Garmin vivofit 3 Full Review

Garmin Vivofit 3 on Amazon

Garmin Vivofit 3 on Amazon

The Garmin Vivofit 3 is not the traditional route Garmin usually takes when designing its fitness tracking devices. Although the design of this model makes the news focus, Garmin never forgets about improving the functionality. This third generation budget fitness tracker is not only outfitted with all the usual activity and sleep tracking features, a Move Activity Bar, but it also boasts an astounding 1 year long battery life and automatically tracks a series of activities thanks to Move IQ technology.

When released, the Vivofit 3 activity tracker, will be available with a wide range of swappable bands. Compared to its predecessor, the Vivofit 3 is a quite similar device, but is completely revamped in terms of visual appeal and debuts with several new features including:

  • An analog watch face
  • Square smaller screen
  • Different UI designs
  • Intensity minutes
  • Auto activity detection for several sports including walking, swimming, running and cycling

Highlights of the Garmin Vivofit 3

  • Best in segment 1 year battery life
  • Move bar and audible alert remind you to stay active
  • Automatically syncs to Garmin Connect
  • Displays intensity minutes, calories, steps, distance
  • Monitors sleep
  • Time is displayed on backlit display
  • Some would say it looks attractive with the new bands design by the Gabrielle & Alexandra, and Jonathan Adler + Garmin collection (I leave to your personal judgment)

What’s in the Box?

  • Garmin Vivofit 3
  • User guide


Garmin vivofit 3

Garmin vivofit 3

Garmin Vivofit 3 Design

Designed to wear around the lock, the Garmin Vivofit 3 is water resistant up to 50 meters and ithe batty life last one year. One of the noteworthy features of the Vivofit 3 is that it can be personalized with several vibrant interchangeable bands, making it a perfect fit for literally any occasion. These bands can be selected from the Garmin Style Collection as well as from esteemed designers such as Jonathan Adler.

The Garmin Vivofit 3 however supports a smaller display than the Vivofit 2, but text is displayed horizontally rather than vertically, making it easier to read with a single glance. While the Garmin Vivofit 3 is not appointed with a heart rate monitor (optional), it does have the ability to automatically detect the sport you’re pursuing, including running, swimming, biking or walking.

Garmin vivofit 3

Garmin vivofit 3

The smaller backlit screen displays the Move Bar across the top of the screen as well as calories, steps, intensity minutes, distance and of course the time of day. It can also be paired with Garmin’s Connect app and provide detailed information on your performance.

The Vivofit 3 automatically synchronizes with the Garmin Connect app, and encourages you to move, if you’re not on track with any of your fitness goals. It does even give you props when you meet your goals, and also you can receive tips from health experts who serve as virtual coaches.

Pros of the Vivofit 3

  • Outstanding battery life
  • Syncs with Garmin Connect
  • Several interchangeable bands available
  • Can be worn around the clock
  • Move IQ used to automatically detect different types of sports
  • Move Bar to track inactivity
  • Audible alerts

Cons of the Garmin Vivofit 3

  • No wrist-based heart rate monitor
  • Some may consider the desplay to be too small

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a fitness tracker under $100, that does a lot more than a basic activity tracker, the Garmin Vivofit 3 is definitely worth looking out for. Newly introduced Move IQ technology, makes it less complicated to use it during your workouts, as it automatically recognizes particular activity. Although it doesn’t offer wrist-base heart rate monitoring, it does track your sleep and other sports such as cycling, swimming, running. biking, walking, which give really plenty for an average person’s needs. 🙂

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