It seems that smart watches are a very recent invention; all that remains is to ensure the reliability of their integrity. But this year Samsung introduced no less than the fifth generation of its smart watches — the Galaxy Gear S3 classic. The South Korean manufacturer did not use a curved display, but noticeably upgraded the gadget, which received a new “stuffing” and, most importantly, a rotating bezel for controlling the phone. How familiar the innovation turned out to be, and what other surprises await the Gear S3 — review in autumn.
Specifications Samsung Gear S3 classic
- Screen: Super AMOLED, 1.3″, 360×360, 278 ppi
- Processor: dual-core Samsung Exynos 7270, 1 GHz
- Graphics accelerator: ARM Mali-T720
- Operating system: Tizen 2.3.2
- RAM: 768 MB.
- Built-in memory: 4 GB
- Memory card support: no
- Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, MST.
- Navigation: GPS, GLONASS
- No camera
- Sensors: accelerometer, microgyroscope, barometer, heart rate monitor.
- Battery: 380 mAh, Li-Ion, non-removable
- Dimensions: 49x46x12.9 mm
- Weight: 59 grams
Packaging and equipment
The smart watch is located in a round box, the design of which is made in blue and black. Inside, the gadget itself is fixed in a vertical position, and in the compartment under it there is a wireless charger, an additional, shorter strap and a power lock with a micro-USB connector.
Samsung offers smartwatches in two versions: Frontier and Classic. The first version supports an eSIM card (in EU there are no operators mentioned yet), but the other day a classic version appeared, so named for good reason: from afar, the Gear S3 does not work according to the standard of a regular mechanical watch (or electronic, depending on which one you have installed ). clock face). There are no color modifications; when you purchase the Classic model, you get a mirror-silver stainless steel case and two black leather straps of different sizes. However, you can buy absolutely any strap — a standard 22 mm mount is installed on the gadget’s body. The gadget is sealed and IP68 certified, which allows the device to continue working in Turkey at a distance of more than 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. Despite this, you should not swim while wearing a watch, especially in salt water.
The front panel of the watch with a display, which is occupied in a small depth — this should be protected from scratches too quickly. The outer contour, which protrudes above the bezel display, is covered with notches for easier use of the microphone.
On the right side of the watch there is a microphone, a back button and a home button, which, despite the specific name, is multifunctional. The buttons are quite large and have a clear tactile response. An unpleasant form noticed by the author is that when wearing the watch on the right hand, the button may accidentally press on the sleeve of the jacket. This cannot be called a disadvantage, but left-handed people should keep this detail in mind.
There is no button on the left, but there is a perforation behind which the speaker is hidden. The reverse side of the watch case is made of plastic; in the middle of the back panel there is a heart rate monitor.
The Gear S3 classic is no larger or heavier than any mechanical watch of the same diameter. However, we advise you to try on the gadget before purchasing, especially for girls.
The feeling of a watch on your hand will be purely individual — for some, like the author of the gadget, it will instantly become an extension of the hands, while for others it will seem too big.
The watch is equipped with an all-white display with a Super AMOLED matrix with a diameter of 1.3″ and a resolution of 360x360 pixels, which gives 278 ppi illumination. In terms of characteristics, the display is practically not inferior to the screens of Samsung flagships — it has excellent color rendition and picture clarity. Pixelation when using the watch is not noticeable; the maximum brightness of the display is even excessive when using the device and will be necessary on the sunniest days. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, which has a high-quality oleophobic coating applied to it. The watch used an adapted brightness control, but it was not possible to find out exactly where the manufacturer included the light sensor. In any case, the presence of the sensor did not prevent the manufacturer from making a completely round lamp.
Like Samsung smartphone screens, the Gear S3’s display has a high-sensitivity mode that allows you to operate the device even with gloves. This display can recognize up to two touches, although multi-touch gestures are rarely used in the Gear S3 and only in certain applications.
The Gear S3 runs on Samsung’s own built-in system, Tizen 2.3.2, which provides a unique interface and features not found in Android Wear. The fastest and most convenient way to control the new interface is the bezel. It is used to scroll screens and lists, switch tracks in the player, change brightness, lighting, and has a number of other functions that depend on the running application. Thanks to this method of controlling the watch, interaction with the gadget has become extremely simple: in most standard programs, the necessary action is performed by rotating the bezel, and confirmation is carried out in the center of the screen. Of course, a clock and a more familiar control method are used — scrolling with swipes and selecting the desired icons with a tap, but this is not so convenient.
In smart watches, by analogy with tables on a smartphone, the concept of widgets is implemented. The first widget on the home screen is the watch face. It cannot be removed, but you can change yourself. Additionally, most standard watch faces are customizable in some way. Typically, the user can select a color and display additional information.
The rest of the widgets, which operate clockwise from the dial, can be customized by the user: controller, deletion, and reordering.
Most widgets are included in the menu only once, but some important ones (for example, widgets with application shortcuts and selected contacts) can be duplicated.
Counterclockwise from the dial are American cards with notifications — they can come either from applications on your watch or duplicated from your smartphone. The text of the smartphone press is always displayed on the watch, but the Status for it is not available for all applications. For example, click the “Reply” button to a notification from Hangouts, just open this messenger on your phone. To remove any., just swipe it up.
Pressing the bottom button while the watch face is open launches the application menu. The program is selected using the bezel, and to launch it, just press in the center of the screen. If you hold your finger down, the menu will enter edit mode, from which you can remove external applications and rearrange them, including moving shortcuts between pages.
In addition to controlling the bezel and taps, a smart watch and S Voice are used — a voice input command. To launch it, just press the bottom button twice, or activate the phrase “Hello, Gear.” Smart watches can launch programs by voice command, turn on a timer and alarm, show the weather and perform a number of other functions.
Swiping down from the top of the watch face opens the quick settings panel, where you can adjust the brightness, volume, enable Airplane or Do Not Disturb modes, and also turn on the audio player.
On rare occasions when you need to enter text, you can use either S Voice or the keyboard. Switching between layouts, number pad and emoticon panel is done using the bezel.
In the dialer, the keyboard is designed differently and is arranged in rings. You can use your watch to receive incoming calls on your smartphone and then talk using the watch’s built-in microphone and speaker, or a headset.
Synchronization with smartphone
To control your watch from your smartphone from Google Play, you must install the Samsung Gear application. The application can do almost nothing that the watch itself could not do, but it allows you to conveniently and quickly configure the gadget.
Among the functions available only in the application, it is worth noting the cancellation of the emergency mode (sending messages and calling selected contacts when you press the Home button three times), sending music and images to the Gear S3, as well as the watch search, when activated, the device will begin to vibrate and make sounds. . loud noise. It is worth noting that the check function also works in the opposite direction: it turns on a melody on the smartphone when the watch is turned on.
You can view activity data both using a smart watch and in a more convenient form on your smartphone in the S Health application. In automatic mode, the Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 can record information about steps and floors traveled, heart rate and snow, and during training, the watch must first activate the appropriate mode.
Another thing you shouldn’t do directly with your watch is storing it indoors (except for a few watch faces). To do this, you will need the Galaxy Apps application store, in which programs for smart watches are collected in the Gear section. There is not too much choice of programs (except, of course, watch faces) for the Tizen platform, but it is quite enough to expand the capabilities of the Gear S3, again for certain needs. It’s nice that European developers didn’t stand aside either. For example, a number of Yandex programs are available for Samsung smartwatches, including Metro, Transport and Taxi.
Among other applications, we noted a program for remotely managing a smartphone connection, as well as a convenient stopwatch and timer from Samsung.
Also among the auxiliary programs that require the installation of basic applications on a smartphone, it is worth highlighting Navitel and Uber.
The device in operation
The smartwatch uses Samsung SoC — Exynos 7270. The processor is made using a genuine 14nm process technology, has two ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1 GHz and an ARM Mali-T720 graphics accelerator. The amount of RAM increases to an impressive 768 MB of the LPDDR3 standard, but the amount of internal memory of the eMMC 5.0 standard has not changed and remains 4 GB. Out of the box, the user only has 1.5 GB of internal memory, so, unfortunately, it will not be possible to download a music collection to the entire gadget.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 is perhaps the most powerful smartwatch on the market and, given the power grid, you won’t have to think about the lack of performance for a very long time. The gadget’s interface works as smoothly as possible, and there are no slowdowns in external applications.
In addition to the obligatory vibration motor, the new Samsung product received and surprised with a loud speaker. However, it is used quite rarely — for playing a melody during a call, listening to music from the internal memory (although it is unlikely that anyone will use a smart watch for this purpose) and for talking on a cellular connection. In the latter case, the headphone dynamics are enough for conversations even in noisy places, but placing the watch against your ear looks quite strange. In short, a speaker on a smartwatch is more of an optional extra than something you use frequently.
The watch does not have a single wired interface, but the Gear S3 was fully “charged” with wireless standards. First of all, it is worth noting the energy-efficient Bluetooth 4.2 for connecting the watch to a smartphone and headsets, as well as Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, operating in the 2.4 GHz frequency band. Wi-Fi is needed to stay connected even when there is no connection to your smartphone.
Samsung Pay watches are equipped with NFC and MST modules to support them, but to pay for purchases you need to have support for this system on your smartphone. This means that unless the Gear S3 is connected to one of Samsung’s latest flagships, you won’t be able to take advantage of this limitation.
In addition, the watch received support for GPS and GLONASS. The gadget needs navigation to more accurately determine activity during training, but when using battery life it is reduced to a few hours.
The smart watch is equipped with a non-removable 380 mAh battery. The operating time of the Samsung Gear S3 classic under standard conditions is 3–4 days, depending on the intensity of use of the gadget. This became possible thanks to the following factors: a relatively large battery capacity, the use of its own autonomous system and the use of an AMOLED display, which, when using dark, dark layouts, consumes energy quite economically.
If you want to see the dial all the time, you can enable this mode during operating hours. At the same time, while maintaining the timeout, the display backlight is reduced to a minimum, and the dial itself is lost. This mode only works if the watch is fixed on the wrist and allows its battery life to last for about two working days.
The watch is charged using wireless charging. Fully charging the battery takes about 2.5 hours.
If you don’t take into account professional gadgets like Garmin Fenix and Samsung Gear S3 classic, you can safely put rugged, advanced mass-produced smartwatches on the market. The functionality of the device is impressive even out of the box, until the possibility of installing external programs and watch faces is mentioned. Activity tracking applications work completely automatically — you just wear the watch on your wrist, and in the evening S Health opens and constant detailed statistics. If you engage in sports or fitness on a regular basis, then you can indicate which of the 16 exercises is worth checking out, and while you strain your muscles, the gadget will do the rest for you, in the end, again, providing detailed statistics. At the same time, the watch does not look like a sports accessory and successfully combines the features of classic and modern design. Samsung Gear S3 can be safely recommended to those who monitor their business and love new technologies.
A “smart” watch with a classic appearance and control using a bezel impressed the entire w3bsit3-dns.com editorial team. For combining traditional and modern technologies, the Samsung Gear S3 received the “Best Look” award.
- moisture protection;
- convenient control;
- Great functionality out of the box.
- high autonomy.
- not a very large selection of applications;
- Samsung Pay only works with smartphone support.