Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 Review

by birtanpublished on October 5, 2020

This is lisa from mobile tech review and this is the samsung galaxy watch 3. so if you follow the watches you know there was an original galaxy watch there was no galaxy watch 2 but since there was a samsung galaxy watch active too they just wanted to let you know that this one's a bit newer because the active two came out in the fall of 2019 and this one is new for august of 2020. obviously this is a very traditional looking watch and you're going to pay more for it as a result too we're going to look at it now

So the watch 3 is available in two different sizes 41 millimeter and 45 millimeters the screen sizes are 1.2 inches and 1.4 inches in diameter and those are oled displays that are quite bright even here in the bright texas sun of summer i can see the display no problem you can set it for various different timeouts or have it always on but mind you and be always on display will hurt the battery life anyway this one obviously is a follow-up to the original galaxy watch which was shall i say a

Man's fashion timepiece sort of design and i think this one probably even though it's available in things like the new mystic bronze color and a 41 millimeter size still probably target the guys who like a traditional watch it's got a beefy build to it though it's 15 thinner and 15 lighter which is a good thing because that last one was a chunky monkey but still if you're looking for a traditional round-faced watch that doesn't look like a modern smartwatch that would pass for

Well a men's standard watch this would be it it costs more than the active two which is the more smart watchy sleek slim lighter kind of watch to wear but not so much but when i tell you about this part so this is stainless steel and well durable obviously and it starts at 3.99 call it 400 for the 41 millimeter and it's 30 bucks extra if you go up to the 45 millimeter so the galaxy watch active 2 is considerably cheaper in the 200s but

There's also a stainless model that the base model is aluminum so if you're looking for stainless the price gets almost up there with this one again so for those of you who are sort of like me and you tend to like accidentally slam your wrist into door jambs and things like that and you want the more durable stainless steel you get it it has gorilla glass dx on the face not dx plus that's on the active too odd don't know why but the the glass face is so recessed thanks to the rotating bezel that i

Don't worry too much about that i'm really i would have a hard time being even my glossy self scratching the face of this that rotating bezel is one of the things i think that people really love about the galaxy watch line with the active 2 they tried to mimic it with a capacitive display kind of not bezel bezel right you know you just run your finger around the edges but it doesn't really work the same as grabbing and rotating that bezel which makes life easy

Not just because you don't want to get the screen schmutzy icky but because your big finger on that little screen you're often blocking what you're trying to tap on so the bezel is another way to navigate so go there bezel is a little thinner than the last generation still tactile and easy to grab so that's one of the ways they manage to make the watch just a little bit smaller without reducing the face size on the watch there are two versions as always there's the bluetooth and that's how it connects there's wi-fi

As well to your phone and gps is built-in so you can still use it for things like runs and all that sort of thing and then there's the lte model 4g which is about 50 more don't expect to see 5g on smartwatches and number one it's way overkill and it would really tank battery life so that's why we're still in 4g here so you can go either way it's up to you on that one otherwise you're looking at pretty much the same watch for the watch three over the original

One they've added a lot more health sensors but here's the caveat that each country that this is sold in the governments there have to approve that it can actually be an official device that's allowed to monitor your health and report back to you in a reasonably accurate way it doesn't mean it's these sensors on here are not accurate it's just bureaucracy and red tape for example it has an ecg or otherwise called ekg and finally the active 2 also has that and finally just now the the us

Government has approved those so software updates will actually enable them on both watches i hope it has a heart rate sensor we've always had that and it gets better and better i'm not sure it's much better than the active 2 though i saw my active two sometimes my resting heart rate would be weirdly high i don't know why i haven't had that problem with the watch three but the heart rate sensor on this is pretty good i've used it for a variety of exercises and if you haven't tried one of these in

Several years let me tell you they have improved things like rowing machines things where you're moving your arms around a lot are a lot more accurate now and i do a variety of workouts and gym type workouts and it's been good it's been quite accurate so what about the rest of those sensors well there's fall detection and that one's on there now if you need it probably more for elderly folks unless you're like super klutzy i don't know but we have things like a oxygen sensor

Which in the days of cobin probably a lot of people would like to have especially since that feature has disappeared from samsung's galaxy phones but that one's not approved yet nor is the vo2 max so there there are some things here that you might or might not get don't buy the watch waiting on this because like i said it took more than six months for the ecg just to be approved on the active too versus the original watch you actually get a smaller battery i guess because

They're trying to make it thinner and lighter so you have the same battery capacities that you do on the active2 270 milliamp on the smaller one and 340 on the larger obviously the larger one will have a little bit better run times this time around for a watch that's supposed to be kind of nice and classy and like a man's dress watch we do get a leather band that matches whatever color you get so obviously i have the mystic bronze color that matches the new mystic bronze galaxy note 20 ultra that we have in for

Review and the galaxy buds live which are available in that color but there's also black and then there's a silver it's kind of like a two-tone thing with black and silver i think that looks pretty nice and colors may vary depending on the watch size i don't think the mystic bronze is available in the bigger size and also probably by country these things could vary but you've got some colors to choose from if mystic bronze isn't your thing the 41 millimeter watch that we have

Uses the same 20 millimeter bands as the galaxy watch active2 so they're interchangeable and it's pretty easy just a little sliding clasp that you use to get the bands on and off as ever yes you can do swimming it's ip68 water resistant and more down to five atmospheres deeper than most of us are ever going to swim so you can track your swims if you're a swimming type person it's milton stdg tested for like a shock and durability all that sort of thing and that well like i said it's stainless steel so

Not too much to worry about there it's a pretty thick watch and you can see that it's about 0.4 millimeters less than a half a millimeter thicker than the active two but it looks thicker it's just the design of the watch it's not trying to hide its beefiness and certainly the apple watch series 5 is the thinnest among them that's one thing that apple's pretty good at making them skinny speaking of the apple watch yes you can use the galaxy watch line

And the the galaxy fit and the active and all that sort of thing with the iphone as well as with android you lose a few features though for example wireless payments because that relies on samsung pay which you can't have on the apple watch and can responses to text messages but i think in the land of apple most people would go with an apple watch the the integration there is just really so good and so seamless because they're both made by apple that it's not going

To compete but price wise this isn't bad compared to the apple watch considering how much a stainless steel apple watch costs right the basement on the apple watch might not be that bad but when you go to stainless steel you're looking at like 700 suddenly than it gets to be no there are ios and android apps and we've covered galaxy watches before so you've seen this stuff and i'll show it to you on a you well using the note 20 ultra since we have that in

For review you don't have to have a samsung branded watch to use one of these though on android land and they've added even more fitness features now you have a run coach which is a little digitally generated voice that tells you okay start warming up okay now start running increase your stride because it can tell your stride from the amount of motion of your arms that sort of thing and they say that the sleep monitoring has gotten more granular and they work with the sleep institute or

Whatever for that so it is a little bit more informative and so before with the active two for example it did show you your rem sleep your deep sleep your light sleep how many times you woke up in the night and now it actually gives you metrics so before i would say you had one hour and 20 minutes of rem sleep and i'd be like well that's nice what does that mean is that normal so now it actually tells you what kind of is normal for each of those and where you might be lacking the watch runs tizen

Os 5.5 which is samsung's os this is not google wear or android wear which is actually a good thing since those products really haven't been everything we hope for in terms of software and all that sort of thing and i've always been pretty fond of samsung's ties and watches as a giga ram and it has eight gigs of storage so you can put some music on there you can stream spotify the app selection is not really big on this but on a watch to be honest i have an apple watch i don't really use many apps on there

But something like spotify is nice and if you've got lte then you can even stream when you're on a run if you leave your phone behind yeah that the cpu is the same dual core exynos that they've been using for a while including on the original watch but it doesn't seem slow it seems sprightly enough so i won't complain and yes it has both microphones and a speaker so you can use this for calls even if you get the bluetooth model you don't get the lte model as long as you're in bluetooth range of your phone you can

Answer and make calls using the watch and the call quality is actually pretty good and the reliability has been just fine it's one of the things i really like about it so i don't have to carry a giant note 20 ultra everywhere around the house and keep it in my pocket as long as it's in 30 to 40 feet range it works so battery life like i said it's going to depend on which size watch you get here and the battery is the same as what's on the active two i found that this one runs a little bit shorter on a charge compared

To the active two for whatever reason i typically use the always-on heart rate monitoring and i don't have the watch face set to always on because it really is very responsive you pick it up and you you look at it it's gonna turn on right away but i would i find it goes about a day and a half if you're an exercise kind of person like i am i typically exercise 45 minutes a day i don't stream a lot of music using it but there it is so that's the galaxy watch three

For those of you who want a traditional big shall i say manly watch it's there for you and it's a very nice product and it's nice durable stainless steel and as you know if you've watched my reviews i do like tizen os and i think samsung smart watches are the best option out there for android users it's up to usb whether you want the active 2 if you like it thin or light or less expensive or if you want this kind of design that's why they both exist i'm lisa from mobile tech review be sure

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