Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: What you need to know
This is a fitness wearable that you won’t want to take off when you leave the gym. You can wear it while you’re exercising, but also while you’re going about your daily activity, walking around the house, to and from the shops, and while you’re sleeping.
It can be used to track swims as well as runs, bike rides and gym sessions, plus it delivers notifications like a proper smartwatch – a job it is surprisingly good at. It’s not quite a smartwatch in the sense of an Android Wear watch or Apple Watch, because the number of apps that can be installed isn’t as broad; instead think of it as a wearable that bridges the gap between fitness devices and smartwatches.
Garmin Vivoactive 3: Design and features
One area in which the Garmin Vivoactive absolutely doesn’t convince is in its appearance. If this is Garmin trying to get all lifestyle on us, then it’s not working – the Vivoactive’s functional physique is not going to win any design awards.
The brushed stainless-steel bezel looks nice enough but the black screen surround within and plain black polycarbonate body do nothing to catch the eye. Neither does the stretchy black rubber wristband, although you can easily replace this with something nicer given the watch has a standard 20mm strap fitting.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 review: Activity and fitness tracking
But you don’t buy a Garmin watch if all you want are smartwatch functions. You buy one primarily because it’s great for activity and fitness tracking and, on this front, the Vivoactive 3 is very good indeed.
First up, general activity tracking is excellent. The watch keeps tabs on your steps, floors climbed and calories burned during the day, and it continually monitors your heart rate both during the day and the night, recording your heart rate at one-second intervals. There’s also sleep tracking, which tracks your movement to indicate when you’ve been in light or deep sleep or awake during the night.
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