Great features but rubbish battery life.
I loved my Vivoactive at first. Still do. Though its sleep tracking is nowhere near as good as Fitbits. The battery is meant to last 7 days and it did at first but 6 months later I'm down to only 2 days which is annoying. Garmin offered to send me a refurbished one which I wouldn't agree to. They said to go to place of purchase and they'd organise a swap. But these have been discontinued and I can't get a replacement for the same price. The new model is $300 more than this one. Not impressed.
Purchased in June 2020 at Rebel Sport for $249.00.
BAD battery life
I purchased vivoactive 3 last year. Battery life has been fine until Garmin app went down for maintenance for over a week. Since then I have to charge my battery twice a day. It is not reading my sleep patterns either they have been really wired since battery trouble. I like the watch but it is really frustrating me charging it so frequently. I have tried all the trouble shooting suggestions but to no avail.
Purchased in August 2019 at Rebel Sport.
Very good, but batery life is no good
I have using my vivoactive3 since 2017 and it never presents problems. Very good watch. But on February 2020 the battery life became very short, and i need to charge it twice a day. I told with support three times but the problem does not solved. Support suggested me send the watch to PROPARTS so change the watch, but i have no guarantee that this will be free of financial costs. Does anybody have a same problem?
Purchased at Amazon for $300.00.
- Vivoactive 3
- Verified purchase
Doesn't Synch with my phone - very frustrating!
I purchased a Garmin Vivoactive 3 in March this year, great price at $269. It looks like a great watch and functionally does what it claims to do EXEPT synch with my phone. It pairs ok and operates with my phone until the first disconnection and then no more synching. I thought it was my phone so I tried pairing and synching with my wife's iPhone 7...same deal, no synching. I called the Garmin service centre and they took me through the turn watch and phone off and restart, take app off and reload it etc, all of which I'd already tried 2 or ...3 times. Eventually the lady said change the watch, which I duly did. Guess what, same problem, pairs ok and doesn't synch. Next best option, get my money back. Very disappointed and won't be buying a Garmin again. The blogs on the internet are full of this being a problem. Garmin need to get this fixed. I purchased a FITBIT Ionic afterwards, great watch and yes it synchs.
Purchased in March 2020 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores for $269.00.
Good for general use, but issues once you scratch the surface
This does most of the simple stuff well, the screen is and easy to use and navigate. My issues:
1. The screen is very sensitive. My widgets reorder/ delete in most showers!
2. The GPS is hopeless in very built up areas. eg. I work in the city and it takes about 1km of running (away from the buildings), before it can find me.
3. Updates during the day can clear all that day's data. I had a massive 35k step day once and it updated and deleted it all at dinner time, giving me 500 steps for the day!
4. The HR is usually pretty accurate, except whe...
Purchased in February 2018 for $380.00.
Clunky, not much better than my older 235 but not as good as Samsung
The Vivofit Active 3 is a nice looking watch and has great specifications but is a let down as soon as you turn it on. It struggles to connect to an android device and needed to be reset multple times before it would connect permanently (ie it would forget connection). It was very challenging to work out how to then connect the watch to my phone so that calls and texts could be received. It continued to be a challenge to simply receive phone notifications and wouldn't do the most important task - turn off the phone's alarm. Sumsung's watch just...worked/synced so much easier. The Vivofit Active comes with many settings turned on in its default state which is very annoying as you need to take time to turn most of them off. Garmin would do good to determine what it is that people really need to see and turn everything else off. Due to this, battery life was very short, but too my surprise, battery life wasn't much better after the settings were adjusted. And then came the final straw. The watch got stuck on the charging screen just as my older 235 had done years before. I could have waited for the battery to deplete and restarted the watch (as I did for the 235), but for a current generation watch that costs $450, this is not acceptable. The watch has been returned and I now have the current gen Samsung Watch.
Purchased in August 2019 at Rebel Sport for $450.00.
Works to average standard.
Doesn’t talk or sync as well as I expected with an iPhone (apple health)
Like the “move” feature as it gets me up to remove the bars on my step count. Heart rate is great too
Purchased in March 2019.
I was given the Vivoactive 3 Music as a birthday present following much research and deliberation. I chose the music as all of the marketing and advertising states that your Apple playlists can be simply dragged across! Beware. This is not the case. Your Apple playlist cannot be used!! The option to use Spotify may console, however, that's also not possible. Garmin fail to respond to any contact with a solution.
I'd go buy an Apple Watch!
- Vivoactive 3
- Verified purchase
Nice watch but had problems with heart rate monitoring and GPS
I chose this watch because I liked the style, features and the fact the screen stayed on the whole time. The battery life is excellent and the watch itself is easy to use. Garmin Pay is a nice feature because there is no need to carry physical cards around. For me the main negatives were that it frequently stopped recording heart rate data and often did not track distance accurately (for known course lengths). The Garmin Connect website/app are not as easy to navigate as Fitbit. In the end I returned the watch and exchanged it for a Fitbit Ionic.
- Vivoactive 3
- Verified purchase
Bluetooth connection useless.
I have had my Vivoactive 3 for around 6 months and would not recommend this watch to anyone. The waterproofing is great as are all of the features except the Bluetooth connection (the most important). If i have my phone in my pocket and my watch on my wrist my watch keeps connecting and disconnecting causing the battery to go flat in 2 days. Annoying poor feature and should be better as this is one of the most important features on the watch.
Was great... until...
Was great the past 4 months as a basic watch with heart rate tracking and sleep and movement.
Then... I noticed a crack on the screen (have no idea how it happened)
contacted garmin who advised they dont repair the glass and because it is cracked its not covered under warranty.
So basically my options are to buy a new one or try and find a watchmaker to replace the glass.
Pretty woeful considering the price of it.
Battery life is poor
This is the start of it. I find myself using my old Garmins 910XT 310XT for GPS otherwise I would be charging my Vivoactive 3 twice a day. This is really annoying and if I bother to get a Garmin again (because product support is also poor) I will get one with a superior battery life, This is quite serious for something that boasts multisports and lots of features.
Couldn't live without it
Garmin really is the best when it comes to wearable active watches. Love this one - functional, stylish, GPS very accurate.... The only issue I have is the HRM is quite unreliable... and often wrong. I've had it for 9 months and it used to work well. Other than that, love it!
few problems and bugs
I have this watch for more than 6 months. The available software or App for this watch is few, the connection or response between my phone and watch is a bit slow, is like a second delay or more. And so do the data sync via Bluetooth, so slow. To view history data you need internet, cannot view if you do not have the internet connection. The battery last 6-7 days after fully charged and take like about 1-2 hours to charge. My watch updated the software or watch OS automatically last few months and every time it did it without asking me for the permission
The sensors are significantly inaccurate and Garmin support has not responded to my queries.
I got this for Christmas and have been using it everyday since. Recently, the altimeter has become wildly inaccurate. I've not changed my habits, however I'm being credited with 30-40 flights of stairs everyday. I've performed every resolution step listed on the forum and website, but nothing works. I've reached out to Garmin for support, but they have not responded. The Steps are accurate and the heart monitor seems ok, but if you're looking for a device where all the sensor work, this isn't the one for you.
Questions & Answers
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|Category||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi|
|Construction Material||Stainless Steel||Plastic and Polypropylene|
|Colour / Finish||Black, White, Rose Gold||Black with Stainless Hardware|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Heart Rate Sensor||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and Heart Rate Sensor|
|Interface||Bezel (Physical), Buttons and Touchscreen||Buttons and Touchscreen|
|Battery Life||7 days||7 days|
|Weight||43 g||39 g|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)||1 year(s)|
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