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 Gear S3 classic


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.

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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.

Samsung Gear S3 classic

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.

Samsung Gear S3 classic

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.

Samsung Gear S3 classic


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.

Samsung Gear S3 classic

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.

Samsung Gear S3 classic


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.

Samsung Gear S3 classic

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.

Samsung Gear S3 classic

 Samsung Gear S3 classic

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.

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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.

Samsung Gear S3 classic

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.

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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.

Wireless interfaces

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.

Autonomous operation

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.

Samsung Gear S3 classic

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 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.