Samsung - Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch 46mm - Dark Gray
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Compatible with select Android devices
Synchronize with your smartphone to receive text and e-mail alerts, answer phone calls and view your calendar.
SMS, calendar, e-mail and social notifications
Keep you updated on day-to-day happenings.
Makes it easy to make and receive phone calls.
Simple navigation and clear visuals
1.3" Super AMOLED touch-screen display with 360 x 360 resolution.
Just twist the bezel to access apps you need
Answer a call, turn up the volume or turn off the alarm. Turn the bezel to scroll through apps, messages and long text.
Gives you the freedom to explore and allows you to stay on track at any weather conditions.
Wireless connection to your device
Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity and NFC technology enables simple one-touch pairing.
- Owner's manual
- Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch 46mm
- Wireless charging dock
- Voice Assistant Built-inOther
- Global PositioningGPS
- Usage Time96 hours
- Operating System CompatibilityAndroid
- Touch ScreenYes
- Operating SystemTizen
- Metrics MeasuredAltitude changes
- Screen Size46 millimeters
- Water ResistantYes
- Maximum Depth of Water Resistance5 feet
- Band MaterialSilicone
- SeriesGear S3 Frontier
- Product NameGear S3 Frontier Smartwatch 46mm
- Data Plan RequiredYes
- Model NumberSM-R760NDAAXAR
- SeriesGear S3 Frontier
- ColorDark Gray
- Color CategoryBlack
- Voice Assistant Built-inOther
- Mobile Payment Service SupportedGoogle Pay
- Ingress Protection (IP) Rating68
- Vibration AlertYes
- Processor Speed1 gigahertz
- Built-In MicrophoneYes
- Music PlayerYes
- Form FactorWristwatch
- Product TypeSmartwatch
- Water ResistantYes
- Shock ResistantYes
- Maximum Height of Shock Resistance4.9 feet
- Dust ResistantYes
- Maximum Depth of Water Resistance5 feet
- Alert TypeVibration
- NFC TechnologyYes
- Wi-Fi CompatibilityWireless B, Wireless G, Wireless N
- Bluetooth EnabledYes
- Bluetooth Version4.2
- Charging Interface(s)Wireless
- Battery TypeLithium-ion
- Battery Capacity380 milliampere hours
- Replaceable BatteryNo
- Clock DisplayYes
- Display TypeSuper AMOLED
- Display ScreenYes
- Screen Resolution360 x 360
- Color DisplayYes
- Adjustable BrightnessYes
- Backlit DisplayNo
- Clasp TypeBuckle
- Rotating BezelYes
- Band ColorBlack
- Band TypeStandard
- Case MaterialStainless steel
- Adjustable Band LengthYes
- Band Width22 millimeters
- Case Thickness0.51 inches
- Product Height1.93 inches
- Product Width1.81 inches
- Product Depth0.51 inches
- Product Weight2.19 ounces
- Manufacturer's Warranty - PartsNot available
- Manufacturer's Warranty - LaborNot available
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Samsung Gear S3 is a lot smarter than a smartwatchPosted .
Smartwatches, particularly those with good health and fitness underpinnings, are still a niche, but growing market. Samsung may well have made its new Gear S3 the best, certainly the most comprehensive, smartwatch with fitness benefits so far. There is an old saying about “everything but the kitchen sink.” In designing this, I am sure that if Samsung could have, it would have included that and an emergency shot of coffee as well. This smartwatch has it all. It has: Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone and headphones/buds; Wi-Fi to work stand-alone from your phone; a speaker and microphone to make and take calls, access OK Google and play music; continuous heart rate monitor; GPS; it is mill-spec, IP68 dunk-able; has great battery life and wireless fast charge; a fabulous always on AMOLED screen; uses standard 22mm wristbands; and that rotating bezel beats using a crown hands down. Dare I say it – an Apple Watch killer par excellence. I have been using the Gear S3, Frontier version for only a couple weeks now and apart from a brief recharge it has not left my wrist. Before that, I was using the excellent Samsung Gear Fit 2 that does a lot of what the Gear S3 does, but the latter is more fully featured. Let me start by saying that I have its predecessor – the Gear S2 and I call it a “sensible smartwatch.” It was more of an extension of a smartphone whereas the S3 can be more a standalone device. And the S3 has improved on every aspect of the S2. It comes in a nice, elegant round, black, cylinder that will delight when found under the Xmas tree. The box contains the watch; a magnetic charger (small L-shaped that sits nicely on a bedside table); a micro-USB, 5V/750mA charger; a small-sized silicon 22mm, spring pin style, strap (only the side with holes – not the buckle side); and a brief manual. Set-up is very easy – download Samsung Gear Manager for Android (almost any recent Android phone), pair up, S Health and sign up. By the way, Samsung is very close to the final version of Gear Manager for iOS too according to Softpedia. You can download hundreds of analog or digital or themed watch faces – many are free. Specifications: 1.3” (33mm) 360 x 360, AMOLED, Always on Display (50% grey scale - can be turned off) 768MB RAM and 4GB storage (about half available for music) Bluetooth 4.2m NFC, Wi-Fi N, GPS Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, Continuous Heart Rate Monitor, Ambient Light 380 mAh battery – two to three days’ typical use and about 30-minute charge at 1A. Wireless dock provided, and it doubles as a night clock stand. IP68 - water resistant to a maximum depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes, and are protected from dust, dirt and sand MIL-STD-810G, Gorilla Glass SR+ (1.5m drop) Microphone, speaker, linear haptic motor Controlled via Touch, rotating bezel and two push buttons Usability I was love the 33mm round watch face had much usability with small fingers, but see no issues if you have meaty fingers. It is surprisingly useful, and the ability to choose a large display font makes it easy if you are long-sighted. The rotating bezel is the most intuitive interface I have used – and I have used many. Simply Rotate the bezel clockwise or anti-clockwise to see different screens or press the settings button and rotate through installed apps. The phone function was remarkably clear – accept an incoming call via the screen (it has caller ID), you will hear adequate volume at 30cm away, and callers commented the microphone is very clear. In fact, I found myself wearing the watch around the home and leaving the smartphone on the wireless charger. The S Voice function has improved, is remarkably accurate and it is useful for setting reminders, voice recording, and initiating calls. Just set your secret activation words — no OK Google here — and you are away. The security and emergency features work amazing. The SOS function is handy too – nominate your contact, and if you press the home key three times it will contact them. Find my Gear also works excellent. When you take the watch off your wrist it will lock, and can only be unlocked when you enter a pin. And that is where Wi-Fi comes in. Whatever Wi-Fi networks you have accessed with your smartphone are automatically available to the watch. If your phone is connected to the Wi-Fi at home and say your watch is connected at work, you will receive calls and notifications on the watch. It works – after extensive testing at local businesses I can say I did not need to take my phone for a walk every morning. The App The other part of the equation is the health app. Samsung’s S Health app has improved enormously over the last two years. It is up to version 5.3.1.X and when I last tested the S2 it was version 2.x – the improvements are palpable, and it is ready for mainstream use with features being added regularly. Personally, I still think the programmers have a little too much to do with its look – there is lots of gamification, certificates, social media and friends challenges. Good for some and thankfully fully customisable so you can turn it off! Sleep tracking is automatic and reasonably accurate in showing start and stop times. It is now more useful in that it clearly graphically and textually shows light, deep (motionless) and restless times, gives you an efficiency rating and allows you to comment on the sleep quality. Walking is also automatically tracked and gives steps (pedometer), estimated distance, pace, and timelines. It is reasonably accurate compared to the GPS – you can adjust step length to get it much closer. I found the HERE app most useful, and it even displayed a tiny map on the screen. Heart rate is a continuous monitor type. It gives the range over time intervals. My only gripe is that it does not overlay heart rate on other activities like walking or sleep – take note programmers because it would be easy to do. GPS functions are attached to running, cycling, hiking, skiing, backpacking, canoeing, circuit training, and much more. Again, the programmers have been busy, and it has more than 120 sports that you can track, and many are auto-detected. You can set up exercise guides and programs as well – marathon training etc. The social aspect allows you to nominate friends and create challenges as well as gain valuable comparative information about where you relate to others at your life stage. There is also a range of about 70 partner apps that will share S Health and Gear data – these cover fitness, nutrition, rest, health care and more. My only gripe, take note programmers, is that it does not have a standard Web interface so I can check in from a computer browser – it is all on the phone. Other apps and watch faces Gear now has over 10,000 apps and custom watch dials. I installed a stopwatch, timer, and Samsung Pay. Things like Uber, Spotify, Here, Nike+ Running, GolfNavi, and more are either there or coming. It will even play games and link to Nest and control Philips Hue lights. It supports connected services, data sharing, and exports data in .GPX format. But the screen, no matter how good, simply does not lend itself to complex apps and that is where notifications come in – most apps can send notifications to the S3. Samsung Pay It supports both NFC and MST contactless payments with and without your phone. Music Pairing a set of Bluetooth headphones was easy – be they Samsung’s ICON-X right up to Sennheiser, Parrot, Bose and more headphones and speakers. Usable memory is 1.64GB. I uploaded over 300 songs and had space left. It will display metadata (performer, photo, title, etc.) if known. Conclusion I think the Gear S3 crosses over the boundaries between a fitness band and a smartwatch adding considerable value to each category. It is fashionable yet highly functional. I find it a tad large in the best way possible — 46mm diameter — but it fits well on a male wrist. Comments from others say it is fine. I suspect that women will find it too large but that is a matter of personal taste. Of the 50 or so people, I have shown it to, about 75% expressed interest in purchasing one, and about 90% loved the Frontier style over the Classic. I liked the Gear S2 but at that time the S Health App was not up to Microsoft Health or Apple Health – it has now exceeded the functionality offered by both though it has been designed by a programmer! Killer features – the rotating bezel is easy to use, Wi-Fi is an added bonus for untethered use, and the app ecosystem is comprehensive. At $349 ($249 on sale) it is arguably the best smartwatch to date, and certainly, eclipses the Apple Watch – this is as good as it gets until the S4.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
So many functions in such a little spacePosted .
The Samsung Gear S3 is by far one of the most advanced and classy looking smart watches out there. This smart watch pretty much has everything and with an option for 4G LTE I can’t imagine much more being offered. I have had the Samsung Gear S2 Classic and the Samsung Gear Fit2. I really like the “normal” watch style of the S line, but both watches just didn’t meet my expectations. Now that I have the Gear S3 Frontier, I can say that they have finally hit everything I was looking for. Just starting off as a watch, it is a bit big and may be for some, but looks like a typical rugged style watch. The watch faces on it are amazing and some go as far as to mimic the light reflection as if they had a real reflective background. The clarity and finite details even give some of them a 3D appearance. From analog to digital with individual stylizations, there are so many watch face styles that you could have a different one every day if you choose to. There is also an “always on” feature that prevents you from having to flick your wrist to see the time, a complaint I had with the S2, however, it reduces time between charges significantly. With the band being interchangeable with any 22-mm band, the design choices are limitless. As a fitness tracker, the Gear S3 has everything you expect, plus more. It tracks steps, floors climbed and automatic heart rate tracking with decent accuracy. It will pick up exercise events automatically if continued for at least 10 minutes, however, if you want full GPS tracking you will need to manually start the exercise event. When manually started and using S-Health you get added results, such as highest and lowest elevation for total ascent/descent using the included altimeter, and average/max heart rate. You also get a Google map display of your event which can be exported to a GPX file. The Gear S3 can keep track of all of this information without the phone being present during the workout. As an added bonus, the watch has internal storage so you can play music directly from the watch, through the built in speaker or Bluetooth headphones, or control the music on your phone. For smart watch capability you get the typical notifications and alerts from your phone, which you can change in the Samsung Gear app. You can reply and send text messages by using standard preset short replies, emoticons, by writing text by hand, using an old style alphanumeric keypad, or use the microphone to record a message or use speech-to-text. Don’t want to text? You can answer and place calls directly from the watch, with surprising clarity. You can use your contacts or a keypad to enter a fresh number without ever pulling out your phone. As for controlling the watch, I still love the rotating bezel compared to some other smart watches using the small crown. My fingers feel like I’m trying to use two sausages to pick up a pin when messing with small dials and such. Sometimes even using the screen is cumbersome as my finger can cover half the screen or a slight bump leads to clicking on a wrong reply. My favorite feature with the watch has been the amazement that I get from people when I use my watch with Samsung Pay to make a payment. It typically starts out with their hand out awaiting a credit card. Then I tell them I’m going to pay using my watch and their response is usually “Oh our system is old, we don’t do that yet” as they hear the beep of the transaction being completed. That is when the questions start to kick in, even from people behind me in line. Besides ATM machines and gas pumps, it has worked on pretty much everything else. If at first it does not succeed, have them change the transaction from credit to debit or vice versa. You can even make up to four transactions without your phone being nearby, making this even better when out on a workout. To wrap up with a few odds and ends, I like how the bezel is above the glass. I have only had mine a few weeks and already bumped it against several hard objects. There are marks on the bezel, but nothing with the glass. I just bought some lens covers to be sure that this will not be an issue. The default watch band is rubber, therefore it stretches and at times feels like it is pinching my arm, as a rubber band would. If I loosen it too much, because I use Samsung Pay, the screen will lock and requires a 4 digit pin to be entered. A feature I am grateful for, but a bit of an annoyance when I find it locked when a notification comes in, so I keep the watch tight. The battery life has lasted on average 3 days, with the “Always On” feature turned off. I like to wear mine at night as well, to provide sleep tracking, so I charge it during times of inactivity, like at my work desk or in the evening while watching TV, and it is fully charged in about 2 and a half hours. The altimeter and barometer are an interesting feature, and I am sure for some it will prove useful, but so far all I have noticed is that I have to recalibrate the altimeter every few days as it has been over 600ft off after a few days and the weather has not been severe enough to really change the barometer reading. In conclusion, I have thoroughly enjoyed my Samsung Gear S3 Frontier and look forward to using it more as the season of outdoor activities starts to roll in. With so much to offer in a typical elegant looking watch, it is hard to believe what they will improve on it anytime soon. If you are looking to take the step into the world of using a smart watch, but don’t want a device that looks like a small phone on your wrist, and provides more features than any other watch, this is the one for you. If you are looking for an upgrade from any other smart watch, you don’t have to look any further.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome smartwatchPosted .
Let me start off this review by saying that I’ve never really owned a watch before. My general attitude towards watches was that I thought of them to be more of fashion pieces than a practical accessory. I already keep a smartphone on me at all times so the reason of buying a conventional watch went out the window. However, after owning this smartwatch for two weeks, I can say that owning a “watch” can be very stylish and very practical at the same time. I purchased this S3 frontier from Best Buy before Black Friday deals were going on for a price of $200. Samsung’s official store was having the same deal but ordering from them I would have to wait over a week just to have it ship! I would very much rather go into Best Buy and pick up the item same or next day for the same price. I have given the LTE model some consideration, as it would be very convenient leaving your phone charging or on your desk while walking around your house or office workspace without having the possibility of missing important calls or texts. However, I have decided that the extra upcharge for the LTE model and monthly charge from my local phone company isn’t worth it because I don’t get a large enough number of calls or texts, and I keep my phone on me most of the time. I would advise those that get a lot of phone calls and text messages to take a look at the LTE model because you can easily screen and ignore calls or messages that aren’t important very quickly, without having to pull out your phone. For those of you who are torn between the Bluetooth and LTE model, there is a feature that lets the S3 connect to Wi-Fi networks that are remembered by the phone, letting you get notifications that way. Before I start talking about the watch, I will give a couple of disclaimers. I am using this S3 Frontier Bluetooth version with a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 8. I am not paid by anyone to write this review, I am writing this review using my own free time. There are many reasons why I bought this watch, all of which make this a fine practical accessory. I would say the most important features for me are Samsung Pay, S Health, and great notification system which includes the ability to quickly screen calls and messages on your watch without having to pull out your phone. You can also download apps, although the choices in that department are quite disappointing. Apps available for the S3 are downloaded from Samsung’s Galaxy apps store, which are honestly quite limited. I personally downloaded basic apps made by Samsung, such as Clock, Alarm, Find my Phone, Calculator, Calendar, Timer, and Stopwatch. There may be more but I haven’t really bothered to check out the app store. Samsung Pay is probably one of the selling features of this watch. As many of you know, this S3 was released around two years ago, and Samsung recently announced the newer Galaxy Watch in August of 2018. The biggest difference between the S3 and Galaxy Watch is that the newer Galaxy Watch DOES NOT support MST, but at least has NFC. The S3 has MST and NFC, which means that if a payment terminal is older and doesn’t support the newer standard of NFC, you can use it in a pinch. This is a potential deal breaker for some, and while it isn’t a big deal for me, I still opted for the S3 Frontier. Also regarding Samsung Pay: the only bank I am with is a small Credit Union based in Los Angeles, and that has attempted to set me back using Samsung Pay as they do not support it currently. However, I have found a way to use PayPal with Samsung Pay and it works perfectly. PayPal recently announced the PayPal cash card, which is linked directly to your PayPal balance. I have mine set up so that if a purchase was to be declined due to low funds, PayPal will automatically deduct a set amount from my bank or card to make up for the purchase. I remember S Health back from when I had my Note 4 and I rarely used it back then. I can say that Samsung has made great progress developing the application and integrating its features with their smartwatches. I am still a beginner so I currently only use the app to track steps and sleep. The S3 automatically starts tracking steps and uploads that information to the S Health app. If you wear the S3 while sleeping, it will automatically track sleep and give you a notification in the morning. (See attached for screenshots from watch and phone). I have this watch set up for notifications from my phone. I am currently split between using Samsung’s and Google’s apps. For calling, I use the Samsung’s built in app. For text messages, I use Google’s Messages. I can happily say that notifications work flawlessly with the third party Messages app and that I can send quick replies. You can also specify select apps to send notifications. I highly recommend this instead of selecting “all apps” because I know for sure I don’t needed to be bothered with another annoying notification from Clash of Clans popping up on my smartwatch. There are no ports, you charge this watch with the included wireless charging stand. I would estimate it takes around an hour and a half to charge this from empty to full. I would not recommend you use this watch until it dies as keeping a lithium ion battery like the one inside this smartwatch at a low charge for extended periods of time results in a drastically shorter lifespan. In conclusion, this is a very functional and great looking smartwatch. The features that are advertised work flawlessly. I recommend you pop into your local Best Buy to see if it is on display. I know I have missed some parts but there's only so much I can cover. If anyone has any questions or comments feel free to post a comment and I'll try to respond ASAP.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Wearable Technology Becomes Integrated TechnologyPosted .
I have owned this watch now for a little over a month, and I absolutely love it. I feel like so many wearable devices look like you have a monitoring device stuck to you, but Samsung has made a remarkable watch that is truly functional. Frontier has done the best job at moving from wearable technology to integrated technology. I find that this watch has nestled it's way into my everyday routine. Display: The first area to note is the Always On Display. Although the AOD design varies based on the watch face, this is such a great feature because it allows this watch to look and function like a watch instead of a blank screen tracking device. I get numerous comments each day, on what a nice looking watch I have, when I show people what it does, they are blown away. Some of the watch faces do look very digital once they transition to the always on display, but there are so many available watch faces that look really great, I love the customization. Battery Life: Samsung indicates that the watch battery will last approximately 3 days. Out of the box this is true, but I turned on the AOD, turned off automatic heart rate monitoring, use Samsung Pay a few times a day, make calls when I am driving to and from work and have brightness on 6 (out of 10), and I am getting closer to 1.5 days, but not a problem at all because it charges incredibly fast, so I can just take it off briefly at home while watching TV and I am good to go. In those cases when you forget to charge it...turn the power saving on. I was at 15% battery at 7am, turned power saving on and was still at 9% at 6pm. Samsung Pay: Let me preface this section with stating that I was already an advocate of Samsung Pay. I think Samsung Pay leads the way in digital wallets and I am an active user. Samsung Pay with the watch connects even faster than my phone. Very rarely, but I have had a few instances where Samsung Pay has jammed up the CC reader, but never once when using my watch, so it is now my preferred method. Phone Calls: This is a feature I wasn't sure about, but absolutely love! People say the sound is crystal clear and much better than the blue tooth in my car. It simply makes driving much easier. Occasionally I answer calls, when I am just out and about, but typically I use this feature when I am driving. It is so much more convenient than trying to fumble for your phone while trying to keep your eyes on the road. Messages: Having new messages from all my connected accounts literally on my wrist is awesome. For the most part it is not a feature that was absent in earlier wearable devices, but I stumbled across the write your message feature, which is super accurate and incredibly cool. It is easier than trying to type a message on your watch. Monitoring: This watch takes daily activity monitoring to a whole new level. The sleep monitoring is scarily accurate. I love that I don't have to turn it on & off. I always found this to be an annoyance with older wearable devices because when you first wake up you are not thinking about turning off your sleep monitor. The watch also provides "gentle" reminders to get active after an hour of inactivity which I appreciate. Overall: This is currently the best smart watch on the market. Even friends an co-workers who own a different brand of phone and watch are jealous of Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. I have a Samsung phone, but I believe if you have an iPhone or another Android device this watch can still work just a varying levels of integration. If you want a watch that looks really good and you will actually use, this is it. I absolutely love it!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Battery life is not as described.Posted .
Overall the watch is great. This is my first smartwatch and functionality is very nice. If you wear long sleeves the bezel does turn occasionally activating the watch. Speaker is very good and receiving and sending texts are nice. If you want to type a message the keyboard is not very functional. I voice text nearly everything. Battery life is only about a day and a half at most. If you use the watch on a regular basis that is what you will find you will get. If you don't touch the watch I'm sure you could get the advertised amount of days. I have to use the always-on function because I have found that just turning your wrist to activate the watch does not always work. That could be a good part of the battery drain. It does go into a sleep mode but you can still see the watch face. Overall I think that it is a very good functional watch. I would recommend it to a friend. The watch face is a little large but I would not want it much smaller.I would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesEase of Use5 out of 5Quality4 out of 5Value5 out of 5
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
The heavyweight longstanding championPosted .Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.
The watch might not be as thin as some newer offerings, come to the table with as long of battery life, or have the absolute latest in features. However, it does make up with it by one feature many in the community wish would have been persisted into newer watches: Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST). MST is a technology that allows your watch to magically beam information to conventional card reader magnetic strips. This means that if a shop does not have a NFC/tap to pay terminal (REALLY common in the US still) you can still pay touch-less with your watch. In my opinion this increases usability of the device dramatically, to the point where I still haven't replaced it despite its age. Beyond that, the watch's specifications are what you'd expect out of a flagship from a few years ago. It's got a decent quality screen, an onboard GPS and microphone for navigating or calling someone through the watch (paired with phone). It has a nice feeling metal bezel which has survived and still looks great despite bashing my watch against things pretty often. All-in-all, you may not find the Gear S3 available at retailers in light of newer offerings, but I'd be darned if I didn't still recommend it in the off-chance you do. The 'function' part works hard in your favor to offset the newer 'form' advantages of today's smart watch products.
FeaturesEase of Use5 out of 5Quality4 out of 5Value5 out of 5I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Convenient Accessory for Samsung S8Posted .
It is convenient to glance at my watch for text and call notifications instead of digging into my pocket for the phone when I am otherwise preoccupied. I like that I can answer phone calls via the watch on speakerphone and use talk-to-text or actually write on the watch with my finger for text messages. One caveat for folks who would use the watch to read and send text messages. The watch does NOT support group texting so when you reply to a group text, it will send the reply only to the last person on the conversation. The Samsung Health app is great for logging in workouts and bke rides and it's cool to be able to check your heart rate on the fly too. There is a great selection of accessories to personalize the watch and Amazon has some solid products available. Battery life is pretty good. On a full charge, my watch drains down to about 60% after quite a bit of use from 6am to midnight. Overall, I am happy with my purchase.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Not Just for Guys!Posted .
I have recently had the pleasure to test drive the new Samsung Gear S3 Frontier. This review is being done by someone who has never owned a smartwatch, so I may not get into a lot of the internals as I think at least some of us who buy this are just going to buy it because it’s really cool and not because we have any understanding as to “what’s under the hood”. First off the packaging is very nice as you would expect from any high end device you may purchase. The bottom half even becomes a charging base stand if you have a lot of room where you want to charge your S3. The Gear S3 comes with a charging base, cable and block to plug it all in. It also comes with two different sized bands. The Large comes pre-installed and there is also a Small provided. The bands are very easy to change thanks to the Quick Release. This is a little nub that is in a recess of the band and you just push it over with a fingernail. I have pretty small wrists and am female. My wrists measure 6.5 inches. While large, the Gear S3 does not actually seem as big once you are wearing it. I do highly recommend buying a new band. For my wrist size I found the one provided to be too stiff and made the S3 a lot more uncomfortable than it is now. The provided band is Silicone and is easy to clean, but I found the black metal mesh one I bought to fit me better. Thanks to the Gear S3’s water rating you are supposed to be able to really put this sucker to the test! White water rafting anyone? I have yet to try any water tests but I would be willing to wear the Gear S3 to the beach! The Samsung Gear S3 is rated to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes so I guess Swimming is out but you could leave it on in the shower? Just make sure the band and your wrist is dried off after because you can cause some real funk to your wrist if water is trapped under the band! Washing the S3 is simple with a little water and some non sudsing soap. Guys, you are going to have to make a trip down the facial cleansing isle. Or you could just buy it online, I bought Auquaphor. I also use it on the families fitbits and other household watches. The first thing I noticed about the Samsung Gear S3, the screen is amazing! Viewing photos, playing games, and…. WATCH FACES!! There are hundreds of free watch faces to choose from! I absolutely love the live saltwater aquarium! I shut off the “Always On” watch face to save battery. I also disabled “Quick View” this turns on the screen when you lift your arm or turn your wrist as if you want to check the time. All I have to do is tap a button or turn the bezel and I can see my fishes swim! Oh and I guess see the time, date, day of the week, BPM and steps. You did read right earlier, I did say GAMES! So far I have only played fruit ninja but wow, not having to take out my phone like everyone else at the doctor’s office made me feel special! I have no other way to measure my heart rate but the average that the Gear S3 seems to record sounds about right from what I know of myself. I used to have a fitbit HR and it seems on track with that. If you are really concerned with tracking accurate heart rate though you should buy one that has a strap. I do currently own other Fitbits and there really seems to be a discrepancy between their data and what the Gear S3 records. The Gear 3 recording about 500 less steps a day. The floor counting is kind of a joke and takes forever to sync. I had climbed 6 flights of stairs and sat down for at least 5 minutes before my watch buzzed and congratulated me on climbing one flight. Then the Gear S3 only recorded me doing 2 flights of stairs. So if you are looking for a device to accurately track your fitness this is not for you. It will keep you motivated by constantly telling you you have been sitting too long though! I watched a movie at the theater with my son yesterday, our theater has an app that rewards you and silences your phone during the movie. My Gear S3 however did not get this memo because towards the end of the movie it buzzed, lit up and told me I had been sitting too long! Yikes! I downloaded the theater widget for future use! The widgets are quite useful. I have Weather, Calculator, Samsung Pay. I can even turn the screen into a flashlight! Samsung Pay works independent of your phone, I believe this is because you do not have to have a Samsung phone to use the Samsung Gear S3. You can even use an Apple phone! This means even if you have Samsung pay on your phone you are going to have to re-add all of your cards to the watch. Once you do this it will add a pin you pick out to lock your watch anytime it loses contact with your skin! Kinda neat but also a pain… especially if you like to wear your watch loose. I did try last night to use Samsung Pay for the first time and got an error. I have never used it before so may have been my fault! I had no idea how long I had to keep my wrist next to the car reader. Answering calls is a breeze! I don’t even think my callers know they are talking to me through a watch! You can add individual contacts to the Bezel rotation or grab the multi contact widget so you don’t use as many spots. I have my husband’s cell separate because he is the one I use most. I wear my watch on my right hand, which makes using Samsung Pay easier, but texting is a lot slower when you are using your off hand! I use the feature where you draw the letter with your finger. It will not correct if you use a mixture of upper and lower case in a word however. So I had to actually think to make SUrE it DIDn’T CoMe OUt LiKe ThiS… Get to fixing that Samsung! Lol. The Samsung Gear S3 is also capable of tracking your sleep. This worked pretty good when I took a nap on the couch but sleeping at night is a whole other thing! I really don’t know how well it would track actual sleep, I have to take it off. Even with the always display off, and quick view off, the screen lights up all the time! Every time you move and accidentally touch the bezel you will be bombarded with light! This may not happen with some of the darker watch faces but with my aquarium it is quite distracting at night and will wake you up. I would love a night lock, but until then I use night to just set the Gear S3 on the charger, which is not necessary because after a day of use the Samsung Gear S3 is still at 80% Battery! Overall I am extremely pleased with the Samsung Gear S3 and I am sure there are many things I have yet to discover! I would also be interested in trying to make my own watch face someday to share with others!I would recommend this to a friend
Q: QuestionWhat is the difference between a bluetooth and a 4g lte model and how can I tell the difference when I am purchasing this item?
Asked by Help.
- A:Answer The difference between the LTE and Bluetooth (BT) is the labels indicate connection themselves they primary use to receive data. It uses 4g LTE like a traditional smart phone to be able to give you notifications without you needing your phone within BT distance or even being on. This could also allow you to pay with your watch through Samsung Pay without both your wallet or your phone (or whatever reason you might consider yourself in such a situation) if need be. However, to use such; this requires you signing up with a cellular provider of your choice and paying a monthly service for such. The benefit to this is that, like smart phones, you can get your Gear S3 for cheap or even free if you score the right deal with a contract. The 4g LTE version also includes BT, NFC, and WiFi connections and thus you don't lose out on "Features" if you bought the 4g LTE over the non 4g LTE version. So the difference is if you buy the regular Gear S3 (think "Non 4g LTE") you just lose out on having the 4g, but don't have to pay a monthly service. If you sat the two side by side, there is no difference in look or size, just a "Theoretical" weight difference of the amount of weight of a SIM card that would go inside the 4g LTE version. In purchasing one, if go into a Best Buy store, you should NOT be able to buy a 4g LTE without specifically asking for it and usually requires you going to the Cell Phone area. If you go to the Samsung area, you will only find the "non 4g LTE" version
Answered by Anonymous
Asked by EVOBunny.
- A:Answer Call bestbuy and they will refund you $50 to your card. I just called them and I got a refund for 50. It is call price match. Whenever you buy a product from bestbuy you have a few weeks to match the price. Good luck
Answered by RickyRicardo
Q: QuestionCan i use the GPS without having it on a phone plan of any sort? Also, if the batter dies will the watch still be able to tell me the time (hope that part made sense).
Asked by Jessicat023.
- A:Answer The GPS radio is built into the watch so it needs no phone or cellular plan to receive the GPS signal. The time is displayed using the digital screen. If the battery dies, the screen gets no power and you will not be able to tell the time.
Answered by KevinR
Q: QuestionCan I get some info on the size, is it really that big? And can I get some answers on what u guys think, if it would be right for a 12 year old
Asked by Singh.
- A:Answer This watch is 46mm. It looks large on a man and giant on most female wrists. For a 12 year old, I would suggest the S2 or S2 Classic.
Answered by Schwifty
Asked by Wjh.
- A:Answer Yes eventually it will work. I am using it with the beta Tizen\Samsung software and my iPhone. It does have its limitations but it Is synced.
Answered by SaVVy
Q: QuestionWhat is the case and bezel made from?
Asked by Bradford.
- A:Answer The case is metal. The rotating dial appears to be a hard plastic that will scratch very easily, I have mine for 1 month and the finish on bezel is wearing down already! Don't bump it , it will scratch.
Answered by Marcoso