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Samsung's new smartwatch needs two charges a week, all the space on your wrist

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Samsung's new smartwatch needs two charges a week, all the space on your wrist

WATCH: A quick look at Samsung's Gear S3 smartwatch

The Gear give and take

You want a smartwatch with good battery life? You're going to have to pay for it -- with wrist real estate.

Samsung's newest Gear watch, the S3, is a round, all-steel slab of a thing (though elegantly chiseled) that clocks in far thicker, larger and heavier than last year's S2 Classic. Your reward for carrying all that heft: You get a smartwatch that needs to be charged only two times a week.

Yay?

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The Gear S3 Classic, looking to rent a lot of space on your wrist.

The Gear S3 can do a lot more than tell time

Of course, Samsung might say that they didn't just make this year's Gear S watch bigger than the last to increase battery life. The size allowed for Wi-Fi, GPS, cellular LTE connectivity, and a speaker for listening to music and taking calls.

The Gear S3, compatible with Android phones (and eventually iPhones, too), is among the most capable smartwatches yet. 

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The Gear S3 Classic (left) and Gear S3 Frontier (right).


Measuring up against the best-selling smartwatch around (Apple's)

- The S3 is about 1.5 mm thicker than the Apple Watch and has a 46 mm face compared to Watch's 38 and 42 mm options
- Apple claims "18 hours" of battery life for its Watch; Samsung says S3 gets "three to four" days
- Samsung's new Gear S is decidedly more water resistant than the Apple Watch, with an IP68 rating to Watch's IPX7
- Unlike the S3, Apple Watch doesn't have GPS or phone-free cellular connectivity- And, of course, the Apple Watch only works with the iPhone

The Gear S3 has some depth to it.

People do want more than just great battery life -- ask Pebble

Thanks to the sudden struggles of smartwatch company Pebble, we already know that the approach opposite to what Samsung is taking -- low-function, battery champ smartwatches -- isn't necessarily a winning formula.

Of course, the smart money is on the sweet spot for this gadget type being somewhere in the middle of that and having a tiny cell phone strapped to the lower parts of your forearm -- and that's even if those wrist phones can get to better than twice-a-week charging.

What do you want most in a smartwatch?

Samsung hasn't released pricing or availability info for the Gear S3 Classic or Frontier other than to say they'll be out "before the holiday season."

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