A Standard Health & Fitness Tracker
When I got my hands on the 41mm Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, I was impressed with its stainless steel and Mystic leather. Bronze design.
I’m a huge fan of the millennial rose gold / rose gold color family, so it was exciting to wear it as a functional accessory for a week.
Warning: I haven’t tried any of the other Galaxy Watch models mentioned in this article myself, so the comparisons made are based on information found on the Samsung website.
The watch face is said to be 14% thinner, 8% smaller, and 15% lighter with a larger screen than the Galaxy Watch, according to Samsung.
It comes with a physical rotating bezel, which is slightly different from the Watch Active 2’s touchscreen bezel.
I found the physical rotating bezel fun to handle, and using it I was able to choose and switch between interfaces.
These alternated between measuring my heart rate and stress, choosing the design on the watch face, switching between apps, and scrolling through notifications.
However, the bezel has its own advantages and disadvantages.
As it is slightly raised from the face of the watch, it provides additional scratch protection to the AMOLED screen of the watch against clicking and bumps.
On the other hand, this adds to the thickness, taking into account the existing bulge below.
A friendly experience
Its colorful display is bright and its crisp resolution makes it easy to see indoors and outdoors.
There are 2 physical buttons on the side of the watch. The first allows you to go back to a previous screen, while the other is a home button that also opens your app drawer and turns on the watch.
Other useful features of the watch include Samsung Pay for electronic payments, Spotify orders, and smart reply for messages.
The watch asked me to download the Galaxy Wearable app to my phone to pair it, which happened instantly as I was already using the Samsung Galaxy S8.
It also allowed me not to download the Samsung Health app to view my data.
It’s worth mentioning that if you’re not already using a Samsung phone, you’ll need to install around half a dozen apps in order to use all of the Watch 3’s features.
For example, if you’re using a third-party service that isn’t Samsung’s Reminders app, you won’t be able to manage them on the watch.
To Samsung’s credit however, he was able to give me a summary of my day each morning that included what I had scheduled on Google Calendar.
Health and Fitness Tracking
Compared to the Galaxy Watch Active 2, there isn’t much difference in terms of health and fitness features, except for an updated running trainer with audio and visual feedback in real time.
I followed the Running Coach for 15 minutes. Each stage would increase in speed and last 5 minutes.
Every now and then the watch would give me robotic encouragement like, “You’re doing great, keep the beat!” with onscreen graphics to match.
In total, the watch can track 40 different types of exercises, from running to yoga to interval training.
Auto-sensing works on 7 types of workouts, including walk or run, swimming, cycling, elliptical and rowing training, and dynamic workouts.
What sets this watch apart from its predecessors is the ECG function to record blood oxygen levels and blood pressure, which are supposed to track oxygen saturations over time for fitness purposes and of well-being.
Unfortunately, I was unable to try them out, as these features will only be rolled out through app updates at a later date.
Other additions to this model include fall detection and updated sleep tracking that gives you a “score” on how well you sleep, based on how much time you spent on each sleep stage.
Although it scored 80% most nights, Samsung can’t explain why I achieved the score I got or how I could better improve my sleep.
The watch is available in Bluetooth or LTE versions. I tested the bluetooth model and didn’t encounter any major issues staying connected to my Galaxy S8.
As for the price, it costs RM 1,799 for the 45mm variant and RM 1,699 for the 41mm.
If you are only upgrading the previous Galaxy Watch series, it might not be worth it for its minor upgrades.
There are 3 colors to choose from: Mystic Black, Mystic White and Mystic Bronze, with the latter only available in the smaller size of 41mm.
What I really liked about all the watch could do was its rotating bezel, and I’d say that’s even my favorite feature.
One of the most disappointing aspects was its battery life, as it only had juice for a maximum of 2 days before needing to be recharged again.
Charging takes 2 hours for a 350mAh battery only. So if you plan to wear it overnight for its sleep tracking, you’ll need to find the time to charge it up.
Aside from the battery, and if the watch face could be a bit smaller and thinner to fit my tiny wrist, I’d say this is my perfect watch, mainly because of how much I love its color.
|Vibrating screen and rotating bezel||Battery only lasts 2 days maximum|
|Running metrics show full analysis||Its smaller size is still thick for small wrists|
|Messages display chat history with smart reply||Lack of third-party application support|
- You can read more about the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 here.
- You can read more of our VP verdicts on Samsung devices here.
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