Samsung is a tech giant and its does pretty impressive things like the infinity display on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but can it rule the smartwatch market?
Samsung unveiled their Gear S3 Smartwatch on August 31st, 2016 and it started shipping November 18th,2016. It comes in two variants- Classic (Looks like a traditional leather watch) and Frontier (Looks more like a sports watch). Both these watches are available to be bought at a price of $ 444.42 that converts to INR 28,500.
What’s in the Box?
The New Design
As the name says, it's work of art, looks precisely like a conventional watch ought to look. The watch is made up of stainless steel and the straps are genuine leather. If need be, they can be easily replaced with any regular watch straps.
Samsung is known for building quality products and this one is no exception. It houses two buttons on the right along with built-in microphone and speaker. The circular rotating bezel makes navigation on a 1.3-inch screen seamless. With a resolution of 360*360 pixels and protection by corning gorilla glass SR+, the screen is vibrant, color reproduction and touch response are good and the display is easily visible under sunlight. Weighing in around 71 grams, you'll definitely notice the weight but will get used to it in a few weeks.
It runs Tizen Os 2.3.2 and this is the worst part of it. Android wear would have been much better considering the bigger library of apps. It's powered by a dual-core Exynos 7270 clocked at 1GHz. It has 768 MB RAM, 4 GB ROM and doesn't miss any of the vital sensors like accelerometer, gyroscope, ambient light, heart rate monitor and barometer sensor.The built-in microphone and speaker are just fine. This watch does not miss essentials like Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and NFC. It is additionally IP67 certified making it water and dust resistant.
Despite the fact that there are various ways to navigate like touch and buttons, you'll, for the most part, find yourself using the rotating dial to navigate.
The two buttons on the right function as Home and Back.
What about Performance?
Gear S3 can monitor physical activity, heart rate, and sleep. Besides doing the normal tasks of showing date and time, this watch can give you notifications, control over media being played on your smartphone. You can make or receive calls from the watch while being connected to the Bluetooth of a smartphone.
The watch checks heart rate occasionally to save battery, it starts tracking any physical movement automatically. Understanding what physical task is being performed like walking, jogging, cycling, tracking steps (10 feet=1 Step).
Connecting this smartwatch is as simple as pairing a Bluetooth device. As your watch pairs, you'll be prompted to install the gear app as well as other supporting apps. This watch can be connected with any phone, but it better integrates with Android OS.
With automatic tracking comes counting of invalid steps or distance. It might track you as cycling/walking if you are stuck in a traffic inside your car. Although this data can easily be deleted from the S-Health, it isn't convenient and Samsung should work on it.
If you want that your heart rate should be continuously monitored use the manual options in the app and select the exercise. It gives occasional voice updates about your progress when manual S-Heath mode is on).
There are multiple faces to select from, they can even be customized according to your needs and, you can download more faces if you want.
Does the battery hold up?
It has a 380 mAh non-removable battery which can be charged wirelessly via the magnetic charging dock. It usually takes 2.5 Hrs to get from 0% to 100%. The battery life for a charge depends on your use, for a heavy user like me it lasts for a day.
This is a premium device and it costs a premium. If you are new to the smartwatch market you should probably start with something like a Pebble Time Steel (If you can find someone selling it on eBay) or Xiaomi Amaze Fit which costs way lesser. If you have the budget Samsung's Gear S3 is a great pick.
Reviewer Rating: 4/5
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