If I didn’t already have an Apple Watch, and was not heavily invested in Apple’s walled garden and highly curated ecosystem, I would consider a Samsung Gear S3 with 4G LTE. Why? What’s wrong with Apple Watch?
I said I would consider the Gear 3 but in all likelihood, sans the Apple ecosystem, it’s not a device that appeals to me. Why not? I mean, after all, it has 4G LTE, it works with Samsung Pay, battery life goes up to three days, and it comes with some of the same kinds of apps one finds on Apple Watch.
What is not to like? Gear S3 uses a standard, non-proprietary 22mm watch strap so there must be watchbands galore. You can even create your own watchface. Samsung has been working in the smartwatch space far longer than Apple but hasn’t had much success. Except for just a few things, Gear S3 might change that.
Yet, Gear S3 is big and ugly and it’s $400 so what would be a compelling incentive for an Apple iPhone customer, Mac user, or iPad owner to switch?
Look, that beast does far more than Apple Watch for what is roughly similar money. Two versions, three colors, AT&T or T-Mobile, and many of the same hardware features and sensors found in Watch.
Gear S3 syncs with Android devices and iPhone, and it’s far more standalone than Apple Watch. Did I mention it’s ugly? Gear S3 would seem to be aimed at men in the military instead of people who want mobile connectivity. I half expected to see a Swiss Army Knife pop out of the side.
Samsung remains a decidedly patriarchal society and it shows in how clumsy some of its products remain, despite a decade of copying Apple wherever it can. Here’s a good example. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 looks like an iPad Pro killer.
See the problem?
It’s something of an iPad Pro copy complete with a keyboard and stylus, but notice that it’s military grade black, and the Samsung logo– always too big on any product made by Samsung– is sideways in landscape mode. That’s just wrong. Without keyboard it’s $600, which doesn’t fare well when compared to the similarly sized new iPad at $329 but closer to the entry-level iPad Pro, which, shockingly, starts at $599, 99-cents less than Samsung’s iPad killer.
Gear S3 or Galaxy Tab S3 appear too industrial grade for me, but I’m more turned off from the Samsung brand thanks to the stream of battery fires in the Galaxy Note 7. When your flagship product gets banned by the airlines then you’re doing something wrong.
Women remember such things and we’re less likely to tote around a less than fashionable can of tuna on our wrists than men, and more likely to envision what fire can do to a wrist.