Five years after the release of the original Apple Watch and seven years after the introduction of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, the concept of a “smartwatch” has become familiar.
The best uses for it are fitness monitoring and reading notifications while your phone isn’t in your hand, and we know that it won’t replace your smartphone any time soon and will need charging every day or two.
The Galaxy Watch 3, Samsung’s most recent smartwatch (priced at $399 and above), does not alter these expectations. In terms of essential features, the Galaxy Watch 3 is functionally indistinguishable from any other smartwatch released in the last few years.
The Apple Watch Series 3 won’t sway you to buy a smartwatch if you’ve avoided them for the past five years.
About Samsung Galaxy Watch Series 3
The release of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is widely anticipated on August 5. The watch will feature a brand new user interface that can be operated by gestures. The user can respond to a phone call by making a fist and opening it again.
The wearer can answer the call directly from the watch thanks to the built-in microphone and speaker. If you only shake your hand, you can disregard the call. Both models of the Galaxy Watch 3 from Samsung will have LTE and WiFi connectivity.
Both types will have screens, but one will be 1.4 inches and the other will be 1.2. There will also be a rotating bezel on the outside of the device that may be used to manipulate the user interface. In addition, you may anticipate it to include 8GB of built-in storage and 1GB of RAM.
Is the Galaxy Watch 3 Worth Buying?
That is debatable. Obviously, the latest Galaxy Watch 4 is superior. It’s more feature-rich, comes with free upgrades for four years, and costs less. Several of those capabilities, though, are still unique to Samsung smartphones.
It’s also incompatible with Apple’s iPhone. Despite this, the Galaxy Watch 3 remains a highly capable wristwatch. It supports a wide variety of popular music apps, has excellent hardware, and provides comprehensive health tracking capabilities.
But, even in 2021, the cost is prohibitive. At its debut, prices began at $400, with the most advanced LTE versions costing for as much as $479. That’s a lot of money for any kind of smartwatch.
As the watch has been on the market for over a year, the price has dropped slightly, but you can still find it for $400 at some stores. While the Galaxy Watch 3 does include a number of fitness-tracking options, its tracking isn’t very reliable.
Compared to a specialized fitness watch, its GPS and heart rate sensors are severely lacking. The heart rate sensor on the Samsung Watch 4 is a significant upgrade over that of the Watch 3.
What Reviewers are Saying About the Galaxy Watch 3
When major product introductions occur, we value hearing from you, the readers. People have strong feelings about Samsung’s Galaxy Watch devices, so we polled you before and after the release to see how excited (or unexcited) you were.
We asked how excited you were about the Galaxy Watch 3 back when it was just a rumor. As could be expected, the vast majority of AA readers expressed excitement over Samsung’s upcoming wristwatch. Out of 1,405, 83.6% were enthusiastic about the timepiece, while 16.44% were not.
The revolving bow on a gorgeously presented, $399 smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, also known as the bezel, is every bit as pleasurable as it seems and is a big reason why so many people love this watch.
Swiveling is fun, but a heart rate monitor and fall detection that meet FDA standards are far more important. Samsung has a winner on its hands with this wearable device thanks to its small profile, extensive watch face library, and accurate SpO2 and VO2 Max measurements.
There was no doubt that, at the time of its release, this was the best Android smartwatch money could buy. Nevertheless, the newest Samsung smartwatch is not the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic were released last year with updated designs, a new WearOS operating system, and a 3-in-1 health sensor that could measure heart rate, ECG, and body composition. Read on for more details on the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 3.