What is the Samsung Gear S3?
Samsung’s had fair several cracks at smartwatches now, with some faring notably better than others. The Samsung Gear S2 certainly veered the near to “hit” rather than “miss” compared to the previous one.
Recent year’s Samsung Gear S3 takes some of the familiar principles-the round display and Tizen operating system and augments them with a raft of new sensors and a bigger, bolder design that more closely resembles a classic analog timepiece.
- 3-inch (always-on display)
- 360 x 360 ppi
- Dual-core 1.0 GHz
- 768MB of RAM
- 4GB storage
- Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, NFC, MST, GPS/Glonass
- Accelerometer, gyroscope, Barometer, HRM, ambient light sensor
- 380mAh battery
- Wireless charging
- IP68 rating
Samsung Gear S3 – Display
Beyond the more obvious analog watch styling, the Gear S3’s bigger size is dominated by a 1.3-inch display – a bump in size from the Gear S2’s 1.2-inch screen. It has the similar resolution as the Gear S2, however, at 360 x 360ppi.
While the resolution remains similar, Samsung says it has done more work around anti-aliasing to avoid jagged edges. That seems to have paid off, as the Gear S3’s AMOLED screen is one of its better features. It’s bigger and bright with vibrant colors. The color palette has been doubled to 16 million from the Gear S2 and looks all the more exciting for it.
Samsung Gear S3 – Performance
The Samsung Gear S3 move on Samsung’s Tizen OS 2.3.1 and has a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor. There’s 4GB of internal storage and 768MB of RAM. Beyond that, there’s Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), NFC and Bluetooth 4.2 built-in with support for Samsung Pay.
While the specs have accepted a healthy upgrade over the Gear S2, the older model never felt slow or unkind. So it came as no wonder that the Gear S3 felt swift too.
Samsung Gear S3 – Fitness and Activity Tracking
The Samsung Gear S3 comes with the S Health app for the watch and the companion app for Android. This is responsible for keeping tabs on all of the usual activity-tracking metrics, as like Sleep and Steps, and all of this is automatically done.
There’s also exercise tracking on certain bodyweight movements as like squats. I found the actual fame counting a little hit-and-miss, however. You really need to exaggerate the movement to get some fame to count.
Samsung Gear S3 – Battery Life
Samsung Gear S3 has risen the battery capacity to 380mAh, up from 250mAh in the Samsung Gear S2. This intended that with the always-on display turned off, I was averaging around three and a little more days between charges. Turn on the always-on display and this dropped to only short of a full two days. That’s excellent and better longevity than I saw with the Apple Watch Series 2.
Why buy the Samsung Gear S3?
The Samsung Gear S3 is a more refined version of the Gear S2. I’m actually really attracted to its larger display and more traditional styling. I think it looks really classy. The improved rotary bezel is also really impressive and is my favorite piece of watch UI.
However, there’s no getting away from only how huge the watch is – particularly on daintier wrists. It dwarfs all other smartwatches I’ve worn, including other large models such as the Huawei Watch 2.