One of the great things about the nascent wearables market, as more and more manufacturers churn-out product after product in an effort to find what works, is that we get to see a ton of variety in the product types released. Those range from the extremely simple to models that are practically a full-fledged smartwatch strapped to your wrist, with a huge amount of variation in between. We just looked at one of these non-traditional models with Cogito’s non-rechargeable watches, and now we’re checking out Garmin’s Fenix 3.
The manufacturer calls this one a “multisport training GPS watch,” and that sure hits the big notes here. The Fenix 3 records your position even when you’re away form your phone, and is also armed with altimeter, barometer, and compass sensors, all ready to be used to help with navigation.
Its software supports both Android and iOS handsets, giving you on-watch notifications, and compatibility with optional accessories like heart rate monitors or high-precision temperature sensors let you expand upon the watch’s functionality. While this is no Android Wear model, Garmin has its own software ecosystem to tap into, including apps and alternate watchfaces. Check out all the Fenix 3 has to offer in our hands-on clip below: