Samsung Gear S3: Raising the bar
Aside from smartphones, there’s no doubt that tech giants are now after wearables, too. We just can’t blame them most especially when consumers are also looking for gadgets that can still fit their fashion and lifestyle. Usually, these smart accessories are for people who are active and always on the go.
Smartwatch, one of the hottest wearables, is now turning into a necessity. Not like your ordinary watch, this device could help you achieve your fitness goals, as it still connects you with your smartphone while doing some activities. It will push you to your limits and, at the same time, will make sure that you won’t go out of style.
Recently, our team spent a week to review the latest wearable of Samsung – the Gear S3. The Gear S3 comes in two variants, the Frontier and the Classic. Our team received the Frontier to try on, however, the two variants have the same features except for its design which we will discuss more later.
After the test, the Gear S3 left us with a big statement, and here’s why.
- Processor: Samsung Exynos Dual (7270), dual-core, 1GHz
- Display: 1.3-inch Super AMOLED, 360 x 360p resolution
- RAM/ROM: 768MB/4GB
- Connectivity: 3G UMTS, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Wi-Fi
- Operating system: Tizen 2.3.2
- Battery: 380mAh lithium-ion
- IP rating: IP68
- Sensors: Accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, heart rate monitor, ambient light sensor
- Dimensions: 49 x 46 x 12.9mm
- Weight: 63g
When we say big, you can take it literally or figuratively as we felt like it’s huge and heavy on the wrist. Nevertheless, we like the way how the device looks brave with its frame. Appearing like an ordinary watch, it has two buttons on its side that function as the Home or Apps, and Back keys. What makes the device unique is its rotating bezel, which users need to rotate to move through the menu.
We also like its round shape because unlike other rectangular smartwatches, the Gear S3 still gives the usual look of a watch. Also, it’s not awkward to wear it on a daily basis.
We have many things to talk about the Gear S3’s features. The coolest thing we’d like to highlight is its rotating bezel that saved us from swiping through small screen. Although it doesn't provide full control, it allows users to answer or reject call, control music volume, and play games with the bezel.
Sporting a Super AMOLED touchscreen, the device has the same display quality with Samsung’s smartphones. The screen is responsive, too. We also appreciate the fact that we never had a problem dealing with its display at night or in sunlight. We could say that it sports one of the best screens in the market compared to other smartwatches.
We also did some activities to better test its health and fitness features and, of course, it performed well. Its built-in GPS never failed us in tracking activities like running or walking. It also has accurate sensors that include heart rate monitor, barometer, and speedometer. Powered by S Health, it has fitness tracking features that gave us our breakdown of steps, elevation, and calorie burn. It also notifies us when we’ve been sitting down and not been active for too long.
The Gear S3 offers a decent battery life. Sporting a 380mAh lithium-ion battery, Samsung claims that it could give us three to four days of usage. However, it only lasted for a day when we actively used it with screen brightness set on its highest level. Meanwhile, turning off the always-on display mode, it lasted for almost two days. Still, it has a better battery life than the smartwatches that we reviewed previously.
Looking back at some of the smartwatches that we reviewed in the past including Samsung's Gear Fit2, Gear S, and Gear S2, we can say that the Samsung Gear S3 impressed us. Priced at PhP 16, 490, the Gear S3 left us with a new standard in testing smartwatches. Its bulky design might not be fashionable for some, but that matter is subjective. With a reasonably long battery life, IP68 waterproof rating, and sports-centric features, it is an ideal smartwatch for fitness enthusiasts.