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The Gear S3 has the esthetics of a truly premium watch with advanced features built right into the watch design. That's why it's so easy and effortless to use the Gear S3. It's also built for you to go days without needing your phone or to recharge. You get to feel free with the Gear S3.

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    What's Included


    • Owner's manual
    • Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch 46mm
    • Wireless charging dock

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6854 out of 7077)

    Features


    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.

    Hands-free calling

    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.

    Water-resistant design

    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.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 7077 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Samsung Gear S3 is a lot smarter than a smartwatch

      Posted
      Mattalt55
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      So many functions in such a little space

      Posted
      DavidJr
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member
      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      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

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not Just for Guys!

      Posted
      Lanfier

      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

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Worthy Upgrade

      Posted
      DGraham79
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      For reference purposes, I have owned the following watches: Sony SmartWatch 3, Moto 360 (2n gen), Huawei Watch, Gear S2, and now the Gear S3 Frontier LTE. I find that Samsung S2/3 is lightyears better than Android Wear when it comes to usability. Using the Gear watches feels natural and simpler to use. But I'm not here to write about Android Wear vs Samsung Tizen. Now for the Gear S2 vs the S3. I had the S2 classic (non LTE). I loved every bit of it for notifications, information, and usability, but moving to the S3 was leaps and bounds better. The isn't directly apples to apples comparison since I am using LTE version now, but here are my key differences that I find better. The battery life is the biggest benefit. The S2 classic would last me 2.5 days. That is nice, but to get a full 3 days, I would have to turn it off at night. Since I would just shut it off, I didn't wear it and so I ended up charging it every night. I didn't have to worry about forgetting to charge it every night but I couldn't go leave on a long weekend without it shutting down before I got back home. By the way, the S2 is pointless to wear at night anyways so this wasn't a big deal unless you would want to use the alarm which would vibrate the S2. The S3 Frontier with LTE has a larger battery, but the difference is stark. I have had the watch for a week as of today. After 40 hours of use my watch right now is at 60% left. This is with it remaining on over night in Do Not Disturb mode. This would equate to about 4 days of continuous use, and possibly 6 days with shutting it off overnight. I haven't test that yet since the S3 has a sleep mode that lets me know how well I sleep. (Something the S2 didn't do) I have LTE and Bluetooth on, with WIFi off. GPS and NFC is also on. Next big different is the size of the watch. It is larger, but I like it better. I am not a huge guy but I am 6' tall, 240lbs. The look and feel is better in my opinion and is similar sized so many Android Wear watches. The usability for me for typing on the screen is easier, plus the larger watch allows for a larger battery. It appears that the S3 LTE has a newer version of Tizen. Since the internal hardware is nearly identical to the S2, I was surprised to see that some newer features were on the S3 software but not the S2. I actually use Samsung pay, but find that many terminals I shop at still lack NFC. Thankfully the new S3 also supports the MST use of Samsung pay. I love being able to use just my watch when I need to run out to the store real quick and not worry about having my wallet on me. Plus the speed is so much faster than using chip cards. As for the S3 LTE vs S2 non LTE, I love the fact is has a speaker, calling, GPS for standalone navigation, better fitness tracking (flights of stairs, better HR monitoring, calorie burn, sleep tracking etc) A few things I wish were different. I never use S Voice. I wish it used Google Now or Cortana, or had the options to use them. I have to install Android Wear to be able to reply to messages on SMS or Hangouts. I don't use the default messaging app. If I used the default messaging app, I wouldn't need Android Wear app installed for SMS, but I prefer Google's Messenger app, and I use Hangouts all the time which still needs the Wear app installed. Android Wear just being installed allows for replies to work. Don't need to ever open the Wear app, just have it installed, but why can't this be default? And when I receive a facebook message, I don't see what the message is, only that I got a message from person x or person y. I wish there were more apps for the ecosystem. Every app that I use, I love better than any other implementation, but outside of watch faces, the app selection is still limited. The default apps and the ones that are available are more than enough for now, but I would love more. I don't need to have this watch to replace my phone and wouldn't want it to, but a few more integrations would be welcome. But saying this, I don't feel like I'm being hindered by missing something. One thing I can't wait to test it out Tasker for Gear. I never used it on the S2, but I am going to be setting it up for the S3 for automation. Setting up tasks on my phone for home automation, then setting up those actions on the S3 sounds too good to be true. Plus if I can get Tasker to work with a few other things, it would be awesome!! I'll add more when I have more but right now, the S3 Frontier has been amazing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wearable Technology Becomes Integrated Technology

      Posted
      PO463
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Perfect for companion for your Galaxy S6/S7

      Posted
      Z0RD0N

      Gear S | Brief History Samsung had a unique approach when they first introduce their Gear S line. From their large, curved Gear S, to the slimmer, curved Gears S Fit, to the circular Gear S2 with the turning bezel, to the Gear S2 Fit and now here, the new Gear S3. Taking all the best features from their 1st and 2nd Gen Gear S watches into one. Like they say, 3rd times a charm! So, the big question… “Why THIS smartwatch? Why not Moto, LG, Asus, etc.? Is this the droid, err, I mean, smartwatch, I’m looking for?” In short, yes. Let me break it down, shall I? PACKAGING Your brand new Samsung Gear S3 – Frontier will arrive in a circle box. Unwrap and open the box to reveal the smartwatch and charging cradle. Lift the small cover underneath to reveal the USB A/C charger and cable. Along with instruction manual and an additional wrist strap for people with a smaller wrist; that’s actually a nice/considerate touch from Samsung. FIRST IMPRESSION At first glance, the Frontier is just stunning. The beautiful dark grey finish is gorgeous. The Frontier has the ‘compass-styled’ bezel, along with the rubber-type band that compliments the watch. Overall, the watch is very appealing to the eye. It does have a bit of a heft to it compared to thinner smartwatches, but this because of the additional features/hardware that comes with it; which we will get to. SETUP When you power on your smartwatch for the first time, (by holding down the bottom right button) it will go through its initial setup. For those who own a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S7, and have Bluetooth already enabled, your phone will automatically connect to it! If you own a different Android device or iPhone, setup will probably require an extra set or two. Once completed, more than likely your Gear needs to get an update. Once the update is complete, you can begin exploring everything your Gear has to offer. TIZEN vs. Android Wear Android Wear is not the operating system running the Gear; it’s Samsung’s custom OS, Tizen. Tizen has been around since the first Gear S. Many have praised it for its unique and favorable user interface. Since then, it has polished up, a lot, and it makes your smartwatch more than just a smartwatch. I mean, if you are coming from Android Wear, you’ll immediately think that Android Wear is behind. The interface flows so smoothly. You can download apps, even games…GAMES…to it. Turn the bezel to the right to access your favorite widgets (weather, music player, calendar, steps, news, favorite contacts, etc.) Turn the bezel to the left to access your notification. You can change the background “wallpaper” (black comes standard), you can change the watch faces (some are very customizable and look stunning) and so much more to explore. Oh, did I mention you can make calls and answer them via Bluetooth?! Ok, yes that’s been out for a while, but it’s new to me and its super cool and convenient. FU-TURE! This is where that extra heft comes into play. The Gear has a built in speaker (a loud one), microphone, NFC for mobile pay, GPS and other hardware. Samsung did a good job packaging all of that and more into the Gear. However, a few people don’t appreciate the thickness of it. Its bit thicker than the 2nd Gen Moto 360, but once it’s on your wrist, that thickness visually fades away. (Somewhere I read this is thanks to Samsung painting the bottom part of Gear black so it blends in, making it look appear slimmer than it truly is) In the end, it feels like having a full-blown smartphone on your wrist. FITNESS I would not consider myself a fitness guru. I am doing my best to keep active. Many of the Gear’s fitness features are turned on by default. The one I have turned off is the automatic heart reading. Not because I do not think it is beneficial, but it does save on battery life. One neat and motivating feature is that the Gear will remind you to get up and moving if you have been inactive for at least an hour. If you tend do a lot cardio, or mainly walking, after 10-minutes of continues walking or any active movement, the Gear will start tracking your workout. After a short period of inactivity, the Gear will show you your results. You can also tell the S Health app what kind of exercise you’ll be performing so it can log it for you. These are definitely some nice features to get your fitness on. SAMSUNG PAY Oh, man. This. Is. Cool! If you own a Galaxy S7, you know what Samsung Pay already is. Similar to Android Pay and Apple Pay, it is a service where you can link your credit card and pay using your smartphone. The Galaxy S7 revolutionized this by claiming that you can pay at almost any store that has a card swipe reader, even if the card swipe reader does not have NFC. You can just hold your phone near the card swipe area, and boom, it works…every now and then. Samsung has brought this to the Gear S3, and now you can pay with your watch! You will go through the initial setup, which requires you to enable a pin passcode on your watch. (Every time you take off your watch and put it back on, or it senses inactivity, you will have to enter your pin). Then you will go through the process of adding your credit cards. Yes, you still have to do this even if you already have Samsung Pay on your S7. Now you are all set. You just hold down the top right button, and select the card you want to use and hit pay. Place your watch near the NFC reader or card swipe. Now, this is a hit or miss with the watch. Placement seems to be everything when using it on a card swipe reader that does not have NFC. Some stores also turn off mobile payments on their reader. Then, there are times where it looks like it work only for the card reader to say there was an error. So, while this is a cool feature, do not expect to work every time, but 90% of the time it will. CAPABILITY All right, it is a no brainer that Gear S3 is the perfect companion for your Galaxy S7. They were made for each other and everything just work flawlessly. BUT… While the Gear S3 is compatible with other Android’s & iPhone’s, some features/applications will not work the same, such as email/text. PERFORMANCE Samsung advertises that this watch can go 4-days without charge. Moreover, that might be true. I tested it and I was able to get little over 65 hours (2d 17h 3m 27s to be exact) with 9% left. Not bad. It probably could have made it to 4-days if I used “Power Saving” mode. I was able to achieve the above battery performance by turning off Automatic Heart Reading, Always on display and GPS. Speaking of Always On Display, it drained my battery like no-other. In just 12-hrs it went from 100% to 48%. I enabled this feature on my 2nd Moto 360 and by ends day, I would be at 70%. Granted, rumor has that Always Display eats up more battery is your watch face has a lot of color. If there is more black on your watch face, it will use less battery. I cannot confirm this; nonetheless, nice to know. The Gear is snappy. I will not get technical with hardware specs. But, all you need to know is that it’s fast and responsive. Incorporating the turn bezel along with touch makes maneuvering through the Gear a breeze. I have yet to experience any crashes with the Gear. Just like a smartphone, if you open many apps, you can go and individually close them to free up memory if you believe your Gear is starting to under perform. OVERALL I know there are probably some areas of the Gear that I did not get into, like reviewing certain applications, the clarity of the speaker, the accuracy of the fitness features, etc. But, in the end, all you really want to know if it’s worth the $$$. Yes. Yes it is. It is one of the best smartwatches currently in the market. I will highly recommend this one over any other smartwatch, any day. And this is coming from someone who own both Moto 360 and thought they were the best. [**Android Wear 2.0 released this month, February 2017. I have not compared the new update as it hasn’t come to the Moto 360 2nd Gen at the time of this review. However, v2.0 is just NOW getting NFC capabilities, and only the new LG Style & Sport are the only Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches that support it.**]

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great upgrade for Samsung

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      kms883
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      Purchased the Gear S3 on a whim while picking up my Google Home. I did have a Fitbit and previously an Apple Watch (when I had an iPhone through work) and realized that while I always wore a watch, a smartwatch wasn't exactly the thing I needed. I mean, who needs another screen to remind me that I have 200 unread emails? However, on a whim, I bought the Gear S3. At first the S3 seemed large (much larger than fitbit and apple watch for sure!), but not much bigger than a regular timepiece. It also has the weight of a good automatic watch, like an Omega. Connecting to my Galaxy S7 Edge was a snap - the app was preloaded - I started it, it recognized the watch in about 30 seconds and began configuring it. After about 5 minutes, it was ready to go. Functionality: The Gear S3 is super easy to use. The bezel on the top moves smoothly but doesn't get bumped or moved accidentally, even with my hands in gloves or in my pockets. Vibrations for notifications are felt easily. Apps are installed quickly through the Gear app, as are pictures and additional faces. Oh, as it relates to faces - unlike the Apple Watch, custom faces are easy to create, even if they kind of sort of look like a real watch (Apple frowns on making your Apple Watch look like an Omega or Rolex). I did take a phone call from the watch and my wife said she didn't even notice I was speaking into my watch vs. on the phone. Fitness tracking: Coming from a Fitbit and an Apple Watch, my expectations were high. Both of those fitness trackers were first rate. That said, the Gear S3 is on par with them - step tracking is excellent, workouts are logged perfectly, and heart rate (while it does take a bit to get used to where the watch should be for perfect tracking) is pretty accurate. Everything syncs to S Health properly and quickly. Notifications The big gripe for folks on smartwatches is "too many notifications". That's true - unless you control them. Through the Gear app - I was able to turn off Facebook and Twitter notifications, along with the notifications for email and other non-essential services. I now have my Google app, Samsung Pay, and Weather as the only things pushing notifications to me Battery As I write this, I am at 35% battery remaining. I took the watch off it's charger 2 1/2 days ago. In short, the battery life is amazing. A Fitbit will last the better part of a week, yes, but when compared to the Series 1 Apple Watch that I had before - well, that watch was on the charger each night... All in all - I'd absolutely recommend the Gear S3 to anyone looking for a fashionable, rugged, and downright usable smartwatch. Perhaps this is just what the industry needed to change it's fortunes....

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great device, useful and fun, slight reservations

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      Gramaryen
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      When I received the device, I noticed that the box was quite elegant. It follows most of the design conventions that Samsung has been using for the S7 (and has been refining since the S4 or S5). It was easy to open, but the device was safely secured within. I was pleased to see that it came with a neat magnetic charging dock/cradle, along both a wall charging adapter and a cable (as it should). For the curious, the charger is just a 700mA charger, so if you want to charge it on the go, you won't need either a Fast Charge or 2.1A charger to get the job done...any old USB plug will do. Moving on to the device, it is definitely styled like a man's watch, with a large black-bezel, large black band (actually, two black bands; one small (in the box), and one large, already attached. For reference, I've had FitBits, and have needed, if only slightly, the large watch band, and this seems to follow the same rough sizing, though the notches are at slightly different intervals, so it's either a might snug, or rotate-around-my wrist loose. The face of the device is black and gunmetal grey, with - as you might expect - the bezel is a stylized gear. It sports hatch marks, like on most sports watches. 5-minute increments are marked out around the inside of the round frame. There are two buttons on the right side, and the bezel rotates both ways (the 5-minute increments, of course, are fixed). I long-pressed the bottom right button to turn it on, opened up the Samsung Gear app on my S7 (you'll need to download it if you don't have it already), and got to setting it up. This process is pretty straight-forward, though you may have to bounce around the app to get all the settings straightened out. The default watch face is analog, but there is a watch face storefront, and there are a ton of both free and paid options. I have - in addition to the stock ones - an analog Monty Python Ministry of Silly Walks face, a purple Matrix-styled animated digital face, and - for $1 - an animated LCARS (Star Trek) digital face (both of these latter two show both the time, the date, my heart rate, my step count, and my calories burned). I get bored easily, so I'm sure I'll be trying others out, but the flexibility is quite nice to have, after the limited 4 or 5 utilitarian options of the Fitbit Blaze. In many ways, the interface looks much like an Apple Watch with its little bubble icons, though the ones on the Gear S3 are around the edge, and can be highlighted by twisting the bezel (which to me is more functional). It has a ton of built-in apps: weather, calendar, tasks, email, messaging, phone, contacts, photos, music, Find My Phone, S Voice, altimeter/barometer, Flipboard, alarm, world time, settings, S Health, Samsung Pay, and reminders. It also has widgets, both already in place, and ones you can download and add. Now, there are some oddities here: the photos app requires that the photos actually be side-loaded onto the watch from your phone, rather than viewing your phone's gallery. I'm sure this is because this thing has LTE, and can be used in a completely stand-alone mode (with a contract), but it's still odd, and something I'd like to see the option to switch between in future. I know it's possible, because the music app has a similar ability (you can load music directly on the device and play it on the watch itself), BUT can also simply be used as a remote for playback on the phone. Additionally, because this thing is running Tizen, it really only wants to play nicely with Samsung apps. I don't use Samsung's messaging app, nor its email app, and - while S Health is pretty nice - I'm a 3-plus year FitBit user, so my data is all in that portal. Additionally, I'm more used to Google Assistant, rather than S Voice. That said...there are workarounds. I can simply get over the S Voice thing. It works well, or at least well enough, and it's not a big part of my use case. With FitBit, there's a free app called Fit and Healthy which syncs steps and other data back and forth from FitBit to S Health, and vice-versa, and that’s working very nicely (plus, I can also import data into S Health, so I may choose to switch over at some point). For email and texting, however, it’s a bit trickier. I’m thinking of switching over from the Gmail app (which works a treat) to the stock Samsung email app to get (or at least test) whatever additional functionality that would provide. Right now, I can read and reply to new emails, but not send cold emails, or read old ones. That takes care of most of the issues, but for my texting, I use Signal, because (especially now) I have privacy concerns, and my texting with it is encrypted. This presented an issue, but there seems to be a workaround. First, as with Gmail, you will not be able to read your old texts on your watch. However, you will be able to receive and reply to current ones. Oh, and btw, the quick replies function is very helpful. Stuff like ‘OK’, or ‘No’, or ‘On my way’ are on the list, and you can also enter text using T9, or voice recognition, or something like the old Palm Pilot handwriting recognition, one letter at a time…and an emoji keyboard (critical these days). Oh, and Facecbook Messenger notifications also come through (and can be replied to), AND I’m one of those people still using Hangouts, which I get notifications for and can reply to, but for which there isn’t an on-watch app. No biggie; as long as I get new stuff, that’s fine. I don’t want to use the watch for everything…just to make life easier for the quick notifications and stuff. NOTE: When you clear a notification from the watch, you can choose whether it clears on the device or not, and vice-versa. Also, you can set whether notifications appear on the watch, even if you’re actively using your phone, and some other stuff, which is great. Finding all of the features for replying and figuring out gestures for dismissing and moving around took about a day (not constant, of course…just occasional playing around), but now I can navigate things pretty quickly. To scroll a notification, run your finger upward from the bottom. To dismiss a notification, repeat until you drag the message into the trash can that appears. To perform quick actions, just look for them at the bottom of a notification. To do more, like reply or see something on your phone, tap the three dots at the right edge. To switch between apps, widgets, notifications, keyboards, adjust volume (both on the device and on the phone, as applicable), and to change time for alarms, etc., rotate the bezel. With a little practice, it becomes pretty intuitive, and I’m really enjoying it. Okay, so that’s notifications and text-based stuff, but what about the phone?! Well…basically, at least with the Frontier, it connects over Bluetooth, and it works pretty well. You can dial or pick from a contact, or – if you must – speak the name of the person you want to call. When on the call, you can switch the call back and forth to and from the watch and phone. Today, I had a 25-minute phone conversation solely on the watch and it was clear both ways. Yesterday, I had a much flakier experience, but I think that was because I was in an area with poor reception, rather than a connection issue with the watch. Speaking of talk time, I fully charged the device the first night I had it, but haven’t since, and – with lots of testing and that long phone call – it’s down to about 40%. The dock, btw, is classy and super-easy-to-use. It takes a microUSB cable, but can be detached and stuck in a pocket or backpack for travel, and hooked up anywhere, which is handy. Anyhow…even with 2 solid days of use, I figure I can get another day out of it, maybe two.I also like that it has Samsung Pay, the heart rate monitor seems pretty accurate, and as mentioned above, the watch bands are changeable. Bottom line: I’m really enjoying the Gear S3 Frontier, despite a few quirks and some ecosystem limitations. With some tweaks, I’ve made it fit my lifestyle, and unlike my other/previous smart accessories, it has a great deal of practical uses (and some great show-off because-I-can features, as well). If you have the money, it’s a worthy gadget. Just remember that it’s not running Android Wear.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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    • Expert Reviews (UK)Rating, 5 out of 5July 18, 2018
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    • Tech Advisor (UK)Rating, 3.5 out of 5Henry Burrell on December 4, 2017
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    • TechRadar (UK)Joe Osborne on April 11, 2017
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    • Canadian Reviewer (Canada)Rating, 3.5 out of 5Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla on February 6, 2017
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      No other smart watch manufacturer has risked more to create and iterate new features and functionality than Samsung. Since it introduced the Galaxy Gear years ago it has gone from supporting Google android Wear to it's proprietary Tizen OSFull Review
    • Tom's GuideRating, 3.5 out of 5Mike Prospero on January 26, 2017
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      If the ideal smartwatch is one that lets you leave your phone in your pocket — or at home — and still be just as connected, then the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier succeeds more than any other smartwatch, and yet still falls short in some critical areas.Full Review
    • cnet.co.ukRating, 3.5 out of 5Scott Stein on January 25, 2017
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      Smartwatches are experiments. For a taste of the future, you've got to live with compromise on your wrist. But for a lot of people, connected watches are best kept simple. Battery life wins out over tons of features, and ease of use over featureFull Review
    • EngadgetRating, 4 out of 5December 20, 2016
      Samsung Gear S3 Frontier review: Lots of features, not enough apps
      Samsung tried to squeeze a lot into the new Gear S3 Frontier, from an LTE radio to automatic fitness tracking to a form of Samsung Pay that works almost anywhere. In general, these whiz-bang features work well, while an excellent user interfaceFull Review




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