To call the Garmin Fenix 3 a smartwatch is to do it a rather large disservice. The Garmin Fenix 3 is a multi-purpose GPS loaded training watch designed by outdoor enthusiasts for outdoor enthusiasts. Elementary smartwatches connect to your phone and tell you when you have a message. The Garmin Fenix 3 uses GPS and Glonass technology to accurately pinpoint locations, while its fitness training programs give live feedback on performance.
Using a 3 axis compass, altimeter and barometer, the Garmin Fenix 3 uses much of the market leading technology that Garmin brings to its GPS devices and loads it into an incredible smartwatch!
Features of the Garmin Fenix 3
• Stainless steel EXO antenna
• GPS and Glonass technology
• 3 axis compass, altimeter, and barometer
• Connects with smartphones
• Rechargeable battery lasts up to 6 weeks
Is the Garmin Fenix 3 Worth Buying?
The Garmin Fenix 3 is an extremely well made device that inspires confidence from the moment that it is opened. Whether it is being used for swimming, cycling, navigating or running, the Fenix 3 can be set to track and record your performance against set goals. This information is stored and sent back for your perusal when the device next connects with a suitable device. Thankfully, much of the performance is intuitive and the interface is easy to navigate, meaning there is minimal time wasted fiddling between sessions.
However, to really get the most out of this watch, you should consider purchasing the heart rate monitor chest strap that goes with the Fenix 3. Although it is an additional purchase, the value added by using the two devices in conjunction with each other is phenomenal. When working together, the Garmin Fenix 3 will give accurate feedback on not only heart rate, but on many in depth running statistics including cadence and vertical oscillation. This is the kind of information that serious athletes pay considerable amounts to test.
Although the Garmin Fenix 3 can be used in training mode consistently, it really shouldn’t be considered as a constant activity tracker. For one, the battery will be drained in less than a day, and frankly it is a waste of the potential of this stunning device. Rather, the Garmin Fenix 3 should be used as a training and outdoor aid. Use it for long runs, swims, or even for geocaching in the hills.
This is a multi-purpose watch designed for those that take their outdoors seriously – not for those looking to make phone calls through their wrists!
Garmin fenix 3 GPS Watch, Gray
CHROMA DISPLAY - 1.2" sunlight-visible high-resolution color Chroma optically-bonded display
WATER RATING - Water rated up to 10ATM / 100 meters1; suitable for swimming
EXO ANTENNA - Omni-directional steel EXO antenna, when paired with GLONASS and EPO, provides an even faster fix and accurate position than GPS alone