Galaxy Watch 3 Review: The New King of Smartwatches

This year, the new Samsung Galaxy smartwatch brings back the rotating bezel with several cool tricks. Read on to know more about this amazing smartwatch with our Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review.

Design

After testing the mechanism of this watch, we found the physical bezel is quite useful and fun. Spinning the dial worked well with both side buttons and offered a great alternative for swiping or interacting with the circular display. When compared to the first Galaxy Watch, this model is 8% smaller, 14% thinner, and 15% lighter. However, you might not notice the differences when wearing it on your wrist.

Unfortunately, the trade-off is that the Galaxy Watch 3 might look more like a traditional watch than a high-tech one. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 also comes with genuine leather straps that match the casing’s color. Plus, it even has a 5ATM rating for water resistance. Honestly, I still recommend getting silicone bands here if you plan to use the Galaxy Watch 3 for exercise.

Display & Watch Faces

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3’s 360 x 360-pixel screen is sharp and bright enough to see in direct sunlight. Not to mention its Always-on feature just like the Apple Watch Series 6. But, unlike Apple Watch with only 5 watch-face options, the Galaxy Watch 3 offers up to 80,000 different ones and 40 complications for you to choose from. However, this might take you some time to figure out which combination of design and data is perfect for your Galaxy Watch 3.

Performance

Galaxy Watch 3 review

Well, Samsung’s Tizen software is still a bit behind Apple’s watchOS. But, it has improved significantly from Google’s fickle Wear OS. Not only are the Galaxy Watch 3’s menus customizable and packed with useful apps, but launching and switching between them also feels sharp, too.

Thanks to its rotating bezel, navigation is so easy now. Personally, I use it along with the dual buttons to know exactly which direction to go. On the other hand, the motion gestures don’t really work that well for me.

With the Galaxy Watch 3’s T9 keyboard, typing on smartwatches is a breeze now. Yes, I know that typing on such a small screen sounds ridiculous. But, we are talking about the ability to send messages in cases when you can’t access your phone or computer here.

Fitness and Health Features

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 can track 40 total activities with seven options for automatic tracking. This means you won’t always have to select what kind of exercise you’re doing beforehand anymore. Not to mention its high-precision onboard GPS.

Trip Detection

No matter where you are, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3’s trip detection sensors will call emergency services automatically when it senses a hard and sudden fall. Meanwhile, Apple Watch has already had this feature for years, so it’s good to see Samsung catching up.

ECG Readings and Blood Pressure Monitoring

The Galaxy Watch 3 features an FDA-approved ECG monitor, meaning it will be able to detect signs of atrial fibrillation just like Apple Watches. Also, both of those smartwatches’ latest versions can offer ECG readings now.

Recently, Samsung just earned clearance for its blood pressure monitor in South Korea. For now, the sensor will sit dormant in the Galaxy Watch 3 until it’s approved by the FDA. So, if it is approved soon, then the Galaxy Watch 3 would be the first smartwatch from a big tech brand with a working blood pressure monitoring system.

Sleep Tracking

The Galaxy Watch 3 benefits from the National Sleep Institute to provide wearers with insight on their REM cycle. Plus, there is a morning report on the quality of sleep and tips on how to improve sleep for its user too. With the help of the Galaxy Watch 3’s SpO2 sensor, this information is actually very helpful and it will benefit your sleep a lot in the future.

Battery Life

Sadly, when it comes to battery life, the new Galaxy Watch seems to fall short of the previous model. Unlike the up to 4-days battery of the original Galaxy Watch, the Galaxy Watch 3’s 340 mAh battery is only rated for 2 days. But, that’s fair for smartwatch standards because even the Apple Watch 5 only gets just 18 hours of use. And, this drawback is likely the reason for the new slimmed-down design. So, I guess it’s still a win-win situation here!

After 2 days of testing, even with hour-long workouts and sleep tracking, Samsung does provide exactly what it said about the Galaxy Watch 3 battery. But, when I enabled the always-on display, the battery life dropped to 24 hours in its second cycle. Well, at least this is still better than our Apple Watch 5 battery test. Also, the Galaxy Watch 3 can be charged with its charger or via Wireless Powershare with a compatible Samsung phone.

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Slimmer design than the original

Physical rotating bezel is back

FDA-approved ECG readings
Blood pressure readings
don’t work in the U.S yet

Shorter battery life than original

Price and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has been available on the market since August 6. Its starting price is $399 for the 41mm model in either Mystic Silver or Mystic Bronze.

On the other hand, the larger 45mm model starts at $429 and comes in Mystic Black or Mystic Silver. And, there is a $50 addition for LTE support if you want to make phone calls and send messages directly from your smartwatch.

The Verdict

There are plenty of stylish smartwatches and excellent fitness trackers to choose from these days, and Samsung strikes a balance between the two.

Overall, the Galaxy Watch 3 leans more towards lifestyle than fitness. I can’t say I would choose an Android instead of an Apple Watch at the same price. But, if you are using an Android phone and thinking about having a new watch, then you won’t find anything better than the Galaxy Watch 3. Honestly, I think the Galaxy Watch is truly the best smartwatch for Android users right now.

Let us know if you have any questions about our Galaxy Watch 3 review in the comments below!

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