Samsung Gear S3 assessment | TechRadar

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The Samsung Gear S3 is a watch that went large in a bid to match the success of the Apple Watch 2 (and subsequently the Apple Watch 3) – and we imply that actually. 

It is a big timepiece that gives all of the options you’d anticipate from a smartwatch, together with GPS, a coronary heart fee monitor, water resistance, NFC, exercise monitoring, an altimeter and in some circumstances even LTE.

It pairs them with an incredible display, a long-lasting battery and – just like Apple – a excessive value, all wrapped up in both a sporty ‘Frontier’ end or a wiser ‘Basic’ look.

That value, and the truth that the Gear S3 runs Tizen reasonably than Put on OS (and has far fewer apps consequently), might maintain it again. That is particularly since there are watches in the marketplace just like the LG Watch Sport, Fitbit Ionic and the Huawei Watch 2.

These feature-packed watches may even match the high-resolution, round OLED display of the Gear S3, and never all of them are as chunky on the wrist.

Samsung Gear S3 Specs

Weight: 59g
Dimensions: 49 x 46 x 12.9 mm
OS: Tizen
Storage: 4GB
Display dimension: 1.3-inch
Decision: 360 x 360
Display kind: Tremendous AMOLED
Battery: 380mAh
Processor: Exynos 7270
RAM: 768MB
IP score: IP68

So what’s Samsung doing right here? Is there actually house for a 3rd smartwatch working system? Particularly when it is on a tool that costs a premium?

One of many key promoting factors is the actual fact the Gear S3 is suitable with the newest Samsung telephones, but additionally with most different Android telephones operating model 4.Four of the OS or later, so long as they’ve no less than 1.5GB of RAM. 

After launch, the corporate additionally introduced assist for iOS units, from the iPhone 5 onwards, so long as they’re operating no less than iOS 9 software program. The probabilities are that your present telephone will work with the Samsung Gear S3, and, crucially, that you simply will not be locked in to a specific smartphone working system or model down the road.

There’s additionally now the newer Samsung Gear Sport watch that has a smaller design, however is in any other case similar to the Gear S3. Plus rumors recommend the corporate will probably be asserting the Samsung Gear S4 within the coming months as effectively.

In terms of utilizing the Gear S3 with non-Galaxy telephones, for the aim of this assessment we examined it with the Sony Xperia XZ and it carried out simply high quality (aside from needing to put in 1,000,000 Samsung-specific apps to make it work. Come on, do we actually want the Samsung timer app simply to depend what number of minutes till meals is cooked?) 

So the Gear S3 has the suitable credentials, however is that sufficient? Or, with numerous functionally comparable rivals in the marketplace, is it too little too late for one of many greatest manufacturers in telephones, attempting to persuade us that all of us want one other good system?

Samsung Gear S3 value and launch date 

  • Out now in each Basic and Frontier flavors
  • Initially value $349/£349 (round AU$475)
  • Frontier TUMI version is coming to the US on 6 August for $449.99

The Gear S3 began life at $349/£349/AU$399, which is pricey for a wise timepiece. We have now seen the worth drop to round $279.99 / £290, which is not an enormous low cost contemplating it has since been changed by the Gear Sport.

You may also get the brand new TUMI-designed Frontier Gear S3 within the US, with a strap that is available in a “signature Earl Grey colorway and is constructed from an Italian canvas, which features a stainless-steel buckle and stitched edge detailing, is durable enough to resist water, dust, or rough conditions you may encounter on your adventures.”

Evaluate that to the Apple Watch 3, which begins at £369/$369/AU$529, and that is for the smaller mannequin. 

And even in Put on OS land you will pay an identical quantity for a few of the highest profile rivals, just like the LG Watch Sport and Huawei Watch 2 – although notably these are each newer than Samsung’s possibility.

You should purchase each the Gear S3 Basic and Gear S3 Frontier proper now. For essentially the most half this assessment focuses on the Gear S3 Basic, however we have additionally referenced the Frontier at just a few totally different factors as effectively.


  • Large and heavy however well-made
  • Helpful rotating bezel and buttons

At 59g the Gear S3 Basic won’t sound heavy, nevertheless it actually feels it. And that is sensible when you think about that the Apple Watch Three weighs anyplace between 26.7g and 52.8g and the Samsung Gear S2 is even lighter at 42g.

It is large on the wrist too, nevertheless it’s undeniably a high-quality and effectively put collectively watch, with a few of that weight probably coming from the 1.3-inch display and the steel body round it. It is also constructed to final, with IP68 certification for mud and water resistance.

Samsung has additionally put some thought into how it is best to function the Gear S3, providing you with a rotating bezel and two buttons that you need to use in addition to the dinky touchscreen.

The bezel is the principle technique of navigation, and one of many standout options of Samsung’s latest smartwatches.

It is basically a dial that you could twist left or proper to scroll by way of screens and lists, or choose apps. Weirdly, there is not any affirm key although, so to truly launch an app as soon as you’ve got highlighted it you will should faucet the display, which is odd when so a lot of your interactions with the Gear S3 are button-based.

It is not essentially the most fluid method of doing issues – though you possibly can arrange the Gear S3 to have the ability to open an app for those who hover the dot over the software program you fancy.

Of the 2 precise buttons, each of that are on the aspect, one takes you to the house display and your apps, whereas the opposite is a again button, and whereas remembering which is which may take some time, over time you will get the grasp of them.

Flip the Gear S3 over and you will find the center fee monitor, which may observe your coronary heart beats all through the day. 

This makes it way more viable as a health tracker than some smartwatches, and makes it particularly interesting to anybody who desires to watch modifications of their resting coronary heart fee.

The Samsung Gear S3 Basic comes with a leather-based strap within the field. The leather-based is first rate high quality, however fairly stiff at first, so you will have to put on it in earlier than it turns into good and versatile. 

The strap connects by way of a typical 22mm pin, which is a double-edged sword, as though it means there are many different strap choices, it additionally makes them a ache to change over.

That will not be an issue for everybody, however it will likely be for those who’re planning to make use of the Gear S3 as a health tracker, since you will most likely have to stay with a sportier, sweat-resistant strap, considerably ruining the ‘Basic’ look. You may additionally have to spend money on a brand new strap.

In case you are searching for one thing that is as a lot health tracker as smartwatch, you may be higher off simply shopping for the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, as this comes with a barely extra rugged design and a rubberized strap as normal.

It is barely heavier, weighing in at 62g, however aside from the look and strap of the system there aren’t many different variations to the Gear S3 Basic. You may even use the identical straps because the Gear S3 Basic for those who ever need to go for a barely extra formal look.

Within the US you will additionally have the ability to purchase an LTE model of the Gear S3 Frontier, and shortly of the Gear S3 Basic as effectively, however cell knowledge is not obtainable on both within the UK at present.


  • Sensible 1.3-inch Tremendous AMOLED display
  • All the time On Show is helpful however harsh on the battery

The 1.3-inch 360 x 360 Tremendous AMOLED display on the Samsung Gear S3 is, unsurprisingly, among the best in the marketplace. Samsung persistently makes a few of the finest smartphone screens, and it is utilizing precisely the identical know-how right here, for vibrant, clear visuals.

Samsung can be hyping up the truth that the Gear S3 makes use of an All the time On Show, the identical used within the Galaxy S8 smartphone vary. This optionally retains the display partially lit up always, so you possibly can at all times see the time, however as you would possibly anticipate, it is not variety on the battery.

Nonetheless, you will need the display on as a lot as attainable, as a result of it is fantastically vibrant and vivid. The round design can be nice aesthetically, although makes studying textual content on the backside of the display trickier than on a sq. smartwatch face.

It is not that powerful to learn actually, nevertheless it appears a bit messy. It could even be good if there was an computerized ‘do not disturb’ (DND) mode right here, which you may activate while you’re in mattress or the cinema, so you are not consistently flashing just like the world’s smallest lighthouse with each slight motion.

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