Garmin fēnix 3 GPS Watch: Enhance your training with this GPS watch, which features a Virtual Partner that lets you set and compete to achieve goals. The EXO antenna, along with GLONASS and EPO, provides fast, accurate GPS positioning.
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Fenix 3 and nothing else
Posted by: Larry from: on
I had a Fenix 3, Sapphire edition, and returned it thinking, "man, I paid too much for this watch". Having been a user for some time of Android Wear devices I thought it a good idea to just go back to one. Purchased an Asus smartwatch. It is going back tomorrow. I ended up going back to Fenix 3. The face is always on, battery feels as if to last forever, it is rugged yet beautiful and comfortable on the wrist, it provides exceptional connections to texts, emails, and calls, and it is second to none with regard to the activity features the unit monitors - calories, steps, sleep, and when connected to a heart rate monitor it is magnificent to work with while simultaneously exercising and keeping pace with your heart rate and calories burned. The Garmin Connect app on both your phone and on your computer is beautiful and full of information to help keep you motivated and in great shape. Android Wear and an accompanying smartwatch looks pretty and it too has lots of information to offer but it is nowhere near the battery life the Fenix offers. It is still a long way off from a day when you can mentally be in peace knowing that you don't have to rush to plug it in by the end of the day. And the touch screen to me is ridiculous. If you cross your arms, your forearm will activate the screen and who knows what else. It is still impossible to see outdoors. The Fenix 3 is beautiful indoors and outdoors. And this watch is built to last, always being updated and the updates improve it each time, and I can't see myself replacing it for several years to come.
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Best of the best.
Posted by: WaveMonger from: on
The Fenix 3 by garmin is refreshingly functional. In an era of electronic devices that offer useless capabilities, this watch is straightforward, easy to operate and intuitive. You can set it up for use with virtually any activity. I have mine set up for Cycling, surfing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, downhill longboarding, LDP longboarding, 3D Archary, etc.
Want the best and most functional device on the narket? Get the Fenix 3 or get something else and wish you had.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: John from: on
To start, I am basing this review off first owning a Microsoft Band, then an Apple Watch with a brief trial with Microsoft Band 2, which I returned and continued to use until I got the Fenix 3. So with that in mind, the immediate thing you will notice is the battery life. Again, battery life. I could wear the Fenix 3 for a 7-10 days easy without having to charge it-and thats with using it with GPS, and getting notifications. With the Apple watch I couldn't make it a day with notifications and forget trying to monitor sleep. You would have to pick strategic times throughout the day if I wanted to monitor sleep.
The fenix is just like a watch in that it's always on, no flick of the wrist-always on. which I still value. they call the devices smartWATCHES for a reason. So I know most people will probably state "But the apps on the Apple watch" and yes it does have a ton, but in reality 95% percent of them are not applicable on a daily basis once the cool factor wears off. Notifications are simple: click to read, click to delete. with the Apple watch its swipe, click trashcan, then reconfirm that you want to delete-oy vey. Now I love my Apple products, and I've been using them since the blue G3 tower-so no us against them type mentality its just that the Apple watch wants to be so much and doesn't really accomplish most at more than 75%.
Pros: Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, Always on, looks great in direct sunlight (buy the screen protector-but then who doesn't?), GPS is great, battery life is awesome. Has controls (I just realized today how nice it is t click a button when you have gloves -it was 30s out-to control music or change screen for a run i.e. cadence, pace, heart rate. BTW I have a heart monitor (non gamin-still works) and shoe cadence thing which is cool to link up with. Also, for the guy who never likes to ask for directions it has a track back feature from where you started which is cool, so you don't get lost and you know become an extra is some horror film about lost on a trail and it gets dark and cue eerie music and crazy guy. #Aintnobodygottimetogetlost
Cons: Apps are not bad but scarce, don't expect to play a miniature version of whats popular on the Apple app store. or do Mobile banking.
Last thought: If you use popular apps like Strava, or others, the information can be shared on from the Garmin connect to those apps on your mobile device. So you still get the info.
9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Great watch, ton of features
Posted by: anakin827 from: on
Great watch. Love using it when I'm running or riding my bike. Works great with my hear rate monitor and from what I can tell is pretty accurate.
It's survived numerous hot runs and a Spartan Race thus far. Looking forward to use it at my next two Spartan Races and a couple half marathons I have coming up.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Consider this over an Apple Watch
Posted by: WalterM from: Tustin, CA on
This is a truly outstanding watch plus activity tracker. It is easy to use with big, bold fonts, and the interaction with the watch menu system is very well thought through. It has the triple sensor, you can use it for all sorts of activities, it works well as a daily activity tracker, and it provides notifications from your phone including phone calls. The battery lasts for days, so unlike the Apple Watch, you can wear it into the night and it will track your sleep activity that you can view in the Garmin Connect app (unfortunately, the GC app doesn't report sleep to Apple Health). All in all, you get a lot of great functionality in this watch that does what you expect a watch to do and more. Yes, the Apple Watch is more like a small computer, but I don't expect a watch to do too much for me. This does everything that I want, and I don't have to charge it every night!
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Disappointed by Dim Display
Posted by: JohnB from: on
I did a WHOLE lot of research on this watch before making my purchase on Black Friday. In all of the literature I read and viewed, I never once saw an image of the watch that showed anything less than a stellar, crisp, bright watch face. The watch that I got was not quite as spectacular as what I was led to believe. In my opinion, the watch face is hard to read while indoors; the watch face is just too dark for my taste. I have to hold the watch at just a certain angle and have the ambient light hit the face just right in order to read the watch face. The watch can be read quite easily outdoors, but the dimness of the display for indoor use was a deal breaker for me; I returned the watch. Just too much money not to be able to easily use the watch indoors.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Photogtrekker from: on
I really wanted to love this watch, but was surprised by the dimness of the watch face. All of the advertising literature and web images of the Fenix 3 show a watch face that is bright, clear, and easily readable. The reality is that the watch face is extremely difficult to read without turning on the back light. I love everything about this watch - it is extremely configurable. But the reality is that if I cannot read the watch face without turning on the back light, it is useless for me. I own a Garmin Edge 510 that I use for cycling. That computer face is EASILY readable in the daytime. I'm not sure why Garmin could not have used a similar screen for the Fenix. Sadly, I will be returning the Fenix 3.
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
The only watch you'll ever need!!
Posted by: KingRunner from: on
I read several reviews on countless tracking watches and nothing can compare to this one.
I honestly can't tell you one flaw about this watch. It tracks, swimming, hiking, running (indoor and outdoor), skiing, cycling, & etc.
WORTH EVERY PENNY!
Buy this one & never buy another watch.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Best multi-function smart watch on the market
Posted by: eheuser1 from: on
I've had this watch for about a month and this is by far the best sports watch I have ever owned. The battery life is superb. The customization options are endless. I have taken this watch running, biking, hiking, weight lifting, and golfing. The stats that this machine generates are incredible. Garmin Connect has really come a long way in recent months. The Connecy store is easy to use and syncing is a breeze. If you are thinking about getting this time piece, just take the leap, you won't regret it.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
More than I needed
Posted by: Lcluck0213 from: on
Full disclosure, I returned this item. However, it was because this item was way beyond my needs. If you are a serious athlete doing a lot of multi sports than this is for you. It tracks everything you would ever use, need, or want. Plus, it alerts you to phone calls and email. It worked great. I just found that I didn't use 70% of the features. I think a person just trying to stay healthy would be better off with a Fitbit or something along those lines.