5. Gear S3 Frontier by Samsung
While not super-focused on the outdoors—no compass, no trail maps—the Frontier has plenty of goodies that make it a great option for the outdoorsman: GPS, a baro-altimeter, tough stainless-steel case. My favorite feature, is the bezel. It rotates with a solid feel and click to swiftly help you navigate though the watch’s many menus and screens. All smartwatches should have this feature—it’s that satisfying to use. And thanks to its slim size (48mm face, 12.9mm thick) and outstanding Super AMOLED display, the Frontier is the only watch I tested that really feels like an analog.
The Frontier can auto-track six different exercises, and pairs with the S Health app to provide detailed workout metrics and even offer additional workout suggestions.
Other features: You can make calls when paired to a smartphone, pay for stuff at locations that accept Samsung Pay, use S Voice for a variety of search and reminder functions, and listen to music over Bluetooth headphones—not to mention access to over 10,000 apps.
Bottom line: Though not as outdoor-focused as some of the other watches, the Fontier’s versatility and slim size make it a perfect go-to for the city-and-country crowd. ($349.99, samsung.com)
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