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Samsung Gear S3 Classic Smartwatch Reviews

Check out Facebook posts, catch up on tweets, texts and email as well as play music using the newly designed Samsung Gear S3 Classic Smartwatch complete with black leather strap.
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$465.67 inc VAT
 4.6 stars from 119 customers

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Best gadget ever!
This watch is an absolutely fantastic product. Used separately or alongside your Samsung phone. It looks amazing and is perfectly sized for a male wrist...I bought it for my husband. He uses it a lot to track outdoor activities like running and walking, and also to keep a log of general fitness. It's also incredibly useful for setting quick reminders in your calendar or making and receiving calls instead of having to fumble around for a phone. I don't think he'd ever part with it now!
King of Smartwatches
I have used several Smartwatches and without a doubt this one has to be the best. Is a great improvement from the Gear S2 and shines with all the features it has. Although tizen OS may not convince some, I can absolutely 100% say that the OS makes the slightest of differences when it comes into comparison with other OS. Very user friendly and a definite buy, I just can't wait to see what the Gear S4 will be like when it comes out as this has it all!
New Samsung very Smartwatch
Excellent product, stylish and functional, an extension of my S7 Edge phone! Great battery life (3-4 days) and now I cannot do without it!
Good watch
I have had the watch for about a month now and initial impressions are positive. The watch works well as a watch, the swapping of faces is good and the range of faces is very good. Some of the apps in the google pay store are not fully compatible but I hope that will improve as the product is new to the market. The Samsung S Health app is a bot hit and miss, it is not as good as other apps / watches and the auto-detect feature is not always accurate even if you start the exercise module yourself (walk, cycle and rock climbing have all been tried). The charge time is a bit of an issue, from less than 5% to 100% takes about 3 hours which means you miss three hours of data (sleep or walking steps). This means that sometimes daily goals are hard to reach, this coupled with the lack of auto detect means that the data is sometimes useless and you would be as well deleting that days data. The watch itself is comfy, the classic leather strap is well made and very comfortable on the wrist. The watch face is clear, the functions simple to use but I cannot get NFC to work with either my Samsung S7 or A5 phones. This limits you to Bluetooth only which is a pain when you want to connect your phone to the car and still stay connected to the watch, maybe this will improve but for now I have to disconnect and reconnect. I changed phones to connect the gear to, from my S7 to my A5 and lost all the data, the Samsung gear app wants to use the master email address for that phone and you cannot change it, easy fix that would be welcomed.
Frontier - the next level
After initially having some doubts I am totally won over with this stylish watch. Packed full of features it is definitely up there with the best smart watches out there. It works particularly well as I have a Samsung phone and so I am quickly able to respond to notifications on the go or in meetings.
The only downside is I feel its a little on the big side. Apart from that its super easy to get used to and customise although it would be good to see more apps added in future.
I liked the sleep monitor feature as well as the gps tracking.
Making calls were a bit hit and miss but that could just be my signal.
The screen is amazing and I love the fact that I can change the face depending on my mood and make it look like an amazing timepiece.
Battery life is good and quick to charge also.
Would it be the best Smart watch on the market?
This is good piece of kit although not for everyone. Some will find it difficult to justify high price, but some will find it very valuable and helpful. I’ve used mine for few weeks now and I’ve got mixed fillings.
Let’s start with the benefits. For me (engineer working at heights), the best function is a built-in speaker and microphone. I don’t have to reach for my phone to receive or make a call. Great! It can be very handy whilst driving as well. The same with notifications, messages, email etc. Reminders, calendar and other similar feature known from smartphone are good but you will still mostly set up your reminders and appointments on the phone. It’s just easier on the bigger screen, but notifications popping up on your wrist are a good thing.
There are certain aspects of the phone you can control via the watch like sound level, music and video. Additionally you can control the camera via the 3rd party app and probably much more I didn’t discovered yet. Not bad.
I like to be gently waken up by the vibrating watch with no sound whatsoever. If you need a little bit more, then full volume will wake up most of the people.
I don’t really us all the things like weather widget, news feed etc. but they are there if you need them.
I’m enjoying using S Health app. It automatically recognises your activity, constantly monitoring your heart rate and movement. It takes few minutes to recognise the “workout” and it’s not always accurate but gives you a new perspective on how active you are. Nice bonus of this new “smart” technology. It will even remind you to get up and stretch when you seating steady for too long. It automatically tracks your sleep patterns and can be paired with the mobile apps to get even more insight in to your night.
To Aps then. I didn’t install many aps or widgets so far but you can find anything from new watch faces, through aps from various categories like: finance, lifestyle, social networking, entertainment, utilities, etc. ending with the games. Yes! You can play games on it!
Having said that, the choice is not grate at the moment. There are tens, maybe hundreds of apps, some free some paid, but it’s still early days for smartwatches. More will definitely come in the future.
Design wise – it is a good-looking watch. I’ve been testing the Classic version and I have to say it’s not my personal style. It looks very good, shiny, with the leather strap etc. Definitely good choice for the office type person or someone with more classic approach to the life;). For all of you outdoor, active type, the Frontier would be a better choice although it’s all about you. Take what you like.
It’s strong, solid watch, not too big and not to small either, but wouldn’t be comfortable and wouldn’t look good on very small hand. The screen is fantastic in my opinion. Very clear, crisp and bright. There are only two buttons and most of the stuff you do via touch screen, which could be set to be super sensitive so you can operate it with your gloves!
The battery lasts 2-3 days, depends how you use it, which is not bad for smart watch. Still inconvenience to take it off and put it on charge for few hours every two days or so.
All in all, it’s a very nice watch. Hardware wise, it’s a solid, well build watch with very good screen. Most of the software features are very good and will be handy for busy person, especially techy one. If you are not in to the technology, this is probably not for you.
A smartwatch to lead them all
The Gear S3 Frontier looks like every other diving / outdoor watch and looks great. The ability to change the faces on the stunning 1.3" AMOLED screen is simple (the binary watch face is an interesting option). Apps sync seamlessly with my Samsung S6. S Health app reports workouts automatically and agrees with my Jawbone UP24 fitness band on the number of steps taken. It never stutters, freezes or reboots and battery life is great considering everything that it does. More apps are being written and improving with updates. The Samsung Pay app would be the icing on the cake.
Good but flawed !.
It's a great piece of technology and looks the part. Good first impression from the cylindrical box it comes in to the contents. It is quite large there probably won't be many females wanting to wear this every day.

One negative is that you have to use Samsung's preloaded phone apps such as messenger, mail, etc. if you want to synchronise between your phone/watch.. so you can't use outlook, textra, hangouts, gmail etc.

The screen is nice and clear, and its a nice looking watch. Its well-built but after owning it for a month the bezel is already becoming very loose so not sure if it will last long. BUT my biggest problem with it is I'm not sure what it's point is (for me at least) and how I'm really going to use it. I could do everything it does from my S7 smartphone, so could only recommend it to people who want the most up to date technology.
Love love love it
From the moment I opened the package I could tell the gear s3 was going to be fantastic - even the box looked quality rather than the flimsy cardboard things you normally get. Mine came with 2 sizes of black leather strap, presumably intended for male and female buyers. The larger of the 2 was fitted already but it was simple enough to switch over using the little built in clasps. The watch itself feels well made and of a high quality without being too bulky or heavy. It was easy to connect my Sony smartphone within minutes and I changed the pre loaded watch face to a photo from my phone, a feature I love about this watch!
The apps are simple and useful, the notifications subtle (an orange dot where the "9" would normally be on the watch face) and the battery lasts me nearly a week between charges (although I do switch it off at night) . The rotating outer rim to switch through relevant screens is a great design feature, and adds to the pleasing aesthetics of the product.
I cannot recommend this watch highly enough, I've even bought a new Samsung phone to go with it as I was so impressed with the Samsung quality.
Like a normal watch but smart
Up until now I've been distinctly unimpressed with the smart watch offerings, they are often square and pretty dull looking with the aim of just putting a small phone on your wrist.

The Gear S3 Classic brings the style of a classic analogue watch combined with the added smart features of its competition. There are plenty of options to customise the watch face to your liking. I find the more traditional faces really set this watch apart and with the ability to keep the screen on all the time it can easily be mistaken for a normal watch. It is a fairly chunky device which while fitting fine to my wrist, it looks completely out of place when my wife tried it out. The battery life is very impressive and I can typically get just over two days from it with the screen on all the time.

The phone comes with a limited set of apps pre-installed. The S Health apps are brilliant, in particular the ability to track walks and runs is brilliant. After a workout you get a nice overview of the route you've done, including your heart rate, speed and elevation. Unfortunately the watch runs on Samsung's OS so lacks the ability to install Android Wear apps which means you are limited to a fairly poor set of custom apps at the moment.

Overall I am very happy with the watch and would highly recommend the watch.
Beautiful watch, stunning design, wish it was running Android Wear
The Gear S3 is Samsungs latest offering, and is a departure from the current smartwatch battle of Android vs Apple, as they have loaded it with their proprietary Tizen firmware.

The GOOD:
Looks gorgeous
Very comfortable
Always on Screen is subtle and fantastic quality
The bezel is a nice innovation
The emergency alert triple button press is a very nice idea.

The BAD:
Closed Tizen firmware does not integrate with phone as well as Android Wear
Limited Apps available through the Gear Marketplace
Bezel can get spun accidentally quite easily
Voice control is lackluster

The AWESOME:
Did I mention it looks amazing
Build Quality is Top Notch
THE best Android smart watch on the market right now!
Absolutely stunned by this watch. I had previously bought (and quickly sold) a Sony Smart watch and the Gear S3 has blown that out of the water. Impressively well made, the bezel control is intuitive and simple. Apps work flawlessly as does interaction with my Samsung S7 Edge phone. The Gear S3 also impresses when compared to the Apple Watch. Overall, extremely happy with this and would recommend it to ANY android user. THE best Android smart watch on the market right now!
Fantastic
Having not worn a watch for over 20 years I was a bit sceptical of what I would gain from the experience. I am a bit of gadget geek and this campaign offered ne the chance to try out the S3 Frontier at a fraction of the cost. Yes the price tag would put some people of but having used it I believe is worth every penny.
I love how easy it is to toogle through the various screens and how easy the apps are to use. I am guessing like most things new there wI'll be more apps available in time as they are limited at the moment. By using the outside ring of the watches face you smoothly move through the screens until you find the screen or the app your are looking for tap the screen and it opens its that easy. Battery life is 4 days and Ive never had a problem with this, I ware the watch 24/7 with the exception of when I shower in the morning to get ready for work, I use this as top up time. At work we are not allowed phones on our person so using Bluetooth I am able to stay in contact with everything that's going on. I have had no contact issues while using Bluetooth.
Style With Functionality
The Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch is a beautifully designed watch that's as clever on the inside as it is in looks on the outside.
A classic analogue watch face with a ticking second hand hides the fact that underneath lies a piece of high-tech that will satisfy most
smartwatch enthusiasts. A variety of digital watch faces can be downloaded with many of them being free.
Some of the features are a Bluetooth and Wi-fi connections to your mobile phone or other devices, which expands the range of features the watch has onboard. Messages can be read with a reply sent and calls can be answered through the watch itself with ease through the speaker & microphone. Built in GPS will keep track of your activities so you can leave your phone somewhere safe while you run, climb, cycle or even go for a swim as it's waterproof.
One app that's free and made for the Gear S3 is the SHealth app. Various features of the app will help you maintain or attain a fitter you.
The S3 comes with two different sized watch straps which will fit the watch itself to any wrist size within reason.
Using the features on the watch are easy to get to grips with as the controls are only two buttons and the bezel itself. Battery life is excellent as with average use you should have up to four days worth of power. With 4GB of Flash memory to store any music with or opt for something a little different, I love to to listen to audio books.
One drawback is that some people find the size of the watch face is a little large but if it was any smaller one would have to take more time to focus on the screen and it might also be a disadvantage to those of us who wear glasses or contact lenses.
Overall this Samsung Gear S3 Classic is a fantastic watch with amazing tech and oodles of features and apps to keep the majority of smartwatch fanciers extra happy.
Over all I think it a great bit of kit. It's easy to use and looks good at the same time.
Over all I think it a great bit of kit. It quickly became integrated into my everyday life in more ways that just telling the time. It’s comfortable to ware, easy to use and looks good.
I have broken other watches before, but so far this has survived all I have (mostly accidently) thrown at it. You can but tempered glass screen protectors for the Gear 3 which, for me, would be good.

First time I tried to pair the watch with my phone I had a nightmare (almost giving up), I tried it the next morning, connected first time and has stayed connected since. The face can be analogue or digital and has a sensor, turning on when turned up but will stay 'off' if it is held other ways, to saving battery life but has not always worked. There is an always on setting but on more complicated faces it uses the battery up quickly.

You can look at alerts and reply to messages on the watch it self. It acts as a hands free device of phone calls, great for in the car. The most usefully app for me has been ‘find my phone’.
Good attempt!
I opened the box containing the Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 with some trepidation. I had previously trialled, and failed to get on with, the original galaxy Gear and have owened and enjoyed a couple of Android watches since.
I don't know what I was worried about!
The first thing that strikes you is the design; yes it has some of the bulk that comes as par for the course with wearable tech, but it is surprisingly slim in comparison to other models that I have owned. I did consider – does the rubber strap cheapen the look? After wearing it for a while, it becomes apparent that it is a high quality piece of kit from bezel to buckle.
The second item of note is functionality. If you have never owned a smartwatch, you will get on great with this. For me, there was some re-education required as I had to change my behaviours in order to get the the best out of it, for example setting a new verbal wakeup command, or ensuring that I customised my own alerts. This aside, the native OS does a grand job of responding to voice commands. My only bugbear is that I can't seem to get it to send message via Whatsapp as they only go via SMS.
The screen is outstandingly crisp and clear and extremely responsive, but not to the point of annoyance. Having the software responding to the moving bezel is also a genius stroke as it means that you can quickly scroll up and down messages or between apps and settings.
The app selection is OK, with choices being pretty much restricted to the Gear Store as far as I can tell, but there are some fun games and useful tools there; as I was driving home recently I was notified of an accident en route and was then able to verbally request navigation home to avoid the delays, something which would not have been possible with a smart phone.
To close, and the highest compliment that I can give, I expected to wear the watch for a day or two and then give up as I was so used to using wearables in a slightly different way. Nearly a month on and I'm still wearing it daily. Good job, Samsung!
Excellent Smart watch lacking google integration
First of all i have to say this is a fantastic looking watch whether it was a smart watch or not!. I have been using the watch for a couple of weeks now and so far so good. The Tizen operating system is really snappy coming from android wear for 2 years and the Bezel operation is just fantastic. So far for me the most impressive thing has been taking calls on the watch - really good clarity. This watch (frontier) is really really comfortable to wear and i love the sleep report it provides if you wear it all night. The battery life is superb - not the 4 days that are advertised but it does manage 3 solid days perfectly well before you charge it overnight to go again! On to some of the downsides and the biggest one has to be lack of integration with google apps - having used android wear for so long i had got used to using google keep and other apps on the watch and I really miss this on the Gear S3. And more standard apps in general would help i.e. BBC news, Sky News etc etc. The other thing that would be useful which i miss from android wear is that when music is playing on android wear the controls are easily accessible from the screen at all times which is great when youre running on a treadmill etc but on the Gear S3 you have to turn the bezel to the music widget to control it which is a little more difficult. Aside from these two points I have really enjoyed the watch so far and look forward (hopefully) to more apps coming out over the coming months!
Best All-Round Smartwatch
The smartwatch industry has taken a bashing recently, but Samsung have done a superb job of refining the Gear brand - with the S3 being the culmination of their unrivalled grasp on crafting the best hardware around. Having used a variety of smartwatches, trackers and platforms over the past 5 years, the S3 Classic is by far the best all-round (and all round!) timepiece.

The aforementioned hardware is simply stunning, and makes the most sense within the traditional confines of what a "watch" has meant to us over the generations. This means a circular display, and combined with a rotating bezel that is a far more naturalistic way to navigate settings than a rotating "digital crown", it's easy enough to customise the S3 to your like (although, as with any product, there is always some fiddling around at the beginning).

The watch strap provided is a simple but elegant black leather variant, and Samsung have made it easy to swap it out for any standard 22mm strap. I've tried it myself with old watch straps, and it's wonderful way to transform the entire look and feel of the S3 Classic.

Battery life is possibly the biggest area where the S3 excels. It has averaged 3.5 days of usage, and that's getting to the point where the Battery Saver mode hasn't actually activated yet. In other words, if you're going on a weekend away, you shouldn't need to take another charger with you - even if the magnetic dock Samsung have provided is marvellously easy to use.

Software is the one obvious area that needs work: there are simply not many apps available for the Gear S3. Plenty of watch faces, yes - but not apps. This needs urgent work but in complete fairness, the way I use a smartwatch means that this absence of apps doesn't make a big difference.

The main areas a smartwatch needs to excel in:

- Does it look good?
- Can you change the watch strap easily?
- Can you get 3 days of battery life?
- Is the software fast and fluid?
- Does it connect to your phone reliably?
- Does it free your from your phone?
- Is the health and fitness aspect useful?
- Are there a variety of apps easily available?

Every one of these - apart from the final one - gets a resounding 'Yes'. You are no longer tied to your phone - you can receive notifications, reply, take calls (which works really well). S Health will motivate you to move more. It looks great, the battery life is exemplary, and it has a premium feel. Get more apps out, and it would receive a perfect score.

It's a keeper.
Perfect Watch, Lacking App Store
Let me begin saying that I cannot fault the watch itself. I enjoying using the classic but it leaves me wanting more regarding apps which is it's only downfall. Whilst there are some potentially good apps available, some of the few are part of other product ecosystems. The top apps in the app store seem to be all of the major apps available full stop. Whilst there are more games etc. seem quite pointless on such a device. I understand that this can only improve with time, but I hope that more developers can get on board with this platform which a great potential for the future. Understandably the main apps missing are the google services. Let me reiterate that the product itself cannot be faulted.
The Perfect Smartwatch
Best looking smart watch on the market. The traditional round face surrounded by a brilliant bezel is brilliant. The features are amazing. Works flawlessly with Google Pixel XL and Galaxy S7 edge. I just tested it with the new iOS app and it works as expected, few features missing but still worth it!

With a simple turn of the bezel, I have my calendar up or I'm controlling my music without touching my phone. Fitness tracking is accurate and simple. Even the ability to take calls on the watch is simple with quite a loud in built speaker. Battery life is good.

It has some amazing features. I particularly like the many watch faces I can use and the fact it tells me when I haven't been active enough.

PERFECT Smartwatch. Recommend to anyone and everyone.

Don't lose hope in smartwatches, especially if you haven't tried this one.
Great leap forward
Over the past year I've been using a Fossil Q Founder smartwatch on Android wear. The main gripe I have about it is the lack of battery life (1 day).

So not only does the Gear S3 Classic look awesome on my wrist, it also has up to 4 days of battery life, which I can say is accurate.

It just feels premium and using the dial to select apps is ingenious.

Only gripe is I don't think the Samsung S Voice is very accurate when using to make calls or text. Hopefully this will improve. I also hope more android apps will have gear s3 support!

However, this device is absolutely brilliant!
Very Good
I received the watch as part of the Insiders Uk campaign. I have been using it for around a month now.

First off, The watch had a good size face, it also is only lit when the watch senses that it has been brought up to be viewed by the owner.

The watch is very responsive and works seamlessly with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

The number of apps is limited, however there are some well known apps such as Spotify available.

You can answer calls and texts on the watch, you simply turn the bezel one way or the other to either answer or reject the call.

I found that the battery lasts for 2 days with moderate use with battery life being around 30% after the second day.

The standard strap that the watch comes with is useful and allows the watch to be snug and not move around when worn. However after long periods of wearing it, it can become uncomfortable.

Pictures can be sent to the watch and stored there.

Overall I would recommend the watch despite the price.
The perfect Campanion
Wonderful piece of technology which has made be reconsider becoming a samsheep.

I used to have asus zenwatch 2 which was upgraded from the original Gear (The very first one with tizen) the software since the first one has matured and with the round bezel control it feels like a natural interaction.
The exercise measuring is up there with most of the fitness focused wearable devices like Fitbit and it looks stunning.

I have used a few watches in the past (Original Gear, Asus zen1, Asus zen2, Pebble Round, Apple Watch) but none of them has had so many heads turn around to say nice watch and when I tell them it’s Samsung smart watch they are presently surprised as they are not used to good looking smart watches which is what Samsung has achieved with the great software in tizen which makes human interaction very natural and also works with iOS (You can answer calls as well which Android wear can’t do). One other thing I appreciate is the fact you don’t need to have a Samsung to get the best experience of the watch (Even with iOS you can install some of the apps) any android phone would give you the full-fledged Samsung gear experience.

The only fault I found with the watch is with S-Voice and it can’t blame the watch for that as its not matured enough to understand the Indian accent

the best feature I love is the auto detection of exercise mode . It even pick up I am swimming with is great. I have tried using it while playing cricket and it was able to detect it has light sports activity which is nice to see rather than one common activity track record.

It also gives me the option to count the amount of water intake which is build into S-Heath which reduces one more stand alone app entry.

I Love the colour always on screen... No other watch in the market can do that ... no other and to add the seconds ticker makes it look real high end (Which it is )

Best Smartwatch I have had till date.
Perfect Accessory
Received the gear 3 at Christmas of which I was very excited to try out. On first impressions the packaging and presentation looked very sleek. I'd read a few reviews that the watch was bulky which it is but was not over sized and was still comfortable on a medium sized wrist. The watch itself looks well built and sturdy, whilst expensive for a watch it does have that quality appeal. Setting up was straight forward and easy to do and no problems linking the device to my Samsung phone. They have a range of apps available for your everyday needs from making calls, checking weather to fitness tracking and even watching you tube. Good example of multitasking, I went for a run to a friends house using the watches music and navigation whilst tracking my fitness and recording it on my s-health app on my phone. To summarise high price point but in my opinion worth the money.
Useless features outweigh useful
I have a Samsung S7 phone, so I downloaded the Samsung Gear app and this helped me connect to the watch via bluetooth.



Turning the dial brings up 'widgets' which you can customise. To give you an idea of what you can choose: there's an alarm widget, weather widget, shortcut of upto 4 favourite contacts widget where you can directly dial your favourite from the watch, breaking news widget, calender, step counter, floor counter, heart beat widget, music player widget etc etc.

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Useful vs Useless:

Many features I found on this watch were useless unfortunately. Although in concept it sounds great on paper, many features just aren't useful. For the gallery app, you basically have to choose a selection of photos to send to the watch which is stored on the watch memory. Same with music, don't assume because you have loads of tracks on your phone that you can listen to them all on the watch - its only what you send over via bluetooth. This to me is pointless, because I'm hardly ever without my phone and if I didn't have my phone with me then I wouldn't be dying to look at photos on my watch or listen to music from my wrist. Mind you the sound quality wasn't too bad but realistically, for the person who just can't do without listening to music, I'm sure they would rather stick headphones in their ears and not have music from a tiny speaker on the wrist.



The news real as a widget is nice, but really..is it useful? I know I like to stay up-to-date with news but I'm not that into it that I need to be constantly updated with whats going on in the world.



You can answer and make calls from your contacts on the watch. I liked the favourite contact widget where with one tap you're dialling and speaking - but you'd think it all sounds useful.. but really is it? Assume you're cycling to work and your phones in your bag, and you're expecting an urgent call then the watch is useful because it vibrates and tells you whose ringing and obviously from the watch you can answer the call and talk. But if you're outside cycling, its likely going to be a lot of background noise and so answering a call from your wrist and talking and listening to the call from the wrist is just not practical. You'd rather just get your phone out of the bag and hold your phone to your ear. Same, if you go to the gym, if you leave the phone in the locker and go on the treadmill, yes it's useful for the watch to vibrate and tell you whose ringing, but would I really want to talk with someone on 'loudspeaker' - no. Generally if you hold the phone on loudspeaker then you can control background noise to a degree but with a call on your wrist I'm not so sure the call would be faultless with a hand moving around.



Everyone is exercise conscious these days so I did enjoy some features, the step counter of how many steps you've done in a day and if you've hit your target was handy - but then again my Samsung S7 already does this for me already, and I'm not sure which is more accurate because the results from both devices even if they were both with me all day would be a little different. Another one was a widget to count how much coffee vs water you've drank, how many floors you've climbed etc. I did find the sleep tracker good. Keeping the watch on all night, you can wake up in the morning and look at your phone to track how efficient your sleep was by looking at the times you were moving around and restless.



The full month calendar view was helpful as well as the reminders widget. I'm still in two minds about the heart beat tracker which measures your heart beat maybe every hour (the back of the watch surface shines a green light to your wrist so your unconsciously having your heart beat measured periodically.) Maybe its good to know this but when I look at the phone to analyse the results etc I'm not sure what I'm actually getting from knowing that my heart beat reading is slightly high or slightly low- its not like its measuring my blood pressure.



The ability to change watch faces was great at first but the novelty does slowly wear thin. The buzz of 'o which face shall I have today' or 'how'm I feeling today' sounds great but the number of places you can download new faces is so limited that its awful. Free faces which looked stylish were hard to come by, and the paid versions aren't all that much better either. I did like one feature with the inbuilt Samsung faces where the faces with smaller dials could be changed to show sunset time/battery life/weather/moon etc and could even change if wanted to change the from either white or black. I'm not sure if others would agree but still, for some reason the faces even though they would replicate say a TAG Heuer watch, would just look fake and artificial on the screen. Even on photos, the watch face that's shown on advertisements makes the watch look so cool but in reality it doesn't resemble that premium look at all. I would advise before buying this watch to go in store and just see whether its your cup of tea.



Other things that came on the watch were messages app, email app, spotify, calculator and some others. There were a few games but it just felt silly playing a game on your wrist instead of pulling out my phone. For some of the apps like sleep/step counter etc to be synced with your phone was helpful as well as being able to view battery life, storage, RAM. One other feature on the phone app was Find my gear - you click the button on the phone and the watch would scream out loud but how often would you really misplace an expensive watch ?!



The watch comes with its own operating system not as well known as apple or android, and it did crash twice over the past 2 months. As theres no on/off button, you end up pressing things to restart it with a lot of frustration!



Contents in box: Watch, 2 straps (large and small), wireless charger and plug



Build quality: Its solid and sturdy. Doesn't feel cheap at all. 2 thick rugged straps are provided, small and large. With either of the straps you'll find plenty of holes and definitely find a size to fit you. There are 2 rubber clasps also which help stop the strap coming undone.



Wireless charger: I've never used a wireless charger before, the charger acts a bit like a magnet- when your near the charger it sucks into place when you're close to it. Typically takes a few hours to get to 100% charge.



Battery life: Using the watch just like an ordinary watch without using any apps besides the alarm gives you 3 days worth but I noticed even if I used the watches features then it'd still be about 3 days worth. When its connected to your phone you get to monitor battery life on the phone app - I found this accurate.



Conclusion: Samsung has pioneered many many things in the tech industry and this was a great attempt. I'm not sure how much of an improvement this watch is compared to the S2. There are a variety of things you can do with this watch but the useless features outweigh the useful. In general though, the useful features can be found on things like a fitbit for a fraction of the cost of this watch - but if you just want to look cool and don't mind paying the extra money for a 'different' gadget then go for it. With the hefty price tag and lack of apps this isn't worth it. (of which I'm not sure what more you'd want to demand from a watch - may this could be the start of streaming sky sports on a watch ;) ?!??!)



Would I buy this?

If I won the lottery.. yes and thats so I can say I'm not bog standard and I have a 'Samsung watch'! But not at this price. If you do buy this, just weigh up if you'd actually make use out of the features or whether it'd just be better spending the money on a better phone.
Best smart watch
It is good value for money you can change the faces on it to sute your mood, it's clear when you are on a call easy to answer messages come up to clear and it's a great fitness tracker even tells you if you have not moved and how long for its a great all round smart watch
Excellent quality watch
Really impressed with this watch - I love the styling in that it has the look and feel of a proper watch. Some other smart watches I've seen have the look of play things or toys, but this is really sturdy, in a metal case. The bezel on the front of the dial rotates to access the various functions on the watch and the colour touch screen is clear and responsive. One particular thing I like about this watch is the ability (when paired to your smartphone) to make calls from the watch and have a conversation through that alone. This is quite useful if you're away from your phone when it rings (as long as you are within Bluetooth range of course!) as you can have a conversation over the watch, which is crystal clear as if you were using your speakerphone!

Spare bracelets are available for this to accessorise the watch, these are simple to fit as their is a release lever to disconnect/reconnect the bracelet, rather than messing around with screwdrivers etc.

There are several watch faces supplied with the watch, you can download more through the Samsung gear app so you can get a watch face that suits your mood!

An excellent, well built, well put together watch that has a feeling of sturdiness that gives the feeling it will last a long time.
An Amazingly Feature Packed Smartwatch
First thing's first, it's important to state that this device is the larger and more rugged of the two in the Gear S3 series, ideal for those who use their watches everywhere they go.

One of the key characteristics about this device is its rotating bezel, which can be used to navigate the interface fluidly with only one hand. For me, this feature stands out as one of the most impressive.

Mobile payments can be made right from the watch via Samsung Pay, the watch can connect to wireless networks when too far away from the phone to utilize Bluetooth, the downloadable speedometer app can be used, just to name few common use examples.

My only real con with this device is the lack of Google services. As a frequent user of Google Maps, I was somewhat thrown back by the presence of an alternative in the form of Here maps.

Whilst this is by no means a cheap device, I consider the Gear S3 Frontier to provide outstanding value for money. I don't think I could ever use all the features which it offers, and there's definitely bound to be something here for everyone.
What a Watch
Absolutely brilliant watch. I have had experience with a few smart watches but this is by far the best I have ever used. I have been using it for four weeks now and its been superb. Day to day I forget its a smart watch as it feels so much like a normal watch to wear. it only needs charging once every 2 and a half days, I tend to do about 5 miles walking every day and all my notifications come through so I would say I have average use. The auto detect for exercise is good as it works out when I run or walk well and when I am sitting at my desk it prompts me to get up and take a walk. All in all a great small device.
Best Watch I've had yet
I love this watch it has everything I want and more. It's stylish and Robust and really easy to operate. There are plenty of different faces for it and lots of apps. I do hope that more are coming though. I also like the way you can interchange the straps. So far so good. Battery life is pretty good but you're never going to get more than 3/4 days on a watch like this. Easy enough to charge.
Nice watch but poor compatability
Great watch, the barometer comes in very handy in forecasting weather change and the OS is smooth and operates well. The only downside of Tizen OS is that it is not compatible with many apps, but I hope that Samsung increases app compatibility.
It's cool to access notifications, new media messages etc on your screen
This is my first experience with a smart watch so I will give you a Insider opinion from the amateur point of view.
For me this product is quite expensive so I really wonder if it will live to its expectations. The packaging and the watch itself look very good and it's a nice addition to my Samsung S7 Edge. In terms of design I really like the shape the screen and the turning mechanism. It makes life much easier to access apps and other functions. What I don't like is the size of the watch however I do understand that you need something big to pack all the options inside.
Another great feature is the charger - it's a very small stand which looks very good anywhere in your house. You can access almost everything from your phone through this work plus it gives you a lot of extras my favourite is the health app - in my age I'm slightly concerned about my health am shape so it is very useful to be able to measure your heartbeat, amount of steps your general fitness and follow the plans to improve your health.
I also think it's cool to access notifications, new media messages etc on your screen so you don't have to get inside your jacket to reach for your phone. It also makes your phone safer because you don't have to display a in the public transport on a busy shopping mall or anything similar.
I did try to write the messages on the phone and I have to say it's not very practicable. But I liked and notifications which will allow you to anything with you receive on the phone.
So design is good functions are very good I like the sleep mode when the screen will switch off and it will get back on when you look at it. By the way I still don't know how they have done it at Samsung.
It could be a bit smaller and what really upsets me is option to pay extra for new designs on the screen watch. In my opinion if you pay so much for the products to use expect all those extras to come with it.

Ps. Battery life is good too!!
Great smartwatch with very good fitness tracking
I’ve been looking forward to the Samsung GearS3 ever since it was announced in Q3 of 2016 and when I finally got my hands on it, I was not disappointed. To start off with, the cylindrical package it comes in seems to set the tone for the rest of the device and once opened you don’t doubt that you have a premium product in your hands. Also included in the box is a charger (which I’ll get to later) as well as an extra, smaller watch strap for people with smaller wrists.

The Gear S3 comes in two versions: Classic and Frontier. While both are functionally the same, I feel the classic’s aesthetics allow it blend more easily into a work/business-like environment while the Frontier has more of a sportier look to it. I have the Frontier and while I prefer a sporty look, it certainly doesn’t look or feel out of place when I’m suited and booted in the office.

Once you power on the Gear S3, pairing it to an Android device is as simple as downloading the Samsung Gear app (though this already comes installed on devices such as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge), pairing the watch to your smartphone via Bluetooth and agreeing to some terms and conditions. The Gear S3 then imports some data from your phone and then it’s ready to be used. This process took me about 2 minutes.

In the few weeks I have had the device so far, I still find myself discovering new features and tricks and that is a credit to the software running on the Gear S3: Samsung’s TizenOS is well thought out with foremost consideration given to ease of use and customisation. Consequently, I found I was able to start using the watch quite easily straight out the box. I also received onscreen tips and prompts to help me get started. Within a short while I had become familiar with the device and was able to start customising it to suit me.

One really cool feature of this device that grab people’s attention is the rotating bezel who’s actual function is an additional method for interacting with the device. I initially thought it was a bit gimmicky as I could do all I wanted using just the touch screen and the hard keys on the side and using the bezel seemed to take away from that smooth experience. However, as I used the device more, I realised there were occasions where the bezel was a better input mechanism. For example for increasing the volume (while on a call or playing music), for setting an alarm or for selecting an app while on the move. So the rotating bezel is certainly a useful tool as well as a very cool feature. Oh, did I also mention that it has a lovely “clicky” feel to it when you use it?

Now you can choose to use the Gear S3 on its own (in standalone mode) or paired with your phone. With a host of features and sensors built into it such as GPS, Altimeter, Barometer, Gyrosope as well as 2GB of in-built memory (of which just over 1GB is actually useful) for storing audio and image files, you don’t feel like you have to stay tethered to your phone all the time. However, when paired with a smartphone you get a true sense of what the device is capable of.
The Samsung Gear app pushes all notifications (you can chose which ones in the app settings) to your phone and it’s a great way to stay on top of your activities without having to reach for your phone. With a few swipes (or clicks of the bezel) you easily scroll through your notifications with the option to click into any one to get more details or swipe up to delete them.
In your journey to customise the Gear S3 to suit your needs you will inevitably get to the app store conveniently located within the Samsung Gear app. Here, you’ll find apps for taxi-hailing (Uber app), golfing, trekking, social media as well as additional watch faces (both free & paid for).
I wasn’t quite happy with the number of 3rd party apps available and I felt options were a bit limited but you do have enough app there to enjoy the watch.

One area that the Gear S3 absolutely excels in is as a health/fitness tracker. When paired with the S Health app on your phone, the Gear S3 becomes a whole different beast. I mentioned the array of sensors built into the watch earlier and these all go to work in the background collecting information about your location (using GPS), your heart rate, the number of steps taken, the amount of calories burnt, your altitude and even the air pressure!
All this information is then collated in a tidy, easy-to-take-in fashion within the S Health app. If you set workout or activity targets for yourself you can also select from a number of watch faces that display how successful you have been at meeting your targets. The watch will also play its part by buzzing at intervals (about an hour or so) to prompt you to get active if it senses that you have been idle for a while.

With all these features packed in you would assume that the battery life would take a hit and to some extent you would be right. Samsung advertises that the Gear S3 can last 3 – 4 days depending on your settings and you could probably achieve this but probably with very stringent energy-saving settings. For the first few days I tried to conserve power by turning GPS off and using a low screen brightness level and this gave me almost 3 days of battery life. However, I felt I was doing myself (and the Gear S3 with its beautiful AMOLED screen) a disservice and quickly turned everything back on to fully enjoy the device. With these settings I just about got 2 days out of it. I noticed however that if I wore the watch to sleep (so it could monitor my sleep) this further drained the battery and I would get about a day and a half of usage. So ultimately, the battery life as expected, depends on your particular setting and how you utlise it daily.

Any disappointments I might have had with the battery life are made up for by the ease of recharging. The watch fits on the charger like a docking station and it is magnetic so it fits into place comfortably with no need to fiddle unnecessarily with wires. So personally, I found it best to use as much of the device’s features as I wanted and then recharge it every night for the next day.

There are a two things I am hoping Samsung will fix with a software update. Firstly, the “wake up motion”. This is when you lifting up or twisting your wrist towards your face wakes up the screen. However, I found that the watch required a significant twist of the wrist or raising of the arm to activate the screen meaning I had to always exaggerate the swing to get the screen to come on. So it would be quite difficult to take a discreet look at the time in the event you find yourself in a boring meeting at work for example. However, if you have the Always On Display active this is less of an issue.
Secondly, some items in the Setting are not logically located. That is, they are not quite where you would expect to find them so it takes a bit longer to change some settings as you have to first find them right menu option. Fortunately, as this is not an area I go to very often it is not too much of a hassle.

Some other noteworthy features of the Gear S3 are the array of input methods for responding to notifications (e.g. S Voice for dictations, keyboards (full or compact) and emojis), the Find My Phone/Find My Watch features (for those times when you can’t quite remember where you left your device) and the ability to make or receive calls right from the Gear S3 itself.

Overall, the Gear S3 is a great smartwatch which has met and exceeded most of my expectations. It seems to evolve and get better the more I use it and it has certainly made me less reliant on my phone for some activities.
Change your life
First reaction was that it is a lot bigger than the Galaxy S2 and was worried how it would look on my small wrist compared with the S2. I needn't have worried at all. It was the Classic I received. The strap was a bit stiff so bought a leather one instead. Made a real difference to the fit and feel. I think the leather strap should be standard on at least the Classic.

Away from the aesthetics I love what goes on inside. Love that I can answer calls and texts without my phone. (It still needs to be close but I can live with that until we get the iSIM version in the UK - hurry up with that please UK networks).

The UI is cleaner and it is possible to download apps and watch faces directly to the phone. I haven't tried it yet but it also has contact less payment facilities.

The battery life is better than the S2 and but not as good as stated.

I really like the reminders to get moving and also the tips on how to get back on track. Could do with a few different instructions as well as the stretching one.

Only flaw is that it sometimes it can lose connection with my phone.
Great Device - Let down by its own best feature
The Gear S3 Classic is an elegant time piece that wouldn't look out of place in any room. Having used it for several weeks now I can say that I haven't gone a day without it. It's become a device that, although not essential, I can't leave the house without.

The Swivel bezel is an amazing feature and 5 minutes with it and you're a pro at navigation the menus. The only downside I've found is the need to tap the screen to launch apps or select settings. Maybe one of the buttons could act as a select instead.

My personal favourite part of this device is the more user friendly Tizen OS. It's better than android wear and feels snappier too. The downside of Tizen is the lack of features currently available. More specifically no Google Now or maps and a small pool of applications. The latter of the two will be fixed as time progresses but the Google features may never reach the device. Not a deal breaker but S voice doesn't compare.

All that being said this device is the best smart watch yet and picking one up will not disappointed. If this one's out of your price range give the Gear S2 a look also as it has many of the same features but is cheaper and slightly smaller.
Probably the best smartwatch (as long as you are not an app junkie)
I have had the Gear S3 for about a month now and it is a fantastic smartwatch. From a hardware point of view is it well built and it a good size for anyone with a medium to large wrist size (those who have small wrists may find it a bit big and could consider the Gear S2 instead). The design of the watch is great as it looks like a watch and not a gadget (or mini phone on the wrist). I love the fact the watch can be used with standard 22mm watch straps. The rotating bezel is ingenious and I using a touchscreen to navigate a smartwatch just seems silly now. The Tizen operating system is fast and well designed. The battery easily last a day and usually two days. The only negative from my perspective is that there limited apps available compared to other watch operating systems. Overall extremely pleased and wear it all the time.

PROS - Build quality, great design, compatible with standard 22mm watch straps, rotating bezel, slick operating system, battery life.
CONS - Only one really - limited apps.
Close but not there yet.
I have been a lover of watches most of my adult and adolescent life, for me a watch is also a sort of status symbol. I wanted a watch that both looked the business and was packed with the latest tech for outdoor activities, gym sessions and day to day life .... The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier was the one i wanted.

The Samsung Gear S3 came nicely packaged, placed on its charger. With a weighty expensive feel to it it was just like holding one of my Omega Seamasters for the first time. The strap, although made of rubber felt nice to the touch and most of all capable of taking a bit of stick from the elements and rough activities. A charging plug and wireless charger were included along with a strap for a 'smaller' wrist. A quick tap on the screen brought it to life and after a small amount of time i had it paired to my Galaxy S7 edge and loading apps onto it from the phone. Simple and quick.

The Samsung Gear S3 looks the part, military style with its sinister matt black bezel and glossy body. Capable of swapping straps over you could get the perfect look you wanted with ease. The apps seem to work quite well on the device, i have had it now for 3 weeks and only had a few connection glitches.

Now we come to the bad part.....
The problem is, and it is a big problem, is that most of the apps are pointless. There are not enough apps for this device, at the moment all you seem to be able to get are watch faces and a few exercise apps. The rest are very ropy and have no real everyday place. Still rolling down hill ..... the speech recognition is hopeless at times and frustrates the hell out of you !

The Samsung Gear S3 show piece is supposed to be the fact that it can look like a automatic style watch with hands etc...... but it doesn't. It looks like a watch face on a LCD screen, too bright and not sharp enough. i have downloaded loads of faces and none of them look good. The only ones that work are the digital ones, they work very well, but not what i wanted from this watch.

Overall this watch is not what it wants to be, is not a smart watch that can compete with high end looks of a traditional face , its just not there yet, and thats a shame as it had the opportunity to crack open a market that the others couldn't.

#insidersgears3
Great evolution from Gear S2
I have had this watch for approximately one month now and was bought for a replacement as my much loved Gear S2 Classic. I had heard the S3 was much bigger and had wondered if it would be too big for me however I was soon use to it's new size and feel it is a lot more macho than the S2. Its functions and features are improved and polished from the S2 and new watch faces and 'always on' feature in colour add to the quality look of the watch. New features such as flights of stairs climbed are a nice touch. Battery seems a lot bigger than the S2 and have never worried about a low battery. A solid watch with slick operation and glitch free operating system. Perfect companion to my S7 Edge. Good work Samsung!
What a great smart watch for everyday wear and activity!
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

Having had the Gear S3 now for close on a month, I have now been able to try out most of its features all of which work very well.

The watch is stylish, relatively light and with its twisting bezel, it is very easy to navigate and select notifications, screens or applications.

There are many applications and watch faces which you can download, which add to the watch’s look and functionality. Helpfully it can connect to your phones saved wifi connections so is not always dependant on your phoneThe S3 Frontier is also and activity watch which when used with Samsung’s S Health can track all features that you wish from number of steps, heart rate, food and drink intake etc… and can also nudge/ remind you to do various activities.

You might not expect it however as an added bonus, the watch has a speaker and microphone, so you can use these appropriately for calls/ other and with 4GB on board storage you could listen to music and even play games!

Overall a great and stylish smart watch from Samsung!
Amazing
I had the original moto 360 smart watch before i bought this samsung gear s3. after unboxing, updating, connected to phone and playing with the gs3 for half hour, I immediately thought this is worth the upgrade!
Its looks very sleek, stylish watch with the stainless steel build and the leather strap. the watch has a 1.3 inch OLED screen that is clear, vibrant and responsive, also the screen is a full circle (unlike the moto 360 with the flat tyre look), has a built in speaker, IP68 Waterproof rating aswell as all the other specs in smart watches. it also has a bigger battery than the gear s2, lasted me just over 3days just using it as a normal watch, looking at notifications occasionally which is pretty impressive for a smart watch! a quick half hour charge would easily get me through a whole day at work and then some!
There is also Samsung pay, a form of NFC payment, it would be very handy once it comes into play as it will work with being connected to your phone!
Samsung's twist bezel is really intuitive and easy to use, keeps finger prints off the screen!
samsung smart watches run on tizen OS, not android wear OS, which in some ways is better as its runs faster and smoother but lack of aps and games let the OS down.
The gear s3 comes with a wireless magnetic dock which I really like, the watch feels more secure whilst charging.
In the box, it also comes with a additional smaller strap which is handy for smaller wrists. the interchangeable straps is straight forward to do, only takes a 5 minutes or so.
In my opinion, the Samsung gear s3 classic is the best smart watch out there at the moment, however there are a couple of draw backs of this watch.
* Lack of apps on Tizen OS
* Android pay support would be very useful
* Watch is a bit bulky for smaller wrists like my self
Great hardware and premium feel lacking in variety of apps
I feel the hardware and features on the Gear S3 watch, including especially the battery life between charges (lasting up to 4days), are fantastic and I have noticed that for general day to day wear that I’m wearing the Gear S3 more than the apple watch that I own since you can also connect the watch to iphone as well now. I do feel though I am let down a bit by the variety of apps due to its tizen OS that you can use with the watch, which I feel the Apple watch has more of. I hope that in time, Samsung will develop this.
Boring
A great looking watch and I used it for a few days BUT I found it boring as it does exactly what my phone does and I see no need for it.
awesome samsung s3 watch
had this watch since Christmas and still impressed
plenty of watch faces for you to choose from to suit your personality
answers the phone calls and call out with clarity
send and receive text messages without taking your phone out of your pocket or bag
play Spotify music direct or other music programs through your phone
time your cooking or use it as a stop watch
easy to use with the dial to whizz through your apps
read the weather or watch the news
keep notified with your events
keep fit with Samsung health
test your heart rate and monitor
would you buy this watch.yes I would
perfect partner to the Samsung s7
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
This is the first every smartwatch that I have owned, and after 4 weeks of using it, I love how it improves what I do. I can view emails, text or calls without having to pull my phone out of my pocket. The battery life I am finding lasts me 3 days, but that is still impressive as I didn't want to be charging it every night like I do with my phone.

The watch tracks my steps, which so did my phone, but this is more accurate as I will always have my watch with me. The apps I have tried a good, but I am hoping more apps will follow.
Best smartwatch for 2016
Really good battery life compared to the rest of the smartwatch crowd, never any lags in updates and display. Let's see if the rivals can catch up in 2017.
Awesome watch full of tricks, looks great
From first unboxing the Gear S3 classic looked great, the build quality is fantastic it looks great and it was easy to set up with my Galaxy S7.

The longer I have been using the watch the better it has become and the more of its functions I have been discovering, from tracking health activity to responding to a Whats apps message the watch continues to deliver.

It felt a bit strange at first answering a call talking to your wrist but have found it a very useful feature. In fact the longer I have been using the watch I have noticed that I'm having to actually get my phone out a lot less.

There are lots of choices to customise your screen (which is awesome by the way) plenty of fee options as well.
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I'm really liking the watch and can only see it getting better with updates and more apps coming on board
Awesome kit!!!
PROs:

Battery life:
The (really) important bit. Charging from flat takes about two and a half hours. An accelerometer sensor checks when you lift your wrist to look at the watch (which then activates the screen). Dropping your hand back down by your side (or where ever else you like to keep it) switches off the screen again. A timer setting allows you to decide how long you want the screen to stay 'on' for. Mine is set to 15 seconds which is plenty (unless you want everyone in the vicinity checking out your hardware). Setting dimming / brightness levels is also possible and just like a smartphone or laptop, the brighter it is, the more it burns through battery life.
Using the watch for viewing and closing notifications, checking the time, changing settings and other basic functions provides about five days of battery life (yes, FIVE days) including leaving it running (not on charge) overnight.

Screen:
The touch screen has to be seen to be believed. It's so sharp and clear that when I've shown friends one of the 'normal' watch faces, they actually thought it was a regular watch. Colours are vivid, blacks are, well... Black. It's a mini smartphone screen of the highest order (so probably better than an iPhone screen then...)

Customisation:
The watch faces can of course be changed, some of which can be further customise to alter the colour of the dials, numbers, background etc.
Faces can be downloaded directly from the watch itself, or using the smartwatch app on your android smartphone. Some of the more creative watch faces include a tribute to the PIPBOY from the game Fallout. A number of the faces combine output and information from the various sensors on the watch including heart rate, steps taken, calories burnt, altitude, latitude, various time zones simultaneously, local time etc.There are a huge number of new straps appearing from 3rd party sellers on a week by week basis, from silicon to leather.

Dick Tracy:
Yep. Phone calls from your watch. I've tried it, and it works perfectly. Talk to the watch, hear the person on the side through the on-board speaker. Did I feel like a spy? Nah. But still grin inducing.

SOS:
I do like this feature. It'll come in useful on my next spy mission. It allows you to send an SOS to a designated contact (or contacts) providing your exact location in the event of an emergency by hitting the home button three times. Built in GPS provides accurate location information.

CONs:

Build quality:
If I've got one real criticism of this watch it's the paint. There's nothing wrong with the finish, but it's DELICATE. It scratches easy. It scuffs easy. The side of my mine rubbed against my UP3 wristband a couple of times and that was enough for the paint to rub and fade. It needs protecting. Clear covers are the order of the day. Soft shirt sleeves. Foam on door frames. Beware the dangers of rough wooden stair banisters and the wrath of stainless steel forks (Lidl, not John Lewis).

Storage:
The only other minor gripe. The watch comes with 4GB of storage, but most of that is taken up with the O/S and pre-installed apps. Roughly 1.5tb is left for you to install apps / music.
Stylish, functional and sophisticated
I've had the S3 Classic now for coming on 4 weeks and if I am totally honest, I am still of a mixed opinion with it! Don't get me wrong, it is a fantastic piece of kit. It is functional, stylish (unlike some), feature rich and durable; but sometimes I still find myself saying to myself, "It would be so much better if...." and I long for a feature or way of doing things that my Android Wear Sony Smartwatch 3 had...

The fit is wonderful, it looks like a watch, feels like a watch and performs like a watch. It is a Tizen device so not quite Android Wear, and I think this is what is most disappointing to me. The hardware is exceptional, it is robust and feature rich and the features actually work, unlike some on the Sony I also own. It has a quality feel to it, not too heavy but also not too light; Samsung seem to have achieved that golden perfect mass in producing this device. I have quite large wrists and the strap supplied is I feel a cm or so on the short side but this is not a major issue as even if I had wrists the size of giants I could still use this as it accepts standard 22mm watch straps which is a nice touch. There is a rotating bezel which is instrumental in interactions, some say it is a little loose and yes there is that little bit of sub mm play in it but I think it is perfect as it is. To try and remove this play might result in a loss of the fluid movement of the bezel. The bezel is very easy to spin and select options or play games with! The surface is brushed stainless steel which looks great but I would have liked to have seen some effort into making this more tactile as the tiny castellated edge is sometimes hard to navigate with, especially if you have moisture on your hands. There are also 2 buttons on the right hand side to enter menus and back out of things.

Mentioning moisture leads me nicely onto the killer feature which is it's IP rating. You truly can take this watch anywhere; it has been swimming with me, the sauna, steam room, spa, climbing, gardening and those ever important car repairs. It can take it all and without having to worry about covers with the induction charger so no faffy cables to plug in (sometimes I think this is a disadvantage though as it is yet another device to remember to take away with you.) Gone are the days of just having to remember the USB charger....

The hardware is packed with features, the heart rate monitor keeps a track of your heart beat throughout the day at regular intervals and when exercising almost constantly. The GPS actually works!! When walking it is incredibly accurate; no matter where I took it the watch managed to get GPS lock in a matter of seconds and then the main screen becomes your workout info screen. For walking this shows, time taken, distance, heart rate and speed. It also tracks and records altitude and handily shows you a summary including a map at the end of the workout. It is remarkably accurate at detecting certain exercise as well; namely running and cycling which it detects flawlessly and begins the more intense logging of activity. The built in speaker and microphone are really useful surprisingly! The speaker keeps you up to date during a workout with milestones announced clearly and it is handy sometimes (although gimmicky) to receive calls on the watch.

Being that this is Tizen does bring me to the major drawback I feel which is app availability. Don't get me wrong there are hundreds upon hundreds of apps but sometimes you know there is a perfect app for your problem in the Android Wear store but there just isn't the same developer community for Tizen. The big advantage over Wear though is that Tizen has been designed as a standalone operating system. Although everything can and does work with an associated phone this isn't required or even essential. The watch functions perfectly without any other devices and indeed the LTE version (the frontier) has built in LTE radio so just needs a SIM and the phone can be relegated to the drawer.

Given all these features you'd think the battery would be pitiful, after all there is very little space available for the power station but they have managed to pack in an admirable battery capacity which lasts for at least 2.5 days. If you enable the always on screen this drops to barely a day which is a shame as this is a feature I miss from the Sony. Sometimes the watch doesn't pick up on the fact I have raised my wrist which is frustrating when it doesn't activate the display. The Sony used to detect not only the raising of the arm but also wrist flicks and this is a feature I miss sorely and not just for waking the watch up. Wrist flicks on Android Wear allow you to move through notifications and perform simple functions with them; sadly not to be so for Tizen.

The other frustrtion with Tizen is connected with notifications, they all come through to the watch but sometimes it isn't intuitive in how to deal with them. There is no feedback on gestures until the gesture is complete which is often too late.

Finally, and this is not a scientific analysis, the bluetooth range does not seem as accommodating as the Sony. In my example I often leave my phone in the lockers while swimming. My Sony used to stay connected to my phone most of the time whilst I was in the pool enabling me to keep on top of notifications (which I completely realise is quite sad of me!). The Samsung on the other hand nearly always disconnects on moving more than 10 metres from the locker which is a shame.

All in all, there are pros and there are cons; as said before I am still not sure which outweighs the other, maybe in time I will make a decision but at the moment I can tell you it is the Samsung that is on my wrist!
The Smartwatch that your friends will want!
Prior to receiving my new S3 Frontier I was in doubt as to whether I had the right one, Frontier or Classic? Well I can honestly say I don't look back. I am sure that both work equally impeccably and to date I have little to fault the S Gear at all. The apps work effortlessly and sensibly. The messaging and phone functions are so James Bond and you feel special being able to do so much without the burden of picking up or finding your phone. I am sure that more apps will come online, but you can access hundreds of watchfaces and personalise it with ease. Highly recommended - buy one now!
A lot of fun
A great product that's also fun. It simplifies sending texts and reading emails, though to respond to them is a bit of a chore. The style of the watch is great too, though a colleague mentioned it would look rather large on a female wrist (it's a rather large watch face).
I'd really recommend this if you like your tech. It's great in meetings too where you can check your phone without anyone noticing.
Great but not perfect...yet
This is the my first experience with a full blown smart watch and the Tizen operating system. The OS and watch in general is very easy to use and the rotating control works extremely well.

It uses the same cable as your mobile to the wireless dock which is helpful, it charges fast and lasts at least 2 days.

It very easy to change the watch faces as there are plenty to choose from but the overall amount of apps is limited.

The watch is comfortable to wear and great quality, although I did find the genuine leather strap just a bit too thick. The one with the Frontier looks a little better for me.

Overall, a great watch with loads of features and an improvement over the Gear S2.
Brilliant
This is a great watch, lots of apps easy to link to phone. Making call are great, sound is very good.
Large face, which you can change every day if you want.
It's got all the fitness apps you could ever need. Battery lasts a long time.
The best watch so far, I would recommend this watch to all my friends and family.
Not For Everyone
I used to have a smart watch before when they were touted as the next big thing but I quickly found that actually, it wasn’t really something that I found useful....A year later I’m back trying this one and I will see how it fairs on my day to day life.

I have been testing the Samsung Gear S3 Classic for the past 3 weeks these are my thoughts so far.

Size And Design

The S3 gear is slightly bigger than the normal watch that I wear and I found this a little uncomfortable at the start as I kept it tight so that the blood pressure monitor could work as it should. I have had to loosen the strap to prevent pain in my wrist that I haven’t experienced before.

The watch is operated using 2 side buttons and the bezel which are used to operate the menu system.

The menu system is easy to use with the rotating bezel and you can make a selection by touching the screen....all simple and all works well.

There are a number of different watch faces which I have found to be great and there will be one to appeal to everyone’s tastes both free and paid. The best one for me is one of the installed ones which displays everything I need it to do.

Battery

The reported battery life stated by Samsung is 4 days. Now if you are using the always on display and the wake up gesture and you get loads of notifications then you will have no chance of having the reported for days and more like 2 days before you are reaching for the charging cradle. I personally have turned off these off and I can get the watch to the end of day 4 with still some battery left....Now there are some other reasons for this.....I have the option turn on where the watch will not display notifications when my watch display is on....after all whats the point In that when I have the phone in my hand or on when I am using it with my sat nav. I think in real world terms, 3 days will be the most you will be getting out of it with normal usage. The good thing is even when the battery is dead, the phone will revert to a watch so you can still tell the time....after all...thats what it is.

The battery is charged using a magnetic cradle which is really easy to use...simply place the watch on the stand and it will charge...it will also turn the screen around so u can read the time. Average charging time is about 1 hour 30 – 2 hours for a full charge.

Features

The watch some with some great features – heart rate monitor, GPS to track all your runs and walks, Bluetooth and wifi. The wifi option is great as it links up to all the saved WIFI networks on your phone and then means if you don’t have your phone within Bluetooth range then it will connect to the wifi so you can still get notifications and send messages. Think this is a great feature. Samsung has S voice which is their voice assistant on their eco system...I have not got on with this on my Samsung phone and using it on the phone was no different. It was unable to do anything that I asked of it...even the simple things often not understand what I was saying so I quickly stopped using it. The watch does come with a speaker phone mode when you answer calls on it. I have used this a few times and its has been really interesting to see peoples reactions when they see me talking to my wrist. The sound quality is clear and at no point on the calls that I have taken as anyone noticed that I am not using my phone. One thing that I would like would be the ability to send voice notes via the watch using WhatsApp or other messaging apps. Reply to messages on the on screen keyboard is ok but its not something that you would like to do to send a full reply to...i have often accidently sent the message before I have finished because the send button is close to the keys.

I have noticed that some apps notifications don’t play well with the watch and only allow you to display but not reply to whats being said but that’s a minor thing that can be updated through the store.

Apps

There are a number of apps from some of the big players in the market like ESPN and UBER to name a few. These are good and offer functionality but there is not as many apps on the eco system to match the likes of apple watch and google gear. Most apps are free by there are some paid apps which are available.

Overview

Smart watches are not for everyone....I have been down this road before and didn’t feel that it was for me....but here I am again..

So.....is it for me??

I’m more a person that is on the go with clients so pulling out my phone to check emails and messages is not always possible but this has been really great in that regard....does it do everything I would like it to do...well no because there are times that I still need to pull my phone out in order to complete a task like reply to an email without it taking an hour to reply using the little keyboard on the screen but as just something that will allow me to do the basics ...view and simple replies....yes its helps me a lot.
Stylish, elegant and highly functional, a game changer in wearable tech
PROS
Circular watch face looks and feels superior to the square and rectangular faces of other smartwatches
Easy and simple interface that is easy to navigate using the rotating bezel
It monitors exercise well and with the heart rate monitor provides excellent information about how you are doing.
Great connectivity with phone
Easy wireless charging

CONS
Can feel a bit heavy on the wrist
Some watch faces don’t have quite the same premium feel that you get on android wear
Not as many apps as android wear yet
Four O’clock button feels a bit misplaced
Best Watch i have ever had
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Review

I have been using the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier watch for about 2 months now and I wanted to write up a review giving my feedback on what I thought about the watch in general, the interface and features. I used to have the Samsung Gear Fit.

Even the packaging for the watch is top notch, taking the watch out it comes with a small dock that allows for cable less charging like the wireless charging for the S7 edge. Its magnetic as well so the watch won’t just call off if you pick up the dock. While charging, it rotates the display and shows you how long before it is fully charged. 
The watch comes with a standard rubber wrist strap that was enough for me, it is possible to swap them out for others. 
The size of the watch face and profile off the wrist is no bigger than any watch I have worn before so it isn’t heavy on the wrist or sticks out so you catch it on door frames etc.

The S3 is packed full of features and some I am still trying out, one thing that I thought was strange that didn’t come with it was no count down app. This was downloadable from the Samsung Apps and sent to the phone. 
I am not one for using tech for showing off so wouldn’t play music through my watch etc. 
This morning I did find the phone call and text messaging very useful as I got up to let the dogs out and have a cuppa when I got a text, I was able to reply using the built-in keyboard. After a few messages were exchanged I thought it was easier to call so I used the watch to make a call in the kitchen while my mobile was still on charge in the bedroom. (I’m not one for always carrying my mobile with me when I first wake up). There are also custom watch faces that can be downloaded.

The S health integration is fantastic, after 10 minutes of walking it starts recording walks rather than just step counts. If I sit still for an hour it vibrates and tells me to get moving or at least Stretch. 

Pros 
For me the health monitoring is why I love this watch, I don’t need to do anything and it just works with my Samsung S7 edge Health App recording all my info to help me stay healthy. Like all Bluetooth devices, calls and notifications are handy but you can get that feature for a lot less. The Dial interface to scroll through apps and widgets make it really easy to use. 

Cons
Wearing this tightly on my wrist and in the shower, has caused a mild skin rash, wet rubber on skin will do that I guess but worth noting. Also, occasionally when I go from Bluetooth on to off and back on again the watch and the phone wouldn’t pair first time. 
I found the stop watch would come on accidentally as you only need to tap the screen to start it. A little annoying if you brush against it.
Gear S2 owner - an upgrader's review
I should make it clear before I go any further, I've received my Samsung Gear S3 Classic for review at a reduced price (if I decide to keep it and almost certainly will), however, this is my honest review of what I think of the device.

I purchased my Gear S2 just a couple of weeks before Samsung announced their plans to release the Gear S3, so whilst the S3 had considerable improvements I couldn't see myself justifying finding the funds to make the upgrade so soon after.

There was a tech website that recently posted an article claiming that smartwatches were already dead in the water, that the extra features didn't warrant the drawbacks, i.e. cost and battery life, over the simple need of being able to tell the time; I have to disagree, I've bought several watches over the last few years and I've found that after about two weeks they end up gathering dust because the discomfort of something strapped around my wrist was too much to put up with, the extra features of the Gear watches have actually changed that, for me.

So, does the S3 do a better job than the S2? Short answer, yes, long answer, read on.

The display is one of the most obvious upgrades, being noticeable larger it has more real estate to display information, i.e. the weather widget now has enough space to also display precipitation chance along with UV index, below that it even manages to squeeze up/down arrows to cycle through other locations that you may have setup. That's the next noticeable improvement, how responsive the screen is on the S3, on my S2 there were times it would struggle to respond to even gross actions like screen swipes up, down, left and right; the S3, however, I can easily tap on the small arrows on that weather display, despite having pretty large fingers that can have trouble hitting individual letters on my phone's keyboard. One other feature that I've noticed is improved is the "turn on" response when you turn your arm to see the watch, the S2 was really unreliable and would often require flicking my wrist back and forth several times to make it illuminate (I have a suspicion that the S2 is actually set up to be worn on the inside of the wrist, as it responds much more readily when placed there), the S3 turns on much more reliably, often turning on even when you've already half-raised and turned your wrist in preparation of turning your head to look at it.

Apps on the phone, I'm finding myself using things like S Health a lot more readily than on the S2, I suspect mainly down to the improved responsiveness of the watch in general; I'm a pretty lethargic person, if I'm honest, and I'm actually finding myself following the inactivity prompts to get up out of my office chair and walk around, or stretch out. So, despite being a lazy person, I'm actually finding the small nudges are actually making a difference, which has really surprised me. Doing Dick Tracy impressions is a bit of fun, talking to someone via your watch, the practicality is debatable as you really do need to hold your wrist fairly near to your head, no waving it around and trying to do something else at the same time, but there are occassions when it's handy, i.e. comfortably sitting across the room from your phone, or holding something in your arms and it's easier to swipe your watch screen than dig your phone out of your pocket, just be aware that you're using a speakerphone and not something which only you can hear.

Battery life is yet another improvement: the S2 really did need to be recharged every three days, you could try squeezing a fourth day out of it but it would almost certainly need to be switched into low-power mode before you got home, or, just as likely, it would switch itself off; the S3, meanwhile, I'm finding easily goes four days and you can usually risk a fifth day without too much concern, I haven't had to switch it to low-power mode yet as it was late enough in the day when it starts prompting you that I still had plenty of time left to get home and put it on its charger.

Build quality is as good as the S2 despite one extremely slight drawback, because of the larger build the turnable bezel makes more noise if you happen to tap on it with your finger; it makes the bezel sound as if it sits a lot more loosely on the body of the watch, but in reaility when you turn it it feels just as snug fitting and the ratcheting is just as smooth. One point I would like to make about the buttons: if you happened to look at Samsung's renders of the watch, it makes the buttons look huge and that they stick about 5mm out of the watch body; I had wanted to get the Frontier version of the watch, because of this, with it's flat buttons, but in reality they're really quite snug and haven't caused any problems, even when I've been working out on a rowing machine.

One noticeable change between the S2 Classic and the S3 Classic is the supplied watch straps: the S2 had fairly refined leather straps, two types of layered leather that were stitched together; the S3, however, is a solid chunk of cowhide, almost 3mm thick in places, extremely utilitarian and stiff at first. For the first day or two I could feel the strap gripping the sides of my wrist like a vice, but then it started to ease off and break in, it's now one of the most comfortable watches I've ever worn.

So, to finish, should you upgrade from an S2 to an S3? If it doesn't stretch your ability to budget, I can wholeheartedly recommend it as a great improvement and would say to make the jump now, you will not be disappointed. If money is tight, I would still recommend it, but wait until you can afford it or happen upon a good deal that doesn't hurt your pocket as badly.
Stylish and practical
The Samsung Gear S3 has been strapped to my wrist for the last 3 weeks and so far I'm finding it a great natural extension for my phone. With touch and bezel control it allows me to answer calls, texts and emails as well as keeping up to speed with my calendar or the weather. It's visually very pleasing in comparison to a lot of other smartwatches and doesn't feel to large on the arm. The only slight downside for me is that the watch doesn't have many killer apps just now, though I suppose it takes time for developers to realise the potential of the platform.
Best reason to own a smartwatch yet
The Samsung Gear S3 manages to be a beautiful and practical timepiece combined with all the smarts that you’d expect from a flagship device.

It’s a large watch, but fashionably so. It looks and feels expensive and the always on screen and industry-standard 22mm watch strap fittings mean you personalise it to taste, or make it feel like a different watch every day! The supplied silicone strap is nice and in keeping with the outdoors design of the Frontier edition, but I switched to a metal strap, which I love.

The larger body also means a larger battery. 2 days is possible with the screen always on and at least 4 if you allow it to go to sleep. There’s no compromise on performance either. It flies around menus and apps and everything remains silky smooth.

Notifications are accessed by turning the innovative bezel to the left and you can respond to messages using canned responses, emoji, voice dictation or even a T9 predictive keyboard. Remember those?

It’s also fully equipped for the outdoors, with GPS, altimeter, barometer, GPS, WIFI etc and the exercise auto-detection and comprehensive S-Health app work well to help you keep track of your physical adventures.

There’s not much not to like. The size might put some off, but try one if you can. I’m not blessed with large wrists, but I’ve adjusted very quickly. Excercise detection isn’t perfect (left handers walking along with an umbrella will confuse it) and the app-store is limited against the competition.

Otherwise, the Gear S3 is the closest device yet to a convincing argument for owning a smartwatch. Always-on screen, days of battery life and an ingenious bezel-wheel allow you to keep up with your digital life, without being distracted from your real life.
Getting to grips with my lifestyle
Having never had a smart watch before i'm amazed at how easy it's intergrated itself into my life. I work shift patterns and it's very hard to get into a routine. With the Gear S3 I now managed to understand the routines I have and can now adjust them to make things better. eg sleep patterns, dietary needs, water intake and exercise. The Gear S3 is a comfortable, robust and stylish watch. It will only improve with time, no pun intended. With more and more downloadable content and updates. This watch will be apt for everyones lifestyle. #theinsidersgears3
Amazing!
Absolutely amazed by the Gear S3, just because it really looks like watch. And also feels like one, and everyone at the first glance think it is a regular watch. At the first time I wore it, I thought it would be weird, unusual, a strange new device. Wrong! After 3 days I couldn't live without it. The Gear S3 is elegant, practical and easy to use. The display is incredibly bright, the colours are vivid and the resolution is sharp. The Tizen software is fast and runs smoothly, user interface is intuitive , connection is stable and the battery is a plus, at least 2 days of heavy use. It's hard to describe what I like the most in the watch, jut love the design and the fact I can swap the 22mm strap for any other I like. The rotating bezel is unique, and it is very smart the way the system is applied to it. The GPS is a great companion for running or any other activity, It is resistant, don't need to take it off for a shower, heart rate monitor is accurate and replaces really well my old sports band. Simply incredible.
Love this watch!
- This is the my first experience with Samsung gear's Tizen operating system after owning Moto 360 2nd edition and previously LG G Watch R. Tizen OS is very easy to use and the rotating control works extremely well!
- Battery lasts 2 days minimum for me, charging is pretty fast
- There are a lot of watch faces available in the Samsung store, but the facer app to give you even more watch faces, give it a go if you have not tried yet!

I am very happy with the watch so far and just ordered the official Gear S3 silicon band in green which is arriving on Monday.
Fantastic
Having previously owned the Samsung Gear S & Gear S2, I was looking forward to seeing what the S3 had to offer and I must say, I haven't been disappointed. I've had the Gear S3 Frontier around a week now and I'm still getting used to some of the features of this very attractive looking smart watch.
Out of the box it feels like a premium product which is more than I could say for its predecessor, the Gear S2. The large (but not too large) 1.3inch screen is a great size for a smart watch and wouldn't look too out of place on smaller wrists. The watch comes with the large strap fitted but also has the small strap included in the box. Samsung have really thought about the rotating bezel this time too, it has a good quality feel to it and can be turned easily using one finger, making it really user friendly.
The wireless magnetic charging dock is very similar to the Gear S2. One great advantage though is the quick charge which gives you about 10 hours use on a 20 minute charge. I also like the way the watch face turns on its side when docked which is great if you have it by the bed side over night.
The Tizen operating system has improved and is very quick. It comes with many pre-installed apps and watch faces which can also be added to using the accompanying phone app. I will say the app choice is a bit limited currently but I'm sure this will improve over time.
The built-in S-Health app is also improved with the aid of the new sensors. The Barometer and the Altimeter are great for tracking how many floors you've climbed and the GPS is good for distance and speed if you run or ride a bike. The IP68 rating also adds good protection too if you're sporty or if you like a bit of outdoor activity.
I've found the built-in microphone to be more responsive than both the Gear S & S2 and the built-in speaker has improved over the previous models also. Louder and better quality.
The battery life is good. Samsung say you should get 3 to 4 days out of it but I'm getting just over 2 day with the watch face always on. I'm sure you'd get more if it was off but I like it to look like a watch when I'm wearing it.
I find the 4GB storage more than enough for what I want. I've currently used 1.47GB of the storage, this includes the operating system and pre-installed apps as well as the extra watch faces and apps that I've installed so plenty of room for more.
In my opinion, Samsung have done a superb job of creating a fantastic looking smart watch with some outstanding features. If you're thinking about buying one then don't hesitate, you won't be disappointed.
This is the first smart watch I have used. It is incredibly useful!
One big plus for women like me. I have it paired to my phone which means when I am out and about I can make and receive calls from the watch rather having to delve into my handbag. I have it set to vibrate which means I always notice an incoming call where sometimes I don’t hear the phone in the bag. I have the SHealth activated and can track steps, stairs, exercise, water and coffee intake etc etc. I am finding this motivational and useful. I can review incoming emails or text messages. It even has some short auto replies for texts. Voice recognition is so so and typing is hard but frankly I don’t really need it for that. I do like being able to have a quick glance at notifications to see if there is anything important. It really is very easy to use with the mix of bevel and touch sensitive.Overall I am really pleased with it and would recommend it to anyone who is tempted by a smartwatch – especially if you have a Samsung phone to pair it to.
I'll never go back.
Having never owned a smartwatch before I was unsure what to expect from this watch. I have been blown away by everything about it so far.
on first opening the package I was stunned by the look and quality feel of the watch, it comes with a stand for wireless charging and I have found that with everyday use I normally have to charge it every 3rd night. it has a rotating bezel that you use for selecting items on the screen.
There are loads of features and its very customisable you can download so many different faces to make it look exactly the way you want. It has a step counter, heartrate monitor, counts how many floors you've travelled and gives you a record of your sleep when its worn overnight.
I particularly like the Spotify app which can even play the music from the watch itself, or control the music being played from your phone or via a Bluetooth speaker. you can also connect Bluetooth headphones to the watch for listening. I have also found out recently by accident that when playing music over the Echo dot I can control the tracks from my watch.
I start work very early so my phone battery is always nearly out by the early evening, this watch helps me keep in contact while my phone is on charge upstairs I can still receive calls, texts, emails and WhatsApp messages anywhere in the house.
I've had this watch around 3 weeks but even after having it only a couple of hours I can say that I will never go back to a normal watch. I've had so many comments about how "Smart" the watch looks.
Awesome Watch
Pros: Battery, Build, Screen
Cons: Lack of Apps

Summary

Brilliant watch, screen is awesome, touch screen very responsive, love the interface.

- Love the Screen quality
- Easy to use
- Additional leather strap
- Battery lasts 3 days
- S Health brilliant

Better than the previous smart watches, only thing is more apps needed
Great screen and battery if a little fat!
The S3 is quite a watch. I had the S2 for a while and loved how it gave me what I needed in a non confusing way. The S3 is more of the same but with longer battery life and larger screen.

The only thing I'm still not sure about is the size of the watch, it's pretty chunky compared to the S2. But I think the battery life and screen size outweigh this negative point.

The operating system is a joy to use compared to Google's version and so far it hasn't crashed on me.

Very happy with it.
Finally a smartwatch that is and looks like a real watch
Finally a smartwatch that is and looks like a real watch. I have owned other smartwatches and it has been obvious what they are, the design and the screen blanking out makes then stand out

The S3 its designed by a watchmaker so its looks and feels like a watch. Also you get the option of having the screen always on. That reduces the battery but I still get 48 hours out of it

The bezel may seem outdated but it works so well. You get greater control and no failed swipes, useful for cancelling nuisance calls.

The S3 is also the 1st watch I have had that is both a smartwatch and a fitness watch - most are one or other with a little of the other thrown in. It has its own gps and a built in heart rate monitor. I have a fitness watch where the monitor stuck out of the back of the watch so that irated my skin. This one is flush with the back of the watch so you dont realise its there
Probably the best smartwatch on sale!
The Samsung gear S3 does everything you could ever need from a smart watch, battery lasts for days, always on screen means no more waggling my wrist just to find out the time. Being an owner of a 1st gen smartwatch from a different brand I am shocked as to how far these watched have come in such a short time.

The only weak-point I find with the device is its OS, Tizen is a little less user intuitive than Android wear and a standalone system means I have to use a different app store to android's own. Furthermore I severely miss Google now, being able to speak with my old watch without touching it was its best feature. Asking questions, setting timers or getting directions just meant uttering the words 'OK Google.' This watch uses S-Voice with is abysmal compared to google now, and can't activated it without touching the watch.

However this issue does not distract from how good the gear S3 is, it is probably the best smartwatch currently on sale.
Simple and easy to use! You can't go wrong
Looks brilliants, all my friends and family love the Frontier. So easy to use and order an Uber taxi has strangers in ore! fitness tracker is very accurate and even tells you when to keep moving.
The best smart watch there is
Opening the box & getting the watch out you can see & feel that this is really well crafted & put together. it's not heavy but it is quite thick. The black finish on the Frontier is beautiful. I'm paranoid I might scratch it, although I have managed not to so far. The glass is recessed so this should minimise the chances of it getting scratched or worse, cracked. The rubber strap is OK but I find it sticks to my skin so I might change this to a metal strap. Changing the band seems easy enough. There's even a smaller one supplied in case you have tiny wrists.

I'm not new to smart watches had a Moto360 for 2 years now so I was a little unsure of what to expect of the Frontier running Tizen rather than Android Wear. I had become used to the way Android Wear worked & interacted with my Android phone. After a very short time using the Frontier, any doubts I had were gone. In fact, I prefer Tizen to Android Wear in some ways. On Wear, you need to swipe to get to the menu item you want & sometimes this leads to accidentally activating the wrong icon. With Tizen you can simply touch the menu item you want.

The Frontier comes with a few widgets already installed mainly for S-health which is Samsung's own fitness tracker but there are others such as contacts, weather & reminders. Different watch faces are available, just be aware that anything with a lot of animation will drain your battery fast.

Battery was always a shortfall on my Moto360 lasting just over 24 hours. The Frontier changes that. As I'm writing this, my Frontier has been off charge for 14 hours & there's still 75% battery remaining with the phone all saying I have 2 days left. This is with the screen off for most of the time however but it is using the default watch face that's got a fair bit of animation & interaction using the gyro to imitate light reflection.
Great functional smartwatch
The watch itself is brilliant, it’s modern and stylish and fits well on the arm. The only criticism I have is the silicone band as it tends to stick my skin very easy, but can be rectified with a different strap. The S Health features are very useful and have made myself more aware of my exercise frequency and has motivated me to do more during the day. The lack of app support on its Tizen OS is dire, as I do wish sometimes that I could just run Android Wear and use the apps available on that OS, but if you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, it works really well and you get by with the replacement apps that the Galaxy store does offer. I would like it if I could use some kind of contactless payment on the watch, as Samsung pay isn't available yet in the UK, and no Android Pay support is available. I do find the notifications useful on the watch, as they are unintrusive and easy to realise that there's a notification present with the yellow indicator to the left of the screen. The screen itself is quite impressive with the picture quality and the touchscreen makes it easier to navigate out of menus and settings, while the dial is very useful when I want to glance quickly on a certain face. I will say, if you intend on using this watch on an iPhone, don't bother! It's not as fully featured when using it on an iPhone. You're missing more apps from the Galaxy Store, you have to keep the app open on you iPhone, and calling from the phone is tedious to setup.
Excellent quality and very practical
The weight and feel of the watch is very comforting, it feels like good quality. The Large face makes it easy to see the detail on the screen.
The rotating bezel, and touch screen, makes it very easy to operate and I found all the apps I needed, and some I didn’t. It’s very easy to get Email, Text and Social media set up.
There are some good apps like the maps, I also found one to give me the yardages on the Golf course; there are also some annoying ones, like the fitness one telling me to get up and move all the time.
There is an abundance of watch faces to pick from and easy to change, either on the watch or using the paired phones app. It is also easy to change the strap, as it is a standard 22mm fit, there are plenty on offer.
The screen seems to be just the right brightness all the time, and comes on when you move your wrist.
Excellent battery life, even with the always on display, though it is not needed as the display turns on when you turn your wrist to see the time.
The Gear app on the Android phone (Samsung S7 Edge) is also very good, it makes it easy to arrange the apps in the watch menu, and manage apps, notifications Etc.
Great watch not for iPhone
Gear s3 Review

I have used the watch for three weeks now and I have to say I Love it I have the Classic Version … But it’s too bulky and not for the light handed people … Also the design is not very unisex which is wired…

The leather strap is not the most comfortable I have used till date. It’s fat and not very flexible and with time it’s getting harder than softer which is again not very helpful.

I have used the watch with an Samsung s7 edge, Android Nexus and iPhone there is not much difference between android and Samsung thou with Samsung you get better notification control the usage with iPhone is non-existent. Thou Samsung has released an iOS app it feels more like an insult to people who would want to buy the Gear s3 and use it with iPhone.

With Samsung the Tizen OS is very well customized for the watch it completely feels like a well thought out and designed for the purpose OS. The rotating bezel gives it amazing usability edge over other Smart watches.

I used the watch for sports and the exercise measuring is not as great as a Pebble or Fit bit which are designed for exercises purposes but it’s not worse that what apple watch or android does.

The notification handling is good enough and till android releases ver 2.0 replying with keyboard on the Gear s3 is amazing feature to have… Not that I would want to type my business emails on it but for quick responses when you are in a meeting its great.

There are a few third party apps but there is very limited selection but saying that you would never want to do a lot on the smaller screen as the more you squeeze in the worse you make it.

I used Uber and Nest and both were great.

In UK we don’t have the ability to use Samsung pay as that would have been great on TFL. I do use my apple watch and it works a treat which makes me use my Samsung watch only out of office hours.

Answering calls on the Samsung is great the voice is clear and loud also using the bezel to control the volume and answering calls make it aesthetically pleasing and easy to use.

All in all a great watch if you like to wear a device which would look great and stand out ( Draw attention ) if you are looking for something less nosy this it not for you ….

Also if you are planning to use it with iPhone forget it don’t insult your self.
Wear with pride
This watch is excellent. It actually looks like a watch and not a TV on your wrist.
The design is lovely, the UI is easy to use.
Many people indicate there is a lack of apps for the watch. I didn't find that, it has all that I need. It tells the time, I can access calendar, I can phone, text from the watch, It tracks steps, HR, GPS. I gives me reminders. I have a calculator, I can control spotify,It gives notifications for everything my phone notifies.
Not sure I need anything else.

Battery life still isn't great, every 3rd night I need to charge it.
Also still a bit scared to use this in a 'frontier' environment.. I am scared to scratch it.
Contrary to first expectations; the watch is not too bulky or heavy, though some may find it to be more suitable for a male wrist
On opening the box; I was very impressed with perceived level of quality in the watch and the charging mount. The product looks very well made, classy and robust. Contrary to first expectations; the watch is not too bulky or heavy, though some may find it to be more suitable for a male wrist.
In terms of practicality; I found the watch very easy and intuitive to use with particular praise for the rotating bezel and two button approach as a means of menu navigation.
The smart watch is very quick to sync with my phone (Galaxy S7 Edge) and was instantly reading messages, tweets, and emails – The large, bright, and clear display making the task of reading the notifications very easy.
Notifications work well – Time spent configuring them will ensure you are not constantly interrupted during the working day - particularly ‘S Health’ reminding you to keep moving.
Making and receiving calls via the watch is a little strange to begin with; though it is easy to get used to (a little ‘showy’ in practice, were you to keep lifting the watch to your face like a spy…).
The Tizen OS feels snappy in daily use; though I am inclined to agree with other reviews that the use of this OS does tend to limit the apps available, with some apps feeling slightly pointless. On a positive note; there are some very useful apps available such as S Health and Spotify (to mention favourites so far…).
The S Health tracking capability has proven a useful motivator in the post-Christmas fitness kick, with a ‘friendly’ reminder to keep moving, track steps, and monitor heart rate. On occasion, the heart rate monitor may not be the most accurate due to movement or sweating through exercise but still gives a useful indicator.
In terms of battery life (a key concern for many); I have been very impressed, having run through some simple tests and varying usage patterns.
The fast charge capability of the smart looking magnetic charge base is an added bonus, allowing you to give the watch a quick blast of juice whilst getting ready in the morning.
This is a well-designed smart watch which I wasn't initially convinced I would need, though having spent the time with it in various settings (work, exercise, leisure, etc.) I would not hesitate to recommend this watch for its style, practicality and overall function. I can see myself continuing to use the health tracking capabilities and, of course, it is really nice to be able to swap the straps and faces to go with whatever occasion or activity you like.
Best smartwatch of 2016/2017
The Gear S3 comes in a very modern and stylish package – the top of the packaging is a clear container where you can see the Gear 360 in all its glory. Whilst using it colleagues and friends alike were impressed by the watch and asked what it was. It certainly attracts people with its stylish looks. The Tizen software on the watch is actually very intuitive and easy to use. I’ve used android wear before, and I must say I don’t have a preference over either – Android Wear’s card system is very pleasant to use, but the tactile scroll wheel interface on the Gear S3 to be very good as it stops me from covering the screen with my finger as I swipe through the interface, (and decreases the fingerprints on my screen!). got all the notifications I needed, and can reply using my watch. I can also take calls with my watch, which I think is a great little trick. Scrolling and swiping away notifications is a little less intuitive as the gesture for both is very similar. However this is a small issue which can be resolved in a future software update. Battery life has been good for me, I had low expectations. My previous smartwatch I used to charge everyday, this smartwatch I charge every 3 days which I was very impressed with. Overall I believe the S3 range by Samsung is the best looking smartwatch by far the market currently. The Tizen software has it downfalls, particularly in the app selection, but the battery life and build quality of the watch beats everything in the market so far. The watch is compatible with both iOS and Android, although it is best used with the a Samsung phone, especially if you need to use the health apps on it.
Best Smart Watch i ever used ...
I have been waiting for a long time to get a smartwatch. In the beginning I didnt want to invest in any of the available ones due to the market being too new and the prices were high for even bad quality watches. But recently I had been researching seriously and was about to invest in the Huawei or Moto 360 when I heard about the Samsung Gear S3. The more I read the more I started falling in love with it. I was worried that It was not an android wear device but infact a samsung Tizen OS based device, but the features were amazing.
So I finally gave in and ordered the S3 Classic. I work in an office and wanted a watch that would not jump out and look out of place, but still have enough wow factor to become to envy of anyone who saw it, and the classic had all that going for it. It has all the features of the best smartwatches out there and it has the looks of a regular premium watch.
I had read from a lot of remarks that the watch was very big, but when I got mine, the size was just perfect for my arms. I have not had an issue wearing it all day, and some nights too, as it has a sleep monitor as well, so it can tell you how your sleep was.
The Samsung Gear app that you need to install on your phone to use it was super easy to install and setup. It gives you all the flexibility you need to to play around with the watch.
S-health, the health app from samsung takes all the data from your watch e.g. steps you took, floors you climbed, heartrate, sleep stats etc and presents it in a nice way.
I can go on and on describing the beauty as ease of use of this product. All I can say is, you need to try this.
The only negative thing about this watch is the price. But when you are getting all this at that price, the pain of spending your hard earned money slowly goes away.

#insidersgears3
A really 'smart' watch for the elderly
The S3 is a well-designed quality, smartwatch with a large face ideal for those with failing eyesight. Old folk will find it so easy to control the excellent bezel. The battery lasts three days, even with constant use. Using the magnetic charging cradle is a doddle because the watch is firmly held in place and can be used as a night-light. The built-in GPS is very useful for finding your way around. Both sound and voice quality are surprisingly good, so using the S3 directly for phoning is straightforward and calls are very clear. Streaming music via the watch and receiving notifications on the wrist happily makes the phone almost redundant.
I find the S3 indispensable and wholeheartedly recommend it. It is very responsive to your requirements and operating it does not involve a steep learning-curve. The interface is straightforward and you can easily add, delete and move widgets. Until recently, the app choice was limited but has been substantially extended although key gaps remain to be filled. Older people will find some of the available apps extremely valuable. The S Health is most useful for keeping fit and I frequently use the excellent voice recognition to add reminders.
Wouldn't go back
From the minute you open the box you get the feel of a quality item, feeling very well built and robust. Pairing to my Galaxy S7 edge was simple and well explained, 5 minutes later after a quick software update I was away exploring the features of my new smart watch.
Having never had any experience with a smart watch I was keen to explore the little beauty's features.
There are so many different watch faces to choose from, even the free faces available to download are good quality. Keeping the watch design feeling fresh. Pictures from your phone can be transferred to the watch and even used as a watch face background. Limitless possibilities.
Before receiving the watch I was a bit dubious about the fact the watch can answer calls and thought I would never use that feature. How I was so wrong....I received a call while driving and with a quick look at my wrist to see the caller and a twist of the bezel I had answered the call. The call quality itself was very clear, no distortion at all leaving me to concentrate on my driving. That one single call totally changed my opinion on the feature...brilliant!
Quality smartwatch
Pretty good so far - had it 3 weeks. Comparing with garmin f235- BIG steps discrepancy and calories off too, I believe the Garmin is closer.
The good stuff - SOLID, very well made, awesome Bezel control. Apps are good, but noit enough yet. Quality Screen. Software updates and more apps will continue to improve this offering until it's a Top 3 smartwatch.....But, If you're after it for fitness tracking, then look for a standalone fitness tracker.
Stairs need to be walked up slowly or it misses out flights
It's also heavy - I like this, but others may not....
The battery life is great, with low use and power saving features it will last 5+ days, very heavy use and it could drop to 2.5 days.
I love being able to change music volume / pause etc just using the watch.
Responding to messages is a bonus, but slow going - more like using an old nokia compared to a smartphone now.
Smartwatches are still a work in progress, but they are getting nearer the mark and this is no exception and a very solid performer.
Best smartwatch so far
The gear s3 it is not perfect, of course, what is perfection though. The fact is that this is the best smartwatch I have tried so far. Classic and minimal design with a shiny and functional bezel, nice leather strap, comfortable to wear. The software works perfectly fine, lot of apps to choose from, lot of features, easy to use. The built-in microphone and speaker allow you to use the watch in standalone mode, without the necessity to have your phone always with you to access all the functions. The screen is stunning, bright colours, good luminosity. It is a really good extension of your phone on your wrist, but you do not feel that anxiety of leaving the phone behind when you are doing a few steps.
Probably not a pretty feminine design, but can be wore by everybody comfortably.
A companion for all adventures!
Firstly, I adventure. A lot. Be it from scuba diving and mountaineering, to skiing and motor racing! This Gear S3 Frontier replaces my trusty Gear S2 from the past year, which has been a great friend to me, up until this Frontier donned my wrist!

Wow, what an upgrade! Samsung have really spent some R&D expense in making sure smiles are abound every time the wearer stares down at its glistening surface, eager to report the latest and greatest information. Directly from a smart watch.

There's no need to remove ones smart phone from a bag or pocket, as this thing can almost negate the necessity to need it! Connecting to ones phone via wifi/remotely, it's possible to take calls without looking for the phone. Talking into a wrist watch might look bizarre to onlookers, but it's the future! Ok, I might suggest linking the Gear S3 to wireless headphones to enable a more discreet conversation...

I also go to the gym daily, and although the Samsung S Health app integration works better than its older sibling, the much larger screen helps choose which exercise I'm going to do next, seemingly revealing more information than before.

I have paired the bluetooth Gear S3 with Samsung's IconX wireless headphones and it's flawless how the two work together, not just with workout information, but the overall notifications from both the watch and phone. One can chose which apps 'notify' you and even open the app on your connected smart device if desired.

No, I haven't taken this scuba diving (yet!), and don't intend to either, however, I have been for a swim in a lake and free dived in the sea, knowing it'll handle at least a metre for a while. Note that Samsung states waterproof in 'fresh water' at 1.5 metres for half an hour.

This Gear S3 Frontier has GPS, voice and vibration, allowing it to advise me when I've reached exercise goals, places of interest and with a vibrant screen, adjustable sound and brightness levels, it hasn't failed me yet up mountains recently in the UK!

I'm about to go skiing towards the end of January, so I am looking forward to see how it handles the really cold weather and tapping the 'ski' exercise in the S Health app! It measures steps, but I wonder whether it monitors speed too......
Samsung Gear S3 Classic Review
The Samsung Gear S3 Classic is a really good looking watch absolutely packed with features.
Everything about it about it screams quality. Set up was very easy, and it paired with my Samsung S7 phone before I'd even realised it.
There's loads of features on the watch which are very easy to use and a number of watch faces to choose from.
The fitness tracker seems very accurate and highly customisable.
However, the one drawback to the watch is the battery life which I struggle to get 2 days out of it.
Stunning product...lacking useful apps
Had the Samsung Gear S3 for a few weeks now and am very impressed with the functionality of the device with its smooth interface, clear display and intuitive design.
It's the first wearable tech that I've owned and am currently not a watch wearer, relying on getting my phone out to see the time, and I must say I am over the moon with it. I saw many a comment around the size of the device but I think Samsung have got it spot on. The weight and size are pretty much perfect for me and I don't have the biggest hands or wrists.
Sound and voice quality is very good and I was surprised at how good the Gear S3 is for making phone calls, with both myself, and the person at the other end, being able to hear each other clearly. I can only image this experience being bettered with the use of a Bluetooth headset.
I have to agree with some of the other reviews that the apps that are currently available are few and far to come by and those that are available in am struggling to find the reason for! This is the main reason for the 4 rather than 5 star review.
Overall I would say this is a great product and for anyone who is new to the wearable tech market it is really easy to use with minimal effort to link to your smart device. Great product and very much looking forward to future updates.
best smartwatch on market
I use this watch for about 3 weeks now, I'm very happy with it, is very fast, very well made with using high quality materials. Often also it replaces my smartphone.
I can respond to messages and phone calls without taking my smartphone wich it's very good in various situations.You can also configure the watch in may you like - loads of custom watch faces. This is not the first Smartwatch which I use.Entire Sheath app is a very nice tool that everyone should use everyday to monitor everything, I found that floors and steps are not accurately counted.I think everyone should have device like this, wich will help you save loads of time also in times where your phone have big screen and it's bulky. I wish there will be some more app to download - but it's not bad anyway. In My opinion it's best smartwatch on market
Amazing smartwatch
I chose the Classic because it has a more stylish and it is with a classic look. With a really neat bracelet in matching color becomes really powerful.
It has happened a lot since the first Gear S is the time to put on the shelf.
Dials in amounts. Attractive design faster handling and learning curve.
It weighs lightly on the arm and looks considerably more manly on the arm.
The rotating menu system is really good.
The range of applications is perhaps not a abundance of. Battery life is significantly improved 3 days at normal still feel that everything is in its place. I do not miss sim place you have a stylish watch with additional digital beauty is this what you're looking for. Recommended.
Great smartwatch let down by poor app support
Right from the unboxing the Frontier means business, it’s beautifully sculpted 316L stainless steel casing feels great in the hand and gives a reassuring heft and weight to remind you this beastly timepiece has what it takes to last in the wild. LIke it’s predecessor the Frontier is IP68 certified which means water resistance for up to 30 minutes and a dunk in fresh water up to 1 metre. The Frontier is also MIL-STD-810G compliant, say what i hear you ask? Basically this means the watch has some military grade resistance, like shock protection and exposure to extreme low and high temperatures. Whilst i would steer clear of cooking your watch or freezing it for the fun of it, it’s nice to know the watch has been made to cope with the more rigorous demands which may be thrown at it, such as winter sports or high humidity environments.

Like many smart wearables these days the frontier also has a variety of sensors which integrate with its software, there’s a heart rate sensor underneath which is set to constantly monitor your heart rate, a gyro sensor to measure movement and position, a barometer to let you know things like air pressure and elevation, GPS and an ambient light sensor to light and up and dim the screen depending on environment…

Speaking of the screen, the Frontier has a great looking 1.3 inch full circle Super Amoled touchscreen with 360 x 36 pixel density. It’s protected by Gorilla Glass SR+, designed to be thin, light and damage resistant and certainly feels up to some wear and tear. And as wearable screens go this is a great looking display, with those signature AMOLED inky blacks colours which are rich and saturated. Everything looks sharp and during the review period i had no issues using the watch inside or outside and touches are responsive and smooth. Flanking the screen is the excellent rotating bezel from last years Gear S2. I really wish more smartwatches used this feature as i absolutely love it - it has great tactility and feels great moving through menus, changing the display brightness and even increasing volume or skipping that rubbish song you forgot was in your Spotify playlist….

On the wrist the Frontier is comfortable and the supplied sport band is great quality and can be easily swapped out for various other straps using a small locking pin on the underside of strap. Like any watch you will need to clean the underside of perspiration to ensure the heart rate sensor can do its job, but despite its chunky appearance this is a smart and good looking wearable which looks good when you’re suited and booted or feeling in a more casual mood…

Battery power is supplied by a 380 mAh unit which gives the Frontier some serious staying power. On my first charge i had easily two days of heavy usage and as i write this review there’s still 70% left after over 2 days of usage. This will vary but after switching off some features like the auto heart rate sensor and annoying exercise reminders this will easily sail through two days of moderate daily use. There’s also 4GB of storage, but in typical Samsung style a great deal of this is used up with built in apps, leaving you with a little over 1.5GB of storage - although most files are small enough not to make this a bug issue. There’s a built in music player which you can use on its own via Bluetooth headphones, even a Spotify widget which beams all of your playlist info and can be controlled from the watch while your phone is out of sight. Neat. The 768MB of RAM is ample and i’m yet to run into any issues with performance.

Next in the kitchen sink is the call integration, with a built in mic and speakerphone so you can make and receive calls right from the watch itself while connected to your phone. Despite some odd looks, i quite enjoyed this feature - allowing me to leave my OnePlus 3T recharge downstairs at home whilst i moved around upstairs using the remote features of the watch. Calls sounded fine on the watch speaker but i was reminded on a few occasions i sounded like i was in some dark place somewhere…. But the point is, the convenience outweighs the slightly iffy audio quality and there were a number of times i was glad of this feature and found it useful. In some markets the Gear S3 range are available with 3G connectivity so the watch can work completely on it’s own providing you’re willing to put up with some app limitations...

Up to this point this would seem the ideal smartwatch, but there are a few points for me which spoil the mix a little. This is largely down to the choice of using the Tizen operating system which powers the watch OS. If you’re heavily into Google’s app ecosystem then you may be left wanting and disappointed in some aspects of daily use. You see, the Frontier mimics several of the built in apps of pretty much every Samsung phone out there on the market, meaning instead of my favourite to do app Google Keep, i have to make do with S Memo which feels clunky and not intuitive by comparison. There’s also no Google Voice integration - this is handled by Samsung's S Voice instead and whilst it’s serviceable and accurate, it just doesn’t feel as polished as our more recognisable search assistant.

The OS is also let down quite a bit by its lack of support by app developers and whilst we can hardly lay all the blame on Samsung for this, it does feel like there’s a missed opportunity here on so many levels. Scrolling through apps on the Gear Manager support app shows there are more watch faces than apps themselves, and the ones which are there seem gimmicky and hardly grab your attention - so as far as content goes i felt a little wanting if truth be told… Speaking of watch faces, there’s a great selection, some traditional, some sporty, some strange. But this said there’s something for everyone and there’s a superb collection of classic watch faces - but beware, my experience with the Facer app saw a significant drop in battery life depending on the watch face selected.

So in summary, whilst i was able to get over the lack of app support, in the back of my mind i couldn’t help thinking if this had Android Wear this would be an absolutely killer wearable and easily the best on the market right now. Even though Android Wear is having a period of uncertainty with some manufacturers holding off introducing new models until the new Wear 2.0 update, this would be a different beast altogether with Google's otherwise excellent wrist friendly OS. Alas, Samsung's decision to stick with their homegrown Tizen OS is both a blessing and a curse and spoiled my enjoyment just a bit, of what is otherwise a superbly crafted piece of digital jewellery.

This is not to do the Gear S3 range a dis-service though, as the Frontier was enough to persuade me to pick it up instead of my beloved Fossil on more than a few days of the week - having info right there at a glance without having to have my phone to hand made me appreciate its benefits and at the same time this is also a nice watch to wear around, even if it is a little bulky for some shirt sleeves. When i did put my Fossil back on, i found myself wondering more than a few times why the screen wouldn’t light up when i turned to look at the watch face, and i certainly missed those subtle vibrations which reminded of notifications - all of which can be acknowledged and even replied to on the crazy small, but useful on screen keyboard.

So, is the Gear S3 Frontier enough to make me forego a few days now and then with my standard mechanical watch? I can answer this with a resounding yes. Some omissions aside, my overall opinion is apps alone do not make a great watch and i can forgive the Frontier these faults given it’s other qualities which make me enjoy wearing it day to day. From its excellent build quality to stellar battery life this is a useful and great looking wrist companion that i wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to those looking to move into the smartwatch era. At around £350.00 this is not cheap but for the money you're getting a superbly crafted piece of technology which Samsung have worked hard on to create a very polished looking product.
Great piece of high functional jewellery!
I’ve owned a number of smart watches from the apple watch to a number of Android Wear watches in the past few years. This is my first experience with the Tizen operating system and so far I absolutely love it. I find that the Tizen operating is more intuitive for me than Android Wear when it comes to usability. Using the Gear s3 feels natural and simpler to use.

Size:
It’s not larger than any of the G-Shock watches I own. The Gear s3 size may be a downside for some but I personally think the larger size is a step in the right direction for these watches. Yes, they should have another version for women and men with smaller wrists. This larger size might look large at first, but then again...if you recall...how absurdly big did the original Samsung Galaxy Note phone look when it came out? Now, phones that size are the norm. It's not too heavy either. It's heavy enough to feel like a solid, well-made time piece, but light enough to easily forget you're wearing it.

Looks:
The design, though big, is more attractive than the Apple Watch. Both Gear S3 models put on a good show thanks to the combination of its fitness features like on the Gear Fit2 and smart watch functions as on the Gear S2, wrapped up in one single device. This Frontier model definitely looks more rugged than the classic and comes with a rubberised strap as standard, while the more comes with a premium black leather strap as standard. However, both models can accept any 22mm standard watch strap. It's rated to be able to take a beating and the IP68 rating means it can be survive being dropped into 5ft of water for 30 minutes. The face has a lot of matte surfaces so it doesn't draw too much attention, but there are enough shiny accents that keep it looking sharp.

Function:
This thing does everything I would want from a smart watch. It's quick and responsive, the interface is pretty simple, and you can add on whatever widgets you need to keep things quick and smooth. Calls are clear on both ends, making hands free pretty literal. All notifications are nice to look at with response options available on the screen. If the watch doesn't have a compatible response, it will open the specific app on your phone as soon as you unlock your phone. Altimeter and barometer are both accurate when comparing to external instruments. Pedometer is also relatively accurate. The heart rate monitor also works flawlessly. Plus, the wrist vibrations are fantastic, unlike my Huawei watch which was so weak that I would often miss notifications.

Always-On:
One of the most annoying parts of owning a smart watch is the "pouring coffee" arm manoeuvre you have to do just to see the time. I'm over that. It works great on the gear S3 and is responsive when done correctly. But sometimes you can't pour that coffee because you're holding something or whatever, and you suddenly realize this smart watch is more dumb than smart at times. I was carrying a big box recently and someone asked me the time, I glanced at my watch and it was a blank screen. But I couldn't do the manoeuvre. So I pathetically said, I don't know what time it is. I now always use the watch with the Always-On mode turned on and I can actually get close to 3 full days of use with Always-On on... that's a huge practical step in the right direction. This is after all, a watch.

Battery life:
As I mentioned above, I’m really impressed with the battery life. With the Always-On feature enabled I can get close to 3 days of usage. The watch will get 4 full days of usage when Auto- On screen mode is enabled. As for charging, the Gear S3 comes with a charging cradle which is really convenient. When charging, the device sits sprung up on a vertical panel, held in place by magnets. This allows you to monitor the charging process easily and even use the Gear S3 as a night watch by your bed.

Ambient light Sensor:
It's interesting how Samsung doesn't really advertise this feature and yet you have Motorola leaving their infamous "flat tire" on their watches just so they can have that same feature. For a watch, this feature is an essential and practical feature that a surprising number of smart watches don't have. It's a small feature, but makes the user experience better and I think worth noting here.

Overall, I believe Gear S3 is the best smart watch money can buy right now.
Gear S3, amazing smartwatch
This is a great smartwatch for those who own a samsung smartphone. The device is well built, has a lovely screen and is extremely responsive. There are plenty of watch faces to chose from and plenty of apps to install. The only issue I see is that to use all the features of the watch you need a samsung device. I have also seen no slowdowns when using the watch over a few days and it can get through a day fine as long as its charged overnight.
Simply Smart
This watch simply adheres to my needs. It looks smart as a smart watch should, however, has the detail to be either a smartwatch or ordinary watch. I like how you can change the display face to suit your needs or favourites. You can also change the settings to allow the face to always be on or not.

The watch is made well, and is sturdy, but is quite light weight and not bulky on your wrist. The leather strap is a soft texture as to not rub your skin, and moulds well to your wrist - these are changeable! To give the watch an edge, it has a rotating bezel which is a feature I have not seen elsewhere yet, this could be because most other smartwatches arent designed to resemble ordinary watches whereas this one does.

Due to this model, it needs to be connected to your phone at all times to be able to use it to its full capacity. In relation to this, the watch has been designed to allow you to receive notifications but not reply to them, so this is something to bare in mind when making your decision on model type - this suited my needs. The battery life is adequate for my usage, get quite a lot of charge and use out of the watch. Instructions are easy to follow and functionality is easy to get your head around, so simple to set up and get going. Ideally to improve this product, the manufacturers would consider allowing it to connect with a variety of android phones instead of being bespoke to Samsung but overall, so happy with my new watch, definitely worth the investment!
The Ultimate Smartwatch?
The Gear S3 is one of the best wearables I’ve tested - and I’ve tested many. And yet, I don’t know if it’s the best device for me.
I think the biggest issue I have with it is knowing I can’t rely on Google apps, but on Samsung apps and ecosystem. If you own a Samsung you’re gonna be really happy with this smartwatch, and if you own another Android device you might still love it.

But before buying this £349 smartwatch you need to think about why you need a smartwatch, and in particular this one.

We still live in an uncertain World where we don’t really know where smartwatches are going, but Samsung was able to build an elegant timepiece with a beautiful screen, all the sensors you could think about having and pretty much able to do a good (or excellent) job at anything a modern smartwatch can do and as a result, this is one of the best smartwatches out there, the one that actually doesn't want to go for too many compromises.
A well built watch,
The Gear S3 Classic is a well built watch. It has the smart classic expensive looks
The leather straps are supple and evidently strong. The watch fits snugly on the wrist and I have been sleeping with mine ever since.
There are a lot of good things about the appearance of this watch, including changeable straps. The rotating bezel is a winner!
I like the vast choice of watch faces that one can install. This makes it possible to be able to change the watch faces everyday to make the attire that you will be wearing on the day. Notifications worked out of the box for me, and most of the usual, and important phone apps have their notifications sorted for the Gear S3. I can not go into detail about individual apps, but the S health has been the obvious winner for me. It just feels good and inspiring when my watch prompts me to move when I have spent donkey hours seated on the couch. tracking and reporting on my sleep pattern is good.


Good points:
- Stylish smart classic looks
- Changeable straps
- Good size and weight
- Capable of always-on display
- Great S Health app integration

Bad points
- Limited apps
- No LTE functionality on the Classic, always requires the phone
- 2 days battery life is not enough for a watch, (Though its better than most other smartwatches)
- GPS is shaky
- Need NFC payment apps on this watch
Excellent smartwatch with stylish looks
The S3 Frontier is slightly bigger than the S2 at 1.3 inches, giving the AMOLED display both a clearer feel and making it easier to touch in the right place. The rotating bezel can be easily rotated left and right, with a cog design making it very tactile, and takes the place of fiddly icons and taps on the back button, though these are still available if you prefer to control your watch this way.

The built in GPS is useful for mapping out walks and runs, even when I don't have the phone on me. The 4GB onboard memory can store music directly on the phone, playing it through the built in speaker or connected bluetooth headphones. The speaker and microphone also allow calls to be made and taken on the watch, useful when you're walking home in the rain and don't want to remove your phone.

Is it perfect? Not quite, there still aren't quite enough apps to compete with the Android OS watches, but the store is slowly growing. Other than that, though, I'd happily recommend this watch to anyone as the ideal Smartwatch.
S3 Frontier. Great...More apps please
Loving my Gear S3 Frontier. It is perfect for my needs but it could have been, and hopefully will be, so much more. Where are the apps? The build quality is great and it feels very robust. Functions are excellent, especially the rotating bevel. Quite intuitive and makes operating a breeze. I am not sure if it needs 2 buttons on the side (Home and Back). They could also have been better placed. Depending on which arm you wear yours on, pressing one of them will not feel natural or comfortable. Out of the box, it comes with fitness stuff, text capabilities, (keyboard, voice, and quick responses) images, calls, and music amongst other things. I am a simple man and do not need much more. This is a good thing as there is a dearth of apps available for it. I would like to keep an eye on emails but I do not use the Samsung email app instead opting for the Gmail app. Battery life claims to be 4 days and I can see it stretching to that. When I received mine it was 78% and 48 hours later it was at 13%. This was when the novelty factor was high and I was playing with it constantly. I can see me getting three days out of it quite easily once I settle into it.
Best Watch Ever
Had the Samsung Gear S3 Classic over a week now, it's so useful in my everyday life, I used to get my phone out every 10 mins to have a look to see if I have a notification, I don't have to with the Gear S3 Classic as all the notification appear on it.

I exercise a lot so the Gear S3 is very handy to track my workout, put a stop watch on, change songs.

It looks fantastic too.
Classy Watch, Smart Features
Smart Watch does not do this watch justice - its a classy watch with smart features. I got the watch just before Christmas and have had so many people notice and ask about my watch because firstly it is a fantastic looking watch, most thinking it is a traditional watch because of the classic watch face, bezel and leather strap.

But underneath the many clock faces are many features like controlling your spotify on your phone from your wrist, especially handy if working out, talking of working out it also has Samsungs S Health integrated and automatically registers your workouts, pace, calories etc.

Other great features I love are being able to call & text straight from the watch as well as using voice commands to activate these commands. All of this sounds like a big drain on battery but its the best battery in a smart watch I've had lasting 3-4 days before needing recharged on the wireless charging dock thats included.

I never thought I would love this watch so much - I can even control my Spotify music on my PS4 directly from my watch or get an Uber direct from my watch.
I LOVE IT
From the moment I opened the box on Christmas morning (it arrived late on Christmas Eve) I loved it. The signature Samsung cylindrical packaging with this little beauty nestled safely inside.

It's a beautiful piece of engineering and very intuitive to use. Syncing to the Gear app on my S7 Edge was a cinch providing easy access to all available apps and stats on the watch and also performing an out of the box upgrade to the latest OS after I’d connected it to my Wi-Fi.

The watch itself looks like a "real" watch (I've utilised the always on feature) which is great. Scrolling is smooth throughout without any lag. The only thing I've not worked out is the Samsung Pay option (which I was keen to see) but not sure if it's available here in the UK at the moment. I’ll be looking into this further with Samsung after the holidays.

Swapping out watch faces is easy but I decided I prefer the look of the default face which mimics the watch the S3 has replaced.

It's really nice not to have to be tethered to my phone to receive updates from all my favourite apps. A quick glance at the face after a notification “buzz” lets me know if I'll need to respond to a mail immediately or just ignore it for a while!

The S3 has also replaced my fitness band so keeping track of heart rate, steps taken and now stairs climbed is a really nice feature. It even let’s me know when to get up and stretch my legs!

All in all I really love the S3 and all it’s features and am looking forward to using it long term.
best all round smart watch available at this time!
I had the original moto 360 smart watch before i bought this samsung gear s3. after unboxing, updating, connected to phone and playing with the gs3 for half hour, I immediately thought this is worth the upgrade!

Its looks very sleek, stylish watch with the stainless steel build and the leather strap. the watch has a 1.3 inch OLED screen that is clear, vibrant and responsive, also the screen is a full circle (unlike the moto 360 with the flat tyre look), has a built in speaker, IP68 Waterproof rating aswell as all the other specs in smart watches. it also has a bigger battery than the gear s2, lasted me just over 3days just using it as a normal watch, looking at notifications occasionally which is pretty impressive for a smart watch! a quick half hour charge would easily get me through a whole day at work and then some!
There is also Samsung pay, a form of NFC payment, it would be very handy once it comes into play as it will work with being connected to your phone!

Samsung's twist bezel is really intuitive and easy to use, keeps finger prints off the screen!
samsung smart watches run on tizen OS, not android wear OS, which in some ways is better as its runs faster and smoother but lack of aps and games let the OS down.

The gear s3 comes with a wireless magnetic dock which I really like, the watch feels more secure whilst charging.
In the box, it also comes with a additional smaller strap which is handy for smaller wrists. the interchangeable straps is straight forward to do, only takes a 5 minutes or so.

In my opinion, the Samsung gear s3 classic is the best smart watch out there at the moment, however there are a couple of draw backs of this watch.
* Lack of apps on Tizen OS
* Android pay support would be very useful
* Watch is a bit bulky for smaller wrists like my self
Great tech, better Apps soon I hope!
I have been using my S3 for just over a week now, all in personal use and I have to say I am really impressed with it as a gadget.

The S3 setup process was very simple and took only a few minutes and right away it connected fully to my Samsung A5 phone. I have also hooked it up to Sony and Huwaei phones and to my tablet subsequently.

The interface really is very intuitive. I had previously considered an Apple Watch and this interface works much better, really due to the bevel. I have shown this to non-smartwatch owning friends and some with Apple Watches and they mostly agree with me.

One thing that has really surprised is how good the phone function works. OK, you look a little strange, but the voice clarity is really good for both listening and talking...big tick in the gadget box. Other standard functions work well.

Notifications are great, but you do need to spend some time managing how they work so they don't constantly interrupt you. For instance on my first night wearing the watcv I went to a family party and because I was looking at the watch every few minutes some people thought I was being impatient to leave! Really I just wanted to show off the watch of course! This could look rude though, particularly in a business setting, so I will see how this goes.

Physically the watch is very comfortable to wear. Some reviews I have seen said the watch face is too big. I have medium sized wrists and hands and it really is a normal sized men's watch, I have seen many watches far bigger than it!

The key area I am worried about is apps. I downloaded Spotify and a calculator app (this was really easy by the way!) but I didn't really see any other apps I wanted on the watch. Time will tell and I will be trying some other apps out over the next couple of months.

On the positive side, SHealth is an excellent health app and is probably the one app that will keep me using the S3 in the long run....
The one to have
So far, I am impressed, it works with any android smart phone running android 4.4 and is very easy to set up. It is also IP68 rated so water proof 1.5m for 30mins, so you could take a shower but no swimming. You can answer phone and make calls, read Email, check the weather send texts by using the key board or just talk to it which I found work well, being able to answer phone was handy saves trying to get phone out of your pocket. Comes ready with most apps that you would need and a great health app. Has GPS, Accelerometer, Barometer, HRM, ambient light. So, it knows how many steps, stairs, how far you have and where you have been. Can ply MP3 tracks, change tracks and volume. You can down load tracks to it as well, change the clock face for every occasion. Good quality lovely screen nice bezel, 3 to 4-day battery life, if always on you get 2days plus. Takes standard 22mm watch straps. Find 4Gb more than enough storage . No bad points just the price is a bit salty.
• 1.3” Circular Super AMOLED
• 360 x 360, 278ppi
• Full Colour Always on Display
• Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+
• Dual core 1.0 GHz
• Tizen Based Wearable Platform 2.3.2
• 46 x 49 x 12.9
• 62g (without band)
• Strap 22mm
• 4GB Internal memory, 768MB RAM
• Bluetooth® 4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n
• NFC, MST, A-GPS/Glonass
• Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, HRM, Ambient light
• 380mAh
• Wireless charging (WPC Inductive)
• IP68 water & dust resistance
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