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Hands-on: Samsung's Gear S3 smartwatch is big, bold, and ready to phone home

Florence Ion | Sept. 1, 2016
The Gear S3 Classic goes for posh aesthetics, while the Gear S3 Frontier looks more rugged and comes with LTE support.

The Gear S3 is a neat watch, but it seems targeted at a very specific type of smartwatch user.

The Gear S3 is a niche product. It’s not for the everyman looking for his first smartwatch, and it’s definitely not styled for women. It’s just too big for most wrists. But the good news is that Samsung will still offer the Gear S2 for those looking for a smaller wearable device. Shoot, you can even consider the Gear Fit2. It tells the time, and comes with a nice suite of fitness functions.

To this extent, perhaps it’s wise that Samsung has four wearables on the market. Seven models may be excessive, but four models might offer just enough options to accommodate various types of users—without paralyzing those users with too many choices.


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