Garmin vívoactive 3 Fitness Smartwatch9.5/10 (Expert Score)
The Garmin vívoactive 3 is a visually appealing gadget for well-heeled recreational athletes who like to check their fitness values from time to time. However, in view of the frequently criticized faulty pulse measurement and the rapidly weakening battery in intensive training, it remains well behind our expectations. For such an expensive product, software and battery performance, in our opinion, must meet high standards. In addition, we had the impression that Garmin vívoactive 3 performs well in the relatively short expert tests, but declines in performance over several months or more, according to customer reviews.
Garmin vívoactive 3 fitness smartwatch review
With the Garmin vívoactive 3 Smartwatch, the manufacturer has oriented itself to the needs of athletes: GPS function, pedometer and heart rate measurement on the wrist make Garmin vívoactive 3 very interesting, especially for runners. But other fitness fans get their money: Overall, can be used with Garmin vívoactive 3 more than fifteen fitness modes. The customer ratings vary from absolutely bad to very good. We explain why testers’ opinions differ so much on this model.
Garmin vívoactive 3 aims to create a balance between smartwatch and fitness tracker
While cheap fitness trackers can be had as low as around 20 euros, smart watches often cost at least ten times as much and are more geared towards office use. Nevertheless, Garmin tries to appeal to athletes with the Garmin vívoactive 3 and has integrated an amazing number of fitness functions into the Smartwatch. Own modes for running, golfing, swimming or yoga are therefore part of the basic equipment. The Smartwatch also collects information about stress and recovery periods.
So that users are well organized even during sports activities and keep up-to-date with current appointments, smart notifications can be received with Garmin vívoactive 3. If you want to have a spontaneous coffee while traveling, you can pay with the smartwatch via Garmin Pay – provided you have a VIMpay: MASTERCARD or boon. by Wirecard: MASTERCARD.
The Garmin vívoactive 3 Music Edition provides even more motivation, which can be ordered directly with a matching Bluetooth headset.
Train together through the Garmin Connect Mobile App
For those who are constantly losing the fight against their intrinsic bastard, Garmin provides an online community of mutual motivation through the Garmin Connect Mobile App ( Android | iOS | Microsoft Store ). Users of the app can, for example, arrange for challenges or share their training successes in social networks.
The app helps, for example, in the preparation for a 5 km run The app also helps, for example, in the preparation for a 5 km run (Garmin)
What is compatible with the Garmin vívoactive 3 Smartwatch?
Garmin offers a good selection of compatible accessories for the Garmin vívoactive 3 Smartwatch, including the following components:
- Adapter: Charging / Data Terminal 010-12491-01, Garmin USB Power Adapter 010-11921-17
- Quick Release Wristbands (20 mm): White, blue, moss green or black / rose gold silicone strap, dark brown leather strap, white silicone strap with stainless steel parts, and more
- Sensors: Garmin footwell sensor 010-11092-00, Garmin temperature wireless sensor 010-11092-30, Garmin speed sensor 010-12103-00
- Heart Rate Monitor: Standard Heart Rate Chest 010-10997-00 , Premium Heart Rate Chest Belt (Soft Strap) 010-10997-07,
- Cycling Accessoires: Bicycle Mount Kit for Forerunner 010-11029-00, Garmin Cadence Sensor 010-12102-00
- More than 15 different sports modes
- Lightweight smartwatch with a rugged housing
- Easy to read touch display
- Stress measurement possible
- Standard bracelet sizes allow use of other manufacturer's bracelets
- free display designs, apps and widgets in the Connect IQ Store
- No speaker
- Pulse measurement according to some customer reviews not always accurate
- Smartwatch sometimes hangs after updates
- Battery lasts much shorter than the manufacturer promises (often only 3 instead of 7 days)
- Moisture triggers malfunctions on the touch display
- Faulty tracking of floor differences repeatedly criticized
- Altitude measurement inaccurate