So, are you ready to leave your smartphone at home with heart rate monitor, its own LTE, GPS and Wi-Fi – not to mention voice control and mobile payments? The Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch is absolutely the first smartwatch which promises a fully untethered experience. This Gear S3 also happens to be dazzling and gorgeous and pretty durable. And yet the app ecosystem and 4G execution aren’t quite where they need to be. Still, it’s a brilliant smartwatch with impressive features, battery life, great design and software. In short, it’s the best alternative to Apple Watch Series 2.
Undoubtedly, Samsung Gear S3 does one thing perfectly that many other smartwatches fail terribly at. It houses a great battery which lasts you for almost five days or perhaps a little more. Yes! You read that right, five days. It’s approximately 4 days of normal usage (without GPS usage). The Gear S3 boasts an extensive amount of exquisite features and interestingly all we have mentioned in our Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch review. So, let’s begin.
Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch Release Date and Price
The Samsung Gear S3 release date was August 31, 2017, which was the first day of IFA. Later, pre-orders were started in the US on November 6 and landed on shores on November 18, 2017. The US audience is now ready to get the new TUMI designed Frontier Gear S3 on August 6, 2018, with a strap and stainless steel buckle and stitched edges.
Pricing details aren’t impressive, though. The Samsung Gear S3 Price was $349 which is roughly £349 and AU$399 – seems a little expensive for a smartwatch. Most important of all, we’ve now seen the price drop to $279.99.
Samsung Gear S3 Design
Firstly, let’s focus on the aesthetics. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in a couple of flavors – Frontier and Classic and interestingly both look marvellous. The overall look is great, finished in murky, gunmetal grey with a husky rubber wristband. There are butch knurled buttons as well as an aggressively notched bezel which rotates with a light clicking action.
Samsung Gear S3 Display
Moving on its display department, Samsung Gear S3 comprises brilliant 1.3-inches Super AMOLED panel which is well-supported by 360 x 360 pixels resolution and topped with Corning’s wearables – specific scratch and shatter-resistant Gorilla Glass SR+. The display colors are sharp, bright and vivid and it’s comfortably readable in most demanded condition. The Gear S3 dims in low-light conditions automatically which means it won’t blind you in the cinema when you want to check the time.
Samsung Gear S3 Features
The Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch flaunts an extensive amount of features i.e. built-in GPS receiver, something its predecessor lacked. Sounds like Apple Watch series 2. The Gear S3 tracks your location even if you don’t have your smartphone along with you. It’s great for runners who love travelling light.
Those with thicker limbs would be happy to see that Samsung Gear S3 is significantly improved over Gear S2’s capabilities. The Gear S3 also houses a built-in speaker to go with the microphone which Gear S2 already had. This definitely unlocks a bunch of capabilities such as answering and making phone calls from your wrist.
The speaker also gives you audio notifications and even encouragement while you’re exercising. Though it’s not quite loud and hardly makes out what it says over the sound of your own movements and breathing. We would recommend you to go with a pair of Bluetooth headphones.
- Clever spinning bezel interface
- Dazzling speakerphone
- Well-constructed and attractive design
- Optional stand-along LTE phone service
- Spotify app streams music on the go
- Works well with Android phones
- It’s big in size
- The Tizen-based software has less app support
- iOS connection works very buggy
- A few killer apps get the advantage of stand-alone LTE services
What do you think about Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch? Is that one you’re ready to buy? Or is an Android Wear device or iOS more your type of smartwatch? Drop a comment in the comments section below and don’t forget to share if you really liked it.