Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier – Which is Better?

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch and Gear S3 series are still some of the best smartwatches on the market for obvious reasons; outstanding design, great quality, long battery life, fitness tracking, and lots of features inbuilt. This post compares the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier to find out which is a better smartwatch.

Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier: Specs Comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) (LTE) Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
Samsung galaxy watch specs samsung gear s3 frontier specs

ABOUT DEVICE

Device name Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
Device type Classic/Fitness/Standalone smartwatch Classic/Fitness/Standalone smartwatch
Predecessor Samsung Gear S3 Samsung Gear S2
Successor N/A Samsung Galaxy Watch
Date Released August, 2018 November, 2016
Gender Men Men (will look good too on women.)

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DISPLAY

Display size 1.3 inch 1.3 inches
Display type Super AMOLED
Full color
Super AMOLED
Full color
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixels 360 x 360 pixels
Pixel density 278 ppi 278 ppi
Display always-on Yes Yes
Input type Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
physical rotating bezel
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons,
rotating bezel

BODY

Shape Circular Circular
Casing material Stainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonate Stainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonate
Strap material Silicone
(leather straps also available)
Silicone
Bezel Material Ceramics Ceramics
Weight 63 grams 63 grams (without straps)
Color(s) Black and silver Black
Dimension 46 x 49 x 13 mm 46 x 49 x 12.9 mm
Strap size 22 mm 22mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla glass SR+
Durability test MIL-STD-810G
Waterproof rating Yes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, IP68
MIL-STD-810G

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/Date Yes Yes
Alarm Yes Yes
Stopwatch Yes Yes

MEMORY

RAM 1.5GB (LTE) 0.75GB
Internal storage 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No

MEDIA

Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
Camera No No
Music streaming Yes Yes

CONNECTIVITY

Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.2 Bluetooth v4.2
NFC Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alert Yes Yes
SMS alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Reminder Yes Yes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network Technology GSM/HSPA/LTE GSM/HSPA/LTE
SIM Yes, e-SIM Yes, e-SIM

FITNESS TRACKING

Steps Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
VO2 Max. Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes
Swim tracking Yes Yes
Menstrual cycle tracking No No
Blood pressure No No
ECG Tracking No No
Blood oxygen No No
Preloaded sport modes Yes Yes

PLATFORM

Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 Tizen OS 2.3.2
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core 1.0GHz
GPU -- --
Chipset Exynos 9110 Exynos 7270

SENSORS

GPS GLONASS/A-GPS GPS/GLONASS/A-GPS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes
Heart rate sensor Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass No No
Pulse Ox. No No
Altimeter -- --
ECG No No
Thermometer No No
Ambient light Yes Yes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps Yes, 22mm Yes, 22mm
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes Yes
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Android 4.4+
IOS 9.0+
Payment system Samsung pay Samsung pay
Companion app Samsung Gear app Samsung Gear app

BATTERY

Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 472mAh 380mAh
Est. battery life Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Charging mode WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging
Charging duration About 1-2 hours About 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch (46mm) Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
Straps Straps
Charging dock Wireless charger
Quick start guide Quick start guide

Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier: The Differences

Galaxy Watch

Gear S3 Frontier

Watch faces

More

Fewer

Waterproof rating

IP68

Dimension

46 x 49 x 13 mm

46 x 49 x 12.9 mm

Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass DX+

Corning Gorilla Glass SR+

RAM

1.5GB

768MB

OS

Tizen 4.0.0.1

Tizen 2.3.2

Processor

Exynos 9110-1.15GHz

Exynos 7270-1.0GHz

Preloaded sports

More

Fewer

Battery life

2 days+

2 days+

Editor's Rating
  1. Design
  2. Although the Galaxy Watch succeeded the Gear S3, there isn’t any clear difference in the design. In fact, merely looking at these two, they look pretty much the same. Except for the Gear S3 classic which has the classical appearance of your regular traditional watch. AMOLED still powers the 1.3′ display on both smartwatches which is very much vivid and colorful. And these two have about the same weight and dimension.

    However, the Galaxy Watch has more features like good night mode and theater mode that keeps you off from distractions. The Galaxy watch running on a more recent Tizen OS features more watch faces compared to Gear S3 with fewer options to choose from.

  3. Waterproof Rating
  4. Galaxy Watch is rated 5ATM (50 meters) compared to IP68 (1.5 meters) of the Gear S3. As a result, you can wear the Galaxy Watch to the pool or even ocean to a depth of 50meters, but not recommended for the Gear S3. Moreover, the Galaxy has a water lock mode that allows you to eject water from the speaker.

  5. Processor and OS
  6. The Galaxy Watch runs on Tizen 4.0.0.1 which is higher than 3.0.0.1 of the Gear S3. And also powered by a higher Exynos 9110 compared to 7270 of the Gear S3. However, there isn’t any noticeable difference in the performance of these two. Performance looks awesome on both devices.

  7. Battery Life
  8. The Galaxy Watch comes with a bigger 470mAh battery capacity compared to 380mAh of the Gear S3. However, both watches have about the same battery life of 3 days or more with light usage.

  9. Fitness Tracking

Both the Galaxy Watch and Gear S3 are fitness smartwatches equipped to track your active life comprehensively. However, the Galaxy Watch has more preloaded sport modes built-in compared to Gear S3 with lesser sport modes to choose from.

Which is Better?

In all, each of these two is a fine smartwatch worth investing in, but I’ll go with the Galaxy Watch. It has more features and a more comprehensive fitness tracker than the Gear S3.

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