Garmin vívoactive 3

Last updated date: September 16, 2019

DWYM Score
8.0

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We looked at the top 1 Fitness Trackers and dug through the reviews from 11 of the most popular review sites including CNET, Tech Radar, BestReviews, Trusted Reviews, ZD Net, Pocket-lint, DC Rainmaker, Digital Trends, Tech Crunch, Expert Reviews - UK, Alphr and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Fitness Tracker you should buy.

Overall Take

This fitness tracker offers tons of bells and whistles, including Garmin Pay, which lets you pay for things with your watch — no need to carry your wallet or credit card on an evening run. It also comes with 15 preloaded sports apps, which is useful if you're looking for new ways to get active. In our analysis of 125 expert reviews, the Garmin Garmin vívoactive 3 placed 3rd when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.0
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
2,621 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Battery life is rated at up to 7 days in smartwatch mode and 13 hours in GPS mode.
- CNET
August 31, 2017 | Full review
The Garmin Vivoactive 3 has a heart rate sensor, GPS tracking and a selection of built-in apps dedicated to keeping tabs on a range of sports activities, from running and indoor cycling to skiing and snowboarding.
- Tech Radar
July 16, 2018 | Full review
An updated version of one of Garmin's most popular tracking watches that offers an attractive new design. Syncs easily to a smartphone, which is convenient for receiving important notifications. Tracks metrics for runners and is useful for monitoring other athletics such as swimming, cycling, and more. Reliable GPS.
- BestReviews
In terms of all-day tracking, the Vivoactive 3 is noting the number of steps you take throughout the day, your resting and active heart rate, and the amount of sleep you’re getting overnight.
- Trusted Reviews
August 31, 2017 | Full review
It's a GPS smart watch for the masses and I enjoyed my couple of weeks with it.
- ZD Net
December 27, 2017 | Full review
Garmin, the 1.2-inch round display on the front is a fairly basic affair, but for two very good reasons: battery life and daylight visibility.
- Pocket-lint
December 1, 2017 | Full review
From a GPS accuracy standpoint, things generally look pretty good.
- DC Rainmaker
October 17, 2017 | Full review
When connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth, the Vivofit 3 delivers full smart notifications with a vibration alert.
- Digital Trends
December 27, 2017 | Full review
The vivoactive can keep track of stress levels over time thanks to heart rate variability monitoring, and additional watch faces, apps and more are available in the Garmin Connect IQ store, which is accessible via the companion smartphone app.
- Tech Crunch
Battery life is superb, though, and this is where the Garmin Vivoactive 3 outdoes many of its smartwatch competitors.
- Expert Reviews - UK
Overall, the Vivoactive 3 improves on an already excellent device in almost every measurable way, making it a stonkingly good fitness-orientated smartwatch.
- Alphr
January 10, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
That music streaming (and downloading) is currently limited to iHeartRadio in the US, with Deezer coming soon for other territories - although the latter still hasn't launched at time of writing.
- Tech Radar
July 16, 2018 | Full review
Battery life isn't the best. Some metrics aren't very accurate, such as heart rate and sleep tracking. Sounds good when it plays music, but it has been known to lose/delete files for no apparent reason.
- BestReviews
On the downside, the light weight does mean the Vivoactive 3 feels a little cheap and flimsy, which is compounded by its plasticky construction (apparently, it’s a fibre-reinforced polymer).
- Trusted Reviews
August 31, 2017 | Full review
The color display is fine for indoor and outdoor use, but it doesn't hold a candle to the brilliance of an Apple Watch, Fitbit Ionic, or Samsung Gear display.
- ZD Net
December 27, 2017 | Full review
One other disappointing issue we found was in general connectivity.
- Pocket-lint
December 1, 2017 | Full review
One tricky area is laps though. As of this writing (October 13th, 2017), you cannot manually set a lap. Only auto-lap is supported, which is based on a distance you specify (I.e., every one mile).
- DC Rainmaker
October 17, 2017 | Full review
The Vivoactive 3’s vibration alert is one of the weakest we’ve ever encountered.
- Digital Trends
December 27, 2017 | Full review
It’s because it sits astride a few different wearable categories that price comparison is a bit more complicated than for a fitness tracker or high-end sports watch.
- Expert Reviews - UK

From The Manufacturer

Garmin Pay™ contactless payment solution lets you pay for purchases with your watch¹. Personalize your watch with thousands of free watch faces, apps and widgets from our Connect IQ™ store. More than 15 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, including yoga, running,. swimming and more. Monitor your fitness level with VO2 max and fitness age estimates, plus keep an eye on how you handle stress². Get connected features³ such as smart notifications, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™, LiveTrack and more. Battery life4: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; 13 hours in GPS mode

Overall Product Rankings

1. Fitbit Versa
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Lintelek Activity Tracker
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Garmin vívoactive 3
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 11
4. Fitbit Charge 3
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 6
5. Fitbit Flex 2
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 9
6. Samsung Pro Fitness Band
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 8
7. Garmin Vívosmart 4
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 15
8. FitBit Zip
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Garmin vívosport Fitness Tracker
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 10
10. FitBit Surge
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 10
11. Fitbit Alta
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 6
12. Withings Go Activity Tracker
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 10
13. Garmin vivofit 3 Fitness Tracker
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 8

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