expired Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Black Smartwatch $248 @ Harvey Norman

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1st post btw so go easy.

Pretty good value smartwatch. One of the best prices on ozbargain if I'm not mistaken.

Edit: Also can price beat with officeworks to get an additional 5% off. After pricebeat comes down to $235.60. NVM looks like OW put their price down to $248 to combat the price matching. :(

Happy Buying :D

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  • +3 votes

    Just beat me!

    Been wearing this for about 2 weeks now and coming from a guy who has been rocking a G-Shock for the last 10 years, I really like it! Very comfortable, handy for quickly checking notifications while at work, good for keeping track of your activity levels and HR.

    I was a bit sceptical of wearable tech, but consider me a convert. If only the battery life was a little longer (roughly 2-3 days per charge).

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    it's a good price
    Paid 300 for mine a few months ago as I heard issues with the Galaxy watch
    This hasn't skipped a beat

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      What issues did you hear regarding the Galaxy?

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        There has been heaps. Especially around the heart rate monitor that fails consistently and also step tracking is also off.. most of the issues are related to the health tracking features for galaxy watch .. was tempted to pull the trigger but after reading all the comments on the issues on Reddit forums and Samsung galaxy watch forums I have decided not to

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    Hm so tempted. Been looking at smart watches for awhile and I really liked the Samsung watches design.

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    Hope it goes for 200ish at Easter 😛

  • +2 votes

    Good first post OP.

  • +3 votes

    Thanks OP. Office work pricebeat could bring it down 5% also

  • +3 votes

    The HN site suggests that this watch uses Android as an OS. This is incorrect - it uses Tizen which has nowhere near as many compatible apps. Just be cautious if this is important to you - I almost purchased this until I read a review that mentioned Tizen.

  • +1 vote

    any idea if this is the LTE or Bluetooth only version, doesnt mention on their site.

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    How many watches do I have to buy before I finally admit to myself that I don't like wearing them

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    Wow, did anyone else get this pop up when you clicked through to the HN website?

    https://files.ozbargain.com.au/upload/190487/67656/screensho...

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    Would the new Galaxy Watch Active be a better buy compared to this, if it gets a good discount during Easter?

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      That doesn't include the rotating bezel though, which I think it's a pretty key feature in making the galaxy watches stand out

  • +1 vote

    I have the gear S2 as well as this both are great watches for the price the S2 is smaller and lower profile than this one on a mans wrist , the standout feature of these watches is the turnable bezel so easy to use your apps on the watch.
    I've had asus zenwatch which is also a good smartwatch but these samsung one a far far better.

  • +3 votes

    I have used this watch everyday for just over 1 year and the heart rate and movement sensors stopped working.
    It may be due to the software update or something else, but I have tried all methods but sensors still dead. It worked great for 1 year. I wouldn’t buy Samsung watch again and probably switch to Apple or Garmin.
    I could probably live without a heart rate sensors but the movement sensors doesn’t work so the watch face cannot turn on without pressing the side button, which is rather pointless.

    I highly recommend to not waste your $248 and buy something else. The comment above about this worth $49 is probably true. Once the sensors stop working then your phone screen becomes a better watch than this.

    The newer model Galaxy watch may not have this issue however is hasn’t been out for longer than a year so it’s still a risk.

    • +1 vote

      Should be under 2 years warranty?

      • +1 vote

        yes I'm currently going through warranty claim etc. which is always an inconvenient process to the end user, no matter if it is a full replacement or not. A $300+ device 1 year ago shouldn't need to be reliant on its warranty to support its product. I'm just putting it out there for those looking to fork out $250 be aware of the potential problems in a years time. It may not affect all owners.

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          Argh hope you get a replacement unit that will last.

          I guess this is again where Apple stands out you just go in there and replace ur broken unit.

          I had a s3 phone before, I don't even want to think about the amount of trouble I went through to get a replacement :|

      • +1 vote

        Samsung are dicks with their warranties in my experience with them, they cover the watch itself for two years so you should be fine, but the straps they class as accessories and only cover for 6 months. So as expected 7 months in to owning an s2. An acknowledged RMA issue in the USA with the glue coming away from the brackets that hold the strap together, I asked them to replace just the straps they said nope the straps are accessories and not part of the watch, but couldn't advise how you can wear the watch without something you deem as an accessory, telstra said speak to samsung, samsung a said speak to telstra, online samsung support said no, Samsung store said no… grabbed a magnetic one from ebay in the end and the watch apart from that has not missed a beat, but very dissapointed in the three times I have had to contact Samsung for warranty claims.

        Their store just seemed to be full of people angry with their service. Wish I had buy it from officeworks and not telstra as they would have replaced it on the spot.

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      The new watches do have this same issue.. even more worse .. it's all over the Samsung official forums and also Reddit

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    I'll add my 2c into the conversation. I've owned the watch for two years (purchased with S8) and I can say that the biggest issue with it is the lack of third party apps.
    There are a limited amount of additional apps and currently the only mapping app that seems to work is HERE WeGo (phone still required). Offline music for Spotify or other music streaming services is basically non existent or requires buggy work arounds and the small memory limits you to just a few playlists for running if you want high(ish) quality music. Bezel is easily knocked … I wish they had made it slightly more resistive as I keep moving it when I'm on my bike.

    Whinge over.

    Touchscreen is great and still works while wearing motorcycle gloves which is the main reason I purchased. I'd still rather have this than an Apple Watch.

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      hmmhmm if that's the case, huawei Gt is a good alternative. Doesn't support 3rd party too I think u can get it around 200 on gumtree. Battery is insanely good

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      My one works great with offline spotify.have you done the new update?

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      Can you share more about - Why not Apple Watch?

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      Yeah but how great is the dial? thats like the only reason thats convincing me to get this over the xiaomi band 3 and the lenovo 9 hybrid smartwatch. I would definitely get it straight away when someone figures out how to put WearOS on it.

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      Is there an alternative OS that has more 3rd party apps available? I can't seem to find clear information online.

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    The frontier is 12 months.. although would the ACL come into effect?? Seeing its currently a retail watch of 399 (Samsung website) i would expect a number of years..

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      update on that..
      When I bought my Frontier im sure the guy at JB said 12 months warranty, trying to upsell their internal extended warranty for $45. On looking at the Samsung website it states Gear devices are 24 months.. So I feel a little bit better that it is 2 years not 1.

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    For those that arent a fan of the limited Tizen, I'll mention I'm extremely happy with my ticwatch pro, I get the android wear ecosystem and the dual screen is great for my battery life, build and features are a step up from my old ticwatch S and I get a week easily without a charge.

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    Is that rim twist-able? (sorry for lack of terminology lol)

    Scratch that, rotating bezel on deck

  • -3 votes

    Bought it from officeworks not long ago at higher price.
    Do they give priceback like the good guys?

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    Would have bought this - but got the tickwatch a few weeks ago…

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      Nice. My mate has the ticwatch and it's not too bad. How's it going for you?

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        Got the pro and I am reasonably happy with it. Got it from an Amazon sale.
        Coming from a Samsung S2.
        The band makes my hand a bit sweaty so I may replace it with a metal mesh one

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          omg I just realised this has wearos with gpay. Now i have another watch to consider haha

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            @cerealz: yeap, and dual layer display.

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              @cristtos: not sure if i would want to go swim in this. if only this adopted a more minimalist design (which im sure i can find) and have that spinning dial and be light, id have found the perfect smartwatch ahah

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                @cerealz: I went swinging with the Samsung and the charging tabs underneath slowly corded away.
                I have not used the dial, it may be the thing, but what is wrong with the touch screen? it is very responsive..

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                  @cristtos:

                  I went swinging with the Samsung and the charging tabs underneath slowly corded away.

                  Was there a lot of fluids present that may have had an affect on the watch?

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    Personally, after the gear fit, I won’t be buying another Samsung wearable. Too many issues and in store support instructed to fob off warranty repair requests (including by outright lies).

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      Yup me too wont touch samsung wearables and phones if i can help it.. although that S10 looks like the winner for my next phone…. :-(

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        Not for me. My current S7….which was replaced 1x by Samsung for screen burn, battery issues and the sound frying itself…has decided, just post warranty, to duplicate the previous S7’s issues.

        After Samsung outright lying about warranty periods and what is covered by warranty for both the he phone and gear fit….I’m done.

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    don't shoot me, but this can pair up with an iPhone? I'm sure I have seen it done (just to get SMS/ and notifications)

  • +1 vote

    I like this watch so much more than my Apple watcb I used with iPhone.

    This and my galaxy is magic. Looks great being round like a normal watch. Its latest update has made the watch snappy and apps like WhatsApp are great now.

    One of the reasons I haven't gone back to Apple is this watch.

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    Brought mine when it was released, tempted to get a backup replacement. Great watch, worn daily for number of years, still get at least 2-3 days out of it.

  • +1 vote

    The one question I can't seem to find a straight answer to: can the S3 Frontier do offline Spotify music, if you have a premium Spotify account? The answer to that seems to be mixed, some people say yes and others say no.

    That's the main feature I want, really. I want to listen to my Spotify playlists on BT headphones without having my phone with me. But I have heard all kinds of bad things about the availability of apps in Tizen.

    • +1 vote

      I've had mine since Nov 2017, offline Spotify has worked for me since I got it - it was the reason I got this over any other smartwatch. Basically you can just download a playlist offline, and listen to it via Bluetooth - perfect for walking/jogging and you don't need to be connected to your phone either (I usually have Bluetooth headset and turn WIFI off, offline playback works fine for me like this). The Spotify app itself isn't the best and sometimes you will need to wipe your cache data, delete the app, re-install and re-download your playlists cuz it can freeze, this has happened to me once but I was able to fix it.

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        Perfect, thanks !

        The reason I was so confused is that I can't see any Spotify app on the Tizen store, when I do a simple search online. So I wasn't sure if it was even a thing. But it sounds like there are other sources to get apps for the watch.

        • +1 vote

          Can 100% confirm, purchased the watch last night and set this up.
          Extremely happy about this feature, something i've been wanting/needing for a while now.

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    Can you run and play music/podcasts from this watch if you have BT headphones? As well as tracking the run?

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    Thanks OP.
    Just bought one at OfficeWorks with price beat 5%.

  • +1 vote

    Officeworks droped it's price to $248 so no 5% off

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    I bought this last week from eBay for $252.
    Arrived 2 days later, opened the box, got out the watch. 5 mins later got PriceHipster email saying HN had it on sale for $248.
    Thats $4 I will never get back…. :)

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