Fit for a champ

  • TECH
  • Monday, 07 Jul 2014

STAY FIT: National badminton hero and Samsung brand ambassador Datuk Lee Chong Wei with his Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit.

Datuk Lee Chong Wei shares how the Galaxy S5 and Gear Fit complement his active lifestyle.

National badminton hero Datuk Lee Chong Wei is as quick to embrace new fitness-enhancing technologies as he is on the badminton court.

“The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear Fit smartwatch are great for my active lifestyle as a sportsman,” said Lee, who is also the brand ambassador for the electronics giant.

“I use them to measure my heartbeat and step count during my training sessions,” he said. Both the S5 and the Gear Fit, which can work together, have built-in sensors for ­tracking step count and monitoring heart rate.

The built-in app on the smartphone, S Health, can also track walking/running ­distance, calories burnt, speed, duration and stress levels.

“I can track what I have done over a ­duration and even share it with my coach,” he said.

Lee likes the curved design of the Gear Fit, as it fits comfortably on his wrist. He hopes the next version of the smartwatch will allow him to make calls. Currently, Samsung’s other smartwatch, the Gear 2, has this function.

Having used the S5 since its launch in March, Lee is impressed with its performance and functions, as it’s much faster and more feature-packed than the previous devices he has owned.

“The improved 16-megapixel camera is great, as I love taking photos on my ­smartphone,” said Lee, who is active on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

As he spends a lot of time flying around the world due to the nature of his job, he also uses his phone to play games and watch movies.

“Before my matches, I love to sit down in a corner to relax myself by listening to songs on my phone,” he said.

He also uses the S5 for making video calls to his family members, as they rarely get to travel with him for badminton tournaments. His wife, former badminton player, Wong Mew Choo, is also using an S5.

Another aspect of the S5 that he likes is the long battery life. It’s the first Samsung phone to feature Ultra Power Saving mode which automatically turns off unnecessary apps and switches the screen to greyscale when the battery runs low.

Other than badminton, he also enjoys ­playing basketball when he gets the chance. He has been actively playing basketball since he was 11 years old.

He has also caught the football fever but his hectic schedule doesn’t always permit him to watch the World Cup matches. Instead he uses his phone to stay abreast and is hoping that Brazil will take the cup.

He encourages everyone to exercise and play games, as there are more and more reports of Malaysians being plagued by health problems such as heart attacks, high-blood pressure and diabetes.

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