How to Use Galaxy Fit E
The first attempt to occupy the niche of budget fitness bracelets made in 2016, Samsung frankly failed. While the “cheap” pedometers from Xiaomi took into account sleep, notified of new messages and woke up in the morning in the correct phase of sleep, Samsung Charm served only as a controversial decoration, costing 2-3 times more expensive than Chinese counterparts.
Having made the appropriate conclusions, Samsung introduced its new budget Galaxy Fit-e fitness bracelet with a monochrome OLED display, heart rate sensor, moisture protection of 50 meters and an adequate price.
Let’s take a closer look at the new product to see if Samsung succeeds in pushing Chinese manufacturers this time around.
Read also our detailed review of the Samsung Galaxy Fit, the more expensive and functional version of the new fitness tracker.
Review of Samsung Galaxy Fit-e. Scope of delivery and appearance of the bracelet
A typical set for budget fitness bracelets. in addition to the charger, there is nothing more interesting.
Since wireless charging is not supported, it is necessary to correctly fix the bracelet in the cradle each time. This is not easy to do because of the inconvenient mount.
The Galaxy Fit-e looks elegant, the size is noticeably more compact than the Xiaomi Mi Band. Separately, you should pay attention to the strap. it is very thin and short. If your wrist with a girth of more than 19 cm, most likely, the length of the strap will not be enough for you, but there is no larger one in the kit:
Galaxy Fit-e is collapsible and consists of a capsule and a strap. If the product becomes successful, the appearance of new straps for it is only a matter of time:
Despite the large front surface, the screen itself is quite small. only 0.74 ″. Please note that the display is not touch-sensitive and does not support swipe or touch. All control is due to light tapping on the bracelet. Touch is recorded by the accelerometer anywhere:
Unfortunately, this management method does not work perfectly. Sometimes you have to re-touch the bracelet 2-3 times until the sensor works. Managing swipes on the touch screen of the Xiaomi Mi Band is much more convenient and faster.
Screen brightness cannot be adjusted. There is no auto brightness sensor here. There is only the ability to darken the screen on a schedule or as needed. To do this, enable the corresponding option in the Galaxy Wearable app. It is convenient at night.
Indoors, the screen visibility is not bad, it is much brighter than the display of Mi Band 3. However, it is difficult to see anything in the sun. Despite the small display area, individual pixels are visible.
The picture on the screen is small and if you have poor eyesight, it’s not easy to see, say, weather information:
Galaxy Fit-e has water protection (5 atm), and also passed a series of tests for compliance with the US military standard. MIL-STD-810G and can withstand:
- Sand or a very dusty environment
- High or very low temperature
- Mechanical shock or fall
- Pressure drops
- and much more
Does the bracelet really meet such high standards of reliability only time will tell. However, now you can already notice unusual elements on the body, such as a pressure relief valve. It is located on the back of the bracelet under the PGG heart rate sensor (between two charging contacts):
Due to the moisture protection standard ISO 22810 in the bracelet you can take a shower or even swim. But you can’t track any workouts in the water, like on the Honor Band 4 fitness tracker. Therefore, moisture protection here is only for convenience, it does not carry any kind of functional load.
Key features and capabilities of Samsung Galaxy Fit-e
To connect to the phone and control the bracelet, you need to install the Samsung Wearable app on your smartphone. On Samsung smartphones, you don’t need to install anything at all, the first time you turn on the bracelet, it will be automatically detected and a notification will appear on the phone screen:
All data about your activity will be displayed in another application. Samsung Health, which also needs to be installed separately on your smartphone.
The bracelet supports 6 different dials and the same number of widgets:
You can only change dials and widgets from your smartphone in the Galaxy Wearable app. The percentage of charge of the bracelet is displayed on only one of them. And this is a very significant drawback, since it is impossible to see this information anywhere else on the bracelet.
You will either have to use a single dial, or control the percentage of remaining bracelet charge on the phone.
Widgets can be flipped once by tapping the bracelet. The display is not touch, the device responds exclusively to shaking.
You can configure the activation of the screen as a wave (raising the wrist), and a double tap. The bracelet reacts 2 times faster to turning the wrist than Mi Band 3. The response sensitivity is also very high. But with a double touch, everything is not so smooth. Sometimes you have to knock on the bracelet 10 times until the accelerometer detects a “double tap”.
It is not clear why Samsung did not even make a touch pad under the screen, like on other bracelets. Impressions of using the device would be completely different. Pleasant.
Galaxy Fit-e monitors sleep using only accelerometer data. The bracelet automatically determines the time of going to bed, the time of awakening and the degree of mobility during sleep. Excluding phases. This is an artificial limitation, since the heart rate monitor is here and works pretty well.
Given how poorly the Galaxy Watch Active determines sleep phases (see the watch review for more on this), this limitation cannot be considered any significant drawback. Sleep data in the Samsung Health app is as follows:
In general, wearable devices from Samsung have never been distinguished by the special quality of accounting and analysis of sleep. Against this background, Galaxy Fit-e does not stand out.
Updated 01.16.2020: The Samsung Health app is now much more sleep-aware and displays this information more colorfully and accurately. We did not have the opportunity to retest the operation of the bracelet with the new version of the application, but the Galaxy Watch Active 2 began to display sleep very accurately.
Thanks to the built-in vibration motor, you can use a silent alarm clock. Set the time and schedule of alarms (no more than 10 pieces) is necessary through the Galaxy Wearable app. Of course, there is no smart alarm clock, since the principle of its operation is completely based on taking into account the phases of sleep.
Activity and training
The pedometer works at the level of other bracelets. Sometimes it can erroneously count steps with active gestures. On the other hand, this sensitivity allows you to correctly determine the walk, even if the hand is in your pocket or simply does not move while walking.
If you compare with the Mi Band, as a standard or the most common bracelet on the planet, then Galaxy Fit-e can throw a hundred and a half extra ones in a thousand steps.
There is no barometer here, which means the device does not know how to count the number of floors passed.
I was very pleased with the function of automatic determination of training. It’s enough just not to remove the bracelet, and the Samsung Health application will show reports on walks or jogging, if any:
Since the bracelet continuously takes into account the pulse during the day, the corresponding information is also displayed in the reports.
The route on the map is not displayed, since there is no GPS sensor either. The only way to record a pace track is to use a GPS tracker from your smartphone. Then there will be a route and information about the pulse.
I was unpleasantly surprised by the fact that it is impossible to turn on the training manually from the bracelet. you will either have to rely on the auto-detection function or launch it through the Samsung Health application from a smartphone.
In the second case, you can use the phone as a remote screen of the heart rate monitor. Suppose you start a workout at Samsung Health Dumbbell Arm Curl. The icon is immediately displayed on the application screen HRM, meaning that a heart rate monitor is connected to the smartphone. in our case, it is a Galaxy Fit-e bracelet.
Now, having placed the phone in front of you, you can watch your heart rate during strength training in real time, not paying attention to the bracelet itself. By the way, the application supports energy saving mode, dimming the entire screen:
You can come up with different scenarios for this use of the bracelet: they began to stand on the treadmill, put a smartphone in front of them with information about the current heart rate and control the heart during jogging, changing the tempo in accordance with the heart rate.
Heart Rate Measurement on Samsung Galaxy Fit-e
This function is implemented quite strange and that’s why. As already mentioned above, the heart rate monitor measures the heart rate every minute throughout the day. It is not possible to change the measurement frequency. If you turn off continuous measurement, then manual measurement will not work.
You have only two options. either measure your heart rate constantly, spending 2 times faster battery charge, or do not use a heart rate monitor at all.
Measurement accuracy at the level of other PGG sensors. Compared to the Mi Band, the Galaxy Fit-e readings differ by a few beats / minute in a big way.
It’s a shame that when using the Galaxy Fit-e, the Samsung Health application does not display the level of stress. To measure this indicator, you need to monitor heart rate variability. And the optical heart rate monitor copes with this task quite well.
On the site you can find detailed information on what is the variability of the pulse and why it is important to monitor this indicator. A Stress level at Samsung Health. this is the same variability report, only in a convenient and understandable form.
Many may wonder whether it is possible to somehow somehow turn off the continuous measurement of the pulse. After all, neither the bracelet nor the Galaxy Wearable app on the smartphone has such an option.
And to do this, it is enough in the above application to remove the widget from the screen of the bracelet Pulse. Somehow not at all intuitive.
If the widget is installed on the bracelet Pulse or a dial with a pulse display. heart rate measurement will be continuous.
Work with notifications is implemented very poorly. On the bracelet, only the application icon and the name of the sender are displayed. The same Mi Band 3 displays much more information, including the name of the application, the name of the sender, the time and even the text of the message.
During an incoming call, Galaxy Fit-e displays the name of the caller and the phone number. Naturally, to reject a call or perform another action from the bracelet is impossible.
Autonomy Samsung Galaxy Fit-e
The manufacturer claims the battery life of the bracelet is up to 7 days. In fact, the bracelet did not last 3 days. The reason for this is the continuous operation of the heart rate monitor. Having turned off this function, in addition we will receive some more days of work.
Charges Galaxy Fit-e from zero to 100% per 1 hour 25 minutes.
Given the modest functionality and technical characteristics of the bracelet, the need to charge the device every 3 days is very disappointing. The same Xiaomi Mi Band 3 with similar parameters, is able to work an order of magnitude longer.
Galaxy Fit-e review. conclusions
Samsung’s new budget bracelet is controversial. This product definitely cannot be called the new bestseller or “killer” Mi Band.
Yes, the Galay Fit-e looks nice. The strap elegantly hides inside, the fastening of the “capsule” in the bracelet is as reliable as possible. At first, you don’t even know that the strap can be changed.
At the same time, ill-conceived control, the inability to do something directly on the bracelet (to start a workout or measure the pulse), the screen that is not the best in brightness and the short battery life do not allow calling this device a great choice for your money.
A significant advantage of the Galaxy Fit-e can be considered a companion application for the smartphone. Given all its capabilities, exciting world-wide competitions and a huge selection of workouts, the bracelet will be an excellent “entry ticket” to the whole world of Samsung Health.