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Samsung Gear S3 Available On Amazon

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Samsung Gear S3

The Samsung Gear S3 recently launched in the US and the device retails for $349.99 or $399.99. Amazon is now offering the Gear S3 Frontier and the Gear S3 Classic cor $299 which is a saving of either $50 or $100 depending on which model you choose.

The Samsung Gear S3 comes with a 1.3 inch Super AMOLED display that has a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels and it features a dual core processor clocked at 1GHz, plus 768 MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

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The new Gear S3 Frontier is an awesome piece of hardware with stainless steel on much of the frame and rotating bezel. It looks amazing in person and on my wrist. It’s smaller than my Garmin Fenix 3 HR and Citizen Ecodrive watches, but it’s not a small watch and is unlikely to fit a smaller wrist that well.

Specifications of the Samsung Gear S3 include:

  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 7270 1GHz dual-core/li>
  • Display: 1.3 inch 360×360 pixels resolution Super AMOLED, 278 ppi, Gorilla Glass SR+
  • Operating system: Tizen OS 2.3.x
  • RAM: 768MB
  • Storage: 4 GB internal storage
  • Wireless technology: NFC, MST, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, and LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, barometer, gyro, heart rate, ambient light
  • Other features: IP68 dust and water resistant, MIL-STD-810G rated, integrated microphone and speaker
  • Battery: 380 mAh battery with wireless charging dock
  • Dimensions: 46 x 49 x 12.9 mm and 62 grams

The Gear S3 Frontier comes with a couple size silicone bands that are malleable and well designed. It also uses a standard 22mm strap configuration so you can purchase replacement bands to match your needs and style.

SOFTWARE

The Gear S3 runs Tizen and it is fully optimized for the round wearable experience. There are a number of optional watch faces with a ton more available in the Samsung Gear store. Buttons, screen swipes and taps, and the rotating bezel are all used to navigate around on the watch.

A rotation or swipe to the left reveals your notifications and then moving to the right jumps through various customizable widgets you select. Pressing in on the home key, bottom right, takes you to the app launcher that you can easily spin or tap through to launch apps loaded by default and those you install through the Gear app store.

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Samsung’s website shows Spotify and iHeartRadio music streaming services, but at this time neither is available in the Samsung Gear app store. You can transfer your downloaded music content to the Gear S3 for now.

Swiping down from the top reveals the connectivity status and several quick controls. Settings can be managed right from the Gear S3 or through the companion Samsung Gear application.

The Samsung Gear application is available for all Android smartphones and is in beta for the iPhone. While you are supposed to be able to use Samsung Pay with the Gear S3 without a Samsung Galaxy phone, that functionality is not yet been released even though there is a step-by-step help document that shows you how to set this up without having Samsung Pay on your Android phone.

 


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