110 Features That Will Put the Samsung Gear S3 on Plenty of Wrists
2Two Versions of Gear S3
Samsung is selling two versions of its Gear S3. The first, known as the Gear S3 Frontier, is designed for those who want an “active, sporty look” that can be used while working out. The second, the Classic, resembles a traditional watch that attempts to match the look of more fashionable analog timepieces. Samsung says it has the same appeal as a “well-crafted luxury watch.” Think of the Classic as the fashionable option for important business meetings or nights out on the town.
3LTE Available on the Frontier Model
When deciding between the Frontier and Classic versions, the choice comes down to how the smartwatch will be used and whether LTE connectivity is essential. With LTE, users can travel about town and answer calls, open email and access other online information. Without it, they’ll need WiFi access or connectivity from their smartphones. If LTE is important, users must go with the Frontier. It’s the only Gear S3 version that supports cellular connectivity.
4Gorilla Glass Protects Gear 3 Displays
The display is identical in both the Frontier and Classic models. It measures 1.3 inches, is circular and runs on Super AMOLED technology. Users will find 278 pixels per inch and Corning’s Gorilla Glass SR+ to safeguard it against accidental dings and scratches. It’s also a full-color, always-on display, so users can quickly check notifications and the time.
6Gear 3 Runs Tizen OS, Not Android Wear
Unlike so many other recent entrants into the smartwatch market, the Gear S3 isn’t running Google’s Android Wear operating system. Instead, users will find Samsung’s Tizen. The OS, which at one time was supposed to be Samsung’s answer to Android on smartphones, delivers a range of watch faces, a simple interface and access to apps through its “app ecosystem.”
7There’s 4GB of Internal Memory
8Go Ahead and Dunk Gear S3 in Water
It wouldn’t be wise to spend too much time in the deep sea with the Gear S3, but it can withstand some brush-ups with water. In fact, the device ships with an IP68 rating, a standard rating that measures intrusion prevention from water, dust and other particles. IP68 means that the device is both water- and dust-resistant and will not suffer damage from submersion in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes.
9NFC Enables Samsung Pay
Both the Frontier and Classic models come with Near Field Communication chips that interact with payment terminals across the United States with Samsung Pay. As of this writing, Samsung Pay is available at more than 90 percent of the top 250 merchants around the country, making the Gear S3 a nice tag-along when making a mobile payment.
10Gear 3 Works With Android Smartphones
Those hoping to use the Gear S3 with the iPhone will be out of luck, according to a Samsung statement. The company says that the Gear S3 is compatible with Android 4.4 or newer handsets that have at least 1.5GB of RAM. Samsung makes no mention of Apple’s iPhone, suggesting it won’t work with the Gear S3.
11Availability a Mixed Bag
As of this writing, Samsung has shared only some of the Gear S3’s pricing and availability details. The company says that the Gear S3 will be available “later this year” at several major retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, and Macy’s. Wireless providers AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon will also carry the LTE-equipped frontier version. The company will rely on wireless providers to announce their own pricing and availability at a later date.