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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist vs Apple Watch Series 4 Compared

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Featured in this comparison chart are; the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier – a standalone smartwatch with a remarkable design, its joined by the Fossil Gen 4 Explorist – an outstanding Wear OS smartwatch with a prestigious design and the Apple Watch 4 – one of the best smartwatches on the market and a standalone smartwatch as well. We compare the specs and features of these three amazing timepieces, so you know what the differences are and which is the right choice for you.

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist vs Apple Watch Series 4 Specifications Compared

 
 
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ABOUT DEVICE - ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Fossil Gen 4 Explorist (44mm), Apple Watch Series 4
Device type Standalone/Fitness smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch Standalone/Fitness smartwatch
Gender Unisex Men Unisex
Release date November, 2016 August, 2018 September, 2018
Predecessor Samsung Gear S2 Fossil Gen 3 Explorist Apple Watch Series 3
Successor Samsung Galaxy Watch Fossil Gen 5 Calyle Apple Watch Series 5
Versions Apple Watch Nike+
BODY - BODY BODY
Dimension 46 x 49 x 12.9 mm 45 x 45 x 13 mm 44 x 38 x 10.7 mm
Weight 63 grams 48 grams
Shape Circular Circular Rectangular
Case material Stainless steel Stainless steel Aluminum, Ceramic/Sapphire crystal back
Strap material Silicone Stainless steel Elastomer
Bezel material Ceramics Stainless steel Bezeless
Strap size 22 mm 22 mm 24mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ Corning Gorilla Glass Sapphire glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM 3ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test -
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes Yes
Color Black, Silver Black, Gray, Rose-gold, Silver Gold, Gray, Silver
DISPLAY - DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.3 inches 1.4 inches 1.78 inch
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color AMOLED, Full color 1000nit, OLED
Display resolution 360 x 360 pixel 454 x 454 px 448 x 368 pixels
Pixel density 278ppi
Always on Yes Yes No
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 1 Physical button, Digital crown, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY - CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Bluetooth v5.0
Bluetooth calling - No Yes
GPS A-GPS, GLONASS, GPS Yes GLONASS, GPS
NFC Yes Yes Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
MEMORY - MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 0.75GB 512MB 0.768GB
ROM 4GB 4GB 16GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY - CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE None 4G LTE
SIM type e-SIM None e-SIM
Band
NOTIFICATIONS - NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes Yes
MEDIA - MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Bluetooth music Yes Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes No Yes
Microphone Yes Yes Yes
Camera No No No
Radio No No No
SENSORS - SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter No Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes No Yes
Compass No No
ECG No No Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter No No No
Thermometer - No App, No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING - ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No No No
Blood Pressure - No No
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No Yes
Fitness Level Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No Yes
Menstrual cycle - No Yes
VO2 Max - Yes
Swim-tracking - Yes Yes
Swim-heart tracking - No No
On-screen workout - No No
Sport modes 39 Yes Yes
BATTERY - BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 380mAh
Battery life Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+ Regular: 24hrs+ Regular: up to 18hrs
Charging type WPC based wireless charging Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power - No No
PLATFORM - PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Exynos 7270 Snapdragon 2100 Apple S4 64bits
CPU Dual core 1.0GHz Dual core
GPU
Operating system Tizen OS 2.3.2 Wear OS WatchOS 5
MISC - MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Gear app, Samsung Health App Fossil Q App Apple Watch App
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 6.0+, iOS 10.0+ iOS 12.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Google Pay Apple Pay
Interchangeable strap Yes 22 mm, Yes 24mm, Yes
Voice command Yes, Bixby Yes, Google Assistant Yes, Siri
Find my phone - Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Charger, Fossil Gen 4 Explorist, Manual, Straps Apple Watch Series 4, Charger, Manual, Straps
Price $280.00 $275.00 $149.00

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier vs Fossil Gen 4 Explorist vs Apple Watch Series 4: Which is Better?

DESIGN:Although each of these three has got a remarkable design, the Watch 4 has got the most outstanding design. It weighs the least and also the slimmest. Moreover, the rectangular shape of the Watch 4 sees it having the biggest display size which means you get to see more at a glance.

The Watch 4 is also a more premium device with sapphire glass material covering its display compared to Corning Gorilla glass on the other two (durable material as well). The digital crown of the Watch 4 with hepatic feedback mechanism that offers a click-like feel as you scroll and the physical rotating bezel of the Gear S3 makes these two very easy to navigate.

MEMORY:While each of these three comes with onboard storage capacity, the Watch 4 with 16GB ROM allows you take a lot more of your favorite tracks with you.

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY:Both the Gear S3 and Watch 4 are available in LTE versions which ships with e-SIM that supports cellular connectivity on these two. These makes the Gear S3 and Watch 4 standalone smartwatches that allow you make and receive calls directly from these two without needing your phone.

ACTIVITY FITNESS:Each of these three watches is fitness-focused and will be able to track your daily activities such as steps, calories, heart rate, and there’s also inbuilt GPS in all three which enables outdoor activity tracking such pace, routes and locations tracking.

Although, while Gear S3 is quite loaded with lots of fitness features, the Watch 4 is a more comprehensive activity tracker. It features incidental fall detection that can help you get needed assistants when a fall has occurred.

BATTERY LIFE: The Gear S3 will go more than 2 days on a single charge with mixed usage which is longer than what you get from the Gen 4 Explorist or Watch 4 which both will last barely a day. That’s quite abysmal, and makes the Gear S3 a better choice for tracking extreme workout activities.

VERDICT: The Apple Watch 4 is the most sophisticated and comprehensive out of these three, it’s the best choice for iPhone users. However, I’ll go with the Gear S3 Frontier, it also a comprehensive smartwatch compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and has the longest battery life.

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