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Samsung Gear S3 (2016)

Samsung Gear S3 (2016)
alaScore 90

3194 reviews

Dec, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3194 reviews of Samsung Gear S3 (2016). The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the performance and design. The battery and size are also appreciated. There are mixed opinions on the portability and software. Some have doubts about the apps.

usability, size, battery, design, performance


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Samsung Gear S3 (2016) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Julian Chokkattu (

Samsung Gear S3 review


Samsung's Gear S3 rules the wrist with a slick rotating bezel and LTE connectivity.

Simple interface with rotating bezel ; Easily replaceable 22mm bands ; More than a day of battery life ; Water resistant ; Works with Samsung Pay

Too big and bulky for smaller wrists ; Not enough third-party app support ; Android phone connection sometimes spotty

Samsung’s Gear S3 (Frontier) isn’t revolutionary and if you think smartwatches are useless and unnecessary, this one won’t change your mind. You’ll get access to notifications and you can act on some of them, but the device is more a limited extension...

May, 2017

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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier review: Lots of features, not enough apps


Samsung tried to squeeze a lot into the new Gear S3 Frontier, from an LTE radio to automatic fitness tracking to a form of Samsung Pay that works almost anywhere. In general, these whiz-bang features work well, while an excellent user interface makes...

Still has the best smartwatch interface ; Excellent performance ; Respectable battery life ; OLED display is bright and crisp

Not many good Tizen apps ; Automatic exercise tracking can be weird ; Will be too big for some

With the Gear S3 Frontier, Samsung did a commendable job building a wearable with a little something for everyone. The device still falls short in a lot of ways, including its overzealous automatic fitness tracking and a limited app selection, even...

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Scott Stein (

With Gear S3, Samsung tries to throw it all on a watch, but it doesn't all stick


The Gear S3 has tons of features, and it's even a phone. But it isn't the best.

Well-constructed; attractive design; clever spinning bezel interface. GPS, speakerphone, optional stand-alone LTE phone service and work-anywhere Samsung Pay. Spotify app streams music on the go. Works with most Android phones, and even iPhones to a...

It's big. Tizen-based software has less app support than Apple Watch or Android Wear. iOS connection works, but it's very buggy. Few killer apps take advantage of stand-alone LTE services.

Samsung's watch survives, for now, as one of the better options for Android phone users.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (

Samsung Gear S3


Though it sounds impressive on paper, the Samsung Gear S3 is more smartwatch than almost anyone needs.

Clearer interface than Android Wear. Supports calls and texts. Accurate step counting. Waterproof.

Bulky. Expensive. Samsung Pay requires you to lock the watch with a PIN. Doesn't sync with popular fitness apps.

If we were just tallying features, the Samsung Gear S3 would get a higher rating than you see at the top of the page. But our view on smartwatches is that smaller, simpler, and clearer is better. Pebble's watches fit that bill, but Pebble is now gone....

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Mark Peters (

Samsung Gear S3 series with LTE and Bluetooth models


Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch series : Samsung Electronics America announced the forthcoming pre-order availability of Gear S3 LTE and Bluetooth models, a striking and innovative smartwatch that further solidifies Samsung as a leader in connected...

The Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch puts convenience at your wrist, with Samsung Pay providing the ability to make mobile payments virtually anywhere you can tap or swipe a credit or debit card. With Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) and Near Field...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Mark Peters (

Samsung Gear S3 SmartWatch


IFA 2016 Show news : Samsung Electronics presents the all-new Gear S3, a innovative smartwatch that further solidifies Samsung's leadership in the wearables category. Inspired by traditional timepieces and the art of watch making, the Gear S3 combines...

In a quest to uncover what truly defines a watch, Samsung drew inspiration from manufacturers around the globe, paying particular attention to the skills and craft of assembling a delicate, yet highly complex timepiece. Influenced by the craftsmanship...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Nick T. (

Samsung Gear S3 frontier smartwatch review


I have a confession to make – I don't like watches. I don't like how they get bumped against doors and get caught in my clothes, I don't like how they remind me of school, where I had to instantly get from one class to another, I don't like the idea...

Battery can last several days per charge ; Resists water, dust, and shock ; Bright and good-looking display ; Standard 22-mm wrist band can be easily exchanged ; Simple, easy to use interface with convenient rotating bezel ; Samsung Pay support

Activity tracking capabilities could be improved ; Limited selection of third-party apps ; Limited compatibility with non-Samsung phones, still no iPhone support ; Samsung Gear companion app can be buggy

Last year’s Gear S2 was already a great smartwatch. While a little rough around the edges, it set the bar high for what was expected out of a wearable – great performance, ease of use, long battery life, to name a few examples. Because of this, the...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Jason Cipriani (

Using a Gear S3 with an iPhone: Too many concessions


Last week, Samsung released the iOS version of its Gear S app . With the app, users can use the Gear S2 or Gear S3 smartwatch with an iPhone for the first time.

Jan, 2017

Expert review by : Matthew Miller (

Samsung Gear S3 first impressions: Much improved over the S2, but with potential to be the best smartwatch


Samsung continues to push the limits of technology, with the best LTE smartwatch available today. The Gear S3 can be even better once the advertised capability is released to the public.

Nov, 2016

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Strap Studio Gear S3 bands hands-on: Stylish and affordable genuine leather collection


The included black rubber Gear S3 strap is functional, but thankfully there are affordable leather band options in various colors and styles. Strap Studio brings high quality leather bands for just $30 and $40.

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