The Best Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 Guide and Review
The latest Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 news is redefining what a wearable can be, with Samsung’s newest smartwatch merging the refinement of a high-end timepiece with the functionality of a top-tier wearable device.
A watch to buy for you.
Yes, absolutely. If you’re looking for the best smartwatch you can buy that isn’t made by Apple, the Galaxy Watch 3 is it.
It’s one of the most fully featured smartwatches you can get in mid-2020. It has a breadth of fitness tracking features, a good health app, fantastic hardware, equally good software, and onboard music storage with support for popular music apps.
Wear OS is a popular choice for people looking for Android-compatible smartwatches, but Google’s lack of updates leaves us not wanting to recommend any Wear OS smartwatches — at least for the time being. Regardless, the Galaxy Watch 3 has most Wear OS watches beat in many ways, except for lacking third-party app selection.
It’s pricey, though. It starts at $400, with top-end LTE models going up to $479. That’s a high price to pay for any smartwatch. Also, while the Galaxy Watch 3 has many fitness features baked in, it doesn’t track all that accurately. Its GPS and heart rate sensors are still
- STYLE YOU CAN COUNT ON: Galaxy Watch3 combines style—two sizes, two finishes, three colors and, 50,000 plus watch faces-with military-grade durability and water resistance
- LEAVE YOUR PHONE BEHND: Galaxy Watch3 gives you the freedom to call, text, stream music and get notifications via Bluetooth connectivity. No ANT plus
- You can share the PDF report of your ECG recording with your health care provider using the Samsung Health Monitor app on your compatible Galaxy phone
- BATTERY BUILT FOR ENDURANCE: The Galaxy Watch3’s long-lasting battery can go for more than a day on a single charge, and you can always get a quick boost from your compatible Galaxy phone with Wireless Power Share
- STRONGER INSIGHTS. NEXT-LEVEL FITNESS: Spend your time moving while Galaxy Watch3 tracks seven popular activities automatically. Get more out of each movement thanks to built-in run coaching
A watch that looks Good: Galaxy Watch 3
Pending health features aside, there’s a lot to like about this watch. I was already a fan of the original Galaxy Watch with its round face and physical rotating bezel, and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 looks even nicer. It has a bright, beautiful AMOLED screen that’s easy to read even in broad daylight. It’s also useful if you’re on a run and need to quickly check your stats during a workout. The screen can always be on if you need it, although it’ll cost you in the battery department (more on that later). I like navigating the interface with the rotating bezel instead of smudging the screen with my fingers.
Gazing at the Watch 3 on my wrist, I think it could almost pass for a traditional analog watch thanks to its classic design. The smaller bezels mean the screen is bigger than the original’s even though the body of the time piece has gotten smaller. It still bulges out from under the stainless-steel frame, however, making it thicker than I’d like and not as comfortable to wear at night as the Galaxy Watch Active.
The 41mm Version
I tried out the bronze 41mm version (the watch also comes in a 45mm size), with the tan-pink leather straps, — A welcome step up from the silicone straps on the original Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Time Piece Active series. The bronze is a lot less flashy than the gold of the original Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, and it looks softer and more flattering on my wrist. If you’re planning on using it for working out or swimming (or, in my case, bathing small children), you may want to invest in a sports strap as well. I can see the leather getting worn after a while due to frequent contact with water. www.samsung.com
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 Comparisons
FAQ Newest Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
By Niro M. on August 18, 2020
By CarlosOU on August 23, 2020
By Chris95 on August 15, 2020
The newest Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
I love the watch. Greatest one so far
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2020
Expensive but worth it, battery life isn’t as bad as everyone says.
Best Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
It’s About Time :
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2020
This Galaxy Smart Watch Three is Great. I love the heart, sleep monitoring, also the SOS capability.
It took about 45 minutes on a Saturday with TMobile to set this up, and after it initialized, it now works as a standalone LTE/3G device operating on the same phone number as my primary Samsung Note 10 plus 5G. Many features work best while syncing in Bluetooth range with my Smartphone.
The Wrist band Fits
I have about a 7-inch wrist and the 45 mm fits and looks great, not heavy or tiring. Opted for the silver (standard stainless shiny steel look) color, nice quality build, design, and look. The phone carrier has a buy one get one free and 24 monthly payments. I opted to buy direct from Amazon, and also their extended warranty plan (covers drops and damage, no deductible).
Final Thought. Is the Newest Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 too expensive!
The Tizen software is pretty adept and far superior to the Google Wear OS. And today I just got the ECG update for my watch. The watch has plenty of exercise modes, but I’ve been pretty annoyed with the rep counter modes like jumping jacks – I do sets of 100, but the watch will only count 50 reps. Like what gives?
The Heart Rate and SpO2 readings have been close enough to accurate, and I suppose the ECG monitor is decent for the basic tasking of determining whether your heart rhythm is normal sinus or if you’re having an A.fib.
The number of Galaxy Watch 3 faces is pretty damn awesome, so that is really cool and I switch it up every couple weeks. And you can also use the Facer app to get you access to even more Galaxy Watch 3 faces. I do wish Tizen would get more apps, especially google maps and a google assistant integration (Samsung really needs to stop pushing Bixby – it really isn’t going to happen, Sammy, so stop trying to make it happen).
The bottom line though is that the watch is way too expensive. I get that they see Apple as their rival, but that doesn’t mean they have to match their high prices when they have a new beautiful watch. This Galaxy Watch 3 should not be over $400 at the max. Especially when they released it without their whole promised ECG and Blood Pressure monitor features out the box.
Conclusion: Is this for me?
I didn’t buy this Galaxy Watch 3 to get healthy. Its because I wanted a watch, that looked like a watch (rather than the proportion of an old tv) that would notify me of text emails etc.
The ios app is great. I didn’t expect to be totally satisfied, but I am. And 1000s of watch faces choosing from instead of a few with Buzz Lightyear, etc.
Every iPhone owner thinking of a watch has to look at this before deciding.
The one I have was $430, no LTE (on purpose), and delivered the next day, knowing I could return it if unhappy. I think anyone should try this “real-looking” watch. I LOVE IT.