- Nov 30, 2015
We really needed that 'in between' smartwatch again.
When Samsung released
Even though the Gear S3 Frontier and Classic are a year old now, Samsung isn't replacing them with the Gear Sport. The new watch actually just replaces the Gear S2, which Samsung was continuing to sell as a smaller, cheaper option to the chunky Gear S3s. Samsung still sees the Gear S3 as the flagship watch with all of the bells and whistles, while the Gear Sport is focused on activity tracking in its design and scaled-back set of features.
The Gear Sport is more or less the
Gear Sport specs
Display 1.2-inch Circular Super AMOLED
360x360 (302 ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Dual Core 1.0 GHz
Operating system Tizen Wearable OS
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou
Accelerometer, Gyro, Barometer, heart rate monitor, Ambient light sensor
Charger Wireless charging
Durability 5 ATM water resistance, MIL-STD-810G
Dimensions 42.9 x 44.6 x 11.6 mm
50 g (without strap)
Color Black, Blue
Compatibility Samsung Galaxy: Android 4.3+
Other Android: Android 4.4+
iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 5: iOS 9.0+
The case is a combination of a couple different textures applied to the 316L stainless steel, paired up with a plastic back that holds the heart rate monitor. It comes in two colors, nominally called black and blue, but the "black" is more of a gunmetal finish like the Gear S3 Frontier and the blue is so dark in some lighting it just looks the same as the black one. I expect most people will just opt for the black to keep it classic-looking.
The Gear Sport is extremely light and doesn't feel bulky like the Gear S3 does, which is precisely the idea for a watch that's designed to not get in your way when you're on a run or a swim. The smartwatch is designed to be worn all day, though, and that's why Samsung is highlighting its ability to straddle the look of both a fitness device and also a classier watch. With a swap of the bands and watch face the Gear Sport can definitely change personalities, and because it has the same full operating system of the Gear S3 it's capable of handling all of the typical smartwatch tasks we want.
A smaller, lighter smartwatch that can go with you everywhere.
Samsung has new partnerships for app integrations from Under Armour and Speedo. The former brings Under Armour Record as well as the super-popular MapMyRun and MyFitnessPal for tracking both activity and food intake. Samsung Health is still alive and well, but if you want to use the Gear Sport purely to feed into another fitness platform you may already use, that's now a top-level choice.
With its reduced size, the Gear Sport does lose a couple of things when compared to the Gear S3. It has a smaller battery to match its smaller screen, and also doesn't have an LTE connectivity option. It has Samsung Pay, but only via NFC and not the industry-leading MST tech that allows you to pay at any card swipe-style terminal. Those are small prices to pay for most people considering how much more compact and manageable the Gear Sport is in comparison to its larger sibling.
For all of the people who just couldn't handle the size of the Gear S3, or wanted a bit more of a full-featured smartwatch without giving up the sport tracking abilities of the Gear Fit 2, the Gear Sport looks to offer a very happy middle ground. It does a nice job of giving you all of the fitness tracking capabilities you could want, plus the general watch-like form factor that can stay on your wrist without looking out of place with a variety of clothing.
Samsung unfortunately isn't talking about pricing or a specific release date for the Gear Sport yet, simply saying we'll know more around the holidays. Considering that the