Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire

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The Garmin Fenix 3 GPS watch is one of the newest additions in fitness smart watches. Fitness tracking watches are slowly and steadily making their mark in the tech market due to their amazing feature of conducting most of the functions ordinarily undertaken by smartphones. The Garmin Fenix 3 GPS watch has been constructed especially for cyclists and fitness enthusiasts. It comes in three different variants and six different color schemes. This watch works using a WiFi connection and is water and heat resistant. It consists of numerous amazing features well suited for those with a passion of fitness.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

 

  • Waterproof for up to 100 meters deep
  • Call, email, and text notifications right on your fitness watch
  • High-quality sunlight readable face (Chroma Display Screen)
  • Extra-long battery life: 20 hours in GPS mode, 6 weeks in watch mode, 3 weeks in smartwatch mode
  • 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer
  • Garmin Face-It app allows you to customize your watch more than ever before
  • Stylish design
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • High price point
Activities
Activities

Activities

The Garmin Fenix 3 GPS watch is a multisport training watch which works perfectly no matter which sport you choose to indulge in. Activities it will track includes running, swimming, cycling, climbing, paddle boarding, rowing and more. This watch is well equipped with features such as outdoor navigation and Exo-Antenna.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

This watch include a Chroma Display which makes it easier for the user to read and operate even on a hot sunny day under sunlight. It also comes with an Exo Antenna which is a technology proven to work faster than GPS. The Exo Antenna is constructed using stainless steel and is not prone to premature wear. The Fenix 3 Sapphire can track steps, time, distance and pace.


Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

The Garmin Fenix 3 GPS watch comes with interactive navigation features such as 3-axis compass, altimeter, barometer, TracBack and Sight’n Go. The altimeter works perfectly while you are climbing a flight of stairs. The barometer, on the other hand, helps in ascertaining the distance covered by you during your workout or even during your entire day. The watch also features a Storm Tracker so users can be warned of incoming storms. The Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire comes with an extended GPS and GLONASS support for absolute level of preciseness and accuracy. The watch also comes with a built-in sleep tracker and heart rate monitor. For swimming, the watch features stroke detection and open water metrics.
Accuracy
Accuracy

Accuracy

When it comes to Accuracy, the Garmin Fenix 3 does a fairly good job. The EXO Antenna shows results as accurate as most other GPS enabled watch available in the market. The EXO Antenna is constructed using a fine blend of stainless and water resistant steel. This make the watch provide accurate results to the user no matter where it is being used.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

The Garmin Fenix 3 works using a wireless connection. It can catch WiFi signals and utilize the presence of one or even more than one Wi-Fi powered hotspot networks to automatically synchronize the user’s data with Garmin Connect and thereby update the software, whenever in range.
Apps
Apps

Apps

This fitness watch works using the Garmin Connect App which shows the user real time updates relating to the distance covered, time taken for the same as well as total calories burnt. The App screen shows detailed analysis about the user’s pace undertaken per minute along with the elevation covered for the same. It also gives personalized insights about the distance and along with giving tips for better overall performance. You can also compare your performance with others using the Garmin App and compare your data by analyzing it on the App in the form of interactive graphical representations.

Lastly, the Garmin App consists of two different screens for challenges as well as Connections. The Challenges Screen shows the user a list of fitness and sport events which are slated to take place in the future. You can enroll in these events along with other Garmin users and compare your progress levels with them while competing.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

When it comes to comfort, the Garmin Fenix 3 definitely deserves some credit. The strap is very comfortable to wear and is able to be worn by users on a daily basis as well as during working out or sleeping. The strap is composed of a mixture of nylon and polyester and is water and heat resistant. The strap is sturdy and lightweight and does not let sweat accumulate during the user’s workout sessions. Whether you are heading for a dip in the pool or if you are going for a quick jog, the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire is your workout companion!
Style
Style

Style

The Garmin Fenix is indeed one of the most trendy fitness watches currently there in the stores. The Garmin Fenix comes with a round and classy watch dial which makes its appearance quite similar to normal timepieces. The watch is available in six different designs, each of which has its own charm and distinct look. It is available in three different shades of Sapphire, gray and Silver, each of which comes with a different option of strap to choose from. It is available with an option of leather or band strap and it also comes in a different variant in the shade black, known as “Titanium”. All in all, this watch is an infusion of simplistic and bold style and can be worn with both casual and workout attire.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Garmin Fenix 3 has some amazing features which makes it a good and durable choice. This fitness marvel comes with a Chroma display which gives it a shield of protection against the constant and hot rays of sunlight. The watch is water resistant and hence, it can be worn comfortably even during underwater workout and swim sessions. The leather as well as normal strap is easy to be cleaned as well as maintained on a daily basis and does not succumb to daily wear and tear, sweat and dust.
Face
Face

Face

The face of the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire is highly scratch and shatter resistant. The domed sapphire lens gives this fitness watch better durability. The display size of the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire is 1.2 inches. Garmin Chroma Display technology with an LED backlight means that the face of the fitness watch can be viewed even in the sunlight.
Band
Band

Band

The band of this watch is very thin and comfortable to wear. The band of the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire is made of high quality elastomer material. The Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire weighs about 86 grams. The weight of the fitness watch can be a pretty important factor to take into consideration. The Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire has bands available in red, black, yellow, blue, orange, white, and leather and utilizes a two-prong connector to keep it secured to your wrist.
Sizes Available
Sizes Available

Sizes Available

This watch is available in only one size that fits wrists from 5.5” to 8.3” in circumference. Garmin has ensured that the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire will fit almost any users wrists for optimum comfort.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

The Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire fitness watch is one of the most popular models of fitness watches and it is gaining popularity due to its high accuracy, comfortable fit, and multitude of features offered. As per most users, the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire is extremely easy and hassle-free to use on a daily basis. The Garmin Connect App is easy to understand and it is easy to track your daily activities, distance traveled and calories burned on the app.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

The Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire was designed to last up to 20 hours in GPS mode, 50 hours in UltraTrac mode, 6 weeks in watch mode, and 3 weeks in smartwatch mode charged. A charging cable is required for the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire. This long battery life is certainly a plus for users with an active, busy lifestyle, who can’t always find the time to charge their fitness watch. Settings can be interchanged as per the user’s preferences and circumstances.
Price
Price

Price

Compared to other more advanced fitness watches on the market, the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire is relatively expensive. This watch may not be the best choice for those who are new to fitness watches. Garmin offers and 30-day money back guarantee as well as a one-year limited warranty on this watch. Consumers are typically able to purchase this watch for around $500, which is considerably more than many other fitness watches for sale today. This fitness watch would be great for an experienced user of fitness watches who wants to invest in taking their fitness routine to the next level.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

The Garmin Fenix 3 is available in three different options to choose from. The first and foremost option which is called as the performance bundle comes with a detachable and removable strap which can be removed and put back as per the user’s convenience. The second choice of this fitness watch comes with a heart rate monitor and the third variant comes without the same feature. In the box, this watch comes with a charging cable and power plug which can be used to recharge the watch. It is generally advised to purchase a screen protector to be put over the dial of the watch so that the screen becomes scratch and dust resistant and does not get damaged easily.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Tracks steps, calories burned, distance, and active minutes
• Encouraging reminders to move when you’ve been inactive for too long
• Waterproof for up to 100 meters deep
• Call, email, and text notifications right on your fitness watch
• Extra-long battery life: 20 hours in GPS mode, 6 weeks in watch mode, 3 weeks in smartwatch mode
• 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer
• Garmin Face-It app allows you to customize your watch more than ever before
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire is one of the best fitness tracking watches on the market, especially for those who are somewhat experienced with fitness watches. The Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire offers tons of features, and surpasses the basics by a good deal.

The modes of the watch are customizable and come with numerous interactive features. Not only is it water and dust resistant but it is also filled with numerous amazing features including a heart rate monitor, a distance locator, a long and sustainable battery life as well as a GPS enabled device. The only field where this one lags behind is its price.

It has many advanced features that would be expected at this relatively high price point. We recommend this watch to anyone who’s in the market for upgrading their current fitness watch, or anyone who is dedicated to making their first fitness watch purchase the best one possible. Garmin is one of the most recognizable names in fitness trackers and watches, and this product is certainly no exception to the high standards of quality that they uphold for their products.

Overall, we rate this fitness watch a 9/10.