Wearables

Garmin Vivoactive 3 review

Good

Subtle, circular, stylish design

Good GPS and heart rate monitor

Tracks a range of activities

Bad

Can’t choose which apps get alerts

iOS users can’t respond to texts

Base model can’t support music playback

With smart notifications, GPS, sports tracking to rival high-end devices, an on-board payment system and a subtle, stylish design, Garmin has created a versatile wearable with true mainstream appeal.

Garmin Vivoactive 3 price

Starts at £229/$200

There are three different colors of the Garmin Vivoactive 4 to choose from. There’s black silicone and slate, which is a premium-looking dark grey along with rose gold.

Key Specifications

Review Price: £229

GPS/GLONASS

Optical heart rate monitor

Garmin Connect IQ apps

Up to 7-day battery life/13 hours’ GPS

Smartphone notifications

Presumably one of the main reasons Garmin chose a transflective memory-in-pixel display was to save on battery life, so you’d expect it to be great to make up for the lack of a beautiful screen – and it really is.

With the Garmin Vivoactive 3, Garmin has created a smartwatch designed with mainstream audiences in mind, combining fitness tracking with health and lifestyle features, as well as smart notifications. This makes it one of the most versatile wearables, which is bound to suit a range of people.

The addition of Garmin Pay also means the Vivoactive 3 is also able to battle with the Apple Watch and Fitbit for your next fitness watch.

As you’d expect from a brand with a lot of legacy, the Garmin Vivoactive 3’s exercise and heart rate tracking are accurate and super detailed, which makes them fascinating for those with an interest in their own biometric data.

Having said that, it’s data like this that is bound to feel overwhelming for those who just want activity tracking, the odd run and little else. 

This proves that although there are plenty of lifestyle features and smart additions to this stylish-looking wearable, it’s still a Garmin product and is first and foremost focused on fitness. So if fitness isn’t your thing, look elsewhere.

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 has GPS capabilities, improved battery life and it’s waterproof, which means it’’s really for fitness enthusiasts. 

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