Apple Watch might have all the mindshare, but there’s a range of smartwatches out there that are far superior in various ways. One of the weirdest compromises about smartwatches is battery life. The Apple solution will get you a day, if you’re lucky. And most Google-based smartwatches don’t do much better. The beefy Galaxy Watch 3, however, quite easily lasts me anywhere up to three days, which makes managing it far less annoying. And hey, for Black Friday, it’s enjoying a pretty sweet $60 discount.
The Galaxy Watch 3 is a Tizen-powered timepiece that gives you deep integration with Samsung’s phones and other devices, although it can work with any smartphone when combined with the Galaxy Wear mobile app.
Tizen doesn’t have as many apps as Apple’s WatchOS or Google’s Wear OS, but it does seem to beat them on battery life, which the 45mm Galaxy Watch 3 lasting anywhere up to 72 hours or more, based on usage.
Despite not having a glut of support from third-party apps, Samsung has made certain that it has all the basics. Samsung Health offers a robust suite of fitness features, while integration for notifications, media controls for apps like Spotify, and much more, remain supported.
You can customize the Galaxy Watch 3 with a variety of watch faces, including your own photos. And while there isn’t a huge amount of major third-party support, many independent developers have stepped up to leverage public APIs to bring other services to the device.
The Galaxy Watch 3 is by no means cheap, but given its construction, battery life, and deep integration with Samsung’s other family of devices, it could be the best.
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This post was written by Jez Corden and was first posted to WindowsCentral
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