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Best Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 bands in 2020: Options for every style!

Best Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 bands in 2020: Options for every style!

Mix and match with your outfit for the day!

So you’ve got your Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, and you love it, but it somehow doesn’t scream “you”, style-wise. Fortunately, both the 41mm and 46mm models have access to a kaleidoscope of alternative bands so there’s bound to be the perfect one for you, available officially. And if not, you can buy a few alternatives and change them with your mood. Make sure you know which size you have before you order – 20mm for the smaller model, 22mm for the larger. Here’s Samsung’s official efforts, and some third-party designs we couldn’t resist.

    The premium choice in the official range, this leather band is available in black or brown, with white stitching detail, a standard buckle fastener and two bands to hold the excess leather in place. It is a great choice if you want to give your device a professional vibe, but at $79.00, it is easily the most expensive strap in this list.

    A more familiar style for anyone who bought their watch as a fitness tool. The silicone strap is about the stark, strong recessed strip in the middle, and the way that silicone allows the watch to hug the wrist - great for those heart rate measurements. It is available in gray or black directly from the Samsung website.

    Sometimes, a plain old strap just will not do. For real self-expression, you need to find something a little bit funkier. These soft silicone straps come in a variety of patterns. We have gone for the Leopard Print, but you might fancy camo, daisies, or erm… black flower cow skull. Either way, these are a cut above a plain black watch strap for around ten bucks.

    This is a six strap package, for just twenty bucks. And the good news is that although they can look a bit ‘chunky’ compared to the originals, buyers have raved about the design and comfort. Thanks to a quick-release clasp, you can easily switch between the six colors - red, yellow, blue, white, black, and green. Or mix them up for funky combinations!

    It’s amazing how just changing the watchband can make a watch look and feel entirely different, and nowhere is that more noticeable than with stainless steel bands like this one from Kartice. Available in Black, Light Black, Silver and Light Silver, adding a metal band gives your S3 a feeling of urban utilitarianism, and just a smattering of style.

    Although NATO watch straps are tough, comfortable, and cheap; many NATO straps will cover the back of the watch and block the heart rate sensor. Urban Armor has given us the best of both worlds with this NATO-style nylon strap that will not interfere with the watch function. At present, it is only available in grey.

    One of the complaints we hear the most about smartwatches is that they are too chunky for smaller, thinner wrists. Although we cannot do anything about the size, a slim watch strap like this one can lend your Watch 3 a little more grace and will not look quite so odd when paired with the outfit you’re wearing out tonight, especially as it comes in a rainbow of color options.

    If you are the sort of person that loves the tech, but also has a seriously hippy streak, this unusual strap could be right for you. Part watch strap, part bead bracelet, this is meant to be a DIY bracelet - remove beads, add more beads, add charms, whatever you choose, you have a leather lace holding it all in place and a solid metal buckle.

    A watch band full of holes might seem like an odd choice, but these air holes allow sweat to dry up more quickly, meaning you will not have to peel off the strap after a long workout. These sports straps do the job, whilst taking home the prize for the cheapest entry in this list at under $8, you can probably pick up more than one of the 15 colors.

Although we’ve only scratched the surface here – there are pages and pages of aftermarket watch straps on Amazon alone – we’ve tried to give you a flavor of the different types out there – posh ones, scruffy ones, funky ones, sporty ones. Because they’re all very different and subjective, we’re not going to pick our favorite, but hopefully, there’s one here that’s right for you. If not, let us know what you chose and we might add it to a future update. Just remember – pick one that’s right for your variant of the watch, your size of wrist, and if you’re looking beyond those made specifically for smartwatches, make sure you don’t get one that covers up the sensors on the watch back! In fact, given that you can buy multiple bands for the price of Samsung’s official leather one, why not buy a few and change the look to suit your mood?

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Chris Merriman
Chris Merriman

I am the UK News Editor at XDA Developers. I’ve been writing about technology for over a decade for the likes of The Inquirer, where I was Associate Editor, Computer Shopper UK, and IT Pro. I’ve also appeared on Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera and recently left a long-running weekly tech news spot on TalkRadio UK. My love of technology comes from my family who hail from the pioneering days of Silicon Valley - in fact my Grandfather worked on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I’ve been using smartphones (and reading XDA) since the HTC Canary in 2003. I’m also a smart home obsessive. You can find me tweeting as @ChrisTheDJ.

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