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Review of the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch

What Michael Knight used to be able to communicate with his watch – namely with K.I.T.T. – today elicits only a tired smile from me. Although the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier can’t crack locks, it’s a piece of technology that offers extensive functions for a watch. You will read what these are in the following test. The fact that the Gear S3 can connect to the smartphone, can be used as a fitness tracker and also looks good should be clear to anyone who flirts with such a gadget anyway.

For all impatients again a short summary of the test. The Smartwatch works well, looks smart, is easy to use and makes a difference. But it also has minor weaknesses in workmanship and is not quite cheap. But the imho crucial question is whether I missed them after the test pattern went back to Samsung. However, you read this only in the conclusion.

What’s in the Package?

In the packaging you will find everything you need for the daily use of Smartwatch. Beside the watch itself you will find a charger for the inductive charging and Samsung has nicely added one in size “S” to the bracelet in size “L”. So everything’s there and nicely bagged.

Does She Do Something?

As should become clear on the pictures relatively fast, the Gear S3 looks massive and is anything but small and filigree. The design reminds a little of a G-Shock by Casio and the desired pilot watch/military style design is perfectly achieved. Apart from the smooth back, which is only penetrated by the pulse sensor, all other surfaces are corrugated, grooved or otherwise rough. This gives the Watch a martial touch and looks masculine and heavy. Almost everything on the Gear S3 itself is neatly finished. The body of the watch is made of metal, is robust and I had no critical feeling in any situation.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t apply to the bezel, because although it is stable, it had some play towards the sides. It almost seemed a little loose and when you shook the clock, it clattered quietly. And also from the feeling, she could be turned much too easily. That frightened me at first, but I was able to find out from some reviews of the watch that it was not just me. But in the end the bezel was firmly attached. If in doubt, try it out yourself in the shops.

With IP68 certification, it is protected against dust and dirt and can be immersed in 1.5 metre deep water for up to 30 minutes. Rain showers and sweat can only harm the gear a little to nothing. But you should expect the same from a Smartwatch.

I didn’t like the silicone bracelet that much. It is indeed practical and lasts certainly very long. Unfortunately, this also looks anything but noble.

The sensors work well and reliably. In almost all cases the clock turned on when I raised my arm accordingly. Only in individual cases was a new movement necessary. The vibrations are easy to feel and can be individually adjusted.

The most beautiful thing about the Watch from my point of view is the display. It does reflect something, but the brightness is enough to compensate for that. Otherwise the Super-AMOLED Screen delivers outstanding sharpness and beautiful colours. At first glance, hands actually look like a real watch. Also the keys are high quality, have a good pressure point and for my paws the perfect size.

In one sentence: A great watch for guys.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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