Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Comparison: Which Is Better for You?

If you’re wondering which smartwatch to buy after the new Samsung Galaxy Watch coming out, and you’re confused whether to choose it or the familiar Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, this article will help you make a decision by comparing the main features of both.

This is why in this article, we go over the features of the Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3.

Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Comparison


Galaxy Watch

Gear S3

Release Date

24th of August 2018

18th of November 2016

Battery Life

3-4 days

4 days


1.8x1.9x0.5 or 1.6x1.7x0.5 inches

1.8x1.9x0.5 inches


2.2 ounces or 1.74 ounces

2.0 ounces


LTE, Bluetooth, NFC, IoT, 

3G/LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS


Calls, texts, apps

Calls, texts, apps

Water Resistance

5 ATM (165ft)

IP68 rating: 1.5 meters, 30 min.


Directly through the watch

Stored on the watch

Platform Support

Android, iOS with limitations


Virtual Assistant



Customer Reviews




Samsung Galaxy Watch Overview

Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3
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  • Comfortable to wear
  • Many useful functions
  • Great display


  • A little overpriced
  • Heart rate monitoring isn’t the most extensive

The Samsung Galaxy watch might come off as a bit too expensive but the integrated technology justifies the price. It's very comfortable to wear and has a nice, large display. The heart-rate monitoring may be inaccurate sometimes, but it still has many useful functions to offer.

Samsung Gear S3 Overview

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  • The ability to make payments
  • Great display
  • Superb screen resolution
  • 15 built-in sport apps


  • No built-in music storage
  • Doesn’t have a multi-sport mode

The Samsung Galaxy S3 combines a lot of great technologies and features without  compromising the affordability of the price. Its display is superb with high resolution.

Samsung Gear S3 vs Galaxy Watch In-Depth Comparison

Design, Display, and Color

Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Samsung Galaxy Watch comes in two models: either a 1.8 x 1.9 x 0.5 inches one that weighs 2.2 ounces, has a 1.3 inch display and is available in black, blue, and silver or a 1.6 x 1.7 x 0.5 inches one that weighs 1.7 ounces, has a 1.2 inch display and is available in black, purple, silver, red, yellow, pink, grey, and brown.

They both flaunt a sporty look with a textured rubber strap that looks great. Their circular shape suits the sporty design, and the super AMOLED display of 360 x 360-pixel resolution makes it immersive.

It’s secured by Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ that makes it resist shocks and scratches.

Gear S3

Although the Gear S3 comes in two models that have 22-millimeter rubber straps (can be replaced by any other 22-millimeter standard strap), they differ in that the Frontier that has a rugged look with large and textured buttons while the Classic has a classic one (as is implied by the name) with protruding metallic buttons.

Both trackers’ dimensions are 1.8 x 1.9 x 0.5 inches but the Frontier weighs more at 2.1 ounces, and the Classic is 2.0 ounces.

Both of them display the time even if inactive, and their displays show animations because they are equipped with a full array of 16 million colors.

Both trackers also have a 1.3-inch super AMOLED circular display with a 360 x 360 pixels (278ppi) resolution. Shocks and scratches caused by drops are minimized thanks to the protective hardened Corning Gorilla Glass SR+.

Winner: The Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Health Features

Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Samsung Galaxy Watch can give you an estimation of the duration and quality of your sleep as it measures the 4 stages of sleep with its measurement tool.

If you’re stressed or anxious, the guided breathing sessions will help you reduce stress levels by regulating your breath. It also counts the calories you’ve burned during the day.

Gear S3

The Gear S3 keeps track of the calories you’ve burned throughout the day as well as distance walked. Besides that, it also measures the duration and quality of your sleep as it has sleep-tracking.

Winner: The Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Fitness Features

Samsung Galaxy Watch

You can smoothly go from one exercise to another with no plans or hassle as the Samsung Galaxy Watch gives you a thorough tracking of all activities.

It can automatically recognize 6 different types of activities, and that number can be extended up to 39 exercises and more, while simultaneously measuring your heart rate.

The combination of the GPS, barometer, and altimeter lets you know where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going.

It’s also water-resistant up to 5 ATM (165 feet), which means you can use it to monitor your heart rate when you go swimming, and you can take showers without having to take it off.

However, you should always dry it off after and never dive with the watch on.

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Gear S3

The Gear S3 doesn’t really go far when it comes to activity tracking as it is quite limited to the accelerometer that detects walking, and the barometer that detects floors climbed.

It does have an optical heart rate monitoring feature, a built-in gyro, GPS services, and an ambient light sensor which makes it alright for general activity-tracking.

It’s not water-proof, but it does resist water and dust over 1.5 meters and 30 minutes based on its IP68 rating.

Winner: The Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Gear S3 Frontier vs Galaxy Watch: Smart Features

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Whenever you need it, you can display a summary of your schedule 10-hours ahead thanks to the “My Day” watch face feature.

It is provided with a lot of convenient apps that can fulfill your every need (including Spotify, Glympse, Uber, Strava and more).

A feature worth mentioning is the ability to make payments and purchases from the watch thanks to the NFC Samsung Pay. It has a Bluetooth model and a standalone LTE model which basically makes it a phone as well as you can receive calls with a tap and check your messages.

A very cool function that the Samsung Galaxy Watch delivers is that it gives you full control of your appliances and devices like your TV, vacuum cleaner, or air conditioner.

This is based on info gathered from your daily activity and sleep patterns and is enabled by the Home IoT feature that turns it into a home automation hub.

Gear S3

Both the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic have built-in speakers, but only the S3 Frontier delivers voice calls.

They run on Tizen operating system and are controlled by a touchscreen, twin buttons, and a rotational bezel which makes using it very easy and seamless.

When it comes to apps, they are provided by plenty of options including Spotify.

So whether you’re looking for health-related apps, music, social media, or getting your notifications to be updated, you’re going to find it on your Gear S3.

With 768 MBs of RAM and a 4 GB internal storage, you can enjoy a lot of data and install it on your watch instead of having to connect it to external sources.

The connectivity options are also diverse with the S3 as it is equipped with 3G/LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi b/g/n, NFC, MST, and A-GPS (with GLONASS) options.

Winner: The Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Gear S3 Frontier: Battery life

Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Samsung Galaxy Watch’s 270 mAh model can function up to 3 days, while the 427 mAh model functions up to around 4 days.

Gear S3

The Gear S3 has WPC inductive wireless charging and a battery capacity of 380 mAh which can make it last up to around 4 days.

Read also: The Samsung Galaxy Watch vs Fitbit Versa

Accessories and Price

Samsung Galaxy Watch

Both models of the Samsung Galaxy Watch carry a relatively hefty price tag, but the functions and features on them justify that price.

Gear S3

The Gear S3 is slightly more affordable than the Samsung Galaxy Watch, but the difference isn’t too big.

Winner: The Gear S3.

Which Is Better The New Samsung Galaxy Watch or Gear S3 Frontier overall?

Bottom line, as is obvious throughout the comparison, the newer, updated Samsung Galaxy Watch absolutely beats its rival in numerous ways.

Although the Gear S3 is quite a good option for a smartwatch, it doesn’t function quite well as a fitness tracker, and when you compare it to its rival, it falls short of many features and is still not noticeably more affordable than the Galaxy Watch or having a distinctively longer battery life.

For a couple of extra dollars, one could buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch and enjoy all the extra functions it has to offer, as well as the nice balance and combination between being a smartwatch and a fitness tracker.

If you’re looking for a device that is more affordable than both of these options and still offers the same basic fitness functions, you should check out the Fitbit Charge 3.

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