Samsung continues to impress us with its smart watches. This time it is about Samsung Gear S3. Compared to their predecessors, these smart watches have a few more features and perform better. Gear S3 offers two models – the Gear 3 Frontier and the Gear S3 Classic. Even though they don't differ much, that is still a few things to be said about these two models. In this article, we will discuss what these models have to offer, to help you find the best Samsung Gear Fit. Let's get to work right away because time is precious.

Performance

The first thing we want to talk about is the performance. Namely, both devices are powered by Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2, rather than Android Wear 2. Their performance is fast, so there will be no lags each time you open an app, or a message or simply enter the menu.

As far as controlling the device is concerned, you can control it with ease. Both models come with a spinning bezel, touch screen, and twin buttons. All this make these units intuitive, and convenient to use, allowing for quick access to settings and apps. Moreover, two buttons are placed on the side, and with them, you can open a heart rate monitor or the menu.

Both units have 4GB internal storage and 768MB RAM, offering you enough space for viewing photos, listening to songs, and much more. Thanks to this, you can enjoy all the great apps that can be downloaded to your smart watch.

But, what we love the most about these two models is their compatibility. Even though these units come from Samsung, they offer a few more options when it comes to compatibility. Apart from working with the latest Samsung smart phones, they are also compatible with IOS devices (at least IOS9) as well as with most Android smart phones that have 4.4 OS version or higher.

Let’s take a look at their specs.

 

Gear S3 Frontier

Gear S3 Classic

Processor

1GHz dual-core

1GHz dual-core

RAM

768MB RAM

768MB RAM

Storage

4GB internal storage

4GB internal storage

Software

Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2

Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2

Display


1.3-inch circular Super AMOLED

 360×360 pixels

Always On Display

 Corning Gorilla Glass SR+

 

1.3-inch circular Super AMOLED

 360×360 pixels

Always On Display

 Corning Gorilla Glass SR+

 

Connectivity

3G/LTE

Bluetooth 4.2

Wi-Fi b/g/n

 NFC

MST

 A-GPS (with GLONASS)

Bluetooth 4.2

Wi-Fi b/g/n

NFC

MST

 GPS (with GLONASS)

Sensors

Accelerometer

 Ambient Light

Gyro

Barometer

 Heart Rate Monitor

Accelerometer

 Ambient Light

Gyro

Barometer

 Heart Rate Monitor

Battery


380mAh; Wireless charging

 

380mAh; Wireless charging

Spinning bezel

Yes

Yes

Strap

22mm; can be replaced with any 22 mm strap

22mm; can be replaced with any 22 mm strap

Size


46 x 49 x 12.9mm, 62g

 

46 x 49 x 12.9mm, 57g

Resistance

Water & dust resistance

IP68-certified

Water & dust resistance

IP68-certified

 Design


The difference between these two models lies in their design and in their purpose.

The Frontier is designed with adventurists in mind, so it can be your companion wherever you go or whatever you do. You can work out, go for a run, take a long walk, go hiking, or spend a day in nature, without worrying if this smart watch can handle it.

The Frontier weighs a bit more than the Classic, having 62g. It comes with a rubberized band that is resistant and offers good amount of comfort. In addition, the Frontier looks a bit bulkier. But, that is the look you get with any sports watch.

On the other hand, the Classic, looks, well, more classic. Its strap will easily match any of your casual outfits or even business ones. The black strap is made of leather, offering you reasonable comfort. However, at first it needs to break in, so expect the things to be a tad uncomfortable in the first couple of week of wearing the watch.  This model weighs 57g.  As you can see, both models are bulky, heavy but are also attention grabbing. Furthermore, they are durable and will last you a long time. Both models are Water & dust resistance, as they comply with IP68-standards.

Features and Apps

The next thing to take into account is what you get with either of these two models. Both models feature the same apps and come loaded with much more apps than their predecessors. Whether you want to listen to music, follow your social networks, read messages and notifications, check up on your schedule, or enjoy fitness apps, these smart watches have got you covered.

Speaking of fitness tracking, we just want to mention that, although the Frontier is more of a sporty watch, the Classic offers the same fitness tracking features as its cousin. These features are a heart rate monitor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Gyro, and Barometer. So, staying in shape will be easy with the Gear S3.

They also come with GPS, Spotify, NFC, and Samsung Pay, to make your life even more enjoyable. With all these features and apps, as well as with voice control and Wi-Fi, these smart watches ensured their place on “Best smart watches” list.

Battery life

One more thing where Samsung Gear S3 excels is the battery life. Namely, the battery lasts up to 3 days of mixed usage, making it one of the best battery out there. With most smart watches, you get only one day of mixed use and then you have to charge the unit. There is also a power saving feature, which you can enable when feeling like you need your smart watch to last longer than expected. You will find this feature especially useful when you are in nature or on the road.

There is one more thing we want to mention – the Always-on display that draws a better part of the battery’s power. So, when you are out for a walk or heading to the gym, don’t forget to turn off this function. That way, the battery will last much, much longer.

The Final Word

Well, that is all we have to say about the Frontier and the Classic variants of Samsung Gear S3 smart watches. We hope that this review helped you see the difference between these two remarkable devices so that you can choose the one that fits your preferences.

Whichever model you choose to buy, you will love its performance, battery life, features as well as its looks. As you can see, there is no mistake with Samsung Gear S3.