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With its sliông chồng & durable design, GPS và optional LTE, the Gear S3 Frontier has all the makings of the best smartwatch ever — if only it had more apps.

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ByMike Prospero18 November 2019

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Our Verdict

With its sliông xã and durable kiến thiết, GPS và optional LTE, the Gear S3 Frontier has all the makings of the best smartwatch ever — if only it had more apps.


Can you finally leave your điện thoại thông minh at home? With its own LTE, heart-rate monitor, Wi-Fi & GPS — not to mention di động payments and voice control — the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is the first smartwatch that promises a fully untethered experience. This timepiece also happens to lớn be gorgeous & pretty durable. And yet the 4G execution & ứng dụng ecosystem aren"t quite where they need to lớn be.


Editor"s Note: Since the Gear S3 Frontier was released, Samsung has come out with two successors, theSamsung Galaxy Watch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active sầu, và the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active sầu 2, all of which offer additional features such as on-board music storage. We really like the Galaxy Watch for its long battery life và stylish kiến thiết, but the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is better for those looking for something smaller và sportier. And be sure khổng lồ kiểm tra out all ourbest smartwatchpicks.

Design

There"s no getting around that most smartwatches are built for larger wrists, and the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is no exception. Its face measures 46 x 49 millimeters (1.8 x 1.9 inches), & the watch weighs 2.2 ounces (without the band). That"s more than twice as heavy as the 0.99-ounce Apple Watch Series 2.



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While not as flashy as the Fossil Q Founder — which remains my favorite-looking smartwatch — the Gear S3"s stainless-steel case is attractive. I especially liked the serrations on the rotating bezel, which not only look great but make it easier to lớn turn. It looks the part of a high-over timepiece, unlượt thích the squared-off và uninteresting Apple Watch.

However, the Gear S3 is much larger & heavier than the Apple Watch and the Gear S2, which will turn off people with petite wrists.


Our đánh giá unit came with a rather blah blaông xã silicone strap, but it"s easy enough to lớn swap it out for any 22-milimet strap. (Samsung sells additional straps starting at $29.99.)



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The right side of the S3 has two buttons: The upper one works as a universal baông chồng button, and the bottom button serves to return you lớn the home page screen or the ứng dụng menu.

The Gear S3 Frontier is built to lớn take some abuse. Its face is protected by Gorilla Glass, and it"s MIL-SPEC-810G rated lớn withstand drops of about 5 feet. The watch can withstvà being submerged in up to 5 feet (about 1.5 meters) of water for up khổng lồ 30 minutes. The Apple Watch Series 2, however, can go as deep as 164 feet (50 meters).


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Display

The S3"s 1.3-inch AMOLED screen was bright enough lớn view, day or night. With a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels (no flat tire!), images that appeared in Flipboard news items were crisp enough that I could make out the numbers on players" jerseys in sports stories. Colors, too, were vivid.



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You have sầu the option of setting the S3"s display khổng lồ always on; its "dimmed" setting doesn"t differ all that much from when the screen is fully on. The Chronograph watch face, for example, looks nearly identical, with the exception that the second-hand subdial disappears and is replaced by a trắng tichồng mark that moves around the edge of the screen. The same is true for many of the other watch faces; while you lose little accents here and there, most of the colors and details remain.

Setting the display khổng lồ be always on chews up battery life. Fortunately, I found that the S3"s screen turned on almost instantly when I raised my wrist.

Interface

Instead of Android Wear, Samsung opted for its homegrown Tizen operating system for the S3. In some ways, it looks lượt thích a hybrid of Google"s & Apple"s watch operating systems. For the most part, I found it more useful than Android Wear, as it works equally well with Android và iPhones.

There are two layers to lớn the Tizen OS. From the trang chính watch screen, you can swipe left or right to access notifications và recently used apps, create reminders, & check the weather và health stats, ahy vọng other tasks. When you press the bottom button on the side, the screen switches khổng lồ Tizen"s phầm mềm menu; here, circular tiện ích icons are arranged around the edge of the S3"s display. Only eight apps are visible per page, but as you install apps, additional pages are included.



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Like the Gear S2, the S3 has a rotating bezel that lets you scroll quickly & easily through menu items, apps & so forth. (You can also swipe the screen to lớn achieve sầu the same result, but it"s nice to have options.) Each turn of the bezel is met with a subtle cliông chồng và just the right amount of resistance; it reminded me of the dial on the Nest Learning Thermostat.

I also liked the myriad ways in which I could respond to notifications và messages on the S3 Frontier. For example, although there"s no Facebook Messenger tiện ích — we"ll get khổng lồ that later— if I received a message while the S3 was tethered khổng lồ my phone via Bluetooth, I could respond on the watch, either with a canned reply, or by typing or dictating a message. Even cooler was the ability lớn trace letters on the screen — much like you can vày on the Apple Watch — to write out responses. I wouldn"t want lớn compose a lengthy email lượt thích this, but it"s good for messages of a few words.

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While I have my issues with Android Wear, one feature I missed on the S3 was contextual awareness. It would be great if the Gear S3 could automatically display directions for getting home page about the time I was ready to leave, or if it could be smart enough to lớn skết thúc me alerts and directions based on my calendar appointments. Hopefully, Samsung will integrate the smart assistant it"s rumored lớn be working on for the Galaxy S8, but I wouldn"t buy the S3 hoping for this feature khổng lồ appear in the future.

Where are the apps?

The biggest issue with Samsung going it alone with Tizen as an operating system is that it has to lớn convince others lớn make apps for its platkhung. And, as much as Samsung tries, it doesn"t have the pull of Apple or Google.


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Sadly, little has changed in the year since Samsung launched the Gear S2. In the Health và Fitness category for Gear apps, none of the major players — MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, Strava, etc. — were present. You"ll have khổng lồ use S Health instead. While it"s not bad per se, it stinks that you"re so limited.

When the Gear S2 launched, Samsung claimed that apps for Twitter, eBay and Groupon were coming. One year later, only eBay has made an appearance. There is an tiện ích for controlling your Nest thermostat, but it"s $1.99 và made by a third tiệc ngọt. Despite the Spotify hình ảnh featured prominently on Samsung"s product page for the S3, that app isn"t available, either. (There is an app for iHeartRadio, though.)

Other categories were marginally better: I found Yelp, Uber, the Wall Street Journal, the Weather Channel và Nquảng cáo. But there"s no Facebook Messenger, no Twitter and nothing from Google. As of this writing, the ESPN Companion for Gear works only with the S2.

When tethered to lớn a Samsung Galaxy S7 via Công nghệ Bluetooth, I was able lớn receive & respond to lớn Facebook Messenger notifications. But when the phone was out of range, I was cut off from the social network.

Maps for Gear is surprisingly detailed given the S3"s screen; you can zoom in và out using the rotating bezel, & see everything from subway stations to lớn individual streets. However, it can"t provide navigation unless the watch is paired with a phone. This seems like yet another missed opportunity, given that the watch has both a data connection và GPS.

One potential advantage the S3 has over other smartwatches is that you can install apps directly on the S3, rather than downloading them through a smartphone first. However, good luông chồng finding any; in the Get More Apps screen, only 15 were shown, và it was a random assortment, from Korean Air to lớn Fruit Nin-Ja Plus khổng lồ one that turns the S3"s face trắng.

Fitness

While the S3 is packed with sensors — it has an altimeter và a barometer, in addition khổng lồ GPS và a heart-rate monitor — the lachồng of major fitness apps for the Gear S3 is a bummer. You can sign up for the excellent Pear phầm mềm, which provides training, but other than that, you"re stuông xã with the Gear Fit tiện ích. To be sure, the S3 can track a wide variety of activities — including elliptical, rowing machines, squats, lunges and cycling — and it has an altimeter & barometer to measure your elevation & the weather.

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Although the S3 has two physical buttons, you"ll still need lớn touch its display to start và stop workouts. This was problematic when my fingers were sweaty, as the screen didn"t accurately recognize my touches. Fortunately, the S3 limits these interactions lớn taps, & not swipes. Cleverly, you can rotate the bezel lớn switch between distance, calories, pace, speed, cadence, heart rate và even music controls.

Just like the Samsung Gear Fit2 (và the Apple Watch Series 2), the S3 doesn"t wait khổng lồ acquire a GPS signal before it starts you on your run. This is a big miss, & one that Samsung needs to lớn rectify. Every running watch I"ve sầu tested — as well as the Mokhổng lồ 360 Thể Thao smartwatch — will wait until it has a steady signal before sending you on your way. As a result, the S3 undercounted my runs by about a tenth of a mile or so. For what it"s worth, the Apple Watch Series 2 overestimated my runs by about a tenth of a mile.

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Fortunately, the S3"s heart-rate monitor proved more accurate, though I had to cinch the watch tighter on my wrist khổng lồ ensure it read my pulse correctly. After my runs, I loosened the strap lớn a more comfortable setting.

As with the Gear IconX, you can transfer music you downloaded khổng lồ your Samsung phone lớn the Gear S3 (it has 4GB of storage), so you can go for a run and listen lớn your favorite tunes without needing lớn carry your phone with you. This is a great feature, và one I"m happy to see spreading to lớn more devices.

S Voice

Returning to the S3 after being omitted in the S2 is a built-in speaker that was surprisingly loud, which means the S3 not only listens to your commands but responds lớn them. Simply say, "Hi, Gear," and you can speak to lớn the watch to lớn vì chưng things such as send an email, Gọi someone or check the weather.

However, Samsung"s voice assistant is nowhere near the cấp độ of Amazon"s Alexa, Apple"s Siri or Google"s Assistant. For instance, it can"t answer questions such as "Are the Knicks playing tonight?" or respond to lớn commands like "Directions home page." It will tell you corny jokes, though.

The S3 Frontier was largely accurate when translating my voice lớn text; in very few instances did it mess up, & that was usually with words that had homonyms.

However, S Voice was a bit delayed in responding; you have sầu lớn wait a second or so to speak.

4G LTE: What you can (và can"t do)

The 4G LTE radio in the S3 Frontier unleashes the potential of a truly untethered smartwatch. Leave sầu your điện thoại thông minh at trang chủ, and you can still make calls, read (& respond) to lớn emails & texts, get news and weather updates, và even download apps. However, as mentioned, if there"s no phầm mềm for the watch itself (such as Facebook or Twitter), you won"t get those notifications, & thus won"t be able to lớn respond.


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The S3 Frontier handled voice calls well. I easily heard a voice on the other over of the line when I made a phone Gọi, và the person heard me equally well, even when I extended my arm.

AT&T customers can take advantage of NumberSync, which lets you use the same number on the S3 as on your điện thoại thông minh, và make and receive calls & texts.

SOS is a good safety feature that lets you sover a distress message from the watch khổng lồ preselected contacts & let them track your location for up lớn 1 hour. After activating the feature in the Gear Manager & choosing a liên hệ, all I had to vị was press the Home button on the S3 three times, và a text message was sent khổng lồ the tương tác, along with a link showing my location on Glympse.

Samsung Pay

You can leave sầu your wallet at home page, too. After registering your card(s) in the Gear ứng dụng on your smartphone, all you have sầu lớn do is press và hold the Back button, tap the Pay button on the S3, & then hold the watch near the terminal.

Gear S3 versions

The Gear S3 Frontier is available with LTE service from either AT&T or T-sản phẩm điện thoại. If you choose this option, you"ll also have sầu khổng lồ add it lớn your wireless plan.

If you"re purchasing the watch through AT&T, it will cost you an extra $10 per month lớn add the S3 Frontier khổng lồ your plan. If you purchase the S3 frontier for $49.99 with a two-year agreement when purchased with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone on AT&T Next or AT&T Next Every Year with eligible service on both devices. You can also get the S3 on an AT&T Installment Plan for $17.50 per month for đôi mươi months ($350).


T-Mobile is charging $399 for the S3 Frontier, which you can pay in installments of $16.67 per month over 24 months. Additional charges include a $20 activation fee, plus $5 per month added khổng lồ your Smartphone plan.

You can also purchase the Frontier in a Bluetooth-only Mã Sản Phẩm for $299.

The Gear S3 Classic ($299), which has a brighter stainless-steel case, does not have an LTE option.

Battery life

According lớn Samsung, the S3"s 380-mAh battery can last up to lớn three days on a charge. If you want to use it just as a watch, I"m sure that"s possible. However, even with the display set khổng lồ turn on only when I raised my wrist, no GPS tracking enable and just a few notifications coming through, I was able lớn get about 24 hours out of the S3 before needing khổng lồ charge it baông chồng up.

Using GPS will drain the watch a lot faster, though; a 30-minute run used up a little over 10 percent of the S3"s battery.

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The S3 charges wirelessly on a small stand; the dial turns 90 degrees so that you can easily see the time while it"s docked.

Bottom line

If the ideal smartwatch is one that lets you leave your phone in your pocket — or at trang chính — and still be just as connected, then the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier succeeds more than any other smartwatch, & yet still falls short in some critical areas.

For those who have Android phones, the Gear S3 is probably the best smartwatch yet, as it"s generally more functional as a stand-alone device than any Android Wear watch. Plus, the kiến thiết, though big, is more attractive than the Apple Watch, & you get an always-on display and built-in 4G.

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As with the Gear S2, Gear S3 Frontier"s biggest downside is that there simply aren"t enough apps. Plus, the inability to check even sports scores or Facebook messages without your phone makes the S3 Frontier more frustrating than it should be. This is the best Android smartwatch, and yet it"s still disappointing.


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