Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 audit: time for a refine

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Five years since the main Apple Watch and an entire seven years on from Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, we realize what a smartwatch is. We realize that it won’t supplant your cell phone at any point in the near future, that it should be charged each day or two, and that its best capacities are for wellness following and seeing warnings when your telephone isn’t in your hand.

Samsung’s most recent smartwatch, the $399-and-up Galaxy Watch 3, doesn’t effectively change those desires. Indeed, there isn’t a lot of distinction between the Galaxy Watch 3 and any smartwatch that is turned out in the previous not many years — in any event as far as center usefulness. In the event that you’ve figured out how to disregard or maintain a strategic distance from smartwatches for the past half-decade, the Watch 3 won’t alter your perspective or win you over.

None of that is to state the Galaxy Watch 3 is an awful smartwatch or even a terrible item. In actuality, the Watch 3 satisfies the definition and desires that we’ve acknowledged for smartwatches impeccably enough. It does the things we expect a smartwatch to do — track your movement and give snappy access to notices — fine and dandy. What’s more, in case you’re an Android (or stunningly better, a Samsung) telephone proprietor searching for another smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch 3 is a fine pick.

The Galaxy Watch 3 is slimmer and lighter than its predecessor, but it still feels like a big watch.

Design and hardware

The Galaxy Watch 3 follows Samsung’s convention of making a smartwatch seem to be like a customary watch, total with a round face. Actually, the plan is practically indistinguishable from the Gear S3 Classic from 2016: a round face with two round pushers as an afterthought. Contrasted with the Galaxy Watch, its nearest antecedent, the Watch 3 has a less lively, dressier structure that is by all accounts implied for more regular wear rather than a committed running watch.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 specs

  • Size: 45mm (45 x 46.2 x 11.1 mm, 53.8g) or 41mm (41 x 42.5 x 11.3 mm, 48.2g)
  • Strap size: 22mm (45mm)/20mm (41mm)
  • Material: tempered steel, Gorilla Glass DX
  • Display: 1.4-inch (45mm)/1.2-inch (41mm) 360 x 360 pixel OLED with full shading consistently on function
  • Battery: 340mAh (45mm)/247mAh (41mm)
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9110 double center at 1.15GHz
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo, LTE (optional)
  • Color: “spiritualist bronze” (41mm), “spiritualist dark” (45mm), “spiritualist silver” (41mm and 45mm)
  • Compatible with Android 5.0 and up/iOS 9.0 and up
  • Price: $399 and up

The Watch 3 is likewise somewhat littler and lighter than the Galaxy Watch. Be that as it may, no doubt about it, this is certifiably not a little watch. I’ve been trying the bigger 45mm variation, and it’s huge and thick on my normal estimated wrists. Those with little wrists will likewise likely see the 41mm form as too enormous to wear. On the off chance that you like large watches, you’ll be cheerful here, yet in case you’re searching for something sleeker and littler, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a superior choice.

Samsung increased the size of the presentation on the 45mm form to 1.4 inches, which is very huge and makes the watch look significantly greater on the wrist. (The 41mm form has the equivalent 1.2-inch screen as the 40mm Watch Active 2 and 42mm Galaxy Watch.) It’s a brilliant, bright showcase with a sharp goal that is anything but difficult to see both inside and out. My solitary issue is that it tends to be difficult to see the screen through captivated shades, expecting me to turn my arm gracelessly or lift my shades to check the time. It likewise has a full-shading consistently on work so you can peruse the time without contacting the watch or waving your arm around, as all smartwatches should

You can get either size watch in Bluetooth-just or LTE-prepared forms for a sensible $50 more; I’ve been trying the Bluetooth model and haven’t had any significant issues with it remaining associated with my Galaxy S20.

Perhaps the best bit of leeway of the Watch 3 over the Active line is its truly pivoting bezel, which you can use to look through the interface. It’s amazingly fulfilling and simple to utilize, and it’s the most ideal approach to explore a smartwatch that I’ve attempted. I very much want it to the touch-delicate bezel on the Active and Active 2.

The face of the watch isn’t flush similar to on the Active models, in any case. Its bezel is raised, which makes it harder to handily swipe through the interface on the screen. It gives a touch of security from knocks and dings on the screen, yet it likewise makes the watch thicker overall.

As Samsung’s most costly smartwatch, the Watch 3 has more pleasant materials and fabricate quality than the Active line. It highlights treated steel rather than aluminum, metal pushers rather than plastic, Gorilla Glass DX on head of the showcase, a 810G mil spec toughness rating, and 5 ATM of water obstruction. Resistances are tight, the catches are fulfilling, and the general development befits the Watch 3’s more significant expense tag. A significantly more costly titanium model will likewise be accessible in the future.


Like the last scarcely any ages of Samsung smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch 3 has a quick interface that is anything but difficult to rapidly swipe or look through. The Watch 3 has a similar processor as the Active 2, yet the RAM has been somewhat expanded to 1GB aggregate. It likewise has twice as much stockpiling (8GB) for sparing music playlists straightforwardly to the watch.

Compared to a Wear OS watch, the Galaxy Watch 3 is a lot quicker and simpler to use, with execution comparable to late Apple Watch models. It despite everything can take a couple of beats to dispatch an outsider application (which you presumably won’t do frequently; more on that later), yet Samsung’s own applications and the gadgets load rapidly and give a large portion of the information you’re probably going to need.

Most of the time, you’ll be using Samsung’s preinstalled apps, as third-party options are lackluster.


Samsung’s watches all utilization its in-house Tizen working framework, which hasn’t changed much in the previous scarcely any years. Not that it’s truly needed to — its structure functions admirably on the compelled size of a smartwatch screen, and the format of gadgets and warnings is anything but difficult to parse. The informing application will presently show pictures and emoticon just as the discussion history on approaching messages. There are additionally a few new signal controls: hushing cautions or approaching calls with a shake of your wrist or opening and shutting your clench hand to answer a call. Both worked in my tests, surprisingly.

Where Samsung keeps on battling is in application support. There’s no local planning application on the Watch 3, and the alternatives accessible in Samsung’s application store are horrible. In the event that you don’t keep the entirety of your tasks in Samsung’s Reminders application and rather utilize another assistance, you won’t almost certainly discover an application to oversee them on the Watch 3. I could continue onward, however the fact of the matter is that in case you’re searching for a particular application, odds are you won’t discover it for the Watch 3, and you’ll invest the vast majority of your energy utilizing the applications that are preloaded on the watch.

On the positive side, those applications are generally far reaching (outside of the absence of a planning application, as referenced). There’s schedule, climate, Outlook for email, messages, Spotify (counting the capacity to download playlists disconnected), Samsung Health for wellness following, clock, stopwatch, alerts, world clock, voice recorder, Samsung Pay for versatile installments, thus on.

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