Samsung’s flagship smartwatch embodies a classic wristwatch style, with a big feature list and premium price tag.
We found the Galaxy Watch 3 to be a superb smartwatch and one of the best Apple Watch alternatives out there.
It comes in 41mm and 45mm case sizes, so there should be something to suit everyone. The size has shrunk since the original Galaxy Watch, and it’s better for it, with a slim and light build that’s big on all-day wearability.
Both sizes use AMOLED displays that show off the vibrant Tizen OS.
There are stainless steel and black options in both sizes. However, the 45mm will come in black titanium, and the 41mm has a Mystic Bronze option too.
It’s a classic looking smartwatch, and the rotating bezel has returned to control the menu system, with its pleasing mechanical click.
Key upgrades are ECG and blood pressure (both now available in the US and Europe) and an SpO2 sensor to track blood oxygen. There’s also a new focus on VO2 max.
You’ll get a couple of days battery life with “normal” use, but it’s a shame that Tizen OS couldn’t muster the week-long battery we’ve seen on the Huawei Watch GT2e and Amazfit GTS 2.
We found some inaccuracies with the heart rate monitor, but we were impressed with the swimming tracking and the plethora of running metrics. Of course, you’ll need to buy a replacement band as the standard leather strap isn’t best suited to getting sweaty.
However, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been updated with some of the Galaxy 3’s best features, and retails for significantly less money.