Not for runners.
Clunky, buggy and overall sub par sports/ smart watch that does not stand up to the competition. I have had this watch for roughly 18 months now and I am disappointed. On long runs it often pauses recording, without being prompted. For example, I was on a 12km run, it worked fine for 7km, then after another 3kms I checked my progress and it had paused at 7.8kms, rendering the point of the watch useless. Other times it completely stops recording and you have to start a new run session midway through, which is unacceptable. The GPS is terrible, c...onstantly underestimating distance travelled. Spotify app is unusable. The only positive as a sports watch is the step counter, which is seemingly reliable. The fitness prompts and goals achieved notifications are also handy. As a smart watch, it is ok, I guess. The bezel and touch screen are really handy and are by far the best features. It receives calls and messages quite well. Although if you you receive a call or message whilst running, say goodbye to your recorded progress. If you're looking for a sports smart watch, get a Garmin or Suunto, Samsung has missed the mark here.
Warranty not honoured
I was very happy with this watch until it died on me, ( won't charge and continually flashes rebooting). I have contacted the retailer who I now know will just say it's water damage, even though it is a waterproof watch, and I have never immersed it in water( all reviews are bad and say the same thing, ). I have also contacted Samsung who also wouldn't help as I bought from an international seller, so the 24 month guarantee means nothing. The watch is in perfect condition,apart from not functioning, but I have to throw it in the bin, with 12 months warranty remaining. Very upset .
Purchased in January 2019 at Tobydeals for A$210.00.
Samsung Gear Sport
Very disappointed with this smartwatch. Not very accurate with any function, counting of steps very poor, battery life poor, too many individual exercise functions and timing of exercises very in accurate. Not worth the money.
Value for money and health related
This is smart watch and using for all purposes instance count heartbeats, count steps, all sports systems and many more. It is valueable gift for everyone. It is worth product. It is reliable product.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Watch fail. Terrible battery life, glitches with software during exercise watch turns off. Cracks in screen.
Have owned watch for 5 months. I'm lucky to get a days life out of battery before needing to be recharged. Needed to turn off all Wi-Fi, blue tooth and GPS connectivity to extend life. Now it gets 2 days. Whats the point without connectivity. Advertising claiming 4.5 days. Watch will turn off and would need restarting during mild boxfit training. It would require resetting to original settings. Screen has cracked in 2 places. Not dropped. Finally Samsung won't warrant repair. Customer service hopeless. Worst watch I've had. I wish I stayed with fitbit.
Purchased in December 2018 for A$380.00.
- Verified purchase
Fun sports watch. Not serious sports watch.
I bought this watch without much expectation. I began with understanding from many that this watch isn't for serious sports person and I ain't one. I primarily wants a watch that
I will never need to adjust the time due to time error or daylight savings.
Track my steps.
Can find my phone and vice versa.
Fails at it's key selling points
Bought the watch about a year ago and have been using it off and on. The reason I picked one up was for Spotify on the go and to be brutally honest that feature does not work, have a read of the Spotify Watch app and you'll understand why. Band broke pretty early on too, easy enough to replace still a pain. Motherboard gave out earlier this year but under warranty so point to Samsung for that. Battery is beginning to drop can't say I'm thrilled about that either. Device doesn't like not being connected to a phone, which can be a pain when both ...you phone and your watch start bugging you to reconnect the two for no real reason (plus having them linked burns through battery) All in all, not worth the price tag and I'm hoping there are better alternatives.
Worst impractical "sport watch" till date
The ONE thing a runner or swimmer needs is for the workout screen to stay ON so you can track your time/distance. Unfortunately with all the bells and whistles this watch provides (spotify offline, bluetooth headset pairing) that is the ONE thing this watch does NOT do. Its not possible to keep the watch on workout screens during exercise, it constantly defaults back to the main "Screen saver" watch face. Half the time the "wrist twist" action doesn't wake it up to enable workout screen, when it does its for 0.5 seconds before defaulting back t...o the screen saver main screen. No amount of bezel movement or button push will enable you to get the watch to actually show you the workout stats. A huge disappointment and I'm at a loss for words how Samsung could release a product like this without anyone doing any practical testing with it... Threw it in the river today out of pure frustration, dusted off my trusty Garmin. Don't waste your money on this watch if you're intending to use it for exercise.
Purchased in September 2018 for A$280.00.
Makes life harder rather than easier
I've owned this watch now for just over a year. I bought this watch primarily to track swimming and running. Previously I would run with my phone in hand to track runs and listen to music which I have now reverted to doing and my Samsung Gear Sport sits in my drawer unused.
It takes around 2-3 minutes of standing out in the open to connect to GPS and even though it says it's connected, once you start the run it tracks your location sporadically and inconsistently. It also turns GPS off when you pause the run and you then have wait for it t...o reconnect again when you resume. One of the big selling points was that you could listen to Spotify offline. While you can do this, you first have to open the Spotify app and start playing music before you start an exercise. Then when you are tracking an exercise with Samsung Health it defaults to the native Music app and controls on the watch and connected bluetooth headphones will control the native app and not Spotify. Even if you have a playlist on Spotify that you like and have no need to change songs, the audio cues given by Samsung Health when tracking an exercise stop music being played through Spotify and you then have to stop what you're doing to go back into the Spotify app again and press play. These issues combined with a terrible battery life (tracking a 30 minute run and playing music via bluetooth consumes around 30-40% of your battery leaving hardly enough to get through the rest of the working day) and having to restart the watch about three times a week because it freezes and is buggy really ruin what could have been a great watch. I'm pretty disappointed in my purchase and this is one of the few times I've regretted purchasing a Samsung product.
Purchased in December 2017.
Good, but can be glitchy.
I purchased this watch primarily for running. One of the annoying little issues I've had with the watch, that are fairly typical of my experience is when I track a run. Even if I wait for the GPS to detect my location, quite often the native run tracking app won't track from the start of my run (even though it's give me the 3,2,1 you've started countdown), resulting in a run that quite often starts ~1km after I've actually started.
- Verified purchase
Wouldn't touch it, biggest waste of money, fitness tracker is ridiculous, nice watch but thats it.
Swimming function blows out by at least 40%, so if you want to use it to track laps, doesn't work. Open ocean, blows out by km's, swim 1500m and now you have swum 13km.
Walking GPS across lakes, and freeways.
Poorly designed, Samsung refuse to refund, so don't risk it.
- Verified purchase
Very satisfied and brings all exercise stats at one place
This is my first smartwatch and now I wear it every day. I load music into it and then use blue tooth headphones to listen while running and I don't need to carry the phone.
I compared it's heart rate monitor and found it more accurate as compared other smartwatches.
Overall, very satisfied.
Nice watch. Software needs work
I bought this as its the best i could find for geekiness and swim fitness. It was waterproof to 50m and still had a heart rate monitor.
I LOVe the bezel rotating to scroll through menus. So much better that tapping.
Waterproof excellent. Wear it anywhere and dont stress about getting it wet. Swim in the poo” and ocean with no problems
The watch itself is very solid. Measure my sleep and hr well
Integrates well with samsung health and endomondo.
The voice command doesnt work very well. (You sacrifice microphone sensitivity for waterproofness i guess. Or maybe its just the samsung software) ...
I love this watch
You get a lot of bang for buck out of this watch and it seems to be becoming more accurate as I wear it. I love being able to track my steps calories and heart rate especially during workouts. The bezel is easy to use the only issues I have is connecting to iPhone at times and downloading watchfaces via iPhone.
- Verified purchase
A great smart watch to buy
I purchased this watch about 4 month ago. I still feel feel excited when looking at it.
Although I smashed it badly sometimes, but the screen is clear and no scratch is on the surface, or around. Very durable. Highly recommend it, specially with it's mate "samsung gear iconx". Great match.
Sometimes the apps stops working (2 or 3 times in the last 4 month) which fixed with a restart. Not a drama.
Very happy with my purchase.
- Verified purchase
Great and practical smart watch
Bought this watch a couple of months ago and loving it. Paypass awesome although better when OS supports more banks. Being waterproof was also a big sell. Not having to take it off for showers, swimming or water parks is more convenient than you think after coming from a fit bit. Battery only 2 days but not much more out there with longer for that sort of functionality. Overall happy with purchase.
- Verified purchase
This watch looks great and I much prefer the style over the Apple Watch. It's also pretty comfortable. That's about as far as my praise goes. The features this watch is supposed to be able to deliver are great but they don't work well. I have had numerous glitches in regards to sleep not recording, notifications not coming through on watch from the phone, steps not being counted, watch automatically logging dynamic workouts whilst I'm driving, watch disconnecting from phone for no reason, etc. The battery also leaves a lot to be desired. I'm lu...cky to get 2 days out of the watch and I don't use it heavily. I find I have to always put it on charge when I'm having a shower or not wearing it to make sure it never runs too low. I took the watch back to the store and they sent it away for repair, only to be told it needed a software update. However three weeks later I'm still having issues and looks like it's going back again! Very disappointing Samsung!
Makes a lot of promises that it cannot keep
The Samsung gear sport; this watch looked nice, really blended well into everyday clothing choices, but the exercise function is really were it falls flat.
I found the price tag a little steep for what it actual does, this is just a big box full of big promises that failes with a lot of the sport features it claims to have. This watch is full of Gimmicks that will leave you bored after a few days.
I originally brought the watch to enable me to effectively track my swimming but when I tired to use the watch there was a huge contast...In what I was doing, it would often track triple and even quadruple what I was actual doing. I tried multiple apps including Samsung’s own swimming tracking app and the one that was recommend by Speedo who are a well respected brand however this changed my view on speedo. There was also a problem with tracking other sports, if you wanted to do any other Exercise other than running, cycling, swimming and simple yoga you were left out in the cold unable to track your exercises correctly. My gut feel is to wait until this technology gets out of its infancy
Best purchase of the year
I previously purchased the Samsung Gear S2 which I absolutely loved but unfortunately I list it at an airport earlier last year. So I thought I'd wait for the gear s4 only to find out Samsung wasn't going to come out with one. Instead came the gear sport. I pre ordered it after doing some research and I am so so happy with it! It's great for the obvious reasons - notifications on your watch so you don't have to constantly look on your phone, you can pick up or reject calls, fitness tracker etc - BUT the thing I love most about it (which the gea...r S2 didn't have) is the standalone Spotify music player which is built into the watch. You don't even need your phone near you to play from Spotify (you do need to have a Spotify account though). Other than that, it's 50m water resistant and salt water proof meaning you can wear it in the beach/shower if you wanted to. I think the design is great and it's fantastic value for money.
I bought the watch in December 2017. Within a day I had a severe burn where from the strap. I stopped wearing the watch and it took over 3 weeks for the burn to go. I have not worn the watch in water.
I tried it on the other wrist and had the same issue. I have brought up the matter with Samsung and they simply state that the wrist band is made of " “the band is primarily comprised of silicon, does not contain any hazardous materials and complies with applicable regulatory requirements and standards.” then quote their T&Cs.
If you Google Samsung Gear Sport Burn you will see that this happens regularly.
I suggest you look elsewhere.
Questions & Answers
Sorry, there are no questions yet.
ProductReview.com.au has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence our content moderation policies in any way, though ProductReview.com.au may earn commissions for products/services purchased via affiliate links.