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Last updated on February 20th, 2020 at 08:01 pm

Featured in this comparison are outstanding smartwatches from Samsung; the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear S3 Frontier vs Gear S3 Classic – all fantastic smartwatches from Samsung. The most recent, the Galaxy Watch Active comes in a sleek and stylish design, so also is the Gear S3 Frontier – a standalone choice, and then the Gear S3 Classic which is a classic choice with an outstanding traditional watch aesthetic. We compare the specs and features of these three head to head so you know what the differences are and which the perfect choice for you.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear S3 Frontier vs Classic Specs Compared

 Samsung Galaxy Watch ActiveSamsung Gear S3 FrontierSamsung Gear S3 Classic
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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Features:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Price:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Design:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Battery:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Price:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Design:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Battery:
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameSamsung Galaxy Watch ActiveSamsung Gear S3 FrontierSamsung Gear S3 Classic
Device typeClassic/Fitness smartwatchClassic/Fitness/Standalone smartwatchClassic/Fitness/Standalone smartwatch
PredessesorSamsung Galaxy WatchSamsung gear s2Samsung gear s2
SuccessorSamsung Galaxy Watch Active 2Samsung galaxy watchSamsung galaxy watch
Released dateMarch, 2018November, 2016November, 2016
Ideal forWomen (Also a great choice for men)Men (will look good too on women.)Men (will look good too on women.)

DISPLAY

Display typeSuper AMOLED
Full color
Super AMOLED
Full color
Super AMOLED
Full color
Display size1.1 inch1.3 inches1.3 inches
Display resolution360 x 360 pixels360 x 360 pixels360 x 360 pixels
Pixel density463 ppi278 ppi278 ppi
Input typeTouchscreen,
2 physical buttons
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons,
rotating bezel
Touchscreen,
2 physical buttons
rotating bezel
Always-onYesYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension39.5 x 39.5 x 10.5 mm46 x 49 x 12.9 mm46 x 49 x 12.9 mm
Weight23 grams (without straps)63 grams (without straps)59 grams (without straps)
Casing materialStainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonateStainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonateStainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonate
Strap/band materialSilicone (leather straps also available)SiliconeSilicone/Leather
Bezel MaterialCeramicsCeramicsCeramics
Strap size20mm20mm20mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 4Corning Gorilla glass SR+Corning Gorilla glass SR+
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, IP68, 5ATM
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, IP68
MIL-STD-810G
Yes, IP68
MIL-STD-810G
Swim-proofYes, recommendedNot recommendedNot recommended
Color(s)Black, silver, rose-gold and greenBlackBlack, silver

MEMORY

RAM0.75GB0.75GB0.75GB
Internal storage4GB4GB4GB
Memory card slotNoNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LEBluetooth v4.2Bluetooth v4.2
Bluetooth callingYesYesYes
Wi-FiYesYesYes
NFCYesYesYes
GPSGPS/Glonass/Beidou/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/A-GPSGPS/GLONASS/A-GPS

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoGSM/HSPA/LTEGSM/HSPA/LTE
SIMNoYes, e-SIMYes, e-SIM
BandNoGSM 850/900/1800
WCDMA B1/2/5
GSM 850/900/1800
WCDMA B1/2/5

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
WeatherYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYesYes
StepsYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes
DistanceYesYesYes
StressYesYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYesYes
Blood oxygenNoNoNo
Blood pressureNoNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoNoNo
Swim trackingYesYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoNoNo
Preloaded mapsNoYesYes
On-screen workout modesNoNoNo
Triathlon modeYesYesYes
ECG TrackingNoNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes
Safety trackingNoNoNo

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingYesYesYes
Bluetooth musicYesYesYes
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerYesYesYes
MicrophoneYesYesYes
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
CompassNoNoNo
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Pulse Ox.NoNoNo
ECGNoNoNo
ThermometerNoNoNo
Other sensors------

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Tizen OS 4.0Tizen OS 2.3.2Tizen OS 2.3.2
ChipsetExynos 9110Exynos 7270Exynos 7270
CPUDual core 1.15GHzDual core 1.0GHzDual core 1.0GHz
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 230mAh380mAh380mAh
Battery lifeStandby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Standby :5 days+,
Mixed usage: 2 days+
Charging typeWPC based wireless chargingWPC based wireless chargingWPC based wireless charging
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYesYes
Solar powerNoNoNo
Rapid charging

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYesYes
StopwatchYesYesYes
AlarmYesYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraYesYesYes
Music controlYesYesYes
Find phoneYesYesYes
Text responseYesYesYes

MISC

Payment systemSamsung paySamsung paySamsung pay
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+
iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Android 4.4+
IOS 9.0+
Android 4.4+
IOS 9.0+
Companion appSamsung Gear appSamsung Gear appSamsung Gear app
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 20mmYes, 20mm
Voice commandYesYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Samsung Galaxy Watch ActiveSamsung Gear S3 FrontierSamsung Gear S3 Classic
Small and large strapsStrapsStraps
Wireless chargerWireless chargerWireless charger
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

Estimated price$200About $300About $300
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What’s the Difference?

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Gear S3 Frontier vs S3 Classic Features compared

  • Design and Display

  • The design of a watch is a major deciding factor when consumers shop for a new watch. In that regard, the three watches featured in this comparison all have really nice design. However, the Galaxy watch active is more stylish – it’s sleeker and classier than both the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic.

    The Galaxy watch active weighs over 50% less than the Gear S3 Frontier and S3 Classic, you probably will forget you are putting it on, which makes it a great choice for fitness enthusiasts.

    The case size of the Galaxy watch active is also smaller compared to the somewhat bulky 46mm case size of the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic.

    In other words, we have a moderately sized Galaxy watch active that’s sleeker and classier than the other two – a great choice for women and people with smaller wrists.

    As per the body build materials, you have same reinforced stainless steel case, while the straps come in silicone for the Gear S3 Frontier and Galaxy watch active. The Gear S3 Classic on the other hand, comes with leather straps which off course complements its classic appearance, thus making it a favorite choice for the Swiss purists.

    However, we’ve to acknowledge the also outstanding design of the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic which both look stylish and elegant in their respective ways.

    First, these two features the very helpful rotating bezel that makes navigating the interface very easy while also adding the sophisticated tag to the appearance of these two – leaving us with two nice smartwatches that are great choices for men and women alike.

    On the display, super AMOLED does a great job in offering a full color display that’s interactive and as well very lively. However, the Galaxy watch active with a smaller screen size offers more color depth that’s richer than the display of the other two.

  • Platform/Operating System

  • The Galaxy watch active understandably runs on a newer version of Tizen OS which has improved significantly over the years, while also being powered by a newer version of the Exynos chip.

    Although, the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic have received OTA upgrades which brings it to par with latest versions, but obviously the Galaxy watch active will have a faster performance than the Gear S3 duo.

  • Waterproof Rating

  • Looking at the water resistant rating of these three, the Galaxy watch active is rated 5ATM (water resistant up to 50 meters) compared to the IP68 rating (water resistant up to 1 meter) of both the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic.

    So, while you can wear any of these under the rain, or while washing your hands, it’s not recommended to wear the Frontier or Classic to the pool or ocean. The Galaxy watch active is well adapted for pool or ocean activities instead.

  • Fitness Tracking

  • Fitness tracking is at the core of most Samsung watches especially the most recent ones. In that regard, none of these is an exception. Each is fitness focused – 39 sport modes are preloaded and a good number of those can automatically be tracked, also is the ability to track your sleep, calories, heart rate and more.

    However, the size and design of the Galaxy watch active makes it a better choice to wear for fitness activities, while not forgetting that at lunch, Samsung had stated that it would introduce later to the Galaxy watch active the ability to detect blood pressure via the My Bp Lab App – making it the first among Samsung smartwatches with such feature, although this feature might as well come to other older versions.

    The Galaxy watch active is also a better choice for tracking your swims. Considering its rated 5ATM in addition to its swim tracking capabilities – that’s able to count laps, calories, and duration puts it ahead of the other two. A feature that’s makes it a preferred choice for swimming enthusiasts who wish to know more about their swimming activities.

  • Cellular Connectivity

  • Perhaps the reason it’s more expensive, the Frontier has support for cellular connectivity which both the Galaxy watch active and S3 Classic lacks. It’s a standalone smartwatch with supports AT & T and T-mobile networks and off course gives your phone some freedom, you can leave your phone behind, no problem, the Frontier has got you covered.

  • Battery Life
  • Although battery capacity differs, but there isn’t any significant difference in battery life. With any of these three, you get about 2-4 days of battery life on regular usage.

    This claim will differ among different users, but overall, I think its quiet impressive considering you getting a bit longer battery life than other close competitions like the Apple watch series 4 or Fossil Gen 4 Sport.

Which is Better?

With the release of the Galaxy watch active, it becomes quite difficult making a choice from the ranks of outstanding Samsung smartwatches.

Overall, among these three, the Galaxy watch active is the best choice – it’s cheaper, looks more stylish and sleeker, the best choice for fitness tracking. It’s also the best choice for women, no doubt.

For men, it’s either the Frontier or the Classic – the difference clearly is the cellular support feature in the Frontier. The Gear S3 Frontier is the best choice for men – its looks bold, sophisticated and is more comprehensive.

Lastly, the Swiss watch purists would prefer the Gear S3 Classic – it has the design of a real watch while still featuring all the smart features of a smartwatch. It’s the best choice if you want a premium smartwatch that looks just like your regular traditional watch.

Here is a summary;

SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE The best choice, the most stylish and elegant design and also the cheapest. Gives a great value for money and the best choice for women.
SAMSUNG GEAR S3 FRONTIER A more comprehensive choice with an outstanding design that’s also stylish and elegant. Gives the best value for money. The best choice for men.
SAMSUNG GEAR S3 CLASSIC A classic choice with an outstanding premium design. A great choice for the Swiss purists.
Our Pick

The design and appearance of the Galaxy watch active really intrigues me.

It has an outstanding and fascinating design coupled with lot of features and being a much better choice for fitness tracking makes it our preferred choice.

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