Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch review

Garmin Fenix 3 review- Smartwatch for athletes


Rough or modern? Garmin Fenix ​​3 follows the design of smartwatch that shows that is resistant to all. Garmin Fenix ​​3 are buying adventurers and athletes who are ready for all-terrain and conditions. For a review we have a SILVER version with a red belt, while I was just thrilled with black belt and GREY version. There is also a sapphire version while the regular Garmin Fenix ​​3 is from stainless steel.

My wrists are not so strong, but when I put this smartwatch on hand of the serious athlete, it feels a lot better. On the other hand, you really don’t buy this watch just for recreation.

Garmin Fenix ​​3 is fairly easy and has a mass of 82 grams. Rubber strap fits perfectly and holds tightly.

Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch review


Garmin Fenix ​​3 has a price of 449 € (499 € version with the heart rate meter). This immediately shows that this is not a smartwatch that is bought because someone doesn’t want to carry a cell phone while running 🙂 Something like this are buying serious athletes who need a comprehensive overview of their activities.

For starters, Garmin Fenix ​​3 runs in the background while you do not use it, measures steps while you move through the day. Garmin achieved again successful results and good resistance to occasionally waving not recorded as a step, which gives a more accurate representation of the steps in a day.

When you move to a particular activity, you have two options. The first is to intelligently make “quick start” – you press the START button, and from that moment Garmin starts recording. Another possibility is to enter the menu and select one of the listed activities. This will typically be used as the activity “distant” three clicks on the clock, and for every activity you can set various general settings (if you need a GPS, a warning for crossing a certain heart rate limit, etc.).

Out of the activities have virtually all of the ordinary running, running in an enclosed space, hiking, swimming, swimming pool, winter sports to the triathlon. In addition to the general settings such as (not) Ignition GPS, every activity has its own specific options and measurements. Thus the activities of swimming, you can get the information on the swing and the ratio of the speed in the open or the pool water. Hiking allows you to display speed by hills, etc. Again, everything is covered.

Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch review

While doing activities Garmin records following information: measuring height, measuring temperature, pressure in the air, compass, location. As I mentioned in the review of Vivofit 2, Garmin Fenix ​​3 ​​is ​​the smartwatch that measures everything and is water resistant up to 100 meters (10 ATM). Simply put – everything is covered.

Garmin Fenix ​​3 is also associated with a heart rate meter (a little more below).


The first idea was to do some running with a smartwatch, one hiking and a swim. I have undergone Garmin with serious testing and the conditions in which top athletes train. Here’s what we got …

GPS – the first day we did running. GPS connection is very fast when you’re under the open sky because Garmin Fenix ​​3 supports GLONASS and thus more quickly determine your current location. You can set the operation of the GPS on Every Second course that gives one hundred percent accurate results.Fenix ​​3 in this mode consumes significantly less power (up to 3 times less). Unfortunately we have “lost” as much as 300 meters in 5 km running route.

UltraTrac is by default set to the interval recording location once a minute. Since this interval may be reduced, You should theoretically get more accurate results. We are putting half the interval to reduce losses meter for a hundred yards. I am running in a later and got practically the same results.

Heart rateFenix ​​3 is associated with almost all gauges and heart rate and what is extremely important is that it can give a warning when you leave your heart rate zones, which you (Optional) previously set. Every time I moved aerobic threshold, the clock  sounded an alarm and vibration (repetitive) gave the signal that you can hear and feel. You will not miss an alert.

The mode UltraTrac Fenix ​​3 allows you to use the ANT + (so you can measure your heart rate) while Fenix ​​2 is not supported.

VO2 – Option of maximal oxygen that is based on the value of the running speed, heart rate and heart rate variabilitymaximal oxygen uptake that the athlete can consume per minute. This test was successfully completed.

I went swimming – I previously adjusted the size of the pool, and before jumping into the water I cliced start and that’s it. Details of swimming (the number of strokes, speed, distance) and accuracy were recorded.

Cycling – because the training is not always in the same location as well as the same bike. You have the possibility of registering more bikes that in practice always proves useful.

TreadmillGarmin Fenix ​​3 course supports and connect with foot pod so if you run on the treadmill, you can record all these measurements so that no segment of the training will go unrecorded.

While Hiking or walking he remained on my back. Here I will point out that the clock automatically records climbing so it displays relevant data on elevation and movement, rather than just time and distance traveled.

Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch review


Garmin Fenix ​​3 has the option of a virtual partner – set the desired running speed and the clock will not warn if you deviate from the speed, but the speed of your partner and visually display the deviation, or how close you are from each other.

Virtual Racer gives you the opportunity to race with your previous time and the result and when you reach the target (or move the same distance), measuring ends.

The smartwatch monitors your activity even during sleep, which can give you information about the cycles of entering into a deep sleep and the stuff like that. Garmin Fenix ​​3  records you getting out of bed to drink a glass of water or go to the toilet by turning in bed.


Garmin Fenix ​​3 supports several options that greatly facilitate the use of a smartwatch. It supports WiFi connectivity which provides us with the ability to upload data as soon as you come home.

The display of Fenixa3 which has 1.2 inches and a resolution of 218 x 218 pixels, is great. The sun is not a problem, and the in dark conditions, you can turn on the light. Fenix ​​3 can also display alerts from mobile phones and all WhatsApp, SMS, e-mails and calls, you can see and read on the clock (News updates for each activity can be disabled if desired).

The battery life is excellent. If you use it only as a smartwatch that shows notifications, it’ll last ten days (at the same time it follows the steps, measures the activity during sleep and sleeps when inactive). In normal mode, it works effectively for more than 12 hours (6 training in three days, lasting two hours each). But Garmin Fenix ​​3 will succeed in one round up to 15 hours. UltraTrac enabling gets us three times longer use and will give you over 4 days of use with the interval recording GPS every minute. The battery is charged to 50% in an hour or a little more than two hours a whole. Satisfactory because you do not charge every day.

The smartwatch can display the time in other parts of the world, and has the option of alarms that can be only the vibration. Unfortunately, the alarm once it goes out (because you ignore it) does not come on again, it would be nice to have automatic snooze at least once or twice. But since it has a vibration, I doubt that you will not wake up and feel that you need to wake up.


Mobile Connect is a central application that allows the most detailed and comprehensive way to show your results. Since the last review the application experienced a nice makeover in style, material design which I recommend. Fenix ​​3 had no problems with synchronization of data.

Here we must highlight Connect IQ applications that provide expansion opportunities for smartwatch. I emphasize that those applications that capture activity not supplement the existing possibilities Fenix 3, but their replacements. It means that if you run while single application is working, you will not see the same in Fenix.

Mobile Connect application is available for both PC and smartwatch and can be connected via Bluetooth with the iPhone 4S and on, and Android 4.3+.

Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch review


If you’ve come this far, then you realise that the Fenix ​​3 smartwatch has everything to track your activity. So a detailed overview and features are among best on the market, and since everything works and presents fairly, I can not find a serious deficiency that will be able to raise a question mark.

1) I will mention some little things like an alarm clock that after a minute of playing shuts off (or has a strong vibration that wakes you up).

2) It would be nice to allow Garmin to get a little more things that can be set via the Mobile Connect application. For example, to activate an alarm (without setting the time), you have to click 22 times on the smartwatch, or 24 times if you have to turn on the light because you’re in the dark. On the other hand, except for the alarm, nothing else needs adjustments on the clock after you set a profile and adjust the settings of each activity. You may need to squeeze two or three buttons to scroll down the menu for swimming or hiking, or even two or three times if you chose skiing or other winter activity.

3) Likewise, the fact that the smartwatch does not have an optical pulse meter (currently only have Mio fuse and Fitbit Surge), and heart rate meter is sometimes a hassle to deal with. On the other hand, no other watch in the competition does the same, while the above examples can not compete with Fenix ​​3 because they do not have even a third of options and measurements supported by Fenix.

If you decide to buy this smartwatch, the only dilemma (on the market) between Fenix 3 and Epix, which has its inbuilt map. My opinion is that if you need to watch training, take Fenix ​​3. If you really need maps for planning, pay a little more and take with Fenix ​​3 serious GPS like the GPSMAP 64S and You will have a really good representation of maps on the screen with 2.6 diagonal. Of course, this option has a total of $ 200 more expense, so you will have to weigh priorities and see if you see the map on EPIX large enough.

For more information about Garmin Fenix ​​3 smartwatch with navigation, as well as shopping, you can shop on the official site. We recommend it!


Garmin Fenix 3 review- Smartwatch for athletes was last modified: July 18th, 2015 by admin


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