metal, and it can be somewhat noisy. 

Strong execution, and a very much composed Tizen working framework 

The Gear Sport is not as quick as that of Apple Series 3 Watch, however it is speedier than any smartwatch running Android OS. It has an indistinguishable specs from the Gear S3: A 1GHz double center processor with 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of inward stockpiling. Looking through the interface and applications is liquid and smooth, and we by and large haven't seen any issues with execution. 

Samsung's restrictive working framework, Tizen, powers the Gear Sport, and the interface is easy to utilize. In case you're concerned how well another OS functions with Android, fuss not: You're ready to react to or connect with each notice that comes through. It's anything but difficult to erase notices; simply swipe them up and they instantly vanish from the telephone. Tap on a notice, and you can read it completely and follow up on it. You can utilize your voice to answer to a message, scrawl or sort on a console, rapidly tap some canned reactions, or send emoticons. 

While the Gear Sport is perfect with iOS, you can't react to numerous notices, and generally speaking you're significantly more restricted in what you can do. This is the situation with Android Wear on iOS as well, so on the off chance that you have an iPhone you're in an ideal situation running with the Apple Watch. 

The Gear Sport can consequently distinguish your exercise following 10 minutes. 

The 4GB of capacity gives you a chance to add music to the watch so you can play it by means of Bluetooth-associated earphones or earbuds, in the event that you don't have your telephone close you. The matching procedure is brisk, and changing between music from the telephone and music on the watch is speedy. For Google Play Music, which is the default music player on Samsung telephones, exchanging music to the watch is somewhat precarious without a PC. Samsung's Gear application can't recognize downloaded tunes from Google Play Music, so we hosted to utilize a third-gathering application called Music Mate to get everything to work. From that point forward, it was anything but difficult to add melodies to the watch through the Gear application. In case you're on Spotify, you won't have a lot of an issue as the Spotify Tizen application effortlessly gives you a chance to add your downloaded playlists to the watch — the Apple Watch can't do this. 

Our principle complain, and this stretches out to Android Wear, is the absence of application bolster. Requesting a Uber is slick and all, however we would much rather be able to start discussions without waiting for a message. There's no Facebook Messenger, Allo, Hangouts, or WhatsApp, which implies you can just send a SMS to your contacts (with the telephone fastened). On the Apple Watch, you can open Facebook Messenger and begin a discussion with somebody from the watch itself. 

Two of the fundamental contrasts between the Gear Sport and the Gear S3, other than measure, are the absence of LTE and Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST). The previous means you will require your telephone with you to get warnings on the Gear Sport. There's still GPS, which you can use to track your runs by means of different wellness applications in the Galaxy Apps store.
MST is the innovation Samsung uses to control Samsung Pay. It enables you to utilize a Samsung telephone or the Gear S3 to make contactless installments wherever credit or platinum cards are acknowledged. It's a stage in front of close field correspondence (NFC), which is the innovation Apple and Google use with Apple Pay and Android Pay. On the Gear Sport, Samsung has decided on a NFC form of Samsung Pay, rather than MST, making the watch's installment capacities the same as its rivals. It enabled the organization to make the watch somewhat littler, however the tradeoff is you can just utilize Samsung Pay retailers that help NFC. 

There's increasingly the Gear Sport can do: It can control PowerPoint introductions, and can go about as a controller for the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset. The best part is that you can utilize it to deal with your brilliant home gadgets by means of Samsung Connect, as with HomeKit on the Apple Watch. This is a region where Android Wear battles in spite of having Google Assistant installed. 

Samsung's watch likewise has a right hand, yet it's not the organization's Bixby stage — it's the fairly essential and moderate S Voice. Twofold tap the home catch and you can ask about the climate, put calls, or send a content. It's horrendous at look questions, and we'd very much want Bixby over it. Samsung said it's concentrating on Bixby with its cell phones first. 

Wellness and heart rate 

Samsung's way to deal with wellness on the Gear Sport rotates around the Samsung Health application. On the watch, it can track your calories, your means, remove voyaged, stairs climbed, and that's only the tip of the iceberg. You can likewise add a gadget to now include what number of calories you eat, with the goal that it can naturally deduct it from the quantity of calories consumed. The issue is knowing what number of calories are in what you're eating — you commonly require a cell phone to find it. 

The Gear Sport can naturally distinguish your exercise following 10 minutes, where it will always screen your heart rate. It's precise, however the exercise can continue for a couple of minutes longer than after you really stop. Programmed recognition works with strolling, running, cycling, curved preparing, paddling machines, and a dynamic exercise mode covers different exercises. You can likewise physically begin a portion of these sessions, including swimming (the watch is water safe up to 50 meters, and can even work in salt water). 

The GPS on-board gives you a chance to delineate keeps running for precise separation estimations, and the heart rate screen can likewise quantify your pulsates every moment at whatever point you ask it. We observed it to be genuinely exact: It quantified 89 beats for every moment, and we physically ascertained 85 bpm. 

The majority of this works with a bunch of Under Armor applications that don't come pre-introduced, however Samsung is pushing them intensely. You can look over Endomondo, MapMyRun, and MyFitnessPal on the Galaxy Apps store. We should note — we introduced MyFitnessPal, and it didn't stack for us. Strava, one of the greatest wellness applications, is likewise not accessible on the Gear Sport. 

Incredible battery life 

With the dependably on screen and GPS flipped off, we returned home around 6:30 p.m. with 75 percent remaining. Our use to a great extent included associating with notices. We didn't put the watch on the charger medium-term, and it wound up kicking the bucket around 3 p.m. the following day. You can extend the Gear Sport's 300mAh battery longer. 

On the off chance that you leave GPS and the screen on, you'll obviously observe a hit on battery life. By 7 p.m., the watch was at 47 percent. Following multi day with similar settings, a 30-minute exercise session, and some music gushing, the watch finished with around 35 percent by 7 p.m. 

The Gear Sport's charger is a dock — simply thud the watch on it and it'll energize generally rapidly. It hit 100 percent from zero in around 90 minutes. 

Value, accessibility, and guarantee 

The Gear Sport costs $300, and it's accessible from Samsung's site, Amazon, Best Buy, Macy's, and U.S. Cell. 

Samsung offers a standard restricted guarantee that shields your gadget from assembling surrenders up to multi year from buy. 


The Samsung Gear Sport is incredible for individuals who need a component rich smartwatch that is thin, lightweight, and agreeable. 

Is there a superior option? 

Indeed. One of the nearest contenders is a Samsung item — the Gear S3. It's bulkier and greater than the Gear Sport, yet it has a LTE association and contains MST innovation that gives you a chance to utilize Samsung Pay in significantly more areas than the opposition. It costs somewhat more at $350. 

For Android gadget proprietors, investigate the Huawei Watch 2. There's no LTE display in the U.S., yet it basically offers an indistinguishable highlights from the Gear Sport in a little bundle. It can be found for lower than $300. 

For iOS proprietors, your involvement with Samsung's Gear smartwatches won't be as fulfilling as utilizing Apple's choice, the Apple Watch Series 3. With a comparative value, a discretionary LTE association, a little size, and amazing form quality, there's no better decision. 

To what extent will it last? 

The Gear Sport can make due up to 50 meters submerged, including salt water, and its metal form should keep the glass ensured without issue. Anticipate that the watch will keep going for a few years, as you likely won't get programming refreshes after the second year. 

Would it be a good idea for you to get it? 

Truly. In case you're searching for a trendy smartwatch without a LTE association, the Gear Sport is your most solid option.