Samsung Gear S3 Overview
Last year's Gear S2 from Samsung was the wearable that showed the world how a smartwatch should be and further progress has culminated with the Gear S3.
Maintaining a similar traditional design, with a circular, always-on AMOLED display, the Gear S3 is what you want it to be. Watch, fitness tracker, notification manager and potentially even a full phone replacement, the Gear S3 is designed to be worn all day, every day.
Gear S3 is available in 2 designs - Classic and Frontier.
Classic is made to look like a traditional dress watch, supplied with a leather band, suitable for any occasion. Frontier comes with a silicone band and more rugged, outdoorsy styling.
The options are purely aesthetic however, as both Classic and Frontier Gear S3 models are built to be IP68 waterproof and have the same connectivity features.
Setting the Gear S2 apart from the crowd was a rotating bezel - this returns to the S3. And it's more than just for show; the bezel is used to navigate the screens and menus of the Tizen operating system.
Combined with the home and back keys, working through the Gear S3's features and apps is as intuitive as any smartphone interface.
Always on display
Samsung's AMOLED screen technology is unique when compared to traditional LCD displays in that it uses variable power. Black pixels require no power to display and only when pixels change is further power required to modify them.
Many of the standard Samsung watch faces will be primarily dark with only limited numbers of pixels changing to show the effects of 'movement'. This allows the 1.3" AMOLED display to use far less power over a given period of time than an equivalent LCD.
With the screen always-on, the Gear S3 looks just like a standard watch at a glance. The brightness is also controlled so the screen remains dimmer when at your side, only lighting up when raised for viewing.
Leave your phone at home
The great promise of smartwatches was to move away from your phone. With the Gear S3 you could feasibly replace your phone, depending on your usage.
Both versions of the Gear S3 have Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity, plus the optional cellular models allow you to use a nano-SIM card to connect to 3G & LTE networks.
The built in microphone will let you make physical calls through the S3 interface. All you need is a voice call app from Gear App store and a pair of Bluetooth earphones. Even the Wi-Fi model can make calls when connected to the Internet.
If you're looking to get away from the world of always having your phone with you, the Gear S3 allows you to take and respond to urgent calls and messages when out and about. You can leave the phone, tablet or laptop at home or work for good.
With Samsung Pay you can even leave your wallet behind without worry! MST & NFC technology allow for secure contactless payments.
Ready to listen to your searches and requests, Samsung S Voice is a powerful dictation tool.
S Voice can be used to perform web searches, set alarms and reminders and respond to text messages and emails.
Outside of the core contacts, messages and fitness applications, there are over 10,000 dedicated experiences for the Gear S3.
Big names in technology such as Spotify, Uber, Yelp and Here Maps all have dedicated apps with interfaces designed to work seamlessly with the S3's circular screen.
A small screen doesn't have to mean a lack of productivity on the move. You simply have a basic interface to get done exactly what needs doing at that moment.
Adaptable watch faces
There are 15 preloaded face designs and more available through the Gear App store.
Reasons to buy Samsung Gear S3
- Tizen Operating System - works with Android & iOS smartphones
- Rotating bezel for navigation and text scrolling
- Available in Classic or rugged Frontier designs
- Optional embedded SIM for cellular connectivity
- Heart Rate Monitor for activity tracking
- Contactless NFC payments
- Wireless charging
- Swappable bands
Samsung Gear S3 Specifications
- 46 x 49 x 12.9 mm / 57 grams
- 46 x 49 x 12.9 mm / 62 grams
- 1.3” (33 mm) Full Circular AMOLED
- 360 x 360 (302ppi)
- Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+
- Samsung Exynos 7270, Dual 1.0GHz
- Heart Rate Monitor
- Ambient light
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Wi-Fi b/g/n
- GPS / GLONASS
- Cellular (LTE models only)
- IP68 water & dust resistant
- Tizen Based Wearable OS 2.3.2
- Linear Motor