This isn’t a review. Well, not really. Sometimes I may review stuff, and my depth may vary. I’m a little bit of a gadget geek, but I’m not necessarily a professional in anything that may be relevant to whatever I’m reviewing or talking about.

That said, I like smartwatches. At least SOME smartwatches. I’ve found when it comes to smartwatches, there are two schools

  1. Those that think a smartwatch should be a complete stand-alone mobile device, capable of phone calls, texts, LTE connection… all that jazz.
  2. Those that think a smartwatch should be a companion device to a phone, useful for interacting with the phone, or receiving information from the phone quickly.

I’m in the latter category. I really can’t see doing a Dick Tracy to make calls with my watch. Trying to hammer out a text message (other than a quick preformatted response) would be a pain in the ass. I just want a watch to firstĀ be a watch, and then to give me pertinent information, without having to unsheath my phone and unlock it.

I started with an original Moto360, which I really liked. After bouncing around with a few watch faces, I finally found one I liked, and used it for over a year exclusively. During the two years I had that watch, I picked up a Fossil Q something-or-other hybrid smartwatch. It’s basically an analog (not mechanical) watch with a little ‘puck’ added to it. Well, the ‘puck’ thing wasn’t a separate part, but Fossil just put the ‘smart’ part of the watch in a little disc shaped area under the regular watch. It added a little thickness, but it worked well.

The Fossil was neat, but limited. You’d get notifications via a blinking LED and a vibration. You could customize the LED color and number of blinks, as well as the vibration pulses via the app. It worked OK. I found the vibration was too soft and easy to miss. The LEDs were nice, but only if your wrist happened to be somewhere that you could SEE them. I missed a lot of notifications with that watch. At the time, at least, there was no way to have the watch give you a ‘reminder’ notification. Once was all you got. I also had problems with the app just refusing to connect to the watch, giving an error. This led to having to reset the watch every couple weeks. Fossil may or may not have fixed this.

So I switched back to my Moto360 for a few months. It was pretty good, although battery life might be about 36 hours if lucky. 24 was almost always achievable.

Then Samsung released the Gear S3, so I bought one.

(yeah, I took this pic on the shitter. Deal with it!)

This is the Gear S3 Classic. I’ve had it for a few months now, and I really like it. The Tizen OS is pretty nice, and the rotating bezel is a really useful way to navigate. So in all, you have a touch screen, the rotating bezel and two buttons to navigate. The application on the phone can be a little clunky, but once you get it set up, you won’t be using it much.

I really like this watch. It is a bit more aimed at fitness tracking, as evidenced by so many watch faces having heart rate and step counter features. I’d really rather have one that shows me local weather info.

Battery life is, IMHO, really good on this watch. I can normally get 4 business days out of it, which is pretty damn good compared to the 1-1.5 days I might get out of the original Moto360. (I hear the second gen isn’t much better)

Like I said, this isn’t an in-depth review, just some of my thoughts about it. I really like the Gear S3 Classic. I’m happy with it so far!

 

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