TL;DR: The Samsung Galaxy Fit fitness tracker is 50% off at Best Buy — as of Sept. 4, you can snag the fitness tracker for $49.99.
On the heels of Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy Fit 2, the first-gen Galaxy Fit is seeing a major discount: As part of Best Buy’s Labor Day sale, you can snag the Samsung Galaxy Fit for $49.99 — a 50% drop from its usual retail price of $99.99. That is unprecedented.
Home fitness — rather, fitness that doesn’t require entering a gym — has been a major theme since the first lockdowns. The running boom in April shows how quickly people adapted. With typical workout routines shaken up, people are looking for a more realistic approach to fitness. Whether that’s something that can blend with a new WFH schedule or taking care of kids who are attending school virtually.
For people who don’t have a whole home gym, a simple activity tracker like the Samsung Galaxy Fit is a bomb tool to log calories and steps while reminding you of your goals throughout the day (even if that goal is just to take a lap around the house every hour). Even before the big price slash, the Galaxy Fit offered surprisingly affordable access to a heart rate monitor and sleep stage monitor on your wrist. Now, the Galaxy Fit is cheaper than the most basic Fitbit and covers significantly more aspects of health and fitness than small brand competitors in the $50 range.
Widgets for your chosen exercise (like running, cycling, or using an elliptical) are easy to find and well-designed, despite the display being so skinny. Other widgets you don’t always see in non-smart watch trackers include weather, temperature, and a stress/breathing apps. Yes, you can sync your texts and calls.
What’s the difference between the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit 2? Well, almost nothing in the way of looks. Samsung claims that the second generation will be able to last for over two weeks on one charge, compared to the first generation’s seven days. (For reference, the Apple Watch’s battery life is an average of 18 hours.) The 2’s AMOLED screen is also slightly larger thanks to thinner bezels.