As I said above, the GoBe2 is a larger wearable and may be off-putting to some but I very quickly became accustomed to it and forgot I was wearing it. It weighs next to nothing and I’m used to the heavier Gear S3, so that was a nice change.
The design of the GoBe2 is very simple and straightforward. There is one button on the side of the device and that is used to bring the blue, LED, dot matrix type display on. There is no auto-on when you raise your wrist like you get with most other devices in this category.
You press the button to cycle through your current stats and long press to power on or off the device.
The display itself is mostly useless in even mild sunlight. I found myself using the app to check my stats much more often than I used the display. Honestly, the display seems like an afterthought and I guess I would prefer it not be there at all. There are other trackers that have taken this route and it works out just fine (the biostrap comes to mind).
This leads me to my biggest gripe and that’s Bluetooth connectivity. This thing can be rather finicky when it comes to connecting to the phone and syncing with the app. There are times where it takes several tries to get the GoBe2 to either connect or maintain a stable enough connection to fully sync. Usually rebooting my phone or toggling the Bluetooth did the trick. This was more of an annoyance than anything else because it always ended up connecting.
That being said, Healbe is pushing out firmware and app updates on a regular basis. This means they are constantly working to improve overall function, quash bugs and even add new features. This is a big deal, especially when companies like Samsung have longstanding issues they’ve yet to sort out. Kudos to Healbe for committing to their product.