I am impressed. Samsung hit it right on the mark. The Gear S3 smartwatch stands out among the rest with two models, the Frontier and Classic. I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on a Classic version, but was lucky to receive my T-Mobile S3 Frontier Monday afternoon.
The first thing I thought: “This watch is HUGE” compared to the Gear S2. My wrists are a bit on the smaller side, but I don’t mind at all since the watch looks so cool – rugged, sporty, and has a very premium feel to it. I was in love with the rotating bezel of the Gear S2. On the Gear S3 it only gets better. This could pass of for a tactical timepiece… a diver watch. Let’s go back to that word: “premium.”
When it arrived, I was pleased to see that the battery was already charged to 93%. The first thing I do when I get a brand new device is pop it on the charger and get it to 100% before turning it on for the first time. It didn’t take long before I had the watch turned on and paired to my Galaxy S7 Edge.
One of the first features of the watch our entire dev team was looking forward to is the battery life. Samsung claims 4 days, and from what I’ve seen so far it seems perfectly achievable. The battery has been upped 50% from the Gear S2 and I could get a couple days with that when not installing test watch faces all day. Today I put my Gear S3 on at 7am. It is now 10pm and I’m at 74% with moderate use all day – swapping between about 5 different watch faces, some on Galaxy Apps now (King Chronos, Night Crusader, Knight Blade), and a couple new ones we are about to present to the world. But back to battery life, yes, it rocks so far! I’m practically wired to constantly monitor my battery life, and now I need to train myself to not worry about it as much. That’s a wonderful feeling, but I’m sure I’ll continue to glance at the battery level as much as I do the time, out of habit.
When you compare the S3 to the S2, it is a bit thicker, sports a larger screen, and is a bit heavier.
- 12.9 mm thick
- 57 grams
- 1.3” 360×360 pixel AMOLED display
- 278 ppi (Pixel Density)
- 11.4mm thick
- 47 grams
- 1.2” 360×360 pixel AMOLED Display
- 302 ppi (Pixel Density)
The S3 also has Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ that is made specifically for wearables with super scratch resistance, toughness, and optical clarity.
The software experience for the Gear S3 is very similar to the Gear S2, but there are added features like answering a call with the rotating bezel, and some other slight refinements. The user experience is snappy and watch faces with animations run very smoothly, helped by the RAM increase to 768MB.
The sound quality so far has been great and people who I have called while using the watch as a speakerphone said I sounded very clear. The calls were in a low noise, indoors environment, so I will have to test in different outdoor/public scenarios. It is also exciting that the Bluetooth models have speakers in them, so it is not limited to carrier model Frontiers.
Everyone is infatuated with the Gear S3. In the two days since it arrived, I’ve experienced people staring at the glowing time piece across tables at restaurants and random folks stopping me and asking what kind of watch it is when they see it.
This smartwatch is an eye catcher and a statement on the wrist… like any watch should be. Samsung really made their own statement with the Gear S3, and I applaud it.
Go get your Gear, then go grab those watch faces!
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Watch face design for the Gear S3, Gear S2, and Fit2 Sports Band.