All that glitters is not gold
How does it feel out of the box
The Samsung Gear S3 is larger than the Gear S2, this a smartwatch that is actually a little bit hard to recommend for people with smaller wrist, but we can recommend Gear S3 Classic instead. However, this 46mm body casing is one of the best looking smartwatches in the market right now.
Gear S3 is made out of 316L grade stainless steel construction that’s backs by an IP certification and military grade protection. The watch itself could be submerged up to 1.5 metres in the water for 30 minutes, thanks to its IP68 rating making it dust and water-resistant.
To add more ruggedization, the Gear S3 comes with the 22mm active silicon band that can be easily changed. Now for some, this watch could be a little manly with it’s 12.19 mm thickness but personally, I have no problems with a more bold looking watch. There are two buttons on the right side which help to navigate among the screens and the various apps that can be installed via The Samsung Gear App. The rotating bezel makes it a breeze to scroll down to larger blocks of text or even some pictures that come through a messenger like hangouts. There is a tiny little microphone below the button that you speak into during phone calls which I personally think is the optimal placement if you happened to wear your watch on your left hand. On the left, there is a built-in speaker that let you listen to the music and taking a phone call.
Moving around the interface can be done with a full touchscreen, however, the Gear S3 takes navigation to whole new level with rotating clicky bezel that requires very little effort to rotate it and scroll accurately and wonderfully through all the different elements. It provides one of the most unique and best tactile experiences than any smart wearables available today. The Gear S3 frontier edition which we are writing a review is actually able to fit in with formal, casual and fitness attire.
The 1.3-inch AMOLED display is covered in gorilla glass SR+ and provides great colors and brightness that I’ve encountered on a smartwatch. Turning ON the always-on display toggle allows for the selected watchface to a darker and the less busy version when the watches is in standby, this does cut into the battery life a little bit but not so much thanks to the AMOLED screen.
On the sensor front, the new altimeter and speedometer are joined again by the accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, heart rate monitor and ambient light sensor.
How does it perform
The Samsung Gear S3 packs Tizen operating system which has grown since the Gear S2 and now there are a lot of applications available in the Gear manager mobile app. The Exynos 7270 processor powers the device, supported by 768MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage so you can put some music on the watch itself and use Bluetooth headsets in order to listen to it locally. Behind the Corning Gorilla Glass, you’ll find Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC and GPS for connectivity.
The Gear S3 frontier has a 380 mAh battery that can go up to two days but with the rigorous usage, you can get only a day. The included wireless charger is magnetic, making it easy to dock the watch. Setting up the Gear S3 and Gear manager properly allows for syncing of notifications between the two devices via Bluetooth or WiFi.
Priced: ₹ 28,500/-
❝ Vivid display and powerful performance without compromising battery life makes it one of the best smartwatch available in the market. ❞
- OS: Tizen OS
- Display: 1.3-inch (360×360 pixels) AMOLED display
- Memory: 768 MB RAM & 4GB ROM
- Sensor: Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient light
- Battery: 380 mAh
The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier undoubtedly is Samsung’s best performance smartwatch. The most of it goes to the great display and a unique rotating bezel. The Gear S3 manages to be decent at basically every role such as notification, call functionality, tracking health statistics and much more. Samsung really managed to pack a bulk of features that works well enough and making it one of the best enjoyable smartwatch experiences till date.