Great smartwatch, comfy wristband
Not many colours to choose from I purchased the blue other choices were black or plum, though unable to swap wristbands for abit of a change.
Though screen is easy to read even in sunlight, does notifications, steps, stairs, heart rate, sleep, music great little bundle.
Downside for me is the battery life I get approx 4 days
Love checking my progress....difficult to pair and sync
Frustrating trying to do a challenge wirh friends and family. Lovely to wear love the buckle instead of the plastic clips. But its a marathon trying to connect, sync or pair. Have had it back to domayne twice in two months...they have trouble doing it also. Apart from this difficulty when it works im a fan
Not as good as Vivosmart 2
Fitness products in the cheaper range (under $500) from what I understand are replaceable. That is they are good for a year or two then its time for an update our replacement. I have had Fitbits, and ruined two with occasional splashes of water. The last one came around again after it dried out but this took a few months.
So my first serious fitness wearable was the previous version of the Vivosmart. This was great even though a little clunky in its square watch form, but didn't have HR monitoring without wearing a chest strap.
The Viv...osmart 3 (VS3) is in the slimline function that I want, I wear a nice collectable watch and will never replace it with a wearable. The VS3 I wear on the other wrist, and although it has a gyroscope to determine when you turn your wrist to light up and tell you the time this doesn't always work. The VS3 has no buttons and relies on the user to remember the order the functions scroll across the screen. The functions use touch control to swipe through reading text and email messages from your phone is pretty much impossible. But it is handy in a meeting to tell me who is contacting me when the phone is on silent. This wearable has various functions measuring heart rate, stress levels and VO2 fitness measurables. I use it as a sleep and step tracker and it does what it is meant to. I only get four days battery life before it needs a recharge. The old vivofit have me close to 7 days which have me a routine time to recharge, now you get a warning about 6 hours out before it goes flat. Overall much better than a Fitbit! I had my last Vivofit for 3 years, only when the band broke did I get a replacement (no replacement parts) The current to get accurate readings needs to be worn tight. My wife had same model and broke her band after 6 months. I hope this one lasts longer than my previous model.
Perfect smart wrist band
Got this last year and to replace my vivosmart 2. As the 2 has broken a few times. Did a bit research and compared it to Fitbit, still personally like Garmin as it’s waterproof(Fitbit is probabaly waterproof as well)
I wear it day and night. It can detect the movement if I’m walking/running/cycling. Didn’t seem to be able to detect swimming. I found it useful as mobile notification as I like to keep my mobile silent all the time.
Great value however hope the battery last longer than the 2
Great smart watch
The vivosmart 3 was one of my best purchases of 2017. I switched to this from the fitbit charge 2 solely because it is waterproof and am mostly happy. It info pretty well however it constantly records flights of stairs climbed inaccurately compared to the charge 2. My other complaint would be that the screen is poorly lit and sometimes hard to read compared to the charge 2 but i live the extra features such as reps counted and v02 max. The app is a little hard to use sometimes as had major issues with pairing it with my old phone but it works seamlessly with my new phone. the pros mostly outweigh the cons with this smart watch, it they can fix the problems with flights climbed and change the screen i'd be much happier
So durable! And syncs consistently
I've owned the Garmin Vivosmart 3 for about 8 months now, wear it everyday, and there are no signs of wear which is outstanding. I wanted to wait at least 6 months before reviewing this because of my previous experiences with Fitbit devices.
Durability and sync issues were my gripes with the multitude of Fitbits I'd owned, which is why I'd give Garmin a go and I must say, I'm rather impressed with this Vivosmart watch.
iPhone compatibility is excellent so there's minimal syncing interference.
Notifications are pushed through to the sof...
Changed my life
I resisted buying a fitness tracker when everyone else was buying them. But then I got to a stage where I needed to make changes in my life to get healthier. I was gaining weight and becoming physically uncomfortable and had pains in joints and bones that I never had before.
I decided I needed to move more... my iPhone had a health app that tracked my steps, but this wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to see it physically see it, easier. So I bit the bullet and went to Harvey Norman and looked at all the different fitness trackers available. F...itbit and Garmin were the two standing out to me, but the Garmin was just a bit sleeker and I decided this was the one I wanted to try. Well I now walk 10,000-15,000 steps a day. So my goal has been achieved. This pushes me to walk, my partner got one and 4 friends also got one. We have weekly steps challenges, we try to beat our daily best steps.... I’ve lost weight, I’m not in as much pain, I’m happy. The watch itself is easy to use, rotate towards you to turn on, rotate away to turn off. Or double Tap the screen to turn on. The menu is so easy to use, pairing with your phone or iPad, tracking walks, seeing your heart rate. The STRESS feature I completely disregard, don’t know if it’s just my watch, but it says I’m stressed when I’m asleep and my hr is only 50.... who knows, maybe I am stressed? Haha
- Verified purchase
Best option for walking-running-sleep tracking
I have had two smart-watches, the original Garmin Vivosmart and the Apple Watch.
POSITIVE: I was disappointed with the Apple Watch in that accuracy and how the data was presented was not as good as Garmin/Fitbit. I enjoy walking, running and wanted an 'always-on' smartwatch that can track my sleeping habits and Heart Rate. The best thing about this watch is that it does all of the above activities well.
Battery lasts for about 5 days, and charging is quick. The watch band still looks brand new even after daily use for about 3 months now. ...The build seems more sturdy than previous generations. The Garmin software indeed may not be the most user-friendly, but I found it to be very good, and gave me all the information I wanted. The watch is light, and the rubber (although causing me some skin irritation) is of a material that doesn't inhibit activities such as typing on a laptop. Stress tracking and VO2 estimation is also a very useful tool to assess fitness and lifestyle. NEGATIVE: The screen is supposed to activate by raising your arm (say when you want to look at the time), unfortunately the accelerator inside doesn't seem to respond as well I would have expected. It isn't too much of an issue, but now, I mainly double tap the screen to find out the information. My previous Garmin was able to show notifications from my phone, but this watch doesn't seem to allow that function (or at least doesn't make it easy to do so), which is strange as my 1st gen Vivosmart did it quite well. Another feature that the watch doesn't excel at is the tracking of weight-training workouts.. I can't seem to get it to work. VERDICT: The Garmin Vivosmart 3 is one of the most affordable current-generation options for time/alarm/activity-tracking/running that I have seen. These are the most common features, and I think it makes it a good option for someone who does the above activities.
Battery life isn't impressive, the surface gets rather dusty by sitting on my wrist. Have a few new features compared to the previous gen. The star feature to me is still that it's waterproof, as with the previous gen. Nothing too fancy but does what I need. Looking forward to the next gen :)
This device isn’t fancy, but it has everything you need to track your fitness. Pair it up with the Garmin Connect app for really cool data visualizations of your tracker info. Design is a bit bulky, the band is a little worn out over the last 8 months (to be expected with rubber wrist bands), I have some light scratches on the screen and the battery doesn’t seem to last as long as when I first wore it. Still, it’s a nifty device and works well as an entry-level fitness tracker.
Okay, mediocre Garmin Device
Vivosmart 3 feels very nice when you put it on your wrist due to its rubbery feeling and I dont even feel like wearing anything on my wrist. However, the screen is very small and sometimes it is very hard to navigate around the device as the screen is quite small and has no colour. Another drawback is that you have to use the garmin app which is not very good and very hard to interpret the data
Good, nicely-featured Activity Tracker that seems to be holding up well
So previously I've owned a Fitbit Charge HR - two actually - and managed to destroy both of them within about 18 months. My work isn't kind to large, glass-faced watches so a small, low profile wristband I can tuck under a shirt cuff is ideal. The form factor and functionality was there... the durability wasn't, unfortunately.
After a few months to stew over a possible replacement, I decided to go with the Vivosmart 3. Already being in the Garmin ecosystem due to owning a Fenix 3 watch for running and triathlon, it made sense to stay in Garm...in Connect. At the time the Fitbit Charge 2 HR hadn't been discounted (was $280ish) so the $227 for the Vivosmart, while not exactly cheap, seemed to have the better bang-for-buck in terms of meaningful features. The Good: * Waterproof! * Attractively minimal design with a decently sized screen that's easy to read.
Heart rate monitor doesn't work
There's lots to like about the activity tracker. Lots of data and interactive with phone. HOWEVER, I really wanted to use v the heart rate monitor when exercising. It's pretty much useless unless it is so tight it is about to cut off my circulation which is clearly not ideal. Otherwise it cash be v50/60 beats per minute of what the gym equipment is telling me. So pretty much useless in that instance. Wouldn't recommend.
Awesome Fitness Tracking
This is a great activity tracker. I got it a couple of months ago and it has met all expectations. Garmin has updated their App and it is easy to navigate and easy to connect to the tracker. A great feature is that the tracker is waterproof, so no need to take it off when you take a shower or go swimming. It is easy to use and blend in when you wear. timeless design.
Poor customer service from Garmin
I’m a prospective buyer of the vivosmart 3 and my wife already owns one. Before I spend more money on another one I emailed customer support asking them if the band can be purchased separately if it gets broken as I had read the vivosmart 3 is a throwaway item once this happens. My reply from Garmin..... nothing.... zip.... nada.... I’ve tried contacting them multiple times and got ABSOLUTELY no reply whatsoever. If this is how they treat prospective buyers it worries me how they will treat my wife when she has issues with her one. Very poor customer servive Garmin!
Best purchase ever. Can't live without it.
Never owned an activity tracker before but its the best thing I ever did. I'm not a young fitness guru but a reasonably healthy grandma looking to improve. Priority was waterproof for swimming and heart rate monitor. There is also sleep tracking, calorie counting, smart phone Bluetooth connection, stress levels, Vo2 max,the list goes on. The HR monitor is flat and comfortable which I read can be a problem with older models. The watch band is thin and unobtrusive and easy to wear. The software for computer is excellent and phone is good if a lit...tle slow to connect blue tooth. But the best thing about it is that i feel so connected to my body. I thought i was really pushing myself with exercising but I had no idea until I saw the feedback. I was kidding myself. Reading in daylight can be a problem and it takes a bit to get used to the amount of swipe or tap to access menus. I have trialed the tracker in the pool and its a bit hard to access the taps and swipes when wet but I'll keep trying. They are the only negatives. I love it and feel naked without it. I'm more active now as I want better feedback and improved results.
Questions & Answers
my screen/display is blank what can the problem be? is the LCD broken how can i fix it?
|Category||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers|
|Colour / Finish||Black|
|Sensors||Heart Rate Sensor|
|Battery Life||5 days|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Replaced by||Garmin Vivosmart 4|
- MPN: 010-01755-10
- GTIN12: 753759173708
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