With the launch of the Samsung Gear S3, Samsung pulled out all of the stops. Priced at around £145 but perhaps less aesthetically pleasing than some other watches out there, it appears on the face of it to be a much better-equipped watch for the people that want to do more than just wear something snazzy. The Gear 3 is a lot larger and thicker than other watches, which is maybe one downfall for the offering. Some also think it fairly similar to the Apple Watch Series 3 in terms of features, but the Apple watch series 3 is slightly more expensive at around £195, which is quite a big difference. So, let’s take a closer look at what they do and how they compare.
It’s all in the face.
The Samsung Gear S3 is certainly very similar to other models that have been released with the rounded face. The rotating bezel adds a bit of size to the watch, unlike the Apple Watch Series 3, which has a kind of rounded square shaped face which is also nice to look at and soft edges. The Gear S3 has a rubber flexible band whereas the Apple watch series 3 has a wide range of band choices giving you the option to pick what kind of fastening you prefer. Furthermore, they offer a Velcro band which is quite a nice touch. Both watches are certainly built very nicely.
Furthermore, the rotating bezel on the Samsung Gear S3 adds a very nice touch to the watch as it is easy to use. You rotate the bezel to navigate your way around the watch and it is a lot more precise, as when using the bezel, you do not accidentally tap on a different app or notification.
The Samsung Gear S3 is a watch with wireless charging, which is a very useful feature. However the Apple Watch Series 3 does not have that feature yet. The Gear S3 is on at all times by default and when you flick your wrist it wakes up, however the Apple watch has a timer on it. This turns the screen off when there has been a period of inactivity so you have to click the side crown to wake it up.
When using the Samsung Gear S3 you use the rotating bezel to select where you want to go. The top button sends you back to the previous screen, secondly the bottom button sends you back to the home screen. On the Gear S3 you are limited to what apps are available and you will also find that a lot of the apps are Samsung stocked apps. There are some available to download but, again, this is very limited. The Apple watch has a lot more choice when it comes to apps.
In terms of battery life, the S3 charges at approximately the same speed as the Apple Watch. However the battery life is much longer than with the Apple alternative. Consequently, this can be a big bonus to those who wish to sleep track, as with the Apple Watch it often becomes necessary to charge the device overnight, which can mean you miss out on what could be essential tracking for some people.
Many fitness watches certainly boast their ability to go underwater. However, the Samsung Gear S3 claims to only withstand 1.4 metres as opposed to the Apple watch, which claims to be able to withstand up to 50 metres. So this enables you to swim with the watch on. The Samsung Gear S3 has a feature that, should you get it wet, allows you to select the ‘Eject water’ option and releases water from parts of the watch, such as the speakers.
In addition, the Samsung Gear S3 comes with a nice and neat wireless charger which is a bonus, whereas the Apple watch doesn’t. This is certainly a little disappointing as a wireless charger would be very useful for some.
You also have the Samsung Pay feature on the Gear S3 which works better than the Apple Pay as the Samsung Gear S3 does not require NFC. Therefore, you only need to look out for the contactless sign and you are able to use Samsung Pay. This is quite a big advantage, contactless payments are becoming an increasingly popular choice due to being more convenient, and not many people carry their wallets around anymore.
Down to what the real use of the watches are supposed to be all about, and that is tracking your health and fitness. With built in GPS and heart rate monitor, both watches are certainly great for tracking your activity. Although the Apple watch has the advantage of the swim tracker, Samsung keeps up with their accurate automatic tracking and stats-packed activity monitoring so youou are able to share your location with your friends and compete with your activity stats.
Some people find that Apple Watches inability – or unwillingness – to co-operate with its competitors when it comes to staying connected a little frustrating. Often, this leads to them having to download third party apps they don’t particularly want to be able to challenge people on other platforms other than iOS. This can take up more room than they may be comfortable with on the watch. With Samsung being an Android-focussed company, it is much easier to compete with other users of Android devices, whether these are Samsung products or other Android competitors.
Pros of the Gear S3
- Very aesthetically pleasing watch
- 4G LTE option
- Good battery life
- Rotating bezel makes navigating around the watch easier
- Wireless charging
- Somewhat heavier
- Not able to swim whilst wearing the watch
- Larger and bulkier to wear
|Samsung Galaxy S3||Apple Watch Series 3|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, LTE||LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC|
|Display||Super AMOLED||Second Gen.OLED Retina|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, Heart rate , barometer||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate|
|Size||46mm||38.6mm x 33.3mm|
|Battery life claim||2 Days||1/2Days|
|Waterproof||Up to1.4metres||Up to 50 metres|
In conclusion, both the Apple Watch 3 and Samsung Gear have some excellent features and we are sure either one of these can provide you with the features you need. The Samsung has an edge if you are looking for superior battery life however the Apple watch is a lighter design with a much better option for swimming. So, if you have enjoyed this article, please leave us a comment and share with your friends.