Garmin Vivoactive 3 Offers a Conventional Design, but Still Fitness-focused

Garmin Vivoactive 3

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There are many interesting products from the Vivoactive lineup. However, they seem to be a little underrated compared to the more expensive offerings. Today we’ll be talking about the Garmin Vivoactive 3. This smartwatch isn’t bad at all, but the design is quite basic. However, if we dig deeper into the specs, the watch is actually quite appealing.


It is not wrist-hugging like the Fenix 5, but we don’t see any problem with that. This is not an ultra slim timepiece. If you need one like that, then consider another model. At 11.7 mm in thickness, this watch is not bulky. To put it into perspective, the Fenix 5 is actually thicker. The screen is surrounded by a stainless steel ring. Needless to say, the Vivoactive 3 is sturdy. It gets tougher because the sides are constructed from fiber-reinforced polymer. The screen also has Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection. With this, you’ll no longer need to worry about scratches. Another great feature is water resistance. You can wear it while swimming because it can survive water immersion at a depth of 50m. If you need a better one, the Fenix 5 can be an option because it can survive twice the depth of the Vivoactive 3.


The Garmin Vivoactive 3 has a 1.2in screen with a resolution of 240×240. The sunlight visibility is great, which means it makes an ideal timepiece for outdoor outtakes. Interestingly enough, the sunlight actually improves the visibility. To turn on the front light, all you have to do is press the side button. This becomes useful if there’s no light around. When it comes to quality, the smartwatch can’t hold a candle to the likes of the Apple Watch. Despite the usability, it still falls short in quality which encompasses color reproduction and sharpness. It is a few notches below the Apple Watch in terms of sharpness. Colors don’t seem to be its strong point, either. They look kind of muted. But anyway, this shouldn’t be a deal breaker especially if you’re not looking for a stunning display in the first place. Some people look for features in a Smartwatch more than anything.

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Being packed with features, the wearable device can be used as a fitness tracker or a Smartwatch. Both are two different functions. There are devices designed primarily to monitor health and fitness levels, there are also some that come with a plethora of entertainment features. Speaking of apps, users can gain access to multiple apps because Connect IQ is available here. It can also receive phone notifications. Overall, the watch is very functional. There’s a new feature called Garmin Pay. This is added to facilitate wireless payments.

And to those who love music, the company has made an effort to please consumers by providing music storage. Make sure your phone gets connected to it because the music doesn’t play natively. It requires an external device to work. What about GPS, is it ready, too? Yes, this is an important feature to a Smartwatch. It is nice to hear the Garmin Vivoactive 3 has it on board. In addition to the aforementioned features, it also includes altimeter readings, heart-rate monitoring, VO2 max, and many others.


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