Samsung Gear S3 Classic

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  • Excellent
    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. Especially with the price tag of £350!
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    I have been testing the Gear S3 Classic and have loved every minute of it. From the first unboxing I could tell this was a quality product both well made and designed. Pairing up to my Samsung S7 Edge was easy and quick and the user experience is very intuitive. I have also used and paired this with my Google Pixel & also my iPhone 7 Plus. On the Google pixel the pairing and avaliable applications were the exact same as using with a Samsung phone, the watch suggests Standalone Samsung Applications to doenload from the google play store, these "plug ins" give you the full experience. During my testing Samsung have also released an iOS app on the Apple App Store which allows the watch to be used with an iPhone. The pairing is with an iPhone is simple but please be aware you do have reduced functions and applications when used with a Apple device.
    There are plenty of replacement straps avaliable from the likes of amazon so you can quickly and cheaply change the look of the watch.
    The display on the Gear S3 is beautiful and I couldn't believe it when I was able to watch a you tube video on my watch!
    I have had plenty of smart watches up until now, Pebble, LG G watch, Moto 360/ Apple Watch and I have not felt they were valuable in my everyday life and have therefore got bored of them and sold them. The Gear S3 however I feel I will keep long term as it has benefits to my everyday life and also looks like a proper watch.
    I'm very happy with it.
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    One in a while you come across something you never thought you would need or have a use for...I've been rocking the gorgeous Samsung Gear S3 classic for over a month now thanks to the trial from the Insiders UK and don't think I could do without it! It looks classy and we'll engineered, I get asked about it everywhere I go, especially since I replaced the leather strap with a brushed aluminium band...it looks a million dollars! And, the fact that I've got a rolex watchface displaying most of the time. I was initially slightly dissapointed when it became apparent there wasn't a native gear app for Samsung SmartThings control, after doing a bit of research however I've managed a workaround using the wearable widgets app (available from the gear store) and I can now control routines from the S3. That together with the Hue app gives me full control of my house automation. Fantastic! I don't have anything negative to say about the watch except maybe the lack of apps currently available but i'm sure Samsung are on it. What are you waiting for...rush out now and buy one, you won't regret it:)
    2 months ago
  • Very good
    I have always found Smartwatches quite frustrating. To me before now they have always been a smart device first and a watch seconds, ugly lumps of plastic that just look completely out of place on your wrist. The idea of having a nice looking watch and being able to change the design whenever you felt like it has always appealed, but none of the smartwatches released previously have actually looked like a watch, let alone a premium watch,

    All of this changed when I received the Samung Gear S3 Classic. Finally here was a Smartwatch that actually looked like a watch, but not just any old watch, a classy, premium watch. As soon as you take it out of the box you can see that this is a quality product, the weight, the shine, the build quality, everything suggests premium.

    Getting the device set up and synced was a breeze. Just switched it on (76% charged out of the box) and within minutes my phone had paired with it and done all of the updating necessary. Time to play.

    The first thing that strikes you when playing with this watch is the screen. It is absolutely gorgeous, bright, sharp and just the right size. Text is crisp and clear and not once did I have to strain to see it. This is a real step up from previous smart watches I have used, which look positively fuzzy in comparison.

    The interface is very intuitive. For me having a physical way of controlling a device like this is important and the rotating bezel and physical buttons work very well. Finding apps and navigating within them is a doddle, notifications are easy to access and easy to read. The interface on the companion phone app is equally intuitive, making the device easy to customise.

    A big selling point of this watch are the health features. This is where the watch starts to falter slightly. The built in S Health app is ok, it does what it sets out to do, it monitors steps automatically, the number of floors you are climbing, heart rate etc. but it just isn't as good as a lot of the third party apps available on other watches. I run a lot and use the Nike app, very disappointing that this isn't supported.

    This brings me on to the reason for dropping a star. There is a severe lack of available apps and the quantity just doesn't seem to be growing. Android wear and Ios support just seems to be a bigger priority for developers.

    In summary - beautiful smart watch that actually looks like a watch. Fantastic battery life, I got 2 days use at a time.Just a shame about the limited app support.
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    Since receiving the Samsung Gear S3 in December I have not had a single bad word to say about it.
    I was very impressed by the high quality look and feel of the watch which comes with a rather chunky leather strap. It comes with a wireless charger that when you place the watch on it, it snaps into place magnetically, I usually find that I have to charge mine every 3rd night with normal use.
    It keeps track of my movements, counting steps and taking my heart rate every 10 minutes, if you sit around too long you get a gentle reminder to get moving. I find that I am in fact doing more steps than I was before.
    There are many different faces that can be downloaded to the watch and can be easily changed in seconds depending on the occasion or mood. The face can be set to always on, or will only come on when you lift your arm to look at it which I have it set to.
    I have had many comments from people who say it is a very smart looking watch, without knowing that it is in fact a smart watch.
    My favourite feature is the Spotify app, which can play the tracks on the watches built in speaker, or over connected Bluetooth headphones directly from the watch too. you can also play to your phone and use the watch as a remote control for it even through a Bluetooth speaker connected to the phone. it even acts as a remote for music playing over the recently released wireless speaker that you can talk to.
    It is connected to the phone via Bluetooth and everything that the phone received is notified to the watch, emails, texts, WhatsApp messages, Facebook etc. you can reply to messages directly from the watch by either picking a pre-set reply which seems to change depending on the message, or you can speak your message via voice recognition alternatively you can type a message on the screen.
    the voice recognition app is quite useful, you can just select it and say whatever you cant the watch to do be it set and alarm, set a reminder for a specific time and date, call someone and many more.
    This is an amazing watch which I highly recommend to anyone.
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    I was really impressed with the design of the watch, the bezel is the winner, it actually has functionality, whether it be widgets, notifications or settings, works really and easy to use. The buttons on the side of the watch are well placed and easy to use when wearing the watch. I use the bezel as much as i can and think its brilliant feature. The watch has a luxury feel design with an extra leather strap.

    The AMOLED screen has a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels, Its really bright and for a person who wears glasses its really handy having a vibrant screen. The battery is very good, on average I got 3 days use before needing a full charge. Brilliant compared to other smart watches I have used in the past. The wireless charger easy to use and sets well on the wireless magnetic charger when charger

    The Gear 3 has some awesome features, my favorites are the loud speaker and GPS. I used the loud speaker a lot, helps when you don't have to have the phone in your hands to answer, with a new born came in really handy. As a person who is trying to loose weight, the GPS in the watch helped tracked how are far I walked, footsteps and compared progress over a few days.

    Overall I am really impressed with the watch for what I use it for, the design is premium, screen is the best i have seen on a smartwatch, the loudspeaker is awesome and something I use a lot. the battery is another big plus i was surprised at it lasted that long with out charge. On the bad side the 3rd party apps need to be improved, as not a large amount available. BIG THUMBS UP
    2 months ago
  • Very good
    I like the clean lines and round face but I found the size and weight (it is very large and I have a very small wrist) and the thick strap off putting (although you can change the latter). One design feature that I like is the raised bezel which is used in navigation but also serves to protect the touch screen. And I like that it is waterproof and dust proof (IP68 rating). It has good battery life too – I get 2-3 days between recharging.

    It is useful for me as I do a lot of outdoor work and work up ladders etc. where I do not necessarily want to take my smart phone but where I would like to be able to take and receive calls and likewise texts.

    As a Smart Watch it works brilliantly – once paired to your phone you can take and make calls effectively on the watch. The sound quality is good and the microphone loud enough to ensure both parties can be heard. Similarly, it is easy to make and receive texts on the Gear S3 – the screen is crystal clear, the touch works well and voice dictation is smooth.

    It is a shame that so many of the pre-installed apps cannot be removed. No one wants bloatware on such a small device. And there are some obvious apps which are missing – although they can be added for free – such as a timer, a stopwatch and a torch. Unlike other reviewers, I am happy with the range of apps available – I just question the choice of pre-installed apps that cannot be removed.

    As a Fitness Tracker it is crammed full of sensors – GPS , Altimeter, Heart Rate Monitor - and pairs with the S-Health app. The fitness apps are well thought out and work well together. However some set up required to make it work effectively which is not covered in the manual and is not as intuitive as on other fitness trackers I have used – this is especially so for the sleep function. That being said, once you are set up you get tonnes of metrics and it really is a great little device.
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    I gave the S3 classic to my other half as a Christmas present. He has always been into gadgets and ha always wanted a smart watch but never really found one that he liked. You should have seen his face when he unwrapped it!

    The following is what he has said about it.

    Plus points:
    Solid Design
    Comfortable
    Stylish
    Responsive
    Some apps like "Find my Phone" and the ability to talk to the watch and it sends a text for you are brilliant.
    Downloadable watch designs
    Waterproof
    Guerilla Glass is reassuring

    Negative Points:
    Not many apps available for it at the moment.
    Might be a bit bulky for some people.

    Basically, he absolutely loves it and, if you have one of the latest Samsung phones, and want a VERY good smart watch, look no further.
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    This is comfortably the best smart watch on the market. The beautiful form combined with the incredible functionality mean that it's a real shame to have to take it off my wrist, night or day... fortunately with the 4 day battery life and fast charging time it rarely off my wrist.

    If you're after a fitness tracker, mp3 player, sleep tracker and personal assistant this is the best piece of wearable technology out there!
    2 months ago
  • Good
    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.
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    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.
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    Same as s2 but bigger
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    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!
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    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.
    2 months ago
  • Very good
    Over all I think it a great bit of kit and have really enjoyed my time using it. It quickly became integrated into my everyday life in more ways that just telling the time. It is easy to use and looks good at the same time.

    I have been curious about whether a smart watch would be right for me, I like tech but I tend to do things that risk damaging it and I do not have a life style that is kind to delicate thing and so have to think about what tech I use and when. So far this watch has been dunked in water, worn showing my kids, had large lizards with large claws walk over it, been pooped on, shoved under a cars bonnet and walked into several doorways (none of this on purpose and all attached to me) and it has survived! This impressed me as I have worn other watches that have not fared so well to some of these things. You can but tempered glass screen protectors for the Gear 3 which, for me, would be worth the investment.

    The watch comes partially charged but it is recommended that you charge it before first use. charges by magnetically sticking to a docking pad, and the packaging for the watch can be used as a stand for the charger giving it its own mount to show off on. When I first turned it on I was impressed as the clarity and depth of colour on the AMOLED screen.

    The watch face fits nicely on my wrist, not looking too big and comes with 2 straps, one fitted and a shorter one for smaller wrists. Itlooks really nice and I have received several compliments on it.

    First time I tried to pair the watch with my phone I had a nightmare (to the point that I almost gave up), but when I tried it the next morning it connected first time and has not let me down since. There are a number of watch faces to choose from (both analogue and digital) installed on the watch and you can download others through the Gear app on your phone. The has a sensor so that it will display when you turn it up to face you but will stay 'off' if it is held other ways. This has been great for saving battery life but has meant that it’s hard to show other people anything on it. 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. A really useful function is that it can be used as a hands free device of phone calls, making it great for in the car, and is it can be constantly connected it stops you forgetting to connect it. The most usefully app for me has been ‘find my phone’. If my phone goes walkies, (as it often can do) all I have to do is reach for my writs and phone found :).
    2 months ago
  • Excellent
    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!
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    Great smart watch great battery life clear calling and love the different watch faces love the s health an show it reminds you that you need to be active easy to use great all rounder.
    2 months ago
  • Good
    The watch itself is fantastic. Firstly I find the design to be great the "classic" look is great and stands out in a good way allowing you to change the watch face for different scenarios such as sports faces for exercise and regular watch faces for work. The software allows the watch to have fantastic battery life sometimes exceeding the 2 day rating if not using it heavily. Also the interface and rotation dial is a great way to access the features of the watch. This is my first smart watch and it has been a great experience with nothing going wrong what so ever. The only issue for me is I wish that there were some more apps designed for the gear.
    2 months ago
  • Decent
    It's a great watch! Samsung has done everything to make sure it fits perfectly, they have selected the best designers and the best materials to make an outstanding watch.
    If I were to rate only that, it would be 10/10.

    I've used the original Galaxy Gear and tried some of the Sony watches too.
    While the Gear S3 has been improved in durability, battery life and design, it lack all the other aspects of a smartwatch that i had used before.

    It's very limited on what it can do.
    It has a couple of built in functions like the MP3 player and the ability to make/receive calls or it can give you a heads up of certain notifications.. But for this price in 2017 that's not what i expect from a brand like samsung. I end up having to retrieve my phone for literally everything.

    I miss being able to use the watch by itself. I miss having a camera. I miss installing whatever apps i choose. Such as a basic notepad to make a note of someone's phone number let's say. Or a voice recorder to quickly memorise something. A music recognition software perhaps. Being able to initiate a conversation on social media. The above mentioned 2 watches both had social media clients which i could browse, scroll through, react to, they both had email clients, they could be used for M-tickets for public transport or boarding passes for flights.

    Don't get me wrong the OS runs smooth without a single stutter. But i feel like having bought the best PC on the market without an operating system. I like looking at the specs and holding it in my hand. But that's about all the use it's gonna have without some proper support.

    Samsung tried and failed with Bada OS in 2012. Best in the market device (Wave) with no uses in comparison to the competitors. It looks like history is repeating itself.
    2 months ago
  • Perfect
    Having owned only one smartwatch before (LG G Watch R) and completely giving up on it, I ‎thought I'd never think of recommending a smartwatch to anyone. Testing the smartwatches prior ‎to the Gear S3 (including the only one I owned), I found them to be non-efficient, clunky and ‎complex to use. However, all those three words are antonymous to the description of the Gear S3. ‎

    Beautiful and modest watch. The Classic, despite you may think it will only go with formal clothing, ‎can actually look even good in the gym. Subtle and simple always goes well.‎

    The best part and probably everyone's favourite of the Gear S3 experience is the Rotating UI / ‎Bezel, it's definitely the most intuitive way of navigating a smartwatch from all the smartwatches ‎I've tested. It allows you do some shortcuts and makes using the S3 fun and simple - something ‎almost all smartwatches can't get right.‎

    If you're a fitness person, you'll love the range of sensors the S3 comes with; from a speedometer, ‎HRM, to even a barometer. I've been using frequently at the gym and it helps a lot. Even giving me ‎a notification to get up when I've been inactive for too long, hah.‎

    Only cons I can think of is S Voice and lack of apps. Huge apps like Uber are coming around, ‎however, would be more convenient if other huge companies supported the Gear S3 - enhancing ‎the experience. S Voice has work to do, it would be more useful if it was possible to add Google ‎now.‎

    Pros
    Beautiful
    Easy, simple and intuitive UI.‎
    Fitness tracking.‎
    Calling functionality, etc.‎

    Cons
    S Voice
    Lack of Apps.‎
    2 months ago
  • Excellent
    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!
    2 months ago
  • Excellent
    The Samsung Gear S3 is a new generation watch that goes beyond the imagination, an actual digital timepiece. A must have collection with your Rolex, Citizen, Bell &Ross and Armani . Stainless steel, Leather straps, water and dust proof makes it look like a real watch.
    The Samsung Gear S3 is actually available in two models, Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier, there is no difference in functionality of the two models. I got S3 Classic to write a review.
    Samsun Gear S3 is compatible with any 22mm watch strap easily customizable. Gear S3 comes with a built-in speaker, so you can make and receive phone calls though you look some kind of undercover agent while doing that.
    What I like the most about S3 Gear is its sensors that make it more like a sports watch. It includes accelerometer, barometer, altimeter and GPS, then there is an optical heart rate monitor on the back.
    The Samsung S3 Gear AMOLED display is the best feature of this watch. AMOLED touch screen display, Gorilla glass that provides damage resistance as well as reduce surface reflection to your watch really pays off and justify its worth.
    Verdict:

    Good Stuff
     Superb styling
     Fantastic fitness features
     Smart software that makes sense on your wrist

    Bad Stuff
     Lack of apps at launch
     Not swim proof like an Apple Watch
     Bit on the big side
    3 months ago
  • Very good
    Being new to the smart watches and new to Samsung in general I really wanted to know what can I expect from this product. My first surprise was with delivery as the packaging is very stylish and it looks like a designer item. The watch itself it's quite comfortable but I have to say it could be a little smaller. The saying that I do realise you need space to fill all hi tech stuff.
    Watch itself, screen and the turning ring it's very user-friendly you can have access to apps much faster.
    What I like very much you get all notifications from your phone you get all the standard news messages phone calls etc but for me number one is the health app. I do not need to pay for any healtg gadget as I have this now and it's more than enough. Watch can measure my heart beats number of steps and my general health condition.
    It is not going to replace your phone as writing a text message or email it's not very comfortable. But it gives you the option to keep your phone in a safe place.
    That's why you love those gadgets because they can combine so many options and functions in one device. For me one of the best products from Samsung. Well done
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    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.
    3 months ago
  • Acceptable
    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.
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    One of the best smart watch money can buy from last year 2016, superb battery life and good looks to go with it. Love that the strap can be changed using normal watch strap.
    3 months ago
  • Perfect
    Before receiving the Gear S3 Classic I wasn't sure how much I would use it. It was on my wrist and fully configured in minutes - from that moment on it has completely revolutionised the way I interact with my Samsung S6 Edge.

    Running a business I need to keep an eye on emails landing throughout the day, both during work and social environments. The Gear S3 allows me to do this in much more discrete way.

    Aside from this obvious use, I find the convenience of the incoming call information and smart notification sync to be just awesome. The intuitive way that all app notifications can appear on the Gear regardless of whether there is native support is pretty cleaver.

    I also find the design of the physical watch equally cleaver. I wasn’t sure how a round watch face would work, but it somehow just does.

    All in all, I’m blown away with the Gear S3. I’m converted to the idea of smart watches generally, but being a loyal Samsung fan I’d always be drawn to the Gear S3 and future smart watches from the Samsung product range.
    3 months ago
  • Perfect
    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.
    ...
    I'm really liking the watch and can only see it getting better with updates and more apps coming on board
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    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 frustration 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!
    3 months ago
  • Very good
    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.
    3 months ago
  • Very good
    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.
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    Samsung Gear S3 Classic

    From the very start the Samsung Gear S3 Classic feels like a premium product. Upon unboxing you will find a number of items such as a smaller replacement band, the quick start guide, the warranty card but most importantly at the top of the circular box, the elegant watch.

    At the start wearing the watch is a bit different to other watches, it feels slightly heavier and is larger on your wrist, however, you can get used to this quickly. The genuine leather band goes a long way towards making sure this watch feels like you have always worn it. It is very comfortable to wear in many everyday activities, there are no pinch points like you may find on lower quality watches.

    I connected the watch to my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge; it was very easy to connect after installing the Samsung gear app on my phone and continues to stay paired well throughout the day. The phone and the watch interface seamlessly so that any notifications I get through to my phone will almost instantaneously be at my watch at the same time, this means that throughout the day I am checking my phone far less than I used to, all the information is now on my wrist instead of in my pocket. It is worth noting that while the watch pairs well with my S7 Edge, it will not pair with older android phones that don’t meet the requirements so it is worth checking that your phone will meet the requirements before you buy.

    On to the physical navigation of the watch, the touchscreen is very responsive, meaning that even when wearing thick gloves on my morning commute (with the extra touch sensitivity setting turned on) I was able to control the watch with ease. One of the biggest differences I have found in navigation to some other smartwatches is the use of the bezel, for the S3 Classic this is the primary way of interfacing with the device and it works very well. It enables you to scroll through the menus and apps very easily but also with more speed than you can with a standard touchscreen smartwatch.

    The watch had more apps than I was expecting for a non-android wear device, some favourites like Spotify were downloaded very quickly, music on the watch is surprisingly good for such a small device, you can connect Bluetooth headphones directly to the watch or you can use the inbuilt speakers that are surprisingly loud and good quality. Many of the stock Samsung apps are the only ones you need like SHealth for fitness, Phone for phone calls and Messages for SMS. Phone calls are crisp and clear, when taking calls you do feel a bit like James Bond, however you can also use Bluetooth headphones to take calls if you don’t want the funny looks. Messaging is also ok on the watch, you don’t get the QWERTY keyboard as there just isn’t the space but for the quick messages where you can’t get your phone out, you can use the small library of standard replies the watch provides, you can also use the NUMPAD style keyboard if you really need to. However it does lack services like a Whatsapp app, however if someone sends you a Whatsapp, you can reply on the watch. While there aren’t as many apps as on Android Wear, there are enough that the Watch can take over from your phone for many tasks.

    One of the big selling points for the watch is the health tracking facility, the watch enables you to check your heart rate as well as log how much water or caffeine you have had. More importantly it can also measure the exercise you do, it can tell you how many steps as well as how many floors you have climbed. However, it is also very good at telling what exercise you have done automatically, I have used this for when I cycle to and from work, it will tell me how long I have been exercising as well as things like heart rate throughout the activity, it also gives encouragement such as keep it up or well done when you have finished. If you want more precise data, you can tell it you are cycling (or other sports) and it will give you a read out of for example how far you have gone, and what speed you were going as well as a heart rate vs speed graph. This all means that you can really tell how well you are doing directly from your wrist.

    The wireless charging cradle makes charging the watch a breeze, I have been charging it every night along with my phone however on the couple of times that I have forgotten to charge it overnight it has lasted for two full days.

    There are a few things that would make this excellent watch even better, one would be connectivity with IFTTT, and this would be a brilliant addition connecting smart homes to the watch. Also the watch faces are currently a bit limited so it would be good to see more high quality, traditional circular but free watch faces. On the design and functionality side, I love the two o’clock positioned button but the four o’clock button feels less comfortable to use, I feel it would be better to have a button placed at the ten o’clock and the two o’clock position instead. In addition it would be nice to be able to wake the watch by touching the screen rather than having to use the buttons or bringing the watch towards your face.

    Summary of pros and cons

    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
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    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.
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    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.
    3 months ago
  • Acceptable
    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.
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    This is a stunning watch. If you already have the Gear 2 ... this is a natural progression.
    Slightly bigger than the Gear 2, but thats because of all the extra Tech.
    I have a Classic ... so looks a little more modern ... A smart smart watch which looks good with a suit, or jeans / tshirt.

    Links quickly to my phone apps - mainly used for Messages, Whatsapp, Twitter and Facebook messages. But works with EVERY app on my phone. You can quickly choose which apps you can receive notifications for and to keep quiet.
    Your watch is basically a mini phone. You can use Voice commands to do everything.
    I Perticualy like the addition of the speaker so i can take phone calls when i cant get to my phone (upstairs or in a jacket when really cold!) - like 'Dick Tracy!' This has come in useful so many times lately whilst driving or not near my phone.

    The Patended bezel design is very easy to use ... and adding apps to the phone is simple.
    I love the sleep function, so i use it to track my sleep.
    Get onto youtube for some simple tips to get the best out of your device (like using the sensive touch .. so you can use gloves on your screen!)

    Additions to this over the gear 2 are - Altimeter, Barometer, Speedometer and the speaker. For me, i dont do enough bike riding or climbing ...
    It is IP68 (waterproof for 30mins to 1M) - which is good for a rain shower or an accident.
    4GB of memory .. by that is eaten up quickly ... Samsung claim you can listen to music with it .. but 4GB isnt a lot!

    The big PRO for me is the better battery ... i am getting 4 days out of mine.

    GET A SCREEN PROTECTOR IN IT ASAP! - My Gear 2 took a beating ... but a Glass screen protector safed the screen! Looked brand new when i sold it. It doesnt affect design / usage.

    Would i buy one now ... may be not at the £375 price tag ... i got mine discunted.
    But ... if i could upgrade from the Gear 2 > Gear 3 ... i would in a second.

    This is a great smart watch ... does almost everything i want .. just waiting for the Samsung TV app to come along!

    Missed one star as it is a little big compaired to some other watches ... and missing a few good apps
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    On opening the box; I was initially very impressed with perceived level of quality in the watch and the charging mount, with the product looking very well made, classy and robust. Contrary to first expectations; the watch does not appear 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 (a Samsung 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 on the watch work well, though some time spent configuring them on an app by app basis will be well spent to ensure you are not constantly interrupted during the working day - particularly the S Health app reminding you to keep moving when you are desk based.
    Making and receiving calls via the watch is a little strange to begin with; though it is easy to get used to (maybe a little ‘showy’ in practice, were you to keep lifting the watch to your face like a spy…).
    The operating system (Tizen OS) does feel pretty 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 my 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 wrist movement or sweating through exercise but gives a useful indicator nonetheless.
    In terms of battery life (a key concern for many…); I have been very impressed so far, having run through some simple tests and varying usage patterns:
    · Initial use – Lots of playing with functions and screen set to ‘auto-off’; I managed over 3 days usage with some to spare

    · Second test – Lots of playing with functions and screen set to ‘always on’; I saw a significant drop in battery life with the watch down to around 60% by the end of day one.

    · Third test – Again lots of fiddling with apps, screen set to ‘auto-off’, and wearing overnight (to test the sleep tracker functions…); I saw similar results to the first test.

    The fast charging capability of the rather smart looking magnetic charge base is an added bonus as it allows you to give the watch a quick blast of juice whilst getting ready in the mornings.
    With all things considered, this is a well-designed smart watch which I wasn't initially convinced I would need. Having spent the time with it in various environments (work, exercise, leisure, etc.), I would not hesitate to recommend this watch for its style, practicality and overall function. I can particularly 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.
    3 months ago
  • Very good
    Unboxing and initial impressions:

    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.

    Inside the packaging you get a charging station, documentation, charger and a wrist strap. The device comes attached to a mini tripod already.

    Initial impressions when I took it out of the box were that I was extremely impressed with the stainless steel casing, it is very solid, similar to expensive Swiss watches. The brushed metal finish is excellent, but I guess for £350 you should expect that. Connecting it to the phone was very easy via Bluetooth to my S7 Edge.

    The watch comes with a leather strap, I switched it out for a silicone strap.

    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.

    After two weeks of use, I'd like to give mey honest impressions.

    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!).

    Another aspect of the software I really like is the automatic running detection – I like the fact that it tracks my walks to my local station and my runs automatically, and notifies you motivational words every 10 minutes.

    I 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.

    I guess the real issue with this watch and Tizen, is the app selection. It is incredibly poor, with the only extra one I installed being the Spotify app. It is a real shame as I really really like this watch’s build quality.

    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.

    8/10
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    I am an OAP and the owner of a Samsung Gear S3 having recently updated from the S2. So, I was particularly interested to find out if the S3 is an improvement on the S2 and whether it was suitable for older people.

    The S3 is a quality, smartwatch. It is well designed, looks stunning and the wide screen is superb; quite ideal for those with failing eyesight. It is significantly larger than the S2 and people with smaller wrists might find it too big, so perhaps Samsung need to also manufacture a smaller model. The bezel itself enhances its classic appearance. Old folk will find it so very easy to control because it glides effortlessly between the fingers. So, we have both a traditional yet very modern look which should appeal to many people. Its build-quality is impressive. It feels robust but certainly not heavy and the leather strap is comfortable albeit mundane. I happily wear my S3 in bed but some may find that uncomfortable There is a vast array of alternatives available for purchase if you prefer another strap. Similarly, an amazing number of watch faces are available to suit all tastes and can be changed to reflect different outfits and styles.

    The S3 battery lasts quite a lot longer than the S2 which I had to charge daily. The S3 can lasts nearly three days even when constantly on. Using the wireless charging cradle, which is bigger than the S2 equivalent, is quick and not at all fiddly because the watch is held in place magnetically. As the watch face sits on its side in its cradle, I use it as a very convenient night watch.

    The built-in GPS is great and older people will find it very useful for finding their way. The various flash lights apps available are a real help when fumbling with a key in the dark. No need to carry a torch - the S3 shines brightly! Improvements to the microphone and speaker mean that both sound and voice quality are surprisingly good and a big improvement over the S2. Using the S3 directly for phoning is therefore straightforward and calls are clear at both ends. Streaming music via the watch and receiving notifications on the wrist almost seems to make the phone redundant and it can remain, rather thankfully, more often in your pocket or handbag. Notifications are attractively presented and there are quick and easily managed options for responding to them. Phoning directly via the S3 is good and calls are clear at both ends.

    As an OAP, I do find the S3 indispensable and wholeheartedly recommend it although it is expensive. It is very responsive and operating it does not involve a steep learning-curve. The interface is straightforward and you can easily add, delete and move widgets to your heart's content. The app choice was very limited with the S2 but has been substantially extended and now includes Spotify and, Uber for Gear 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 me but perhaps irksome for some because it prompts one to keep moving! It automatically monitors walking, cycling, sleep, hear-rate and now floor tracking with the advent of the altimeter and a host of new exercises are also now monitored. No wonder I am looking much fitter! Unfortunately, steps data still varies considerably between smartphone and smartwatch by as much as 3000 in 10000 step. I can also keep up to date with weather and news and being forgetful, I frequently use the excellent voice recognition to add a reminder. Easy Peasy!

    The S3 is a super smartwatch with wide appeal but is particularly useful for older people. I certainly find it to be so. I really do feel young at heart wearing and using it. It is bigger and better than the S2 in almost all ways. There are still issues but Samsung has certainly delivered one of the best smartwatches currently on the market.
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    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.
    3 months ago
  • Very good
    The Samsung Gear S3 Classic is a really good looking watch absolutely packed with features.
    Everything about it about it screams quality, the box is classy looking, keeping in the Samsung design. Everything in it is well laid out and easy to find. 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 whilst you can turn off notifications if they get too annoying, you can also customise them (and the other features) to make it more personal to how you want to use the watch.
    However, the one drawback to the watch is the battery life which the claims of 4 days seem very far-fetched, I struggle to get 2 days out of it.
    Pros
    Classy design
    Great quality
    Loads of features
    Easy to use
    Cons
    Poor battery life
    3 months ago
  • Perfect
    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 .Jag still feel that everything is in its place. I do not miss sim place walls.Will you have a stylish watch with additional digital beauty is this what you're looking for. Recommended.
    3 months ago
  • Perfect
    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.
    3 months ago
  • Very good
    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.
    3 months ago
  • Perfect
    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!
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    INTRO

    I’ve always been an early adopter when it comes to technology. When a new device catches my attention it’s hard to get it out of my mind until I try it and love it or hate it. I’ve always been fascinated with wearables when wearables were still not a big thing, at least in Europe. While Fitbit was already growing a big community in the States, I was one of the few among my circles of friends and colleagues in the UK owning a Fitbit Flex. Some people were really skeptical about it, the majority didn’t even know what that band on my wrist was. Others were doubting its usefulness or even accuracy. But I knew Fitbit was going to be a success and it was just a matter of time before it started spreading like a virus. But a good kind of virus.

    A few years later, in 2014, Google released Android Wear. I remember the excitement when Motorola announced the Moto 360. That really caught my attention because it was a circular watch, the shape I expect a watch to have (yes Apple, I am talking to you). Yes, it had the infamous flat-tire effect, but ultimately it didn’t bother me too much and I bought it. While loving many things of that watch, I knew I needed to deal with some compromises, not an easy premise for a guy like me that would love to have the “ultimate tech set” equipment.

    The compromises like battery life, lack of serious fitness tracking capabilities on the Moto or the dull style on the Fitbit (I wouldn’t say Fitbit ever released good looking trackers before 2016) were always the reasons why I have been switching between the two categories.

    I still own a 2nd Gen Moto 360, which I absolutely love and corrects many of the issues of the 1st Generation and it’s been battling against a Fitbit Charge 2 to stay on my wrist, as I would be curious to use the Moto as my main smartwatch when Android Wear 2.0 is released. Although, like in a Shakespearean poem a plot twist was behind the corner and now I have a Gear S3 Classic equipped with Samsung proprietary Tizen OS.

    Let’s see what Samsung has to offer here.

    HARDWARE/DESIGN

    The first thing to notice when you open the cylindrical box containing the watch is the build quality and attention to detail that was put into designing and assembling this watch. I love the design of the classic as its natural grey stainless steel look and the elegant black leather band makes for an evergreen look. The S3 also comes in a version called Frontier, which has a thicker silicon band and a black finish on the crown and bezel and buttons that are rubberised. While the Classic tries to convey a more elegant look, the Frontier aims to appeal sports enthusiasts or more active people in general.
    Both versions, despite being marketed to slightly different audiences are IP68 certified, which means they’re dust and waterproof (up to 1.5m for up to 30 minutes) and Samsung also tested the S3 with military level standards to ensure their durability and resistance in extreme situations like very hot or very low temperatures.
    I like big watches too and the 46mm display with a 1.6” Super Amoled technology (360x360pp) is definitely not small. While the Gear S2 was probably a better fit for a woman’s wrist, the Gear S3 finds its natural habitat both in terms of design and size on a man’s wrist.
    Something I can’t easily explain is how well the watch sits on my wrist despite the case is evidently big. If I watch it (no pun intended) from a certain angle I can see how the case seems particularly bulky, and that is a noticeable difference with my Moto 360, which feels more natural. This doesn’t mean you can’t wear comfortably your S3, it just took me a couple of hours to forget about this, and as I said - it looks great.

    It would also be unfair to compare the Moto to this S3 in terms of bulkiness because Samsung really packed every sensor they could think of. I’m talking about a Wi-Fi module, NFC, GPS, MST, Bluetooth 4.2, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a Heart Rate Monitor, a speedometer, a barometer, an altimeter, and an ambient light. The latter is not on the “surface” of the display but on a layer “behind” the screen which allows to this watch to adjust the brightness automatically while maintaining the full-rounded look without the flat-tire effect.
    So all these sensors needed to find room and the thickness is justified and ultimately not a big deal in my opinion. And a speaker, let’s not forget there’s a speaker too.

    The band is interchangeable with any standard 22mm band and the mechanism to replace it is really easy to operate. The leather might be a bit stiff at first but it’s also a matter of taste, and I think my Moto 360 in that regard still has one of the best quality leathers I’ve found on a watchband. In the box you find a replacement band in a different size so you know your S3 will suits you just fine, for smaller or bigger wrists (110mm for the S size, 130mm for the L size).

    Included you can also find the wireless charging cradle and a small manual for a quick setup and how-to use. It’s worth mentioning the wireless cradle doesn’t use a Qi standard, which means that if you own other wireless charger pads you won’t be able to use them to charge the S3. I believe this could be(come) a big inconvenience for obvious reasons, and I think manufacturers should just stick to standards to improve compatibility across products even for different brands. You definitely don’t want to forget your cradle in your hotel room, and just keep your fingers crossed that it just doesn’t stop working all of a sudden or get damaged.

    Under the hood the beating heart of the watch is the Samsung’ Exynos 7270, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.0GHz, and 768MB of RAM. This is more than enough to perform without hiccups all the tasks without lags or whatsoever. The experience in terms of speed on Tizen OS and this Gear S3 is a breeze and always excellent. A chip stores also 4GB of internal memory where you can save music, photos and apps. I’ll dig more into this in a later section.
    Finally, a 380mAh battery keeps this jewel running for 3-4 days according to Samsung’s claims, although that would come at a cost of keeping the Always-On-Display off.
    But again, more on this later.

    SOFTWARE

    This is my first experience with a Tizen OS watch (version 2.3.2.1 at the moment of this review) and I have to say that coming from Android Wear the learning curve seems steep at first. Luckily that is just a first impression, because you get the gist quite soon, at least for the basics.

    The first thing you need to know is download Samsung Gear from Google Play (or the Galaxy Apps store) to pair and connect your watch. I should have probably raised this earlier but you need a phone with at least 1.5GB of RAM and running at least Android 4.4. This is the list of compatible devices: http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/gear-s3/device-compatibility/ .
    Nothing too crazy, after all if you’re considering spending 350 quid on a smartwatch you probably spent a similar (or greater) amount on your smartphone and have a newer Android release, but you should know. It’s also just been released an iOS app to connect the S3 to iPhone (release date: 07/01/2017) but support to apps and actual capabilities are crippled. If you have an iPhone and you don’t want to switch to Android my recommendation is to save your money as the S3 won’t help you very much. The only choice you really have in that case is Apple Watch. If you have an Android phone with the specs I mentioned above - then this is worthy of consideration although even in this case you won’t benefit 100% from what Samsung packed in this watch. If you have a recent Samsung phone, the S3 can be one of your best choices.
    But now let’s navigate the watch, let’s understand its flow.

    Follow me.

    You start on your watchface. If you keep tapped you can select different watchfaces (or you can use your Samsung Gear app to do the same). You can also customise some of the existing styles. Some watchfaces have some interactive parts, and if you tap a specific area you can for example start the stopwatch function.

    Swipe towards your left or rotate the bezel clockwise and you’ll access the widget menu.
    This is like a quick access hub where you can set your favourite apps to show you something: weather forecast, create a reminder, see the calendar appointments, etc. If you keep tapped you can add/remove widgets and edit the order in which they’re shown like you would do on a smartphone.

    If you swipe towards your right or rotate the bezel counterclockwise you’ll access the notification menu. In case you’re wondering you have an indicator on the main watchface which alerts you of notifications in case you missed (or disabled) the vibration.
    I found myself deleting notifications by accident at first (maybe too much practice with Android Wear). In the case of receiving multiple emails or texts you can scroll through them with the bezel or using the touchscreen, and by tapping on an indicator on the right you can access a contextual menu to clear the notifications, blocking the app or replying if the action is supported. You can use different inputs for the replies: emojis, handwriting, a small T9 keyboard (which works surprisingly well for short texts despite its tiny size), standard preset replies or even with your own voice.

    Managing the notifications is quite easy from the companion app on the phone, similarly to what happens on Android Wear where you can block certain apps from ever sending notifications to your watch.

    From the main watch face, pressing the bottom right button opens the app menu where the complete list of apps follows the inner bezel. Rotate this to access apps, settings or even installing new apps directly from the watch.

    Let’s talk about the apps now. The list of actually useful apps is not huge, but Samsung will invest (this is actually happening already) to get more developers to build apps for Tizen so we I wouldn’t be surprised to see a surge in the number of new apps this year.

    At the moment the biggest catch in my opinion is having to forget about Google Maps, Google’s voice assistant and the seamless integration between apps on the phone and on the watch.
    The way Android Wear works is checking for the phone and downloading the part of the code related to the Wear app (which is built-in in the main app).

    Let’s take an easy example. When you download Uber from Google Play, you’re downloading an app which contains also the code that will be executed and interpreted by the watch, if it’s equipped with Android Wear. On Tizen, this doesn’t work and needs a different companion app, which you can download as per usual from the watch or from the Samsung Gear App.

    It’s annoying, and I say annoying because I would prefer to avoid having “duplicate” apps on my phone, as we’re entering into a territory where flagship phones with 32GB of memory are becoming the new 16GB.

    I mentioned the lack of Google Maps, and this is one of the biggest things I miss from my Moto.

    After a promise I made to myself about not riding a bike in London ever again in 2014, I actually bought a second hand bike and decided it was the perfect occasion to test a few things against my Fitbit Charge 2, Moto 360 and the Gear S3.

    The “official” maps app on the S3 is HERE WeGo. It’s not a bad app, but it’s not Google Maps, and for my specific purpose it was useless because bike directions are not supported yet. It gives directions only by walking or driving. Also no public transportation. Big letdown for those who are spending a lot of time commuting or moving around the city. So my test didn’t work properly because the only good directions I could follow were the one from the Moto.

    FITNESS TRACKING

    One department where the S3 shines is as a fitness tracker. Android Wear hasn’t done a good job despite the launch of Google Fit and its implementation on the watches. We’re just not there yet.

    The S3 can actually aspire at being a replacement for a Fitbit and depending on many aspects, it does the job. It tracks not only steps but also sleep and other sports automatically.

    I have been wearing a Charge 2 for several days and nights alongside the S3 and the results turned out to be very similar. Most days the discrepancy showed the Fitbit showing a difference between 3-10% more steps compared to the S3 (and Fitbit trackers tend to be overestimating steps). Some occasional bigger discrepancies were shown when the step count is towards the lower side, while it becomes more marginal the more steps you take.
    I was also able to automatically track a bike ride with no issues on both devices.

    Sleep has been recorded often similarly between the two devices, although I believe the always-on HR monitor of the Fitbit can be more accurate, especially when I woke up in the morning moving around the bed and checking my phone without actually ever leaving the bed. The S3 in the same scenario took a lot more to realise I was awake.

    All this data is subsequently stored in S Health, your health hub basically. It also has a social aspect, so you can challenge and beat your friends for example. But this is probably the biggest difference between the S3 and a Fitbit: the community. Fitbit has a very big community nowadays and if seeing how you rank among your friends and challenge them is something you’re looking for, you would be missing out with S Health. Clearly being this an app used by people with a Samsung phone or people who owns other Samsung wearables who downloaded it your selection of friends can be quite limited. But you can’t really complain otherwise, the S3 does a very good job as an activity tracker, that is out of doubt.

    BATTERY AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

    Samsung claims the Gear S3 can last 4 days with a single charge. This is true to a certain extent, but it requires to turn off the Always-On screen. If you prefer to leave the screen on, the battery can last around 2 full days (wearing it 24 hours per day to track sleep too). I think this is a very decent battery life for a “real smartwatch”. This is due also to the power efficiency of the chip produced by Samsung, which is smaller and less hungry for power compared to the Snapdragon 400 which is one of the main CPUs used on most Android Wear devices.
    The power saving mode is quite effective and can help you stretch the usage time in case you need it.
    If you make a light usage of your smartwatch but keep the always-on display activated, you can still get up to 2.5 days in my experience, which is not bad at all but don’t expect to play Spotify from it constantly. Yes, you can listen to music through Spotify directly from your wrist, or even watch videos, photos, or music saved in the storage. Of the 4GB advertised, around 2.4GB are free and can be utilised to store music to play independently from the phone. This is a quite nice feature to have, and if you pair the watch with wireless headphones you can even pretend you’re coming from the future. I think this is pretty neat for runners, who can use the GPS directly from the watch and track their activity, listen to the music and leave the phone home.

    There are a few things that bug me though - such as the lack of a Frontier version with a LTE module, which is not available for some reason in Europe. I wouldn’t use it personally but I know many who would like to have the opportunity of making phone calls directly from their wrist and without their phone in their pocket, even at the cost of looking silly.

    Another big miss is the lack of support for Samsung Pay as the service hasn’t launched yet in the UK or most countries anyway. This means giving up that payment function through the NFC for contactless payments and the MST, which simulates the magnetic strip on payment machines not supporting contactless payment. This would be an absolute gamechanger, and it’s not a case this has been praised by tech blogs in the US and advertised so much by Samsung. This is really simplifying acts in everyday life and reducing friction when paying.

    CONCLUSIONS

    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.

    Do you want Google Maps directions and using its Voice Assistant? Get an Android Wear and/or wait until when Wear 2.0 gets released this year. But forget about IP68 certification, decent-volume speaker, GPS and ultimately a watch which can do a lot on its own without a phone nearby.

    Do you want a fitness tracker with a huge community? Consider a Fitbit, but forget about advanced notification settings, impeccable design, and more smart functions.

    Do you want a smartwatch that tries to do it all and for the most part it delivers on this promise? Get the Gear S3, but knowingly you’ll miss those functions I described above.

    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.
    3 months ago
  • Good
    I got my Gear S3 Classic via the Insiders network. The watch looks good, feels light and its not bulky. The leather strap is soft and provides a snug fit to the wrist.
    The rotating bezel is a marvel, its kinda a new way to interact with your watch and it gives it that sophisticated appearance.
    The Classic, does not have LTE functionality, so you would need to have it connected to your phone always, to get the most from it.
    You can change watch faces like socks, and you can also choose whether yu want the face to be always on or not.
    Notifications work out of the box, but unfortunately you can not respond to the notifications from the watch.
    Battery life is decent but I would have preferred a watch that goes at least half a week without charging.
    I would also wish to see this watch getting compatible with other brands' high-end smartphones.
    Overally, the build quality is great, the look and feel is great, but features are limited. I want to see this watch do more!
    3 months ago
  • Excellent
    I have been using the Samsung Gear S3 for a month now. I was previously using the LG Urbane and loved it due to the ease of getting updates and controlling music from my wristwatch in the rain or cold weather. But then the S3 took everything up more than a couple of notches. Now I could not only monitor my steps and heart rate and use the watch as a remote for the phone, I could also answer calls due to its builtin speaker, It had a GPS builtin which was useful for my cycling and walking marathons. It also has an altimeter and barometer, though I haven't used those much yet.
    I can use it to watch YouTube videos via an app, use it as a remote to take pictures from my phone via an app too. The clarity of the screen is amazing and it actually looks as if you are wearing a real watch. I love the rotating bezel which is used as a scroll wheel, it amazing. It is large but I always wanted one that had more surface area so that is a plus for me. As of now the Samsung pay has not started working in UK so that will be a massive addition to my usability once that is implemented.
    3 months ago
  • Perfect
    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.
    3 months ago
  • Perfect
    I have had other smart watches, but none come close to the Samsung Gear S3 Classic. The highest compliment I can say is it looks like a premium watch (forget the Smart part for now it looks amazing and many people have commented on it).

    It has many built in selectable faces with hundreds more that can be downloaded giving your watch a person touch and different looks as you see fit. It is also a standard 22mm strap meaning it is easily interchangeable with thousands of available straps.

    Some of the features I have found to be the most useful are:
    * Making/Receiving Calls and replying to texts from the watch direct, also especially hand in work meetings that you can just glance at watch to see who is calling rather than taking phone out.
    * Controlling Spotify on your wrist (especially handy when working out)
    * S Health Integration meaning all workouts are automatically recorded inc Steps. floors, HR, Pace, distance as well as being able to record water and caffeine intake etc.
    * Samsung Pay ( still awaiting activation in UK but when it is you will be able to pay just by holding your watch to the card terminal instead of your phone)
    * S Voice makes everything you want to do so much easier by giving voice commands to make calls, send texts, read texts, set reminders and alarms or navigation commands like 'find restaurants'
    * Get an Uber straight from your wrist thanks to the built in GPS in the watch

    All in its a Premium Watch that can be personalised to your liking whilst retaining the premium look and a suite of fantastic apps to make use of Samsungs Tizen OS which is optimised for the watch
    3 months ago