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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review: The strongest Apple’s competitor

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Responsive, reliable and customizable, Samsung galaxy watch 3, new smartwatch has it all. Once again, it remains the best alternative to the Apple Watch.

 

Samsung has just renewed its high-end connected watch. The Korean company is releasing the Galaxy Watch 3 two years after the first Galaxy Watch. This model also follows the Galaxy Watch Active 2 version and is more affordable You can also say it right away,we are convinced with this product and its Tizen OS that allows the watch to be used with both an Android smartphone and iPhone.

Again..A massive watch

We were able to try the first Galaxy Watch when it launched. So we saw the difference between the two gadgets
 
Let’s start with the worst. Its shapes have melted very slightly, but its box remains too massive from our point of view, especially as the rotating bezel which overhangs the screen reinforces this impression of bulk.
 
The battery has lost endurance as the autonomy is reduced from three to two days for the 41 mm Bluetooth version (the smallest) that we tested. Note that this allows you to take about two days so … activities included! As for the recharging of the battery, it takes place completely in two hours.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Massive Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

The price has skyrocketed somewhat and is now equivalent to that of the Apple Watch with prices starting at $ 508. This is the top of the basket for generalist connected watches and we can regret this rise in prices.

We were finally a little surprised to have to install plug-ins during the installation. This is in addition to downloading the two apps needed to use the watch: Galaxy Wearable, for watch settings, and Samsung Health, for health and physical activity tracking.

It should be noted that we also encountered a small bug when connecting to Samsung Health: the start-up was therefore more tedious than expected.

Menu of Galaxy watch3- Galaxy Wear app
Menu of Galaxy watch3- Galaxy Wear app

We are not the biggest fans of the rotating bezel but we understand its followers who like to use it to interact with the watch without having to touch the screen. And it works with great precision.

A swipe to the left and you access the notifications, a swipe to the right and you open the widgets. The critics of this system can swipe directly on the screen, obtaining the same results. The two buttons on the right are still there. The highest one allows you to go back, the lower one to land on the menu with the applications.

The watch and its charger
The watch and its charger

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We have found that the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 gains in terms of screen responsiveness. This time, it wakes up at the slightest flick of the wrist. The optimum brightness of this same screen makes it, more value, very pleasant to use on a daily basis, even outdoors.

An efficient operating system

We will add that we were quite impressed with the efficiency of the Tizen OS operating system. Not only does it respond extremely quickly to requests, making it easy to switch from one application to another but in addition, its design is pleasant with the right amount of information displayed on the screen that is easily deciphered even without glasses.

We will greet in passing all the small color animations that encourage you to move and salute your performance. They are quite well made and personable, although some might find them a bit intrusive.

The Tizen OS operating system display menus
The Tizen OS operating system is very efficient

Another good point, Tizen OS allows you to customize a lot of features. In addition to dials and widgets, you can select information and how it is displayed, for example : When recording a training activity.

We strongly regret that it is excluded from sending and receiving SMS with Android smartphones other than Samsung. The more annoying thing that instant messaging and major social networks do not appear in the catalog of the Galaxy Store, which ultimately remains quite poor. Forget Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat! You can still read your messages in the notifications but you cannot send them.

Samsung galaxy watch 3 : A sports watch

On the sensor side, the watch is full since there is a heart rate monitor, a GPS, a barometer, an altimeter, a gyroscope and an accelerometer. This explains the accuracy and reliability of the information collected during training.
The watch also detects all the physical activities you engage in with great acuity. You could almost do without starting the recording.

But like all smartwatches, the heart rate sensor for Samsung galaxy watch 3 is not as accurate as a heart rate monitor. Especially, it is not able to provide interval training because she is too slow to detect acceleration and deceleration. Better to equip yourself with a specialized watch for this type of exercise or a competition.

We weren’t able to test the ECG and blood saturation measurement that are supposed to make the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 more of a health-monitoring watch. These features should soon be available in France.

But like all smartwatches, its heart rate sensor is not as accurate as a heart rate monitor. Especially, she is not able to provide interval training because she is too slow to detect acceleration and deceleration. It’s better to equip yourself with a specialized watch for this type of exercise or competition.

We weren’t able to test the ECG and blood saturation measurement that are supposed to make the Galaxy Watch 3 more of a health-monitoring watch. These features should soon be available in France.

Detailed training data

The Samsung Health app provides access to detailed data about his workouts.
The Samsung Health app provides access to detailed data about his workouts.

To use all this data, you must therefore use the Samsung Heath application. For everyday life, we will say that it does the requested with all the health features expected on a product of this type.

Sleep tracking, number of steps, heart rate, number of floors climbed. The little extra? Stress measurement, performed using data from the heart sensor. You can also enter the amount of water drunk and calories swallowed in the case of fitness or diet.

But it is the detail of the training, and in particular those of the running, which pleasantly surprised us. You can access a multitude of information: VO2 max (maximum oxygen consumption), speed and pace, highest and lowest points, number of kilometers uphill and downhill.

Apart from the reconstructed route outdoors, the speed per lap and heart rate zones which are now classics, you can even compare your different workouts in graphs through the “Advanced race measurements” option. Exercises are also offered to improve.

Finally, it is possible to export the reports in GPX file. These features were in the past the prerogative of specialized watches, so it is very satisfying to find them now in a generalist connected watch

Short Technical sheet
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 - 41mm

The veridict of the test

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  • Samsung has managed to maintain its strong point with a watch that remains particularly suitable for athletes.
  • It has also improved its responsiveness, notifications and the fluidity of its proprietary Tizen OS operating system for easier daily use.
  • All that remains is to refine the design and fill the application store which still leaves something to be desired. One day we would like to be able to find all the applications of our smartphone on the watch! But the Galaxy Watch 3 is undoubtedly the best alternative to the Apple Watch.
4.2/5
Design 4.5/5
Autonomy 5/5
Functionnalities 3.5/5
Equipment 4/5
Global appreciation 4/5

Final Score
4.2/5

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