Garmin Vivoactive 3

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  • Great for fitness tracking
  • Comfortable to wear 24/7
  • Looks nice enough to wear for work or going out
  • Does not scream sports watch
  • Lot of features


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review
Garmin really hits the sweet spot with the Vivoactive 3, and earns our Editors' Choice. The Garmin Vivoactive 3 is an attractive, durable wearable that hits the sweet spot between fitness tracker and smartwatch functionality. Sign up for Lab Report to get the latest reviews and top product advice delivered right to your inbox
Jill Duffy
5 months ago
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Running watches for the recreational runner - are they needed?
Sure! I use a Garmin vivoactive 3 and I've been really happy with it.
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[UPDATE after over owning for over a year and Garmin has made sw updates and the newer Vivoactive 4 and Apple Watch 5 were just released] Comfort: very comfortable (not too big like some other gps sports watches) and definitely can wear 24/7. It looks nice enough to wear to work/going out (especiall...
5 years ago
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I have been using a Garmin Vivoactive 3 for several years and was quite happy with it, but thought for my birthday I would wish for a TicWatch Pro 3 GPS as I wanted to try out Google wear with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor. I also considered the Samsung Galaxy Watch3, but in the end, I decided to support the underdog Mobvoi as the reviews were good and it was less cluttered with Samsung apps.
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what fitness tracker do you use (if any)
Garmin vivoactive 3. I like it a lot!
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VivoActive 3 Review - Activities (EP3) Running, Cycling, Strength, Gym and more!
What I experienced with the battery life answer some fa cues, as well as provide some tips and tricks on getting the most out of this device, but maybe, most importantly, I have a verdict on what's good. What's not so good who this watch is actually intended for as well as who it isn't for, but I promise it won't take a week for that episode to come out. So thanks again for watching and we'll see you soon,
5 months ago
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(Still) My FAVORITE watch (over a year later)
Update: I’ve had this now for over a year and I still absolutely love it. The bands have held up, the watch face protectors I got sincerely save my watch and I’ve only replaced it once! Update: 8 month check in! I still love it! It tracks gym work outs, road workouts, yoga and more. I can track my s...
4 years ago
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Garmin Watch - Worth it?
Some watches also have music controls and will sync with your alerts (text, email, phone calls) which can be helpful if you’re a parent or out for a run during working hours. Some watches will also track your steps and sleep (if you wear it all day). Personally I have the Garmin Vivoactive 3 because it looks like a “real” watch so I wear it all day (and night to track my sleep).
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I've had the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music for a few months now and overall I'm extremely disappointed in it's performance. The main issue I've had is with the GPS accuracy being off by about 15% every run.
Wanted to like it, but nope...
I've had this for 6 months now and really wanted to like it. I use it for biking, running, swimming, walking, strength training and everyday tracking. My first vivoActive was a great watch. This one has issues. The biggest one is that the HR monitor doesn't work well during ANY type of activity. I'v...
4 years ago
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Supported Host Device OS

iOS, Android


Calendar, SMS, Email

Tracking Data

Distance, time, speed, calories burned, activity, sleep activity, heart rate, steps taken, floors climbed, blood oxygen saturation, pace, stress level

Payment Technology

Garmin Pay