Originally released all the way back in 2016, the Samsung Gear S3
is pretty much a relic of the early days of the now-thriving smartwatch market
. But at the right price, this Tizen-powered, Android and iOS-compatible bad boy can still be considered a wise purchase even after the launch of a Galaxy Watch
variant and two different Watch Active generations
$300 certainly doesn't fit that description, but at $149.99, the Gear S3 Classic undoubtedly delivers great bang for your buck. Unfortunately, you're not looking at brand-new, unused, unopened, and undamaged items sold alongside a standard manufacturer's warranty here. But Amazing Wireless, which just so happens to be an amazingly reliable eBay seller, essentially promises the devices currently available at $149.99 apiece are the next best thing, shipping for free nationwide in "A+" open box condition.
That means these beautiful smartwatches should show little to no sign of prior use, including all original accessories and their original retail packaging. In the seller's own words, the devices "might have a very minor blemish if any due to handling/storage." Basically, these are supposed to look and work as good as new, which means the sole difference between purchasing a Gear S3
Classic from Amazing Wireless and an authorized retailer is a warranty that only the latter can provide.
Then again, this particular Gear S3 model is no longer available from either Samsung or the likes of Amazon and Best Buy. Identical to the Frontier under the hood, the Classic flavor arguably looks... classier on the outside, with round, elegant side-mounted buttons, a silver stainless steel case, and a black leather band.
For some reason, the Gear S3 Classic seems to have proven less popular than its Frontier sibling, but if you agree that this specific version looks better, now's your chance to save a whopping 150 bucks compared to the list price of a new smartwatch back in the day.
The discount is actually even heftier when taking into consideration the SM-R775A model on sale here is compatible with AT&T's LTE network in addition to supporting Bluetooth and GPS connectivity. Other impressive specifications, even by today's standards, include a beautiful always-on AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels, as well as a built-in heart rate monitor, wrist payment capabilities, a handy rotating bezel, IP68 water resistance, and a battery life of up to four days between charges.