If you are an avid fan of smart watches, then you must have heard of Samsung smart watch – The Gear G3. Smart watches are getting better and better each year, and that is also the case with Samsung models. While the G2 performs well, looks good, has a solid battery life, and a few great features, the Gear 3 is build with improvement in mind, thus performs a whole lot better and faster. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or a person who would rather stick to classic, you will appreciate the Gear 3. It has all a good smart watch should have, and as such cannot disappoint. So, if you are on a quest to finding a smart watch that has got most of the features and settings you need and want, then we suggest you try this remarkable unit. In this article, we bring you a detailed review on the one of the most functional smart watchес in 2017, so, stick with us.

The Samsung Gear S3

Specifications

 

 

Launch

Announced in 2016, August

 

Body

Weight

Dimensions

Build

IP68 certified

 

Compatible with classic 22mm straps

SIM

 

59g

49 x 46 x 12.9 mm

Stainless Steel 316L

Water and dust proof over 1.5 meters (and 30 minutes)

 

 

No

Platform

OS

 

CPU

Chipset

Tizen-based wearable platform 2.3.2

Exynos 7270

Dual-core 1.0 GHz

Display

Type

 

Size

Multi-touch

Protection

 

 

Resolution

 

Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16M colors

1.3 inches

Yes

Corning Gorilla Glass SR+

-Rotating bezel

-Always-on display

360 x 360 pixels

Memory

Internal

Card Slot 

4 GB, 768 MB RAM

No

 

Sound

Loudspeaker

3.5mm jack

Yes

No

Camera

Primary

No

COMMS

WLAN

GPS

NFC

Bluetooth

Radio

USB

Infrared port

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Yes; GLONASS

Yes

4.2, A2DP, LE

 

`Features

Messaging

Sensors

 

Java

Browser

MP3/M4A/WAV/AAC/ player

S-Voice natural language commands

Voice memo/dial/commands

Photo Viewer

 

WPC wireless charging

SMS(threaded view), Email, IM

Accelerometer, heart rate, gyro, barometer


No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Battery

Talk time

Standby

Non-removable Li-Ion 380 mAh battery

Up to 72 hours

Up to 72 hours

 

Available in two designs

 

Price  

THE Gear S3 Classic

The Gear S3 Frontier 

About 350 EUR

 

 

Design

Now, the first thing that comes to your mind when you see this smart watch is ”Omg, is it really that bulky”? Yup, it is. With 59g and 49 x 46 x 12.9 mm dimensions, this Samsung smart watch looks big. And when we say “Big” we mean “really big”. Not only it is bulky, but it is also heavy. You know that light smart watch that you don’t even feel you’re wearing it? Well, that’s not the case with this unit. In fact, you will definitely feel it, especially if you are running or working out.

However, we must say that this unit is extremely well-built. The 1.3 inches screen, stainless steel casing, and durable band make this unit durable and trustworthy. In addition to that, this unit is IP68 certified. Meaning, it is dust and water proof, which adds to its durability and functionality.

One of the things we really love about this Samsung smart watch is the rotating bezel. It is the key method of navigation, providing you quick and easy access to the apps and messages. Just twist it right or left and you can access the app or settings you want.      Thanks to two buttons on the side, you can have access to the microphone, and the menu. This is especially handy when you are in a rush.

Moreover, if you are an athlete, you will appreciate quick access to the heart rate monitor. Unlike other smart watches, this one is far more practical.

This model comes in two designs Classic and Frontier, so you can choose the one that will better fit you. Know that both designs look striking, despite the bulkiness.

Performance

What makes this unit stand out from its competitions is its compatibility. Clearly, the Gear S3 works with the latest Samsung smart phones. But, that is not all. In fact, this unit also works with most Android phones (with the 4.4 version of OS or later).  Moreover, the unit is compatible with IOS devices that have at least iOS9.

Like some of the best smart watches out there, The Gear S3 also comes with a built-in speaker, so you can make and take calls. But, keep in mind that those around you might give you “that look” when they see you speak to your watch. However, if you don’t mind what people think or say, then you will appreciate this feature. You will not have to reach for your phone each time someone calls you, or you want to call someone. 

Now, this model comes with GPS, NFC, Samsung Pay, Spotify and other numerous apps that make your everyday life a whole lot easier. You can also use voice control, listen to the music player, and connect the watch to Wi-Fi. And these are just some of the possibilities that this unit offers.

Moreover, the unit is perfect for fitness enthusiasts, as it features a heart rate monitor, an accelerometer, smart integration, and a few more apps to keep your health and activities on track. One of the things that impressed us is the remarkable automatic work out detection feature. It will start tracking calories burned after 10 minutes of starting a certain activity (running, walking, cycling, etc.). How handy is that?

Battery life

When it comes to the battery life, it is safe to say that you will be impressed. Namely, this smart watch will give you 72 hours of mixed usage, and 72 hours on standby. Compared to other models on the market, this one has one of the most durable batteries.

However, remember to turn of the Always-on display when you are working out or running since the battery will drastically decrease (for 50%). On the other hand, if you need to save the battery, there is a low-power mode.

Price

With the price about 350 EUR, this unit is in the middle price range. However, taking into account its performance and amazing features, this is as good as you get. So, the Samsung Gear S3 is surely a worthy investment.

Pros:

  • well-built
  • spinning interface
  • eye-catching design
  • comes with Samsung Pay, GPS, speakerphone
  • compatible with the vast majority of Android phones
  • can also be used with certain iPhones
  • fast performance
  • battery life
  • comes in two designs: Classic and Frontier
  • great for fitness tracking

 

Cons:

  • size and weight (too big)
  • IOS connection is not reliable
  • lack of certain apps


The Final Word

And there you have it - currently, the best Samsung smart watch. With all the things and apps this unit provides you with, it comes as no surprise that it is considered one of the best smart watches right now. Sure, it has few cons, but that’s okay. If you are looking to buy durable, fast-performing smart watch that has some great features and settings, then you will be impressed with the model we have just reviewed.