The ultimate smartwatch
Unlike smart phones, smart watches have taken longer to capture the imagination of the general public. That said, over 100 million wearables were sold last year and, at last, smart watches are taking off.
Leading the pack with optional Android and iPhone pairing is the Samsung Gear S3 series that caught the attention of CES [that’s the Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas in January to the less tech-avid] attendees this year.
When it comes to how attached you are to your smartwatch, the key ingredient is usability and Samsung have nailed it with the Gear 3 Series. The Gear S3 looks and feels like a real watch, only smarter. Just turn the bezel to respond to calls, read messages and access apps; and with advanced fitness tracking including alt-barometer and built-in GPS tracker with water resistance, it’s built to keep you on track and motivated to achieve your goals.
There are two new Gear S3 models, the Classic and the Frontier. Inspired by the active explorer, the Gear S3 Frontier (pictured) evokes a rugged outdoor look with an enduring style that blends form and function. The frontier was designed to perform in any setting or environment, whether business or leisure.
The Gear S3 Classic pays homage to the minimalist, elegant style found in the most iconic timepieces. The Classic was designed with meticulous attention to detail with its size and shape chosen to attain the same consistency and balance of a well-crafted luxury watch.
The Gear S3’s signature rotating bezel has been enhanced with new features. Without touching the screen, you can accept or reject a call or snooze an alarm. In addition, by writing or drawing on the display, messages will automatically convert to texts and emojis. You can also create short reminders and to-do lists to manage even the most hectic schedules with the Reminders application.
The Gear S3 was also designed with consumers’ safety in mind. In case of an emergency, users can activate the SOS and location tracking capabilities to alert family, friends and emergency professionals about crisis situations, even when your phone isn’t in-hand.
As Samsung Pay roles out across the world, you will be able to point your Gear S3 at the P.O.S. [point of sale] rather than fish out your credit card for purchases – what a blessing.
In addition to its sleek look, the Gear S3 meets IP68 standards for water resistance, so you can get through your day, regardless of weather conditions and, for the first time on the Gear series, the Gear S3 features Corning Gorilla Glass SR+, which is specifically designed for wearable devices to provide a tougher, more scratch resistant and crisp display.
Speaking of crisp, the 16 million colours, ‘Always On Watch’ and Super AMOLED technology in bright sunlight, further differentiates the Gear S3 from other smartwatches. The AOD [Always-On Display] always shows the time rather than automatically fading to black, embodying a sophisticated watch face that mimics the look and feel of luxury analogue watch.
Additionally, with the built-in speaker, you can activate voice messaging and listen to your favourite tunes. With a battery that lasts up to four days on a single charge, you can enjoy music, make calls and show off your stylish smartwatch longer, regardless of whether you pair with an iPhone or an Android phone.
Having road tested the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier for several weeks, I can report that it is very comfortable on the wrist and a joy to use. There is an infinite variety of watch faces to choose from to give you that individual style. Rotating the bezel to instantly find what you need and charging it only twice a week clearly lifts it above the pack and now makes the Samsung Gear S3 the must-have smartwatch.