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Samsung ‘Watch 3’ A Tantalizing Display, BUT Not Ready For Primetime & NO Match For Garmin Fenix 6.

by Anura Guruge


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Samsung Watch 3 on its own.


Samsung Watch 3 (on right) next to Garmin Fenix 6
— both titanium.


The display on the Samsung ‘Watch 3’ is absolutely BRILLIANT — in every way, & the much-vaunted rotating bezel is just great. But, beyond that the Watch 3 disappoints.

Yes, I am comparing it to a Garmin Fenix 6 — which is a more expensive watch. I appreciate & acknowledge that. But, I discovered today, to my cost & chagrin, that you can’t move from a Garmin Fenix 6 to the Watch 3. Just doesn’t cut it.

Here are the MAIN things I found beyond trying:

  1. That beautiful display becomes UNREADABLE when outside, in Sun, because Samsung has a stupid “Outdoor Mode” which dims the screen — BUT there is NO WAY you can turn this off or adjust the brightness. That started to drive me crazy.
  2. Yes, plenty of gorgeous watch faces but many do NOT offer any customization — & those that do still limit your flexibility. Look at the watch face (ActiFace) I have on my Fenix 6. I could not get all that info on a Samsung face. I really missed sunrise/sunset (which is only available on SOME faces).
  3. Even with ‘Always On’ watch face goes dark!
    ….
  4. ECG functionality ONLY available with a Samsung phone & I don’t have one. That was a killer.
    ….
  5. Getting navigational APPs was difficult.

Bottom line was that the Watch 3 is 75% — ‘pretty display’, BUT even that is muddied by the stupid “Outdoor Mode” & erratic “Aways On”.

Yes, it would have been very different IF I wasn’t coming from a Fenix 6. If it is to be your first smartwatch you will probably LOVE it. SMILE.


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Samsung ‘Watch 3’ Side-by-Side On My Wrist With Garmin ‘Fenix 6 Pro Solar’ — Both Titanium.

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Garmin (bigger, less bright) on LEFT.


I had to try it, viz., the Samsung ‘Watch 3’. And if I was going to try it, it had to be Titanium.  I am a sucker for BOTH AMOLED displays & Titanium. Well, Samsung indulges I, but alas Garmin only gives me Titanium.

I do like the display on the Samsung. To I that is the MAIN reason to get it. Very different watches. The Garmin, of course more expensive, is feature & function rich. But, now the irony. At 67 what I do MAINLY is walk/hike & clock up elevation (i.e., ‘floors’). The Samsung can handle that, plus Heart Rate & blood oxygen saturation. Supposedly it can do VO2 MAX but I haven’t found it. Plus, it has watch faces galore.

Yes, battery life, especially with the ‘Always On Display’ I INSIST on, ON, is appalling! I keep on charging it when I am seated — typing!

Well, lets see how it works out. Not my first Samsung Smartwatch. I treated myself at Christmas 2017 to a Samsung ‘Frontier S3’. But, I hardly worse it & eventually sold it, for a good price, on eBay. So, who knows. I will keep you posted.


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Garmin ‘Venu SQ’ A Watch Face & All-In-One Data Field For Walking/Hiking That Worked Well For I.

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The Garmin ‘Venu SQ‘ has a relatively small — but very bright & attractive — screen (albeit, alas, not AMOLED).

I found that these two screens worked really well for I.

The all-in-one data field gave me as much data as I got from my Fenix 6 where I use 6-fields. The Venu SQ doesn’t support that many data fields BUT this data field allows you to bypass that.

Check them out on Garmin ‘Connect IQ’.


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Garmin ‘Venu SQ (Music)’: GPS Distance, HR, Pace etc. Very Accurate. Very Slight Overcounting Of Steps.

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I have done two walks with the Venu SQ with it side-by-side (on my left wrist) next to my Fenix 6 Solar PRO.

One walk last night was just under a mile; this morning’s walk was 5.45 miles.

GPS distance was within 0.03-mile. 5.45 on the Fenix vs 5.48 on the Venu SQ. That is not bad. On the short night walk the Venu was out by just 10-steps! Over the 5.45-miles it overcounted by 320 steps. That, from my experience, is not bad at all, at all.

GPS distance on the Fenix 6 is fairly reliable. I have checked it against multiple other Fenixs, a MARQ, Fitbits, Polars, AMAZFITs not to mention phones & cars. Difficult to ever get two devices to be exactly spot on re. GPS, but my Fenix 6 is within the acceptable band. I test all other watches against it – at least to start with. I am happy with the Venu SQ. I have seen some HOWLERS this year – though not from Garmin. SMILE. So, that is all good & encouraging. 3% overcount is tolerable. I am sure I could optimize it if I messed around with stride length. Started using the Venu SQ as my primary (& thus only) watch as of this afternoon. I have tried some new watch faces & a very FINE all-in-one Data Field for walking. With that one Data Field I get all the data, on one screen, as I was with a customized screen on my Fenix 6. More on that on a later review. For now – thumbs up.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin ‘Venu SQ (Music)’ Side-by-Side On My Wrist With Garmin ‘Fenix 6 Pro Solar’.

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My friends at ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) again did me proud. I got a Venu SQ via UPS this afternoon.

Definitely a good looking, very attractive, CUTE watch. Much smaller & lighter, of course, than my Fenix 6. That has to be a given. Very different watches for two very different audiences. One, the Fenix is a rugged, AWD SUV, the Venu SQ a refined, luxury car.

I haven’t put the Venu through its paces yet. That will start tomorrow. I will first check distance & steps against the Fenix 6. I will keep you posted, of course.


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USB Charging ‘Pucks’/Stands For Garmin Fenix — Much Better Than What Garmin Supplies.

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My two Garmin Fenix 6s, both Titanium, one (on right) Solar.


I like to have a SPARE USB charging cable (at home) & another in my camera bag (permanently) for when I am travelling. Dread getting caught out without a charging cable — & a dying Fenix 6.

So, I went looking for a replacement cable — knowing that the cheaper ones, though they WORK, do NOT charge as fast as the fat/thick cable from Garmin.

I came across these. They had decent reviews. You couldn’t beat the price! I have seen single non-Garmin cables that were these prices — & that was for one Garmin-like, simple cable.

So, I ordered one of each. That was still CHEAPER than one Garmin cable. So, yes, 4 for less than one from Garmin.

I have had them for a couple of weeks. I have used both types. They are BOTH GOOD. Charging is fast. No issues. Garmin Express sees no difference.

I started off with the puck. I liked it. Watch lay flat on the table.

Then I tried the stand. Seems to take up less room on my already cluttered work table. So, I am using the stand right now.

I have encountered no issues. They work. They sure do. Charging is NOT slow.

I much prefer this to the Garmin cable. That it did not support the watch always bothered I.

So ….

Just letting you know. SMILE.


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New ‘Garmin Fenix 6 Solar’ Side-by-Side With ‘Fenix 6 Pro’, Both Titanium (One Black, Other Silver).

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The Black Titanium Solar
on its own.


Very similar. The BLACK is the SOLAR.

IF you look at image #1 (right at top) you will see a THIN ‘band’ between the glass face and the bezel. That is ONE of the solar collectors. That is SUPPOSED to be a 100% collector — i.e., collects all sunlight that falls on it.

FUNNY thing. In these picture the Silver Pro looks like it is BIGGER. It is not. It is fractionally smaller. In terms of watch diameters they are BOTH the same. The Solar is 0.4mm thicker. I noticed that right away. Display size is ALSO the SAME.

The titanium case WEIGHT is THE SAME, also.

I am ‘returning’ the Titanium band to my friends at ‘HeartRateMonitors USA‘. I hate metal bands on Garmin. Kind of feels stupid (& I wore a Rolex for 26-years).

So, that is the story so far. I will keep you posted.


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The ‘Garmin Fenix 6 Solar’ Carbon Grey Titanium Comes In A Fancy BIG Box.

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Vast improvement on the
Blue/White‘ model that I hated
& returned within the day!


The ‘blue/white’ came in the STANDARD,
fairly small & compact
Garmin Box.


NOT as fancy, by far, as the HUGE
plastic box Garmin uses with
the MARQ.


Amusing & cute. Yes, Garmin is, of course, trying to JUSTIFY the $1,099.99 price. Hhmmm. $229 of that is the strap. Heavy unfunctional strap! I am sending the strap back to ‘heartratemonitorsUSA‘. Yes, I evaluate watches for them. SMILE.

Nice enough watch. Far, far superior looking to the butt ugly ‘blue/white’ one. I cannot believe I initially picked it.

TRUTH be told, I WISH Garmin had made the SILVER Titanium as with the MARQ or my other Fenix 6. The Silver Titanium looks REAL good. My favorite. But, I can live with this one. SMILE.


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My Fitness Age Is Now 31. 35-Years Below Actual, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6.

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This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 which I wear 24×7.

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What cracks me up is that I have a daughter, my eldest, who is 31. So, my fitness age matches her age. Not sure what she will make of that.

I managed to get my VO2 fitness age down by 5 years since May 2020. Trying to avoid COVID has helped.

Well, I am chuffed. Not sure how long I can keep it up — i.e., walking close to 8-miles a day. I am an OLD GUY.

My 14-year old daughter takes my fitness for granted. She expects me to keep up with her. SMILE.

Don’t hate I. I can’t help it. I do like to walk/run. SMILE.


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