Saturday, 12 November 2016

Samsung Gear S3 Hands On


The Gear S3 is significantly bigger than its Gear S2 forerunner. That’s the most immediately noticeable matter. It also more closely resembles a traditional analog watch than the S2 does.

If you've small wrists, this watch will look enormous on you – and it's also rather manly.

  • 1.3-inch 360x360 consistently-on screen
  • Dual core 1GHz
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 4GB storage
  • Bluetooth 4.2, Wifi B/G/N, NFC, MST, GPS/Glonass
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, HRM, surrounding light sensor
  • 380mAh battery and wireless charging
  • IP68 assessment
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
The Gear S3 is truly accessible in two variants: the Gear S3 Classic and the Gear S3 Frontier. There are not any significant practical differences between both variants, just a change in the strap layout. This leads to the Frontier being fractionally more important at 62g versus the 57g of the Classic. You'll have to go Frontier if you have to be constructed in LTE, additionally.

The Gear S3 actually needs standard 22mm watch straps, regardless, in order to constantly personalize it to your own taste. It's reachable with a silver or dark gray case, with the finish extended to the rotary bezel that moves from the Gear S2.

Measuring 46.1 x 49.1 x 12.9mm, there’s no getting away from the fact that this is a chunky watch. The added size does mean the display is now 1.3-inch – larger than the Gear S2's. It’s the same resolution at 360 x 360 pixels, but Samsung told it's done work around the antialiasing to help smooth out the edges of text and icons.

The always on display makes a return additionally, but it’s been improved over the Gear S2's. It now supports up to 16 million colours, as opposed to just the 8 colours of the older variant. The always on screen plays into Samsung’s strategy to make the Gear S3 first and foremost a timepiece.

Samsung teamed up with Yvan Arpa, a Swiss watch designer, in coming up with the Gear S3's styling. It got Arik Levy, an industrial designer, on board to craft the faces and straps. There are some fine layout flourishes to some of the watch faces, for example, one which emulates the reflections of light on a metallic surface when you tilt the watch.

The Gear S3 is IP68 rated, so there should be no problems wearing it in the shower. It’s also dustproof.

Using the rotary bezel to control the interface of the Gear S2 is one of my favourite methods of socializing with a smartwatch. It means your fingers don’t obstruct the display and it feels intuitive. The Gear S2 Classic added a serrated bezel edge, which alleviated the issue. Fortunately, the Gear S3 improves on that even further.

The Gear S3’s rotary bezel sees the return of those serrations for both the Frontier and Classic, but there’s also some tactile feedback from magnets within the bezel that makes the rotary motion significantly more pleasant and easy to use. It’s a subtle but welcome change.

The UI for answering and rejecting calls has evolved, additionally, and you will have the ability to use the bezel instead. Samsung says its rotary UI was opened up to third party programmers, so applications including Nest is now able to command your house temperature when you rotate the bezel like a dial.

As the Gear S3 now supports both Magnetic Safe Transmission (MST) and Near Field Communication (NFC), contactless payment will be possible from the watch.

In part, the size of the Gear S3 can be warranted studying there’s a raft of sensors inside that make it more like a dedicated sports watch. There's an altimeter, barometer, accelerometer, GPS and an optical heart rate monitor on the back. Additionally it is able of the standard measure counting and slumber tracking.

For lovers of hiking or outdoor sports, the location tracking can be used to send an SOS message with your area by triple-patting the home button on the edge of the watch. The barometer may also discover changes in atmospheric pressure so you aren't caught out by inclement weather conditions.

S Health makes a return and you will have the capacity to go through workout routines directly from the watch. For golfers, you can get the space to the green thanks to the GPS.

The Gear S3 runs on Samsung’s Tizen OS 2.3.1 and has a dual core 1GHz processor. There’s 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Beyond that, there’s Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11b/g/n Wifi and NFC built in.

Samsung says there are 10,000 software on Tizen now. Enthusiasts of Spotify will be pleased to learn that there’s a standalone application reachable, so you can stream music directly from the watch itself. You may even play music through the built in loudspeaker if you’re so inclined, but you’ll certainly have a much more satisfactory confrontation using Bluetooth headset or loudspeakers. Disappointingly, there’s no offline Spotify support.

With the increased size, battery capacity has improved, also. It’s now a 380mAh cell, that'll get you up to four days of battery life with the always on display turned off. Turn this on and you’re looking at around two days, which is still better than the Gear S2 offers. Wireless charging has made a return and I was told you can get 10 hours of operation by charging for a quarter hour.


 The Samsung Gear S3 packs in tons of useful features that'll appeal to fans of the outdoors and sports. It shares many of the sports parts of Samsung’s Gear Fit 2. Samsung is making a big deal in particular about the GPS, saying that it makes the Gear S3 a perfect golfing business alongside trekking and running.

If you analyze it compared to other dedicated sports watches from the likes of Suunto, its size becomes somewhat clearer, but I do feel its enormous size will rule it out for many people. There’s a reason the Gear S2 is remaining on sale, and that’s for us, smaller-wristed individuals.

Development of battery life is outstanding, as are those to the always on screen. The rotary bezel was improved and is a welcome return. The S3 looks like a great built watch for the most part, although it isn't actually refined to my eyes.

Now that Apple has taken the wraps off its highly anticipated Apple Watch Series 2, determining the right smartwatch might have become a little trickier. The Apple Watch Series 2 now additionally includes a GPS sensor, much like the Gear S3 and its waterproofing is even better than that on the Gear S3. You're capable to take it to depths of up to 50m, which needed some smart engineering on Apple's part. Once you're done in the water, the watch uses its loudspeakers to eject the water out of the loudspeaker cabinet.

Apple has also partnered with Nike to create a special Nike variation that is a unique sports-friendly perforated watch strap and shortcuts to the Nike running application through custom watch faces. The comparatively smaller size and lighter weight of the Apple Watch Series 2 might well make it the better sports business.


After remaining tight lipped at a price since the statement at IFA, pricing has eventually been revealed for both the Classic and Frontier variations of the Gear S3. The retailer, Mobile Fun, has revealed both versions will begin at £349.99, which is higher than anticipated retail cost. Especially contemplating many Samsung representatives at IFA were noting the price would be around the price of the Gear S2 when it first began.

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