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Garmin Tactix Review

Garmin Action GPS Watch – TACTIX review

Garmin Tactix

Garmin Tactix

The myth revolving around the Garmin Tactix is that it is designed for those in the military or law enforcement business, but fact that is that it is perfectly suited for anyone who is looking for a rugged and highly robust GPS fitness tracker. The Tactix watch arrives suited with a rich set of specially designed features such as the ability to record up to an astounding 1000 waypoints, create routes, and record GPS breadcrumb trails on the go.

The Tactix is in many ways similar in design to the Garmin Fenix, but there are considerable differences between the two that set them apart. The Garmin Tactix is waterproof up to 50 meters, and is appointed with non-reflective surfaces along with a mineral glass cover, something that is expected from a true Tactical Ops watch. Basically, the Tactix by Garmin is more like a full fledge command center only compressed into a watch.

Highlights of the Garmin Tactix

✓ Scratch resistant

✓ High sensitivity GPS

✓ LCD display with green LED

✓ TracBac feature that helps you navigate to your starting point

✓ Onsite compass, barometer and altimeter

✓ Field ready

✓ Ability to track performance

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Garmin Approach S20 review

Garmin Approach S20

Garmin S20

Garmin recently introduced the garmin S20 Approach golf watch that looks just as good as an everyday watch. In addition, this Garmin golf watch is well suited with features so much so that you might just forget about your caddie. For starters, the approach S20 wrist watch from Garmin arrives preloaded with an astounding 40,000 golf courses, and also works as a fitness tracker and a smartwatch.

The Garmin Approach S20 even comes with an Autoshot feature that automatically registers the position of shots on the course and logs them onto the Garmin Connect App. Apart from being waterproof up to 50 meters, another noteworthy feature Approach S20 is its 15-hour battery life with GPS turned on and an impressive 8 weeks in basic watch mode with activity tracking.

 

 

What’s in the Box?

  • Approach Garmin S20 watch
  • User guides
  • Charging/data cable

Highlights of the Approach S20

  • Long battery life with GPS turned on
  • CourseView keeps you updated on frequently played golf courses for free
  • Sporty design
  • Fitness tracking
  • Smartwatch notifications
  • GreenView feature shows layout of the green
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Better guidance with distances to layups, doglegs and hazards
  • AutoShot feature auto-records shot distances and location

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Garmin Forerunner 235 review

Garmin GPS Watch for Running Forerunner 235 Review

Garmin Forerunner 235

Garmin Forerunner 235

The Garmin Forerunner 235 is the latest iteration of its much successful predecessor the Forerunner 225 and this time comes in with a rich new set of features. For starters, this latest wrist running watch is appointed with an optical heart rate sensor, which is not the Mio sensor but own engineered by Garmin. Upon first glance, the FR235 isn’t much of a departure from Garmin’s other fitness watches yet there are some significant aesthetical updates that make it stand out from the pack.

Weighing in at just 42 grams, the Forerunner 25 looks good on a suit and at the gym, and even comes with a swappable strap so you can mix and match on the fly. With regards to battery life, the FR 235 is good for an astounding 11 hours in training mode and up to 9 days in activity mode with smart notifications turned on.

Apart from heart rate monitoring, this Garmin running watch is designed to calculate a plethora of running metrics most notably ground contact symmetry, stress score, vertical score, stride length and vertical ratio. In addition, all run data is automatically uploaded to the Garmin Connect mobile app, and can be linked with a MyFitnessPal account to sync nutrition and calories information. Continue reading

Moto 360 2nd Generation Review

 Smart Watch with GPS – Moto 360 2nd Generation

Moto 360 2nd GenThe Moto 360 when first introduced came in with a host of issues including horrid battery life, performance stutters and software glitches, but the Moto 360 second generation addresses these issues quite well, making it one of the best Android smartwatches in its segment. For starters, the new Moto 360 leaves behind the TI processor and upgrades to a snappier Snapdragon 400.

But the most noteworthy worthy change in the Moto 360 second gen is the long lasting battery life of an astounding 15 days with the 3000 mAh powerhouse and up to 2 days with the 400 mAh battery. On that note, the Moto 360 2nd generation can be ordered in two sizes for men namely 42mm and 46mm and 42mm for women. Another area that has been considerably improved is heart monitoring and now renders much more accurate readings.

What’s in the Box?

  • Moto 360 2nd Generation smartwatch
  • User guide
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Wireless charging dock

Highlights of the Moto 360 Second Gen

  • Water resistant
  • Onsite heart rate sensor
  • Long battery life
  • Works with both Android and iPhone
  • Available in different sizes
  • Includes wireless charging dock

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Garmin Thailand introduced new model – Forerunner 235, GPS Watch for running

Garmin Forerunner 235

Garmin Forerunner 235

Garmin Forerunner 235 (GPS watch for runners) had been introduced to the Thai market.
Forerunner 235 Garmin Part Number: 010-03717-54

Prices:

  1. in Thailand: 12,990 THB (approximately USD 460)
  2. On Garmin website: USD $329.99
  3. On Amazon

Last year tendency of including wrist-based heart rate (HR) is also provided in this model. 🙂

At first glimpse easily noticeable lightweight of this watch. Pretty impressive if you consider all the technology Garmin put into it, including GPS and GLONASS receivers, vibration alerts, Bluetooth, battery  (life: 11 hours training, 9 days watch + activity tracking + notifications + heart rate), and of course the wrist-based heart rate sensor.

The review on Forerunner 235 should follow next Monday (8th February).

Related links:

  1. Garmin Forerunner 235 manual
  2. Forerunner 235 on Garmin
  3. Garmin Connect 

Physical & Performance

Physical dimensions1.77″ x 1.77″ x 0.46″ (45 x 45 x 11.7 mm)
Display size, WxH1.23″ (31.1 mm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH215 x 180 pixels
Color display
Weight1.5 oz (42 g)
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life11 hours training, 9 days watch + activity tracking + notifications + heart rate
Water rating5 ATM
GPS-enabled
GLONASS
High-sensitivity receiver
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)
Vibration alert
Music control
Find my phone
VIRB® control
Watch functionsIncludes date and alarm

Maps & Memory

History200 hours of activity data

Running Features

V02 max estimate
Recovery advisor
Race predictor
Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)
Personal records

Cycling Features

Bike speed/cadence sensorYes (optional)

Performance Features

Heart rate monitorYes (wrist-based)
Foot podYes (optional)
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap)
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout)
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts)
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace)
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal)
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals)
Heart rate-based calorie computation
Calculates calories burned
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness)
Customizable screen(s)
Shock Resistant

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)

Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)

Additional

Additional
  • Connect IQ™ app support: Yes
  • Wrist-based heart rate: Yes

Garmin Forerunner 25 Review

Garmin  Forerunner 25 Review

Forerunner 25Just like its predecessor the Forerunner 15, the Forerunner 25 is yet another great addition to Garmin’s popular lineup of fitness watches. As one would expect, the Forerunner 25 does arrive with a few more features compared to the Forerunner 15 starting with Bluetooth smart connectivity to enable smartphone notifications (emails, calls, texts) and upload workouts from the Garmin fitness watch to the web via the Garmin Connect Mobile App available for Android and iOS devices.

New to the Garmin Forerunner 25 but already available in existing high end Garmin fitness trackers include:

  • Roughly 32 percent larger screen
  • Live Tracking functionality
  • Smartphone notifications (call, texts, emails, calendar events)
  • Slimmer design
  • Increased battery life

The Forerunner 25 can be had in two separate versions – one with the Forerunner only and other with a heart rate monitor. In addition, there’s even two different sizes and two colors for each color variant to choose from namely black/red and black/blue for the large size and black/purple and white/pink for the smaller size. The FR25 is designed to capture all types of GPS data on a run including distance, pace and even heart rate.

What’s in the Box?

Watch Only

  • Forerunner 25
  • User guide
  • USB charging cable

Bundle

  • Forerunner 25
  • User Guide
  • Heart rate monitor
  • USB charging cable

FR25 Design

Forerunner 25Compared to the older FR15, the Forerunner 25 is slimmer for both the large and small face versions. Although upon first glance the screen area of the Forerunner 25 may look the same, the portion where you can write text is slightly bigger hence the 33 percent increase. The face of the FR25 is flanked by four buttons – start or enter, down or scroll, back or return and backlight LED.

The display of the FR25 is pretty sharp and is visible in bright daylight and the LED backlight the Garmin fitness watch is well lit during dark and low light conditions. One thing worth noting is the Forerunner does not offer any vibration alerts so it’s all beeps be it alarms, phone notifications, or even training cues. The FR25 is both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart enabled, but only the former sensors can connect with the device.

Along with onsite GPS to track pace and distance, the FR25 also features a built in accelerometer to track things such as calories burned, steps, distance travelled, and sleep at night. The one element lacking is a heart rate sensor, but Garmin does offer a bundled Forerunner 25 version that brings in an ANT+ heart rate chest strap.

The charging cable is proprietary, and battery life for the Forerunner 25 is clocked at 8 weeks (small) or 10 weeks (large) when used in watch/training mode and 8 hours (small) or 10 hours (large) with GPS turned on. In addition, the Forerunner 25 is also waterproof up to 50 meters so it will be just fine if you accidently wear it in the shower or it gets caught up in the rain or even goes for a swim.

Key Features of the Forerunner 25

Forerunner 25One of the nifty features of the Garmin Forerunner 25 is it can estimate the distance covered without a food pod using its onsite accelerometer. The FR25 GPS watch receives signals fairly quickly and during runs provides access to two displays that display up to 4 stats (2 per screen) and 3 when connected with a heart rate monitor. The screen of the FR25 is highly customizable and can display a myriad of stats including distance, time lapsed, calories, pace, lap pace, lap time and average pace.

The Forerunner 25 even offers a few run modes to choose from, where you would just select “Basic Run” when you’re just going on well a basic run. Furthermore, you can also set parameters such as distance, time, calories to aim towards, whereas lap tracking can be manually or automatically activated. The Auto Pause feature of the FR25 stops the device from tracking once you stop moving, which proves handy in several situations such as when you’re at a red light.

The tracked stats can be viewed within the Garmin App where you can review your run, zoom in and out, and examine your stats at every lap. The run/walk intervals feature of the FR25 for users who’d like to see parts of their activity, i.e. running and walking. With this feature enabled, you can set walk and run intervals and the device will notify you with audible beeps once the interval is achieved.

Another noteworthy feature and one that is generally seen on higher priced fitness watches is Inactivity Alert, which on the Forerunner is represented by a Movement Bar that fills up gradually after every one hour of inactivity. You are notified of inactivity every by a beep and even a “Move’ message across the screen. So every 15 minutes of inactivity add a segment to the Movement bar, and clear it is just a matter of getting up and walking for a few minutes.

Just like most other Garmin fitness watches, the FR25 tracks daily activity in the form of sleep and steps, whereas calories and distance travelled are estimated based on the user’s activity levels and personal settings. The Forerunner 25 even allows you keep tabs on your progress throughout the day by simply pressing the “back” button, and scroll through date, calories burned, steps taken, distance covered and goals.

Forerunner 25As you get acquainted with the Forerunner 25 and vice versa, the fitness tracker will gauge your activity levels and assign goals automatically for you to achieve or you can complete this task manually. However, sleep tracking is automatically activated based on regular sleeping hours, which is configured in the Garmin Connect Mobile app.

On that note and definitely worth mentioning is the highly advanced app, which is rated as one of the most informative in its segment. It allows you to join social groups, review your data and even accrue badges as you go along. You can even notify your friends to check on your progress on your run with Live Tracking, which will allow them to see your pace, speed, elevation among other metrics.

Pros of the Garmin Forerunner 25

  • Easy to use features
  • Smartphone notifications
  • Long battery life
  • Can be paired with your Bluetooth smartphone

Cons of the Forerunner 25

  • no heart rate monitor

Final Thoughts

All in all, the Garmin Forerunner 25 is a great fitness watch for both entry level runners and seasoned gym goers. It arrives with all the features necessary to rack all aspects of your runs and walks and even your sleep. Add to is its superior battery life that simply gives it an edge over its competition.

The Garmin Connect app is regarded as one of the best in its segment, and allows you get comprehensive details about your workout, join groups, earn badges and even set fitness goals. If you’re just getting started with running and walking or simply looking to buy a fitness tracker, the Garmin Forerunner 25 should definitely be on your list.

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Physical & Performance

Physical dimensionsBlack/Violet & White/Pink: 1.41” x 1.73” x 0.55” (35.9 x 43.9 x 13.9 mm); Black/Blue & Black/Red: 1.58” x 1.85” x 0.55” (40.2 x 47.0 x 13.9 mm)
Display size, WxHBlack/Violet & White/Pink: 0.73” x 0.73” (18.5 x 18.5 mm); Black/Blue & Red/Black: 0.91” x 0.91” (23 x 23 mm)
Display resolution, WxH128 x 128 pixels
WeightSmall: 31 g (1.1 oz); Large: 39 g (1.4 oz)
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ion
Battery lifeSmall: 8 weeks, watch mode; 8 hours in training mode; Large: 10 weeks, watch mode; 10 hours in training mode
Water rating5 ATM
GPS-enabled
High-sensitivity receiver
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)

Maps & Memory

History7 activities

Running Features

Virtual Pacer™ (compares current pace to target)
Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)
Personal records

Performance Features

Heart rate monitorYes (Some versions)
Foot podYes (optional)
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap)
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal)
Heart rate-based calorie computation
Calculates calories burned
Customizable screen(s)
Shock Resistant

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)

Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)

Additional

Additional
  • BLE transfers to Garmin Connect Mobile
  • Time, distance, and calories alerts as well as heart rate and run/walk alerts

Related links:

Forerunner 25 on Garmin

Garmin Forerunner 25

TomTom Spark Review

TomTom Spark (TOMTOM SPARK CARDIO + MUSIC)

TomTom SparkFirst unveiled at the IFA I in Berlin in September 2015, the TomTom Spark is a feature rich fitness watch that is designed for cyclists, swimmers, runners and gym goers alike. You’re probably thinking that there are several watches that do the same exact same thing, but what makes the Spark stand distinct from its competition is heart rate monitoring, GPS and even onsite wrist based music playback – a feature that many fitness watches lack.

In addition to its lightweight design and fairly large monochrome display, the TomTom spark also offers onboard local to store up to 500 (3 GB of local storage) of your favorite tunes and playback via Bluetooth. This feature alone gives the Spark an edge over its competition and makes it a solid choice if you’re looking to incorporate music into your workouts. This latest fitness watch by TomTom is a significant departure from its predecessors, and can be ordered in several different color variants.

In the box you receive:

  • TomTom Cardio fitness watch
  • Charging cable
  • User guide

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Fitness GPS Watch Polar V800 Review

Review on Polar V800

Polar V800The one thing that Polar has been doing a bit differently in the last few iterations of its fitness watches it trimming down their physical size and improving their look and this is quite evident in their flagship model – The V800. A successor to the Polar M400, the V800 Polar fitness watch is mainly designed with triathletes in mind, but also offers open water and swimming modes as well as cycle and run tracking.

The only feature that the V800 does lack is an onsite heart rate sensor, but fitness experts claim that accurate heart rate readings are best be determined with when paired with a standalone heart rate monitor chest strap. On a brighter note, the Polar V800 has recently received a slew of software updates, most notably one that now renders smartphone type notifications on the display when paired with an iOS device.

If heart rate monitoring is a must have in your fitness regime, Polar does offer a package that comes along with a H7 heart rate sensor, and at a cost that won’t break the bank!

What’s in the Box?

  • Polar V800 GPS watch
  • User guide
  • USB cable

Highlights of the Polar V800 GPS Watch

  • Measures every training session 24/7
  • Tracks your speed, route and distance with onboard GPS
  • Fully customizable sports profiles
  • Flow web service
  • Flow mobile app
  • Waterproof up to 30 meters
  • Integrated altimeter and barometer
  • Bluetooth smart features

Design, Build and Battery Life

Polar V800For starters, the Polar V800 boasts a robust build, and features five metal buttons, comfortable rubber strap that’s perfect for a fitness watch and a high resolution Gorilla Glass protected 128×128 pixel dot matrix display. Adding to this, the screen surprisingly is clearly visible in almost all light conditions and even offers a choice of watch faces.

The actually watch face design is pretty much the same as the M400, but the V800 owing to Gorilla Glass protection is more water proof up to 30 meters deep and also exudes a much more premium feel. The V800 is lean enough to be worn all day and can even pass as normal digital watch, The two silver buttons on the right control up/down functionality, whereas the red button on the right is starting laps and selecting and confirming items in the menu.

The first button on the right is to power on the light and also to access the menu while running, whereas the other serves as a back button to pause or end a particular activity. It comes pre-loaded with a plethora of metric screens laps, distance, and pace and heart rate, and the screen displays date time and even your name. To view metrics such as distance, heart rate or pace as you want them, you will have to use the Polar software to set up the respective data pages.

Battery life is another area where the Polar V800 excels and clocks in at a whopping 50 hours of power in low GPS mode or 13 hours of training time or 10 kms runs or 4-hour cycle rides. The V800 features an onsite barometric altimeter that helps determine elevation changes so each time the fitness watch is powered on, it will use GPS technology to calibrate the altimeter. After successful calibration, you can you will begin to receive altitude information during a specific activity.

24×7 Activity Tracking and Orthostatic Test

Polar V800The Polar V800 offers superior activity tracking features perhaps because it was one of the first fitness watches to double as an activity monitor. Activity tracking does not refer to tracking sports activities, but rather what you do when you’re not exercising like walking to a grocery store or other normal non-endurance activities. The goal of activity training is to give you a clear insight of the activities you do outside of training, and determine your day to day workout effort.

The V800 displays metrics such as distance walked, steps taken, calories and your progress towards a pre-defined goal when synced with your phone or other compatible device. One of the noteworthy features of the Polar V800 is the orthostatic test, which measures fatigue and understanding the results helps you understand patterns and create specific training goals based on it. These reports can then be viewed on the Polar Flow app.

Polar V800 Running, Cycling and Swimming

Before heading out on a run with the Polar V800 fitness watch, you will have to acquire a GPS signal in order for accurate tracking. This process takes less than a minute for acquiring GPS signals from a new locations and less than 30 seconds when you start and activity from the same location. When paired with the optional Stride sensor, the Polar V800 can be mated with your running shoes to monitor cadence or footfall.

If you’d like to take the Polar V800 on a bicycle ride and have it track your performance, you can either strap it around your handlebars (no strap included) or wear it around your wrist. However, take note that the latter option entails that you take one hand off the handlebars to read data – a bit unsafe.

Being waterproof up to 30 meters deep, the Polar V800 is also designed for swimming and entering into this mode allows this fitness watch to measure time, distance, heart rate and analyze stokes in the pool with the help of the SWOLF (Swim Golf) score. Additionally, the Polar V800 will recognize several strokes including breast stroke, back stroke free stroke and everyone’s favorite breast stroke.

To enter into the swim mode, simply press the start button and select Pool Swim, and you can even change the lane length pressing down on the Light button until the quick menu appears and then setting your preferred length between 50 meters, 250 meters and 25 yards. After your swimming session, all the measured details can then be synced with the Polar Flow app.

Although the display of the Polar V800 does not render comprehensive details of a specific activity, the dedicated app and browser software is just the opposite. The app can be paired easily via Bluetooth with Android and iOS powered smartphones and data can be synced rapidly just by holding down the back button.

Apart from laying out your sports training activity, the Polar app also displays your daily activity from the steps taken to sleep quality. The app even allows you to create workout session with respective sections such as rest and sprint goals. Take note that data from the V800 can only be synced by pairing the device with a compatible phone via Bluetooth or to a computer via USB and not over WI-FI.

Pros of the Polar V800

  • Great battery life
  • Waterproof up to 30 meters deep
  • Comprehensive details with the Polar app
  • Large and clear display

Cons of the V800

  • WI-FI syncing not available
  • No ANT+

Final Thoughts

The Polar V800 is rich in features and is a proven GPS tracker with a large clear display and impressive battery life. It is easy to use and designed to track several different activities and even fatigue with an orthostatic test. The details from the V800 can then be viewed by pairing the device with a compatible smartphone or PC through Bluetooth or USB.

The watch has received constant updates and the latest one enables smartphone notifications on the screen, making the Polar V800 on par with other more expensive fitness watches in the market

Garmin Fenix 3 review

Review on Garmin Multisport Trainning GPS Watch Fenix 3

Garmin Fenix 3While the world drools over the Apple watch, serious outdoor enthusiasts and athletes know that investing in a dedicated sports watch is money well spent, and Gamin makes this possible with the Fenix 3. The Fenix is a successor to the Fenix two introduced last year, but in this iteration brings to the table a plethora of new features such as a new color screen, faster GPS locking and more activity modes.

Although you get a limited number of smartphone notifications, the goal of the Garmin Fenix 3 is to track your vital statistics as you work out indoors or journey through the great outdoors. The Fenix 3 is ideal for mountaineers, cyclists, triathletes and even trail and ultra-runners, and can even be ordered in a more tough Sapphire front glass version hence the name and an additional metal strap.

Other versions of the Fenix 3 are grey with black band and silver face and silver with red band and silver face, and both are outfitted with a mineral glass lens, which is also tough and scratch resistant. The large watch face of the Fenix 3 makes it suitable for full time professionals that swap the suit for adventure gear in their spare time, meaning this Garmin GPS looks and feels great with any attire.

What’s in the Box?

  • New USB charging clip
  • The Fenix 3 watch
  • USB wall adapter
  • HRM-RUN strap
  • User guides

Highlights of the Fenix 3

  • Available in several different design variants
  • Long battery life
  • Several activity modes available
  • Color display
  • Can be paired with the included HRM-RUN strap

Design of the Fenix 3

Garmin Fenix 3 While the previous versions of the Fenix Garmin watch showcased a chunkier design, the Fenix 3 Garmin running watch is still large, but this time around is more refined. As mentioned earlier, the screen is one the most noteworthy features of the Fenix 3 and is backlit and uses a color system Garmin calls Chroma. The 218 pixel diameter display of this Garmin running watch is easy to read in sunlight and it waterproof capability has doubled from 50 meters to 100 meters.

The battery life of the Fenix 3 is simply insane and rings in at an astounding 16 hours and that’s with GPS. Bluetooth and the screen enabled, which mean you can hike all weekend without taking the charge with you. That’s not all – the battery life of the Fenix 3 can be further extended to 50 hours when used in the UltraTrac mode, which pings for a GPS location every minute rather than every second.

Garmin Fenix 3And if you use the Fenix 3 in the watch only mode meaning just to tell time, you won’t have to charge it for a whopping three months. Take note that battery life of the Fenix 3 takes a toll when smartphone notifications are enabled such as texts, calls and Uber updates among others. On a brighter note, battery life is enhanced by the 218 x 218 ‘color’ screen, which to add is transflective, meaning it is clearly visible in direct sunlight.

The screen however is not so bright, but easy to view when you’re in the great outdoors. To view the screen of the Garmin Fenix 3 GPS watch at night or low light conditions, simply press the backlight button locates at the top left to illuminate the display. The Garmin Fenix 3 looks good as your main watch or fitness tracking watch, and will even track your sleep patterns when worn to bed. With regards to sleep tracking, the metrics displayed are quite limited, where you get an accurate reading of the number of hours you spent in bed in the form of a graph.

Garmin Fenix 3 Features

Garmin Fenix 3The Fenix 3 is not just a Garmin running watch, but offers a plethora of sports watch capabilities with an onsite compass, GLONASS, GPS, barometer and altimeter. Satellite connectivity is enabled owing to the EXO antenna – an integrated receiver that is located in the protective stainless steel bezel of the watch. The compass of the Fenix 3 allows you to track your progress for climbing and walking and even gives you a clear view of the path you’ve plotted.

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that make the Fenix 3 probably the best GPS watch you can get your hands on is its support for triathlon, indoor Garmin Fenix 3workouts, swimming, biking, running, walking, snowboarding and skiing as well. Adding to its list of features, the Fenix 3 comes with a Breadcrumb Trail feature, which guides hikers to their starting point. Regardless of the sport you’re tracking, you will be amazed at the breadth of data provided by the Fenix 3 including cadence and vertical oscillation.

The only caveat of the Garmin Fenix 3 is the lack of a heart rate sensor, which is somewhat a good thing considering that the most accurate way to track heart rate or body position is still with a chest strap. Whether you’re using the Fenix 3 for hiking or swimming, this GPS watch will alert you on the hour when you’ve been static for too long. It also includes myriad unique features such as recovery time calculation, stroke count for swimmers and even VO2 max plus for collaborative training sessions.

As mentioned earlier and a new addition to the Fenix 3 is smartwatch notifications, which are enabled when paired with a compatible smartphone such as Android and iPhone. Garmin has also teamed with several third party app developers to create Fenix 3 apps such as Accuweather for pollen count, air quality, LifeLine Response for personal safety, Moxy and Octane fitness.

Fenix 3 Software and Connectivity

At the end of the day, you will want to review your stats, and the Garmin Fenix 3 makes this task easier than ever through the Garmin Connect app available on IOS and Android devices. The app itself it class leading and if don’t have a compatible smartphone, you can use Garmin’s even better web based version that allows you to enter in challenges with your friends and earn badges and even plot routes..

All in all, everything syncs well and easily, and there’s even a LiveTrack session, where you can invite family and friends to follow you in real time on the trail on during a training session. Other new features include group leaderboards and an activity detail page. The Fenix 3 can also be paired with the VIRB Elite action cam, which uses ANT+ technology to allow you to take stills right from your wrist.

Pros of the Fenix 3

  • Easily customizable with downloadable watch faces and data screens
  • Data tracking for several sports
  • Rugged design yet stylish
  • Available in several color and design variants
  • Wireless sync

Cons of the Fenix 3

  • Lack of onsite heart rate monitor

Final Thoughts

The Fenix 3 is an excellent addition to Garmin’s rather extensive lineup of fitness devices, and brings to the table a host of new features. It is available in several color variants, making it a great fit to be worn at work with a suit or fitness gear. If you’re looking for the best fitness watch that is designed for casual fitness as well as hardcore triathletes, Garmin has nailed the spot with the Fenix 3 by offering you impressive battery life and the ability to track a wide range of sports.

Physical & Performance

Physical dimensions2.0” x 2.0” x 0.6” (51.0 x 51.0 x 16.0 mm)
Display size, WxH1.2” (30.4 mm)
Display resolution, WxH218 x 218 pixels; transflective MIP color
Color display ✅
Negative mode display ✅
WeightSilver/Dark: 2.9 oz (82 g)
BatteryRechargeable 300 mAh lithium-ion
Battery lifeUp to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 20 hours in GPS training mode; up to 6 weeks in watch mode
Water rating10 ATM
GPS-enabled
GLONASS ✅
High-sensitivity receiver ✅
Barometric altimeter ✅
Electronic compass ✅
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone) ✅
Vibration alert ✅
Music control ✅
VIRB® control ✅
Watch functionsTime of day (12/24h), calendar (day/date), daily alarm, stop watch, timer, sunrise/sunset alerts

Maps & Memory

Built-in memory32 MB; available 23 MB
Waypoints/favorites/locations1,000
Routes50

Running Features

Virtual Pacer™ (compares current pace to target) ✅
V02 max estimate ✅
Recovery advisor ✅
Race predictor ✅
Running dynamics ✅
Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod) ✅
Personal records ✅

Cycling Features

Compatible with Vector™ ✅
Multiple bike profiles ✅
Bike speed/cadence sensorYes (optional)

Performance Features

Heart rate monitorYes (Some versions)
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person) ✅
Virtual Racer™ (compete against other activities) ✅
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed) ✅
Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button) ✅
Auto multisport (switch sport modes with 1 button press) ✅
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts) ✅
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace) ✅
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals) ✅
Heart rate-based calorie computation ✅
Calculates calories burned ✅
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness) ✅

Swimming Features

Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories) ✅
Stroke type identification (e.g. freestyle) ✅
Open water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories) ✅

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter ✅
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) ✅
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) ✅
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) ✅

Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data) ✅
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer) ✅

Additional

Additional
  • Connect IQ™ app support: Yes (watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
  • EXO™ antenna (GPS/GLONASS): Yes
  • Wi-Fi®: Yes
  • ANT+®: Yes
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 LE: Yes
  • Weather Alerts: Yes
  • UltraTrac: Yes
  • tempe™ sensor support: Yes
  • TracBack: Yes
  • Ski features: Yes
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Garmin Fenix 3 HR Review

Garmin Fenix 3 HRThe Garmin Fenix 3 HR is a great and much needed upgrade to already successful Fenix 3 and in this iteration brings to the table an onsite class leading heart rate sensor and a flotilla of band color variations. And good news for existing Fenix 3 owners is they will receive a slew of software updates, which we’ll get into later on in this review of Fenix 3 HR. The HR sensor plopped into the back of the Fenix 3 is no ordinary one and is the Elevate optical heart rate sensor introduced this past fall.

With the Elevate HR sensor onboard, the Fenix 3 is not only track heart rate data for most types of activities it is able to complete this task round the clock as part of its continual HR monitoring and recording feature. The integrated heart rate sensor does of course make the Fenix 3 HR a bit heavier than the non-HR version, 6 grams to be exact, but regardless still showcases a robust build and eye catching appeal. Continue reading