Five reasons the Samsung Gear S3 is still better than the LG Watch Sport

Google announced the release of Android Wear 2.0 along with two new LG smartwatches yesterday. While these are solid new Google watches, here's why the Gear S3 is still the better watch.

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Despite the fact that the Apple Watch accounts for half of all smartwatch sales, has been in the game longer and the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is the best smartwatch available today.

ZDNet's Jason Cipriani covered the Google and LG announcement yesterday while our at CNET a preview of the LG Watch Sport. The adds in features we in the Watch and and may the best smartwatch. (Jason will soon have a watch to review, so stay tuned for his upcoming articles).

As a user of the and running the Android Wear 2.0 preview, are five reasons the Gear S3 Frontier is still better than the LG Watch Sport:

  1. Rotating : The LG Watch Sport has a rotating with the updated Android Wear 2.0 user interface that takes advantage of such a rotating mechanism. Crowns are small and have limited circumference, but the rotating bezel on the Gear S3 is and highly functional.
  2. and style: The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is constructed of , glass, and plastic with watch looks. The LG Watch Sport is also made of these materials, but it is even chunkier than the Gear S3 and looks more simple than the Gear S3.
  3. Replaceable bands: LG built the LTE antennas into the bands of the LG Watch Sport so the elastomer bands you purchase are your only options. Samsung embeds everything into the watch body itself and gives you the ability to quickly and easily swap out the bands for standard ones readily available online. The Strap Studio bands are reasonably priced and look fantastic.
  4. Samsung Pay: is now available on the LG Watch Sport, but the more universal Samsung Pay with MST support is present on the Gear S3 Frontier. It is handy to pay for while out and about without your smartphone and Samsung Pay continues to add financial institutions and programs.
  5. Activity : The LG Watch Sport supports and third party apps while the Gear S3 relies on S Health. We've seen a ton of improvements in S Health and the automatic activity tracking is tough to beat on the Gear S3. Plenty of third party apps and are also supported on the Gear S3.

The LG Watch Sport may have better apps, but all of the data studying smartwatch usage has shown that the key to with smartwatches is in performing functions better than others. These functions include informing the user of the time, tracking activity, triaging communications, and interacting with assistant.

The Apple Watch accounts for half of all smartwatch sales, but the smartwatch market still hasn't garnered demand. I like to wear a watch, and over the last couple of years all I have worn is smartwatches. Once you start wearing daily and use it to triage email, track your activity, make calls while your phone is tucked away, and use it to quickly check some basic info, it becomes a device you don't want to leave behind.

With Apple, LG, , , and Samsung still making new smartwatches, I think this market will eventually get the attention of the masses, but it is going to take longer than the adoption rate we have seen with .

Smartwatches less than one-third of all wearables in US: Kantar:

Smartwatches less than one-third of all wearables in US: Kantar