Samsung Gear Fit activity tracker and Galaxy S5 phone giveaway

Disclaimer: Telus generously provided me with a Samsung Galaxy S5 phone and Gear Fit activity tracker for my personal use (as well as a matching set for one lucky reader) in exchange for sharing my thoughts about the new technology on my blog. No other compensation was provided. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are mine.

Not a bad daily step count, 'eh?

Not a bad daily step count, ‘eh?

Last week, Telus invited me to get together with a few other local social media peeps to learn about Samsung’s newest fitness device; the Gear Fit activity tracker (made specifically to sync with Samsung Galaxy mobile phones).

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Still smiling even AFTER we finished our burpees!

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I wear a pedometer to track my daily steps, with the goal of accumulating at least 10 000 a day. Some days this is easier than others 🙂 Up to this point, my activity tracking has been fairly low tech. Strap on the watch. Glance at the step count periodically. Get up from my desk and take a walk around the block. Snap a photo of my daily count. Post it on Instagram. Go to bed and do it all over again the next day. I’d heard of people who wore trackers that synced with their computers and phones. People who loved comparing yesterday’s workout with that of the day before. Those who got excited about seeing their running pace increase. Mostly engineers and accountants and scientists, I figured. Numbers geeks. That was before I strapped on the Gear Fit and initialized my new Galaxy S5.

Gear Fit activity tracker

This die-hard iPhone girl is doing some serious thinking…

My favourite features?

  • low profile, sleek style; it looks and feels like a bracelet and isn’t so raised that it catches on sleeves
  • easy to use keypad; just swipe your finger across the surface to change functions (clock, notifications, settings, timer, stopwatch, sleep, pedometer, exercise and heart rate) and up and down to look at details of your workouts (as well as incoming text messages and social media alerts)
  • history function; compare today’s workout stats to yesterday’s and the day’s before. Historical data is also available for the pedometer, sleep and heart rate functions.
  • customizability; not only can you change the background of your clock to match your outfits (I like the blue wallpaper myself), you can also customize the orientation of the text, which arm you’ll be wearing the tracker on and the font size (great for those of us who need numbers to be a bit on the large side to make them out…)
  • heart rate monitor; unlike many heart rate monitors, this one actually picks up my pulse (I’ve customized the ‘on’ button such that a double tap automatically wakes up the heart rate monitor, allowing me to quickly assess my effort while I’m teaching fitness classes)
  • media controller; in addition to controlling the music you’re playing on your phone, there’s also a great auto responder feature. Out for a run and get a notification that someones trying to call you? Hit the auto respond button to send a customized message (“Out for a run, call you when I’m done”)
  • water resistant; although it’s not made for swimming (sorry tri-athletes), both the Gear Fit AND the Galaxy S5 are water proof for 30 minutes and up to 1 m depth; perfect if you frequently forget to take your watch off before you hop in the shower or bath

I’d love it even more if:

  • the activity tracker’s battery life were a bit longer; when I wear it to bed, to track sleep, I need to remember to re-charge it before I leave the house the next morning (the Gear Fit comes with it’s own charger, separate from that of the phone). Otherwise I find myself without a watch by the middle of the afternoon.
  • it tracked a few more types of workouts; there are options for tracking walking, running, hiking and cycling, but not step aerobics. Doesn’t everybody do step aerobics 😉
  • I could get the phone away from my kids and actually explore all of it’s features; apparently it’s got a fantastic camera and the display is perfect for showing off the spinning Tardis wallpaper my daughter has downloaded…
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My mini-me (with MY phone…)

Guess what? Telus wants to give one of YOU a Samsung Galaxy S5 phone and Gear Fit activity tracker of your very own. That’s a prize package worth $950 retail. Generous, I know!

Just leave a blog comment telling me which feature of the activity tracker you’re most excited about and enter the giveaway via the Raffelcopter widget below. Other options for earning additional entries include following Telus and fitknitchick on Twitter and Tweeting about the giveaway to your friends and colleagues (make sure you come back and paste the Tweet URL in the widget for the entry to count : ) ).

Contest is open to Canadian residents only and runs from 12 am Wednesday, April 30th through to 12 am Sunday, May 4th, 2014. The winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to claim their prize. Note that the prize package does NOT include phone service or a SIM card. Both can be purchased via the winner’s local Telus provider.

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  1. I like the heart rate monitor.

  2. Wish I was in Canada – wold love to enter this! 😉
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  3. Taylor Allen says:

    The heart rate monitor is pretty awesome!

  4. Love the sleep tracker!

  5. I love the idea of the heart rate monitor.

  6. The heart rate monitor and the fact that you can keep a history! No more notebook writing down info before you clear the watch!

  7. Omg what a huge prize tamara! I would love to win this as i have heard from every sales rep how awesome this ph is. I would especially love the steps tracker as i think i may be falling short!

  8. HR monitor without a strap is very cool. I want one.

  9. Danielle says:

    Being able to compare your day to previous days and the HR monitor are my favourite features

  10. Mommy Outside says:

    Ok I’m not going to lie – the fact that I can match it to my outfit may be my favorite feature 😉

  11. Wow, this is a really smart bit of workout kit. Would be great to use.

  12. Sure could use this!!
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  13. Emma Walpole says:

    tracking my running would be awesome

  14. Sheelagh says:

    I like the heart rate monitor

  15. I use to wear a heart rate monitor a lot but i hated the strap around my chest, i like that it keeps your pulse! I’d like to know how many calories a day I’m burning, so that’s what I’m most interested in.
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  16. I would use the heart rate monitor the most to make sure I am reaching my target heart rate.

  17. Jody Smith says:

    I ❤️❤️❤️ EVERYTHING about but I’ll choose a few things:
    2. Heart Rate Monitor (no strap)
    3. Water Resistant
    4. Media Controller
    5. Easy to use keypad
    Ok I think I got them ALL

  18. Jennifer says:

    Heart Rate monitor would be great, I don’t have one and I know its great to track sometimes.

  19. I love the heart rate monitor feature and that you’ve had success using it while teaching, it looks awesome!!
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  20. Lisa Richards says:

    I love how the display shows all the information, distance, steps, and calories. Many just show the number of steps. Also really like the sleekness of the watch, it’s one I would love to wear!

  21. I love the idea of the step tracker in such a sleek package!

  22. I’d really love to be more diligent at tracking my steps…

  23. Would love to have a tracking

  24. I would definitely use the heart rate monitor! I used to have one and I miss it!

  25. The tracking would be great

  26. Definitely the heart rate monitor. I’ve always wanted to track my heart rate during workouts to see how it changes with different exercises/routines. I also love that there is a history function for comparison purposes. (Soph Y)

  27. I have been so curious to see what you thought– I would be excited about the low profile and comfort- and heart rates monitor.
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  28. I’m excited for the heart rate monitor. I’d like to know when I’m not working as hard as I should be.

  29. Michelle says:


  30. Marilyn Dodds says:

    Love the heart rate monitor!

  31. I love that auto responder idea honestly just PERFECT nothing worse than ppl busting your balls with phone calls while you do something.
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  32. Definitely going to be the heart rate monitor and history function

  33. I am thinking the heart rate monitor would be awesome – I would love to get my hands on this new toy!

  34. I like the history function. I love being able to compare past workouts!

  35. I like the sleek design and the fact it is easily linked back to the phone for update

  36. I just found you and I love your stuff already. Thanks for doing this!

  37. Matt Apostoli says:

    I would use the heart rate tracker especially when I am comparing intense work outs to the cool down zone.

  38. I would definitely use the step counter the most.

  39. Ashley Clark says:

    I would love to win one of these! I feel it would help motivate me to move more! I love finding new ways to get active!

  40. The heart rate monitor! I wish the fit bit tracked heart rate, one reason I didnt purchase it

  41. Irene Weisner says:

    a Calorie counter and the technology of a smart phone would be wonderful

  42. Heart rate monitor definitely !

  43. Tracey Turnbull says:

    I just love all the features, heart monitor, step counter and the sleek design,,,,,plus it would make me look so fit 😉

  44. Lara Winnemore says:

    The auto responder feature while out for a run is pretty cool!

  45. I love pedometers

  46. theresa mayville says:

    I love the sleep tracker, great feature.

  47. The auto responder feature is very cool! The heart rate would be very useful too!

  48. debbie p says:

    Heart rate monitor is a nice feature.

  49. I like the heart rate monitor.

  50. christine reichert says:

    I love the idea of the step tracker great feature.

  51. Oooh, a heart rate monitor without a chest strap? Now that’s awesome. Plus the customizeable background!
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  52. The historical feature sounds great!

  53. I like the fact that it is also a watch and am interested in tracking my steps/day.

  54. Love the idea of the integrated heart rate monitor!

  55. Wow so high tech but discrete! A watch, pedometer and heart rate monitor. Very cool

  56. Annette Wilson says:

    I like the sleek style and the exercise tracker

  57. Sara rai says:

    The heart rate monitor is really useful:)

  58. Jennifer says:

    This is so cool. I have looking for a tracking device to monitor my steps and calories burned! The Heart rate monitor is what makes this one so terrific!!

  59. Jill Graham says:

    I would love the strap-less HRM!

  60. Paige c says:

    I like the heart rate monitor, I’ve never used one before

  61. What feature of the Gear Fit would you use most? fitness feature that monitors you! love this phone

  62. I would make use of the history tracker most. I’ve done a bad job of tracking my fitness goals in the past, meaning I only have my (biased) opinion on how much I’ve actually improved. Getting accountable and competing with myself to hit my goals would be a fantastic motivator for me.
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  63. Peg Johnson says:

    Would love the HRM! really need to start tracking my activity level.

  64. Rachel Cartucci says:

    The heart rate monitor is something I really need. I am a new runner and I have an irregular heart beat so this would help me keep track…when my heart goes haywire I will have time to slow down instead blacking out. HA! The doctor says the exercise is good for me anyway. Thanks!!

  65. What a great giveaway- wish I lived in Canada for this one!
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  66. I like that it measures your heart rate and i like the sleep tracker very much too!

  67. I like the media controller concept as well as the customizabilty features.

  68. I like the media controller and the heart rate monitor. The sleep tracker too. Oh, and it’s water resistant. Pretty great give away!

  69. Fantastic that the Gearfit can take care of so many different function is one compact bracelet that is easy to use and wear.

  70. cris baiker says:

    definitely the heart rate monitor!

  71. Šimon Slávik says:

    I think i would be using heart rate monitor.

  72. I love heart rate monitors that are easy to use and actually work!
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  73. Just what I have been looking for….tracking my walks with my dog!!
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  74. Revinjan Francisco says:

    Im kinda stuck between the media controller and the water resistant. Im just started working out again. Since college and all of the stress in my life I plan to make a better change and since its currently raining season in my country it would be hard for me to work out while listening to my music. I know there is a will there is a way but its kinda hard being a student that doesn’t have a summer job and currently is being financed by their parents but since 2 of 4 children are now going to college, money is the problem so I just hope I get the chance to win since this would really help me in my life and Im currently do for some luck so yeah.

  75. Annette Wilson says:

    Love the heart rate monitor

  76. Han Yeon says:

    it’s heart rate monitor

  77. i would love the step tracker! i walk so much at work it would be nice to be able to track it and know how active i am!
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  78. heart rate monitor

  79. Ralph Jay Torres says:

    I would love the built-in heart rate monitor because its very easy to do, no more tools needed. I love also the fast synchronization between the two. No hassle!

  80. Brandi Dawn says:

    I would use the heart rate monitor feature the most.

  81. Definitely a sleep tracker!

  82. Interesting review. Been looking for a good activity tracker and this might just be it.. I like that it includes a heartbeat monitor as well as all the tracking info. Cool gadget