Whereas the world fawns over the Apple Watch 3, severe runners and adventurers know an outside sports activities watch is a much better manner of spending your cash, and the Garmin Fenix Three is likely one of the agency’s most formidable efforts but.
Following on from 2014’s Garmin Fenix 2, the Fenix Three introduced with it a brand new shade display, extra exercise modes and quicker GPS locking. You get a restricted variety of smartphone notifications, if you would like them, however the emphasis is on monitoring your important statistics as you journey via the nice outdoor (or work out inside).
It launched for the hefty sum of £369 ($499, AU$650) with a gray or silver strap, however has since dropped to £299 within the UK. For £449 ($599, AU$849) you possibly can decide up a premium Fenix Three Sapphire version with extra-tough glass on the face (therefore the title) and an extra steel strap, though that is now all the way down to round £375 if you happen to go for the mannequin with built-in coronary heart charge monitor (which launched later).
For the reason that Fenix Three first launched, we have seen the Garmin Fenix 5 vary after which the Fenix 5 Plus vary that expands on the collection even additional. That is meant the value of the Fenix Three has dropped too, however it’s nonetheless fairly an costly product contemplating it is three years outdated.
Display screen, consolation and battery life
As we have talked about, the display is likely one of the predominant upgrades over the Fenix 2, and the three.1cm (1.2-inch) 218 pixel-diameter show makes use of a color system Garmin calls Chroma. It is backlit and is straightforward to learn in daylight, assuming it is actively monitoring one thing like a hike or a run. Waterproof ranking has doubled too, from 50 metres to 100.
If the display’s in its monochrome power-saving mode it may be difficult to take a look at inside or out. However, buttons and menus are clear and easy, and what little house there’s on the display (in comparison with a smartphone at the least) is used effectively.
The rubber strap provided with the Fenix Three is sturdy with out being uncomfortable, and even after a future, soaked with sweat and rain, it will not trouble you to any nice diploma. It is a strap that feels prefer it’ll take so much to return unfastened out of your wrist – mainly, you do not have to fret about it.
The costlier Sapphire version is clearly for sporting at night soirees slightly than out on the hills – not solely is the steel strap much less comfy to put on, it considerably provides to the watch’s weight too.
Battery life is spectacular: with GPS, Bluetooth and the display enabled on throughout run monitoring, I solely noticed drops of 6-7 p.c an hour. Which means even if you happen to’re actively utilizing the watch continuous (and you will not be) you need to be good for 15 hours or so. Garmin says the battery life with GPS lively is 16 hours, so that almost matches up.
You possibly can stretch that to 50 hours with a low-power UltraTrac mode that pings for a GPS location each minute slightly than each second. In standby, watch-only mode, in the meantime, Garmin says the Fenix Three will go for 3 months, and I can effectively imagine it: it solely drops a proportion level or two every day if you happen to’re utilizing it solely for telling the time.