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Garmin Fenix 3 HR GPS Multisport Smartwatch, Gray
- WRIST-BASED HEART RATE, Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology measures heart rate at the wrist, giving you the option to track your heart rate data without wearing a chest strap
- BLACK SILICONE BAND, Soft, flexible black silicone band adds luxurious feel with resistance to discoloration
- CHROMA DISPLAY, 1.2-Inch sunlight-visible high-resolution color Chroma optically-bonded display
- WATER RATING, Water rated up to 10ATM/100 meters1; suitable for swimming
- WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY- Utilize one or more Wi-Fi hot spots to automatically sync your data with Garmin Connect and update software (when in range)
- 1.2-inch sunlight-readable Garmin Chroma Display with high-strength domed sapphire lens
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Fenix 3 HR combines rugged good looks with fitness training performance, which includes Elevate wrist heart rate technology. With uncompromising construction details like stainless steel bezel with fully integrated EXO antenna which, when paired with GLONASS and EPO, provides faster fixes and more accurate position than GPS alone. With a sunlight-visible high-resolution Chroma color display, Fenix 3 makes a statement on the trail and off. A full set of fitness training features, plus outdoor navigation capabilities offer the outdoor adventurist every option for training activities and competitions. Connect IQ lets you customize your Fenix 3 with a variety of downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and activities. When paired with a compatible smartphone
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Garmin Fenix 3 HR Special Edition, Titanium w/Titanium DLC Band
Serious Style That Stands Up to the Roughest Conditions
The sleek fēnix 3 HR watch features a protective PVD-stainless steel bezel and buttons, treated silicone band and reinforced housing for extra durability. A sunlight-visible, high-resolution color Garmin Chroma Display with LED backlight lets you access your data in any light. fēnix 3 HR is water-rated to 100 meters and has a battery life of up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode, 16 hours in GPS mode and up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (all depending on settings).
True Performance Meets True Style:
- Omni-directional stainless steel EXO antenna, with GPS/GLONASS satellite reception, has the ability to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone
- Fitness training features like advanced running dynamics with vertical oscillation and vertical ratio, VO2 max and recovery advisor
- 1.2-inch sunlight-readable Garmin Chroma Display with high-strength domed sapphire lens
- Outdoor navigation features like 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer and TracBack feature
- Battery life: up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 16 hours in GPS mode or up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode
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While the newer ones have some of the features that the 3 HR has, you have to spend more than twice as much to get them in one package! Ridiculous if you ask me.
I've had this watch for almost two weeks it's been perfect in every way. Charging it now for the first time and have recorded a walk and or bike ride every singe day!
This is my second fitness device, my first one was TomTom Spark Cardio Plus Music. This product is really mind-blowing in few aspects and very overrated in others. As a freak, I did my research well and tried to read and watch everything available on the internet about the Fenix 3 HR. So I will list out my experience with this product and will try to compare it with my previous device and help you know if shelling out 550 CAD is really worth or not.
So let's start with the juicy bits first and we will move on to the gritty points at the bottom -
1. Battery Life - Best (10/10) - You just need to charge this watch once and then forget. I use this watch almost every other day to record activities ranging from 30 mins to 90 mins. My average weekly activity recording duration is 6-8 hours that too with two external sensors (HRM-Run & Garmin Footpod). But till now in last 8 months, I haven't ever run out of battery. I usually charge this beast almost 3-4 times in a month & that's it. Apart from specific activity recording (outdoor run, treadmill run & strength training), I wear this watch like 24 hours a day to record my steps taken, floors climbed & wrist-based HR sensor is active around the clock.
2. Pairing with the external sensors (10/10) - This is another feature where Garmin just decimate my previous device. The pairing is spot on. The data capturing is also great. I pair the watch with HRM-Run which really gives me detailed running dynamics. Another sensor I use is Foot Pod. It gives me the good idea about my pace on TreadMill. But most of the times I have observed that watch measures 1 km/h less than my treadmill speed. If I have set the running speed of 13 kmph on the treadmill then Fenix 3 HR measures it as 12 kmph. Although in another observation I have seen that this gap keeps on reducing I climb up the speed. At 16 kmph of my Treadmill speed, this Fenix 3 HR measures as 15.8 kmph. Similarly, at lower paces, the gaps keep on increasing. For this problem, I equally doubt the accuracy of the treadmill as well.
3. Build Quality - Top Notch (9/10) - The build quality is top notch, I wear the one with sapphire glass and in last 8 months I haven't managed to even scratch it once. Although I keep utmost care of my watch I accidentally bumped it on table corners & door edges couple of times but to my surprise, this watch took all the shocks like a bulletproof casing. In my previous watch which is used for little over 3 years, I got serious scratched although it also used to boast gorilla glass on the screen. So till now, I am really in love with the build quality of Fenix 3 HR.
4. App & Web Portal (8/10) - If not best, I will consider the portal and app as one among the top fitness apps. The data is very detailed, the sync is perfect. The social networking features are great and moreover, the app gets updated almost every month. I have never faced the app crash till now in my iPhone 6. The insight feature & auto goal function is great and really keeps you motivated if you are conscious fitness enthusiast.
5. The accuracy of GPS (8/10) - The GPS tracking is great most of the times but yes I did get skewed data couple of times but I guess that was probably due to congested building in my vicinity. I was running on the street and the watch recorded that I was running on the parallel street. In another instance, I was actually running on 400 Mtr track and in one of my laps the watch traced that I was running somewhere over the audience stand, this was little weird as the stadium was wide open and I was running in wide open space. But these instances were rear. But yes I can not deny that it does not behave weirdly sometimes.
6. The accuracy of wrist-based Elevate sensor (7/10) - The wrist-based elevate sensor works very well for running and other activities where muscle flexing is not much in the arm. But the sensor is horribly inaccurate in case of strength & weight training activities. In case you plan to use this watch for your Gym activities as well please do consider buying a chest strap as well. Even the low-end Garmin strap with Ant+ technology will also fulfill the demand.
7. The marketed features like Training Effect, Vo2 Max, & Running Dynamics (6/10) - The Garmin has extensively marketed the features like training effect, recovery time, Vo2 Max & Running dynamics. But apart from running dynamics, all other features are available in some low price products as well. Please note for running dynamics you need to buy HRM Swim or Run which will cost you another bomb. Just remember that Garmin never leaves any chance of charging the consumer extra. This HRM-Run or Swim cost another 120-150 CAD on Amazon. According to me the "value for money" for these features is really low. Plus please note that Running dynamics are available only for Running activity, if you are not an avid runner then please save your money and invest it in some other device.
8. Smart Phone Notifications (5/10) - Although watch does provide you all kind of notifications from your phone effortlessly provided the settings are properly executed on both the watch and phone but the experience is not very intuitive. The kind of cost Garmin is charging should have provided better UI & experience to the customers. Another thing i really missed out is that you cannot set alarms on the watch from the phone app. Same goes for the selection of data screens within the activity. Although it is the one-time activity I really find it cumbersome to set the data screens on the watch. (PS - You can set the data screens in the activity from the wide variety of data fields)
9. Connect IQ Store (4/10) - Although this is the good platform for the developers and the Garmin users but the availability of really useful apps is really low. This is something which I hope should really groom in the future and would make our devices really more exciting. No brainer, Apple and Android stores have much more variety available.
9. Altimeter & other outdoor features (3/10) - This is one of the features for which Garmin is charging a bomb & really doesn't deliver equivalent to one cent. The altimeter is faulty 90% of the time. It every day tells me different elevation of my same bedroom & office. The count of stairs climber is mostly false. This was one of the features I was really looking in Fenix 3 as my previous watch was not having it, and I am really really disappointed about this feature. Although there are a couple of videos on youtube where one guy is tieing this watch with drone and then proves that the altimeter is 100 % accurate. But from experience many other Fenix owner's experiences we never got the accurate reading from Altimeter & Barometer.
10. Display brightness & Quality (2/10) - Please do not go by the pictures which Garmin publish. The screen, in reality, is very different from how it looks in photos. The screen is really dull and the colors are not very sharp, maybe that is another reason why it's battery life last for 10 days. Honestly to me, the display does not matter much as I use this watch more as fitness device rather than the smart device. So if you looking for very good smart device please stay away from this device.
11. Size and Weight (1/10) - I am perfectly fine with the size as I am fond of big watches but the weight is really on the higher side and I do not recommend this watch for the women wrist.
So, I do not mean to defame this watch and I am really in love with this product, this is the only device which stays 24x7 with me. But I really hope that Garmin should improve on the mentioned points and would make the devices little more affordable or at least provide better "Value for Money" proposition.
The USB connector both connects and charges the phone without problems. I could not establish a bluetooth connection, but my phone has too old an operating system and the laptop had bluetooth issues with other devices as well. I hope to resolve this issue sooner or later, but don't feel pressured to it, others may find it more crucial - expect problems there.
I've got some improvement suggestions for Garmin Connect software, but this is another story. The watch itself is great!
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