After carrying a Samsung Gear S3 on the wrist for several months, I began to analyze it as a watch for someone looking for a smartwatch now. Still worth it?
The technology advances so fast that, as in football, "if you blink you miss it". Mobiles every week, revolutionary smartphones that take place without space to create a true revolution … And infecting the rest of the objects, which now has to be technological, intelligent and connected . Also note, of course.
New Samsung Gear S3: bigger and better
The Samsung Gear S3 is the new smartwatch from the Korean company, which is equipped with Tizen, which has become an alternative to Android Wear.
Smartwatches have not evolved to the same level as smartwatches because the hardware stays in tune with what we've seen three or four years ago. 4 GB of storage, a balanced processor with low consumption, the round screen remained almost standard … This panorama brings some peace of mind to the purchase of a smartwatch since this will remain for a long time for a long time . The test is the Samsung Gear S3.
I had all Gears separated from many Android Wear, so when I bought the Samsung Gear S3 I knew exactly what it would offer me. My first assessment is clear: I would buy again without hesitation.
Features of the Samsung Gear S3
Smartwatches are more or less on the same line in terms of hardware, but the type of sensors, connections and their number are what make the difference. Also consumption and, somewhat unavoidable given that devices are always visible, its design . The Samsung Gear S3 is in compliance with the notice in all these sections, just see its spec sheet.
- 46.1 x 49.1 x 12.9 mm.
- 62 grams (57 grams of the classic).
- Dual processor 1.0 GHz.
- Screen 1.3 "360 x 360 Full Color AOD.
- Gorilla Glass SR + .
- RAM 768 MB and 4 GB of internal memory.
- BT 4.2, WiFi b / g / n, NFC, MST, GPS / GLONASS.
- Accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, HRM, ambient light.
- 380 mAh battery
- Inductive WPC wireless billing.
- Microphone and loudspeaker
- Tizen OS 126.96.36.199 (will be upgraded to Tizen 3.0).
It continues to have an exquisite design
The Samsung Gear S3 is a solid and great watch with a very masculine aesthetic
The watch case is made of stainless steel and has a slider dial that doubles as options and menus. The movement is exquisite, although the wheel is very difficult to understand, especially in the Classic model. In addition, there are no downsides, nor with protection from dust and water: the smartwatch can get in the tub and even swim . Not the most indicated, yes.
The screen of the Gear S3 is impressive under all circumstances, also under the sun
The Samsung Gear S3 shows all the power needed to handle any application, also games. The Samsung Apps store offers games for smartwatch, but I do not think a watch is the best device to play. Yes for control of exercise, climate and, above all, personalization. Here is unmatched: The number of spheres available in the store is overwhelming . Great quality, although the diversity is not as much as it seems.
With the S3 Gear you can talk on the watch phone, like in the Fantastic Car
A smartwatch is a device that is basically used for notifications and exercise monitoring, two functions covered by Samsung Gear S3. Even we can respond to messages from the WhatsApps or Telegram of the watch and without using the cell phone .
Sports practice has its advantages and disadvantages. If you are a sportsman looking for an exhaustive control of routines, forget the Samsung Gear S3 since is not accurate enough . On the other hand, GPS correctly records routes and saves them to Samsung Health; application that allows you to export the data to other services, such as Strava. As for the pulse sensor, I would say is very unstable . It beats low heart rate and fails miserably when it comes to tracking your heart rate during training.
Very good drums, although not a marvel
From 2 to about 6 days, these are the extremes as consumption restrictions activate
You will not escape the charge base for more than 2 days. This base is charging wirelessly and has a magnet that attracts the Samsung Gear S3 to the correct position. Samsung includes a micro USB charger in the package. Yes, micro USB.
Update for Tizen 3, a breath of fresh air with ups and downs
The Samsung Gear S3 is upgraded to Tizen 3.0 with notable improvements
Tizen 3.0 comes to the Samsung Gear S3 with an upgrade that significantly improves Samsung's smartwatch. Has your watch arrived?
The appearance of the interface improves notably: the design is more polished, additional information is added to the widgets and the settings menu is simplified to aid in understanding and manipulation. The increase of the version in the base system is not noticeable: the clock is already running smoothly and steadily before the arrival of Tizen 3 .
Tizen 3 brings a better interface design and a new continuous pulse mode, among other novelties
Yes, I noticed a little lower autonomy, especially when I activate one of the main novelties: continuous pulse tracking . The watch already warns about the loss of battery with this tracking, but the reduction of autonomy I noticed weeks later, not after activating it. In addition, GPS efficacy was notably reduced . So much so that the recording of the exercises is a headache: it is often disconnected during the middle of the practice.
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