Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is a luxurious smartwatch with excellent battery life, a classy design and flawless fitness features that was launched back in 2016. This luxurious smartwatch has managed to break new ground in the smartwatch industry, overtaking Apple’s Watch and Fitbit Blaze Watch Sport.
Due to its high-end features and multiple benefits, Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is widely considered one of the best smartwatches ever made.
Samsung Gear S3 Versions
The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is the second design offered by the manufacturer. This is the rugged version, specially created for the outdoor types, while the Gear S3 Classic version was made as a more luxurious option. Both run on the same Tizen operating system of Samsung and feature a bezel, rotating design.
Samsung Gear S3 can easily be paired with a Samsung phone. However, you can also pair it with any type of Android phone on the market, and even with iPhones and Blackberries. However, the experience with iPhones is slightly limiting, and you might experience bugs and shortcomings. That is why it is recommended to pair your new device only with Android phones.
In comparison to Gear S2’s functions, Samsung has added additional perks to the new S3, including built-in GPS for sport activities, speaker for calls, SOS alerts, Samsung Pay and even a bigger battery. However, one can’t but wonder if whether the new Samsung Gear S3 Frontier will be able to build on what Samsung has achieved so far with the Gear S2.
We strongly believe that it can, but we’ll let you find out for yourself by reading this Samsung Gear S3 Frontier review.
Bulky – yet Gorgeous Design
While the Gear S2 looks classier, the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is much bigger and rougher. If you love outdoor watches, you will definitely appreciate its design. Its 46mm hulking frame looks sturdy enough to fit any type of hand, especially larger ones. Due to its size, this device can easily accommodate a larger battery, additional sensors and more features.
On the subject of durability, this new Samsung Gear S3 Frontier stands head and shoulders above the competition, and of course above the previous Samsung versions. Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is IP68 water resistant, which means it can stay underwater for up to 30 minutes. It has also military-graded durability, being able to withstand huge amounts of pressure.
Don’t worry, it won’t break if you accidentally step on it. However, if you decide to jump on it, that might have a different outcome. Even though the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is not fully waterproof, you can still use it for swimming and diving. It also withstands hot and cold temperatures, This device can withstand extreme temperatures, so it is ideal for anything from safaris to journeys in Alaska.
Another important aspect of the Gear S3’s design is the return of the rotating bezel. This was originally Samsung’s solution of making smartwaches more interactive and easier to use. Not a bad solution, that we can state for certain. However, the rotating bezel might be too hard to use for Samsung Gear S3 Frontier.
While the Gear S2 had a slimmer design and could greatly benefit of the rotating bezel design, the bulky design of the Frontier makes it quite difficult to use, especially by women and men with hands not that big and fingers not that long.
One last aspect before moving forward. The screen of this smartwatch is extremely slick and responsive. It is bigger than the previous one and offers a better image quality. At .3-inch, 360 x 360 AMOLED, this is the best you can hope for.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier – Making the Most out of Its Features
The GPS receiver is the new feature that was added on top of the old S2’s features. Needless to say, it works more than fine. After you turn the GPS on, it takes around one minute to fix your position. Most other smartwatches with GPS take the same amount of time to get your location.
Samsung Gear S3 Frontier does a great job at tracking your location. It might struggle in built-up areas where satellites don’t have a clear vision, but it works excellently in the open field or on the mountains.
Another new addition over the previous G2 features is the built-in loudspeaker. Samsung Gear S3 Frontier allows you to answer calls using your smartwatch. No more taking the phone out of your pocket. You can talk directly on the watch. The clarity is quite good, and the surrounding noise is cancelled.
Of course, it’s not as good as a smartphone, but definitely better than your Bluetooth headphone. This new feature is priceless for Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, especially while hiking or when engaged in a physical activity.
Alongside these new features, all important functions of the Gear G2 have been kept. The barometer/altimeret allows you track atmospheric pressure and altitude, the optical heart-rate monitor is excellent at keeping tabs of your effort level, and the wireless charger feature allows you to wirelessly charge your smartwatch.
This luxurious new smartwatch from Samsung also gets to enjoy a multitude of whole new apps. As the app market continues to expand, you can get your hands on almost any app you want. According to the manufacturer, Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is compatible with over 10,000 apps in the store. You can access all those apps using the Frontier’s companion built-in app.
The apps manufacturers include ebig names, such as Nest, Spotify, Uber, ESPN or CNN. With more and more app developers in the tranches, the number of apps for Samsung Gear S3 Frontier could soon exceed 20,000.
The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Conclusion
Thanks to its bigger body and bulkier design, the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier might just be the best smartwatch for outdoor people. The 380mAh battery gives you an average of 3 days of use. You can charge it wirelessly. You can keep it underwater for up to 30 minutes. You can go with it anywhere on the globe, from the plains of Namibia to the ice in Finland.
The new Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is truly an exquisite smartwatch, built with the user in mind and for the user. Now it is time for you to decide whether it suits your needs.