The Galaxy Watch 3, Samsung’s newest smartwatch, is an all-around improvement of its previous superb smartwatch attempts, slimmer, smaller and with a better screen.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 comes in two forms (41 mm or 45 mm), two colors, and with or without 4G connectivity. It sits next to the tiny, fitness-focused Galaxy Watch Active 2 and fits every Android brand with links to both the Google Play Store and an iOS 9 or newer iPhone software.
The Watch 3 takes the Galaxy Watch style of its 2018 version. It also slims down its stainless steel body in all dimensions while incorporating a larger screen. The effect is a thin, attractive circular watch with a classic look that is 11.1 mm thick and 53.8 g in weight.
Its screen is also big, crisp and light. It copes well with low and bright light, changing the brightness appropriately, including an automatically triggered super-bright outdoor mode. With a wide variety of attractive watch faces available, most of which are customizable, you can set the screen to be on all the time.
For controlling the interface, the spinning bezel around the panel serves as a jog controller. The back and app functions are also taken care of by two buttons. To activate Samsung Pay, you will only need to press and hold the top app button. You will also need to press the lower back button to activate Bixby or your app range.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is also 50 meters waterproof. Its panel is coated in scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass DX. Meanwhile, the straps have 20 mm or 22 mm bands. It ships with a leather strap of sound quality far more supple and better than those of other watches.
- Screen: 1.2in or 1.4in AMOLED (364 ppi)
- Case size: 41 or 45mm
- Case thickness: 11.3 or 11.1mm
- Band size: standard 20 or 22mm
- Weight: 48.2g or 53.8g
- Processor: Samsung Exynos 9110 dual-core 1.15GHz
- RAM: 1GB
- Storage: 8GB
- Operating system: Tizen 5.5 (One UI 2)
- Water resistance: 50 metres (5ATM)
- Sensors: barometer, gyro, HR sensor, light sensor, microphone, speaker, NFC, GPS
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5, wifi n, NFC
In all of their latest smartwatches, including Watch 3, Samsung has used the same in-house Exynos 9110 processor to great advantage. Compared to the Watch Active 2, it has marginally more RAM at 1 GB and half the capacity at 8 GB, but works pretty equally.
The user interface is also slick, snappy, and lag-free. The displays and widgets whizz past as soon as you switch the bezel. It’s similar to the Apple Watch results you receive.
Battery life is still solid, albeit somewhat shorter than the previous Galaxy Watch’s two days, primarily because of the battery’s lower power. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3‘s battery drained by 6 percent after a 20-minute sprint of high-accuracy monitoring. The battery life was also drained by 9 percent after sleep tracking. Which meant the continuous wearing of the watch between charges lasted just under 36 hours.
It takes almost two hours to completely charge the watch, 10 minutes with the wireless charging puck, hitting 40 percent from dead in an hour.
Samsung does not supply the battery in the Watch 3 with an estimated lifetime, but offers a one-year guarantee. Usually, comparable batteries last at least 500 maximum charge cycles while keeping at least 80% power.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3‘s battery can be replaced by approved service centers, unlike many smartwatches. The Watch 3 is also one of the most repairable smartwatches available. But Samsung did not elaborate on the usage of recycled materials in the watch design.
Samsung uses its very own processor named Tizen on its smartwatches, here with One UI 2.0.0. in its current form. For lengthy times, the brand provides firmware upgrades for its smartwatches, which has lately culminated in devices or more getting updates which bodes well for Watch 3.
Tizen is based on a rotary interface, but it can also be swiped and pressed on the device with fingertips, taking maximum advantage of the revolving bezel and circular screen.
With slight changes and slicker animations, it works almost the same as the Galaxy Watch Active 2. Notifications show as tiles to the left of the watch’s face and can be tapped from your wrist for extension, action or reaction. To the right are widgets with different items.
For quick settings, swipe down from the top or click the apps button for a list of apps. There are just a couple of decent applications from third parties. However, they include Strava and some other software for health monitoring, including Spotify for downloads and offline songs.
Samsung Health provides the same robust monitoring functionality for wellbeing and wellness as it does on Watch Active 2. It is one of the complete smartwatch surveillance suites relevant to general health and wellness, including sleep tracking with blood oxygenation, tension and cardiac health, rivaling those of Apple and other competitors.
Running monitoring has modern dynamics research, including asymmetry, foot touch time, flight time, regularity, vertical motion and stiffness, providing you a rundown of your shape.
The only downside is that when planning for a race, it’s hard to see when the watch has a GPS lock, since it just informs you to set off.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has electrocardiogram ( ECG) and blood pressure control hardware, too. The feature has yet to be activated in the UK awaiting regulatory clearance, and is recently issued in the US.
It blends the excellent revolving bezel controller with a sleek, light and attractive conventional watch style, a slick user experience, good battery life and a vivid, crisp and beautiful always-on screen.
Its health-tracking capabilities of the strongest are up there. On Android, notification handling is fine. There is a large range of watch faces, and while third-party applications are thin on the field, certain main apps such as Spotify and Strava are included.
The watch is worth repairing and the battery can be repaired. Samsung provides long-term tech support. Yet Watch 3 isn’t flawless, too.