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Samsung Gear S3 Review: Samsung’s greatest smartwatch

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The Gear S3 is easily the best smartwatch that Samsung has produced to date, and it’s also a very compelling option against your other wearables choices.

The good

  • The style is right
  • Takes a standard watch band
  • Waterproof and rugged
  • Rotating bezel works well
  • Inbuilt speaker for calls and voice commands
  • Always on display
  • Good battery life
  • Smart health apps

The bad

  • It’s a chunky watch
  • It’s a sweat trap
  • Some tracking is suspect
  • Notifications are still the key benefit
  • No local LTE version

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Samsung announced the Gear S3 back in September at the IFA show in Berlin before launching it into Australian stores on 18 November.

The Gear S3 isn’t actually Samsung’s 3rd smartwatch to date. We’ve honestly lost count amongst the Gears, Gear Neos and several others as well, but it’s easily the best smartwatch the South Korean manufacturer has produced to date. That’s largely because Samsung has taken what it has learned from earlier Samsung Gear models and applied them more to producing a watch that should appeal to folks who actually want to wear a watch, as distinct from technophiles who want to geek out about what's under the display.

Design

  • The style is right
  • Takes a standard watch band
  • Waterproof and rugged
  • Always on display
  • It's a chunky watch
GearS3_Water_450

Performance

  • Rotating bezel works well
  • Good battery life
  • It's a sweat trap
  • Some tracking is suspect
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Features

  • Inbuilt speaker for calls and voice commands
  • Smart health apps
  • Notifications are still the key benefit
  • No local LTE version
GearS3_4_450

Verdict

The Gear S3 is easily the best smartwatch that Samsung has produced to date, and it’s also a very compelling option against your other wearables choices. Obvious competitors include Motorola’s Moto 360, Huawei’s Watch wearables or, if you’re happy with iOS-only compatibility, Apple’s Watch. If you’re more constrained in your budget and happy with a less stylised device, consider any of Pebble’s wearables, or Fitbit’s more activity-centric trackers.


Pricing and availability

Samsung sells the Gear S3 through its website, as well as at through its Samsung Experience stores and in traditional retail at Harvey Norman for $599 for either the Classic or Frontier variants.

Alternatively, Amazon has the Samsung Gear S3 at a steep discount.


Specifications

Samsung Gear S3

General

Face Size
32.9mm
Strap Size
22mm
Colours
Silver, Black
Internal Memory
4GB
Battery Life
Up to 4 days

Connectivity

Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
Yes

Features

Accelerometer
Yes
Alarm Clock
Yes
Built In Microphone
Yes
Dustproof
Yes
Gps
Yes
Gyroscope
Yes
Nfc
Yes
Pedometer
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Speedometer
Yes
Usb Charging
Yes
Voice Control
Yes
Waterproof
Yes
Water Resistant
Yes

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2 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    Harry
    December 9, 2016

    Does Samsung Gear S3 work with Iphones or are they still working on it?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Jason
      December 9, 2016

      Hi Harry,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Samsung Gear S3 is not compatible with iOS devices but Samsung is said to be working on an update to make this device compatible with iOS devices. However, there’s no announcement yet regarding the release date of the said update.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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