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Have you ever heard of the “rule of cool?”
It’s a rule that’s brought up in the entertainment world – it means “If it looks cool, it doesn’t matter if it’s real or not”. We are taking the rule and revising it to say “It if it looks cool, you should have it” That’s the best way to describe the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier: A cool piece of tech strapped to your wrist that can take things over from your smartphone in most of your day-to-day functions.
The first thing you will notice about the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is its style. With a black bezel, leather straps, and fine metallic finish, the S3 Frontier has a sporty, stylish look. This is an excellent smartwatch to wear for social occasions, like parties. You can even wear it for work or on more formal occasions, like a wedding. It might stand out in places where you need to dress formally, but in a good way.
The design of the S3 Frontier is more than just style, its about durability as well. Samsung has stated that the smartwatch is an IP-68 rated design. What does this mean? It means the smartwatch can withstand water – up to five feet in depth – for 30 minutes, endure drops from over five feet, extreme temperatures and an assortment of tests. We can’t imagine a scenario where you need to be underwater for thirty minutes, but if you were to go to the beach, or even swimming, the smartwatch will certainly be able to withstand the pressure.
What all this means is that the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is a tough, durable smartwatch that will hold its own in most situations.
What can the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier do? For the most part, we were impressed. The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier can replace your smartphone in most functions. The smartwatch can take calls, receive messages and get notifications. We took a few calls on the S3 Frontier and were pleasantly surprised with the call quality. The calls came through crystal clear, even when the person on the other end spoke in hushed tones.
Call and text notification are possible because of Bluetooth technology, integrated into the smartwatch. Hence, you can also connect to your wireless headphones, which not only means taking calls without raising your wrist to your mouth, but also listening to music! Imagine listening to your favourite tunes without having to pull your smartphone out of your pocket? Just raise your wrist, open up the Spotify app and start playing your favourite song. As someone who listens to music commuting or working, this is a fantastic feature to have.
Beyond Spotify, there are plenty of apps on the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier – you can access different apps by rotating the bezel. Some of the apps on the smartwatch include Samsung Pay, Uber, Yelp and others. The Samsung Pay app is particularly useful because you can just pay for stuff from your wrist. You don’t have to take out your wallet or credit card or even a debit card to do so! However, the most prominent app Samsung wants you to know about is the S-Health fitness app. The app is designed to help you take charge of your fitness, set specific goals for you to measure yourself against and more. S-Health is useful because it tracks a slew of variables including steps, heart rate and more.
Thinking of hiking a few hills or going on a road trip? You might find the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier useful. The S3 comes with built-in GPS tracking to help you keep track of your location wherever you might go.
The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier comes with a wireless charger stand. You can go for days on end before it ever needs charging. We were impressed with the battery life and the wireless charging is far more convenient than we thought. Overall, we found that using the smartwatch was a pleasant experience. The apps were accessible and, most importantly, it was an incredibly stylish accessory to wear.
The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is an excellent accessory to have on your wrist. The slick, sporty design, fine finish and rich suite of features make the smartwatch one of the coolest accessories on the market. The S3 Frontier is perfect for most occasions – from parties to the beach and even for mountain hiking/biking. Even if you are not the sportiest of individuals, it’s still a great accessory that will make your life easier.
Want to read about smartwatches? Read our review for the Samsung Gear S2
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