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Samsung's Gear Fit, the smaller, sleeker alternative to the company's other smartwatches, is probably the most interesting of the second generation Gears. If you've been coveting one, now would be the time to buy it: Amazon has it for just $99.99. That's a full 50% off the $200 retail price, and notably below alternatives like the Pebble smartwatch and the new Android Gear watches. As usual, Amazon Prime users in the United States can add free two-day shipping to the deal.

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Seeing such a steep discount on the Gear Fit so quickly is strange; it's been just short of three months since the device was released. That indicates that sales haven't been what Samsung expected, or at least, not what Amazon expected - it's entirely possible that they're sitting on too much inventory and want to get rid of some of it. This isn't a Gold Box deal or another special promotion, so presumably it's simply the "regular" price from Amazon, at least for the moment.

The slim, curved screen on the Gear Fit makes it an interesting and fashionable alternative to the larger Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, not to mention a less obtrusive fitness companion. Aside from the size and screen difference, the Fit foregoes call forwarding, voice control, an IR blaster, a camera, and a home button, focusing on notifications and fitness functions like the pedometer, IP67 water resistance, and a heart rate monitor. Like the other Samsung wearables, it will work only with other Samsung devices, so owners of phones or tablets from other hardware vendors are out of luck.

Amazon - Gear Fit

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • ProductFRED

    Yeah, because it's a flop. It should have been $99 to begin with.

  • hmm

    its more like Samsung is out of luck for not supporting other vendors device to work with there toys

  • Taylor00

    #NotWorthIt

  • DemandTrialByCombat

    Now if this thing rocked android wear OS wouldn't that be sexy ?

  • flosserelli

    Meh. In 6 months, Samsung will be giving these away. Buy a new Samsung smartphone, tablet or appliance and get a free Gear Fit.

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  • Lawrence

    Best buy has the same price since yesterday

  • bat0nas

    According the http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2014/04/pinnacle-samsungs-activity.html - seems that not worth even 99$...

  • Raymond Berger

    Is it even worth it just as a fitness band?

  • Andrew Beard

    I'd pick one of these up on the spot if it wasn't tied to Samsung devices only. The optical heart rate monitor alone is worth it. Not giving up my Moto X, though.

    • MvP77

      same here

    • Anthony

      Exactly. If it were compatible with my G2 I would probably pick one up. Why Samsung only made it compatible with other Samsung devices is beyond me. Stupid...

      • ProductFRED

        It's a smart business move as a company. I have a degree in marketing, and what Samsung has done in that regard so far is brilliant. They've basically become the Apple of Android and made their own ecosystem. Now they're trying to tie people into it ("You mean I can only use it with a Samsung? Guess I'm getting/keeping a Samsung").

        For non-Samsung users, it sucks. But their intention is to win you over. But obviously you're a savvy/technical consumer, so you're not fooled by their marketing.

        • Anthony

          I see what you are saying but if you don't already have a Samsung device I doubt you are going to get one just because of the line of Smartwatchs. Not to mention if you switch devices the Smartwatch becomes nothing more than a fancy paperweight. From everything I have read the gear series have had pretty pathetic sales and I would guess it's because they are only compatible with Samsung devices. Excluding the recently announced gear live.

  • DonEmu

    The very fact that it only links to Samsung phones is the problem.

  • Guest

    It's coming up at $143.95.

  • JR

    It's listed at $143, not $99...

    • Tony Byatt

      Sold Out directly from Amazon...

  • GiantJay

    Same price at Best Buy.

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