Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
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Average customer review:
(4.5 stars, based on 717 reviews)

Product Details

  • Color: Dark Gray
  • Brand: Samsung
  • Model: SM-R760NDAAXAR
  • Released on: 2016-11-18
  • Dimensions: .51" h x 1.93" w x 1.81" l, .14 pounds

Features

  • The Samsung Gear S3 has an always-on watch face and distinctive steel bezel that you can rotate to access apps and notifications.
  • Text, call and get notifications directly from your watch through your Bluetooth connected smartwatch.
  • Make payments with Samsung Pay almost anywhere you swipe or tap a credit card
  • The built-in GPS keeps track of your activity and makes it easy to share your location.
  • With military-grade performance, the Gear S3 resists water, dust, extreme temperatures and the occasional drop.
  • Connectivity Type:Bluetooth-only

Gear S3 frontier Dark Gray timeless smartwatch, combining style with the latest innovation in digital technology always on display Watch face 1.3” super AMOLED full color display.

1 Compatible with select Bluetooth capable smartphones using Android OS 4.4 and later with at least 1.5GB RAM as well as iPhone 5 and later with iOS 9.0 and above. Not all features available with iOS paired smartphones. Gear S3 supported smartphones may vary by carrier and device. For a list of compatible smartphones and features, please visit samsung.com/gearS3. For best results, connect with compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphones.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

372 of 388 people found the following review helpful.
4Great watch that could become awesome.
By Rommel
I've had my GS3 Frontier watch for 3 days, so I am ready to update some of my initial observations. Unlike a review that I read recently, I wasn't expecting the unboxing to be an experience unto itself; needless to say, the Frontier isn't a Rolex. These were the positives that I found:

1) Just as with the Gear S2, setup was a breeze. The Samsung Gear app in my Galaxy Note 5 picked up the S3 immediately and went through setting it up effortlessly. It was nice to see that I can toggle between my S2 and S3 settings by simply selecting the watch model from the dropdown in the top left corner of the app.
2) Even though the watch is fairly big at 46mm -- larger than my 42mm Movado Series 800 -- it didn't look large on my wrist. Maybe I was just prepared for the size, but the features on the watch like the rotating bezel, buttons, and screen are well balanced. Maybe the dark color helps but it didn't look or feel big on my slender wrist. By the way, that rotating bezel is awesome. I bet Apple wishes they had thought different!
3) The watch faces that came with it were pretty nice compared to the funky ones that the S2 had. I felt less of a compulsion to buy replacement ones, although if you pay a few bucks, there are a few good ones out there that are more functional than the stock watch faces.
4) The speaker on the watch rocks! I left it at the default loudness setting of 4 and I can hear calls perfectly. The maximum call volume is 6. I had my lady call me from the phone. She is very soft-spoken and I could hear her perfectly. You don't need to bring the watch close to your mouth to be heard clearly. For all other sounds, which are Ringtone, Media, Notifications and System, I left them set to 7. Maximum volume for those is 15. Again, the speaker is pretty loud for such a small device.
5) Answering or rejecting calls using voice works very well. I travel often to California, where stricter cell phone laws go into effect in January 2017. I'll be glad to have this baby on my wrist so that I can avoid tickets with my Inspector Gadget gear!
6) I haven't had a chance to test the altimeter, but the speedometer and GPS work very well. I tested them with the free Speedometer app and the speed matched that on my car dashboard. I love hiking, so it'll be interesting to see how well the technology works and whether an app ecosystem can grow out of those features.
7) The screen looks really clear and bright. I have brightness set to 6 and the screen is perfectly readable indoors and in direct sunlight.
8) I also tried the Sleep As Android app to test the S3's biometric sensors. Except for a short period when my phone couldn't get data, the app was able to collect sleep-related data the whole night. I don't think that I will track my sleep with the watch every night because of its size, although I bought a replacement strap for it that is very supple and sleeping with it wasn't too uncomfortable.
9) The S3 can let you control your favorite music app on your phone (music is routed through your phone speakers) or you can listen to tracks that are on the watch itself (music is routed through the watch speakers or through attached bluetooth headphones). Check out Spotify. The S3 now has a native Spotify app that frees you from having to interact with your phone. If you setup WiFi access and log into Spotify Premium from your watch, you can stream music directly to it without having your phone with you or powered on. This feature shows how the S3 is increasingly becoming a dependable device in its own right.

Now onto the reasons why I gave it 4 stars:

a) Maybe it's the size of the rotating bezel in this larger watch face, but it feels loose. There is a slight wobble on the S2, but if you tap the rotating bezel on the S3, you can actually hear it sound as if it is loose. Maybe they can make it a bit tighter in the next model.
b) The S Voice assistant is very rudimentary. In the age of Siri, Alexa and even Cortana, Samsung needs to catch up quickly with integrating AI into such an otherwise feature-packed watch! What's the point of cramming in so much processing power if one is left with only a glorified phone dialer? SVoice needs to get smart.

A few things that improved my experience with the S3:

- I got a comfortable watch strap that is perforated for breathability. The watch is pretty large, so I tried to make wearing it as comfortable as possible. A comfortable strap made from stretchy material also helps the watch hug your wrist if you are sleeping with it without being uncomfortable. Biometric sensors on the watch work best if they are closest to your skin.
- Speaking of biometrics, give the Sleep As Android app a try if you are concerned about the quality of sleep. It collects a fair amount of data, but to me the most important one was the "deep sleep" periods.
- Spotify for S3 frees you up from using your phone, but you do have to log onto an available WiFi and also have the Spotify Premium to make your S3 fully independent.

Notice that I didn't complain about the absence of good apps. That's because a great app marketplace doesn't happen overnight. Apple has dominated that space, but the Samsung Gear S3 has plenty of features that can be used creatively. Spotify is an example of native apps that can become big hits. I have even heard that the video chip on it can drive a 720p display! Imagine being able to screencast pictures or even video from a watch some day!! (The S3, by the way, only allows you to synchronize pictures and songs at this time; not video.)

If I find more cool things to do with it, I will come back and provide an update. I hope you found this information useful.

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
5Disappointing at First, Amazing Later
By RickFlist
Note: I have a Samsung Note 5, and that is the phone this watch was used with.

I did a ton of research before buying my first smart watch about 6 months ago. Before I purchased this, I did some cursory research and found the Gear S3 was still pretty great, despite newcomers to the market, so I purchased it.

When I first got the watch, I was so excited. I put it on and paired it and was super impressed with the exceptionally well designed and responsive UI. Using the bezel to control the watch is a stroke of pure genius, honestly. Despite the small area of the physical face of the watch, and how very tiny the icons on it are, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was able to easily and without error interact with the small icons.

Then came the disappointment.

The app store for the Gear is exceptionally anemic, primarily consisting of watch faces and applications that are very niche. There is no Gear support for Pandora, or Audible. Absolutely no Google apps are available for it. No Google Now. No Google Maps (although there is a well-designed app available in the store that uses Google Maps for like $2). No Android Pay. No Gmail. Nothing. The Spotify app is pretty nice, but for some reason I can't select Spotify Radio stations in it, only playlists. I was exceptionally disappointed as I have based everything in Google. Pretty much, the only apps that are really any good are from Samsung. This was a further disappointment as Samsung apps are usually fat and offensively slow.

I contemplated returning it in favor of a Huwaii or a LG Watch Sport, but I figured I'd give it a few days. The interface is just SO well made. It is very responsive. The Samsung apps actually aren't crap this time, and they covered most of the use cases I have for my watch. So I gave it a few days.

This is the part where the 5 stars come in.

After using it for a few days and acquainting myself with it's various idiosyncrasies, I began to realize that all I actually need for it are the Samsung apps. It *would* be nice if there were apps from Pandora and Audible and CityMapper and Moovit and it supported Google Now, but it doesn't and that is actually a very workable scenario.

The watch allows me to control my phone, basically, without taking it out of my pocket. So while I'm on the bus, if I swipe down on the watch face and hit the music note icon, I can control all aspects of the playback on my phone from the watch. Rewind, fast forward, pause, change the volume, change tracks, all of it. The altimeter is very accurate. I can create reminders and appointments right on the watch face. It displays the weather and my agenda using very will designed UIs. With a tap, I can zoom in on the weather and agenda to get more information, and I can plot the route to an appointment, if I included location information in the calendar item (although you have to open the phone to see the route). There is an Uber app for the watch that makes it very easy to call a cab.

Finally, the watchfaces. Yes, they do get their own section because they are varied and amazing. Personally, I love the PipBoy Fallout 4 watch face. It displays an amazing amount of information using the interface of one of my favorite games. This watch face displays the following information, but you can find probably another 100 that do the same in zany and creative ways: Time, Date, Heartrate, Water Consumption, Coffee Consumption, Battery Level, Step Count, plus shortcuts to Music and Pictures, Samsung Health Daily Review, Alarms and Calendar. I wish the PipBoy interface showed the temperature, because if it did it would be on there too.

Now, for the downsides, and there are some doozies.
1) Samsung Pay does not work on my phone because I enabled the Samsung-provided Knox feature. I later disabled it because I didn't like it. But you know what that did? It flipped flag on my phone that disables Samsung Pay. The Gear only works with Samsung Pay. Let me repeat that - A Samsung supplied feature, Knox, disables Samsung Pay, because it flips the flag that says the device has been rooted. You are probably thinking "OK, so I contact Samsung support and they fix it, right?" Nope. Samsung has no way to flip this flag back. They designed Knox in such a way that it makes your phone think it has been rooted, and they have no way to fix it if Knox is later disabled. That is exceptionally stupid. I am an engineer. I am aghast to think of the internal processes at Samsung that allowed a feature to be released into the wild that breaks your phone and does not supply a fix. It requires a monumental level of dysfunction for that to happen.
2) You are limited to the Samsung ecosystem. So if you don't like Samsung mail, too bad. No other mail client available. Don't like Samsung Pay? Too bad. No other option available. Etc.
3) If Samsung Mail is enabled, and it is connected to a company mail server that requires the watch to be encrypted to view mail, you will have to type in a pin just to check the time. Yup, you read that right. Want to just check the time really quick? Nope! You gotta type in your password first. Again, as an engineer, how does that get through focus testing without any developer hearing a customer say "that is amazingly stupid". How does a developer, in their OWN DEVELOPMENT of the software, not get tired of typing in their password to check the time? It's amazing.
4) When you make the motion typical of checking the time on a watch, the watch face is supposed to light up automatically. I've found this to be rather untrue. I've found that it pretty much doesn't work unless you are moving your hand from a stationary position, such as standing at a bus stop or sitting at your desk. If your hand is in motion it doesn't seem to recognize the motion to look at it, despite the rather unique motion of rotating the wrist. That is a very unique movement, and I noticed that this does not happen to a friend who has the Apple watch. It seems to actually be keyed on the wrist flip to turn on, as it turns on in a movie theatre when you place your hands behind your head.

In summary, great watch despite the lack of app support

420 of 474 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Product
By Jae Fernandez
Went into this purchase with mixed expectations, but let me say first that I'm fairly pleased.
Size:
Many initial reviews showed concern for the size of the watch, thinking it was slightly large. Me being a smaller guy at 5'5" 130 pounds, I was worried this thing was going to be a bit overbearing on my smaller wrist. Thankfully, it wasn't. It was not larger than any of the G-Shock watches I own. With all the electronics packed inside, I was also worried the depth, or thickness of the face was going to be a bit much as well. This was not the case. It's not too heavy either. It's heavy enough to feel like a solid, well-made time piece, but light enough to easily forget you're wearing it.
Looks: This Frontier model definitely looks more rugged than the classic, especially with the bands it comes with, but even then, I still feel like it's beautiful enough to the point I wouldn't WANT to get too tough with it. It's rated to be able to take a beating, but the brushed metal is pretty enough to want to baby it like it's a $1000 piece of jewelry. The face has a lot of matte surfaces so it doesn't draw too much attention, but there are enough shiny accents that keep it looking sharp. In definitely a fan of the color scheme.
Setup:
Setup was easy enough. If you just want to do a quick setup to go, you'll probably need 3 minutes, most of which is your phone pairing up with the watch. If you want to do a full setup of every feature, including any customizations, allot yourself about 30 minutes to play with it all.
Function:
This thing does everything I would want from a smart watch. It's quick and responsive, the interface is pretty simple, and you can add on whatever widgets you need to keep things quick and smooth.
Calls were clear on both ends, making hands free pretty literal. I was able to answer my phone, have a phone conversation, and hang up all while catching for my daughter (fast pitch softball pitcher). Mind you, I was catching with one hand and throwing the ball back with the other without skipping a beat to talk. The only way the person on the other end of the call could tell I was doing something was the loud smack he would hear from the ball hitting the glove literally 8 inches from the watch.
The interface with all the phone notifications (with any app) was pretty slick. The main notifications I received were from phone calls, emails, texts, and Snapchat. All notifications were nice to look at with response options available on the screen. If the watch doesn't have a compatible response, it will open the specific app on your phone as soon as you unlock your phone.
I mainly use this watch for text, call, email, Spotify, and snapchat. Snapchat is the only thing I couldn't do anything with directly from the watch. Altimeter and barometer are both accurate when comparing to external instruments.
Pedometer is also relatively accurate.
The heart rate monitor worked about 95% of the time. The 5% it didn't work was because mud got onto the sensor. After I cleaned it, it worked just fine.
AOD: Always On Display and the Auto- On (turns on when you turn your watch towards your face) both work well.
The bezel seems pretty solid. Very positive feedback and responsive. You’re probably thinking, why use the bezel when you have a touch screen? Well, if you’re trying to scroll through a long list of apps or something similar, the bezel will fly through the list pretty quickly vs swiping over and over… and over.
Spotify:
No there is no actual Spotify app built in like the Gear Fit 2. There is however an app that lets you open Spotify on your phone and lets you change playlists ($1.99 though, sorry folks). The rest you can control with the built-in music widget. You MIGHT have to set Spotify as the default music app on your phone. It will show the current song playing along with album artwork. You can pause/play, skip track, back track, and adjust volume from the music widget. So, short answer, yes Spotify is controlled through the watch, but cannot be played directly from the watch. I’m normally using headphones or a Bluetooth speaker anyways. Would you really want to play the music directly from your watch speakers? I don’t, but again, that’s my personal preference.
Battery Life:
OK so this is a tough one. While it boasts up to 4 days, I only got 2 days from my initial charge (barely). But mind you, I spent a lot of time playing with it and I get an average of 45 notifications per hour. I also had my display set to AOD (Always On Display, it dims when not in use) but I turn off that setting before I sleep. I'm also up and using it until just after midnight. So, all things considered, it still lasted pretty long. If you toss it on a charger every night, it's a non-issue, but I like keep it on myself to track my sleep patterns.
Typing: you've got a few different options.
First, I do voice typing. It's quick and easy. Second, you can use the old T9 keyboard, which is still quick and easy. Third, you can draw each letter, which can be a bit time consuming. And fourth, you can scroll through the alphabet with the bezel (why would you do that? Remember rotary old rotary phones? It's kind of like that.) The first 2 are the best? But the drawing isn't too bad if you're bored.
Conclusion:
Overall, I think it's a great product. People expect perfection, but that's just impossible. Is it pricey? Sure, the price should drop about 25% but it is what it is. Do I regret it? Nope.

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