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Samsung Gear S3

Samsung Gear S3: Review

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Overall Rating: 8.5 / 10

Pros:

  • Attractive display
  • Good battery life
  • Rotating Bezels are great
  • Smooth Tizen OS

Cons:

  • Very bulky
  • App support not good enough
  • Not completely Waterproof

Overview:

Some game changing events have occurred in the Smartwatch world over the few months. With LG launching its Sports watch and Huawei launching its own Smartwear, some competition is definitely on way. Samsung isn’t an exception either, recently Samsung released “Samsung Gear S3” a successor of S2. So do we finally have a Smartwatch that packs everything and facilitates us leaving our Smartphone at home?? Lets find out..

From the look of it, it seems like we are gonna have to get used to large Smartwatches. Samsung Gear S3 is also pretty bulky and it feels awfully heavy and thick. It actually looks and feels like a manly watch, weighing 59 g and face dimensions measuring 1.8 x 1.9 inches. However we do have to admit that its exceptionally well built, it comes with a ‘circular display’ housed in a stainless steel case.

S3 has the rotating bezels which we found on its predecessors for navigation. Rotating it to the right or the left will guide you through the display so you can chose from the stored apps or menus. It also allows you to read more text or receive or discard calls. This method of navigation is far more snappy and efficient. You will find two buttons on the right side, one to take you back to the interface and the other to take you back to the watch face. The base of the watch is made from plastic and there are silicone-bands supporting the watch. Of course they can be customized.

Gear S3 supports a 1.3 inch AMOLED display covered with Gorilla Glass SR+ and a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels (SR+ stands for Scratch resistant plus). Samsung is known for developing brilliant screens and its Gear S3 is no exception. AMOLED leads to beautiful and rich colors along with a boost from Tizen OS, it seems like one of the best Smartwatch screens in the market. It also comes with the ‘Always on display’ so you can check your time when ever you need. The brightness of the display is superb therefore you wont face any problem when viewing the screen in broad daylight.

Samsung has embedded its own Smartwatch Operating System “Tizen”, which packs some interesting features in the Smartwatch and works fairly well with both Android and iPhones. The best thing about it is the rotating bezel, it lets you scroll easily through apps and menus. The home screen manages almost all the usual tasks like reminders, notifications, apps, weather and health statistics. By pressing the bottom button on the side you can switch the screen to Tizen’s app menu. It also features a number of watch faces and overall its surprisingly quick and responsive. However having its own operating System means that we have to go to its own portal for downloading apps, instead of simply archiving them from Google’s Play Store.

In the fitness department Samsung Gear S3 seems to be fully packed, crammed with a heart rate monitor, GPS, speedometer, Altimeter and a barometer. Its smart enough to guide you through your daily routines, S3 continuously supplies its user with small tips and animations to get them going. For example if your doing nothing at all it will lure you into doing some fitness activity like stretches and keep tracking as you do so. GPS is available but a slight miss on it is that it doesn’t wait for the GPS signal before starting you on your run. The heart monitor keeps track of your heart rate periodically and provides pretty accurate results. Hikers will find the Barometer and the Altimeter really useful for keeping accurate track of the weather and altitude.

Samsung Gear S3 comes powered with a 380 mAh battery, with that Samsung claims that it can easily get you through two days before requiring recharge. However for power users that is not the case and they will have to charge it at least once per day. The Smartwatch also comes with wireless charging simply by placing it on a small stand; the charge time is quicker than we expected.

The Smartwatch can easily be synced with your phone and you will receive all your notifications no matter where you are. You can get notified, send and receive texts and archive calls without having your phone around. There is another surprise stocked up in the device “Samsung Pay”, just make the setup and get your credit card registered in the gear app. Now All you have to do is press and hold the back button then tap on the pay button and head up to the terminal. All your payments will be more quicker and much more enjoyable.

Features:

Dimension: 49 x 46 x 12.9 mm

Screen Size: 1.3 inches

Resolution: 360 x 360 pixels

Weight: 59 g

RAM: 768 MB

Battery: 380 mAh

Operating System: Tizen

Processor: Exynos 7270

Internal Storage: 4 GB

 

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