Fitness trackers have become amazingly accurate. But if you don’t want to wear one on your wrist, you’ve been out of luck, until now. This is our Product Review and Buyer’s Guide of the Samsung Gear IconX.
The Gear IconX tracks heart rate, steps and calories burned, just like any other fitness tracker. The data it collects is sent to the Samsung S Health app. It doesn’t currently have iOS compatibility. The difference with this fitness tracker is it’s worn in the ears.
The IconX consists of a pair of Bluetooth earbuds completely free of wires. There’s not even a wire to connect the earbuds to each other. Their design locks them into your ear’s cartilage and they charge inside the provided carrying case.
The biggest drawback to the fitness tracker is the battery. If you’re playing music from your phone, you’ll only get an hour and a half of battery life. Using the four gigabytes of internal storage ups that time to three and a half hours.
At $199, there are definitely less expensive wireless earbuds you can wear. However, none of them will track your fitness levels and sound as good. Samsung plans to release the Gear IconX later this year.