Has durable finishes
Easy to navigate features
Lightweight and comfortable
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Not a long life watch
This watch is probably just over 2 years old and in the past month it has decided to go off track and flash all different crazy colours and text. You need to reboot the watch to get it back to normality and this can occur 2-3 times per day. Watch was around $350+ when new. Took it to the Samsung shop in Sydney CBD only to be told that it can be sent off for repair but as I didn't have a receipt anyhow out of warranty the cost to send is $60 plus the service etc, which could equate to the purchase price of a new watch. No wonder the warranty isn't 2 years as Samsung couldn't take the risk. So I now have a dud watch and I couldn't believe I was asked if I'd like to look at a new one.
Purchased in February 2019.
- Gear S3 Frontier
Not the best smart watch I thought it's gonna be
Very fragile. Mentioned as water resistant and can monitor almost all of your sport activities. But it's all lie. Got wet inside with my own sweat while wearing it during exercise. The watch monitor just went flickering after a week or so. Never got wet with water and never got dropped as well. Image captured by samsung service centre.
Purchased in August 2017 at JB Hi-Fi for $577.00.
Good product pity the band loops failed
I purchased a Samsung gear s3 frontier watch brand new approx 2 years ago.
The watch has its moments where it lags to work but overall it has been good.
However the 2 small loops to pass the watch band under when you put it on have started to tear.
I contacted Samsung customer care today only to be cut off twice and their resolution was to take the watch into Samsung retailer for assessment of the product.
When I explained to the lady that it was only the 2 straps that were the problem I was told to back up the watch because it would need to be...
Purchased in March 2018 for $400.00.
Very good when it works
This watch is fantastic when it operates as intended. Once it stops working it's a cascade of errors.
The sensors stopped working, so no heart rate monitor, atmospheric pressure, or altimeter. The cost of repair is the same as the purchase price, so now looking for another brand that will last longer than 2 years.
Purchased in May 2018 at Kogan.com for $390.00.
Unrepairable 9 days out of warranty
We purchased this watch for $595 on 31/7/18 as a gift for our son who is a volunteer fire fighter in the NT. He also travelled to NSW and Qld to help relieve the exhausted local firies there in the recent horror season they had. The compass can be a life saver when he is surrounded by heavy smoke. However, we had to send it back for warranty 3 times. The first time was for low battery life and connectivity issues. The second time was for the same issues - which resulted in complete replacement of internal the mechanism, including motherboa...rd and battery. This last time the heart monitor no longer worked. Samsung sent it back with a cracked back glass, no buckle on the strap and said it had water ingress, and nonviable for repair. Also mentioned it was 'very worn'. Of course the blame for the cracked back glass is on us! This watch is a lemon. Samsung couldn't care less, even after escalating our complaint. So if you are thinking you are buying "the strong and premium stainless steel favored by traditional watchmakers that give the Gear S3 the durability it needs to take on some of the most adventurous outdoor activities" as Samsung advertise - save your money and look elsewhere. Peak fire season here in the NT - and the lifesaving tool we purchased for our son to help keep him safe while he keeps our community safe doesn't work. Will never purchase another Samsung product in our lifetimes.
Purchased in July 2018 at Harvey Norman for $595.00.
Fantastic watch, great value and funtions
Really great watch, the rotating bezel makes it easy to navigate and use. I purchased the LTE version to make calls. No issues with sound and great clarity. Also works great for fitness and tracking steps. Only con I would say is that it is slightly heavy for a watch but apart from that a great purchase.
Purchased in July 2020 at Harvey Norman Online.
i have been using this watch for almost 3 years now. since i had it, i never use any of my watch anymore. it is just so useful when i am busy and didnt know i have meetings and my phone was on silent, i can feel on my wrist that my watch is vibrating and because of that, i won't miss any meetings.
Purchased in March 2017 at JB Hi-Fi for $570.00.
- Gear S3 Classic
Great Watch, Changed my life
Great watch, Have had it for 2 years and no real issues
comfortable rubber band on it
light weight so barely able to notice it
love that you can do everything from take calls to receive messages and reply
The voice recognition system on it is great, not as good as a phone.
can get LOTS of features with it and face watches for both free and app purchases
Purchased in March 2018 at Vodafone for $480.00.
Accused of damaging watch, on 4th repair within a warranty period.
The first and second repairs were due to the short battery life, they couldn't do it right the first time so it had to be done again, the 3rd time was due to the system crashing. The 4th time I put the watch for repair, because the system crashed again, however the repair centre informed me/accused that I had created a hole the size of a pinhole through the back of my watch, which lead to water damage (did not tell me how ). I also went to the department of fair trade, to no avail. All this happened within the warranty period.
Poor and inconsistent service much like the watch. Not happy to recommend a samsung service or their product again.
Purchased in April 2018 for $400.00.
I'm loving this but their are glaring problems.
Brilliant, but it still relies on your mobile to be on. This is meant to be a stand alone device. I can only assume that didnt' work for Telstra and Optus, so they tether them to something they can actually charge money for... a $1400 phone. Not good enough.
Purchased in January 2020 for $44,980.00.
- Gear S3 Frontier
Good build quality, lacking some features.
The bezel and buttons feel very sturdy, and offer a nice, easy way to navigate the menus. Battery life is good, lasting about 3-4 days before charging (takes about 2 hours to fully charge)
Sleep tracking is the main reason I purchased, and so far it has done that flawlessly. It syncs to samsung health on my galaxy phone and gives me every bit of sleep tracked with good accuracy (based on when I know I've woken up during the night).
It does come a bit cluttered with some apps, and the app store for downloads isn't particularly large. Mostly fu...ll with similar apps for timing, lighting etc. it would also be useful to have quick launch buttons similar to smartphones to go directly to stopwatch, timer or calculator etc. As far as I can tell, there is also no in-built option to use the watch as a remote for the phone camera (there are some paid apps that seem like they would do it though). All in all, hardware wise the watch is sturdy and well built. No lagging or connectivity issues as there is always a strong bluetooth connection with my phone (have to walk a few metres away from my phone before it disconnets). Software could use some updates and better features.
Purchased in November 2019 at Harvey Norman for $298.00.
Bad battery life
The S3 is a great watch with all the usual features, but mine is now 12 months old and needs to be charged every night compared to every third when new.
Purchased in November 2018 at Samsung Physical store for $499.00.
- Gear S3 Frontier
Not the easiest set up but once done at the start, the watch is really good. Premium box and accessories also included. The watch is really nice looking but kind of big. Heaps of apps and downloadable programs which make it really good in the customization area. A bit on the heavier side but its still fine to wear. Easy to get around to the apps and all. Overall a great watch!
Good Smartwatch. Really easy to navigate and good software. Can customize really well. The Smartwatch is rather big but the watch has a really good performance. Heaps of apps also available from the app for games etc. Worth the money but not for kids as the face is quite large!
I do not leave home without it.
I was lucky enough to be gifted this watch when it was first released but now in having used it for the past couple of years, I would have been more than happy to purchase it. Wearing it everyday to my job as a Fitness trainer, it still looks brand new and I cannot live without it.
Questions & Answers
Anyone considering buying this watch should not buy it. It is touted as a fitness watch for active people, yet it is super fragile. The back glass has cracked on mine and i dont even wear it outdoors. In less than a month after receiving it as a gift i felt a harsh scratching on my wrist and there i discovered its glass is smashed..... I never dropped it or mishandled it. it is super fragile. Buy a real outdoor watch perhaps an apple. Samsung wont fix and the youngster at JB HiFi was quick to accuse me of dropping it. Its cracks eminate from the two charging point on the rear, so check yours if you have one, other than that it looks great as a bedside table alarm clock.
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Hi, is the Samsung Gear S3 watch compatible with Oppo phones?
I think as long as you download the Samsung watch app it should be OK. The watch is even compatible with IOS so it should be compatible with other Android devices.
Hi Sez, unfortunately Oppo is not a compatible device for the Gear S3 - Here is a link to the listed devices that are compatible https://www.samsung.com/au/support/mobile-devices/gear-s3-compatible-android-devices/
Before you buy, if you want to use it as an outdoor watch for activities, perhaps look elsewhere. The glass back is super fragile and subject to cracking and cutting you. Mine is less than a month old and it has cracked where the charging diodes are...... so consider other options or buy the real rugged one.
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- The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier looks like a real watch, but does so much more, letting you do things like make calls, pay with your wrist, listen to music, track fitness, and use apps.
- The watch has premium stainless steel finishes, giving it the durability needed to take on even the most tough outdoor adventures.
- You can swap out the watch band to make it suit your style - you can choose from classic leather bands (including alligator grain) or silicone straps for when you’re more active.
- Pushing the home button 3 times sends your location to your emergency contacts who can then track your whereabouts, helping give you peace of mind when you’re out hiking, biking, and seeing the great outdoors.
- You can access over 10,000 apps, so you can use those you can’t live without and make your life easier.
Points of praise:
- Most reviewers found that the smart watch had durable finishes - reviewers particularly liked how sturdy the bezel and buttons were.
- They also found that it was simple to navigate through the different functions and features of the watch, particularly thanks to the easily rotatable bezel.
- Reviewers also found that the watch was lightweight and comfortable to wear.
|Category||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi||Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Light Sensor||Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor and Light Sensor|
|Interface||Bezel (Physical), Buttons and Touchscreen||Bezel (Physical), Buttons and Touchscreen|
|Waterproofing||Water Resistant||Water Resistant|
|Memory (RAM)||0.75 GB||0.75 GB|
|Internal Storage||4 GB||4 GB|
|Battery Size||380 mAh||380 mAh|
|Battery Life||4 days||3.5 days|
|Weight||63 g||59 g|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)||1 year(s)|
|Construction Material||Stainless Steel|
|Colour / Finish||Black||Silver|
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