Best Buy Review by scottr303
Handy, Fun & Stylish
I have been using the S3 for a few days now and really like it. Is it a must in your life or do a bunch of things your phone can't? Not really. But is it handy, fun and stylish? Very much so. If you have the money (not really cheap) and want a watch that does a ton of things, go for it. It is a cool toy that is very functional.
I ended up getting the Classic style one and have both a sport style band and a dressier metal link band so it serves dual function. The bands are easy to switch too. I know my way around electronic stuff but am not a super geek and don’t use every function of any device. So this is a casual user review. I am not going into detail because there are tons of videos on YouTube that teach you all the features.
Some people think the watch is big but as a triathlete I am used to wearing GPS watches that are even bigger so there was no adjustment to the size for me. See the pictures of it next to my Suunto Ambit 2. The buttons work well and the rotating bezel is pure genius. The screen is great and responsive. The battery life is good and it is easy to charge.
Working through the menus is easy via the bezel, buttons or touch screen. I like watches and have 8 in the drawer next to me so imagine my delight at being able to change the faces. With the traditional round design (vs the Apple Watch) it can look like any watch, can have any color and match your mood or clothes.
Samsung Pay: This function works, is fun and easy to use. It will start a conversation too when you use it at the register. Setting it up was pretty easy and it has worked at all the places I have tried so far. It won’t work on gas pumps.
Phone: Mine is the classic and is not a phone itself. It links to my Samsung S7 via bluetooth. I answered a couple calls on it today. They could not tell I was talking on my watch. I just laid my arm on the desk and talked. Rotate the bezel clockwise to answer, counter clockwise to decline. It will also send pre-made messages which you can customize.
Exercise: It does the typical things like count steps, vertical steps, track water, pulse and other fitness watch stuff but I am more interested in training features. I took it on a 5 mile run today. I also wore my Suunto with the heart rate strap. This is a one time comparison and I will be interested to check it some more. The total distance was off a bit and I noticed one glitch on the map. Yes, it records where you go on a run, bike etc. Both watches agreed on the pace, cadence and average heart rate. Impressive. It was off on ascent. f your into power meters and stuff, it won’t do that. So it can work for exercise but I will still be using the Sunto as my go to for exercising.
Other uses: I have sent emails, checked messages, read news, checked weather and sent texts on it with no problems.
Conclusion. I gave you that in the first paragraph so you wouldn’t have to read all of this. If you think I am shilling for Samsung, guess again. I tested their Icon X Ear Buds and posted reviews titled Not Ready for Prime time. This watch is MUCH better: I like it.