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Samsung Gear S3 Classic
15th November 2016
Samsung Gear S3 classic review
My Samsung Gear S3 Classic has finally arrived, so here are my thoughts :)
It is a large smartwatch and wears big on my 7.5" diameter wrists. The leather strap I bought at the same time is only just long enough to fit.
The watch sits some 4-5mm off the skin (due to the heart beat sensor) and because of this, the lugs are well clear of my wrists (a bit like on the original LG urbane watch) - maybe the reason why the strap is only just long enough.
A bit strange is the addition of a thin chapter ring inside the bezel marked in one & 5 minute intervals.
As with the S2, rotating the bezel changes the function from watchface to weather, add contacts, create reminder, events, calories burned, steps, Alti-Barometer and music player. These widgets can be added to as required.
Pressing the bottom button selects apps in a circular menu.
The menu and swipe are very slick with no lagging what so ever!
Music can be added from your phone via blue tooth and of course the watch can be linked to bluetooth headphones.
My only gripe is the OS - ie Tizen.
I have owned a LG urbane and a Moto 360 and both ran Android Wear. I have bought and collected many watch faces used through Watch Maker.
Unfortunately, these watch faces and Watchmaker are not compatible with the Tizen OS on the smartwatch. There is no google maps at this time (or any map software from what I can tell)
This means you can only use watch faces found on the Samsung Gear app store or those through the Mr.Time Maker App - this could end up being a deal breaker for me
So in summary, the smartwatch has the best hardware I have owned (and 4 day battery life is great) but it remains to be seen if enough apps and watch faces are offered, for me to swap to an Android Wear OS watch in the future (Maybe an updated Moto360 or Huewei smartwatch)
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- View notifications without looking at your phone
- Built-in GPS for tracking your location without a phone
- Rotatable bezel for quick navigation
- Pairs to your device via Bluetooth
- IP68 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
- Adjustable strap for optimum comfort
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View notifications without looking at your phone
When you receive a text message, phone call, email or other notification - you can view these all on your watch without the need to take the phone out of your pocket or bag. This is great as you don't need to scramble for your phone on each and every occasion it makes a sound or vibrates, simply look at the Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch on your wrist and decide whether further action is needed.
Built-in GPS for tracking your location without a phone
The Samsung Gear S3 features built-in GPS, so your activities can be tracked by location even when you don't have your phone with you. This is ideal for running and jogging, so you can leave your smartphone at home and still track the route you have taken.
Rotatable bezel for quick navigation
Although featuring a high quality full colour touchscreen, the Samsung Gear S3 Smartwatch also utilises a bezel that can be easily rotated to navigate the options on the screen.
Features S Voice Technology
The latest S Voice technology means your Gear S3 understands your voice and lets you stay in control using voice commands, as well as turning dictated notes into text.
Fitness and health measurements and tracking
The Samsung Gear S3 is ready to capture important movement and health information. This is ideal for tracking your runs, jogs, walks and other activities.
Pairs to your phone via Bluetooth
Missed an important call or SMS because you couldn’t hear or find your phone at the bottom of your handbag or pocket? With the Gear S3 Classic, this is now a thing of the past. Using Bluetooth technology, the watch displays the caller ID and vibrates as your phone is ringing or when you receive an SMS. This can truly be a life saver, ensuring you are always in contact with the ones you love and care about the most.
Rugger smartwatch with IP68 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
Totally dust tight and protected against water submersion, the Samsung Gear S3 Classic is ready for action no matter where you are. With an IP68 rating, the Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 is your trusty companion.
Adjustable strap for optimum comfort
The strap for the Samsung Gear S3 is adjustable, so you can alter the sizing of it to suit your wrist comfortably.
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