Fenix 3by Garmin

  • Fenix 3
  • Fenix 3
  • Fenix 3
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
87%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Fenix 3 tracks a wide range of activities, including walking, hiking, swimming, running, biking, skiing and more, and it delivers plenty of data related to them.
  • The watch is attractive and durable, and the always-on screen is easy to read.
  • In addition to activity tracking, the Fenix 3 delivers basic smartphone notifications.

CONS

  • At $499 ($599 for the Sapphire version), the Fenix 3 is pricey. Very pricey.
  • The watch itself doesn't include heart rate tracking; you must pair it with a chest strap for that feature.
  • The Fenix 3 is big and may be too bulky for some wearers.
There are sportwatches, and then there’s the Garmin Fenix 3. This is a true outdoorsman’s watch, thanks to its rugged design and its ability to track almost any activity you can think of, from walking, running, and hiking to swimming, and snowboarding. It features a 1.2-inch Chroma color display, navigation features, and smartwatch-style notifications, such as emails, texts, and alerts. The standard Fenix 3 features a rugged plastic band and will set you back $500; upgrading to the Sapphire version adds a domed sapphire lens to protect the display and a metal band, but costs an extra $100.
NameFenix 3VivoactivePeakSportWatch GPSSurge
ManufacturerGarminGarminBasisNikeFitbit
Techwalla Score
87%
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List Price$500$250$200$149$250
100%

When I saw the Fenix 3 I was intrigued; but when I saw the Fenix 3 Sapphire, I thought: "now, here's a watch that could win my heart."

When I saw the Fenix 3 I was intrigued; but when I saw the Fenix 3 Sapphire, I thought: "now, here's a watch that could win my heart."

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90%

The insane battery life means you can track a whole weekend's worth of hiking without taking the charger with you, and ultra-runners won't t…

The insane battery life means you can track a whole weekend's worth of hiking without taking the charger with you, and ultra-runners won't trouble the limitations of the battery.

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90%

This is still a device aimed at people with a certain amount of cash to throw around, but they’re far more likely to be found mucking out af…

This is still a device aimed at people with a certain amount of cash to throw around, but they’re far more likely to be found mucking out after a mountain bike or trail race than at an exclusive bar surrounded by people with unnaturally white teeth.

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80%

The more expensive Sapphire edition is obviously for wearing at evening soirees rather than out on the hills - not only is the metal strap l…

The more expensive Sapphire edition is obviously for wearing at evening soirees rather than out on the hills - not only is the metal strap less comfortable to wear, it substantially adds to the watch's weight too.

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80%

It has a design that threatens to engulf the wrists of all but the manliest of forest rangers.

It has a design that threatens to engulf the wrists of all but the manliest of forest rangers.

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80%

Adding fitness tracking to a normal looking watch is probably the smartest thing Garmin has done lately. The only bummer is that Garmin’s at…

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.

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After two weeks, I’m still wearing it, which is one of the biggest endorsements I can give a product.

After two weeks, I’m still wearing it, which is one of the biggest endorsements I can give a product.

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Not only is the Garmin Fenix 3 the first smartwatch capable of keeping up throughout all those activities, but it’s also the first to genuin…

Not only is the Garmin Fenix 3 the first smartwatch capable of keeping up throughout all those activities, but it’s also the first to genuinely help me become better at them.

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Even as someone who’s tried on his share of smart devices, for my first few hours with the Garmin, it felt like a timepiece of Flavor Flav p…

Even as someone who’s tried on his share of smart devices, for my first few hours with the Garmin, it felt like a timepiece of Flavor Flav proportions.

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Wi-Fi support is included, though there's not much you can do with it apart from upload your activity statistics when you get back home (no …

Wi-Fi support is included, though there's not much you can do with it apart from upload your activity statistics when you get back home (no surfing your favorite websites or catching up with Twitter feeds here).

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