Samsung Gear S3 vs. Garmin Fenix 5: Which Is The Best Apple Watch Alternative According To Experts?

Mar 08, 2017 04:00 AM EST | Paul Urban


Samsung Gear S3 and Garmin Fenix 5 are known to be two of the best Apple Watch alternatives so a comparison is definitely inevitable. Since both smart watches are recently released, will both be able to measure up to the success of Apple Watch or even beat it? Both smartwatches are packed with features so the battle may be challenging.

End of the day, the winner has to be named. So is there?

The battle begins as Garmin Fenix 5 is showcased. According to PC Advisor, Garmin Fenix 5 lets its users track indoor activities such as running on the treadmill and swimming. It also tracks activities such as rowing, hiking, skiing, and even while playing golf. The Fenix 5 comes with sports tracking at the front which makes it accessible and immediately visible by the user.

The Fenix 5 is designed to be worn all day long. Since smart watches are created to track one's progress in working out, other non-strenuous activities are also being monitored by the Fenix 5. With this said, there is absolutely no reason for it to be taken off as even daily steps, distance covered, and calories are also being tracked. Notifications and alerts are also transmitted from the smartphone to the wrist.

The Garmin Fenix 5, with all of its insanely advanced features like additional heart rate monitor, three-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter, doesn't come cheap. The Fenix 5's main feature are its advanced GPS and sports tracking mechanisms. If a user is not highly invested in both, then this smart watch may not be advisable. However, it is important to note that Fenix 5's battery life can last up to two weeks on a certain mode.

Moving on to Samsung Gear S3 as it is considered the smart watch of the new generation. According to Wareable, it offers two designs such as the Frontier for the outdoor types and Classic sporting a more luxurious look. It has built-in features such as GPS for sports tracking and sending out SOS alerts.

A little hiccup with Samsung Gear S3 is its size. Compared with Garmin Fenix 5, the Gear S3 is considerably bigger which may not be advisable to be worn by those with thinner wrists. It has 46mm as frame measurement making it more of a manly watch. However, since big watches are considered in for women, this may make a good fashion statement watch as well.

Samsung Gear S3, like the Fenix 5, comes equipped with tracking features to monitor breakdown of steps, elevation, and calorie burn. It will also vibrate to remind the user to get up and move for being idle for quite some time. Everything is powered by the steadily improving S Health.

The verdict? Tough as it may seem, a winner has to be named. For the battle between Samsung Gear S3 and Garmin Fenix 5, the Fenix 5 wins by a close margin. Not worrying too much about constant charging is an important factor. Samsung Gear S3 is known to last up to four days while Fenix 5 has up to two weeks of battery life.

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