Garmin fenix 3 review

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Garmin fenix 3 HR REVIEW

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Features and design
Apart from the handsome design, the fenix 3 sneaks in a long list of features, many of which have never been seen together in one Garmin watch before.

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Specifications

Release Information 
Release price :  $499.99

Highs :

  • Offers smart notifications 
  • ANT+ and Wi-Fi compatible 
  • Waterproof to 100 meters

Features and design:

Apart from the handsome design, the fenix 3 sneaks in a long list of features, many of which have never been seen together in one Garmin watch before.

In addition to the usual GPS, barometer, and compass, the fenix offers smart notifications, counts steps, logs calories burned, and records sleep just like Garmin’s Vivo Fit and Vivo smart fitness trackers.

It can upload data to the Garmin Connect website via Wi-Fi (without a computer), and download apps from Garmin’s Connect IQ Store via a compatible smartphone. It may be large, but there is very little that this watch can’t do.

Nearly everything about this fenix has improved from last year, even if the look has remained. It claims a slightly larger wrist print, but also gets skinnier and lighter.

The 1.2-inch diameter hasn’t grown, but now it features a Chroma color screen with nearly 10 times as many pixels. The waterproof rating has increased from 50 meters to 100, making it perfectly safe to wear the fenix 3 while snorkeling, or just swimming down to the drain in the deep end of the pool.
The fenix 3 case features a stainless-steel bezel and five buttons: three on the left of the face, and two of the right.

The buttons on the left control the LED backlight, and scrolling up and down. The top right button starts and stops activities as well as acting as an enter button, and the lower right is used to move back through menus or to mark lap times during activities.

The expanded list of supported activities now includes: XC skiing, ski/snowboarding, climbing, hiking, trail running, running, indoor running (non-GPS), biking, indoor biking, pool swimming, open-water swimming, and triathlon (formerly listed as Multisport).


The watch is equipped with ANT+ (Garmin’s wireless communication protocol) it can connect to a wide variety of sensors from heart-rate monitors to foot pods, bicycle power sensors, and even external thermometers you can clip to a pack.

These connected sensors (sold separately) add even more color to the activity-tracking data mix. For those who want to share their activities with friends and family, the fenix 3 works with Garmin’s Live Track for the Garmin Fit or Garmin Connect apps.

Just add email addresses, and they’ll get an email inviting them to follow along on the user’s activity with live location, average speed, time on the activity, and distance traveled. It will even share the amount of elevation the user has gained in real time.

 Performance : 

The fenix 3 has a certain heft to it, but feels good on the wrist, and not as clunky as the fenix 2. Some of that could be the design, or the way it sits lower on the wrist.

Either way, it’s a good thing. The crisp, bright new 218 x 218 pixel color display is also a vast improvement. While many digital watches are nearly impossible to read in direct sunlight, the fenix 3 almost looks better in it.

Data graphics look so sharp, we continually found ourselves wanting to use the display as a touch screen, which it most definitely is not. Adding fitness tracking to a normal looking watch is probably the smartest thing Garmin has done lately.

The only bummer is that Garmin’s attempts at sleep tracking are still hampered by the app’s lack of sleep detail. All Garmin Connect shows is the amount of movement the wearer has during the night; it impossible to discern which movements were getting up out of bed and which were simply rolling over.

Smart notifications put call, text, email, and other app notifications on your wrist, and turns out to be surprisingly useful.


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