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Manufactures Description:
Garmin fēnix 3 is the rugged, capable and smart multi-sport training GPS watch. With feature sets for fitness training plus feature sets for outdoor navigation, fēnix 3 is ready for any training activity and competition. Access to the Connect IQ platform allows customisation of watch faces, data fields, widgets and activities. And, fēnix 3 is a thin, light multi-sport training GPS that won’t slow you down whether for training or every day use.

Overview:
After returning my Garmin Forerunner 620 due to quality issues, I decided to upgrade to the Garmin fēnix 3  Sapphire Edition. The Garmin Forerunner I found had what seemed like a rather soft screen on it. When checking the time after having it for little over a week, I found it was marked rather badly.

Fenix 3 went back to the local Garmin supplier and they were very good with their service and support, I ended up walking out of the store with slightly lighter pocket, but nice package in hand as well.

First thing I noticed was the weight of the box, wow, you really know you have something in there, so opening it up, and you are presented with a nicely packaged watch, comes with the stainless steel strap attached, and a rubber sports strap as well. Once taking the watch out of the packaging, I took the supplied tools, and changed to the sports strap. The weight of the stainless steel strap is almost the same as just the watch body, very nice for dress/formal wearing of it, but for jogging, I think the rubber one is the way to go for now.

Thoughts:
Quality, Style, what else is there. Really well designed, and the ability to change the look of the watch with simple apps, is great. There is getting to be a good selection available on the Garmin App Store that you can choose from. If you want to dress up the watch, then having the stainless steel wrist band on there is really the way to go, but for me, my personal choice for running is to have the sports band on.

I have the LifeBEAM Smart Hat paired with the watch for my HRM function. I find this a great way of measuring your heart rate. I was using a chest strap before getting the hat, and wish I had purchased a hat a lot sooner. Running with a hat on feels more natural than having the Garmin HRM strapped round ones chest I think.

Menu’s are easy to access, and I am really impressed as well with the battery life. The watch is fully waterproof, I personally don’t want to test the sapphire screen to make sure it is in fact scratch resistant, as that is the whole reason for the change from the Garmin 620 watch, when that screen became damages within 2 weeks of owing it.

Pros:
Quality screen, no plastic on the face to get damaged. Very fast in getting a GPS lock as well.

Cons:
Would have been nice to have some weight reduced from the watch, GPS accuracy as well seems to be issue.

Updates:
2nd June 2015 – Well, after running the 10km part of the Christchurch Marathon, my Garmin Fenix 3 was convinced I had only gone 9.66km – Whereas my iPhone with MapMyFitness had this as just over 10km… now given all the talk that has been going on about this online, this is an issue. I see now that Garmin look like they are admitting there is an issue with the Garmin Fenix 3 GPS Accuracy in the forums. Here’s hoping that sometime soon they can get this sorted, as it is odd given the amount of GPS equipment Garmin make, this issue exists.

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