Samsung Galaxy Watch3 review: flagship smartwatch with a classic design


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Galaxy Watch3 is the manufacturer's current flagship smartwatch, which, albeit it did not receive any

revolutionary improvements, but remained one of thethe most functional and advanced on the market. The main innovations concerned functionality: the watch received even more useful functions and opportunities for sports, health monitoring, including the ability to measure blood oxygen saturation, a bunch of new training programs and the ability to connect to a TV to start video instructions. Otherwise, everything is stable: a bright round touchscreen display of excellent quality, which, together with a rotary bezel, buttons and a user-friendly interface, provides the most convenient gadget control. Stylish and well-built stainless steel case with dust and water resistance. And a complete set of all necessary sensors and wireless interfaces. There are only two claims, and they are exactly the same as in previous generations. I would like more battery life: if you turn on everything (including Always on Display and constant heart rate monitoring), then the clock lives for a day. And the possibility of contactless payment would also be very useful.

Samsung Galaxy Watch3

Flagship "smart" watch, equipped with a roundSuperAMOLED Always on Display with rotating mechanical bezel. Equipped with all possible sensors, including barometer and optical heart rate monitor, wireless interfaces including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS. They have a waterproof case of 5 ATM and comply with IP68 and MIL-STD-810G certification.

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5 reasons to buy Samsung Galaxy Watch3:

  • a complete modern set of fitness functions and programs;
  • the presence of all the necessary sensors, wireless interfaces and a GPS module;
  • gorgeous AMOLED display;
  • convenient control and well-thought-out shell;
  • quality materials, assembly, stylish appearance, dust and water resistance.

2 reasons not to buy a Samsung Galaxy Watch3:

  • there is no possibility of contactless payment;
  • you need a gadget with a long battery life.
  1. What's new in the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 and what versions are there?
  2. What is in the box?
  3. What does the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 look like?
  4. What about the screen and hardware stuffing?
  5. What with interface and features?
  6. What about charging and battery?
  7. In the dry residue

What's new in the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 and what versions are there?


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Samsung continues to evolve its line of smartwatches and now two models (with their variations) are relevant: the minimalistic and slightly more affordable Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, which were released last year. And the new Samsung Galaxy Watch3, which was presented in August along with the Note20 line. The new watch is available in 41 and 45 mm sizes with 1.2 and 1.4 inch screens, respectively. They are the heirs of the Samsung Galaxy Watch and there are not many differences. The main changes affected software, optimization. Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Watch, the dimensions and weight have slightly decreased, the larger model has a larger screen, but the batteries have decreased. The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 is set at 247 and 340 mAh in 41 and 45 mm respectively. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Watch had 270 and 472 mAh. According to Samsung, this did not affect battery life thanks to software optimization. An updated shell is used, which is called One UI Watch 2.0. It is based on Tizen 5.5.0.1. The amount of memory has increased: now the RAM is 1 GB, the built-in memory is 8 GB (it was 768 MB and 4 GB). The rest - software innovations: more training programs, increased accuracy of heart rate measurement, sleep tracking. Measurement of stress levels and blood oxygen saturation. There is hardware support for ECG, but so far it only works in the USA and South Korea. To launch it, you must obtain the appropriate certification from the Ministry of Health.

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What is in the box?


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The packaging has changed quite a bit. Previous models of Samsung smartwatches were shipped in the familiar small square boxes. Samsung Galaxy Watch3 is packaged in an elongated white cardboard box with a watch image. The set is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. The box contains the Samsung Galaxy Watch3, wireless charger with magneticfixation in the form of a "washer" and documentation. Compared to earlier models, the package bundle has become a little more modest. Previously, the charging was in the form of a dock with a detachable cable and an additional part of the strap of a different size was included.


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What does the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 look like?


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The appearance of the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 is very close toSamsung Galaxy Watch. Stainless steel case, rotating bezel, mechanical buttons on the right and touchscreen display. Of the differences - the dimensions, weight and frame around the perimeter of the screen have slightly decreased. Only the younger 41-mm model came to our review. It has a sleek pivoting bezel, while the 45-mm has a bezel with peculiar “teeth”, as it was in the first generation Samsung Galaxy Watch. Samsung Galaxy Watch3 looks great and is very visually close to a classic watch. Especially if you install the appropriate "watchface" with an arrow dial. The 45 mm model is available in black and silver, the younger 41 mm - in silver and bronze, for the new Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Buds Live. Despite the formal "unisex", it seems to me that still 41 mm (like the bronze color) is more suitable for a female audience. Of the interesting decorative elements, there is a black circle around the display with the minutes. The bezel itself protrudes slightly above the screen, so it will be more difficult to break the glass. By the way, Corning Gorilla Glass DX is used, which is designed just for smartwatches and other similar wearable electronics.


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On the right are two round physicalbuttons, between which a massive ledge was inserted. In theory, it should prevent false button presses. If the idea of ​​the engineers was exactly that, then they succeeded: I have never had false clicks during my use. The buttons themselves have a moderately tight, clear and pleasant move. The top is “back” with the engraved Galaxy Watch, the bottom is “home / power”. Nearby is a small hole on the back cover - a built-in microphone.


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There is another hole at the top of the case. This is an atmospheric pressure sensor:


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Two thin slots on the left - built-in speaker. It can be used for both conversations and training. The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 can provide voice guidance for exercise.


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The rear panel houses an optical sensor for measuring heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. Visually, the sensor is similar to what we saw in the Galaxy Watch Active 2.


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Для крепления ремешка используется стандартное fastening with a spring mechanism. The 41mm version fits standard 20mm straps, while the larger version has 22mm straps. Samsung has decided to complete the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 with leather straps exclusively. Perhaps to emphasize the flagship position of the model in the lineup. The solution is not very practical: leather straps wear out very quickly and lose their presentable appearance even faster. And swimming with a leather strap is also a bad idea.


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The supplied strap uses a standard tongue-and-eye closure design. The strap itself is quite comfortable to use. Although I would prefer silicone.


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The watch is traditionally protected according to IP68 standardsand MIL-STD-810G and can withstand 5 ATM pressure. In them you can take a shower and swim in the pool or shallow water. Not suitable for diving. Everything is fine in terms of assembly, construction quality and appearance. It cannot be called cardinal differences from Samsung Galaxy Watch, which in this case is not a drawback.

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What about the screen and hardware stuffing?


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Our 41mm model has a round touchscreenSuperAMOLED-display with a diagonal (or diameter) of 1.2 inches and a resolution of 360x360. It is protected by Gorilla Glass DX. The screen is of excellent quality: the picture is very clear, the colors are saturated, and the brightness reserve allows you to comfortably use the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 in bright sunlight. In manual mode, 10 brightness levels are available, and there is also an automatic adjustment. The light sensor (judging by the official documentation) is located under the display matrix. The Always on Display feature hasn't gone anywhere either. To control the watch, a touchscreen display, a bezel and two mechanical buttons are used: the upper one - “back”, the lower one - “home” (and power). By double-clicking the home button, you can assign the launch of an application. A long press can either launch Bixby or open the shutdown menu. There is no Samsung Galaxy Watch at hand, but the bezel has become more pleasant for personal feelings. The move is clearer and more informative.


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Inside the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 is already installedthe familiar dual-core 10nm Exynos 9110 processor clocked at 1.15GHz. They decided to increase the amount of memory: the RAM is now 1 GB (instead of 768 MB), and the built-in memory is 8 GB (instead of 4 GB). In addition to the system and applications, you can upload your own music playlist for sports activities on it. From my personal feelings, the difference in the speed of work has not changed: the interface works smoothly, almost all applications start quickly and work smartly. Practically - because applications from third-party developers are not always pleasing to be so fast. For example, the New Mail application starts up with a noticeable delay. The set of sensors is maximum (for a similar device): heart rate monitor, accelerometer, barometer, gyroscope, light sensor, Wi-Fi b / g / n, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo are supported. Unfortunately, contactless payment was never launched. But there is hope for this: judging by the rumors, Samsung still wants to realize this opportunity in Ukraine, although not through Samsung Pay. Most likely - cooperation with some local system. We don't have LTE versions yet. But our mobile operators have already launched eSIM, so we shouldn't rule out the possibility of selling LTE versions in the future. Returning to the hardware capabilities, it remains only to mention the presence of a microphone and speaker. The latter is also used for voice guidance during sports.

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What with interface and features?


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Samsung Galaxy Watch3 runs on an updated OSTizen 5.5.0.1 with OneUI Watch 2.0 shell. There are no cardinal differences from previous versions. The general logic and basic set of features remain the same. Minor interface improvements are noticed here and there, but overall everything is very familiar. The user can choose from an impressive number of preinstalled watch faces, additional ones are downloaded from the application store.


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Most of the dials are customizable: that is, you can change the color gamut and some of the data that will be displayed. Which ones - it all depends on the specific dial. There is a possibility of automatic selection of colors. It works like this: the user takes a photo of his clothes, and the watch selects the color scheme in accordance with this. This feature has appeared in previous versions of the shell.


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The interface is organized the same way as before. By default, a watch face is displayed, to the left of it is a screen with notifications. In particular, messages come from instant messengers, including pictures. You can reply directly from your watch in several ways. Answer templates, text input with the on-screen keyboard, handwriting (by the way, it works very well) and voice input. The switches are located in the shutter, which is called in exactly the same way as on a smartphone. By default, it consists of three pages. Items and their order can be configured manually. To the right of the dial are widgets, which can be added up to 15 pieces. The order can be changed: you need to hold your finger on the widget and move it to the desired place. The menu with applications can be either circular or displayed as a list. There is an application manager. The set of applications is approximately the same as before: music player, weather forecast, alarm clock, reminders, smartphone search application, gallery, baro-altimeter, call and message applications, Bixby, Spotify, application for remote control of the smartphone camera. There are third party apps including Here Maps, Workout Trainer, Under Armor, Uber, Uklon, Nova Poshta, Portmone, and so on. The built-in music player can play music from the smartphone's memory, the built-in watch memory and can manage streaming services.


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All standard functions that concernhealth and fitness are present. Counter of steps, calories, heart rate, sleep, route record, stress level, workouts (including automatic recognition of some). There are even more exercises in the native application, there is almost everything that you can think of, starting with banal basic exercises in the gym and ending with yoga. In addition to the voice trainer, home workout programs have appeared. You can connect to a TV and watch video instructions and your heart rate on the big screen. In terms of measurement accuracy, the heart rate monitor works quite well, the error is usually no more than 3-4%. Sleep monitoring also works adequately.


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A pulse oximeter was added to them. The process of measuring blood oxygen saturation occurs in all smartwatches according to the same scheme. The LED emits red and infrared light, hemoglobin in the blood absorbs radiation with different wavelengths in different ways, and these indicators change depending on the level of oxygen in the blood. It is difficult to say how accurate the readings are: for comparison, you need an appropriate medical device. In any case, Samsung focuses on the fact that Samsung Galaxy Watch3 is not a medical device and these indications should be taken rather as a general trend. And in which case, consult a doctor.


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Also, the watch can measure blood pressure and do an ECG,but these functions are blocked for us: to use them, you need a bunch of documents from the Ministry of Health. Although craftsmen have already found a way to activate them with a handicraft method. Of the useful and interesting little things, there is fall detection with subsequent automatic sending of messages to emergency numbers. And there are also gestures to answer a call and switch to silent mode. The last two are still in the experimental features section of Labs.

For pairing with a smartphone and setting up SamsungThe Galaxy Watch3 (like all current Samsung wearables) uses the Samsung Wearable app. The functionality repeats the settings on the watch itself and adds some additional features, including the aforementioned experimental features, firmware updates, the ability to upload music to the watch, and so on. And it's just more convenient to configure all this on a large screen than on a watch.

To track all physical activity andThe already familiar S Health app is intended for use with Samsung Galaxy Watch3 sensors. In it, all information about training is presented in a more convenient and more complete form, including maps (if any). Plus, it supports the connection of additional "smart" devices such as chest heart rate monitors, scales, and so on.

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What about charging and battery?

The younger 41 mm version of the Samsung Galaxy Watch3powered by a 247 mAh battery. Wireless charging according to the Qi standard. For charging, a complete device is provided in the form of a disk with a strong magnet, which reliably fixes the watch. From small wishes - I would like a detachable cable (as it was in previous models with a charging dock). So that you don't have to change the entire charger if something happens to the cable.


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The Qi standard assumes the use of not only"Native" charging. The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 can be charged from the company's flagship smartphones. With third-party wireless chargers, it is more difficult due to the small size of the watch and its shape. And with the "native" powerbank Samsung (there is a model with wireless charging) everything works fine.


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Unfortunately, there have been improvements in terms of working time inSamsung Galaxy Watch3 didn't happen. Autonomy is about the same as in previous models. If you use the Samsung Galaxy Watch3 to the maximum, then the charge is enough for a day. To be more precise: Always on Display, constant heart rate measurement, receiving all notifications from a smartphone (and replies to some of them directly from the watch), auto-detecting activities, GPS exercise tracking, gym workouts with tracking and recording of all exercises. The battery life can be increased by disabling Always on Display, unnecessary notifications, automatic activation of GPS for any activity. For example, just brisk walking from home to work is also recognized as physical activity and the watch automatically starts tracking. In this mode, you can last up to two days. For emergencies, of course, there are energy saving modes.


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In the dry residue. Three things to know about the Samsung Galaxy Watch3:

  • The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 is one of the most feature-rich smartwatches you can buy right now.
  • The watch is equipped with an excellent round AMOLED display, a rotatable bezel and buttons for control, and the case is made of stainless steel and protected according to the IP68 standard.
  • You cannot pay in stores using the Samsung Galaxy Watch3, and you will have to charge as often as your smartphone.

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Watch3

Display
1.2 inches, 360x360, Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass DX

Dimensions
42.5x41x11.3 mm

Weight
48.2g (without strap)

operating system
One UI Watch 2.0 based on Tizen 5.5.0.1

CPU
dual core 10nm Exynos 9110 processor with a frequency of 1 GHz

Ram
1 GB

Internal memory
8 GB

Heart rate monitor
optic

Communications
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, Glonass

Protection
5 ATM, 50 meters, MIL-STD-810G (protection from vibration, shock and temperatures from -40 to +70 ° C)

Additionally
Always On Display, microphone, speaker

Battery
2470 mAh