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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review

Garmin vivoactive 3

The smartwatch keeps tabs on a host of health-related metrics including heart rate via a wrist-based monitor. The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is waterproof up to 50 meters, which is ideal if you're a swimmer and makes it easier to shower and wash-up without worrying about taking it on and off all the time. Its 240 x 240 resolution isn't the sharpest, and its colours aren't the most vibrant. There are apps for hiking, stretching, setting a stopwatch, skiing, biking and running, but you'll be hard-pressed to find popular smartphone apps that are unrelated to working out. Like many other Garmin watches, the Vivoactive 3 has a color transflective screen. This is true of the Ionic, which loses major points for its gigantic square shape. It will take a bit of time to wrap your head around all of this, but it's intuitive enough.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review

Garmin vivoactive 3

. At least the Vivoactive 3 has the edge on Fitbit's still very early app ecosystem, even if there is a shortage of particularly compelling apps. This was all easy enough to figure out. If you don't care so much about style and don't have an iPhone , you might like the Fitbit Ionic, which also offers powerful fitness-tracking, and is building out an app store with more popular apps that you will recognize. The Vivoactive 3 is able to mirror the notifications received to your paired smartphone and display a decent amount of information. Unlike the Ionic and Apple Watch, the Vivoactive 3 has a round watch face that makes it look more like an analog watch than a fitness tracker or smartwatch.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: Still a good fitness watch?

Garmin vivoactive 3

You can also enable LiveTrack in the Garmin app so that friends and family can track your progress and keep an eye on you as you train around the neighborhood. It has almost every feature you might want in a fitness smartwatch. This is handy for quickly checking the time, but we found keeping that setting on meant it came on a lot during the night. Hopefully, this will improve and will mean being able to make contactless purchases. The watch also lacks onboard music storage and has no integration with music apps. Setting up Garmin Pay in the Garmin Connect smartphone app is fairly easy. I was in a hurry when I used the Vivoactive to pay for a pack of gum at Duane Reade, and using the watch to pay was far faster than digging into my bag to find my wallet and pull out my debit card, especially given how slow chip card transactions have become.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review: This Apple Watch Rival Wins on Fitness

Garmin vivoactive 3

However, these all help with the Vivoactive 3's battery life by not sapping too much power. The monitor also detects heart rate variability which is used to identify stress level changes. This uses a special formula that looks at your heart rate performance and the distance covered to generate a score, which measures your overall cardiovascular health. There are plenty of watch faces and workout apps that you can install from the store in the Garmin Connect app, but they're extremely specific. For some athletes, the watch may not feel specialized enough with too many options and features getting in the way of ease of use. Apps Like other Garmin fitness devices, the Vivoactive works in conjunction with Garmin Connect.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 review

Garmin vivoactive 3

Garmin makes a range of fitness trackers in varying shapes and sizes for athletes of all stripes. With that now on board, you could argue the Vivoactive 3 rivals the , as well as the. This button is pretty important because, among other things, it allows you to access the sports menu and also works as a back button. The most prominent drawback is the newest Garmin Pay feature. This is especially the case in comparison to wearables built solely for tracking, like Garmin's latest Vivosport or Vivosmart devices. Users will simply need to download the app and create an account to view their data in more detail.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review: This Apple Watch Rival Wins on Fitness

Garmin vivoactive 3

However, this feature is still not available to Apple users. After syncing your workout to the Garmin Connect app, you'll see a map of your route. Design: Simple, round, easy to use The Vivoactive 3 shares many features with its rivals, the Fitbit Ionic and Apple Watch Series 3. That was the case throughout our whole review period, even at night and at the gym. Reviewers found the display bright and easy to read. The whole process takes just a few minutes. You can also access a quick menu by tapping and holding the screen, and another menu by holding the side button.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 review

Garmin vivoactive 3

Users were disappointed that regardless of their operating system they were not able to select specific notifications to push to the watch. Access volume controls right on your wrist. That holds true for the Vivoactive 3, although the differences between Garmin's devices and those of its rivals are shrinking. I liked being able to see how quickly other runners conquered a difficult uphill stretch of a course I run regularly although I'm a little peeved that they were much faster than me. There's black silicone and slate, which is a premium-looking dark grey and costs £299. I liked that the Vivoactive 3 would show me the entirety of a text message or the full text of an alert.

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