Galaxy Watch 3 vs Gear S3 Comparison Chart
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Watch3||Samsung Gear S3|
|Display||41mm: 1.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen with Gorilla Glass DX 45mm: 1.4-inch AMOLED touchscreen with Gorilla Glass DX||1.3-inch Circular Super AMOLED (360 x 369) touchscreen with Gorilla Glass SR+|
|Controls||Buttons, rotating bezel||Buttons, rotating bezel|
|RAM||1 GB||768 MB|
|Storage||8 GB||4 GB|
|Trackers/Sensors||Pedometer, altimeter, calorie burn, sleep tracking, female health tracking, heart rate sensor, swim tracking, blood pressure monitor, ECG||Pedometer, altimeter, calorie burn, sleep tracking, female health tracking, heart rate sensor|
|Water Resistance||IP68, 5ATM||IP68|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, LTE||Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, LTE (frontier only)|
|Battery||247 mAh, 340 mAh (up to 2 days)||380 mAh (up to 4 days)|
|Colors||Black, Bronze||frontier: Black classic: Silver|
The Galaxy Watch3 sports a slimmer form factor.From the look of things, Samsung is going with a slimmer profile for the Galaxy Watch3. In comparison, the rugged Gear S3 frontier will be bulkier, while the classic version will be closer in appearance. Regarding durability, you’d be hard-pressed to break the Galaxy Watch3, unless you take a hammer to it. For starters, it’s MIL-STD-810G and IP68 certified. Also, it has a Gorilla Glass DX to protect its AMOLED display, which measures 1.2 and 1.4 inches for the 41mm and 45mm variants, respectively. The Gear S3 has MIL-STD-810G and IP68 certifications as well. However, it’s not recommended to be used for swimming, unlike the Galaxy Watch3, which even has swim tracking (more on that later). As for its screen, it’s a 1.3-inch AMOLED with a layer of Gorilla Glass SR+ on top. Another piece of good news is the Galaxy Watch3 having a rotating bezel, just like the Gear S3.
Performance and Connectivity
The Galaxy Watch3 has an LTE model.In terms of connectivity, it’s no surprise the Gear S3 is lagging behind a bit. Launched in 2016, it does have a couple more years on the Galaxy Watch3. That said, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and LTE (which is available only on the Frontier model). Compared to that, the Galaxy Watch 3 has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and LTE. Both have NFC, and needless to say, that means you can use Samsung Pay on either one. The two also have built-in GPS, so you won’t have to bring your smartphone along when, say, you’re out for a run. Speaking of, you can also use Spotify offline on the Gear S3, just like on the Galaxy Watch3.
Health and Fitness Tracking
The Galaxy Watch 3 has more advanced sensors than the Gear S3.The two have the usual trackers and sensors, including a pedometer and altimeter, among other things. The biggest difference here is that the Galaxy Watch3 has a blood pressure monitor and ECG. On top of that, the Galaxy Watch3 has swim tracking too, capable of going up to 50 meters underwater for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, Samsung says the Gear S3 isn’t suitable for swimming. That’s despite having a water resistance of IP68 as well.
The new features of the Galaxy Watch3 make it a worthwhile buy.Samsung already made the Gear S3 pretty smart to begin with. For instance, you can read messages, pick up calls, and things like that. Being years apart, it goes without saying that the Galaxy Watch3 builds on the Gear S3 in a lot of ways. It has a new weather app and music widget. It’s also switching to Microsoft Outlook from Samsung Email and boast an integrated speaker for audio prompts. That’s not all either. New watch faces are in the pipeline too, but the crème de la crème here are the variants that support something called “Informative Digital Edge.” Put simply, select watch faces will show activity, heart rate, and more around the edges. You can also customize the colors and pick what info you’d like to be displayed.
The Gear S3 has a lot to offer, but the Galaxy Watch3 has even more.
The Galaxy Watch 3 is definitely better than the Gear S3, thanks to its new features and fitness tracking capabilities, among other things. However, that’s based only on rumors at the moment.
If the rumors hold true, then yes, the Galaxy Watch 3 is worth waiting for. New features and a more robust fitness tracking system make it a good buy.
Yes, especially if you don’t own a smartwatch yet. The Gear S3 has a lot of features and fitness tracking options to offer. Also, it isn’t lagging behind that far compared to newer models.
Samsung launched the Galaxy Watch 3 in August 2020.