Let’s have a look at the Gear S3 Smartwatch Samsung released recently.
As you might already know, there are two models to choose from. The Classic or the Frontier.
The main and only differences besides the Frontier being LTE, whereas the Classic does not support LTE (might later on this year), is the physical designs.
The Frontier is a little more sporty and rugged whereas the Classic has the more traditional look.
Besides the design differences and the Frontier being LTE enabled, there are no other variations between the two models.
A really big advantage Samsung has added since the Gear S2 is the rotating bezel. Which is the most innovative way of interacting with your smartwatch as you don’t want to cover the screen with your fingers. The bezel has a soft and smooth click feedback as you rotate.
On the right side of the watch you will find two buttons , the back button and the home button.
The whole body of the watch , including the rotating bezel and buttons, are made of 316 stainless steel and the watch has a water and dust resistance rating of IP68 … Which is the highest Ingress Protection (IP) rating. It is completely protected against solids , such as dust or sand, and protected from long term immersion.
I found that my battery using the standalone mode, with the watch connected to wifi, lasts up to three days and you can get an extra day out of it if you switch to battery saving mode. Which is far better than the closest competitor.
The Gear S3 has a 1.3 inch Super AMOLED capacitive multi-touchscreen, with resolution of 360 x 360 pixels ( ~278 ppi pixel density ).
Protected by Gorilla Glass SR+ with an always-on display feature.
With the watch using Tizen OS, there are some neat features. The watch uses a dual-core 1.0Ghz processor with some 768 MB of RAM. The Gear S3 features 4 GB of Internal storage space, which is plenty enough for some apps,music and pictures.
I don’t see the need to keep images on your watch besides screenshots if you really have to. But music is a must, specially when using bluetooth-wireless earphones while exercising. The music app is simple and very basic, but all you need and easy to use. You can also connect it to any other bluetooth audio system and let you control it from your watch, which, then, does not support calls as the Gear S3 only supports 1 bluetooth connection.
The Gear S3 comes with a nifty table-side fast wireless charger. 2-3 hours of charge to use for up to 4 days seems pretty awesome to me. Having the watch connected to your phone via bluetooth all the time shortens the 4 days to about a day and a half, which some people might be okay with as they charge their watch through the night whilst sleeping. But I love using the S-Health app to it’s full potential including the sleep recording function.
Another feature of the Gear S3 is how customizable the watch is. From hundreds of custom watch faces to all the elegant and sporty straps you can choose from.
In short the Gear S3 is a very well thought and designs smartwatch. Strong and rugged, with smooth and polished finishes, battery life which out competes the closest competitor and user friendliness makes this smartwatch a must have.
Stay tuned for my next blog which I will go into depth with software and apps for the Gear S3