There are probably better units out there
Had the Fenix 3 from new about 3 years. Founds the watch very accurate but a little difficult to navigate. Today however, it just started flashing for no reason. Did a reset and upgrade with no change. Find out from other users with similar problem the watch is deemed defective. Lot of money thrown away after what should have been a longer life.
Purchased in March 2017 at Harvey Norman for $750.00.
Poor support, works well if you don't use it as a smart watch
As a running watch it is good. It's customisable, can show gradient, is good with GPS and has cool features like track-back (breadcrumb navigation).
Connecting it to my phone on the other hand was an issue. It won't pair with a phone unless you have the Garmin Connect app installed, which Garmin have disabled on Android Go. Their support didn't know anything about it, they just said it should work on Android 5+, and I had to read their own FAQ to them, to show that it won't install and that's why I'm asking if they can send me the APK. 7 days...later they haven't answered the question, so I ended up installing Garmin Connect on an old phone, ripping it with an apk extractor, uploading it to Google Drive, and downloading and installing it on my normal phone. All to get a $500+ smart watch, to pair with a phone running the latest version of Android. Once it's connected, it's not particularly easy to use the navigation feature. It relies heavily on third-party apps and workarounds (like creating your own GPX and dropping it in a special directory, from a USB connection to your laptop). So I can say that the track-back function is usable. But if you want to plan tracks for hiking or running, that's not something you can do from the Garmin Connect app which they've railroaded you onto, or even from your laptop without using third-party websites and/or software. So if you want to see your speed/pace/climb etc while you're runningl it's good. If you want to use it as a smart watch it's not great.
Purchased in August 2019.
Garmin Fenix 3 watch
Great watch but the band lets it down i have one and my son and both bands have broken im on my third band they need to have a better band for the price you pay !
Purchased in June 2017 at 99 bikes burleigh heads .
Really good GPS watch. Highly accurate from my experience. Sort of wish I got the heart rate version but I am under the impression that the band you wrap around yourself is more accurate.
Purchased in September 2018 for $380.00.
Excellent battery life
The Garmin Fenix 3 is a serious runner’s watch. As well as offering GPS tracking for runners and cyclists, the Garmin Fenix 3 has specific modes for other sports and exercise, including skiing.
It isn’t an all-metal design: Only the rim and buttons are metal. But the plastic casing feels incredibly tough, clearly a higher grade of material than you’re likely to see in the average fitness tracker. It’s “fiber-reinforced polymer”. Very fancy.
it wont die only take it off to sleep or have a shower
Bought it when they had only just come out in Australia. I've owned it for 6 years and only take it off to shower or sleep. I use the GPS daily to log commutes in my bike. I take it when I mtb logs swimming laps in the pool when I was swimming about 1km 2 to 3 times a week. Ive used it running heaps and even to log distance yacking on the water. It's great if your lost too as the compass had come in handy when out in the Bush. The original strap died years ago so I removed it re attached the pins and use a nato strap. It started to give me a r...ash on the back of my wrist but I've had no issues since having nato strap the backing stainless steel used has nickel in it and often gives rashes. Battery life is awesome when the step counter is disabled and bluetooth is off. With bluetooth on battery wont last a full day and I only flick it on to occasionally sinc it to my phone when I'm camping or away from home. other than that it auto sincs to strava or anything you link to garmin connect through wifi. it auto updates through wifi too. Only needs to be charged about once a week if that. Nato strap comes off her and that gets washed and spare one goes on. Use it for my alarm clock and she auto updates time through bluetooth or GPS. It let's me know about sunrise and sunset and that's really handy when you need to head home before dark. Overall excellent robust and bulletproof.
Reliable and Easy to use
I bought the Fenix3 as a secondary choice behind a Gshock simply because it was a digital version of an already tough product. I have had this watch for 2 years without an issue to report. The interface is simple and the buttons are easy to press. Battery life has to be its greatest plus. She lasts me over 4 days without charge
Garmin fenix 3
I am a long time gamin user must be going on 10 yrs now and I have had multiple watches and have always been extremely happy. So when I dropped 850 dollars on my fenix 3 sapphire I was looking forward to years of enjoyment, however it only lasted 2 yrs and the golf app stopped working properly then suddenly last week it had complete failure. I called Garmin and they cant help except to allow me to buy a refurbished watch as I'm outside 12 mth warranty. My issue is who in there right mind expects an $800 watch to last 2 years before TOTAL failur...e. I was thinking of upgrading as I'm after a watch with inbuilt HR capabilities, now I'm thinking It's not worth the risk staying Garmin especially given their top of the range watch only seems to lasts 2 years, guess its off to a new brand :-(
I got the Fenix 3HR model (advantage is no uncomfortable chest band heart rate monitor you have to wear). The face of the watch is quite large and sits off the wrist quite high, but i am not opposed to large watches. With the amount of functions that the Garmin Fenix 3HR has it is only a small set back for people who want something a little more sleek. I like this watch so much, i bought one for my friend for his birthday when i managed to get it half price (can be found quite easily). I jumped online and loaded a whole bunch of other functions onto the watch, cant speak more highly of it.
Bought fenix 3 and was super excited. However had heaps of sync issues and Open Water GPS and data issues. Called Garmin Support and worked for 2 hours to correct. No good. They offered replacement (send in watch and wait 4 weeks if lucky), no thanks. Or refund. However must be store of purchase. I bought it at a 99 Bikes store nowhere near home. Had a 99 Bikes store close to home but they refused. Garmin was no help. What if I bought a GARMIN in Paris on holidays and lived in Cairns...?
Yes this is more of a Garmin Customer Service review, but FYI anyway. No more Garmins for me.
Great item, solid piece of technology that's a must-have for sports addicts. It definitely has a lot less features than the Apple Watch, but it's definitely a lot more sturdy in build.
I was debating between picking this up or the Fenix 5, but honestly grabbing this at sub $300 - Who can complain!
Minor issues with data transfer, but much improved on previous models
I bought the Fenix 3 to replace my old and less than reliable Garmin 310. The F3 looks like a watch and I wear it daily now, as it actually tells the time, which the 310 did not. I bought the sapphire glass version with the metal band and it looks great. Data transfer is by Bluetooth to my iPhone and then wi-fi transfers it to Garmin Connect on my PC. The data is very comprehensive and covers all sorts of fields, depending on the activity. Transfer works 95% of the time, but occasionally you have to do a re-boot. Once I had to plug the watch in...to the PC to make the transfer. Updates are done over wi-fi. Accuracy is good. For example it gives you your VO2 max and mine was only 1% out form my lab test. I also hike and this gives a link to maps and I also use an external mapping app to give me 3D maps of my routes take. I love it!
Cannot live without this now. I use it for all my training sessions, which it allows me to track like never before. Even normal day to day life it makes everything so much easier. Every now and then it un-syncs from my phone, but I think that's my phones fault for being older.
Can't live without it now
Wasn't keen on the idea of smart watches originally, but had the Garmin Fenix 3 given to me as a gift. Now, I can't believe I ever went without. For tracking your training and progress, there is no better. And the GPS functions, have never missed a beat. Always told me exactly where I am.
Best watch ever
Can’t live without it! I’ve had it over a year and it hasnt missed a beat. I have run two marathons and countless half marathons with it, plus lots of training and other activities that it allows. Easy to use and navigate through the settings, has run: walk ratios and virtual partners. Love this watch, and the battery lasts for ages!!
Questions & Answers
Is there geocaching app for this or similar?
YES INDEED THERE IS. Just did a google search and found plenty of articles about it.
Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire Leather Performer Bundle - is this unisexual and how is the connectivity with iPhone X?
If you like big watches the garmin fenix wont disappoint. My advice if your worried about the size of it or look on your wrist go to a bikeshop/ sports shop and try one on. Theres lots of different colour bands for the watch ie pink if your worried about it not being feminine. I phone x has bluetooth and does support the garmin connect app so connectivity should be ok.
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|Category||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth and GPS|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Barometer and Heart Rate Sensor|
|Battery Size||300 mAh|
|Battery Life||2 days|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Construction Material||Stainless Steel|
|Colour / Finish||Red|
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