In the market for a fancy new smartwatch this holiday season? If you absolutely insist on buying a new high-end wearable device, and money isn’t a problem, the choice probably comes down to the iPhone-compatible Apple Watch Series 2 or Android-first Samsung Gear S3.
Mind you, the Gear S3, available in Frontier and Classic designs, doesn’t run Android Wear on the software side of things, but rather its manufacturer’s proprietary Tizen OS, losing a bit of ground to the second-gen “iWatch” as it barely launches today in South Korea.
Unveiled way back in late August at IFA Berlin, the “timelessly designed” wrist-worn gadget kicked off pre-orders in a number of countries over the past few weeks, finally shipping to early adopters and arriving in various physical stores across the US, UK, Singapore, Germany, France, Dubai and Australia “starting on November 18.”
Priced at $350 outright stateside by retailers including Amazon and Best Buy, as well as $250 and up on AT&T, the Samsung Gear S3 “enhances standalone convenience”, features its own GPS chip, optional LTE connectivity, a sharp 1.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, dual-core processing power, and IP68 water/dust resistance. It also supports Samsung Pay with built-in MST payment capabilities, at least in the US, Australia and Singapore at launch.