Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Gear S3 Frontier vs Classic – Which is Better?

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Which is a better smartwatch between the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Gear S3 Frontier? I would say the Active 2. It has better performance, more fitness tracking features, and new UX features. However, the Gear S3 Frontier is still a top contender and one of the best smartwatches on the market as far as I’m concerned. This comparison compares the specs and features of these two to help you decide which is better and if you need to upgrade from the Gear S3 to Active 2.

Mind you, the Active 2 is available in two sizes; 40 and 44mm, and each size is available in LTE and Bluetooth models. But this comparison is between the Active 2 (44mm) (LTE) vs Gear S3 Frontier and Classic. Remember, the Gear S3 Classic was released alongside the Frontier, but a classic choice for those who like traditional watch designs.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Gear S3 Frontier vs Classic: Specs Comparison

 
 
Product Info

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) (LTE) Full Specifications and Features

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Full Specifications, Features and Price

Samsung Gear S3 Classic specs

Samsung Gear S3 Classic Full Specifications, Features and Price

Price $399.99 $379.00 $399.99 $349.98 $279.99
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name (LTE), Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm) Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Samsung Gear S3 Classic
Device type Standalone/Fitness smartwatch Standalone/Fitness smartwatch Standalone/Fitness smartwatch
Gender Unisex Unisex Unisex
Predecessor Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Samsung Gear S2 Samsung Gear S2
Successor Samsung Galaxy Watch Samsung Galaxy Watch
Models Bluetooth only, LTE
Date released September, 2019 November, 2016 November, 2016
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.4 inches 1.3 inches 1.3 inches
Display type Super AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color Super AMOLED, Full color
Resolution 360 x 360 pixel 360 x 360 pixel 360 x 360 pixel
Pixel density 278ppi 278ppi
Customizable watchface Yes Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Digital rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Physical rotating bezel, Touchscreen
Always-On Yes Yes Yes
BODY BODY BODY BODY
Shape Circular Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Strap material Leather (stainless steel) Silicone Silicone
Bezel material Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ Ceramics Ceramics
Strap size 20 mm 22 mm 22 mm
Color Black, Gold, Silver Black, Silver Black, Silver
Screen protection Corning Gorilla glass DX+ Corning Gorilla Glass SR+ Corning Gorilla Glass SR+
Dimension 44 x 44 x 10.9 mm 46 x 49 x 12.9 mm 46 x 49 x 12.9 mm
Weight 42 grams (stainless steel) 63 grams 59 grams
Waterproof rating Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Durability test MIL-STD-810G MIL-STD-810G MIL-STD-810G
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth calling Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.0 Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC Yes Yes Yes
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 1.5GB 0.75GB 0.75GB
ROM 4GB 4GB 4GB
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY - -
Network technology GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM type Nano-SIM e-SIM e-SIM
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4 mp3/mp4
Microphone Yes Yes Yes
Loudspeaker Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth music Yes Yes Yes
Camera No No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
GPS Yes, GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU A-GPS, GLONASS, GPS A-GPS, GLONASS, GPS
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
Pulse Ox. No No No
Altimeter No No No
Barometer Yes Yes Yes
Compass
ECG Yes No No
Thermometer No No No
Ambient light Yes Yes Yes
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Steps Yes Yes Yes
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes Yes
Blood oxygen No No No
Blood Pressure Yes No No
Stress Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking Yes No No
Fall detection No No No
Menstrual cycle No No No
VO2 Max Yes
Onscreen workout No No No
Preloaded sport modes 39 39 39
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery Non-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity 340mAh 380mAh 380mAh
Battery life Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby :5 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+ Regular usage: 3 days+, Standby:10 days+
Charging type WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging WPC based wireless charging
Charging duration 1-2 hours 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar power No No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Operating system Tizen OS 4.0 Tizen OS 2.3.2 Tizen OS 2.3.2
Chipset Exynos 9110 Exynos 7270 Exynos 7270
CPU Dual core 1.15GHz Dual core 1.0GHz Dual core 1.0GHz
GPU
MISC MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Samsung Gear app Samsung Gear app, Samsung Health App Samsung Gear app, Samsung Health App
Compatibility Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+ Android 5.0+ & RAM 1.5GB+, iPhone 5+ and iOS 9.0+
Payment system Samsung Pay Samsung Pay Samsung Pay
Customizable strap Yes Yes Yes
Voice Assistant Yes, Bixby Yes, Bixby Yes, Bixby
Find my phone Yes Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Manual, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (44mm), Straps Charger, Manual, Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Charger, Manual, Samsung Gear S3 Frontier
Price $399.99 $379.00 $399.99 $349.98 $279.99

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 vs Gear S3 Frontier vs Classic: The Differences

The difference between the Gear S3 and Active 2 is that the later is a more compact device, weighs a little less, has improved performance, and more fitness tracking features than the Gear S3 Frontier or Classic.

Galaxy Active 2

Gear S3 Frontier/Classic

Display Size

1.4 inches (44mm)
(bigger display)
1.2 inches (42mm)

1.3 inches

Dimension

44 x 44 x 10.9 mm (44mm)
40 x 40 x 10.9 mm (42mm)
(more compact)

46 x 49 x 12.9 mm

Weight

26 grams (40mm)
30 grams (44mm)
(aluminum)
37 grams (40mm)
42 grams (44mm)
(stainless steel)
(excluding straps)

63 grams (Frontier)
59 grams (Classic)
(excluding straps)

Bezel

Digital rotating bezel
Physical rotating bezel

Chipset/CPU

Exynos 9110
Dual core 1.15GHz

Exynos 7270
Dual core 1.0GHz

Blood Pressure

Yes

No

ECG Tracking

Yes

No

Heart Rate Sensor

8-LED

4-LED

Battery Capacity

240mAh (40mm)
327mAh (44mm)

380mAh

Battery Life with Always-on

2 Days+

2 Days+
  • The Active 2 is classier and sleeker
  • The Active 2, for me, looks classier than the Gear S3. It’s also a more comfortable smartwatch to wear compared to Gear S3 and has a slightly bigger display that allows you to see more at a glance. While the Gear S3 like the Galaxy Watch has a physical rotating bezel, Active 2 has a digital rotating bezel.

  • The Active 2 has a better User Interface
  • The Active 2 also comes with more UX features like using Bixby to start an exercise and control SmartThings ecosystem as well as the MyStyle feature that allow you to turn the watch face of the Active 2 to what you’re wearing. There are more of these features that improve users experience significantly. Although, the Gear S3 is still a very fantastic smartwatch.

  • Active 2 has better chipset and faster processor
  • Furthermore, the Active 2 with Exynos 9110 and 1.15GHz processor compared to Exynos 7270 and 1.0GHz processor has a slightly better performance.

  • Active 2 has more fitness tracking features
  • Although each of these two smartwatches it able to track your active life comprehensively, the Active 2 comes with more fitness tracking features than the Gear S3 which makes it a more comprehensive fitness tracker. The Active feature blood oxygen and pressure monitoring which the Gear S3 lacks.

  • Battery Life is about the Same

With any of these three watches, you can get about 3 days long battery life which for me is still very okay, you’ll need to charge once in a day.

Which is Better?

The Active 2 is clearly a better smartwatch than the Gear S3 Frontier or Classic. If you have to decide between the Active 2 or Gear S3, go for the Active 2. Or you can wait for the much expected Galaxy Watch 2.

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