In recent years, Samsung has released a fairly large number of smartwatches. One of the first successful models was the Gear S3, which many people liked. Some time later, the company showed their successor – Galaxy Watch, which inherited the main feature of the watch in the form of a rotary bezel. However, then Samsung quite radically changed the design of its smartwatch. In 2019, the Galaxy Watch Active was presented, which lost its proprietary bezel and was slightly inferior to the older Galaxy Watch in terms of functionality. And six months later, the company presented the second generation of the Watch Active, which received the missing functions, as well as a touch-sensitive bezel.
In the same year, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Watch 3, which brought the rotating bezel back into the trend and added some new features.
When unpacking the Galaxy Watch 3, you may not immediately notice significant differences from its predecessor. In general, the design is the same – a stainless steel case, a round display slightly sunk into the case, around which there is a rotatable bezel, two buttons on the side. But comparing the watches face to face immediately becomes clear how much neater and more elegant the Galaxy Watch 3 has become. They do not look as massive as the first Galaxy Watch, the display seems to be much larger, although the diagonal has increased by only 0.1 inches, slightly more comfortable due to 10 grams lighter weight. Another nice detail – in the Galaxy Watch 3 the back of the watch now looks much better than in the Galaxy Watch, where plastic made the perception of the device a little cheaper.
Overall, I really liked the design of the Galaxy Watch 3. The completely black case looks stylish, the high-quality leather strap adds solidity to the device. The side buttons are precise and precise, and the bezel is not only useful from a functional point of view, but also adds aesthetic pleasure to use. By the way, when compared to the Galaxy Watch, the click has become more distinct and louder. I think Samsung could add along with the breathing exercise, an exercise to rotate the bezel to relieve stress.
Galaxy Watch 3 is also available in other colors. The 45mm model is available in black or black and silver, while the 41mm version is available in black and silver or bronze. Outwardly, there are practically no differences between the larger and smaller versions – except that the bezel in the 45 mm model has small teeth, and in 41 mm it is completely smooth. Well, the width of the straps is different – 22 mm and 20 mm. In technical terms, the difference lies in the display diagonal – 1.4 “versus 1.2” with the same resolution of 360×360 pixels. The screens, by the way, are covered with Gorilla Glass DX protective glass. Another difference is the battery capacity. The 45 mm version received a 340 mAh battery, and the 41 mm version has a 247 mAh battery.
Compared to the Galaxy Watch, the battery capacity has decreased, and this could not but affect the autonomy of the watch. The 45 mm version of the Galaxy Watch 3 lasted about 3-4 days, with a 41 mm model you can count on about 2-2.5 days. But it certainly depends on your use case. For me, for example, Always-on Display was turned off, and the pulse was measured every 10 minutes. If you turn on Always-on, the battery charge begins to melt much faster (57% in the evening – 32% in the morning), and you will have to charge the watch every two days, or even more often. It also depends on how often you will use GPS during training and whether you plan to listen to music directly from the watch itself via Bluetooth. With the most loaded use case, one hour of workout can take 20-25% of the charge. The watch is charged using a compact docking station.
As for the hardware, the Galaxy Watch 3 has the same Exynos 9110 chipset as the Galaxy Watch Active 2. The RAM is now 1 GB and the internal memory is 8 GB. Samsung smartwatches have never had any performance problems before, so there are also no complaints about the new model. Yes, if you want, you can sometimes find microfreezes, but this is absolutely not critical. The Tizen operating system with the OneUI shell for the watch has barely changed. And this is a plus on the one hand, because everything is familiar and works as it should, but on the other hand, as a user of Samsung watches for a long time, I would like something new. The company, however, did a good job on the new dials, they all look interesting and allow you to customize various elements.