Saturday, 7 January 2017

Samsung galaxy gear S3 review.

Samsung's family of watches have been a generation of technology filled timepieces with a touch of class right from the very beginning.
So it's no surprise that with the launch of so many smart watches like the Apple watch, and Tag Heuer's interpretation, that Samsung were going to have to pull something out the bag to compete with these already desirable watches.

With that being said, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Gear S3 Frontier and Classic to the world which completely amazed the competition!
With 2 beautiful designs, the Frontier being aimed at the outdoors type, and the Classic targeting the sophisticated night dwellers,  they bagged the popularity needed to dish these out to the public, which for a time created a scarcity in it's availability as Samsung didn't anticipate the demand.

We will be taking a look at the Frontier version and diving into it's features.

Firstly the frontier S3 has been IP68 certified to resist water and dust, and as you can see I have actually submerged mine in water to demonstrate this, and I can confirm it is still fully operational, without any glitches.

The watch itself sports an 'always on' mode which has a two stage operation, one which will give a full watch face, and another when the wrist is tilted which gives you a dimmed version, ie, on the dimmed version you only see the lume of the markers as you would a real watch in the dark.....ideal for those who are always active and need a permanent visual of the time.

The Tizen Based Wearable OS 2.3.2 software is super fast to react to the inputs you give the watch thanks to the Exynos 7270, Dual 1.0GHz chipset.  The bezel can be used to navigate through the various menus and sub menus effortlessly, aswell as being able to swipe the screen to navigate the menus too.
The bezel I must say is a lovely touch. It is extremely smooth and emits a subtle click as you twist it round. Over time the bezel can start to feel a little loose but don't worry as Samsung assured me that it's not an issue, and doesn't hinder the operation of the watch.

The S3 sports a built-in speaker and a microphone, so taking a call is effortless, and the clarity is very clear. You can also play your music via the watch and it actually sounds great! Perfect for the active person who needs a work out play list on tap!

There are two versions of both the Frontier and the Classic....the LTE version is meant for the US users who want a SIM card in the watch to use it as a 'stand alone' unit, and the Bluetooth version for the European community which will have to be paired with a suitable phone. Both versions boast BT4.2, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC, MST, GPS/Glonass.

The display is made up of a 1.3” (33 mm) screen, featuring a 360 x 360 Full colour AOD, Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+ display, giving crisp and clear graphics, aswell as seamless transitions between menus.

You can choose a multitude of watch faces, and even have a go at making your own on the BETA version of Samsung's watch face maker. There are other 3rd party apps that do the same thing that are a little easier to use like Mr time maker etc.

One of the nicest touche that Samsung have thought of is the fact you can use ANY 22mm watch strap, and for those of you who don't know, 22mm in the watch world unlocks some meaty and prestigious watch straps, and are readily available on Ebay etc.

The back case of the watch hides some sensors for measuring your heart rate, Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, and Ambient light. When pressed against your wrist properly it can give a very accurate reading of your heart rate.

One other neat feature is that it can stay awake and operational for up to 4days continuous dependent on your usage.

Other features like a 4GB memory and a 768mb RAM, give you PLENTY of room for apps and features, and beleive me, there is loads out there for you tro choose from.

Games are available for the watch but quite limited in performance, however, they are entertaining to all who plays them.

To be honest I actaully love this watch and I am sure you will too. Before you think about other smart watches please take the time to consider this one as you'l love it. It looks great, feels great and operates flawlessly.

For more info please visit Samsung gear S3

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