Samsung recently announced the launch of the Galaxy Watch3. These are the Galaxy Watch3 pros and cons you should know about.
Pro: Wide Variety Of Options
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has several color options. You can get it in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, and Mystic White.
Plus Samsung also has two different sizes available: 45mm and 41mm. These sizes are similar to the 44mm and 40mm variants that Samsung offered with the Watch Active2.
And Samsung is offering the Watch3 in Stainless Steel and Titanium. However, the Titanium version is available for the 45mm model.
Pro: Trip Detection Added
Samsung added a trip detection feature to the Galaxy Watch3. Apple added a similar feature to the Apple Watch a while ago, but it is always nice to have this feature built into more devices out of safety concerns. This feature allows your watch to notify an emergency contact and share your location if it detects a hard fall.
Pro: Bigger Watchface At A Lighter Weight
Samsung designed the Galaxy Watch3 with a subtle rotating bezel and a larger screen. Plus it has a slimmed-down frame and a thinner, smaller, and lighter design than traditional watch designs. And there are over 50,000 watch faces that you can choose from to match your personality.
Pro: Better Sleep Insights
The Galaxy Watch3 has better Sleep Scores. This feature provides users with better insights about their sleeping patterns. While the original Galaxy Watch has sleep tracking as well, the feature is more sophisticated in the Galaxy Watch3.
The Galaxy Watch3’s automatic sleep tracker does not require the downloading of another app. And it uses an advanced algorithm to calculate your sleep score. The watch also monitors your stress level and offers breathing guides in order to help you recenter.
Pro: Home Workout Features
Samsung said that there are over 120 home workout videos on Samsung Health app. And the Galaxy Watch3 tracks seven popular activities automatically. You can simply select a program from your phone and cast it to your TV. And as you work out, the cast will display your heart rate in real-time.
Con: Outdated Hardware
Inside of the Galaxy Watch3 is the Samsung’s Exynos 9110 dual-core processor, which is slightly outdated as it is also used in the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 (released about a year ago). And the batteries in the Galaxy Watch3 are also basically the same as the ones used in the Active2 as well. So Samsung essentially used the same components and put it into a new platform.
Con: ECG And Blood Pressure Not Available In The U.S. Yet
The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 has an ECG and blood pressure monitor built-in. However, this feature does not work in the U.S. and several other regions yet due to a lack of FDA clearance. This feature works in South Korea though.
The Galaxy Watch3 is not cheap. The 41mm versions start at $399.99 and the 45mm versions start at $429.99. And then the LTE versions are priced at $449.99 (41mm) and $479.99 (45mm). At this price point, I have a harder time recommending friends and family to buy the Galaxy Watch3 over other wearables available on the market. Perhaps, my opinion will change if the FDA clears the ECG and blood pressure monitor features on the Galaxy Watch3.
Pulse 2.0 Score:
The Galaxy Watch3 has received a Pulse 2.0 score of 4 out of 5. While the Galaxy Watch3 is packed with a number of great features, the price is not as favorable compared to rivals. And the lack of an ECG and blood pressure monitor working out of the gate prevented me from giving this device a higher score.
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