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Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 video review: The best smartwatch on Android?

By Zachary Chan - 15 Dec 2020
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Galaxy Watch 3

Samsung finally brings back the physical rotating bezel on the Galaxy Watch 3

The first Galaxy Watch impressed us so much, it won Best Smartwatch in our 2019 HWM+HWZ.com Tech Awards. And then Samsung skipped a generation. There was never a Galaxy Watch 2, but there is now a Galaxy Watch 3 (yes, we know it's stylised as Watch3). This is the most polished, premium smartwatch experience you'll find on an Android platform today, backed up with a proper app store and matured services like Samsung Pay. The Galaxy Watch 3 also impresses by offering advanced fitness metrics and programmes on the Samsung Health app for free, something that competitors like Fitbit, and now Apple, charge a subscription for.

However, underneath its shiny new bezel lies the same hardware that powered last year's Galaxy Watch Active 2. Is the Galaxy Watch 3 still competitive then? Watch my impressions below.

You can buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 now from the Samsung Online Store, Samsung's official stores on Shoppee and Lazada, or their many, many authorised online retailers: Courts, Gain City, Hachi.tech, Krisshop.

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  • Design 9
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 8.5
  • Performance 8
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Full-fledged smartwatch experience
Physical rotating bezel
Responsive auto-activity tracking
Advanced running metrics
Premium health features provided free
The Bad
ECG function still unusable in Singapore
HRM sensor needs an upgrade
Battery-life vs. first-gen Galaxy Watch
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