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Does the basics well, but could be better....
on 2 August 2015
+ showing distances on each hole
+ measuring distances for balls hit
+ adding hazards
+ battery life, display, user interface
- course mapping might not always be accurate
- scoring functionality is disappointing overall
- accompanying software is sparse of features
On the plus side, I love using this to make quick decisions about club selection without having to refer to StrokeSavers etc. However, this is a benefit of having any one of these types of devices, although the S3 seems to do a good job in this regard. Note that the distances will only be as accurate as the course was mapped originally - we found a course in Spain where some of the critical distances were not accurate at all and with hazards in front of the green this was frustrating. Not a fault of the device though, just the way the course was mapped
It seems to detect a course in about 30 seconds, and is pretty good at detecting the hole you are playing but occasionally will increment to the next hole before you have finished. This usually only happens on the green, so only really presents an issue with accurate score inputting, which leads to.....
On the minus side, using the device to keep scores, and manage historical scores is poor. Scoring each hole is reasonably easy - you hit the button on the lower right and tap in the number of shots over par (or under !) on the screen, but you need to make sure that the device is on the right hole, and hasn't moved on to the next one. Also, there is no 'overview' of the round to check that all your scores have been registered correctly. I have played about 10 times with the S3 now, and most rounds it appears to ignore one or 2 holes, so giving a false score. Once you select "End Round" it commits the scores to the device. You then synch the device with the "Garmin Express" app via your lap top & USB and the scores are saved to the intercloudweb. Once you select "End Round" there is no easy way to edit your score (unless you want to edit the xml file on the device for the round you just played via "Notepad" on your laptop, but it is not user friendly).
Finally, the software that accompanies this device is very basic - there is no facility that I have seen for editing scorecards, or for doing any other kind of analysis.
If ALL you want it for is to get distances to the front, middle and rear of the green, and for measuring the distance you hit various shots, then go for it.